Archive for November, 2011

Volume 16 of the Live Your Dream® Catalogue Debuted at the St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash Nov 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

After spending 7 months putting together volume 16 of our new Live Your Dream® catalogue, I had the pleasure of introducing it to our guests and partners at our St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash at Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach on November 10, 2011.

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Volume 16 of SBP's Live Your Dream Catalogue -Tom, Ted, Pascale, Mai, Benoit, Peg, Magdalena, Anne-Cecile

This year’s catalogue features the gorgeous Villa Méli Mélo on the cover and is filled with 160 pages of interesting articles as well as practical information. Of course our villa and hotel sections are included.

If you would like to read the electronic version, FOLLOW THIS LINK

If you prefer that we mail you a hard copy, you will find a form on that same link.

By the way, the Bash was a huge success. Everyone really got into the party atmosphere. Here is sampling of photos. We hope that you can join us next year!

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Friends celebrate with Tom and his wife Amy

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The evening was perfect for celebrating on the beach while the full moon was rising over the water

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Soley serenades tableside

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Everybody dance now with Christine Gordon and Soley

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Let it all hang out

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Singing along with Soley and Christine at the SBP Beachside Bash is a fun thing to do

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My trademarked slogan Live Your Dream shines on the Shell Beach hillside

A Day in St Barth Nov 10 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The sun is shining in beautiful St Barth; there is a full moon and our St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash at Dõ Brazil is tonight!

This morning I visited two new amazing villas at the top of Gouverneur and will be letting you know the details once we have the photos. Suffice to say Villa Naturelle 1 and Naturelle 2 are beautiful. Stay tuned.

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Villa Naturelle 2's infinity pool is 25 meters (82 feet). Gorgeous!

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Can you believe the surround sound speakers at Villa Naturelle 2 look like a rock ... How clever

My husband Steve as well as several of our friends are here for the Bash and for the R St. Barth rhum tasting tomorrow night. So we had Cheeseburgers in Paradise at Le Select after my villa visits.

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Cheeseburgers in Paradise at Le Select

Rue du Général de Gaulle is almost finished. We are told it will be completed by December 10. It is very classy and I am sure you will enjoy walking on the cobblestones (unless you are wearing high heels that is).

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Rue du General de Gaulle November 10 2011

More later…

How do I get to St. Barts? What are the entry requirements?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Here I am back in St Barth, lucky me! (Wish you were here). St. Barth Properties VP Tom Smyth, St. Barth Villa and Hotel Specialist Kathy Schlitzer and I arrived yesterday. We have a full calendar of hotel and villa inspection appointments on our schedules and I will report back.

On the trip down we talked about the questions that our clients often ask us and two of them are how to get to St. Barth as well as the entry requirements.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of the reasons that St. Barth remains so special is that it takes a little extra effort to get to this paradise. From the USA, the gateways to St. Barts are via St. Maarten (airport code: SXM) and San Juan (SJU). American Airlines, US Airways, Delta, United, Spirit, and Jet Blue fly to St. Maarten and San Juan.

The easiest way to connect to St. Barth (SBH) is directly from San Juan (SJU) on private charters with Tradewind Aviation (up to 8 passengers @$2995-$3955 each way), or Air America Caribbean (5 to 9 passengers beginning at $1950-$2500 each way). Tradewind also offers a scheduled charter service that is sold by the seat and is $420 to $520 (depending on travel dates) each way. (The 2011-2012 season began October 28, 2011 and ends May 6, 2012). The flight departs San Juan at 8:00 am and 3:00 pm daily with additional flights at 1:00pm and 4:00pm Thursday through Monday until Jan 31, 2012 (4:30 pm from Jan 31 to May 06, 2012). Departures from St. Barth are at 10:00 am and 5:30 pm daily with additional flights at 2:30pm Thursday through Monday.

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Pilatus landing at SBH

Tradewind also offers service from St. Thomas (STT) Thursday through Monday at $420 per seat. The plane is very comfortable, with leather seats, air conditioning drinks and snacks. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes depending on the aircraft.

Air America Caribbean’s planes (not air-conditioned) hold 5-7 passengers and are $1950-$2500 each way for a private charter. St. Barth Commuter offers private charter flights on their caravan (not air-conditioned) year round for $2700 each way or via shared charter (on request) for $400 per seat.

Caravan landing at SBH

For confirmed hotel and villa clients of St. Barth Properties, airline charters can also be arranged by concierge@stbarth.com.

Many people connect to St Barth (SBH) through St. Maarten (SXM). As of November 17, 2011 Jet Blue offers service from San Juan to St. Maarten. The major inter-island carrier is Winair. The 12-15 minute flight costs about $156-$293 round trip per person (depending on availability). Allow 1½ to 2 hours to make the connection to St Barts. Be sure to allow at least 2 hrs in St. Maarten in order to make your connection home.

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Winair plane

St. Barth Commuter offer several scheduled flights to/from Juliana Airport on the Dutch side and two others to/from the French side (70 euros each way). We often arrange a private charter on St. Barth Commuter for our guests. The cost is €800 euros each way and the plane holds up to 6 passengers. Air St Maarten, a nice alternative, puts together shared charters to/from St. Maarten and San Juan.

We continue to recommend that each passenger has a carry-on bag with enough clothing and supplies to get through at least 1 day as luggage has been known to arrive after its owners and sometimes not until the next day. Luggage limit is 23 kg/50 lbs per passenger, so pack lightly. Winair is charging $25.00 for the first additional checked bag and $50 for a 3rd. If you are using US Airways, you can book your flights all the way from your home city to SBH and you can check your bags all the way through (unless you are using frequent flier tickets). Once again be sure to have a carry-on with all of you first night’s needs. You may submit a request directly to Winair in St. Barth on line http://www.st-barths.com/winair/winair_intro_eng.html.

By Ferry: The Voyager is a slow Ferry (75-90 minutes from Marigot and 40 Minutes from Oyster Pond on the French side). Schedules are subject to change. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE SEAS BETWEEN ST. MAARTEN AND ST. BARTH CAN BE ROUGH. IF YOU ARE PRONE TO MOTION SICKNESS, WE RECOMMEND YOU AVOID THIS MANNER OF ARRIVAL. The new (December 2011) Voyager Dream Liner offers a first class seating section. The Voyager phone number: (dialing from the U.S.) Marigot Bay/Oyster Pond 011 590 590 87 10 68 (St. Martin).

Voyager Ferry

Voyager ferry

The Great Bay Express is a faster ferry that travels from Bobby’s Marina in Dutch St Maarten to Gustavia in St. Barth. Crossing time is approximately 40 minutes from/to Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg to Gustavia. 011 599-542-0032 and the phone number from the US is: 1-347 568 0574.

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Great Bay Express ferry

For confirmed hotel and villa clients of St. Barth Properties, private boat transfers and airline charters can be arranged for you. Please Contact: concierge@stbarth.com.

A valid passport is required for U.S., Canadian, Brazilians and EU National citizens, regardless of what others may tell you. All other nationalities MUST have visas. (This includes nannies and staff traveling with you, who must also have proper documentation or they will be sent back.) Even if you previously cleared immigration without incident, proper documentation is now necessary. For information on U.S. passports, go to the website: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Remember that children’s passports expire every 5 years.

To book your hotel or villa in St Barth, contact reservations@stbarth.com.