Archive for September, 2012

The Real Housewives of New York City at Villa Oasis de Salines in St. Barts – Have you tried Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio? Who was that sexy looking chef?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The Real Housewives of New York City may have left St. Barts and our gorgeous Villa Oasis de Salines, but St Barth remains in the minds the show’s viewers. Three episodes of RHONY in St. Barts got the phones ringing and we are certainly receiving lots of positive feedback about our gorgeous island; so many people are grateful to have found St. Barth Properties and are booking villa and hotel stays through my company. Would you like to experience the magic of St. Barth? Please contact reservations@stbarth.com.

What a coincidence! I was able to meet Ramona Singer on Cape Cod this summer. Do you know that Ramona has her own line of Pinot Grigio? Yes, she is a business woman and was promoting her wine at a liquor store about one mile from my house on Cape Cod (where I spend my time when I am not in St. Barts). Authors sign their books, right? Well, Ramona was signing her bottles of wine so I hopped in my car, went to Luke’s and got in line (a long one). When I finally reached the front, I was able to chat with Ramona and bought 6 bottles of her signed 2011 Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio. To me, in real life Ramona is a nice lady and the wine “with crisp acidity and balanced fruit” is quite good.

Real Housewife of New York City's Ramona Singer with Peg on Cape Cod July 01 2012

Real Housewife of New York City’s Ramona Singer with Peg on Cape Cod July 01 2012

Some of you have asked us to tell you more about that sexy looking private chef who was cooking for the Housewives (and you saw Sonja trying to put the moves on him, too). Chef Jean Baptiste Barre is the owner of Le Bistroy wine bar in the St. Jean area. He owns Absolutely Wine and has a very impressive wine cellar where you can attend his wine school and also experience some wine tasting. Enjoy the Charcuterie with pairings of wine. You can also purchase delicacies to enhance your meals at home. Can you hire him to cook for you one evening during your stay? Bien sûr, our concierge will be pleased to arrange for a sumptuous candlelight dinner prepared and served in your private villa and be sure to try Le Bistroy while you are there.

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

Peg with Jean Baptiste Barre in the Wine Cellar at Le Bistroy

Peg with Jean Baptiste Barre in the Wine Cellar at Le Bistroy

The Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY) In St. Barts Part Two

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Did you catch the Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY) in St Barts second episode (#14) on Bravo at 9:00 p.m last night? A repeat of Episode 13 aired right before it.

Well, those Housewives sure do like to bicker! (Can’t they just enjoy their time on beautiful St. Barth the way the rest of us do?) And Aviva!! Good grief – the flight from St. Maarten to St. Barts is not the way she made it seem. And by the way, Aviva why didn’t you just take the ferry?

If you saw last week’s episode I was on the show greeting the RHONY (sans Aviva) at the magnificent Villa Oasis de Salines.

Villa Oasis de Salines

Villa Oasis de Salines

Isn’t it gorgeous? It is pricey at $100,000 per week in high season (January 7 to April 15) but worth it. In Value Season (April 16-December 15) it is $70,000 and if 6 couples split the cost, it makes it more reasonable. If you want to rent if during the Christmas-New Year’s period, prepare to bite the bullet as there is a 2 week minimum and it’s $140,000 per week. (It is already booked for Christmas 2012 but we have other fabulous villas that are still open.) Contact: reservations@stbarth.com.

Back to last night…

I was at my St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty on-island office when Sonja and Ramona walked in. They were upset with the other Real Housewives because the “girl’s weekend” had become a dating event with boyfriends and husbands involved so they asked me for a “back-up” villa for them just in case they wanted to move there that very night! I was surprised but I checked availability and fortunately the fabulous Villa Au Soleil was available and I knew they would love it. It is so private and the view is incredible. (I also mentioned to them that Steve Martin owns it which of course impressed them). I enjoyed talking to them.

Villa Au Soleil

Villa Au Soleil

One more thing, did you see the RHONY walking into Bagatelle restaurant? We were there by coincidence with a bunch of dentists who were taking a continuing education course with the SBDA (St. Barth Dental Association) and having dinner. If you freeze the episode at :56 you can see my dentist son, Mark Smyth at the end of our table – small world.

I hope you are enjoying the scenery and those amazing shots of Villa Oasis de Salines.