Saint Barth ': novelties at the Toiny
Ideally planted on top of a hill on the southeastern tip of the island, Le Toiny, a member of the Relais and Chateaux chain consists of 15 luxury villas spread over 16 hectares. Bought by Charlie and Mandie Vere Nicoll last February, it got a serious facelift in the summer of 2015, just to rejuvenate the main building, bar, reception, restaurant and all the villas suites. A wellness library was even created. The big news is the opening of a Beach Club on the beach. The 15 villas of Toiny fall into 13 one-bedroom villas, a junior suite and a three-bedrooms villa consisting of a main villa and 2 bungalows. All have their private heated pool and enjoy breathtaking ocean views. The Toiny hosts have access to the Serenity box that offers a range of treatments under the guidance of the excellent British brand Elemis. New decor for the restaurant and also a new leader, Fabio Verderame who has worked in many starred restaurants at Alain Ducasse, the Sketch in London, the Hostellerie Jérôme and George Blanc in France … With his team, he has developed a menu that offers contemporary cuisine inspired by the flavors of the world. At lunch, you can taste a new menu, using fresh local produce, salads, ceviche and local fish tartare, grilled fish: mahi mahi, tuna or wow and the famous grilled lobster from the tank. Not to mention meat cooked on the BBQ. At dinner a more sophisticated menu is discovered including the signature dish “spaghetti with black Périgord truffle and parmesan” prepared in front of diners. A. F.-M.