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Eden Rock St. Barths

In Search of Eden
May 5, 2014
By , Managing Editor & Writer

The search for Eden just got easier. The Oetker Collection has alighted in the Caribbean, adding Eden Rock St. Barths to its portfolio. The iconic property – one of our Galavante favorites – joins Oetker as its “eighth masterpiece hotel,” CEO Frank Marrenbach recently announced. It’s a natural fit: The family-run Eden Rock St. Barths, which dates back to the 1950s, falls neatly into the Oetker clique – historic hotels with a special personality and tradition. “Masterpiece hotels are like gold nuggets – nearly impossible to find,” said Marrenbach, adding that Eden Rock St. Barths is a “shining example of true hospitality.” With this latest addition, the Oetker Collection now extends from Europe to the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, including Le Bristol Paris, Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Palais Namaskar in Marrakech and the other Eden – Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d'Antibes.

Eden Rock and Roll
The similarities between the two Eden hotels go beyond the name. Both also share many of the same clientele, who follow the sun for their vacation circuit, trading the French Riviera for the French West Indies as the seasons change. This shared clientele includes plenty of celebrities – Mick Jagger has frequented both, while in the early days, it was a battle of the guestbooks: Elizabeth Taylor at Hôtel du Cap, and Greta Garbo in St. Barths. And sometimes the other way around. The chef at Eden Rock is also a celebrity, having reached the status of first-name recognition – Jean-Georges. And of course, there’s the matching waterfront geography – the rock (or roc) upon which each hotel sits, jutting out over sparkling waters. That’s not all that sparkles. Eden Rock St. Barths has something else that we guarantee you won’t find anywhere else in the world: a Freddie Mercury bathroom. How could Oetker pass that up?

(Photos courtesy of Oetker Collection and Eden Rock St. Barths)