Archive for October, 2011

What’s happening in St Barts? November 2011 events

Friday, October 21st, 2011

If you have not booked your villa or hotel yet, November is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on all of the fun events that are taking place next month!

St. Barts awakens and prepares for the season

November 10, 2011 – 7:00 pm: Let’s begin with our annual St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash. Join us at Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach for drinks, dinner and music. All of our confirmed hotel and villa guests are invited.

Do-Brazil

Dõ Brazil


November 11, 2011 – 7:00 pm: Rhum anyone? Join us for a Rhum Tasting of top quality rhum Agricole at R St Barth, the new rhum shop in Gustavia. This is a much smaller venue so RSVP to this one quickly before it fills up. (We may add a 2nd tasting November 12 if November 11 sells out).

Entrance-to-R-St.-Barth

Entrance to R St. Barth

If you have not booked your accommodation yet, please email reservations@stbarth.com. If you are already booked, please contact Julia Hurd at concierge@stbarth.com to RSVP.

November 11-14, 2011: Pitea Day – Various events take place commemorating St. Barth’s Swedish heritage. The celebration of the twin cities (St. Barth and Pitea in Sweden) includes a visit by the mayor of Pitea and his delegation.

Hurry! Are you looking for a place to stay between Nov 01 and Nov 12? I have the perfect one bedroom romantic retreat that boasts a private swimming pool and an extraordinary panoramic view. Villa Diaco is available during that period. If you book it for at least seven nights and mention Peg’s Blog to one of our St Barth Specialists, we can offer a “tax free” stay plus a 10% reduction on the published price. That is a 15% savings in all! Call 1-800-421-3396 or email reservations@stbarth.com.

November 13, 2011: Gustavialoppet (which means “Race of Gustavia” in Swedish) – This annual event is known as the Swedish marathon and includes a 3km health walk and a 13km race for local and visiting runners. It first took place in 1991 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. SBP’s very own St. Barth Specialist Anne-Cécile Bedford will be running in it. Let’s all cheer her on!

November 16, 2011: 7:01 pm. Join me as well as some of our US and St. Barth staff at Le Cellier du Gouverneur in Gustavia. Be one of the first to taste the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau and let us know if you like it. We are only allowed to do this tasting at precisely one minute after 7:00 pm because St. Barts’ time zone is 5 hours earlier than 1 minute after midnight on the third Thursday of November (the 17th in France) which is the official time that the first bottle can be opened. Please RSVP to: concierge@stbarth.com or call our St. Barth office when you are on the island.

Outside-view-Beaujolais-Nouveau-2010

Le Cellier du Gouverneur outside view - Beaujolais Nouveau 2010

November 16-20, 2011: St. Barth CataCup is a sailing race for F18 class catamarans. St. Barth Properties is proud to be the sponsor of last year’s CataCup winners, the US team of John Casey and his one man crew, Dalton Tebo, a 22-year-old sailing instructor who raced with John last year; they look forward to the competition this year.

John told me that, “The CataCup is a four-day beach catamaran championship that attracts the best sailors in the world. Competitors in the event are champions in everything from around the world racing to the Olympics and world championships. However, the competition is open to beginners also, so there is a great mix of sailors taking advantage of the many pleasures of St. Barthélemy. It creates the distinct atmosphere of competition and a holiday wrapped in one amazing event. The racing isn’t typical either. Each race is different where we need to find rocks to go around, such as le Boeuf and Pain du Sucre. It makes it almost like a nautical treasure hunt”.

CataCup Imagine that!

CataCup Imagine that!

Don’t miss out! If you prefer to be in St. Barth for the Beaujolais Nouveau and the CataCup, you can stay in the beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bathroom Villa Kermao, a wonderful villa that can accommodate from two to eight guests. We can offer you our Drive, Dine and Relax Package that includes a car rental and an evening at home where a private chef will prepare and serve a set menu dinner which you can enjoy on the veranda that overlooks the pool and the starlit view beyond. How romantic! If you mention Peg’s blog, we can make this a tax free booking (-5%) as well. This offer is valid for any 7 night booking from October 20 to November 21, 2011.

See you in St. Barts!

Where is St. Barth Located? St Barth’s Location and Climate

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A mere 1700 miles from New York, St. Barth beckons. Lovers, shoppers, beach enthusiasts, foodies, families – You name it. Like me, everyone falls in love with St. Barts and returns again and again.

Why, you ask?

Well, St. Barthélemy is located in the French West Indies and is part of the Lesser Antilles in the area known as the Leeward Islands. St. Barts is situated 17°55 north and 62°50 west in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea. It is about 15 miles southeast of St. Martin and it is just hard enough to get to (Which makes the island even that much more special). If you do not want to make the extra effort to get there, then you will never know what you are missing.

caribbean map

Caribbean Map

St. Barthélemy

St. Barthélemy

This tiny island, just eight square miles, with its many hills intersected by serpentine roads is a testament to its origins – a volcanic disturbance some 50 million years ago. Its history is fascinating and I will blog about that too. Like the island, the airport’s landing strip is also tiny and can only accommodate aircraft with 19 seats or less…another reason why the island remains so special. Oh yes, and strict building codes do not allow anything “taller than a palm tree” to be constructed on St Barth. Need I say more?

St Barth airport

Landing at the St. Barth Airport

The climate here is arid, tropical maritime, and its rare showers are usually of short duration. Many people think that the Caribbean is like Florida which is much hotter and more humid in summer than the rest of the year. The reality is that evening and daytime temperatures range from 72° to 86° Fahrenheit throughout the year, and the delightful trade winds (Les Alizés) add to the comfort level.

There is rarely a day without sunshine. In short, the weather here is almost perfect, and combined with water temperatures averaging 78.8°F in the winter and 84.2°F in the summer, it’s an island paradise and an ideal vacation destination year-round.

September and the first half of October are very quiet as many hotels, restaurants and boutiques are closed. You see, the French population is entitled to 5 weeks vacation per year (Imagine that!) and many establishments choose to close, do some refurbishments and reopen with enthusiasm in preparation for the upcoming “season.” Savvy travelers who are looking for a truly restful vacation and a chance to get away from it all choose that time of year to go to St. Barts in order to truly relax and rejuvenate. Some restaurants, hotels and shops remain open and dinner reservations are not necessary. Many people find that they have one of the island’s gorgeous beaches all to themselves!