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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…

Mid-February 2012 St. Barts Updates SBP Weekly Cocktail Party, Carnival 2012 and Harbour’s Saladerie

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I am back in St. Barts after being in LA where I attended Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Exchange Summit. The Top Villa Specialists and Travel Specialists convened with each other as well as the editorial staff from the magazine. Each year Editor Wendy Perrin, the Director of Consumer News and Digital Community carefully selects the winners and it is a huge honor to have been chosen as The Best for St. Barts! I have been lucky enough to have received this coveted award since Wendy started her villa Rental Specialists Awards list in 2006 that was compiled from “Wendy’s Rolodex.”

My-Award-Pin

My Award Pin

directory

I opened the Directory and was thrilled to see this photo of one of our properties Villa Avenstar!

If you are in St. Bart right now, let me know where you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. This island is SO romantic! Many restaurants are offering special menus. Just contact our on-island concierge, Magda Votava and she will let you now what is going on and she will be happy to make the dinner reservation for you.

I hope that you will be attending our weekly cocktail party at Bonito restaurant before you go to dinner that night. I would love to see you there.

Carnival is fast approaching. Don’t forget to pack your costume for the Parade which takes place on Tuesday February 21st! Everyone dresses up. Gustavia shuts down around noon in preparation for the parade which begins in Public around 3:00 pm and continues all the way to the Wall House and then back again. The costumes, dancing and music are incredible and so entertaining.

Exceptionally, our cocktail party will be held on THURSDAY Feb 23 instead of Tuesday due to this event. See you there!

Saturday night Steve and I decided to have dinner at one of favorite restaurants, Harbour’s St. Barth. We had a lovely table overlooking the harbor and had expected to be given their regular menu. Surprise! No menu – Instead a blackboard was put in front of us that listed all sorts of completely new appetizers and main courses. We asked Thierry one of the owners of Harbour’s what was up. He told us that a new chef, Benoit Jerome is on board. Benoit has worked in 3 star Michelin restaurants all over the world before coming to St. Barts.

There were many items that tempted us. The new suggestions are more French in origin; we enjoy French cooking so all was well. We shared the Calamari appetizer which was so moist and flavorful. For my main course I chose to have another appetizer, the Eggplant Parmesan and I was not disappointed. It was yummy with a delightful cheesy sauce. Steve decided to try the Langouste Grillée. It was dressed with a really nice secret sauce that was buttery but light. We finished by sharing a scrumptious Crême Brûlée.

Give Harbour’s a try and let me know your take on it.

Harbour's blackboard menu

Harbour's blackboard menu

Eggplant Parmesan at Harbour's St. Barth

Eggplant Parmesan at Harbour's St. Barth

Julien brings Steve the Langouste for his approval

Julien brings Steve the Langouste for his approval

Langouste Grillée

Langouste Grillée

Crême Brûlée

Crême Brûlée

Condé Nast Traveler Award and Special Offer

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Bucket weekend is over and it was a great success. The weather was exceptional and the addition of the vintage World War II air show over Shell Beach was a sight to behold. Nautor Swans’ 100S model sailing yacht VIRAGO won the overall prize.

Air show over Shell Beach March 26, 2011

Air show over Shell Beach March 26, 2011

Sailing yacht Virago wins Class and Overall at St-Barths Bucket 2011

Sailing yacht Virago wins Class and Overall at St Barths Bucket 2011

Be sure to mark your calendars to be here next year. It will be held March 22-25, 2012 and you should book early. Many of our villas are situated on the hillsides affording views of the sailing yachts as they race by.

Have you received or purchased the April issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, yet? I just found out that I won Condé Nast Traveler’s Villa Rental Specialist Award again this year! Wendy Perrin created the list 6 years ago and I have been honored to have made the list every year (Wendy says it is harder to stay on the list than to get on the list in the first place). Only 44 agents worldwide made the list and I was named as the best for St. Barth! Merci beaucoup, Wendy!

2011 Villa Rental Specialist Medallion

2011 Villa Rental Specialist Medallion


In celebration of receiving this prestigious award, we are pleased to join in Condé Nast’s truth.travel promotion by offering a 10% reduction on the weekly rate at select villas. Bookings must be made between March 29 and April 30, 2011 for a 7 night minimum stay commencing March 29, 2011 and ending no later than November 15, 2011. You must mention the Condé Nast Villa Rental Specialist award and their site, truth.travel to your Villa Rental Specialist in order to receive this special price. Please call 1-800-421-3396 or email reservations@stbarth.com. (This offer is valid for new bookings only.)

Condé Nast Traveler April 2011

Condé Nast Traveler April 2011

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“There’s nothing like the privacy and luxury of a rental villa. But to get it right, you’ve got to know who to call. Herewith, the world’s 44 top villa rental specialists, painstakingly vetted by Consumer News Director Wendy Perrin and team. These people can make your vacation dreams come true, whether in a Paris pied-à-terre, in a hilltop hacienda in Spain, or on a private island off Sri Lanka. Go on, live a little!

Six years of putting villa rental agents through their paces—renting from them, accompanying them on villa inspections, interviewing them, hearing feedback from readers—have produced this list of the experts best qualified to match you with the right property. The agents on these pages have visited every home they represent (all handpicked for their authentic sense of place), have slept in many of them, and re-inspect them at least annually. They have cultivated local connections and use these on behalf of Condé Nast Traveler readers. Getting on this list requires filling out a 47-question application and sending documents that include sample house books, sample driving directions, checklists used to evaluate properties, and at least one client reference. Staying on this list is even tougher: It requires proving user-friendliness, conscientiousness, and honesty time and again…”
Wendy Perrin