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Just back from Brazil

Friday, April 26th, 2013

HIGH SEASON IN ST. BARTH HAS COME TO AN END – COME ON DOWN!

I just returned to St. Barth after attending the 3rd annual Travelweek trade show that was held in Sað Paulo, Brazil. Pascale Minarro from my St. Barth office was with me and we enjoyed meeting top South American travel agents whose clients want to come to St Barth for vacation. It was mostly all work but we did get a chance to shop for our Havaianas flip flops – a must.

Dining with my colleagues: From center:  Sebastien Maingourd – Hotel Christopher, Sabine Masseglia – Hotel Guanahani; Pascale Minarro- St Barth Properties St Barth office; Gonzalo Pena – Hotel K2 in Courchevel; Peg; Aymeric Bourdin – Hotel Tom Beach; Anne Dentel – St. Barth Tourism Committee; Christiane Chabez – Brazil’s’ rep for St. Barth Tourism

Dining with my colleagues: From center: Sebastien Maingourd – Hotel Christopher, Sabine Masseglia – Hotel Guanahani; Pascale Minarro- St Barth Properties St Barth office; Gonzalo Pena – Hotel K2 in Courchevel; Peg; Aymeric Bourdin – Hotel Tom Beach; Anne Dentel – St. Barth Tourism Committee; Christiane Chabez – Brazil’s’ rep for St. Barth Tourism

The significance of the Havaianas brand is that they are made in Brazil – The country is famous for them; they last forever and come in all sorts of colors and patterns. The Company has a huge store in Sað Paulo where throngs of people rush to purchase their very own. Many of them buy 10+ pairs for themselves, their friends and their family members. I did my part and bought enough to replace the brochures I had packed in my suitcase with loads of flip flops which I plan on giving as gifts. (I noticed that TSA was curious enough to go through my bag; I wonder what they thought when they saw all of them?)

Peg's Havaianas at Travelweek in Sao Paulo

Peg’s Havaianas at Travelweek in Sao Paulo

Every year Travelweek gives each person a pair and asks them to wear them on the last day of the show which is always called “Havaianas Day”. This year, we were given a pair with the 2013 slogan and theme of the event, “Feel the World” written on them in bright pink. It was fun to relax a bit while wearing them.

Pascale and I in front of our booth on Havaianas Day - Our feet said, Oh what a relief it is

Pascale and I in front of our booth on Havaianas Day – Our feet said, Oh what a relief it is!

I came back to beautiful St. Barth on Sunday in time to share the good news that it’s official…April 16 was the day our villa rates went down and will stay that way until December 15, 2013. It’s Value Season. Some villa prices are almost 40% less than their High Season rates. Spring temperatures in most of the US can be very fickle. – Not so in St. Barth where it is about 85 degrees during the day and 75 degrees in the evening and to top it off, we have nice breezy trade winds. I just love it here. If you are interested in staying in one of our hotels, there are some terrific packages available. Our Specialists can help you choose the one that is just right for you. Do you prefer a villa? Consider reserving one of our villas that offer our Drive, Dine and Relax package which includes your rental car and an evening when a private chef will come to your villa to cook and serve a very romantic dinner.

Villa Les Embruns

Villa Les Embruns – available as part of the Drive, Dine and Relax Package

If you time it just right, you can be here for Les Soldes when everything in the boutiques goes on sale. There is no competition in France (therefore not allowed in St. Barth either) so all of the shops must have their sales at the same time; the government determines the dates. In France the sales are in January. However, that is High Season in St. Barth so, naturally, the dates are chosen carefully so as to ensure that the boutiques have the opportunity to make the most euros before Les Soldes can begin. This year the sales period is from May 04 to June 06, 2013. The prices are further reduced as time goes by, so you can take your chances and come down towards the end but you won’t have the selection you would have if you go in early May.

So, come on down! For assistance with your trip, please contact me at pegwalsh@stbarth.com or one of our St. Barth Specialists at reservations@stbarth.com.

Travelweek, Villa Grand Galet, Kim, Matt and Andrew April vacation; Villa La Colombe

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The tradeshow in Sao Paulo was a great success. I met so many travel agents whose clients had fallen in love with St. Barts and wanted to come back with the family and rent a villa. Pascale Minarro, the Directrice at my St. Barth office, was with me and we had 20 minute appointments with very qualified agents from Latin America.

Pascale and I at our Travelweek booth in Sao Paulo

Pascale and I at our Travelweek booth in Sao Paulo

It was kind of grueling, taking red-eyes both ways and full days and evenings so I had little rest but I was really looking forward to meeting my daughter Kim and grandson Matt along with his friend Andrew and my husband Steve (he took 2 huge suitcases home to our house in Cape Cod while i was in Brazil). We met in Miami and continued on to St. Barts.

I had booked Villa Grand Galet for the 5 of us and it was the perfect choice. We were close to everything and the view from there… OMG – look straight ahead and see Saba, Statia and St. Kitts; look down and see Shell Beach; look right and see Gustavia harbor with St. Maarten in the distance. Did I mention the spectacular sunsets? …Every single night- always unique depending on the horizon. There are 2 king en suite bedrooms on the pool level; the boys slept in the twin bedroom on the lower level so this villa is great for couples as well as families. If you would like to stay at Villa Grand Galet just contact reservations@stbarth.com.

Steve and I at Villa Grand Galet with Kim and Matt

Steve and I at Villa Grand Galet with Kim and Matt

The sunsets from Villa Grand Galet are spectacular

The sunsets from Villa Grand Galet are spectacular

We went to the beaches, did a half day snorkeling trip with Bosco Yacht that included Saline, Colombier and La Forchue island, dined at the restaurants, went to our Tuesday night cocktail party at Bonito and had a night out at Le Ti St. Barth for the wildest evening ever! I kid you not – in all the times I have been there I have never seen so many people get into the scene. Everyone was dancing on the floor and on the tables. One enthusiastic partier jumped up on our table which was still covered with lots of glasses. We had all we could do to keep them from breaking.

Bosco Yacht's skipper Olivier with Kim after she snorkeled at La Forchue island

Bosco Yacht's skipper Olivier with Kim after she snorkeled at La Forchue island

Matt (left) and Andrew bought flowered shirts for their eveing at Le Ti St. Barth

Matt (left) and Andrew bought flowered shirts for their eveing at Le Ti St. Barth

I tried to cut back on work so that I could spend time with them but I did inspect a great 3 bedroom villa in Colombier and we have added it to our portfolio. For those of you who know St. Bart it is located just before the bakery La Petit Colombe. The aroma of the freshly baked baguettes wafts towards the villa which I have aptly named Villa La Colombe and when you walk there and then bring the pastries back for petit déjeuner, they will still be warm. Book this one if you want a gorgeous view, contemporary decor and a great pool that even features a counter-current machine so they you can work off those calories that came with the chocolate croissants. reservations@stbarth.com

Villa La Colombe

Villa La Colombe