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Guest Blog – Kathy Schlitzer Trip Report

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I am in transit to St. Barth and am delighted to share Kathy Schlitzer’s trip report with you in this Guest Blog. Kathy is one of our very experienced and talented St. Barth Specialists. Rest assured that Kathy will be pleased to lend her expertise when helping you plan your trip so that you, too can Live Your Dream® in beautiful St. Barth.

St. Barth
November 9 – 16, 2012 Trip Report

Kathy Schlitzer
St Barth Specialist

Kathy Schlitzer

Kathy Schlitzer

Our November trips to St Barth are always exciting. The island is coming alive for the season, and there are new shops, restaurants, villas, and newly refurbished hotels to experience. Not to mention the annual St Barth Properties November BASH, held this year on November 10, and our Beaujolais Nouveau party on November 14. A great week to be in St Barth!

For this trip I decided to try the new Tradewind Aviation flight from St Thomas to St Barth. I flew direct from Boston to St Thomas on JetBlue then easily made the connection on Tradewind to St Barth. It worked perfectly and because the St Thomas airport is so small I breezed through the airport with time for a stop in the bar for a snack. Tradewind flies directly to St Barth from San Juan, Antigua, and St Thomas.

On arrival in St Barth my Gumbs car was waiting and I headed to my first accommodation, two nights at the Hotel Christopher. After settling in a was off to La Plage at the Tom Beach Hotel to join my colleagues for great food, music, and entertainment (pole dancing and fire juggling!) Always a nice way to spend a first night in St Barth.

The Christopher hotel’s new manager Sebastien Maingourd was pleased to show me further room refurbishment that had taken place since my last visit. My Ocean Terrace room was very comfortable and I slept well. At breakfast the next morning I watched an aqua biking class in the pool, had I not had appointments I would have joined in, it looked like fun. The manager joined me for coffee and I learned that the restaurant is featuring a new chef from Brazil who promises to shake up the menu with a Brazilian twist. Later I toured the new Sisley brand spa and the gym, no time for a treatment or workout today. C’est dommage. All in all I was pleased with the Christopher and look forward to recommending it to clients for the coming season. HINT: If you’re looking for a great place to have a cocktail and watch the sunset, the Christopher is the place to go. Stay for dinner at their restaurant Taïno then go up to Le Ti St Barth for the cabaret!

I spent the rest of the day looking at villas, notably Lys Blanc in Lurin. All I can say is what a view! This villa is newly renovated, comfortable, and very convenient to Gustavia, St Jean, and both Gouverneur and Saline beaches. The layout is good for kids too.

Villa Lys Blanc

Villa Lys Blanc

Villa Blue Diamond is under construction but even looking over an empty pool I was blown away by the view. Blue Diamond will be ready in mid January and will be spectacular. We have preliminary pictures on the website with more to come.

Villa Blue Diamond

Villa Blue Diamond

Villa Lilu is a two bedroom in Petite Saline. The view is beautiful with lush greenery and ocean views in a wide arc. The owner has designed the house for comfort and style. She mixed old and new successfully and result is brilliant.

Villa Lilu

Villa Lilu

Casa del Mar is a villa we represented in the past but a new owner has shaken it up – a lot! Massive work indoors and out has resulted in a truly spectacular result. While I was there the workers were everywhere, as well as piles of material and tons of shrubbery waiting to be planted. The owner showed me multiple new outdoor spaces for drinks and dining, as well as large Jacuzzi overlooking spectacular views. We’ll have pictures of the end product soon. Watch for them.

Villa Casa del Mar

Villa Casa del Mar

I don’t have space to mention all the villas I saw but special mention must be made of my other accommodations.

Two nights in Villa Nirvana was a treat. I’ve stayed at this villa in the past and I’ve never been disappointed. Clean and comfortable with an amazing sunset view, the owner has added everything to make her guests feel like home away from home. Two nights wasn’t enough.

Villa Nirvana

Villa Nirvana

Two nights in a Garden Bungalow at the Hotel Isle de France was a treat. After a great sleep I was treated to a massage at the spa by one of their highly trained therapists and it made for a wonderful start to my day. Later I had drinks by the beach and watched the weekly fashion show. Even if you aren’t staying at the Isle de France, don’t miss eating at their restaurant La Case de l’Isle right on Flamands Beach – dinner, or a long lunch on the beach, I opted for both!

My last night was spent in one of the newly renovated suites at the Hotel Carl Gustaf. Over the summer everything was refreshed and renewed with new furniture, linens and accessories to complete the transformation. By that time I needed a good sleep to get ready for a day of travel and that’s just what I got. A lovely breakfast overlooking the harbor and I was off the airport after another successful working (wink,wink) trip to paradise.

Hurry! It’s the Fourth Annual St. Barth Summer Sessions August 04-15, 2012

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OUTSTANDING MUSICAL EVENT

If you have not yet been able to attend the St. Barth Summer Sessions (SBSS) there is still time to plan your summer vacation on St. Barts so that you can go to this year’s event. It promises to be sensational. Artists from different places around the globe will be performing at various venues all over the island. Be sure to attend the big concert on the quai Saturday night August 11- It’s Party Time!!

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St. Barth Summer Sessions

St. Barth Summer Sessions

Berlin’s JAZZANOVA is the special invited guest this year. Their music is unique, funky and very entertaining. Last year, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance had us all asking for more as we kept beat to their sound and the Adam Lasher Band was superb. Aberto Pra Balanço is a young artist from Sao Paulo who is certain to get us boogying. Emily Elbert, Eitch, Josh Logan, Ryan Fardy as well as Peter Barbee, a 24 year old Nashville based artist and the very talented DJ Alex Merrell will all be performing for us.

You will be able to enjoy the music at La Plage, The Christopher, Le Sereno, Bonito restaurant, Taïwana Hotel, L’Esprit, the restaurant of Jean-Claude Dufour, Hotel St Barth Isle de France, Hotel Le Village de St Jean, La Cantina, Voyageur Lounge, the Hotel Carl Gustaf, Eddy’s Restaurant and La Route des Boucaniers.
St. Barth RocksThierry de Badereau is the founder of the nonprofit organization St. Barth Rocks that organizes the St. Barth Summer Sessions. Celebrating its fourth anniversary, SBSS was also created by Thierry, the owner of Le Tom Beach Hotel and La Plage restaurant.

St. Barth Properties team and the owner of Villa Enfin are proud and pleased to have been able to donate a villa stay for some of the musicians. They are thrilled to be able to stay at this wonderful villa where they can enjoy a little R&R; they can take a dip in the pool and enjoy the panoramic views and be revitalized to entertain us each evening.

Contact reservations@stbarth.com or call 1-800-421-3396. Mention that you read about the event on Peg’s Blog. If you make a new reservation with dates that fall between August 4 and 15, 2012, we will make it tax free by personally paying the accommodation tax for you! That is a 5% savings.

Quick Trip to St. Barth Part 3: Summer Sessions and other tidbits on St Barth

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On Sunday I went to visit a brand new 2 bedroom villa that is located in St. Jean. It is 90% finished but some of the accessories like the lamps will not arrive at the decorator’s boutique until November. The pictures that we have up on our website now are just to give you an idea of the view and some of the furnishings. Villa Coco de Mer is a luxurious 2 bedroom 3 bathroom villa located on the top of St. Jean. It boasts incredible views of the entire Baie de St. Jean, the whole airport runway and the sea behind it. The owners have spared no expense.

Villa Coco de Mer view

Villa Coco de Mer view

The living room and gourmet kitchen as well as a full guest bath are adjacent to the front deck that has outdoor living and dining spaces and guests can enjoy that great view. The rear deck is very private, has a waterfall, sitting and sunning areas, two en suite king bedrooms and a fabulous warm Jacuzzi. There is a private gate that leads to the huge community pool at Les Terrasses where Coco De Mer’s guests can swim laps and then return to their private deck. I think you will love it!

Villa Coco de Mer Living Room

Villa Coco de Mer Living Room

Sunday night we went to the Hotel Christopher’s Taïno restaurant to enjoy the food and the ambience as well as Tais, the Brazilian singer. She and her band played by the hotel’s gorgeous swimming pool and we really loved her music.

Tais-performing-over-the-pool-at-the-Hotel-Christopher

Tais performing over the pool at the Hotel Christopher

Monday was another holiday in St. Barth, so almost all businesses and offices were closed. The restaurants were open so I took the opportunity to meet with the above mentioned Xavier Pignet a co-owner of Dõ Brazil to discuss the menu at our November 10, 2011 Beachside Bash. I hope that you have booked your accommodation with us by now because the party promises to be lots of fun. For those of you who have never been to Dð Brazil which is located on Shell Beach, the restaurant has two levels. The beach level serves late breakfast and lunch and has a bar. The upstairs level serves lunch and dinner and also has a bar. And…believe it or not there will be a full moon that night so you can enjoy the moon beams reflecting off of the water—how romantic.

Planning-the-menu-with-Xavier-Pignet-for-St-Barth-Properties-November-10-2011-Beachside-Bash-at-Do-Brazil

Planning the menu with Xavier Pignet for St Barth Properties November 10 2011 Beachside Bash at Dõ Brazil

Our SBP Beachside Bash is a private party just for you and we have taken over both levels. We’ll start with Une Coupe de Champagne to welcome you followed by an apéritif… (Mojitos anyone?) and some hors d’oeuvres. Then on to the main courses that will include the Catch of the Day, ribs, a special chicken dish and lots of sides. We’ll provide beer and wine too. Soley will be entertaining you as will Christine Gordon and we’ll have a mix of DJ music for your dancing pleasure. If you have already reserved your accommodation, send an email to Julia, concierge@stbarth.com, to RSVP. If you still need to book your villa or hotel, please contact reservations@stbarth.com.

St. Barth Summer Sessions last night took place at Tom Beach Hotel’s restaurant, La Plage that evening. We went there for dinner and the place was packed. The grande finale, BIG JAM featured Project K-Paz, Tom Howie Band, Adam Lasher Band Tais plus DJ’s Alex Merrill and Jimmy Valance. We were treated to a fashion show as well. I’ll tell you about my delicious meal in another blog.

Fashion-Show-at-La-Plage-(That's-my-favorite-Maitre-D'-Georges-in-the-background)

Fashion Show at La Plage (That's my favorite Maitre D' Georges in the background)

If you missed this year’s Summer Sessions, try to attend in 2012. You won’t be disappointed!

Why go to St. Barth in August? St Barth Rocks Presents St. Barth Summer Sessions August 05-15, 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer in the United States can be defined as a time period or event that is very hot and/or stagnant. Why not pack your carry-on, jump in a plane and head to St. Barth to attend an event in Barth that is not to be missed? It’s the St. Barth Summer Sessions that is promoted by St. Barth Rocks.

St Barth Rocks is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bring artists and musicians to perform in Saint Barthélemy all year long. This year it is promoting St. Barth Summer Sessions which is an annual event that brings in very talented artists to perform each evening between August 05 and 15. Both were created by hotelier Thierry de Badereau of Hotel Tom Beach and his famous restaurant La Plage. It has grown into an extremely popular event that will take place at a variety of different venues all over the island and include a concert featuring all of the invited artists that will take place on the harbor’s quai on August 13th.

This year’s festival focuses on artists from Brazil. Performers such as TAIS ALVARENGA the Brazilian 23-year-old songwriter, composer, actress and singer who graduated from Bostons’ Berklee College of Music with a degree in film scoring will surely dazzle us all. ALVARO KAPAZ who was born in São Paulo, Brazil was awarded the Berklee Achievement Scholarship for his outstanding involvement with the college, He is also one of the creators of the band, Project K-Paz that will be entertaining you. The ABERTO PRA BALANCO TRIO formed by young São Paulo musicians that has rocked at parties, events and concerts in São Paulo and other parts of Brazil will be sure to rock you too.

Artists from elsewhere such as the ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ TRIO one of the famous finalists and singers from American Idol 2010 who graduated from Berklee in 2009 will bring her ‘All Girls Band’ to the Summer Sessions. Tom Howie is a 22 year-old guitarist and songwriter whose soaring vocals and songwriting talents have drawn comparison to Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. In November, he will release his third solo album, The Right and Wrong of Everything. RYAN FARDY has created his own genre, mixing Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul and Pop. At 24 years old, Ryan has had a fantastic start to his 10-year career. He has opened for the legendary Chaka Khan, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Mountain, Snoop Dogg, Rick Derringer, Hoobastank, and more.

Let’s not forget the DJ’s! YO–ONE SUTTER is resident DJ at restaurant La Plage, his music is a mix of electro acoustic, Soul, Swing, Jazz and Latin Beat and he’s doing a fusion between Live Music and a DJ set. JOSE PADILLA /DJ CAFÉ DEL MAR, IBIZA first arrived on Ibiza in 1975 and has been DJing there ever since. With the ‘Café del Mar’ series he is the so-called “spiritual father of Chill-Out”. He has gone from a poor barrio in Northern Spain, to a jet-set DJ lifestyle; guesting in London, Paris, Monte-Carlo, Amsterdam, Miami, Italy, Moscow and Australia. Who else will be there? Steve and I had the pleasure of dining with Thierry the creator of Summer Sessions, Tom Beach Hotel’s Assistant GM Aymeric Bourdin and DJ ALEX MERRELL who will be spinning for you. Alex’s style is distinct yet tailored to the audience, influenced by house, electro, dance, hip hop, classic and indie rock, top 40, lounge and world music.

The events will take place at Taïno restaurant at the Hotel Christopher in Pointe Milou, Le Bartoloméo restaurant at Hotel Guanahani & Spa on Grand Cul de Sac as well as at the restaurant La Plage at Hotel Tom Beach which is located on St. Jean Beach. In addition, performances will be held at Hotel La Banane which is surrounded by an exotic garden and is in Lorient as well as Bonito restaurant which boasts an extraordinary view over the Harbor of Gustavia (Where we host our cocktail party from the end of November through the end of April). Plus more great venues like La Gloriette, a beach restaurant located on the lagoon of Grand Cul de Sac, Le Tamarin located in a huge garden with its famous tamarind tree and parrots and is located on the way to Saline Beach are also hosting performances. As previously mentioned, a concert for the etire island will be held on the harbor side quai Saturday night August 13, 2011. For me it’s a must-do!

Don’t miss out on this great event! Contact reservations@stbarth.com or call 1-800-421-3396. Book an accommodation for 5 nights or more for any stay that includes any date between August 01 and 27, 2011 and St. Barth Properties will give each person in your party one 50 euro voucher to be used towards a fun evening at Le Ti St Barth while you are there. (The voucher is non-transferable and valid through August 27, 2011). This offer is applicable for new bookings made between June 28 and July 08, 2011 or until we run out of vouchers (80) whichever comes first. Reservations at Le Ti must be made in advance prior to your arrival.

Le Ti St. Barth is Located in Pointe Milou. Everything you’ve heard about this party place is true; the restaurant’s gourmet food, the Champagne in abundance, the wine cellar, the island’s hottest fashion show with DJs from the music capitals, theme nights and cool people from around the planet dancing on tables!

Where can I rent or buy beach chairs?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Clients often ask us if there are any beach chairs at the villa where they will be staying. Some villas do have beach chairs for the clients’ use. However, the chairs do not last long and rust-out often due to the salt air.

Have no fear! A solution is near!

You can rent them! You can also buy them!

Sand chairs are available for rent (or for sale) at Casarina, a little boutique in St. Jean that is located across the street from the Pelican Shops and Nikki Beach. The price for the rental is 5 euros per day (3 day minimum). If you are staying longer than 10 days, then you might as well buy them as they are for sale for 50 euros. Casarina is open every day from 9:30am to 7:00 pm.

Beach chairs for rent or sale at Casarina

Beach chairs for rent or sale at Casarina

We have also been able to find them at the CCPF True Value Store in Public (pronounced the French way, “pooblique”). We also were able to purchase our cooler there. Both shops have umbrellas but you should keep an eye on them when those wonderful breezes become gusty.

Beach chairs at CCPF True Value store

Beach chairs at CCPF True Value store

The sand chairs are ideal for people who like to explore all of the beautiful beaches that we have on St. Barth. Go to the boulangerie, get your baguette, make or buy sandwiches, pack your cooler, your beach towels and your chairs and off you go. Want to try another beach in the afternoon? No problem, keep the chairs etc. in your car; it’s that easy.

Our beach chairs

Our beach chairs

If you prefer to stay put and decide not to pack a cooler for the day, you can pamper yourself by renting a lounge chair where you can have access to drinks and food with a little music thrown in for good measure. St. Jean Beach has two options:

Carib Waterplay not only rents windsurfing boards and gives windsurfing lessons, they have beach chaises (with pads) and umbrellas that you can rent for the day. The price is 10 euros a day for a chaise and 10 euros a day for an umbrella. Just sign up at their booth.

Jeanne at Carib Waterplay

Jeanne at Carib Waterplay

Beach lounges from Carib Waterplay

Beach lounges from Carib Waterplay

La Plage restaurant at Le Tom Beach Hotel has fancier lounge chairs and umbrellas. The chairs are 15 euros a day and the umbrella is 10 euros a day (no towel or pad is included); just sign up at the Pink Parrot Bar.

Pink Parrot Bar at La Plage

Pink Parrot Bar at La Plage

Beach lounges at La Plage (Tom Beach Hotel)

Beach lounges at La Plage (Tom Beach Hotel)

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Why not call us to reserve a romantic vacation at a villa or hotel and put a photo of it in the card that you are giving to your valentine? Imagine the reaction! Some people already jumped on our special offer for a February stay that includes an automatic Suzuki Jimny car rental at Villa Bamboo; you can still take advantage of the offer and book a 7-9 night stay between February 20 and March 01, 2011.

Villa Bamboo

Villa Bamboo

Want to arrive earlier? Book a 7 night or longer stay at beautiful Villa Piment, stay between February 13 and February 24 and you will receive a 100 euro voucher to be used for a fun evening at Le Ti St. Barth! For more information, please call 1-800-421-3396 or email info@stbarth.com, mention Peg’s Blog and we will take good care of you. (We can suggest other options, too.)

Villa Piment

Villa Piment

Baby, it’s cold outside (and snowy)? Cheri, it’s warm in St. Barth (and sunny)

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Have you had enough of winter? Why not do what my son, Mark Smyth and his wife Cynthia did last week? They hired a babysitter and escaped from the frigid cold of Massachusetts.

As many of you already know I am married to a dentist. My son, Mark is also a dentist and bought my husband’s dental practice a few years ago. The St. Barth Dental Association held their annual meeting at the Capitainerie January 17-21, 2011, so Steve and Mark took the course and learned a lot. (I will have more details on the 2012 meeting in a future blog for any of you dentists who may be interested.) The course finished at 11:30 am each day, so there was plenty of time left to play and Thursday evening the SBDA hosted a cocktail party followed by dinner and a fashion show at La Plage.

Mark wanted his picture taken with the model at  La Plage

Mark wanted his picture taken with the model at La Plage

Mark and Cynthia arrived via Tradewind Aviation from San Juan. The first order of business was to clear immigration by showing their passports to a friendly gendarme. Then on to the luggage carousel to retrieve their bags and head out the door, turn right and walk to the car rental area and check in at our booth.

Mark and Cynthia at SBH immigration

Mark and Cynthia at SBH immigration

Mark and Cynthia ouside of arrival hall

Mark and Cynthia ouside of arrival hall

Mark checks in at our booth

Mark checks in at our booth

It was great to have them here. They haven’t been to St Barth since their last child was born in 1990, so they really noticed the changes and loved the fact that the island remains as charming as ever.

February is fast approaching and the groundhog will soon be reminding you that there are still 6 more weeks of winter ahead of you. Do you need an incentive to come down here with your honey?

Surprise your significant other for Valentine’s Day! Book Villa Bamboo for any stay in February and a Suzuki Jimny car rental will be included in the rate! That is a savings of 450 euros per week! Just think of how many romantic dinners you can have with that extra 450 euros in your pocket. Villa Bamboo is lovely and private. Guests love to listen to the sounds of the sea as they sit on the pool deck and marvel at view and the ever-changing colors of the crystal clear water on Grand Cul de Sac Bay. For more information, please call 1-800-421-3396 or email info@stbarth.com.

Villa Bamboo

Villa Bamboo

Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Wish you were here!

Santa Claus managed to find us at La Plage on Christmas Day. He is so adaptable that he was able to arrive by boat instead of via his reindeer! The children (and adults) were delighted to see him and he passed out candy to them.

Santa arrives by boat

Santa arrives by boat

Santa finds us at La Plage

Santa finds us at La Plage

The houle has subsided and the yachts are back on the dock. Last night Macy Gray gave a free concert on the quai. Lots of people gathered there to see her perform. What a show!

Yachts in Gustavia Harbor

Yachts in Gustavia Harbor

Macy Gray on the quai

Macy Gray on the quai

I know that many of you are experiencing travel delays due the bad storms along the eastern seaboard and St. Barth Properties is helping to ensure that you do get here. I hope that all of you purchased the accommodation insurance that we recommend as that coverage will help defray any extra costs that the delay may have created. For those of you who have not traveled yet, it is not too late to purchase the insurance for your upcoming trip. The winter season has only just begun and it will give you peace of mind. To check it out follow this link http://www.stbarth.com/CSATravelInsurance.pdf. To sign up, please call our office or if you call the insurance company directly, mention that you have booked your vacation with St. Barth Properties and they will take good care of you.

Looking to get away from the cold and the snow? Well, I have a treat for you! One of our most popular and very romantic one bedroom villas has a one week opening January 13-20, 2011. Villa Rocamadour is perched high on the Colombier hillside and offers an amazing view. Call the office at 1-800-421-3396 or email info@stbarth.com and mention Peg’s Blog. You will receive a 15% discount off the rate for that week!

Villa Rocamadour

Villa Rocamadour

St. Barth Properties Annual Party – It’s in the Details

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I just got back from Turkey – what a wonderful trip! There was so much to see. To be able to witness so much of history was incredible. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to Kaymakli Underground City in Cappadocia: Beginning in the second century AD, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, the residents of Cappadocia created uniquely defensible communities by digging approximately eight stories down into the volcanic tufa stone. Steve and I crawled through these caves and were dazzled by how well they built them.

Peg and Steve in Kaymakli underground city in Cappadocia, Turkey

Peg and Steve in Kaymakli underground city in Cappadocia, Turkey

As promised I have details about our annual party.

SBP Land Shark Party – Casual, fun and on the beach!

We’ll have two types of music – a live band and its music interspersed with a DJ playing your favorite Jimmy Buffett songs!

When: November 06, 2010 7:30 pm until…

Where: Please join us at La Plage and the Pink Parrot Bar (Le Tom Beach Hotel on St. Jean Beach) [Location changenow at Dö Brazil on Shell Beach. View the details here.]

La Plage at night

La Plage at night

What else? Wear your favorite Buffet attire if you wish

MargaritaThere’s more…We are pleased to offer Dinner and one complimentary Margarita to all of our St. Barth Properties guests.

RSVP: concierge@stbarth.com. Please indicate the name of your villa or hotel as well as the names of the people in your party who will be attending.

Upon your arrival in St. Barth, you will receive a Welcome Packet that will include a special button to wear to the party that will distinguish you as a St. Barth properties guest.

It’s not too late to book a villa! Call 1-800-421-3396 or email: info@stbarth.com.

See you on the 6th!