Archive for May, 2011

What Can Teenagers Do During Family Vacations in St Barth? (Part Four)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Day 5

After a late night out at Le Ti, the girls decided to sleep in. When they awakened they wanted to sit poolside and enjoy the amazing view from Villa Everest.

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The view from Villa Everest

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Sunset from Villa Everest and yes, we did see the Green Flash

The agenda for today was to shop, shop and then shop some more as the week was winding down. They wanted to buy a few things for themselves but mostly for their parents, friends and siblings back home.

So, off we went to Gustavia again. They window shopped and then checked out a bunch of boutiques before deciding to buy anything. After making some purchases in Gustavia, I opened a whole new world to them by taking them to the boutiques in St. Jean. The result? Success! Each shop had the just-so-perfect gift for each and every individual on their lists.

Window-Shopping

Window shopping

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Which T Shirt should I buy for my brother Nate

More-Shopping

More shopping

It was time to hurry back to the villa because it was Thursday and each Thursday from late November until the last Thursday in April, St. Barth Properties hosts a cocktail party for all of our clients who are on the island. It takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 at Bonito, the wonderful hillside restaurant that overlooks the beautiful harbor and the twinkling lights of St. Maarten in the distance. We had a great crowd that evening and enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing them rave about their accommodation, our services as well as the island itself. The guests mingled and made new friends.

SBP-Weekly-Cocktail-Party-at-Bonito

SBP Weekly Cocktail Party at Bonito

Then, off to Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach for dinner. When we got there I was very surprised to learn that the waiter had given our reserved (by our concierge Magda) beach front table away! You see, a couple at the cocktail party had kept me past the normal 7:30 end time and we had dinner reservations at 7:45. We showed up at 8:00 and I was scolded for being 15 minutes late! (Never mind that there wasn’t any parking nearby due to another event in the area that also slowed us down). Who ever heard of a restaurant in St. Barth giving away a reserved table less than 15 minutes before the diners showed up? Mind you, I am not Elizabeth Taylor who always insisted on being “fashionably late” (even to her own funeral!) But giving people a little leeway is always nice. The good news is that it all worked out and we ended up with a great table. It was lovely for the four of us to be able to dine while overlooking the beach.

Dinner at Do Brazil

Dinner at Dõ Brazil

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Dõ Brazil menu and sign on beach

What Can Teenagers Do During Family Vacations in St Barth? (Part Three)

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Day 4 finds us up bright and early because Reegan and Andrea were going out on the Ne Me Quitte Pas Catamaran at 9:00 am. They had signed up for a half-Day trip to Colombier and that beach is only accessible by a 20 minute hike along a goat path or by boat. Once owned by the Rockefeller Family, the beach has always been public and it remains untouched. There is great snorkeling just offshore.

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Half Day Snorkeling Trip to Colombier on the <em>Ne Me Quitte Pas</em>

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Colombier Beach

Lathered up with sunscreen (They learned their lesson the hard way) a dingy took them out to the boat and off they went. The Catamaran had snorkeling equipment as well as kayaks which the girls used to paddle onto the beach.

Kayaking-off-of-Colombier-Beach

Kayaking off of Colombier Beach

We picked them up at 1:00 and hurried off to our luncheon date with Christine and Felix from Le Bar du Village. We met them at O’Corail which is a fabulous little place on Grand Cul de Sac Beach. (Their goat cheese salad is to die for.) We opted for a table on the beach, took off our shoes and put our toes in the sand.

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Lunch at O'Corail with Christine and Felix

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O'Corail: Reegan (right) with a Mango Smoothie and Andrea with a Raspberry Smoothie

What’s a trip to St. Barth without going to Le Ti St. Barth for dinner and a show? I made sure the girls would not miss out on that experience so asked Magda to book a great table for us. Right now Le Ti has a fabulous cabaret show on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; we were fortunate to see it on that Wednesday. It was so professionally done and the costumes were quite remarkable.

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Reegan and Andrea at Le Ti St. Barth

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Le Ti St. Barth Cabaret

Le Ti St. Barth Cabaret

More Le Ti St. Barth Cabaret

What Can Teenagers Do During Family Vacations in St Barth? (Part Two)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Day 3

The girls were up fairly early and decided that they wanted to go to a different beach; they wanted to go that morning. As I mentioned to you Reegan has such fair skin that she burns within minutes of being in the sun. Andrea on the other hand, told me that she never burns because she is Greek and her skin tans easily. First things first I said, “Let’s go to the pharmacy and get some sunscreen”. They like the spray kind and had decided upon Gouverneur Beach which is a gorgeous undeveloped beach. There is no shade, however. They made their lunches, packed the cooler and we dropped them off at 10:30. We picked them up at 1:30. They had really enjoyed swimming and sunning there.

Get-that-Sunscreen!

Get that Sunscreen!

Gouverneur-Beach

Gouverneur Beach

What’s next? I had made plans to dine that evening with my long time (11 visits with SBP!) wonderful clients Mike and Bonnie long before I had surprised Reegan with this trip. Not a big deal as these teenage girls love to shop and wanted to wander around Gustavia and get their bearings before doing some serious shopping later in the week. They also wanted to go to the famous Le Select for a Cheeseburger in Paradise. We made plans, dropped them off in Gustavia and then picked them up at about 7:00. They were glad to spend the evening alone at the villa. (Yes, they were sunburned, too.) They had their laptops and were happily posting their activities on Facebook!

Le-Select

Le Select

In the meantime, Steve and I took Bonnie and Mike to dinner at Taïno restaurant at the Christopher. It was as if we had been friends for life! We had such a good time and they have already booked Villa Le Perchoir for their 12th visit (in 2012 no less).

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11 time SBP repeat clients Bonnie and Mike from Petoskey, Michigan

What Can Teenagers Do During Family Vacations in St Barth? (Part One)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Day 1 and 2

I surprised my beautiful granddaughter Reegan with a trip to St. Barth as her present for her Sweet Sixteenth Birthday. I booked the trip for Reegan and her friend Andrea at midnight on Friday. They flew on JetBlue from Boston to San Juan and then on Tradewind Aviation from San Juan to St. Barth and arrived at 4:00 pm on Sunday. We picked them up and took them to our villa. Tired but very excited, they were fine with our plans for their first evening. They quickly unpacked, changed and we were off to see the sunset at Victoria’s Lounge at the hotel Carl Gustaf.

Arrival-Day-on-the-Tarmac

Arrival Day on the Tarmac

Then we headed over to Andy’s Hideaway which is the perfect place for weary travelers who wish to dine in a fun inexpensive atmosphere. The wait staff is excellent and ever so friendly and Andy always is a hoot! We love to order the Pierrade which is a hot stone on which you cook your food. They have a combo platter with beef, duck and chicken and they have a fish platter with shrimp, scallops and Tuna. All of this comes with salad and potato or fries and it is only 22 euros per person.

The Fish Pierrade at Andy's Hideaway

The Fish Pierrade at Andy's Hideaway

The next day, the girls were up early and ready to explore St. Barth. Reegan is very fair and burns like crazy, so we decided that we would go to the beach later in the day. I had an appointment at the office and I brought them with me so that they could plan their week with our St. Barth Concierge, Magda Votava. They chose some fun activities and Magda made the reservations for them. She also made all of our dinner and lunch reservations. In the meantime, my husband made sandwiches and packed the cooler for the beach.

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Andrea (L) and Reegan (R) meet with Magda to plan their activities

We arrived at St. Jean Beach around 2:15. Reegan and Andrea had signed up to take a windsurfing lesson with Jean Michel at Carib Water Play at 3:00. What fun! Jean Michel started them out on the beach so that they could get the hang of it; then it was time to actually get in the water and wind surf. They did quite well and enjoyed it. We stayed on the beach until about 5:30 and headed back to the villa to shower and get ready for dinner.

Windsurfing lesson at St. Jean Beach with Jean Michel

Windsurfing lesson at St. Jean Beach with Jean Michel

Time to try it in the water

Time to try it in the water

We chose to dine at the Santa Fé which is one of our favorite places. There was a full moon that evening and we enjoyed being able to dine on their delicious fare while looking at the twinkling lights emanating from St. Kitts, Statia and Saba in the distance.

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Santa Fe's Wonderful Croustillant de St. Jacques et ses Petites Legumes

Sole-Meunière

Sole Meunière at the Santa Fé

Beef-Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon at the Santa Fé

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Only Half the Calories if You Share Dessert

More activities to follow in my next blog.

There Are So Many Excellent Restaurants on St. Barth, Where Can I Go For Sunset Cocktails And Dinner?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

All good things must come to an end (at least temporarily). So, it was time to head back to our home on Cape Cod.

What should we do for our last night in St. Barth?

It was a no-brainer! I said to Steve,” Let’s go to the Carl Gustaf for sunset cocktails and watch Christine Gordon perform in the lounge and then stay for dinner at Victoria’s restaurant. I hear they have a new menu and I want to try it before we leave.” No objection from hubby on that suggestion.

Glorious Sunsets can be seen from the Carl Gustaf

Glorious Sunsets can be seen from the Carl Gustaf

When we arrived, Jackie was at the bar ready to serve his very famous Planteur’s Punch. We sat down on one of the comfy love seats to watch Christine perform and sing her songs. Un verre de Sancerre Blanc for me and a Planteur’s for Steve along with some complimentary veggies and dip set the mood for the wonderful evening that was to follow.

Planteurs Punch and Sancerre Blanc

Planteur's Punch and Sancerre Blanc

Christine Gordon at Victoria's Lounge May 01, 2011

Christine Gordon at Victoria's Lounge May 01, 2011

We continued on to dinner and were seated at a wonderful table for two that overlooked the harbor and its sparking lights. The kitchen is located on the far side of the restaurant and is completely visible to the patrons through sliding glass doors. Diners are welcome to watch as they prepare their delicacies.

Dir for Two Overlooking The Harbor -  Who Could Ask for Anything More

Dinner for Two Overlooking The Harbor - Who Could Ask for Anything More?

Watch the chef create and prepare your selections

Watch the chef create and prepare your selections

The menu selections varied with appetizers ranging from 24 euros for a Caesar salad to an ounce of caviar for 95 euros. The main courses feature fresh local fish of the day, Sole Meunière, veal or beef ranging from 38 to 48 euros. Desserts range from 15 euros for the Crême Brûlée to 19 euros for the Tartelette au chocolat Valhrona (Smoked Valhrona chocolate tart with an avocado milk ice cream).

Complimentary Amuse Bouche of Langouste

Complimentary Amuse Bouche of Langouste

Farm Fresh Egg Cooked at 62º, Black Truffle and Paris Mushroom Velouté

Farm Fresh Egg Cooked at 62º, Black Truffle and Paris Mushroom Velouté

Veal with pink grapefruit sauce and carrot mousseline

Veal with pink grapefruit sauce and carrot mousseline

BUT…if you are venturesome (and want to save some euros) each evening at this time of year, the Chef creates two “blind” menus that are prepared with simple products using innovative techniques. It is called the Menu Mystère (Mystery). Order an appetizer, main course and a dessert for only 65 euros or for the less famished, order an appetizer and main course or a main course and a dessert for only 49 euros. Feel free to tell your server your likes and dislikes before ordering.

Mystery Appetizer Tomato and Mozzarella

Mystery Appetizer Tomato and Mozzarella

Mystery Main Course Mahi Mahi Kebab

Mystery Main Course Mahi Mahi Kebab

If you would like to stay in one of the suites at the Hotel Carl Gustaf, you will love having your very own plunge pool, king bedroom with en suite bath, living room and kitchenette. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast served in your suite as your wake-up call. Savor the croissants and fresh baguettes while enjoying the incredible views overlooking the harbor. Are you traveling with other couples or a family? Stay in one of their 2 bedroom pool suites or the elegant 4 bedroom Royal Suite. The very spacious 7 bedroom Villa Golden Reef is perfect for larger groups. Packages are available. For more information, contact carlgustaf@stbarth.com.