Pierre Eric Houdant

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There are two kinds of people in this world – those who have furniture, and those who have suitcases. Eric is definitely the latter.

After studying at hotel school, Eric left his native Picardie in France and was drawn to the warmer climate of Provence, in the south of the country, where he found work with various Relais & Châteaux hotels.

Whilst there, he spotted a photo in the Relais & Châteaux guidebook of a fishing boat in the turquoise waters of St Jean Bay promoting Filao Beach Hotel, the first Relais & Châteaux of the French West Indies.

Absolutely smitten, Eric sent off his résumé and was offered a six-month contract. Six months soon turned into ten very happy years, and it wasn’t until the Filao was sold and redeveloped in 2004 that Eric chose to move across the island to Les Ilets as our Resort Manager, even if his most important role is being father to the lovely Margaux, who is now studying in mainland France.

Eric’s other passion is music and he is responsible for the St Barth’s choir, which sings frequently at the Anglican church in Gustavia and was invited to take part in the Closing Bell Ceremony of The New York Stock Exchange in 2008. He also sits on the St Barths Tourist Office Committee and is an active member of the St Barths Music Festival – which brings about 60 musicians and singers from all over the world to our island for two weeks each January.

After more than 20 years in St Barths, it might be time for Eric to buy some furniture…

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