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February 27, 2013

A Rock-Star Villa in St. Barths

By Erin Schumaker | Hotels

A Rock-Star Villa in St. Barths
Courtesy of Eden Rock

The non-musical background of Eden Rock owner David Matthews (“I sing a bit in the bathtub,” he quips) hasn’t stopped him from creating a recording retreat that has attracted the attention of A-list stars and musicians from around the world.

Matthews and his family purchased the St. Barths property in 1995 and unveiled the Rockstar Villa, a 16,000-square-foot property and the only private recording studio on the island, in 2009. The hotel has a partnership with Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood—an agreement that was forged after Matthews and Ocean Way owner Allen Sides became friends. “We set up the St. Barths Rockstar Studio on a handshake years ago and it’s good today,” Matthews says. Though the studio was previously available only to guests staying at the villa, the recording doors opened to the public this year (packages start at $2,090 a song).

In addition to an easy-going attitude, amenities abound. Butlers are on hand to meet the needs of guests around the clock. Private access to the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, as well as a pool and a fully-equipped gym, croquet lawn, whiskey bar and 20-seat Cinemascope screening room, add to the state-of-the-art experience. With a villa-employed sound engineer for recording sessions and access to the same Neve music-mixing console that John Lennon used to record “Imagine,” it is no wonder that country star Kenny Chesney chose to record his most-recent album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, here. The title of the first single it released? “Feel Like a Rock Star,” of course. From $26,140 per night; St. Jean Bay; 590-590/297999; edenrockhotel.com.