Hurricane Irma Update 3

September 29th, 2017

Your flight to St. Maarten has been canceled! What can you do?

Not only is the flora rejuvenating, the fauna is returning, too. An Iguana was spotted shortly after the hurricane, while another appeared in Marigot two weeks later. The miracle of the camouflage amazes me. All creatures adapt.

Photo taken shortly after Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 – 2 weeks later – so happy to see our friends are ok. Photo courtesy of Le News.

The children went back to school on Monday September 25th and La Poste in Gustavia opened the same day, although it’s not 100% operational. We are thrilled to see that Le Tamarin is reopening in time for Thanksgiving. I love dining there. I am sure that much of the foliage that you see in this photo will be lusher by then. Concierge Julia Hurd will be happy to book reservations for you.

The Tamarin is reopening in time for Thanksgiving! Photo taken September 25, 2017

The St. Barth ancestors knew exactly how to build their homes, called “cases” and did so according to whether their land was windward or leeward.

The original St Barth case survives yet another storm – photo courtesy Hélène Bernier – It belongs to her grandmother

The island is still in recovery mode and doing its best to be ready for you.

September 29, 2017 One of Masterski Pilou’s boats is hauled up after sinking in the harbor. Don’t worry he has more for you.

September 26 2017 Le Bar de L’Oubli is as busy as ever

Our clients want to keep their reservations and come to St. Barth as planned, even if they can’t dance on the tables at Nikki Beach or have lunch at Cheval Blanc. We are facing an unfortunate obstacle: Many people have booked their flights through St. Maarten (SXM) and the airlines are canceling their flights! They want to support the island by coming but now they can’t get to St. Barth by connecting from there. What to do?

We have the answer! Check the airlines that fly from your airport to see which of them fly to San Juan (SJU). If your airline does have flights, we can make arrangements for you to fly directly to St. Barth! I connect through San Juan on Tradewind Aviation all the time. It is so easy. Although hard hit by Hurricane Maria, the airport is open. Our thoughts and prayers are with Puerto Rico and hope they will be on their way to recovery, very soon.

Depending on the time of year and the day of the week you are traveling, you can depart San Juan as early as 6:45 am and return from St. Barth starting at 8:20 am until 5:20 pm or later. Many of you know that the airport in St. Barth closes at dusk, so bear in mind that the last flight to St. Barth this fall departs at 4:00 pm. Once the holidays are over, they depart SJU at 4:30 and that flight gets later and later as the days get longer. Tradewind also offers service from St. Thomas (STT) and Antigua (ANU). Our concierge in the US office, Julia Hurd, can make the connecting flights for you.

Tradewind’s beautiful Pilatus PC-12 is air-conditioned and offers passengers snacks and drinks during the approximately 1 hour flight from San Juan.

If you can’t get a flight to San Juan and you purchased the travel insurance we offered you, and you have proof that your flight to SXM has been canceled, you are covered for reimbursement and can file a claim. For those who did not purchase the insurance, please contact your St. Barth Specialist about rolling over your reservation to a future date. We continue to gather information on the status of our villas and your Specialist can offer you a different villa if yours won’t be ready by the time you travel.

September 26 2017 The iconic clock tower stands above Gustavia harbor – photo courtesy of Le News

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  1. Randy says:

    What do you know about Villa Plein Sud and the likelihood that it will be available by mid January?

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria update

September 22nd, 2017

St. Barth continues to recover quickly. The island had to take the day off on September 18, 2017 thanks to Hurricane Maria which, thankfully, passed to the south and dropped lots of rain and fairly strong winds but caused no real damage. Beneficial rain is always welcome to assist with the greening-up of St. Barth’s beautiful foliage.

September 15, 2017 The little Sucrier (Sugar) birds have returned home. Photo courtesy of Le News.

The whole island is working together to restore paradise.

Everyone in St. Barth is pitching in to help with the clean up.

We need to remember that the island pretty much shuts down every year from September 01 to October 15 at the earliest, so almost every hotel, restaurant and boutique was closed when Irma hit and remains closed. Traditionally, villa and hotel bookings don’t really begin until mid-October. Some restaurants open at that time, while others wait until sometime in November. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of choices when you are vacationing in St. Barth. Julia Hurd, our concierge will be up-to date on that and happy to make your reservations for you. We all knew that when we learned that Le Select re-opened last week, that the island was in true recovery mode.

September 14, 2017 Hooray! Le Select re-opened!

The best news for all of us who adore St. Barth is that on September 21, 2017, only 15 days after Irma, the Tourism Board announced, “The Island of Saint-Barthélemy, in full energy, is as active as an ant hill with an extraordinary solidarity: all roads are cleared, electricity and drinking water networks are being deployed in the neighborhoods, the port of commerce and the airport are operational, bakeries and the power supplies are open, restaurants and bars are gradually opening up their establishment…everything is back to life with the goal of welcoming our loyal visitors from October 30 on our island.” Mark your calendars! Keep your reservations! I’ll see you on St. Barth very soon.

La Petite Colombe bakery gracioulsy handed out free baguettes to eveyone! Makes our mouths water.

Our St. Barth Properties offices in the US as well as on St. Barth are diligently checking with each and every villa owner and/or manager as to the status of their villas. We are in contact with the hotels that we represent as well.

Every day, we receive more exciting positive news such as the Les Voiles de St Barth regatta will go on as scheduled. We are continuing to keep you updated on our home page under What’s Trending, so please keep checking it.

http://stbarth.com/hurricane-irma

The Les Voiles de Saint-Barth annual sailing regatta is returning to St. Barth as scheduled April 08-13 2018

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  1. John says:

    Thanks for keeping us all informed about the recovery efforts. Any news on our favorite place, Tom Beach, where we are headed in November? Can’t find out how it or Eden Rock are faring. Thanks much.

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St. Barth Update on the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

September 13th, 2017

First, everyone is safe!

Second, there are lots of untrue rumors going around equating St. Barth’s damages to other islands, so please ask reliable sources.

Third, thank you for sending your best wishes to us and to all of St. Barth.

As many of you know, Category 5 Hurricane Irma’s forceful winds and rain arrived during the wee hours on Wednesday September 06, 2017 and the eye went directly over St. Barth around 7:00 am. The first photos showed flooded streets in Gustavia and many cars flipped around by the force of the wind. Both my real estate and rental offices on the harbor showed water coming up to the shuttered windows. The water receded and later photos showed that they had both survived. Much of the damage exhibited debris with downed power lines and trees clogging the streets. Some roofs were damaged. The beaches were hit but look much better each day. The various hotels are assessing their damage.

Each hour showed improvement over the one before it. The airport reopened and by Friday evening, power was restored to parts of Gustavia and the roads were cleared. Fast forward to only two days later and Category 4 Hurricane Jose was to pay the island an unwelcome visit. (What are the chances of that happening?) and, luckily, stood us up; it passed to the north. Here is how some people celebrated with music!

Musical celebration after knowing that Hurricane Jose passed to the north of St. Barth – September 09 2017

The people of St. Barth are so resilient and showed tremendous solidarity towards each other and their beloved island, so they immediately started the cleanup. Fortunately, St. Barth has strict building codes, so most structures remain intact. Rain from Jose proved to be beneficial with the plant life.

Sept 11, 2017 7:25 am. The island’s flora has already started its rebirth

It is too early to give you an update on our villas and hotels; rest assured, we are checking on every single one and will keep you informed. In addition to coming to St. Barth, for those who want to contribute the recovery financially, please donate directly to the island with a wire to the Trésorerie de Saint Barthélemy (The Treasury) so that you know that 100% of your contribution goes directly to St. Barth.

Please donate directly to the Trésorerie de Saint Barthélemy (The Treasury). Include Hurricane Irma, your first and last name, and St. Barth Properties on the wire.

For updates on the progress, please see our website- What’s Trending on our home page and visit it often.

Sentiments from some of our clientele:

Hello There. Thoughts and prayers went to you all. Your properties and business and that little island I have grown to love so much. I could not go this year and last…Rest assured we will return this year to show our support will be there. Janice

If ANYONE has any hesitations about this island and its ability to recover after a hurricane, I would be happy to talk with them. My wife and I were on the island for Lenny and said that if anyone is hesitating about their trip in November, they should not. Bob

Please let everyone on St. Barth’s know that Joan and I are thinking of them and praying for them. Mother Nature is tough, but Island Folk are just as tough. All the best, to everyone there,
Rudy and Joan

Hi Peg- I know how devastated Ian & I are about what is happening in St. Barth, which makes me think of all those who have ties to the island. Knowing that you have family, a business & that your heart is there, I wanted to reach out and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! Jack ❤️

Thanks for the update Peg. No need to thank me. I consider the St Barth Properties team family and thanks to you, the island has become part of me! Fond thoughts and prayers, Mike

We don’t leave until November, so praying for the folks on the island and that they’ll have their infrastructure back in place by then so we can go. I’ll try to go even if I have to swim there!!! Jim

Gustavia 2 days later September 08, 2017

What Can You Do to Help?

Solène Leprezon, the owner of St. Barth Kid’s Concierge and VIP Protect Event, lived through Irma and wrote a wonderful post on Facebook. Here are some quotes:

“For our lovers of St Barth who ask us what they can do to help us. Book in advance this year, show us that you don’t let us down, make a deposit as soon as possible so that we, the economic and business actors of st Barthélemy regain confidence and have the cash to welcome you in the best Conditions as soon as possible.

For the moment, not much to do aside from making donations to associations on the island that will help people… It’s afterwards that we may need you a little bit more, that you help us get back the island’s economy, this season, you come back to see us! Come to see the work we all have done to welcome you again and show you that the spirit of St. Barth that you have known for years is still present. We will need you to enjoy our great wines in your favorite restaurants, discover new places to stay if your favorite villa or hotel has not yet had time to make itself a beauty, that you make bookings for the services of the independents on the island that live here all year long and often, for a very long time and which, for many of us, will have lost a lot: Caretakers, event organizers, villa managers, maids, pool men and gardeners, private chefs and caterers, babysitters, taxi drivers, safety officers, swimming instructors, tennis, and water sports and all types, leisure activities such as masseuses. We will also need you to continue shopping for fashion designer goods and local brand shops, as well as luxury boutiques, visit the small shops you don’t know… we will have to rediscover St. Barth! All those who are going to be able to stay and anyone who will be able to come back soon, we will do everything to make your next stay exceptional because it is especially thanks to you, in love with the island of St. Barthélemy, who come to enjoy everything you love here for a few days or weeks during your holidays that those who live here during the year will be able to make every effort to make St Barth a little paradise on earth.”

That I can take time to prepare with my team the most beautiful treasure hunts and schedules of activities so that your children will also enjoy discovering or rediscovering St Barth, organizing for them the most beautiful birthday parties or even days just for fun with children from the island or others on holiday…I hope that very soon it will be a bad memory! Be strong for tomorrow and the days that will follow!”

You will soon be dancing on the tables again at Nikki Beach – photo taken Sept 10 2017

And of course, donate.

This is how I feel (click on the volume icon at the lower right to hear the song).

Pour mes amis de Saint Barth…"My love will always live in Saint BarthAs sure as the sun will always shine in Saint Barth"Gardez la foi… le soleil brillera à nouveau

Posted by Pierre Nesta on Saturday, September 9, 2017

And this will be what it will look like in no time. It may give you goose bumps:

Gustavia Sepember 10 2017 – 4 days after Hurrican Irma

6 Responses to “St. Barth Update on the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma”

  1. Charlie says:

    Please keep on sending news. We have been vacation in St. Barths for over 30 years. Stayed at Filao until it was destroyed. Then at Emaruade Plage. I hope everyone is well. We look forward to our annual visit next year.

    • admin says:

      Hi Charlie, Thank you for loving St. Barth as much as I do! I’ll do my best to update the progress. After 30 years, you know how strong the people of St. Barth are and how quickly they can recover. I hope to see you on the island when your next visit. My best to you, Peg

  2. Karen & Bill R. says:

    Hi Peg
    Thanks so much for the update.
    So glad to know things are not as bad
    as we see on the news about other islands.
    We look forward to our return trip in January / February.
    Bill & Karen

    • admin says:

      Hi Karen and Bill, Thank you so much for your support. Every day shows more and more progress. We are grateful that Maria passed to the south but, of course, very sad for Puerto Rico and wish them well in their recovery. Stay tuned for more news about St. Barth. – My best to you – Peg

  3. Janet Bohac says:

    So glad to hear all is not lost on the most beautiful island!

    • admin says:

      Hi Janet,
      It is so nice to hear from you! Thank you for following the news of our very special little island. I hope that you can get back there one day. All the best to you, Peg

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Arrival night dinner – worth the money. Start your St. Barth vacation on the right foot!

August 2nd, 2017

Bonjour!

Today’s blog was written by our St. Barth Properties USA office’s St. Barth Villa and Hotel Specialist Allegra Pawlowski. Allegra was lucky enough to start her time on St. Barth as a vacationer before swinging into work mode.

As many of our repeat guests know, vacationing in St. Barth is worth the extra effort it takes to get there. Occasionally, a glitch or two, through no fault of our own, can make for a very long travel day. Allegra shares her story.

Enjoy!
Peg

GUEST BLOG BY ALLEGRA PAWLOWSKI

Allegra

Allegra Pawlowski

I went to the island for some vacation time with my mom and best friend and then I was to stay on for another week for my bi-annual inspection trip. The vacation portion was first and as it was a special getaway for my mom after a very tough year with medical hurdles and a death in the family, I arranged to have her pampered a bit on this trip. The first step was to hire a chef for our arrival night. Little did I realize that this was to be way more appreciated than originally planned… FOR ALL OF US.

Our travel day started with rising in Boston at 2 a.m. for a flight leaving at 5:30 a.m. followed by a connection in NYC and landing on St Maarten in a rain storm. This kind of weather is infrequent, so it was my first experience. Instead of waiting out the storm, we decided to jump in a taxi, cross the island at rush hour and head to the ferry.

You can take a ferry from St. Martin (the French side) instead of flying to St. Barth

Let me take a moment here to add that our Director of Concierge Services, (located in the US) Julia Hurd is a godsend! With one quick call to Julia, she reassured us that all would be ok on the island – she swiftly arranged to have the rental car waiting at the dock (rather than the airport), the chef was to arrive later and the manager of the property was alerted of our delay. I could sit back and enjoy the ferry ride to the island (a VERY rough, but fun ride, especially with a Planteur’s Punch in hand!).

Once we disembarked, we jumped in the car, drove to the Marché U to get the requisite (and much needed) bottles of wine, water and a few things to get us through the night. The chef, Christophe was hard at work already in the spacious kitchen of GORGEOUS Les Etoiles (our home for 2 of our 6 nights on the island). We were welcomed to the scent of parmesan crisps being toasted in the oven! We parked ourselves at the bar in the kitchen, watched the rain through the glass windows surrounding the living and kitchen area, poured ourselves some rosé and enjoyed the show in front of us with Christophe!

Chefs X.O. – Christophe Moreau preparing our first night’s meal

This was the agreed upon menu:

  • Amuse Bouche de la chef
  • Burrata di bufala with heirloom tomatoes, pear capers tartare, crispy prosciutto and parmesan chips
  • Beef Wellington, mushroom duxelles, grenaille potatoes, Mediterranean ratatouille
  • Roasted pineapple with citrus and honey syrup

Amuse Bouche de la Chef

Burrata by Chefs X.O., Christophe

HEAVEN! The zombies we were, sitting at the bar allowed us to watch Christophe work his magic and magic it was! He kept refilling our glasses with the rosé we picked up at the market (He can provide the cocktails and wine if you wish) and we watched with our eyes wide and mouths drooling. What a fantastic way to end an adventure-filled day! I strongly suggest that you ask Julia to arrange your first night’s dinner on your arrival day.

Dessert – Roasted pineapple with citrus and honey syrup

Thank you and sunny regards,

Allegra Pawlowski
St Barth Specialist

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A Client Captures the Magic of St. Barth on Video

June 29th, 2017

Bonjour! Today’s blog features a video beautifully created by one of our clients, Bob Grummel. Bob and his wife were in St. Barth last month and he spent a lot of the time using a DSLR camera to get the gorgeous shots that you see here. He did an excellent job of capturing what St. Barth is all about and why I fell in love with the island when I first arrived in 1986. Bob also fell in love with St. Barth when he and his wife first visited the island in 2008. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

Happy viewing,

Peg

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Julia’s Trip report May 2017

June 13th, 2017

Today’s guest blog is written by our fabulous St. Barth Properties USA office’s Concierge, Julia Hurd, who has been with us for over 10 years and just returned from her annual trip to the island. Many of you use her services to enhance your St. Barth vacation and can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.

Best Job in the World!

In the 10 years, I have been with St. Barth Properties, I have always traveled with a coworker, this year I arrived alone for the first time. After I arrived at beautiful villa Ylang-Ylang, located in Flamands it was time for a long-awaited swim and a cold drink. The villa is perfect for 2 couples has everything one would need for a relaxing vacation. Beautiful breezes. Close to Flamands beach; it’s about a 3 minute drive.

I was off to the St. Barth Properties office, located in Gustavia on Monday morning to meet our new staff. After 7 years, we said goodbye to Magda Borne who has been a wonderful concierge and welcomed Aurélie Janvier who assumed the concierge position. My task for the week was to show her the ropes and let her know what a great job being a concierge is.

We started off by spending some time getting to know one another and what better place to do so but at the Beach Club restaurant at Hotel Le Toiny. They drove us down the hillside and we sat under a shade tree and had a wonderful lunch.

Dining under a shade tree at the Beach Club restaurant

The view from the Beach Club restaurant

The next day I wanted to check out some new places to watch a sunset. I had read on line about a spot behind the hospital that was recently built. Wow, it is a beautiful park; you can bring a bottle of Champagne or wine and sit and enjoy the view or wait until sunset. I loved this location as it was peaceful and you have many places to sit and enjoy a quiet conversation. Plenty of parking as well.

The new park behind the hospital is a great location to view the sunset

The park has plenty of parking

I also wanted to see the beautiful Catholic church in Lorient; so, both Aurélie and I took a walk and it was stunning.

The Catholic church in Lorient

Above the front door of the Catholic church

We decided to take advantage of our St. Barth Properties exclusive 5 Star Beach Access perk and spend a day at the Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, so we arrived and toured the beautiful spa; should you book a spa appointment you will save 10% but it must be booked through St. Barth Properties. We enjoyed a refreshing cocktail on the beach before having our lunch and watched the wind surfers; the breeze was so enjoyable and they all seemed to be having a fun time. You can enjoy the non-motorized watersports, too. It is all a part of our SBP VIP package.

A cocktail on the beach at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

The chicken club sandwich for me and ceviche for Aurélie were so yummy. The hotel is stunning and the pool has music that plays while you are underwater.

My chicken club sandwich at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Aurélie had ceviche for lunch at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Aurélie tried the Crêpes Suzette for dessert at Le Barthélemy

As the US concierge, my job requires me to dine at the new restaurants, check out new hot spots so, with that, I was happy to take on the task.

Since David took over Santa Fe he has been receiving fantastic reviews. I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Allegra Pawlowski, our new St. Barth Properties Villa Specialist, along with her mother, Lee, and her best friend Marta. What a great night we had! I love the Dover Sole, so that is what I had. After dinner, we enjoyed the best rum and I asked David if he sold any bottles; he said, yes and his wife Hayate paints the bottles that the rum comes in. How beautiful. Well I, of course, had to bring one home with me. They even bubble wrapped it for me to place in my luggage. Before we had dinner at Santa Fe, we stopped in at Shellona (formerly Dõ Brazil) on Shell Beach for a glass of rosé.

Sharing a glass of rosé at Shellona at with Allegra Pawlowski, her mother, Lee, and her best friend Marta

The Dover Sole at Santa Fe

The bottles of rum at Santa Fe are hand-painted by the owner’s wife, Hayate

I also enjoyed a fun evening with Anne Laure and Allegra at Bo Kào; wow, the bartender Eddie made the most amazing cocktails. Of course, it is always better to bring someone like Anne Laure who is his friend; so, make sure you stop by and say hi and stay for one of Eddie’s refreshing cocktails. The dinner was amazing as well. Lots of variety of Asian infused plates. I had the shrimp and noodles.

I love to walk at night around Gustavia and watch the beautiful sunset.

Sunset in Gustavia harbor

I had many appointments meeting new people and catching up with ones that I have known for years; it is always great to visit the island and be grateful for having such a wonderful job.

I look forward to working with all of our delightful clients to help plan their perfect dream vacation.

Julia Hurd (left) and Allegra Pawlowski (right)

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  1. Nancy Volk says:

    Ylang-Ylang, wondering how it is now ? The last time we stayed there was in 2015 & Christianne is wonderful caretaker there of many years who has always been stellar in her caring for Y-Y, but hands tied I think. The owners in 2015 were downright cheap, blunt yes, but that was what we felt. I sent an email to SBH Prop after our stay, no response. I still have the email & will forward it to you Julia. I would be interested in knowing how it is now since over the years we had stayed there 5 or maybe 6 times.
    Nancy

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Just back from St. Barth June 2017

June 2nd, 2017

A whirlwind trip full of new St Barth information that I gathered for our next Live Your Dream catalogue.

THE PRIVATE CHEFS OF ST. BARTH

My week in St. Barth was full of appointments and new experiences, even for a veteran like me who has been going there for 31 years. Connie Walsh who works with me (no, we are not related) and I had a mission: Obtain as much new and interesting material as possible for our next Live Your Dream catalogue. Although it will be unveiled at our Beachside Bash on December 02, 2017, we needed lots of lead time in order to meet the deadlines for publication.

We began by acting like a client to see what it is like to stay at the new 5 star Villa Marie Saint Barth. Tucked away on the Colombier hillside where the former François Plantation hotel used to be, we were charmed by our suites. Like all of the suites, Connie’s Family Suite and my Prestige Bungalow were decorated differently, which is a nice touch. My suite had a king bedroom, spacious living room with sliders leading out to a big deck furnished for outdoor living and sunning. Connie’s was similar but had a small child’s room with bunk beds and small 2nd bath. The view over Flamands was stunning. The en suite baths had both a shower and a clawfoot bathtub. We enjoyed our first night’s dinner in their gourmet restaurant, aptly named François Plantation. It was pricey but delicious. Breakfast is served by the swimming pool and is included in the very reasonably priced rate at this Sibuet boutique hotel.

Villa Marie St Barth has a view over Flamands

Our next stay was at the 5 star Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa which sits directly on Grand Cul de Sac beach. Our Ocean Luxe Suites were on the 2nd story and gorgeous. The en suite bathroom has louvred doors over the sink, so I always had a sea view even when I was brushing my teeth! A comfortable sitting area is at the foot of the king bed and sliders open to the covered balcony where I could sit at a table for 2 or on a comfy chair. To me, the pièce de résistance is the amazing automatic screen that is invisible to the eye. Just click a button to open it to the breezes or leave it down. The colorful water view is the same. I was up early one morning as were the kite surfers playing with the wind over the lagoon. We enjoyed dinner at their Aux Amis beachfront gourmet restaurant. During the day, it is more casual and this is where we had breakfast (included) and lunch. Another day we decide to have lunch at the Le Turquoise bar and restaurant near the pool.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Sp sits directly on Grand Cul de Sac beach

Don’t get the idea that we just lounged around all day. Unlike you who are on vacation to relax, we had plenty of work to accomplish on this trip. We interviewed the private chefs with whom we collaborate and book for you when you want to just chillout at your villa. For starters, we interviewed Pascal Preynat of PASCAL COOK. His favorite cuisine is Provençale. We learned that he makes his own Foie Gras. We loved it! If you are lucky enough to spend the holidays in St. Barth with us, you will receive this as a gift from St. Barth Properties.

We interviewed Pascal Cook in the conference room at our new waterfront St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty office.

Homemade Foie Gras by Pascal Cook

Then there was Philippe Masseglia, the former Executive Chef of 22 years at Le Guanahani who created his new services as a private chef under the name, Food Square. From tataki to tangine to pasta puttanesca, Philippe has clients’ cravings covered. Italian food is one of his passions, but he recognizes that many people today prefer to eat lighter, healthier fare. Clients love him so much they often ask him to go with them when they travel elsewhere. He happily obliges.

We interviewed FOOD SQUARE owner Philippe Massegilia at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa on a French holiday when nobody else would work. Philippe was happy to work that day. Merci beaucoup, Philippe.

Another chef with whom we often work is CHEF XO. Christophe Moreau loves interacting with the clients, he answers questions and lets them get involved if they wish – chopping vegetables and stirring bowls and pots. Christophe is often the chef that we use for Our Drive Dine & Relax package. Our clients always rave about the meal that he prepared for their complimentary candlelight dinner.

CHEF XO, Christophe Moreau, loves cooking for you in your villa.

On our last evening, LOLO’S PRIVATE CATERING wanted to cook for us! By this time, Connie and I had moved to Villa Sur Le Port in Gustavia. The owner had kindly offered us two complimentary nights, so that we could experience a stay there. If you do not mind a short but steep walk down a hill, it’s a perfect villa for Gustavia lovers. It even comes with a parking space! Lolo (Laurence Philippot) walked in at about 5:30 with loads of food and equipment for the job at hand. We sat at the bar and watched her do her magic while we interviewed her. She told us that the Lacanche stove at the villas was “The Rolls Royce” of ranges and she thoroughly loved using it. As we have new staff at our St. Barth offices, they needed to sample her cooking, too. Her culinary repertoire encompasses Indian and Asian cuisine and some of her special dishes offer creative innovative fusion. We have vegan clients who book her year after year, as well.

Lolo’s Private Catering cooked for us at Villa Sur Le Port on our last night.

Speaking of having new staff at our rental and sales offices, I was very happy to meet Laura Commaret on her very first day with our St. Barth Properties – St. Barth villa rental office. Laura and Anne Laure Amy are sharing the front desk and reservation duties now that Magda has left and Aurélie Janvier has assumed the Concierge position. Aurélie has lots of innovative ideas to enhance your St. Barth experience with us. Laura comes to us from Le Sereno hotel where she handled reservations at both their St. Barth and Lake Como hotels and interacted with the hotel guests. By the end of the week, she had fully adapted to her position and told me that she loves her new job! Welcome Laura.

Here I am with our newest St. Barth Properties – St. Barth rental offce staff member Laura Commaret

I do have lots of other news but will save it for future blogs, so that you are not on overload.

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Julie Nally’s St. Barth Trip Report

May 18th, 2017

Discover some new St. Barth favorites

Julie Nally

Julie Nally

Our St. Barth Villa Specialist, Julie Nally (20 years with SBP) just returned from her spring inspection trip to St. Barth. She stayed at various places for a night or two, as is customary when the staff is on one of their reconnaissance tours that occurs twice a year. Julie spent a few nights at the new 5-star hotel, Villa Marie Saint Barth. (Loved it!) She said, “Standout Hotel: Villa Marie – Brand new boutique hotel located in Colombier. One of the room amenities I loved the most was the super soft bathrobe provided for all guests.  Bathrobes are obviously not a new item offered. However, this specific robe was the most comfortable and best fitting I have ever had. I wanted to buy one to bring home, but unfortunately, they are not for sale. Their branded Pure Altitude facial and body products provided are lovely as well.”

Villa Marie

Julie loved having breakfast, poolside, at the hotel Villa Marie

Julie continued to say, “The ambiance at the property is very nice…tropical, lots of vegetation, hillside.” The restaurant at the hotel is called, François Plantation in tribute to the former restaurant that used to occupy the same spot when the hotel with the same appellation was there many years ago. Julie dined there and said, “It was very good (gastronomique) a bit expensive, also.  Of course, right?!  LOL.” I’ve dined there a few times myself and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s well worth it and it’s always full, so please make sure to ask us to make a reservation for you.

François Plantation restaurant at Villa Marie

François Plantation restaurant at Villa Marie

Julie then checked into Villa Aronnax – This luxurious one bedroom pied-à-terre is in the heart of Gustavia. Julie loved it for its views, infinity pool and location. She said. “Aronnax – Great for a couple or solo traveler who wants to experience the heart of Gustavia and all it has to offer…delicious food, tasty treats, fabulous shopping, and lovely people to meet and converse with.  Being able to keep my car parked in its own designated spot and walk to Shell Beach earns Villa Aronnax extra stars!” Its proximity to Tom’s Natural Juice Bar was perfect. Julie would start her day with one of their fresh fruit & vegetable smoothies or acai bowls. She’d pick up some house-made hummus and sunflower crackers to fuel her for a morning full of villa inspections.

Gustavia sunset

Julie captured this Gustavia sunset while walking back to Villa Aronnax

Other tidbits from Julie. “Standout spots for the health-conscious traveler: In addition to Tom’s Juice bar, there is a new place in St Jean, Chez SO, specializing in organic salads made fresh daily at 6 euro/bowl as well as smoothies, sandwiches, and desserts.”

Julie inspected, many, many villas on her trip and told me her, “Standout villas: Villa LAO – Brand new, located high on the hillside in Corossol with three en suite bedrooms, all with a private Jacuzzi. The view is amazing and the location is private, peaceful, and convenient.” She also loved Villa Clés des Vents that is located in the gated community of Mont Jean. In her own words, “Incredibly private, serene, tranquil.   Furnishings and décor are classic but luxurious.  A ‘home away from home’ style and comfortability.”

Villa Clés des Vents

Villa Clés des Vents is one of Julie’s new favorites

I am heading back to St. Barth on Sunday to gather information for our next Live Your Dream magazine and looking forward to writing articles for your enjoyment. I will also be organizing and planning our beachside party when we unveil the magazine and launch the new season. It will be in the late fall. I can give you the exact date when I return. I hope to see you there!

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Au Revoir et Bienvenue – Announcement

April 18th, 2017

The Team at St. Barth Properties USA is changing a bit

Kathy Schlitzer

I have some news for you. After 16 years with St. Barth Properties USA, Kathy Schlitzer, one of our St. Barth Villa and Hotel Specialists, has decided to retire on April 28, 2017. Kathy has been an asset to the company and a real team player. Her clients adore her. Leading up to this decision she had bought a place in Fort Myers, Florida where she could escape the chilly, snowy winter weather in the northeast, bought a little spring/summer place by the water in Rhode Island and told me that she is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren when she is up north. She will continue to pursue her many interests.

Kathy would like us all to know, “It’s been over 16 years since I first spoke to Peg about joining the St. Barth Properties team. Over those years, I’ve worked with so many wonderful clients and travel agents, couples, families, groups of friends, many returning annually or coming for special occasions. It’s been a great ride and I’ll miss my clients and my colleagues in our US and island offices very much. My decision to retire was a hard one, but I’d like to spend more time with family and friends – and of course traveling – my one true passion. My replacement, Allegra, has the knowledge and experience to take good care of my clients so I leave you all in good hands.” The staff at both of our St. Barth Properties offices, as well as her loyal clientele, will miss Kathy and we wish her well in her retirement.

Allegra

Allegra Pawlowski


We are pleased to announce that Allegra Pawlowski joined the St. Barth Properties USA team as a St. Barth Villa and a Hotel Specialist on March 02, 2017. Allegra comes to us with a wealth of experience in the villa rental industry and a love for St. Barth. It is her favorite destination! – No surprise there – In her own words, “I have worked in almost every aspect of the villa rental business on the island. I have generated villa rental reservations, performed villa inspections, worked at the airport as a greeter, escorted clients to the villa, helped suggest restaurants, activities, sights and beaches, interfaced with hiccups along the way making successful resolutions and returned guests to the point of departure.” A perfect fit, if you ask me. You may contact Allegra at allegra@stbarth.com.

Kathy is working closely with Allegra and is introducing her to her clientele. The entire team in the US office is also assisting Allegra in transitioning to our company and its emphasis on you and the service we provide you because you are our top priority. The St. Barth Properties-St Barth team has been working closely with her from the get-go as well as when she is on the island to do her inspections in May.

Au Revoir, Kathy

Bienvenue, Allegra

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The St. Barth Restaurant Scene Just Keeps Getting Better

April 4th, 2017

Bo Káo joins the list; Le Guanahani’s Thursday night BBQ at Indigo

As you know, dining out at the various restaurants in St. Barth is one of my “jobs” because I want to keep you informed about a favorite pastime and must-dos while vacationing on St. Barth.

Bo Káo

One of my new favorites is Bo Káo. For my readers who have been to St. Barth before, you remember when Frank Mathevet sold the Wall House and opened Le Carré in the Carré D’Or courtyard (by Hermès). He then sold it and it struggled for a couple of years. Now, we have Bo Káo which opened just in time for New Year’s Eve 2016. From the beginning, I loved it! The cuisine is described as “Peruvian Japanese” and the menu is extensive. They have exotic cocktails too.

Eddie the bartender creates exotic cocktails just for you

We love dining alfresco, so the ambience fits our modus operandi. Don’t worry about an occasional shower, there is a retractable awning to keep you dry.

Alfresco dining at Bo Káo

Let me start by telling you that I now have a new favorite appetizer. I will never order a different one when I dine at Bo Káo. It is called Anticuchos and it consists of 4 pieces of marinated chicken bites, chiso tempura-style with corn cream. Each morsel literally melts in your mouth. Bo Káo also offers woks, (Steve loved the seafood wok with noodles.) sushi, tempura, meat dishes such as lamb chops (adored them), seafood, ceviche and more.

Anticuchos – marinated chicken bites, chiso tempura, corn cream. The normal serving is 4 pieces. We shared plates of them for the 9 or us.

Lamb Chops, Roasted, with Nikkei stew and huacatay

The last time I was there, we had family visiting so I made a reservation for the nine of us. Everyone raved about the experience. Try it and let me know how you like it.

Here we are at Bo Káo with my daughter Kim, grandson Matt and his girlfriend Katie, John and Cathy as well as my son and SBP VP, Tom and my daughter-in-law Amy

Indigo

For a change of pace, I recommend spending your Thursday evening enjoying a poolside/beachfront setting at Le Guanahani’s Indigo restaurant. The hotel’s more formal restaurant Barto’ is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so diners are treated to an Asian night on Wednesdays and a Barbecue evening on Thursdays at the beautiful Indigo restaurant.

Le Guanahani’s Indigo restaurant by the beach

Steve’s niece, Cathy and her husband John were visiting and staying at Villa Genia which is next to Le Guanahani (Our clients who stay at Vila Genia have signing privileges at the hotel, a nice perk). It was the perfect time for me to try the BBQ night.

Steve and I having fun at the Indigo BBQ with Cathy and John

We walked in and I was pleasantly surprised to see that my favorite singer and guitar man, Soley was entertaining for the night. – A bonus!

Soley serenades us at L’Indigo

As soon as I sat down, I took off my shoes and stuck my toes in the sand. Delightful! A server immediately came to our table to announce that the apéritif included with the BBQ menu was a Planteur’s punch. Steve, Cathy and John really enjoyed it. I ordered my usual coupe de Champagne, then asked for the scoop on how this BBQ thing worked and was told we could start with the appetizer section offering ceviche, fresh asparagus, greens and shrimp, to name only a few. We enjoyed the variety of choices and moved on to the main course. The chef was at the BBQ area waiting to grill our selection of ribs, steak, mahi mahi and langouste. He cooked them to perfection and we added our sides of scalloped potatoes and lasagna.

The chef offers us the ribs and steak; the BBQ on the right is for the mahi mahi and langouste.

Feeling very satisfied, we tried to be good, but the dessert table was too hard to resist. I hope that you get the opportunity to experience a fun, casual evening with your toes in the sand. Bon Appétit.

The pastry chef offered me a piece of his raspberry pie. I couldn’t resist.

Try the petits fours. They can’t have too many calories, can they?

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