St. Barth – Reopening to Residents May 11!

May 1st, 2020

I have been a bit hesitant to post my blog during this horrible and unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Many of you may have contracted it or know someone who has, and I felt it was insensitive to write cheery remarks during these uncertain times. If you are still not ready to hear about St. Barth, I apologize.

For those of you who are dreaming about going to St. Barth once it is safe to travel, I do have some upbeat news and a video below to watch whenever you are dreaming of going to St. Barth. First of all, there were only 6 cases of coronavirus on the island, and those originated from tourists from France who came to visit their son in St. Barth and local people who returned from a cruise. None of the sufferers were hospitalized, and all have recovered. The result? As of April 21, 2020, there are zero cases of Covid-19 on St. Barth!

The island has been under the same lockdown rules as was declared by President Emmanuel Macron for France. At this point in time, they seemed much too strict for a tiny French island in the middle of the Caribbean with no cases of coronavirus. The Collectivité is doing its best to distinguish itself as being much more prepared than France to slowly reopen the island, while still being very cautious, and pleading its case to the higher-ups. So far, the COM (Collectivité Outremer) has been able to allow the residents to go to the beaches for a swim and jog and walk for exercise.

Dream of a stroll along Flamands Beach

The schools are scheduled to reopen on a gradual basis, on May 11, 2020. President Bruno Magras asked Emmanuel Macron to allow the island to reopen completely, including the restaurants. Last night, Macron gave the ok! The entire island reopens May 11, and the airport reopens May 12, 2020! Fantastic news!

Dreaming of dining under a full moon

My St. Barth Properties office in the US and well as my St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty offices on the harbor in St. Barth remain closed with everyone working remotely. The St Barth offices will reopen May 11, 2020. We are happy to say that no one has been laid-off.

We have been busy rescheduling clients whose vacations were canceled due to the lockdown. I am supposed to be there myself right now. They are, as am I, very disappointed and anxious to set new dates to travel. Many have already done so.

As I mentioned before, the airport is scheduled to reopen May 12, 2020, but almost every airline from the US has canceled flights into St. Maarten. Flights into San Juan exist, but many are no longer nonstop. Tradewind Aviation will fly from SJU to St. Barth again on May 12th, but the demand has to be there for them to resume their scheduled flights. We are anxiously awaiting the date when the island will reopen for tourists and learn the protocol to keep St. Barth Covid-19-free and safe for both you and the residents.

Can’t wait to see all of you at Le Select

We are happily taking new reservations from people who are looking forward to getting out and about after this crisis is over and be able to dream about the future by booking their St. Barth vacation now. You can do the same by contacting me, pegwalsh@stbarth.com, or reservations@stbarth.com. In the meantime, we are getting ready for your return. I am in the middle of a project with my on-island staff to call every single villa manager and go over the details of the villas they manage to ensure that they match our files. They are all at home and happy to have the phone call! When necessary, I am updating the descriptions.

My next blog promises to be even rosier as things begin to return to the new normal, and we find out when tourism can begin again. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. And DREAM by watching this video that we created just for you.

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Grocery Shopping in St. Barth has Become a “Destination Experience”!

March 10th, 2020

IT’S SUPER! A FIRSTHAND REVIEW OF THE BRAND NEW ST. BARTH’S SUPER U IN ST. JEAN

Happy March! If your St. Barth vacation has yet to begin, you are in for a treat when you go grocery shopping. The new Super U opened its doors last week. Two of my most favorite clients are on the island for the month, and report that any trip to the store is a destination experience in and of itself.

Here is their firsthand account:

Our first morning on the island always consists of a trip to Marché U to stock the villa. We set out for our annual “FIRST” trip of many to U. Much to our surprise, and when we pulled into the lot, the store was shuttered! We then found out the new SUPERMARCHE U had opened that morning. It’s just up the hill, well, isn’t everything in St. Barth, “just up the hill”?

Welcome to the NEW Super U

We drove up and found parking for 80 cars on the roof; they are installing charging stations in some spots.

The rooftop lot at Super U- What a difference from the old Marché U

We got our shopping cart. You then take a moving sidewalk down to the store level. Carts will not roll on this sidewalk, so no worry about it getting away from you.

Take the moving walkway to and from the rooftop parking lot.

You cross a small indoor parking area, mostly handicap parking. Once you enter the store, you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. It is a state of the art market. Defined departments, as seen in pics. Great lighting in the refrigerated and frozen cases.

The fresh and frozen cases are well-lit.

The viennoiserie offers much more than baguettes.

The Fromage section has a wide selection of cheeses.

Pastries – Yum

Le Charcutier – Items to nibble on with your fromage.

Le Boucher is at- the-ready to take your order.

Produce department was amazing. There is also a large selection of organic products.

Fresh fruits and vegetables just for you.

In one area is a case of in-house made dinners. We tried the chicken cordon bleu that night. It was quite tasty. Just had to remove the plastic cover, replace it with foil. The container is ovenproof. It couldn’t be easier.

If you decide to eat in for lunch or dinner, the Traiteur offers yummy items to-go.

The spirits and wine section is vast. There is a separate room for fine wines.

The regular wine section is well-stocked.

The fine wine section

In addition to the regular checkout lines, there is self-checkout. We did end up in one line that only took cards.

Express check-out is available, too.

The key maker kiosk is there as well with magazines and newspapers.

Browse the magazines while you have a key made at Super U.

There are also designated recycling bins. There is also a restroom across from the entry area. You need to get the key from customer service, just inside entry.

Ask for the key to the restroom here.

For twenty seven years we’ve been coming here and have seen many changes…this is just one more.

Kevin and Stan
N.Y.C.

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Become Just as French as the French in St. Barth. Calling All Francophiles!

February 18th, 2020

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth! I have been hopping around the island, dining in the fab restaurants, touching base with the staff in my St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty offices, inspecting villas for your next stay, and I even had a sneak peek of the soon to Reopen Carl Gustaf.

We had to wear hard hats for our mini site inspection of the hotel Carl Gustaf that is scheduled to reopen March 14, 2020.

I also discovered a fun thing to do for all of you Francophiles. A new private language school opened in St. Barth, so I contacted the owner to see if we could meet. It turned out that founder Pierre Geraud already knew me when he was affiliated with the 5 star Le Sereno hotel several years ago. He explained how the private Réussite Language School teaches the children of St. Barth English. Only native-speaking teachers give the lessons and, in their mother tongue, which is so important to learn the correct accent. I often wondered how an American could teach spoken French because the kids would learn to speak it with that very same American accent.

The English classes for the St. Barth children take place after school. All the better for you because we can make appointments for you to participate in the themed activities, or take private lessons in the mornings and still have time to practice your French while enjoying a fabulous lunch at a sidewalk café or other yummy spot, then enjoy the rest of the day at the beach or shopping in the designer boutiques.

Here are the Fun & French activities for adults:

Bienvenue à St. Barth!
Where is the beach? Where is the grocery store? Where are the cheeses? The bottled water? Do you have wine? Where is this road? To the left or to the right?

Au Restaurant.
Learn the meats and the fishes (viandes et des poissons), the salads and vegetables, starters, desserts, the wines (les vins blancs et rouges). How to order and…l’addition s’il vous plaît!

Parlez-vous Fromage ?
Everything you ever wanted to know about cheese but were afraid to ask.

Learn all about French cheeses

Lux Shopping Like A Pro.
Find your way around the luxury boutiques and learn the vocabulary to ask about size, color, and style in French.

Shopping at the Grocery Store.
Learn how to navigate the aisles of the grocery store and purchase your groceries with the cashier.

Culture, Culture!
La Bise Learn about “the kiss” when greeting or saying goodbye; Say Oui to Life! Learn expressions to make you sound French.

La Pâtisserie.
Learn the names and indulge in some of the mouthwatering pastries at the boulangerie.

Attention All Wine Lovers!
An introduction to French wines. Which French wines are the best? Come find out!

Take a French lesson learning all about wine and what to say when you order it.

Here is a sample of the Fun & French activities for children and teens:

Ooh La La! French Mini Pocket Book!
Discover language, food and famous places in Saint Barth. Create a French mini pocket book.

Build the Eiffel Tower with Legos.
Be a French architect and build the most famous monument in Paris!

Vive La France! Vive St. Barth!
Make the flag(s) and listen to music, serve croissants, learn about some traditions of French children.

French Café Party!
Create a party scene using party props of French style.

Exotic Tropical Island Fruits!
Learn the names of island fruits and enjoy a tropical smoothie or fruit salad.

French Pastries!
They’re delicious and a great way to dive into French culture!

Postcards from Paradise.
Create and send your favorite pictures of St. Barth to your friends back home. Learn how to write a message in French on your postcard!

Collage of St. Barth.
Create a beautiful collage of the tropical sights around the island.

Animals of the island.
Turtles, turtles everywhere! Learn the names of animals on the island and their habitats. Create “Underwater Fantasy” by drawing animals of the island and then gluing tissue paper over the drawing, adding water and allowing the tissue paper color to “bleed” into the drawing.

Your children can learn French in a fun way (and you can have an hour to yourself).

The lessons are customized depending on your level of French.

The cost?

Up to 14 hours of teaching/learning activities.

Rates for a one hour class taking place at Réussite in Gustavia: Monday through Friday: 150 Euros/hour for 1 to 2 persons. Each additional person: 75 Euros/hour.

Weekends and public holidays: 180 Euros/hour for 1 to 2 persons; Each additional person: 90 Euros/hour.

If the class takes place at your villa or hotel, they charge an additional fee of 40 Euros per class.

FRENCH A LA CARTE is for those who want to become fluent in French: Up to 90 hours of teaching/learning activities, supplemented by assessment tasks. Price upon request.

Interested? We will be pleased to set up classes and activities during your stay. It will surely be one of the most enjoyable—and valuable—hours you’ll spend all day.

Your French teacher, Pierre Geraud

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The 10 Most Romantic One Bedroom Villas in St. Barth – Here’s Why

February 4th, 2020

I have some very exciting news for couples who are looking for a romantic St. Barth getaway. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, we thought about love, how so many people are in love with each other, and, like all of us, fall in love with St. Barth.

What could we do to enhance a St. Barth honeymoon, anniversary, or just a retreat for lovers to make their villa experience extra special? We created a Romance Collection! I am very excited to announce that, for all new reservations of seven nights or more, when you reserve one of the villas in our Romance Collection, you and your significant other will be treated to two 45 minute in-villa massages. A couples massage is available upon request, based on the therapists’ availability. (7 night minimum stay required.)

THE ROMANCE COLLECTION

AN EXCLUSIVE CLASSIFICATION OF VILLAS PRESENTED BY ST. BARTH PROPERTIES


Villa Silhouette

Villa Silhouette was designed and built by the owner, a renowned St. Barth architect, and created with romance and tropical weather in mind, everything but the king bedroom, office area, and en suite bathroom is outside. The outdoor living area and kitchen are undercover, while the dining area is located in a gazebo where there’s the second TV. All of this surrounds the plunge pool and overlooks the view of the water at Anse des Cayes. The view is also visible from the king bed; you can even flip the mirror in the bathroom to enjoy the view while you are brushing your teeth!


Villa Moana

Affordable and adorable Villa Moana is a brand new romantic villa designed with honeymooners in mind. It is tucked into the Lorient hillside and enjoys views of the hills and peeks of Lorient Beach. The villa is fully air-conditioned, making it an excellent choice for year-round honeymoons. There’s a TV with French satellite and Apple TV service in the living area, a fully equipped kitchen and a king bedroom with a garden view, SONOS, and a double sink en suite bath. The very private plunge pool and deck area complete the romantic ambiance.


Villa Bonbonnière

Villa Bonbonnière, located in the trendy area of Pointe Milou, is equally romantic. The villa faces the breezy side with views of the rolling surf crashing into the rocky coast below. I love listening to the waves; it’s so romantic. Bonbonnière is spacious and features a king bedroom, an en suite bath with double vanities, a view of the pool, and Apple TV. Prefer his and her bathrooms? There’s a second bath in the mezzanine above the air-conditioned living room with US satellite TV, kitchen, and dining area. For couples who enjoy the nightlife, the infamous Le Ti St. Barth is within walking distance. Stroll on over for late-night drinks or dinner and a cabaret show.


Villa Blue Diamond

Villa Blue Diamond is a favorite for couples looking for romance and one of the most beautiful views on the island. Sunsets, anyone? Many guests return year after year, so you should book early! Fully air-conditioned, there are two pavilions offering gorgeous views. One features the air-conditioned living room, kitchen, dining area, and guest bath. The bedroom is in the 2nd pavilion and features a king-sized bed, en suite bath with double vanities, and a TV with US satellite service; glass sliders provide access to the pool and frame the view. Outdoor dining, both covered and open, temp guests to linger longer and enjoy sunset cocktails before heading out to dinner. Blue Diamond is the perfect venue for enjoying your in-villa massages.


Villa Léana

Villa Léana is an intimate romantic option that offers an incredible view over Flamands Beach. Imagine sitting in your private, heated plunge pool, and gazing at the blue Caribbean Sea. There are three pavilions, one with the air-conditioned living area that offers US and French satellite TV service, and the fully equipped kitchen. Another features the king bedroom with a half bath and a balcony that overlooks the view; the third houses the spacious bathroom with a shower that faces the view. The incredibly romantic gourmet restaurant, François Plantation at the 5-star hotel Villa Marie is just up the hill.


Villa Little Caramba

Villa Little Caramba is another adorable villa situated on the breezy side of Pointe Milou. It boasts a gorgeous view of the sea, the rocky cliffs along the shoreline, and brilliant sunrises. The oh-so-romantic queen bedroom has a picture window facing the water as well as a TV with US and French Satellite service. The en suite bath with double vanities also features a window with a sea view. There is a compact kitchen with a dining area. The sunny deck, plunge pool, and outdoor covered seating area add to the ambiance.


Villa Caza Lili

Villa Caza Lili is the perfect romantic spot for couples who decide they want to stay in a villa on the beach. Many beaches on St. Barth are protected from development, but Lorient Beach isn’t one of them. It’s a lovely reef-protected beach with small waves and areas that are good for swimming. Some parts have coral and one end offers waves that are often perfect for surfers. In fact, there is a surf shack mid-beach. Caza Lili is one row back from in beachfront and is therefore private. Fully air-conditioned and with contemporary décor, the villa has a comfortable living room, full kitchen, and an en suite bedroom with a French king bed. Electronics include French satellite TV, Apple TV, and SONOS. Guests enjoy walking to the bakery for their fresh baguette and croissants, to two grocery stores and going to Jo-Jo Burger for a quick lunch or dinner.


Villa Alphane

Villa Alphane is located on the breezy side of the gated community of Mont Jean and enjoys terrific views of the sunrise, Marigot Bay and the sea beyond. It is ideal for enjoying those very romantic massages. The en suite queen bedroom affords a view of the pool and the beautiful garden. Cozy up in the air-conditioned living room that features a TV with US satellite service and is next to the compact kitchen. Dine alfresco or relish the expansive view while sitting by the long lap pool.


Villa Genia

Villa Genia is an exceptional spot perfectly designed for lovers. There are multiple areas to share, including the elegantly furnished air-conditioned living room and the numerous outdoor options near the delightful pool. The king bedroom has a nook suitable for your two 45 minute massages. The kitchen is well equipped and there’s a washing machine for guests’ use, which is very unusual, due to the scarcity of water. A public path through the Guanahani Hotel (due to reopen in the fall of 2020) that leads to Anse Marechal is available for guests to use.


Villa Gouverneur Jewel

Villa Gouverneur Jewel exudes romance. It is honeymoon-haven, wonderfully situated high above gorgeous, undeveloped Gouverneur Beach and not far from Gustavia and St. Jean. The furnishings are lovely and include a 4-poster king bed with a TV that pops up from the footboard, an en suite bath with gold fixtures, a clawfoot tub, and a rain head shower. The kitchenette is on the terrace. In addition to the two massages, many amenities such as daily continental breakfast consisting of pastries, bread, orange juice, milk, jam, butter & fresh eggs, daily turndown service (upon request), free Nespresso coffee, 1 bottle of water (still and sparkling) and soft drinks upon arrival. Mix and match Champagne, red wine, white wine or Rosé for a total of 2 bottles per week are included for bookings of 7 nights or more.

If you would like to stay in one of the villas in our Romance Collection, please contact reservations@stbarth.com. I am sure you will enjoy it immensely.

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News on Dining and Transiting Through Sint Maarten This Season

December 12th, 2019

In the last 33 years I have never seen St. Barth as busy this early in the fall. The island was hopping! It was so much fun. Of course, I was there to work and had lots of villa inspections to do, meetings to attend and restaurants to try. I’ll bet many of you would love my job. I sure do.

Coincidentally, our wonderful gérant (head honcho of my two St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty rental and sales offices), Benoit Meesemaecker married Anne Picard, the owner of Venus Health and Beauty Spa on November 8, 2019. Weddings in St. Barth (as well as in France) are different from those in the USA. Any couple must be legally married during business hours at the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) first. Therefore, legal wedding ceremonies do not take place on the weekends. Like many other couples, Benoit and Anne planned their wedding at the end of the day on a Friday. This couple is very special because the President of the Collectivité, Bruno Magras performed the ceremony, instead of an underling. Steve and I were there to watch and we went out to the terrace on Gustavia Harbor for a toast with a coupe de Champagne.

President of the Collectivité, Bruno Magras performs the ceremony, while the couple exchanges rings.

After the cremony, Benoit and Anne posed for photos on the balcony at the Hôtel de Ville.

Benoit is a champion sailor and is very much involved with St. Barth Yacht Club where the children of St. Barth learn to sail. So, he and Anne hosted a wonderful reception at the SBYC which is on the beach in Public. It was a perfect night.

The ambience at the reception at the St. Barth Yacht Club on the beach at Public was so romantic.

Soley serenades the happy couple.

The St. Barth Gourmet Festival took place November 06-10, 2019. It was a huge success. Every participating restaurant was booked. We were a party of eight who thoroughly enjoyed our meal at L’Esprit by Jean-Claude Dufour whose guest chef was Philippe Jourdin, MOF One-Star Chef at Terre Blanche in Cote D’Azur. If you would like to attend next year’s Gourmet Festival, the dates are November 11-15, 2020. Let me know if you would like to book your villa or hotel now.

The 70th Anniversary of Le Select did not disappoint. Three days of events culminated on the actual date, November 11, 2019. It was a pleasure to spend time with 96 year old Marius Stakelborough who founded Le Select in 1949. It was a privilege to be able to explore his Back Street Gallery near his home by Shell Beach. There is so much of St. Barth history to discover there.

We were thrilled when Jimmy Buffett took us by surprise and jumped on the small stage at around 6:15 pm – just Jimmy and his guitar -and sang many of his songs that relate to St. Barth. Jimmy and Marius have been friends for years and years and that is how Le Select was able to name its spot Cheeseburger in Paradise.

At the end of the impromptu set, Jimmy was presented with a Le Select sign for his new villa that he just built.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU PLAN ON TRANSITING TO ST BARTH VIA SINT MAARTEN (SXM) THIS WINTER:

From Winair: To ensure your experience at SXM Airport is as pleasant as possible we advise you to check in at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure. This advice is for all flights departing SXM Airport to your home airport between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. During these hours they do expect congestion at check-in, security screening, immigration and customs. If you have booked one of our villas or hotels and would like us to arrange VIP transfers for your arrival and/or departure in SXM, let our Concierge, Julia Hurd know, juliahurd@stbarth.com.

Where should you dine when there is a full moon in St. Barth?

The all-new Al Mare restaurant at the 5-star Le Sereno hotel in Grand Cul de Sac! Located by the sandy beach and near the water’s edge, the restaurant has added feet-in-the-sand tables to dine under the stars. (You can have lunch there, under the palm trees, too.) Professionals from their hotel Sereno Lago di Como restaurant on Lake Como, have taken over the kitchen and the floor to serve you and delight you with their all-Italian menu. Steve and I had the pleasure of dining there. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic, the service was impeccable, and the view was breathtaking. If you are vacationing in St. Barth during a full moon, we can book your table for you. Be sure to bring your camera with you.

Le Sereno hotel Al Mare feet-in-the-sand open-air dining area under the full moon.

Book your table at Le Sereno Restaurant al Mare when there is a full moon. It’s breathtaking.

What’s New on the St. Barth dining scene? Le Carré! This open-air sidewalk café sits smackdab in the middle of Le Carré D’Or where there are boutiques and an art gallery. The café presents a nice casual menu that is sure to delight your palate. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. (Closed Sunday)

Le Carré in the daytime

Le Carré at night

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. I hope to see you on St. Barth very soon.

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St. Barth News Flash – More Updates

October 23rd, 2019

Flamands Beach

Great news for Flamands Beach lovers, the public entrance mid-beach has finally reopened! If you are staying at one of our nearby villas in Flamands, you can finally access the beach without having to go down to the far-end entrance!

The public access to mid-Flamands Beach is finally open.

Beach view of the public access to mid-Flamands Beach

Make yourself comfortable for a day at the beach, walk over to the 5-star Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France for a cocktail or lunch, or both! The hotel will reopen November 26, 2019, after having completed the renovation of the former Taïwana hotel. Their new restaurant, La Cabane, is on that side of the beach. To quote the hotel, “La Cabane is the perfect setting for a relaxed meal with stunning views of Flamands Bay, a few steps away from the sea This lovely beach restaurant proposes a gourmet and authentic menu combining classics and novelties such as raw and cooked artichoke salads with parmesan shavings, the Flamands burger or the Caesar Salad by chef Jean Imbert. La Cabane is open daily for Lunch from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. La Case De L’Isle restaurant that is in the main building is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bon Apétit!

The St. Barth Gourmet Festival

If you have been waiting for the various menus at the venues hosting the Gourmet Festival November 06-10, 2019, your wait is over! Please see the updated version in my Gourmet Festival Blog.

St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-New on-island staff!

I am very pleased to welcome new staff to St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. I am sure you will enjoy meeting them and working with them to ensure your St. Barth vacation is as wonderful as ever.

Anaïs Brethome

Anaïs Brethome comes from L’Herbergement, a little village near Nantes, and then moved to Nantes, where she used to be a Fashion designer of teenage girls ready-to-wear and had contacts in India and China. She fell in love with St. Barth and decided to move here. When asked why she chose to work at our agency, she said, ‘The most interesting for me is the privileged relationship with guests and the high quality of services offered by St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. So, I am sincerely glad to be part of your Team!”. Anaïs loves fashion, cats, traveling, and spending some time with her family and friends. She said, “To finish. I like eating chocolate for sure.”

Alizée Barberis

Alizée Barberis was born in lovely Annecy in France and traveled all around the world. She used to be a make-up artist and boutique manager in France, Switzerland, and St. Barth. She said, “ I decided to invest myself in St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty because I am thrilled to make our guests discover this incredible Caribbean paradise.” Alizée loves animals and people and likes to interact and create new friendships. She went on to say, “During my free time, I read, write (poems and novels) and draw a lot to express my overrunning emotions. My favorite beach is Colombier to do some snorkeling and of course, party with my friends at Bagatelle!”

Please stop by our offices to say Bonjour and check out our chic new look!

We hope you like our new professional attire! Laura, Alizée, Anaïs, Anne-Laure, and Nadine

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What’s New in St. Barth ? – Here’s the Lowdown on Three Changes and One Exciting 5 Star Beach Experience Just for You.

September 27th, 2019

The BIG news is strictly for clients of St. Barth Properties,FIVE-STAR BEACH ACCESS! We have collaborated with the 5 Star Manapany hotel on the coral beach of Anse des Cayes so that you can have breakfast and/or lunch under the palm trees or in their waterfront restaurant and enjoy a day at the beach or sitting by their pool. Don’t have time for a beach day? You can still have lunch or dinner at the hotel and receive a complimentary apéritif when doing so. The only requirement is that you call our concierge, Laura Commaret, who will be pleased to make the reservations for you and identify you as a client of SBP. This St. Barth Properties’ perk is available from the day the hotel reopens November 04, 2019 until Its annual closure towards the end of August 2020.  You will receive a personalized VIP card to use when you arrive on St. Barth. Read all about it here.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand, poolside, or in the waterfront restaurant at the 5 star Manapany hotel.

Beach loungers at Manapany hotel can be reserved especially for you.

Enjoy a swim at the Manapany’s main pool or at the adults-only pool by the spa.

We can make reservations for you at the Manapany’s luxurious Dr. Hauschka-branded spa, too.

What else is new?

Presently, it is the quietest time of the year in St. Barth. Almost every hotel, restaurant, and boutique are closed. This is France, after all. Employees get 5-6 weeks’ vacation time the minute you hire them, so September and part of October is the time to do it.  Everyone worked hard over the year and needs to relax before gearing up for the new “Season.” That does not mean that no one is on St. Barth. People with children are back because school started the beginning of September. My offices on Gustavia harbor are open, while our staff staggers their vacations so that we can take care of you and assist our US office with requests. We are taking advantage of this time to refresh the offices with new paint and rearranging the space in our St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sales office.

The Collectivité is not idle, either. In fact, the island takes advantage of quieter times to make improvements. If you were vacationing in St. Barth over the last 2 years, you noticed that they were working on the roads. The main goal is to put underground wiring in hopes of fewer power outages and to add water lines. They have also added a new “roundabout.” in Lorient so that traffic can flow better for those who like to shop in the Oasis Center.

The new round about in Lorient makes it easier to get in and out of the Oasis shopping center.

There is a new parking area in Toiny which means surfers do not have to park on the side of the road. The new sidewalk helps walkers and joggers exercise safely.  Guests staying our nearby villas can walk to hotel Le Toiny hotel’s Beach Club for lunch, too.

The new parking area in Toiny leads down to the beach (Do not swim there! It’s just for surfers).

Steps lead up from the Toiny parking lot to the sidewalk. You can see hotel Le Toiny in the background.

The new parking area in Toiny is great for surfers.

I have another tidbit that I am only sharing with my blog devotees. You should keep it as a secret, if you want to find a parking space in Gustavia, that is. The Collectivité created a very small parking lot on the little street where the catholic church is located. Judging by this photo, I think the secret is out, but you might get lucky.

Although it already looks full and it is the quiet time in September, you might want to try this new cute little parking spot in Gustavia.

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2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival

August 13th, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

Bring your Foodie Friends to St. Barth and Enjoy the 2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival

 

The St. Barth 2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival is taking place November 06-10, 2019, with celebrity French chefs preparing delicacies for you, at different venues. You can dine in St. Barth, which is renowned for its fabulous restaurants, while having a delectable experience as if you are sitting at a table in France. Some of the chefs come from a starred Michelin restaurant.  A Michelin star is the most coveted award which any chef aspires to achieve. Although a Michelin star is awarded to the restaurant, the credit for it goes to the chef in charge of the kitchen. Other chefs are Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (translation: one of the best craftsmen in France), better known by the acronym MOF. It is considered by French chefs to be one of the uppermost — if not the uppermost — honor, too.

Sponsored by the St. Barthélemy Tourism Committee, it states, “The St Barth Gourmet Festival is counted as one of the major events in the world of culinary excellence and one of the best gourmet festivals on an international scale. As in past years, each chef creates a special multiple-course menu for the four dinners during the Festival, allowing residents and guests on the island to discover various styles of cuisine and signature dishes.”

Celebrity Chefs:

ARNAUD FAYE

Guest chef of Hotel Christopher St Barth

The patron chef of the 2019 Festival is ARNAUD FAYE, Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), and two-star chef at Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Eze.  He will be joined by seven chefs, glittering stars in the galaxy of French cuisine, each of which will be working at an island restaurant during the Festival.

PHILIPPE JOURDIN

MOF – One-star chef at Terre Blanche in Cote d’Azur.
Guest chef of L’Esprit Jean-Claude Dufour

RÉMI CHAMBARD

Chef 1* des Etangs de Corot, Ville d’Avray
Guest chef of Tamarin

GUILLAUME GOUPIL

One-star chef at Burgundy in Paris.
Guest chef of Le Sereno Hotel

PATRICE VANDER

One-star chef at Royal Evian à Evian.
Guest chef of Le Toiny Hotel

STÉPHANE BURON

MOF – Two-star chef at Chabichou in Courchevel.
Guest chef of Hotel Manapany

JEAN DENIS RIEUBLAND

MOF – One-star chef at Royal Champagne à Champagne.
Guest chef of Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

TAKU SEKINE

Chef at Dersou & Cheval d’Or in Paris.
Guest chef of Nikki Beach

Diners can choose either a 4-course menu at 95 euros per person or an 8-course menu at 130 euros per person. The best part? We are pleased to announce that several villas in our St. Barth Properties collection are including one complimentary 8-course 130-euro menu for each and every guest staying for at least 7 nights in that villa!  Note: Beverages are not included and all guests in the group must dine in the same restaurant and on the same evening.


















Participating villas:

VILLA RIVE GAUCHEBOOKED – 2 bedrooms – Gustavia

VILLA STAR – 3 bedrooms – Camaruche (*3)

VILLA ANGELINA– 4 bedrooms – Gustavia (*3)

VILLA WINGS– 2 bedrooms – St. Jean (*2)

VILLA DESIRADE– 4 bedrooms – St. Jean (*2)

VILLA OCEAN’S 5– 4 bedrooms – Flamands (*2)

VILLA AVENSTAR– 5 bedrooms – Camaruche (*4)

VILLA ZEN NIRVANA– 3 bedrooms – Lurin (*3)

VILLA DANSE DU SOLEIL– 3 bedrooms – Devé (*3)

VILLA DANSE DES ETOILES– 5 bedrooms – Pt. Milou (*3)

VILLA DUNES– 6 bedrooms – Saline (*6)

VILLA CASA DEL MAR– 6 bedrooms – Petit Cul de Sac (*4)

* Minimum bedroom occupancy may be required as indicated above (i.e. *2 indicates a two bedroom minimum occupancy is required)

Don’t miss out on this gourmand event! The festival will be rounded out with other culinary activities and competitions – and fun!

If you wish to stay in one of our villas (whether they are participating or not) or prefer to stay in one of the participating hotels, please email reservations@stbarth.com.

I hope to see you there!

Sunny regards,

Peg

6 Responses to “2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival”

  1. Mary Jane Greenfield says:

    Hello!
    What an exciting event for the island! As these talented chefs prepare an exquisite menu, will there be a vegetarian option? If so, my husband and I would like to book dinner at the Barthélemy Hotel on Thursday, November 7.
    Looking forward to your response.
    Best wishes,
    Mary Jane & Lyle Greenfield

    • admin says:

      Dear Mary Jane,

      Thank you for your question. Can you please let me know in what villa or hotel you are staying? I double-checked with the venues. The menus do not have vegetarian options. However, we can make a special request for you and your husband and the chef will create a vegetarian menu for you. Do you want the 4 course or the 8 course dinner and at what time would you like the reservation, and for how many people?
      Sunny regards,
      Peg Walsh

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  3. Diwakar says:

    Hello,
    My wife and I would like to attend the gourmet festival but are vegetarian. Is there any venue that could do a vegetarian tasting as part of the festival? We do not eat meat or seafood but are ok with dairy and eggs. We are available on the 6th or 7th.
    Thanks,
    Diwakar

    • admin says:

      Dear Diwaker,

      The chef can prepare a vegetarian meal for you. We would be pleased to make a reservation for you and your wife. Which of our villas or hotels are you staying? Where do you want to dine and on which day and at what time do you want the reservation? All the best and bon appétit! Meg

      • Diwakar says:

        Hi Meg,
        We are staying at Villa Lé SAB (Jean Aubin’s villa) in St. Jean. Would you still be able to help with the reservation?
        We are available for dinner on either Nov 6 or 7th and we are flexible on time. Our preference would be Hotel Christopher but we are flexible depending on which chef can make a vegetarian menu.
        Thank you!
        Diwakar

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A Concierge’s Perspective of St. Barth from St Barth Properties’ USA Concierge Julia Hurd

August 8th, 2019

I hope that your summer is going well, and you are dreaming of your next trip to St. Barth. The island has finally received some much-needed rain and is greening up nicely. Today’s blog is written by our USA office’s very friendly and well-informed Concierge Julia Hurd who has been with St. Barth Properties since 2007. Julia along with Villa Rental and Hotel Specialist Allegra Pawlowski went to St. Barth together with different missions in mind. While Allegra was busy inspecting villas and hotels, Julia was busy visiting all of our partners so that she can enhance your stay while you are vacationing in St. Barth. Julia is also in charge of making restaurant reservations for you before you travel; Allegra needs to try them, too, so they happily dined their way through the trip.

Happy Reading!

Peg

Julia Hurd

St. Barth Properties Concierge Julia Hurd’s May 2019 Trip Report

Another trip under my belt, and what an amazing trip I had. I traveled with Allegra Pawlowski, one of our St. Barth Villa Specialists, and she makes any trip interesting and fun. We were scheduled to fly—out of Puerto Rico —with Tradewind Aviation and spent our first night in San Juan at the Serafina Beach Hotel. We are pleased to represent the Serafina—a boutique property with a cool vibe— and feel it’s just perfect for a planned pre or post night stay in conjunction with a St. Barth vacation. And it’s a real haven for anyone who has just missed their flight. You can read more about the Serafina in Allegra’s guest blog.

That evening we walked around Old San Juan, which I love, and came upon an amazing tree. It reminded me of the Tree of Life, so I took a photo.

The Tree of Life in San Juan

Once I arrived on St. Barth, I exhaled. I knew I was in for a great week.

Our favorite greeter Romain met us at the St. Barth Airport and escorted us to Villa Fleur de Cactus, a stunning 3 bedroom villa in Lurin. We loved it.

On Sunday, our colleague St. Barth Properties’ island concierge Aurélie and her children joined us for a feet-in-the-sand lunch at Lil Rock on St. Jean Beach. New this past season, it’s very popular. I was so happy to meet Aurélie’s children— her daughter Gabriella and son Alexis— and we tried flying a kite on the beach. Such fun!

Here I am on St. Jean Beach

I love to meet new people, and on this trip, I really enjoyed getting to know Dom from Jet Ski Racing in Gustavia. He was kind enough to offer Aurélie and me an island tour on Jet Skis. What a blast! I was in the rear and going a bit slower than Aurélie and our guide, but I still had a great time. Sorry no photo on that one, I was too busy driving.

Dom from Jet Ski Racing and I just before the ride.

Contact me to arrange a great island tour.

The week with Aurélie went by so fast, in addition to Lil’ Rock, we lunched at Santa Fe, Le Toiny Beach Club and Nikki Beach. And, we had a yummy breakfast at the Hotel Manapany. Our dinner at Maya’s was amazing—compliments to the chef—and the service was outstanding. We dined at La Guérite and gave it high marks. Despite a week full of eating fabulous food, I still had to go to fishCorner to have their Lemon Tart, my all-time favorite island dessert. I had been dreaming about it since my last visit a year ago. And it was soooo good.

Nikki Beach is such a great spot for lunch. I will happily make the reservation for you.

The Breakfast Buffet at the Manapany Buffet has lots or delicious selections.

The Lemon Tart at fishCorner is my favorite dessert.

Often clients will ask me if there is an organic store. Well there certainly is, and I went to visit. It is called La Vie Claire St. Barth and it is located in Anse des Cayes. It is an Organic Store that sells everything from baby and adult items, diapers, all baby foods, nuts, flour, juices, fruit, wide variety of items. All organic products for the family who is looking for more Organic – Very nice!

La Vie Claire St. Barth

More items at La Vie Claire St. Barth

La Vie Claire

Later in the week, Allegra and I moved to beautiful Villa K, located in Anse des Cayes. There’s an abundance of outdoor living space and it is lovely to sit there and listen to the sound of the surf.

We loved the evening ambience at Villa K.

Aurélie said she arranged a surprise—I had no idea what to expect. We were relaxing at Villa K, when a tall man walked in. He introduced himself as Grégoire and set up two massage tables. He provides sound(s) nature-type sounds like surf and/or “plays” or gongs these different type bowls – usually Tibetan – and brings on deep meditation. He told us to lay on our backs, placed differently shaped bowls on top our bodies and led us through a sound meditation. I closed my eyes and saw the clear blue ocean. I really was in “another place.” Later, Aurelie informed me I woke her up with my snoring. Oh well.

Sound Healing by Grégoire

I have to say, if you need to relax, from a stressful life or job, this is something you must try. Contact me to arrange this unique experience.

I also enjoyed an in-villa massage courtesy of Ivana, a skilled a therapist from Venus Institute. Why not plan an in-villa massage on your next St. Barth visit. Please contact me at juliahurd@stbarth.com.

We arranged a staff afternoon catamaran trip with Top Loc on the Wayayai. Captain Renaud took the helm. Lilian, Laura, Aurélie and Allegra and I had a fun time snorkeling and saw gorgeous fish, turtles and stingrays. It was one of the week’s highlights.

Julia, Aurélie and Captain Renaud of Top Loc

The Top Loc catamaran approaches undeveloped and gorgeous Colombier Beach.

I’ve been working with a personal trainer Geoffery—our clients love him— but we had not personally met. I caught up with him at the stadium and talked about the training he offers, cardio, running, hiking, walking and water fitness. He also shared his own dream— to run the Boston Marathon. Geoffrey can meet clients at their villas or anywhere on the island. He makes a great running partner!

I will be happy to arrange personal training sessions for you with Fitness Trainer Geoffrey.

Our week ended with a staff dinner at Villa K. The talented Chef XO Christophe did the honors. I adore Christophe and his staff. And the food, as always was beyond delicious.

We all enjoyed a gourmet candlelight dinner prepared by Chef XO at Villa K. I’ll be happy to arrange one for you, too.

Rack of lamb, morels mushrooms juice, small glazed carrots & truffle oil mashed potatoes! At Villa K

I must say my island visits are one of my favorite parts of the job. Spending time with our island staff, especially face-to-face time with my “counterpart” Aurélie is special. I consider them all family.

I am already looking forward to my next visit and to finding more adventures and experiences for our clients. A Dream Vacation is waiting!

I always enjoy the view of Gustavia Harbor just outside of our Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty office.

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Allegra Pawlowski – St. Barth Trip Report May 2019 What’s happening on St. Barth

July 11th, 2019

Our wonderful St Barth Hotel and Villa Specialist, Allegra Pawlowski shares her St. Barth experience with you today. She has lots of good information about places to stay, things to do and where she dined.

Happy reading!

Sunny regards,

Peg

Allegra Pawlowski

I always look forward to my spring inspection trip as I usually get to travel with Julia Hurd, our US-based concierge. This year, on the way to St Barth, we planned an overnight stop in Puerto Rico to test out a new hotel on Condado Beach, the Serafina Beach Hotel. This made our travel day so easy – a direct flight from Boston to San Juan and jump in a taxi to the hotel.

Since neither of us had ever spent any time in San Juan before, we checked into our room (oohed and ahhed over the fabulous sea view) and then took an Uber to Old San Juan to explore that part of the city. What a treat! I loved this part of our stay here – we stumbled on a crafts fair at the fort, watched some traditional performances and then continued our exploring.

Charming Old San Juan

Parasols in San Juan

Starving, we found a nice spot called Rosa de Triana to get some tapas, located on a beautiful park. We overordered and enjoyed having the place to ourselves. Stuffed, we continued wandering the cobblestoned streets and then late in the afternoon, returned to the hotel to rest a bit before enjoying our dinner outside at the hotel’s restaurant, Amare.

Serafina hotel San Juan at night

This is a great hotel to split up your trip to St Barth, especially if you are traveling from the West Coast of the US. It is a short taxi ride from the airport and is located in an area with many options for dining and some shopping. The views from here are gorgeous to wake up to as the waves crash on the beach below the hotel. They also make a yummy Pina Colada. Please let us know if you would like to try this hotel as we will be happy to help secure it for you.

Good Morning, San Juan

The next morning, we returned to the airport for our scheduled Tradewind flight to the island on one of their 8 seat Pilatus air-conditioned aircraft. Besides flying privately, this is truly the best way to get to the island. It was a clear day and I love looking out the window to see all of the Virgin Islands as we fly over them as we approach the legendary landing on St. Barth, which is always thrilling. Upon landing, we were greeted by Romain, our wonderful and always welcoming team member who escorted us through getting our car rental and then we proceeded to our home for the next few nights. We had a nice surprise with the car – instead of getting what I usually prefer, a Terios, we got a bright orange mini cooper convertible for the week. I am now dreaming about this for my next car at home 😊. It really was a treat to explore for the week with the mini! However, some villas have accesses where the mini won’t work because it sits too low on the road. We will let you know if your villa qualifies when it is time to book your car.

Home for the first three nights was Fleur de Cactus, located in Lurin. It is a totally air conditioned 3 bedroom villa facing the sunset. What a spot! There are two bedrooms and a sitting area on the entry level and then an interior staircase to the lower level where you find the kitchen, living room, dining area and another bedroom, all facing that view! We loved this for the ease of getting to work in the morning in Gustavia and then getting to finish the day there taking in the view. From here, it is a VERY easy drive into town, Gouverneur Beach or one of our favorites, Santa Fe for dinner! We also have some other villas in close proximity, if your group is larger than 6 people and need other properties in the same area.

I love the bar that is inside the pool at Fleur de Cactus.

On the weekend, we visited the new addition to St. Jean beach, L’il Rock Beach Bar/restaurant. We enjoyed the beach with their lounge chairs and lunch with some members of our team on Sunday. The island’s famous, Soley performed while we ate and enjoyed the day lazing on the beach.

L’il Rock sits on St. Jean Beach.

Monday morning meant the start of the work week and after getting Julia set up with her car, I was off to the office to get my marching orders for the day. Luckily, we were to start a bit slowly. During these twice a year trips, I always have a long list of villas I want to revisit or see for the first time. On this trip I really wanted to visit our cottages, DahouëtVal André and Cap Fréhal and in the Sable d’Or area of St. Jean as well as the boutique hotel, Les Îlets de la Plage next door.

Surprisingly, I had actually never been on this side of the runway before and instantly felt transported in time to “old St. Barth” once you pass through the gate. These properties are all equipped with modern conveniences but have maintained the island charm which keeps people coming back to this island year after year. The Sable d’Or cottages are situated at the waters edge, but do not have a beach. To access the sandy beach, you will have to walk down the road a bit, back towards the runway, but there is water access from the cottages (remember your water shoes!).There is also a tennis court included with the cottages if you feel up to an early morning workout. The nearby hotel, Les Îlets de la Plage also has a step back in time feeling with comfortable rooms and cottages with or without sea views. They also have a hotel pool and are a short walk to the sandy area of St. Jean beach.

During the week, I crisscrossed the island seeing new properties and revisiting others for which I needed a refresher. Some standouts were Wish and D’zir, located in Colombier (think – sunset views over the mouth of the harbor and a short walk to Les Bananiers or the bakery, La Petite Colombe), Iris with its new sleek look,  modern feel and fun new TVs, Dei Sogni– my ideal beach house on the sand of Lorient beach (utter perfection in my estimation), Villion located high up in Petite Saline for its privacy, value and views, Au Paille en Queue and Anse Etoilée located in St. Jean with nice views and very bright, fresh feeling interiors (including morning delivery of fresh French pastries included with a 7 night stay), Beach House for the ability to walk right out your door and be on the sand in St Jean, Lumière for its fantastic renovation and views.

The view from Villa D’Zir took my breath away.

Dei Sogni is for Lorient Beach lovers.

The view from Villa Villion is gorgeous.

Imagine you are staying at Beach House – Just open the gate and jump in the water on St. Jean Beach.

On these trips, I aim to test out some of the restaurants on the island and traveling with our concierges, we certainly do. Some of the spots we tried this visit included Santa Fe (for lunch), Nikki Beach, Victoria, La Guérite (for the last night of the season), fishCorner (we had to try the dreamy lemon meringue tart again), Le Toiny (for lunch at their beach club), JoJo Burger (always a great burger) and Maya’s. I had not been to Maya’s in a few years and was very pleased to see nothing has changed and their cooking and presentation remain reliable and simply delicious. The service at Maya’s is superb and of course that view and breeze off of the water are welcome after a hot day racing around the island on visits.

Lunch at the Santa Fe never disappoints.

No trip to St. Barth is complete until I have devoured the lemon meringue tart at FishCorner

Lunch at Nikki beach

Our second home for the week was Villa K, located in Anse des Cayes. As with most areas on the island at this time, there was construction here during the day, but when it stopped, I loved hearing the waves crash at the end of our sandy path. I imagined having our concierge arrange a massage at the villa and to set it up near the path at the end of the day. This would be a perfect place, as it gets dark, to really start the relaxation part of vacation. Note to self……… 😊

One day during the week, we took an afternoon off to enjoy a catamaran excursion with our colleagues in the office on the island. We sailed to Colombier on “Wayayaï” with Top Loc and our captain. There, we snorkeled and followed turtles and sting rays. It was truly a perfect afternoon on the water.

We experienced a catamaran day, just like our clients!

At Villa K, I won the coin toss on the master suite. It is HUGE with two separate lounging areas with gorgeous sea views and a very luxurious bathroom with separate steam shower and tub. This villa is very well set up for an extended family traveling with teenagers or a nanny. We had our last night dinner with the on-island office at Villa K and dined outside while enjoying the incredible talents of one of our favorite chefs, Christophe.

Julia and Chef Christophe adore each other.

I am looking forward to the next visit in November to reconnect with our team on the island and see all the new properties at that time, as there will be much more to see!

2 Responses to “Allegra Pawlowski – St. Barth Trip Report May 2019 What’s happening on St. Barth”

  1. Gayle Prochko says:

    Great trip report, Allegra! You covered a lot of ground. Enjoyed reading about your travels and all the villas you visited, your dining experiences, and seeing your great photos with the SBP crew. May 2020 won’t be here soon enough for us!

    Cheers!

    Gayle

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