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Wake Me Up When September Comes

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Now is the Time to Plan your St. Barth Vacation!

I hope that your summer went well and that you had time to relax a bit. Per usual I spent my summer on Cape Cod working remotely with both my US office and my St. Barth office. The bulk of my time was spent preparing and editing our new Live Your Dream® catalogue. It just went to press and I can’t wait for you to see the finished product – It is our 25th Anniversary edition! I will be unveiling it at our Annual Beachside Bash which this year is being held on November 14th at the gorgeous beachfront hotel Taïwana on beautiful Flamands Beach. I would really love to see you there. Of course the party is our treat in appreciation of you, our valued St. Barth Properties clients. Invitations will be sent out very soon, so if you have not booked your accommodation yet, now is the time to do so. Just email reservations@stbarth.com or better yet, pick up the phone and call 1-800-421-3396 (or +1-508-528-7727). We would be happy to chat with you about the Bash and help you plan your St. Barth trip around it.

Live Your Dream Catalogue

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Our Live Your Dream Catalogue is Being Printed in France

If those November dates don’t work for you, now that the kids are back in school and the summer is winding down, it is time to think seriously about booking your fall or winter vacation to St. Barth. While the island might be in its annual hibernation period, it is not too early to make your reservation. Right now and until December 14th, it’s Value Season; many people take advantage of the extra savings that traveling during this period of time affords them. Have a look at our Specials Page to see what villas offer even more bang for your buck. Tradewind Aviation resumes their regularly scheduled roundtrip flights directly to St. Barth from San Juan, St. Thomas and Antigua on October 18th 2013. We are at-the-ready to get those seats booked for you and coordinate the dates to coincide with your villa or hotel reservation.

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Would you rather be here or at home buttoning up your overcoat?

If you are thinking of spending the Christmas/New Year’s holidays in St. Barth, many clients have the jump on you; their villa and/or hotel stays as well as their airline and car rental reservations are securely in place. For your convenience we have a direct link to our holiday availability on-line. It is really important to reserve now while we can still offer several villa options, obtain rental cars for you and assist you with the inter-island flights.

My husband Steve and I will be back on the island fulltime by then. We really enjoy the festivities and for the second Christmas in a row, my son, Mark Smyth (the dentist) and his family will be celebrating Christmas in St. Barth with us. Just as we do, you will love taking an evening stroll along the quai to marvel at the wondrous yachts docked along Gustavia Harbor; it’s a must. And, of course window shopping soon brings you into the gorgeously decorated boutiques to have a look; eventually you end up purchasing that perfect gift for yourself and/or for someone special.

Yachts in Gustavia Harbor

A favorite before or after dinner pastime: Walking along the quai in Gustavia to marvel at the yachts

Drop into the Baz Bar after dinner and you just might catch Jimmy Buffet picking up a guitar and singing a few songs with the band that is featured there at that time. Where to dine Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Our concierges Julia and Magda will give you the inside scoop as soon as the proposed menus are received. Would you like an in-villa massage? Do you need a babysitter? What about a day trip to Colombier Beach or a sunset cruise? We will happily set that all up for you.

Baz Bar.

Look who made an impromptu appearance while I was at the Baz Bar. You too can sing along with Jimmy.

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New Year’s, Jimmy Buffett, Condé Summit, Café Victoire

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Bonne Année!

St. Barth was really hopping over the holiday period. The weather was fantastic.  Gustavia was bustling as usual on New Year’s Eve and the myriad of yachts both on the quai and moored off the harbor sounded their horns as the fireworks display began at the stroke of midnight.  Many of our clients had such a fantastic holiday that they have already rebooked their villa for next year.

Bonne Année!

Bonne Année!

I met some of you at our weekly cocktail party at Bonito restaurant and it was fun to see the “regulars” who come every year as well as meet first timers who have also fallen in love with St. Barth. I look forward to seeing those of you who will be here over the next few months at our cocktail party too. (Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.)  As usual Jimmy Buffett was here. I happened to be at the Baz Bar one evening when he stopped by, picked up a guitar and began singing for us!

Jimmy Buffett entertains us at the Baz Bar

Jimmy Buffett entertains us at the Baz Bar

I left the island for a few days to attend Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Specialist Summit in Grand Cayman.  I am very fortunate and honored to have been chosen to receive the Villa Rental Specialist award for St. Barth since the award’s inception in 2006.  Director of Consumer News and Digital Community Editor Wendy Perrin carefully vets the top Travel Consultants and Villa Rental Specialists each year and the magazine hosts this conference for the winners.  It can be just as difficult to stay on The List as it is to make it in the first place so I am indeed thrilled to be on it.

Villa Specialists Marilyn Pulito St Martin, Julie Byrd Cabo, Conde Nast Editor Wendy Perrin, Peg Walsh St Barth, Gail Boisclair Paris Apartments at the Summit in Grand Cayman

Villa Specialists Marilyn Pulito St Martin, Julie Byrd Cabo, Conde Nast Editor Wendy Perrin, Peg Walsh St Barth, Gail Boisclair Paris Apartments at the Summit in Grand Cayman

I am happy to be back in St. Barth and pleased to let you know that the fabulous Café Victoire on rue Général Charles de Gaulle in Gustavia has reopened! Owner Bertrand Larregain and his chef Simon are back at the helm and they have created some wonderful dishes.  The prices are refreshingly reasonable.  We love the sidewalk café ambiance. It is so French. Do try it. Open every day but Sunday for lunch and dinner with the exception of Saturday lunch.

Café Victoire rue Général de Gaulle Gustavia

Café Victoire rue Général de Gaulle Gustavia

Carré d'agneau jus romarin (rack of lamb)

Carré d’agneau jus romarin (rack of lamb)

Risotto St. Jacques (Scallops)

Risotto St. Jacques (Scallops)

I am trying out a few new places and inspecting some new villa listings. Stay tuned…

More Neat stuff about St. Barts

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Do you remember one of my previous blog’s where I mentioned the very talented Tomas Doncker Band that was playing at the Baz Bar over the holiday period? Tomas kindly stopped my office in Gustavia to give me his latest CD, “Power of the Trinity”. It is excellent. I thanked him and told him that we would go to his last show on Sunday night before the band headed back to New York. We enjoyed it immensely. If you get a chance to see the band, you will not be disappointed. Check out their website www.tomasdonker.net.

I gave my grandson Vince a trip to St. Barth as a combination Christmas/ 21st birthday present and I invited his girlfriend Samantha (“Sam”) to join him before they return to the University of Miami where they are both top students (Yes, I am allowed to brag.) I used my frequent flyer miles to get them as far as St. Maarten and then secured the inter-island flights for them. They have been having a great time. We went to St. Jean Beach one afternoon. The next day they toured all the way around the island by Jet Ski and yesterday they hiked the goat path to Colombier Beach. (You must do that at least once or take a catamaran there. That is the only way to access this gorgeous beach and great snorkeling spot.)

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Vince and Sam get ready to Jet Ski around St Barth

The-Jet-Ski-instructor-uses-this-map-to-point-out-the-natural-reserves-where-Jet-Ski's-are-forbidden-to-enter

The Jet Ski instructor uses this map to point out the natural reserves where Jet Skis are forbidden to enter

Colombier Beach

Colombier Beach

Our evenings have been full, too. We went to some of my favorite restaurants. Tuesday evening we went to our St. Barth Properties cocktail party which we host every Tuesday evening (late November to the end of April). It takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 at the gorgeous Bonito restaurant which overlooks the harbor. We enjoyed talking to our villa and hotel clients and then stayed on for dinner. The food was excellent.

A week in St. Barth should include one night at Le Ti St. Barth. It describes itself as being “A Caribbean Tavern.” We went there for dinner and were entertained by a fashion show at 9:30 followed by a cabaret show. You should try it. Today we’ll hit the shops and tomorrow we’ll have a “cheeseburger in paradise” at Le Select.

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Fashion show at Le Ti

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Vince and Sam at Le Ti St Barth

Last night we went to the Santa Fe restaurant (delicious as always!) and as we were leaving, a gentleman introduced himself and his wife to me. He said, “Peg? I love your blog.” Well, that stopped me right there in my tracks, “You do????” He said, “Yes I wouldn’t miss it.” It was great to hear that. So, if any of you feel the same way, I certainly do not mind if you add a comment to let me know. You can also ask me questions about St. Barth and suggest topics you would like me to explore.

Robert-and--Susan-Waite-at-the-Santa-Fe-restaurant

Robert and Susan Waite at the Santa Fe restaurant

It turns out that this couple is a longtime repeat client of SBP. They have come to St. Barth and used our services every year since 2002. Happy 10th Bob and Susan!

Julie-Nally

Julie Nally

They told me that they love working with Julie Nally who is one of our St Barth Specialists. Julie has been with SBP and assisting clients with their choice of villa or hotel since 1997. Her contact info is julienally@stbarth.com. This is the 5th time in a row that Bob and Sue stayed at Villa Sud Ouest which is a real testimony on how enjoyable it is. I hope to see them again at our cocktail party next Tuesday.

The Festive Holiday Season in St. Barts December 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I hope that all of you had a great holiday celebration wherever you happened to be. Lots of things are going on here in St. Barts. The harbor is brimming with Mega-Yachts – a beautiful sight to see both day and night. Monday evening Steve and I decided to check out things in Gustavia. A fashion show, Ballade en Ville, on the new cobblestone rue de Général de Gaulle was scheduled to start at 8:00 pm.

A yacht sails into Gustavia Harbor to find its berth

A yacht sails into Gustavia Harbor to find its berth

Balade en Ville

Balade en Ville

The Fashion Show runway on rue General Charles De Gaulle

The Fashion Show runway on rue General Charles De Gaulle

We strolled along the harbor and looked at the Christmas scene which is displayed on one of the stages on the quai. At the very same time there was a Hanukkah celebration going on and it was taking place only a few yards away on a different stage. It was fun to see that two religious groups can coexist very nicely here on St. Barts.

Christmas display on the quai

Christmas display on the quai

Hanukkah celebration on the quai  in St. Barts December 26 2011

Hanukkah celebration on the quai in St. Barts December 26, 2011

After watching some of the fashion show and not having made dinner reservations, we decided to go to the Baz Bar because we love the place and they do not take reservations. We sat at a lovely table by the water and watched the Tomas Doncker Band perform. As we were concluding our delicious dinners, clients who have become great friends of ours walked by. We invited them to join us while we finished up our great bottle of Sancerre blanc (my favorite).

Jimmy Buffett along with family and friends happened to be dining at the Baz Bar too and suddenly the band was in their second set and up jumped Jimmy with his guitar. He began singing “Volcano” but changed the lyrics to describe what St. Barth is like at this time of year! What a treat for us all.

Jimmy Buffett sings Volcano at the Baz Bar December 26, 2011

Jimmy Buffett sings Volcano at the Baz Bar December 26, 2011

Jimmy Buffett sings “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the Baz Bar December 26, 2011

If you come down to St.Barth, you may be one of the lucky ones to enjoy one of Jimmy’s impromptu performances. Contact reservations@stbarth.com to reserve your villa or hotel.

Annual November Party, Anyone?

Friday, September 17th, 2010

One year ago we were arranging trips to St Barth for people who wanted to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Le Select, a very fun bar located in the heart of Gustavia, St Barth’s beautiful harbor area.

Peg (at right) and friends with Marius (in front), owner of Le Select

Peg (at right) and friends with Marius (in front), owner of Le Select

By popular demand many of our clients have asked us to make the same weekend in November an annual event. We don’t need Jimmy Buffet to have a good time, do we? (Jimmy if you are reading this, we don’t mind if you join us! If not at Le Select, the Baz Bar is right next to my office).

Coral Reefer band members and Peg outside the St Barth Properties office

One year ago today, the euro/dollar exchange rate was $1.49; today’s rate is $1.30. Just think how many more Caribs and Cheeseburgers in Paradise that will buy!

Would you care you join the celebration and go back to St Barth in November?

We are planning a BIG party at a new venue on the harbor! We think a Jimmy Buffett theme would befit the occasion. And of course we will arrange a time to for all of us to meet at Le Select where we can enjoy a Cheeseburger in Paradise and a few libations. Yet another evening spent at the Baz Bar by my office sounds cool too!

Peg and friends at Baz Bar, November 8, 2009

The event is planned for the first weekend in November 2010, so please send an email to info@stbarth.com and one of our St. Barth Specialists will be in touch regarding your wish list for what type of villa or hotel accommodation you wish to reserve.

Don’t forget to tell your friends!