Le Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth

LVMH’S NEW PALACE: As if its star factor wasn’t glittery enough, Le Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France, a popular holiday destination for personalities including Marc Jacobs and Beyoncé, has just been awarded the prestigious palace distinction.

Located on Flamands Bay on the island of Saint Barthélemy in the French West Indies, Le Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France has been part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s luxury hotel portfolio since 2013. It’s run out of the company’s hotel management division, which includes fellow palace, the Cheval Blanc hotel in Courchevel.

Two other French hotel properties — Le Peninsula Paris and the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes — were also newly minted as palaces.

Created by the French Minister of Tourism in 2010, the palace distinction was designed to award official recognition to France’s finest five-star hotels. The two-phase selection process is based on a range of factors, from room size to environmental policies and financial performance.

With three new members just named, the total number of official French palaces stands at 19.