Archive for December, 2010

Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Wish you were here!

Santa Claus managed to find us at La Plage on Christmas Day. He is so adaptable that he was able to arrive by boat instead of via his reindeer! The children (and adults) were delighted to see him and he passed out candy to them.

Santa arrives by boat

Santa arrives by boat

Santa finds us at La Plage

Santa finds us at La Plage

The houle has subsided and the yachts are back on the dock. Last night Macy Gray gave a free concert on the quai. Lots of people gathered there to see her perform. What a show!

Yachts in Gustavia Harbor

Yachts in Gustavia Harbor

Macy Gray on the quai

Macy Gray on the quai

I know that many of you are experiencing travel delays due the bad storms along the eastern seaboard and St. Barth Properties is helping to ensure that you do get here. I hope that all of you purchased the accommodation insurance that we recommend as that coverage will help defray any extra costs that the delay may have created. For those of you who have not traveled yet, it is not too late to purchase the insurance for your upcoming trip. The winter season has only just begun and it will give you peace of mind. To check it out follow this link http://www.stbarth.com/CSATravelInsurance.pdf. To sign up, please call our office or if you call the insurance company directly, mention that you have booked your vacation with St. Barth Properties and they will take good care of you.

Looking to get away from the cold and the snow? Well, I have a treat for you! One of our most popular and very romantic one bedroom villas has a one week opening January 13-20, 2011. Villa Rocamadour is perched high on the Colombier hillside and offers an amazing view. Call the office at 1-800-421-3396 or email info@stbarth.com and mention Peg’s Blog. You will receive a 15% discount off the rate for that week!

Villa Rocamadour

Villa Rocamadour

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth!

I arrived last week and have been doing last minute villa inspections before they fill up for the holidays. There are so many beautiful properties. I am sure you will love staying in them. Villa Cosmos, a villa in Mont Jean that we sold three years ago, has just completed its renovation – it was worth the wait!

Villa Cosmos

Villa Cosmos

Dream about: Working on your tan then jumping into the large heated swimming pool to cool off.
It’s in the details: Four en suite bedrooms are located in separate areas; Outdoor living spaces are everywhere.
SBP Loves: The minimalistic contemporary décor and the wonderful views across Marigot Bay

Have a look!

The decorations line the streets of Gustavia, the yachts were all lined up on the dock but a houle came down from the US creating large swells form the northwest so the yachts are temporarily moored just outside the harbor. There is a Christmas Village on the quai where people can purchase some last minute gifts.

Paraffin Yacht braves the houle

Paraffin Yacht braves the houle

Christmas Village in Gustavia 2010

Christmas Village in Gustavia 2010

The boutiques remain open and there is plenty of activity—window shoppers and buyers alike. This evening Steve and I will attend the 6:30 pm Christmas Eve service at the Anglican Church. It is my annual chance to sing Christmas carols and belt out those songs (I am a soprano and love to sing). Continuing the tradition we will head to the Wall House for dinner. People are raving about their new menu and the new chef who created it.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

People shopping for a last minute gift at Cartier

People shopping for a last minute gift at Cartier

Christmas in Gustavia

Christmas in Gustavia

Cannes trip & holiday availability in St Barth

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I went to Cannes to attend the International Luxury Travel Mart (ILTM) last week. Travel agents from all over the world attend this annual event where they come to learn about hotels, destinations and meet with people like me. Of course, St. Barth is my passion, so it was easy for me to talk out the island, our villas and the hotels that we represent. Pascale Minarro, the Directrice at my St. Barth Office met me there and the show was a huge success. In the evening we enjoyed dining at a few of Cannes’ great restaurants (FYI: My husband Steve came with me…did you know that he loves to carry my bags around airports?)

Peg and Pascale with 2 agents from Estonia

The first evening we went to Salon des Indépendents. The young couple who are the owners prepare one set menu each day. That evening it was Pot au Feu and it was so delicious and so reasonably priced that we were shocked when the got the bill. As we were finishing up a gentleman came into the restaurant with a harp. He started playing and the couple started singing along with him. It turns out that they have music every evening and we had a delightful evening despite the jet lag.

Le Salon des Indépendents in Cannes

Le Salon des Indépendents in Cannes

Le Salon des Indépendents in Cannes

I was told that Cannes means dining on oysters, so another evening we went to Chez Astoux. Once again we had a great time and enjoyed the food.

Pascale, Peg, Steve, and friend Laurent at Chez Astoux

I came back to the US to unpack and then I repacked for my trip to St. Barth tomorrow. It wasn’t easy because I will be based there until May, so I need to bring lots of stuff. I am looking forward to my stay and will be blogging from there so as keep you up-to-date.

For all of you procrastinators, it is not too late to spend some time in St Barth over the holidays.

The lovely one bedroom Villa Tortue is available for $5000* per week (10 night minimum)

Villa Tortue

We have the two bedroom beautiful Villa Noé for $23,070* per week (2 week minimum)

Villa Noé

The gorgeous just completed luxurious three bedroom Villa Fleur de Cactus is available until January 03 at $45,070* per week (2 week minimum)

Villa Fleur de Cactus

Need a big villa? Like to play tennis? The 5 bedroom Villa Pitaya is a great choice at $36,330* per week (10 night minimum)

Villa Pitaya

For other availabilities, check out our website.

Get away from it all! Come to St Barth and enjoy the holidays in the sun. I would love to see you on the island.

* plus tax and admin fee

Announcing SBP’s Grand Cru Collection

Monday, December 6th, 2010

What is this you ask? Am I talking about wine? No, it is a new and very special division within our portfolio of villas…A petite collection of some of St. Barth’s most distinctive villas with added amenities and special services to ensure that you experience a wonderful dream vacation. Presented by St. Barth Properties, these villas offer hotel-type service in a private setting. Inclusion in the Grand Cru collection is by invitation only.

On an island with gorgeous seaside and hillside villas, the carefully chosen properties of the Grand Cru collection are exceptional. Among the most luxurious, they boast spectacular views and feature the sumptuousness of fine linens, all the latest in technology and electronics, bathroom amenities and a wealth of creature comforts. Special indulgences include continental breakfast of fresh fruit and French pastries and evening turndown service six days a week. The villa lifestyle – as you’ve dreamed about.

Below are the Charter Members of our Grand Cru Villas:

I am very excited to be the first to let you know about this new elite addition to our villa portfolio. From time to time we may be inviting some other extraordinary villas to join our exclusive St. Barth Properties Grand Cru collection. Watch for announcements in my future blogs.