This Boutique Hotel in St. Barth Leans into Retro Charm

Tropical St. Barth, a 24-key boutique hotel designed by Oscar Lucien Ono, is exactly as its name suggests—a space that reminds guests they are on holiday the second they step inside. With its maximalist decor and retro palette, the hotel features hand-painted murals that reference the surrounding palms. Not to mention plenty of indoor-outdoor spaces, such as shaded patios and a pool deck outfitted with pink loungers that seem straight out of the 1950s.

“We used pastel colors only,” shares Ono, who founded Paris-based Maison Numéro 20. “Pastels infuse a certain freshness into the space and evoke a particular tropical spirit reminiscent of Miami and Palm Beach in the ’30-’50s.” The pastel hues also brighten the interiors, adding a light and airy layer to the textures and patterns throughout. Eye-catching art and bold textiles meld with leaf motifs, rattan furnishings, and wood elements while green, pink, and white marble finishes offer yet another surprise.

A curtain made of wooden beads makes for an airy division of space.
A curtain made of wooden beads makes for an airy division of space.
Rattan, wood, and bamboo elements are embellished with golden finishes.
Rattan, wood, and bamboo elements are embellished with golden finishes.

A wooden canopy frames the restaurant and bar area, though the focal point is the botanical mural by artist Raphaël Schmitt. “The tropical mural elevates and brings together the indoor/outdoor concept,” adds Ono. “It was all painted by hand and took two months to complete.” Inspired by the lush gardens around the property and the local landscape, the mural nods to the heart of the hotel design, incorporating verdant hues and pops of pastels while inviting the outdoors in.

Custom-made headboards meld wood and fabric in this pink guest room.
Custom-made headboards meld wood and fabric, adding a touch of originality to each room.
The dining room in the boutique hotel features a hand-painted mural.
A hand-painted mural adds visual interest in the hotel restaurant.
A pink bathroom with arched mirrors and a double sink.
The pastel pink hues extend into this guest bathroom.
A green botanical wall with a circular mirror and lamp on top of a console with botanical motifs.
The maximalist decor layers materials, patterns, and textures.
The bar area of the hotel restaurant beneath a wooden canopy.
The restaurant bar area features a wood framed canopy, evoking the feeling of dining outdoors.
Two chairs and a table in front of the hand-painted mural with pink and green leaves.
A mural by Raphaël Schmitt.
Pink striped loungers by the outdoor pool nod to the 1950s.
Pink striped loungers nod to another era.
Rattan furnishings invite guests to unwind in the outdoor patio.
Outdoor benches and wrought iron chairs with pastel pink and almond green hues invite guests to unwind.

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