An Expansive Spectacular Beachfront Villa Estate is Now Available on St. Barth

September 17th, 2016

VILLA CAMP DAVID – ST JEAN BEACH
ST. BARTH

Many people want to share a lifetime experience on beautiful St. Barth with family and friends. However, an exceptional villa that is large enough wasn’t an option. Finding one on the beach? Impossible!

– Until Now –

I am delighted to announce that St. Barth Properties is currently offering the – never before on the rental market – very exclusive beachfront villa compound known as Camp David. Those of you who are returning guests pass by the driveway with a small sign pinpointing Camp David each time you head towards Lorient.

Sign and entrance to Camp David

Sign and entrance to Camp David

This is where the top of the property’s two-plus acres begins and marvelously stretches all the way down to St. Jean Beach. When you walk along the smaller, quieter side of St. Jean Beach, you see a private roped-off beach area but you cannot see Camp David itself because it is hidden amongst towering palm trees. It’s deliciously private.

Camp David is situated directly on beautiful St. Jean Beach

Camp David is situated directly on beautiful St. Jean Beach

Imagine being able to stay in a beachfront estate that can accommodate 24 people. With 12 bedrooms, two swimming pools, a tennis court and a gym, you may never want to step foot outside of this magnificent property.

Camp David's upper swimming pool is located below the main pavilion

Camp David’s upper swimming pool is located below the main pavilion

The lower pool at Camp David is hidden behind the beach

The lower pool at Camp David is hidden behind the beach

Looking for places to gather? The compound has multiple outdoor and indoor living areas.

The main house at Camp David has an outdoor living area that overlooks the upper swimming pool

The main house at Camp David has an outdoor living area that overlooks the upper swimming pool

Camp David's lower swimming pool with outdoor living area is located just behind the beach

Camp David’s lower swimming pool with outdoor living area is located just behind the beach

The main house at Camp David has an airconditioned indoor-living room

The main house at Camp David has an air conditioned indoor living room

Is dining under the stars while listening to the sound of the gentle waves something you would love to do? No problem!

Guests can enjoy outdoor dining by the sea

Guests can enjoy outdoor dining by the sea

For more information, have a look at our link to Camp David.

This aerial photo gives you an idea of the layout at Camp David

This aerial photo gives you an idea of the layout at Camp David

Take a moment out of your busy day to enjoy this soothing video of Camp David.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4qfa4yzqc0li5wt/Camp%20David%20St.%20Jean%20%232.m4v?dl=0

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Grocery Shopping in St. Barth Just Got Better

June 30th, 2016

Oasis Market opens in Lorient

Rejoice! For those of you who love to cook while on vacation and for those of you who do not, the brand new Oasis Market in Lorient is just for you. The original Oasis store closed its doors on Christmas Day 2015 leaving us without a place to shop 365 days a year. We were told that Marché U had purchased the space and that it would reopen “in the spring”. I drove by it every day but there was nothing to see as all of the windows had been blacked out. Suddenly, I noticed lots of cars in the parking lot. In fact, the lot was so packed that I waited a few days to check it out.

Oasis Marche U Entrance

Oasis Marché U Entrance

When we decided to give it a try a few days later, I was not disappointed one bit. The transformation is dramatic. Everything in the store is new and clean; the shelves are extremely well stocked. You can purchase just about everything there. Finding fresh fruit and veggies used to be a challenge, but no more.

Oasis has fresh fruit and vegetables galore!

Oasis has fresh fruit and vegetables galore!

Stop by the deli for fresh cold cuts.

The deli at Oasis has a wide variety of charcuterie.

The deli at Oasis has a wide variety of charcuterie.

You can get your baguette too making it easy to prepare your cooler for a picnic lunch on the beach.

Oasis offers fresh baguettes and pastries

Oasis offers fresh baguettes and pastries

They have a take-away stand with stuffed crabs, paella etc. as well as a great selection of cheeses. If you want to have wine with your lunch, you can choose a nice rosé from their vast wine section.

Oasis has a nice selection of wines

Oasis has a nice selection of wines

Oasis has booze too!

Oasis has booze too!

Of course, you will still want to shop for your meat at La Boucherie located at the little roundabout in St. Jean or at Ché Yo Boucherie in Les Mangliers behind the gas station in St. Jean. And of course going to the harbor early in the morning for your fresh fish is a must. If you as staying in the Lorient area, the fishermen have a small stand that is open when they have had a good early morning fishing trip. For the accompaniments, stop by Oasis.

Although it is not open 365 days a year, the hours at Oasis are quite convenient.

Although it is not open 365 days a year, the hours at Oasis are quite convenient.

Happy shopping!

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Anne-Cécile Bedford’s May 2016 Trip Report

June 9th, 2016

BONJOUR! As many of you know, our staff travels to St. Barth at least twice a year in order keep up-to-date on all that is happening on our favorite little island. It is extremely important that we inspect and re-inspect our Properties, dine at the restaurants, participate in activities and meet with our on-island colleagues. That way, we can better serve you when planning your St. Barth vacation.

Today’s Guest Blog is written by our Bilingual St. Barth Specialist Anne-Cécile Bedford.

Enjoy.

Sunny regards,
Peg

Anne-Cecile Bedford

Anne-Cécile Bedford

I just returned from a week on St Barth, my favorite place to work! As you all may know by now, I take two trips a year, in the spring and fall, to inspect our new properties and revisit villas I have not seen in a while as well as the one that went through renovation. I must have full knowledge to report back to all of my clients and be able to match them with the best property!

There are so many to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming, so my job is to make it easy for you and guide you through the selection process. From a romantic villa for two perched high up on the hill to a family-friendly place by the beach or a luxurious 5 star villa or hotel, you can rely on my expertise to find your dream place on this little piece of paradise.

Villa Inspection

Villa Inspection at Villa Jade, a 5 star villa in Marigot

This time my trip was a bit bittersweet because I had to say goodbye to two of my long time coworkers who are moving on with their lives and leaving the island for a new promising future. I will miss Ted’s “Joie de vivre” and Mai’s Zen attitude but I was happy to welcome Anne Laure who tagged along with me on some of my visits. Many of you will have the chance to meet her on the island; she is very professional and simply gorgeous.

On my first night I had dinner with Peg at the Les Bananiers restaurant located in Colombier. It is a casual but wonderful restaurant, adjacent to La Colombe bakery where they bake the best baguettes on the island. Les Bananiers serves French and International cuisine; the perfect place to chill out after a day of travel! Their pizzas are as good as the ones at The Hideaway and I had the best Mahi-Mahi dish I have ever had on St Barth. I could not resist having “Escargot” (snails) as an appetizer of course; it is very French. This place is open for lunch, dinner but closed on Sundays.

Mahi-Mahi at Les Bananiers

Mahi-Mahi at Les Bananiers

This time I stayed at villa Mon Cheri, a deluxe property located hillside in Lurin with incredible views. For those looking for proximity to town, this is the ideal place to be. Both St. Jean and Gustavia are within a 7 minute drive. The villa features a large living area and kitchen with two equal bedrooms on both sides and a third little bedroom perfect for a child or a nanny. As a plus, the villa is fully air conditioned.

The living room opens up to a nice covered terrace where guest can dine by the pretty edge pool while watching the sunset. To my surprise the owner has added a Jacuzzi which was perfect for me to relax after longs days of visits and standing on my feet.

Villa Mon Cheri

Villa Mon Cheri

Mon Cheri Jacuzzi

Mon Cheri Jacuzzi

From Mon Cheri, I enjoyed the convenience of walking to one of my favorite restaurants, “Santa Fe” to say a last goodbye to Manu the owner. He is off to the South of France where he spent his childhood attending school there and seemed pretty happy about it. Do not worry, the Santa Fe will remain but with a new owner.

Amongst the new villas I visited, I absolutely loved Villa Kelly, a chic three bedroom villa, located near Gustavia and perfect for families. From the villa you can enjoy the panoramic view of St. Jean and a constant ballet of planes in the distance. The villa is beautifully designed in a nice contemporary style and features 3 bedrooms (2 bedrooms can communicate), a fitness room, a nice outdoor living space with a bar/kitchenette and a large barbecue to dine alfresco! The indoor living area and kitchen is fully air conditioned for those who cannot handle the heat. The long infinity heated pool (58 by 11 feet) is gorgeous with a shallow part where you can lay on chaise lounges. You will enjoy the convenience of being near your favorite restaurants and shopping spots in Gustavia.

Villa Kelly

Villa Kelly in Lurin

While you are strolling the streets of Gustavia, take the time to stop at the “Eden Fine Art Gallery” located near L’Isola restaurant and owned by Cathia Klimovsky. The gallery, hosted by Lynda Jacques, specializes in artwork and sculptures from selected leading International artists. They have several boutiques in the world; 3 in New-York, 1 in San Francisco, 2 in Tel Aviv and 1 in St. Barth. You will recognize the amazing work of the brilliant Yoel Benharrouche. Check it out! You may find your next piece of art or recognize yourself through the art piece.

Eden Fine Art GalleryEden Fine Art Gallery

Don’t forget while parking in Gustavia to put your Blue Disc on the windshield of your car and indicate the time you have parked, as there is a limited time (90 minutes) authorized. I omitted to put mine on there for a quick stop and ended up having to pay a parking ticket of 17 Euros. If this ever happens to you, the thing to do is to go to the Collectivité Locale (located by the stop sign on the corner that goes up from Le Select and is near the police station in Gustavia). Go there first to get a stamp and then go next door, to the police station but it closes at 5:00 (because our island is so safe!). It’s on the right, not too far past the Choisy bakery on the upper exiting road in Gustavia.

The Blue Disk that is used for parking in certain areas of St. Barth

The Blue Disk that is used for parking in certain areas of St. Barth

On other villa news, I am happy to announce that Villa Arrow Marine in Mont Jean is back in our inventory. It is a wonderful property for families or group of friends and the sunrise views from this villa are just stunning. Villa Arrow Marine features 4 bedrooms and can be rented as a 5 bedroom villa in combination with Villa Alphane located on top of the property. It is a breezy area and the view is gorgeous.

Villa Arrow Marine

View from Villa Arrow Marine in Mont Jean

On my last day, I had to make a stop at La Gloriette restaurant, open for lunch (every day except Wednesday) and for pizza and burgers but only at dinner. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch, feet in the sand, facing the lagoon at “Grand Cul de Sac”.

I was happy to run into Albert the owner whom I had not seen in many years. I purchased their wonderful vanilla rhum to take home and I was glad to find out that they now ship to the US (shipping fee starts at Euro 40), France and Europe. Check their web site rhum-lagloriette.com.

Quick news: L’Oasis supermarket in Lorient has reopened, under new management, offering a variety of Bio products. If you are a wine lover check Le Papillon Ivre located in St. Jean up from Le Piment. They serve salads, sandwiches and fresh homemade products. In Gustavia, Le Quarter 25 is a fun place to start the night and enjoy a cocktail. They also have a dinner menu and offer delicious fish tacos and zesty popcorn. Their selection of bourbons is quite impressive.

My trip to St. Barth would not be complete without a swim in the beautiful warm ocean. Clients often ask, “What is the best beach to go to”? Which one do you recommend?” It is true that as tiny as St Barth is, the island offers 16 beaches! They are all beautiful and easy to access with free parking. My favorite is Saline Beach simply because it is unspoiled and just spectacular, a place where nature meets with the ocean and where part of my heart will remain always…

Saline Beach

Saline Beach

I can’t wait to share with you all of villas I have inspected. Call me at 508-570-4477 or email me at anne@stbarth.com and book your trip now to take advantage of the low season rates.

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Some News on What’s Happening/Changing at Our St. Barth Office

May 3rd, 2016

When you return to St. Barth, you will notice a few changes. Two of our long-time staff members at our on-island office finished their contracts on April 30 and left paradise to pursue their dreams.

Many of you know that French born citizen Ted Deltour, who has been with St. Barth Properties-St. Barth since January 11, 2003, began creating jewelry using Tahitian pearls strung on leather and launched his business, Les Trésors de St. Barth several years ago. Lucky for us, he didn’t quit his day job but he spent his off-hours designing and creating pieces for individuals including our staff in both offices. Each piece is unique and gorgeous. His business has grown as has his passion for being a jewelry designer …so much so that he applied and was accepted to the prestigious École de Joaillerie de Montréal in Montreal, Canada. He is eagerly awaiting the start of his classes, although not so eagerly the Canadian winters.

Mai Vu thi Nu has been with us since February 06, 2008. Mai, a native of Belgium, was born to travel. Each summer she has taken a few months off to travel the world and in the course of doing so, she developed a passion for yoga. She began teaching hatha yoga on St. Barth and now wants to live her dream by traveling around the world to learn more as well as train more and more on the different types of yoga as well as massage therapy. Mai’s immediate plans are to spend two and a half months in South America, then one month in Europe, followed by three months India beginning in September and then on to Asia.

Au revoir, Ted and Mai

Au revoir, Ted and Mai

We are very pleased to announce that Anne Laure Amy joined our island team on April 01, 2016. Anne Laure comes from Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, so coming to St. Barth is a natural place to want to live. She graduated from the Vatel Institute of Lyon with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Anne Laure, said, “I’ve always loved hosting, organizing meals and traveling. I’ve traveled a bit alone and with my family to the USA, Canada, Spain, Greece, Brazil, Thailand, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium. Greece and Brazil are two of my favorite countries.” She also loves dancing, music and the cinema, Anne Laure is here to give you, our loyal client, the best service possible. “Working at St. Barth Properties is the opportunity I have been waiting to have for a long time and I am glad to be part of the company because I am passionate about this Island, villas rentals and I am very service-oriented.”

Bienvenue Anne-Laure!

Bienvenue Anne-Laure!

We honored Ted and Mai at our last weekly cocktail party of the season with a toast and a gift. Ted received a luggage case for his jewelry and Mai received a piece of luggage for backpacking.

Farewell Cocktail Party at Bagatelle April 27, 2016

Farewell Cocktail Party at Bagatelle April 27, 2016

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Orega – Another Fabulous New Dinner Venue Hits the St Barth Restaurant Scene

April 7th, 2016

Orega St. Barth

Those of us who have been coming to St. Barth for years and years (I am celebrating 30 years since I first discovered this island in 1986) remember the little quaint “case” in the heart of Gustavia where owner Adam Rajner had his expensive, but excellent Le Sapotillier restaurant. It was so named because those of us who dined in the garden sat under a huge Sapotillier tree that towered up into the moonlit sky. During that period of time, there were no retractable roofs and I don’t remember it ever raining while we were there; besides, Steve and I chose to dine on the porch/mezzanine of the “case”, anyway.

The sommelier at the time was one of our very favorite people, Manu, who now owns the Santa Fe restaurant in Lurin. The only thing that bugged me about dining at Le Sapotillier was when we asked for “l’addition”, the bill only said “drinks”. They were never itemized and therefore, our check was always much higher than we had anticipated. We kept going back anyway because the food and ambiance made for a lovely evening out.

Eventually, Adam decided to sell the restaurant. A young couple took over but were unsuccessful. Several other people gave it a shot, namely B-4, Océan and Avventura. None survived for very long. Well, I am pleased to let you know that Orega restaurant is knocking everyone’s socks off with its outstanding cuisine, attentive staff and an upgraded décor. The Sapotillier tree is long gone, but the garden tables are open to the sky and there is a retractable roof, just in case.

I love this table on the mezzanine where Steve and I can watch the world go by while we are enjoing our dinner at Orega.

I love this table on the mezzanine where Steve and I can watch the world go by while we are enjoing our dinner at Orega.

Greg Ortega and his wife Kate Kova are co-owners of both Orega restaurant where Greg is hands-on and Ortega Art Gallery which is across the street and is where you will find artist Kate. The restaurant explains the concept as, “The OREGA Team has come together to create an exceptional dining experience, which combines authentic, quality ingredients with impeccable service in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. OREGA creates a fusion experience with Japanese and French cuisine that offers both classic and unique dishes exquisitely prepared and presented for your dining pleasure. Our team is passionate about cooking artistry and will assuredly make you fall in love with OREGA.”

Look who is right outside our window at Orega - Papa Guyo and Greg Ortega!

Look who is right outside our window at Orega – Papa Guyo and Greg Ortega!

I have already dined there a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. We always start with Edamame while we decide which appetizer to share and what each of our main courses will be. I have a tendency to order something, fall in love with it and keep ordering it again. So much so that our waiter Max (formerly at Le Carré) correctly guesses that it will be the Caribbean Treasure, Orega’s version of Spiny Lobster Ravioli with mushrooms and bisque and has already chilled a bottle of Sancerre Blanc, my favorite wine.

Caribbean Treasure

Caribbean Treasure

Steve, on the other hand, loves to try different things and raved about their Wagyu Gyoza, a Japanese ravioli with braised beef, mushrooms and katsuboshi. The lamb chops were delicious as well.

Wagyu Gyoza at Orega

Wagyu Gyoza at Orega

Lamb Chops - Orega Style

Lamb Chops – Orega Style

We always share an appetizer and the Orega variety of Tuna Tataki is outstanding. Steve is a chocoholic as well as a lover of lemon flavors. Their Chocolate Bomb dessert with vanilla ice cream, angel cake and berries (with two spoons, of course) satisfied his chocolate craving one evening and the Tarte Yuzu Meringuée (a Japanese lemon tart topped with Italian meringue) was savored on another evening. Both are out of this world.

Orega's Tuna Tataki

Orega’s Tuna Tataki

Omega's Chocolate Bomb and the Lemon Tart with Italian Meringue are to die for

Omega’s Chocolate Bomb and the Lemon Tart with Italian Meringue are to die for

Open for dinner 6:30-10:30 (Closed Tuesdays). Reservations are a must. We are happy to make them for you, our St. Barth Properties’ clients.

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Finding a Parking Spot in Gustavia

February 23rd, 2016

It’s not “Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.” It’s “Shop in a boutique, dine in a restaurant in paradise, find me a parking spot.”

Today’s blog post serves as an FYI to all of our clients and readers. Some changes have been made to the parking regulations. If you have already vacationed here in 2016, you have probably been on the hunt for a parking place when you drove into Gustavia. Of course, no one stops coming to St. Barth over this little detail but it can be a challenge to find a spot at certain times of the day. What typically happens on a weekday is the following: People who work in the offices and banks as well as the teachers arrive and park first, followed by those who work in the boutiques as well as the restaurants. So, by the time you are ready to shop or have lunch, you have to drive around the harbor hoping someone pulls out of a space exactly when you are about to drive by.

It’s the talk of the island. What we all know is that we need more parking spaces. Some boutique owners have told me that they would welcome being shuttled in and out of Gustavia from St. Jean. The island did this during Carnival and it worked well. Several years ago, an entrepreneur tried to run a shuttle service from the hotels but the taxi drivers shut it down. The employees working in the boutiques don’t use taxis, so a shuttle for workers would not affect the taxis.

The Collectivité has discussed moving the schools out of Gustavia and/or putting up a parking lot on one of the Gustavia hillsides. So far, nothing has happened although I read that the lot will actually happen. I just don’t know when exactly that will be.

This Blue Zone sign shows the areas where you must use your Blue Disk

This Blue Zone sign shows the areas where you must use your Blue Disk

In the meantime, the Blue Disk was introduced to limit the time one can park on certain streets.Your car rental agency gives you one to use while you are here. Using the honor system, you move the hands of the clock on your disk to the time when you parked and you are given 90 minutes to complete your tasks. The “parking police” do give out tickets, so please be diligent about returning to your car on time.

The Blue Disk that is used for parking in certain areas of St. Barth

The Blue Disk that is used for parking in certain areas of St. Barth

One of the most congested areas is the parking lot by the ferry dock. People come to pick up and drop off passengers, shoppers and boutique personnel park there, yacht customers use the lot, and the car rental agencies are there to deliver a car to clients who chose to take the ferry from St. Martin. I just found about the following announcement and checked it out for you.

The official announcement showing the date when paid parking at the lot by the ferry dock begins.

The official announcement showing the date when paid parking at the lot by the ferry dock begins.

NEW: As of February 22 2016

The Collectivité has installed and activated a paid parking lot by the ferry dock.

The entrance to the paid parking lot by the ferry dock.

The entrance to the paid parking lot by the ferry dock.

The Details

  • There is a sign that tells you how many spaces are open.
  • This sign indciates how many parking spaces are available.

    This sign indciates how many parking spaces are available.

  • If there are any available spaces, take a ticket and the gate will go up. Enter and park.
  • Press the button and take your ticket.

    Press the button and take your ticket.

  • Enjoy your time shopping, dining or simply walking around this quaint little harbor.
  • Return to the lot and go to the machine by the gazebo. Choose your language. Scan your ticket and the amount owed will appear on the screen.
  • Go to the gazebo with your ticket and use this machine to pay before getting back into your car.

    Go to the gazebo with your ticket and use this machine to pay before getting back into your car.

  • Insert your credit card in the slot or use the Wifi symbol to scan if you have Apple Pay. The screen will say Valid for Exit.
  • After you have paid, scan the ticket here and the gate will open for you.

    After you have paid, scan the ticket here and the gate will open for you.

  • Return to your car, go to the exit and scan your ticket in the slot provided and the gate will open.
  • Voilà! You are all set!

    Voilà! You are all set!

Note: I tried it last night. Even if there is no charge, you still must go through the above procedure.

The Bottom Line

  • Valid Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • First 30 minutes and Sundays are free
  • First fifteen minutes is .50€ (2 € per hour)
  • Lost ticket: 46 €
This sign showing the rules, regulations and tariffs is at the entrance to to paid parking lot by the ferry dock.

This sign showing the rules, regulations and tariffs is at the entrance to to paid parking lot by the ferry dock.

Don’t forget to notify your credit card company of your travel plans before you leave home.

So far, it is working well. Employees are not using it and scooters etc. are forbidden to park in the lot.

Once you try it, please let me know about your experience and I’ll keep you posted on the construction of the proposed new parking lot.

2 Responses to “Finding a Parking Spot in Gustavia”

  1. Linda says:

    Thanks for such detailed info, Peg. Parking in Gustavia can be a challenge! I hope the concept of a shuttle for employees will be seriously considered.

  2. Kevin Brown says:

    Peg,
    Thanks for blog on the parking situation. Always a concern when heading into town.

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The Latest Update on What’s New on the St. Barth Restaurant Scene

January 28th, 2016

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth! My husband Steve and I came back to St. Barth December 8th and are based here until mid-May 2016 (poor me). As part of my duties to you, loyal reader, I must try the new restaurants and report back my findings. Today’s blog is the first in the series.

The Hidden Gem: Carpe Diem, Gustavia

Carpe Diem restaurant on the La Pointe side of Gustavia harbor, St. Barth is getting rave reviews.

Carpe Diem restaurant on the La Pointe side of Gustavia harbor, St. Barth is getting rave reviews.

Tucked away on the other side of the harbor where Ti Zouk Café used to be, new owner Audrey Ferrari has transformed the place into a lovely open-air restaurant. I have known Audrey for several years. She is a sommelier and we took a wine tasting course that she was giving at Absolutely Wine. Her dream of opening her own restaurant has come true. We have dined there several times, including New Year’s Eve, and it has become one of my favorites.

Here I am with Carpe Diem's owner Audrey Ferrari

Here I am with Carpe Diem’s owner Audrey Ferrari.

The open kitchen and bar is shared space in the front of the restaurant. The aroma wafts out to the sidewalk. Passerbys stop to breathe it all in and make a mental note to dine there. Nicely set tables near tall trees adorn the rest of the space. In the corner, there is an elevated lounge area where you can enjoy an apéritif.

The ambience in the open-air dining room at Carpe Diem is delightful.

The ambience in the open-air dining room at Carpe Diem is delightful.

An elevated lounge area to enjoy cocktails is tucked away in the corner.

An elevated lounge area to enjoy cocktails is tucked away in the corner.

The menu is varied and each day it differs a bit. Always on the menu, (a black board) is its signature homemade pasta. It comes in 3 sizes (small – 9 euros, medium – 17 euros and large – 22 euros), 3 shapes (penne, tagliatelle and macaroni) with many sauces from which to choose (Bolognese, mushroom, pesto, basil, carbonara, tomato and goat cheese cream). Believe it or not, the small size in enough for me. Although delicious, I can’t even finish it.

Carpe Diem's Homemade Macaroni with Bolognese Sauce (small portion).

Carpe Diem’s Homemade Macaroni with Bolognese Sauce (small portion).

Goat cheese ravioli as well as beef ravioli are on the menu, too (also in small, medium and large portions – 12, 22, and 30 euros respectively) with a choice of the same sauces. Steve tried the beef ravioli with mushroom sauce and couldn’t stop raving about it. Chef Julien came over to our table later on and told us that he had just created the secret recipe for it. Don’t ask because, after all, it is a top-secret.

The New Creation of Chef Julien is Beef Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce.  The Recipe is Top Secret.

The New Creation of Chef Julien is Beef Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce. The Recipe is Top Secret.

The Grill: Choose from Mahi Mahi, Gambas, Scallops, Flank steak, quail Filets and French Sausage, “Alouette” (Described by wait person, Gary as meaning “strong”). Accompanying sides include Lentils ‘Du Puy”, Coco Beans, Celeriac Purée and Pan Fried Zucchini.

Julien Losada is the very talented chef at Carpe Diem

Julien Losada is the very talented chef at Carpe Diem

Starters: That particular evening the starters included Pan Fried Foie gras (22 €), Buratta, Cured Meat (14 €), Goat cheese Salad (14 €) and Beef Tataki (16 €).

Carpe Diem's yummy version of Goat Cheese Salad.

Carpe Diem’s yummy version of Goat Cheese Salad.

Carpe Diem has a daily lunch special. For example, Daurade (Sea Bream) Tatare with Green Salad @ 12 € as well as a Formule (prix fixe) @ 17 € which includes the special along with a drink of your choice and a cup of coffee.

Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Dinner from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm and Sunday Brunch

Please give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Merci beaucoup!

We enjoyed spending New Year's Eve at Carpe Diem with some our of family -  Nate, Mark, Reegan and Cynthia Smyth.

We enjoyed spending New Year’s Eve at Carpe Diem with some our of family – Nate, Mark, Reegan and Cynthia Smyth.

3 Responses to “The Latest Update on What’s New on the St. Barth Restaurant Scene”

  1. Len and Mary Jo Attisano says:

    Peg,
    We missed seeing you, Steve, and Mark last week. Great pictures of your family–all look well. We enjoyed another great week in SBH. Paradise found.

    We stayed at Villa WV Bon again (3rd year) thru Wimco but had some issues this time (nasty bug infestation and weakly equipped kitchen) and would like to know if you can find another property for us next year. Looking to rent nine days, if possible, from 1/12/17 to 1/21/17 but would settle for Saturday to Saturday) with a price point of $6,000.

    Both Len and I love to cook. We wanted to have friends over for cocktails and dinner but there was not even 4 complete place settings.

    Let us know what is available.

    The best–Len and Mary Jo

    PS. I would be happy to mail or fax you the roster of this years’ participants. A nice group of people. Some new.

    • admin says:

      Hi Len and Mary Jo, Thanks for contacting me. We missed seeing you, too! I would be delighted to assist you with next year’s accommodation.I will email you. My best to you. -Peg

  2. Henry says:

    Carpe Diem is now on our list of must do restaurants. We tried it for lunch near the end of our trip and enjoyed it very much. Good to know there’s a brunch option.

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A Beautiful Way to Burn Calories and Stay in Shape While on Vacation in St. Barth

January 5th, 2016

Bonjour and Bonne Année from beautiful St. Barth to all of my loyal readers! I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and I wish you a very healthy and happy 2016.

One of my sons, Mark Smyth (the dentist vs. son, Tom Smyth, V.P. at St. Barth Properties) along with his family were, once again, able to join us in St. Barth for the holidays.

He wrote this guest blog. I hope you enjoy it.

Peg

A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO BURN CALORIES AND STAY IN SHAPE WHILE ON VACATION IN St. BARTH

My name is Mark Smyth. My family and I have been fortunate enough to be at least annual visitors to this beautiful island of St Barth. Brother Tom Smyth and mother Peg Walsh as well as the entire St. Barth Properties team have made this possible. The magnificent landscapes, quaint villages, and friendly islanders are amazing allures to this little slice of paradise; the world class cuisine is one its finest pleasures, thus the point of my blog.

We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at Le Repaire in Gustavia. (L to R) My daughter Reegan, my wife Cynthia, me, my mom Peg , daughter Lilia, my stepdad Doc and son Nate.

We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at Le Repaire in Gustavia. (L to R) My daughter Reegan, my wife Cynthia, me, my mom Peg, daughter Lilia, my stepdad Doc and my son Nate.

After indulging in some French and Caribbean delicacies for a few days, I typically feel the need for some cardio exercise. Normally, I would find a less busy part of the island and partake in a 30-45 minute jog. Over the past few years, the wear and tear on my knees plus a few extra pains au chocolat have made running less practical. Walking has become my exercise of choice.

In the early morning, I embarked on a walk that took me from L’Oasis in Lorient down through St. Jean looping back along the stadium and recreational areas and returning to L’Oasis. It is exactly a 5 km course taking about an hour (depending on how many stops one makes to drink in the gorgeous scenery and snap a photo or two). Very importantly, it is 95% sidewalk accessible. It’s hilly too which gets the cardio going.

I began my early morning trek by starting out at the L'Oasis Center  in Lorient.

I began my early morning trek by starting out at the L’Oasis Center in Lorient.

The reason I am writing this blog is because during my walk at 7am, I rediscovered the absolute stunning beauty of this French piece of Eden. Over the years we’ve tended to get into our rented vehicles and drive to the beach, then back to the villa, or to Gustavia to shop and back, or out to dinner and back. Cruising the island at 30-40 km/hr., I’ve missed out on some of the subtle idyllic nuances of St Barth. Being the driver nearly all of the time, I have had to focus on keeping our car on the wonderful, narrow local roadways. While on my walk that day, I rounded a bend at the top of one of the hills high above St. Jean and, suddenly, I was looking across to the little airstrip which was illuminated by the rising sunshine.

The tiny airstrip is bathed in the early morning sunlight.

The tiny airstrip is bathed in the early morning sunlight.

Further along, I could see all the way across the Baie de St. Jean and hear the surf lapping against the rocky shoreline below as well as some birds singing from nearby flowering trees. The occasional bleat from a goat and a call from a rooster all joined in to enhance the spectacular vistas I was taking in. I genuinely felt a calmness and reconnection with this lovely isle.

Stop for a moment.  The breathtaking view of the Baie de St. Jean is not to be missed.

Stop for a moment. The breathtaking view of the Baie de St. Jean is not to be missed.

A flat stretch brought me by St. Jean Beach and peek at Eden Rock. I kept going (Be aware that the sidewalk disappears for a bit and it’s not really pedestrian-friendly which is another reason to go early). I crossed the street and continued to the gas station, bought a bottle of water at the Superette de L’Aéroport and took that road to begin my loop back passing by the fire station, stadium, municipal tennis courts and pool and then along the Étang (salt pond) that is parallel to the main road, then took a left to end back at Eden Rock and reversed my direction.

Eden Rock divides the Baie de St. Jean into two parts.

Eden Rock divides the Baie de St. Jean into two parts.

And, of course, when I returned to my car at the L’Oasis parking lot, a visit to the new boulangerie Choisy for a pain au chocolat was well deserved.

The Choisy bakery in Lorient

The Choisy bakery in Lorient

The Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant) at the new boulangerie Choisy in Lorient is hard to resist.

The Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant) at the new boulangerie Choisy in Lorient is hard to resist.

I may try and scout out some other walkable courses around the island, but for this trip, I continued walking the loop that helped me rediscover the beauty that has drawn us all to St Barth.

p.s. I would recommend embarking on this 5K walk early in the morning (before 8am). I do so because there will be less traffic noise cruising by as you walk and the rising sun bathing St. Jean is inspirational!

Mark Smyth's Exercise Route Festive Season 2015

Mark Smyth’s Exercise Route Festive Season 2015

One Response to “A Beautiful Way to Burn Calories and Stay in Shape While on Vacation in St. Barth”

  1. Mark from Wrentham says:

    You should add a map to this blog.

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Connie’s SBP Trip Report November 2015

December 10th, 2015

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth!

Steve and I made it back to paradise on Tuesday and are now based here until May (poor us). I have some last minute newly constructed villas to inspect in the next few days and will be adding them to our website shortly thereafter. For all of you procrastinators, yes we do still have some villas available over the holidays. Just follow this link to see http://stbarth.com/christmas-and-new-year-availability.

Last month, I was here with some of my US office’s staff, including Marketing and Travel Industry Consultant Connie Walsh. I am pleased to share her trip report.

I hope to see you at Bagatelle on Wednesday evenings for our weekly cocktail party.

Happy Holidays,
Peg

Trip Report, November 2015 by Connie Walsh

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Connie Walsh

I’ve made some eighteen trips from Boston to St. Barth over the past decade, each as smooth as the sand on its gorgeous beaches. But this time, a flight delay – the dreaded “mechanical” – put us in Puerto Rico too late to catch our flight on Tradewind Aviation, the day’s last. Friends would be dining without us at the harbor’s new Carpe Diem and we would not be laying our heads down that night at Villa Everest. Tant pis indeed.

We’d arranged for VIP service through Tradewind and found their indomitable Lizbeth waiting for us at the gate when we deplaned. And she had a plan B. She confirmed availability at a nearby hotel, arranged transportation to-and-from, and seats on the first flight out the next morning. We were whisked off to the old grand dame, El San Juan. That lobby is still gorgeous. We checked in, took a walk on the beach, through the casino, enjoyed a cocktail at the bar and dined at the La Picola Fontana. Excellent northern Italian food. Coulda been worse.

Villa Everest

Villa Everest

As promised, the next morning Lizbeth was at the check-in counter to take us up to Tradewind’s VIP lounge. Two espressos later, hubs and I were winging our way to St. Barth, arriving in time to settle in and make an early lunch reservation at the Santa Fe. It was a Thursday and at Santa Fe that means moules-frites – divine as always. I ordered a starter of gazpacho which was chilled to perfection. Nice to be back!

On Thursday, November 12, St. Barth Properties launched the season and the latest edition of Live Your Dream® in style with a cocktail party, seaside at the beautiful Hotel Taïwana. One could really sense the excitement. Love St. Barth in November.

Taïwana Hotel

Taïwana Hotel

As always, the week was a hustle-bustle of villa visits, hotel inspections, and meetings but we happily incorporated some down time. Our Saturday afternoon picnic lunch at St. Jean Beach and our traditional Sunday morning swim at Gouverneur were delightful interludes.

One of the highlights of this trip was our site inspection at Le Toiny. The hotel reopened with the first phase of the extensive renovations completed. The villas French Colonial décor is gone, replaced with a chic and cool contemporary coastal style. Bleached white wooden floors anchor a palette of sandy-soft neutrals and crisp whites with pops of tropical color. The entrance, reception area, and restaurant have been reconfigured creating more of lobby-like feel. That gorgeous half-moon pool remains and now there is an adjacent open-air oyster shell bar. We lunched at the newly named Le Toiny Restaurant. Chicken Creole for me – and it was divine.

Hotel Le Toiny

Hotel Le Toiny

Below the hotel, the new sprawling Beach Club was just being completed. It’s surrounded by a coconut grove and furnished with comfy chaises. Lunch and libations served and transportation to-and-from provided. Looking forward to enjoying a glass of rosé with my toes-in-the-sand there – next trip.

We checked out the progress on the sure to be gorgeous 52 room Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa. Located on the lagoon of Grand Cul de Sac with its 600-foot beachfront, it slated to open in 2016 and already generating lots of buzz.

And now for the “food facts.” We joined the fun at Gustavia’s new 25 Quarter (formerly Monbart), they have a hip street food menu complete with tacos, dumplings and empanadas and exciting cocktails. Football fans take note, they’ll be showing NFL games this winter. We sampled the new Italian focused cuisine at Le Sereno as they celebrate their new sister property in Lake Cuomo. I made a return visit to harbor side Bagatelle. It’s becoming one of my gotta-go-tos. Their signature white pizza with black truffle is amazing and its scene is quintessential St. Barth. Join the St. Barth Properties’ team for a libation at their weekly cocktail party every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30, then stay for dinner!

Speaking of scenes, if you haven’t lunched at Nikki Beach, do go. Our Sunday lunch there was so much fun. Costumed waiters sashay out to deliver Jeroboams of Champagne while the DJ spins a great rock n’ roll soundtrack, so good it inspires patrons to get up and boogie – sometimes on the tabletops. The quality of the food is not sacrificed for all the merriment. It’s terrific. The comprehensive menu includes lots of fresh fish, a variety of salads (try the Niçoise) and yummy BBQ.

Lots of visits to villas newly added to the company portfolio were on our agenda. My faves included the super – sweet one bedroom beach house Maison de La Plage, just steps from the shore at St. Jean Beach and Villa Yeye, a lovely traditional four bedroom vacation home in Pointe Milou with a stunning view. Its décor pays homage to the casually elegant lifestyle of St. Barth in the ‘70s. I loved its circular plunge pool and shady rear garden.

Villa Maison de la Plage

Villa Maison de la Plage

Villa Yeye

Villa Yeye

We were impressed with the stunning seascape, from the umbrellas at Nikki Beach to Anse de Cayes, at the three bedroom Villa La Pointe du Reef in St. Jean. Its contemporary design is complemented with “old St. Barth” images and accessories. At Villa Super Ciel, a lovely three bedroom villa with loads of living space and two pools, verandahs boast some half a dozen hammocks. They sway in the breeze with a view of the verdant hillside and slivers of the sea. I took a test drive.

Villa La Pointe du Reef

Villa La Pointe du Reef

Villa Super Ciel

Villa Super Ciel

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we were wowed by the chic and modern six bedroom Villa Monaco. It celebrates Princess Grace and is as every bit as stylish. Set high above Anse des Cayes, the oversized heated swimming pool has a unique platform with chaises looking out to the eye-popping view. When we arrived at brand-new Villa Fleur de Sel workmen were busy finishing all the details. Its five en suite bedrooms are named for designers and the penthouse master suite pays homage to Louis Vuitton.

Villa Monaco

Villa Monaco

All great additions to the portfolio. Full details and pictures are on the website www.stbarth.com.

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Beachside Soirée November 2015

November 23rd, 2015

A Beachside Soirée on a starlit night in beautiful St. Barth. Who could ask for anything more?

I went back to St. Barth with a laundry list of things to accomplish. November is the month that our USA staff does their second trip to do villa and hotel inspections and we launch the new season by unveiling our new Live Your Dream catalogue at our annual Beachside Soirée, al fresco, at the Taïwana hotel. The event took place on November 12th and it was the best ever, according to our guests and our St. Barth Properties’ team.

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It was a beautiful starlit Caribbean evening, the bar was hopping and there was a stream of yummy hors d’œuvres being passed by the very attentive staff. Our fabulous DJ, Yo-One Sutter livened up the scene and singer/guitarist Solely was serenading us in style. (I especially love it when he sidles up to me and sings as if I were the only one in the place – (Swoon).

Have a look at the scene.

Volume 20 of our catalogue was a huge hit and compliments about the cover and the content are pouring in. Many say this one is the crème de la crème which is pretty nice because I am the editor in chief. Connie Walsh, the most talented writer I have ever known was there with her husband Mike. Connie and I did the interviews for the articles; she wrote them up and we both edited it back and forth until we were 100% pleased with each and every one. Good job, Connie! If you would like a copy, please click here.

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I had numerous villa inspections to do because we have so many newly constructed villas being completed as well as others that have been renovated or refurbished. And the hotel Le Toiny? The new owners and managers just completed phase one of its renovation as well as the new beach front sunbathing spot and toes-in-the sand restaurant. I loved what I saw and will be sharing the details with you in our next few newsletters, Le Bulletin. If you have not signed up for it yet, it’s easy to do.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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