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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

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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.

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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.