Over the last few centuries, control of the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy in the French West Indies has passed between several powerful monarchies, but the 9-square-miles of sandy paradise now has a new royal connection. Eden Rock, it’s first (and still one of its finest) hotels, is owned by Pippa Middleton’s new in-laws, David and Jane Matthews.
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Built around 1950 by the eccentric aviator Remy de Haenen, who used it as a private hideaway for friends like Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes, the hotel maintains an A-list clientele. Hollywood royals (Tom Hanks, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez) flock to the resort when they need to slip away from the spotlight — or draw it on the deck of a megayacht.
The Matthews, who bought the property and moved their four children there in 1995, were looking for a family adventure. (They got it, when a few days after moving in, Hurricane Luis crossed the island, forcing the family to hide under the kitchen’s concrete sinks.)
The accommodations today are a bit more luxurious. The property, managed by the international hotel group …read more