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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Checking In: Hotel Christopher, St. Barth's

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Checking In: Hotel Christopher, St. Barth's

Henley Vazquez

We make no secret of our love for St. Barth's as a destination for both couples and families. Hotel Christopher is one of the best places to escape on the French isle with a spectacular pool and chic vibe. See why we love this hotel and let us know when you want to go and we’ll hook you up with some fantastic Passported Perks.


Pointe Milou, St. Barth's


  • A crib can be added to any room, but the first category with separate space for separate sleeping and sitting space is the Ocean Suite.
  • For families of four, either book a suite or connecting rooms (limited availability, so plan ahead).
  • Travelers who want more space and privacy should book the villa, a 2-bedroom home just above the Christopher on the hillside and including all the hotel services.




  • Opened in 2009, the 42-room Hotel Christopher sits on Pointe Milou, a short drive from St. Jean and tucked into a hillside with views across Lorient and towards the airport (great for plane spotting!).
  • The Christopher crowd is a mix of cool couples and young families, and the decor suits their vibe of chic and sleek, with stand-alone soaking tubs, minimalist platform beds and oversized picture windows in the suites.
  • While the hotel has all the amenities of a proper resort—the Sisley spa, two restaurants, and a small fitness center—guests will still want a rental car for exploring the island (tip: the famous Le Ti is just up the hill, so book a sitter and check out the scene on a first trip).


  • Possibly the best pool on St. Barth’s: the curvy swimming pool even has an “island” in the middle where the hotel can arrange a special table for two at dinner.
  • St. Barth’s isn’t bargain territory, but the Christopher is often a much better deal than some of the island’s more famous resorts.
  • Lunch at Mango: even if you’re not staying here, come by for their great seafood and salads




  • There’s no beach, and the only way to access the water is via slippery rocks; the Christopher is for looking at the sea, not jumping into it (and there are plenty of great beaches nearby).
  • The two classic rooms aren’t recently renovated, but they sit above reception and have big balconies and great views, so if you’re looking for the least expensive way to stay, these are it.
  • The gym is small, so don’t expect an Equinox-style workout; it’s well-equipped, though, and even has ocean views, so get your run in early when it’s not crowded.