Archive for February, 2013

A Perfect Day at the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Lucky you! You have discussed hotel options with one of our award winning St. Barth Properties Specialists and have chosen to stay at the 5 star beachside boutique property Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France It is as magical as the sound of its name with an ambiance that artfully blends its French West Indies location with the casual sophistication of its “cousin” the South of France. You were looking for a romantic idyll and you have arrived. Your spacious and lavish 1 Bedroom Beach Suite includes a full kitchen, an airy living room and comfortably elegant furnishings bedecked in cool cottons and vintage French fabrics. Your king size bed boasts a view of the sea and there’s a sumptuous oversized en suite bath with a tempting stone soaking tub and indoor and outdoor showers. A private terrace with your own infinity edge plunge pool is just steps from the brilliant blue waters of one of St. Barth’s most gorgeous beaches – Flamands.

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Your terrace is the perfect place to begin the day with a poolside breakfast discretely delivered by room service. Grab your iPod and that new novel and head to the beach. Comfy umbrella’d chaise lounges await. Take a stroll along that wide stretch of sugar-white sand and you’ve earned a libation. The beach bar staff can muddle up a mean mojito. Come lunchtime, slip on a pareo, wriggle your feet back into your sandals, and saunter up to La Case de l’Isle; it’s one of the islands’ loveliest alfresco restaurants and the rosé corks will be popping. Try the Daily Wok – fresh and delicious – with a bottle of Clos Beylesse. Everyone adores the lunch-time fashion show presented each day by the hotel’s boutique. If you’re inspired to do a bit of shopping, don’t miss the signature lacey couture by French designer José Balensi (stunning!) and the line of men’s swimwear by Gerry St. Tropez.

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Are you in the mood for a massage? The spa menu, in collaboration with the world renowned Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals skin care brands, is decadent and couples massages are offered in the Spa Pavilion. Ensconced in a tropical garden, it is uber romantic. Services come with dessert, a beautifully presented trio of icy fruit sorbets. We think you’ll be ready to return to the comfort and privacy of your suite and ease into the night.

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Pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the approaching twilight, the gentle breezes – and each other. The hotel concierge will be pleased to assist with dinner reservations and you would love PaCri, neighboring Hotel Taiwana’s upscale Italian resto – just a short walk down the beach. The Gnocchi and the entire experience here is exquisite.

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To end a perfect day, curl up on the pool-side banquette back at the La Case de l’Isle’ and sip a digestive – St. Barth Style. Vanilla Rhum. Yum.

When you return to your suite. You’ll find chocolates on your pillow. Sweet.

Bonne Nuit

For more information contact: StBarthIsledeFrance@stbarth.com

St Barth’s Villa Sky adds “The Peg Walsh Room”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It’s true, the owners of the beautiful Villa Sky call their brand new second master bedroom, “The Peg Walsh Room.” Why? Because I am the person who suggested that they replace the media room and dining room and convert them into one big room: another en suite master bedroom. Adding a 5th bedroom here makes the villa even more appealing to couples and families.

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Constructing anything in St. Barth always takes longer – WAY longer – than a contractor promises and getting delivery of new appliances and furniture via container ship pretty much never arrives when it is supposed to. It’s “Island Time,” after all. So, when the owners muttered, “The Peg Walsh Room” it often meant, “Why did we ever listen to Peg?”

Not so now – I went up to Petite Saline to inspect the new Villa Sky and toured the property with the very proud owners; they had taken advantage of the time it would take to add the new bedroom to completely update the kitchen and to refurbish the bathrooms. I love the results! The new master is privately located on the right hand side of the villa and has its own entrance, a 4-poster king bed, a 50” Satellite TV and DVD player and en suite bath with double sinks, a toilet and a rain shower.

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On to the brand new kitchen: The lady of the house is a wonderful cook so the kitchen was designed just for her and also for you if you enjoy cooking while you are on vacation. Many people find it to be very relaxing to do so. Valcucine cabinetry and appliances are the top of the line and the wine cooler features two temperatures – one for whites and one for the reds. The kitchen is air conditioned and can be closed off from the living room if guests prefer to hire a private chef. There is a separate entrance from the driveway.

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The other master bedroom with en suite bath is on the left hand side of the living room as is the adjacent king/twin bedroom with renovated en suite bath. Two more bedrooms (king and queen) are on the he pool level and also boast renovated en suite baths. There are oodles of places to enjoy outdoor living and you will be mesmerized by the stunning view and photographical sunsets. Oh and that 44 Ft. heated swimming pool – delightful! If you need to burn some calories as a result of trying all of those fabulous St. Barth restaurants, there’s a glassed enclosed fitness room that includes among other things, two treadmills; you can enjoy the view while you are huffing and puffing.

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Villa Sky is centrally located and is fully screened. All of the bedrooms, the kitchen and the fitness room have AC. The villa is an ideal choice for those looking for privacy, a peaceful setting, outstanding views and comfort. For more information and/or to reserve your special time at Villa Sky, contact reservations@stbarth.com or call 1-800-421-3396; +1-508-528-7727. Draw straws to see who gets to stay in the “Peg Walsh Room” and let me know how you like it!