On an island overstuffed with luxury resorts, this legendary hotel may be the last that is still family-owned and -operated. The hotel was built in 1950 on the island's famous Eden Rock, a promontory jutting out from the beach at St-Jean, where it entertained the likes of Greta Garbo and other celebrities of the day. The original rooms, which climb the Rock (Rock Classics, the Legacy Suites), are highly desirable—you feel as if you're floating on the sea—although some folks, especially those with mobility issues, may prefer the beachside suites. The “Rock” rooms are uniquely furnished with fourposters and antiques. Of the Legacy rooms, the Garbo Suite has been done with vintage Hollywood panache and it has panoramic views from private terraces. Higher still is the Howard Hughes Suites, clubby and private with polished wood floors, three terraces with 360-degree views, and a mogul-size bathroom. The luxe factor is dialed to 11 with the Ultra Luxe Villas, one of which, the Rockstar Suite, gets plenty of press for its size (16,000 square feet), private bulter service, private pool, and for both budding and wizened rock stars, state-of-the-art recording studio.

The menus for the hotel's two restaurants are overseen by star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The the casual beachfront Sand Bar is open for lunch and brunch,and dinner-only On The Rocks sits high above the sands of St-Jean.The hotel even has its own art gallery and studio, where rotating artists-in-residence come to work and play.