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

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  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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Why does the staff at St. Barth Properties keep going to St. Barth twice a year?

June 4th, 2019

It’s that time of year. High Season is over, and St. Barth is quieter which means it’s the period when our staff makes one of their bi-annual inspection trips to St Barth. (They will go again in November). They do this because they love to take in the vibe again and to be able to give you the best advice on where to stay when you go. I could call it taking another course in continuing ed.

Today’s Guest Blog in written by bilingual Villa and Hotel Specialist, Anne-Cécile Bedford who has been a member of the St. Barth Properties team since 1999!

Anne-Cécile’s St. Barth May 2019 Trip Report

Traveling to St Barth during the month of May is my favorite time of year. The rush of the high season is over, the weather is beautiful and just right, and the island’s pace slows down a bit, which allows me to visit many properties that are on my radar. As always, flying to Puerto Rico from Boston is an easy 4 hour flight with a smooth connection on Tradewind directly to St Barth from San Juan.

I arrived on St Barth on a late Saturday afternoon and settled down at the 5-star Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, just in time to catch the end of a beautiful sunny day. This elegant and sophisticated hotel sits directly on the beach at Grand Cul de Sac, facing the blue colors of the lagoon. My room, Le Barth Ocean was located on the second level of the hotel, facing both the infinity pool and the ocean with a wonderful terrace to enjoy the view and relax. The room is in perfect harmony with the ocean theme and the decor is stylish and inviting. I enjoyed the complimentary Hermes products and their small welcome gift.

The view from my Le Barth Ocean room at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa was stunning.

Here is the view from my Le Barth Ocean room at night.

On Sunday, I woke up and experienced a fantastic breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant before relaxing by the pool and taking a dip in the lagoon. Their new beach restaurant Aux Amis Plage, feet in the sand, is a wonderful place to enjoy a tasty lunch while watching a fashion show. I had the Tuna Takaki salad with a detox cocktail for the glow. Their unique new rooftop bar called “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” awaits you with a large list of delicious cocktails. They have a DJ playing from Monday to Sunday starting at 5pm.

Here I am sitting in the “Bird Cage” swing at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa.

I enjoyed the Tuna Takaki salad for lunch at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa.

As a guest of St Barth Properties staying in one of our private villas, you can take advantage of our 5-star perks and privileges at Le Barthélemy hotel when booking a breakfast or lunch. Once you are on the island, contact our local concierge, Aurélie Janvier who will set you up for a unique experience.

On Monday, I said goodbye to Le Barthélemy and moved to a romantic little 1 bedroom, hillside in Colombier called Léana. The views from the villa looking down to Flamands beach are spectacular! The villa has kept the original St Barth architecture and is made up of 3 independent cottages. The first main cottage has a modern kitchen and living room that opens to a terrace facing the view and pool. The bedroom that was just refurbished in a second cottage by the pool opens up to its own private terrace where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning gazing at the pretty view. The third cottage houses a separate bathroom that has a shower with a view! Villa Léana is only a 3 minute drive to the Colombier bakery for morning pastries and coffee. The beaches and shopping are within a 10 minute drive. This is a great spot for honeymooners and for cat lovers. For those looking for a good exercise experience and exploring the island by foot, you can walk from Léana to the Colombier observation point and admire the breathtaking views of the ocean and nearby island. From there, follow the direction to get to Colombier beach and hike down. It is quite steep and challenging on the way back up, so be prepared and bring some water with you. (The other path to Colombier begins after Flamands beach and is less challenging, but still a nice 20 minute hike. You can also go from Gustavia by catamaran, which we can arrange for you.

I loved the view overlooking Flamands Beach from Villa Léana.

My week on St Barth went by pretty quickly as I had many new villas to discover. Some of my favorite were the following:

Villa Del Sogni, a 6 bedroom villa, located directly on the beach of Lorient will sweep you away from the technical world as soon as you enter this property. The name translates to “of dream” and one can really live the dream staying in this private gem, feet in the sand and surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Each bedroom is named after the island beaches and surrounds the pretty pool. There is ample living space and a gazebo and BBQ by the beach. A heated jacuzzi and outdoor showers in the sand are a plus at this bohemian-style villa.

Picture yourself relaxing in the shade, with a cocktail in hand, at Villa Dei Sogni.

Villa Edunia, located hillside in Lurin, is a 4 bedroom villa fully air conditioned, offering splendid views and sunset. It is decorated in a chic, modern style and the heated infinity pool is delightful. This is the perfect place for couples or a family wanting to be close to Gustavia harbor and Gouverneur beach. The villa gets its name from the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kac who had the genius idea to create a flower genetically modified by incorporating his gene to the plant. The Edunia flower shows the artist DNA in the red veins of the flower.

Villa Acai is a fantastic 3 bedroom (2.5 bath) property overlooking the bay of Flamand and its beach. For those looking for proximity to the beach, it is a 5 minute walk down to one of the most beautiful beach on the island (my favorite) and the famous 5-Star Cheval Blanc hotel. The villa is built on 3 levels and is fully air conditioned. The lovely heated pool sits on the lowest level, while the bedrooms are on the middle level and the main living area is on the top level. This property can be rented in combination with villa Camalie next door to make 6 bedrooms total. This is the perfect set up for families or friends traveling together.

Villa Acai – What a view!

Villa Esprit de Roche in Colombier is perfect for those looking for privacy and quietness. The villa is composed of 3 bedrooms housed in separate pavilions with view of the ocean from every room. The pretty pool sits on a lower level with 43 steps from the main level of the villa. Sunset lovers will enjoy this completely renovated property. It is an easy access from the main road and there is ample parking.

Amongst the villas I already knew, but that I needed to see because of renovation or changes, I enjoyed touring Villa Arc en Ciel in Anse des Lézards, Villa K in Anse des Cayes, Villa Kuban in Colombier and, Villa Moulin on St Jean beach.

I loved looking out the living room window at Villa Arc en Ciel.

The path to Anse de Cayes beach and the 5-star Hotel Manapany is just beyond the pool at Villa K.

Villa Lili, located high up in St Jean, was my coup de coeur. You enter the villa thru a wooden door to find yourself by a delightful infinity pool and a gorgeous view! This is the perfect romantic spot for honeymooners. I like the gazebo on the side of the villa to have dinner and the small fitness room below. Villa Bonbonnière in Pt Milou is another sweet honeymoon villa that I highly recommend.

St Barth is also a culinary experience! Amongst the places I ate, I recommend the Pearl Beach hotel’s beach front restaurant; very Romantic for a candlelight dinner by the ocean. Dinners chez Eddy’s are always fantastic, especially when Eddy comes around with a smile and sits with you at the end of dinner for a shot of Rhum.

Eddy’s Ghetto is always a favorite dinner spot; it has such a warm and welcoming ambience.

For a casual night on the harbor, if you are keen on Tapas, the new La Cantina is a fun and loud spot to try small plates of cold cuts. Cheeses and pâtés. This is where I spent an evening with my local team. It was a fun time and good to catch up on our lives outside the office.

I had a fun evening at La Cantina with Lilian, Anne-Laure, Laura and 2 friends of theirs.

Restaurant Bagatelle is always the place to experience a tasteful dinner. They are running a special gastronomic dinner every Tuesday (5 new courses) with wine pairing for 89 euros. A true culinary experience! If you feel like chilling at your villa one night and order pizza, Les Bananiers in Colombier is the place to order. The Italian Pizzaiolo makes the best pizzas on island. I also enjoy casual places for lunch such as JoJo burger, Le Bouchon, La Crêperie and L’Isoletta.

I was fortunate to be on St. Barth when one of my very favorite longtime clients was staying in Villa Nirvana. Here we are dining at Les Bananiers.

It is still time to book your next dream villa on St Barth for the summer. Check our special offers on our web site at https://www.stbarth.com/villas/rental-villas-current-specials-packages. I look forward to helping you find the perfect place.

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GUEST BLOG – Read all about what we did and discovered in St Barth last month

May 9th, 2019

This season we spent a couple of months in Gustavia and adored it. Steve and I were delighted to have SBP’s marketing consultant Connie Walsh and her husband Mike join us for a week at Suite Paradis. They loved it as much as we did and as this month’s guest blogger, Connie shares her experiences.

Trip Report St. Barth – April 2019

By Connie Walsh

As a marketing consultant for St. Barth Properties, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit this beautiful little island many times. Over the past dozen years, I’ve checked in to almost every one of its celebrated 5 star hotels and some lovely, lovely, villas. I’ve enjoyed Toiny’s dramatic coastline, the stunning views from the hills of Vitet and been within walking distance from one of my favorite beaches—Flamands. Oh, and having just a “short hop” home after some table-top dancing at Pointe Milou’s notorious Le Ti St. Barth is a plus.

In early April, husband-in-tow, I stayed in the heart of Gustavia with Peg and Steve and it was a whole new, and delightful experience. Our digs for the week were a charming apartment across the street from the little capital’s iconic harbor. View? Check.

Suite Paradis (bi-level, with 3 bedrooms and 2 and ½ baths) has a spacious living room and a compact kitchen that open to a balcony overlooking the harbor. Coffee and pastries in hand, we took a seat and watched the island come alive each morning. Joggers and dog-walkers, boaters and fisherman heading out to sea and parents bringing their children to school. It inspired us to take advantage of the cooler mornings and get in a walk around the harbor ourselves.

One of views of the harbor from Suite Paradis

And what a spot for sunset cocktails! That fiery orb pairs well with a chilled glass of Pouilly-Fumé Ladoucette 2015—recommended by the local vintners. Timing is everything in life, so guests at Suite Paradis should plan a pre-sunset stop at nearby Zagury’s for some mouth-watering nibbles. We loved the many goodies from France: cheeses, olives, patés, and chocolate. The shop does a significant amount of yacht provisioning and has shelves full of premium spirits and a nice selection of wines including the uber-popular rosé Whispering Angel and jeroboams of Champagne—should you be so inclined. You probably won’t be driving to and from dinner. Just sayin’.

Harbor sunset view from Suite Paradis

Being within walking distance of so many restaurants is a huge benefit of staying in Gustavia. Our first night we strolled down the street to Le Repaire for dinner. Located across from the ferry terminal, this casual eatery opens at 7 am for breakfast, they serve lunch and there are always appealing specials on the blackboard. I opted for a filet of pork and potatoes dauphinoise. Loved it. Reasonable prices and great people watching are a bonus.

Filet of pork at Le Repaire

We walked to some of our other favorites—Black Ginger, where they shake up a perfect Mai Tai and my husband and I always order the chicken curry and Mahi-Mahi in black pepper sauce. Dining on the top level, under the stars is special. The chichi harborside Bagatelle (location, location, location, superb service, cool vibe …) always makes our list. Bagatelle’s other jet-setter locations include its flagship in New York as well as London, Miami, Rio, and Buenos Aires. So that gives you an idea before you book your table (For clients of St. Barth Properties, be sure to do that through their concierge, and you’ll receive a complimentary apéritif.). Think French Mediterranean influenced cuisine and a south of France ambiance. Their signature dish Poulet Rôti Entier à la Truffe is de mourir pour (if I’ve conjugated the verb” die” correctly) and for me, it’s a difficult decision between this fabulous roast chicken and their linguine and clams. Consider their black truffle pizza to start.

Suite Paradis rentals come with a parking spot at a nearby lot, which is a real bonus. One evening we drove out to the Tamarin and dined in its enchanting garden We got our pizza fix at Les Bananiers—St. Barth-style with a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. And for us, no trip to St. Barth is complete without dinner at Santa Fe.

Les Bananiers— Pizza St. Barth-style with a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

On every visit, we try to include newer additions to the island’s dining scene. We enjoyed two feet-in-the-sand lunches, one, a post-site-inspection at the Hotel Manapany in Anse des Cayes (Love this hotel with its eco-friendly policy and its Dr. Hauschka- branded spa.)

The Manapany hotel thinks of everything.

The other was St. Jean’s lil’ Rock Beach Club. Just down from the Pearl Beach Restaurant, you’ll see wooden tables and chairs set under umbrellas and just behind them a faux beach shack set up for those wanting more shade. With any luck, you’ll hear everyone’s favorite island crooner—Soley. The “joint is jumpin” on the weekends and just the spot if you are looking for a party scene. Weekdays are quieter. The burgers—beef and Mahi-Mahi—are terrific and come with hand-cut fries. We recommend the salade niçoise and the barman makes a fine Planteurs.

Soley entertained us at lil’Rock Beach

Staying in Gustavia, with proximity to all those marque designer shops can be dangerous though. Le Carré d’Or Shopping area is always fun, and on the other side of town, I love the West Indies Design Store. If there’s a chance to pop into the Longchamp’s Shop and treat myself to a new purse, well, I’m there. However, we especially enjoyed browsing the boutiques tucked away in the streets adjacent to the harbor. In search of a new bikini? Pain du Sucre has a tiny outpost here.

Pain du Sucre has a tiny outpost at Case In Blue in Gustavia

Les Canebiers, a luxury swim and resort brand from Saint Tropez, has some hard to resist creations and MC2 stocks Caribbean-colored sportswear for the whole family. Anytime is a good time to stay in Gustavia, but during the annual sales – Les Soldes! (May 4-June 14, 2019) might just be ideal. The team at St. Barth Properties will be happy to help. Enjoy!

We stopped by Les Canebiers, a luxury swim and resort brand from Saint Tropez

2 Responses to “GUEST BLOG – Read all about what we did and discovered in St Barth last month”

  1. David Lindskog says:

    Hi Peg:

    We have been dealing with Anne-Cecile trying to rent Villa Micela for ten days in December. We now learn much to our surprise and disappointment that the villa may not be available although your web site showed it was available because you apparently don’t have an exclusive arrangement with the owner. The same happened with Villa Ylang Ylang which your web site showed as available when it wasn’t. What is going on? We are long time customers of your company.

    David Lindskog

    • admin says:

      Hi David,

      Thank you for commenting and please forgive the delay in my response as I needed to check with Anne-Cécile on the situation. We do our utmost best to keep our villa calendars accurate. However, we rely on villa managers and owners to notify us as soon as they have an option or a booking. Unfortunately, some are better than others and may wait a day or so to do this. it is extremely frustrating to us and to our loyal clients like you. That being said Anne-Cécile was able to confirm you reservation at Villa Micela for December 2019 because the client rescheduled for December 2020. So, you can stay there this year with the stipulation that you won’t be able to back on those dates in 2020. I hope that is ok with you and that you have a fabulous vacation. All the best, Peg

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What’s new on St. Barth? Some recent openings for you to try.

April 12th, 2019

Winter in St. Barth passed by so quickly. The weather was perfect, the island was hopping and the ambience as wonderful as ever. I am fortunate to be able to spend so much time here and thought I should share some of the new things that I have recently discovered on St. Barth.

Barts Food Lounge is located on the cobblestone street in Gustavia and has a new concept for the off-season. They converted the Victoire boutique into a lovely lounge area with a fully stocked bar and a cute little room with board games for you to play.

Barts Food Lounge has a room with board games.

The indoor seating at Barts Food Lounge is perfect for casual evenings.

The evening menu is strictly limited to a variety of delicious risotto dishes delectably created by chef Angelique Schnepp.

The Barts Food Lounge team – Lyes, chef Angélique Schnepp and Laurent

One small portion of the risotto with chicken and curry at 10 euros was so enjoyable and enough for me. My husband ordered two small portions, the black risotto with scallops and squid (12 euros) followed by a second risotto with shrimp. He loved them both. If you choose to order the large portion, the prices range from 20 to 24 euros. For lunch, they offer salads, a wrap, pasta and a burger. If you are lucky enough to be going to St. Barth in the off-season, you will be glad that you tried it. Closed on Sundays.

Risotto LE FERMIER RISOTTO CRÈMEUX D’ASPERGES ET VOLAILLE FERMIÈRE EMULSION CURRY (Risotto with asparagus, chicken and curry foam) Barts Food Lounge

LE BLACK RISOTTO CRÈMEUX À L’ENCRE DE SEICHE ET SAINT-JACQUES POËLEES (Black risotto with squid ink and scallops)

Connie Walsh and her husband Mike came down to see us so that Connie could do some inspections with me and try out new places. (We are both Walshes but not related). We had a site inspection at the 5-Star Manapany hotel in Anse des Cayes. The hotel is part of the B Signature Hotels and Resorts collection and was just awarded the Eco – Resort of The Year by the 2019 Hotel & Lodge Business & Meetings Awards committee.

The Manapany is an Eco resort and grows its own fruits and vegetables.

The hotel produces its own water and only electric cars are used to get around the 4.2- acre property. No chemicals are used in cleaning and maintenance, only steam and natural products. All hotel towels are made from bamboo, with only natural fibers. The 43 suites are casually designed. Some sit directly on the beach, while others are located up many stairways along the hillside and feature sea views.

A Beachside Suite at the Manapany.

La Boutique, Atelier de Couture, owned by designers Cedric Vernon Fahey and Rodolphe Ayer offers a custom-made collection beautifully hand painted materials. No need to be a hotel guest, just go for your fitting shortly after you arrive in St. Barth and it will be ready for you before your departure.

The Atlelier de Coutre boutique at the Manapany offers custom-made clothing.

Yoga anyone? The hotel offers morning yoga sessions on a quiet deck overlooking the water every day. The spa, with its adult-only pool, is nearby.

Following our site inspection at the Manapany, our husbands joined Connie and me for a toes in the sand delicious lunch.

lil’ Rock Beach Club sits directly on St. Jean Beach and opened just time for the 2019 Bucket, too. Located several feet away from Pearl Beach restaurant and bar, they have tables under palm trees as well as a few tables under a roof and further away from the beach, but they give the best shade.

The St. Jean Beachfront restaurant lil’ Rock Beach Club features umbrellaed tables in the sand and a wonderful view of the sea.

We usually go to St. Jean beach because of the breeze. On Saturdays and Sundays, the beach bar/restaurants are extremely busy, and the entertainment can be quite loud, so we decided to try li” Rock on a Monday. They offer valet parking, but you can also park at the public lot and walk up the beach or the sidewalk. When we walked in, one of my favorite singers, Soley was there and singing softly – how refreshing! The menu is varied, and they offer Tapas from 3:30 to 5:30. So far, they are only open for lunch.

Repeat visitors to St. Barth know that there aren’t many stores that sell liquor. There are plenty of wine stores (it’s a French island, after all), but most do not carry much liquor, if any. I wondered what was being built on an empty lot that is on the upper road that leads out of Gustavia. More boutiques? No, it’s Zagury’s, a liquor store and then some. Owned by the American Store on the block below, it just opened, so we went in to investigate.

Zagury’s storefront in Gustavia

Do you like to entertain at home or enjoy cocktails and munchies before heading out to dinner? Just stop by Zagury’s and choose your libation, wine and/or Champagne. It is a nice addition to the St. Barth scene.

Pick up delectables at Zagury’s

Try the olive bar and other delicacies at Zagury’s.

In addition to liquor, Zagurys’ has a wonderful selection of Champagne.

I’ll have some other interesting news in my next blog.

2 Responses to “What’s new on St. Barth? Some recent openings for you to try.”

  1. margaret willis says:

    Please send Roger and me your blog on St Barts!

    • admin says:

      Hi Margaret, I just signed you up for my blog and you should have received an email asking you to verify the request. Thank you for being interested in Peg’s Blog and I look forward to hearing from you when you want to go to St. Barth. All the best, Peg Walsh

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Tom Smyth Guest Blog Presidents’ Week 2019

March 12th, 2019

Today’s Blog is written by St. Barth Properties Vice-President Tom Smyth who went to St. Barth on vacation (instead of for only work) during Presidents’ Week. (Full disclosure: Tom is my son) Happy Reading!

Most often, my time in St. Barth is comprised of days filled with meetings and property inspections. Don’t get me wrong, any time in St. Barth is quality time. But this February trip, business was put aside, and the week was all about enjoying St. Barth with our very good friends, Scott & Julie. We chose the Presidents’ Day week in February which is school vacation week in the Northeast, and which worked perfectly for Scott who is a school superintendent. The flights down from Boston went smoothly as we chose to connect via San Juan utilizing the services of Tradewind Aviation and their comfortable Pilatus PC-12 aircraft which zipped us to St. Barth in just 50 minutes.

Upon arrival our St. Barth Properties representative, Romain, greeted us with a friendly Bonjour. While we picked up our Mini Cooper from GUMBS car rental, Romain was already off to the villa with our luggage. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to stay in the beautiful and luxurious Villa L’Adrech.

L’Adrech pool at dusk

Set high on the Lurin hillside, this property sits on an acre and a half of beautifully manicured grounds and offers a panoramic view of St. Jean Bay. As the wooden entry gate swung upon, we knew we were in for a special stay as the entrance is framed with beautiful mature palm trees guiding us to a circular driveway meticulously detailed with impressive stone work. It was like a scene straight out of Jurassic Park! “Spacious” and “private” can’t begin to describe the gorgeous design of the villa. Let’s just say the master bedroom closet requires its own air conditioning zone. We quickly settled in, freshened up from the day’s travel, and were off to see David at the Santa Fé restaurant just around the corner for a Valentine’s Day dinner to start our vacation. If you have not yet dined at Santa Fé, be sure to do so. As always, the dinner and service were impeccable.

The dramatic entry at Villa L’Adrech.

We awoke Friday to a beautiful day with clear blue skies which would become our weather pattern for the full week. The heated pool at Villa L’Adrech resembles an oasis you may find at a luxury resort. With a zero entry as if walking in from the beach, access is a breeze. It is surrounded by natural stone and beautiful landscaping with hidden waterfalls and even a nook with spa jets for total relaxation. The infinity edge blends perfectly with the sea of St. Jean Bay as you lounge in the water.

My wife Amy and Julie were college roommates and as Amy an I were dating at that time, I became their third wheel by default. Needless to say, we all have some history together. In those days a competitive evening playing the card game “Pitch” was a regular activity. This tradition carried on when Julie met Scott some years later and now when the four of us get together it is boys vs. girls with bragging rights on the line. The cards are always available, and a game may pop up anywhere, including this trip while spending an afternoon at the Pearl Beach restaurant. Many years ago, we started keeping a log with the history of our scores along with notes of funny antics that may occur. It is always hilarious to go back and read them and to remember all the places we have been and the memories we’ve made together. (Yes, the girls won more games this trip… but we’ll have our chance again).

The trip was an equal balance of relaxation in the villa, activities around the island and of course wonderful dining experiences. A few nights out included Santé Fe, Bonito and Bagatelle restaurants and all where wonderful. A full day Catamaran trip with Miguel of “St. Barth Sailor” followed by a “Jo-Jo Burger” that evening is a tradition of ours and as always did not disappoint.

Loved using the SBP beach towels that our guests also use when on a St. Barth Sailor catamaran trip.

Another day we enjoyed the “St. Barth Properties Beach Picnic” on Gouverneur Beach where a private chef setup chairs, an umbrella and a cooler stocked with items from a preset menu (2 menus to choose from). All we had to do was arrive and sit to enjoy the day. They even saved us a parking spot right up front for when we arrived!

Relaxing and enjoying the St. Barth Properties picnic on Gouverneur Beach.

A hike to Colombier Beach and Sea Bob rentals in front of Nikki Beach (where we cruised with about a dozen sea turtles) rounded out our week’s activities. When it came time to say Au Revoir, we did so with the knowledge that we will be back again to make even more memories. Until next time!

We hiked along the goat path to Colombier Beach.

Here I am at Nikki Beach with my wife, Amy.

Our friends Scott and Julie at Nikki Beach.

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What’s New on the St. Barth Hotel Scene?

January 28th, 2019

Have you been wondering about the future of the severely damaged hotel Emeraude Plage on St. Jean Beach? I have exciting news for you! The owners of Le Barthélemy hotel have purchased the property and plan to transform it into a hotel with a totally new concept. I will monitor the progress and keep you informed on the transformation.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy. Not only am I doing villas inspections, but I am also conducting site inspections of the newly reopened hotels. The 5-Star Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France was first on the list. The hotel team invited me to come and to bring members of my staff, who jumped at the opportunity. We visited several of the 42 rooms and suites along with 4 new one bedroom beach suites with the new décor created by French designer Jacques Grange, and direct access to gorgeous Flamands Beach. The Case de L’Isle restaurant has been redone and reinforced to further protect it from future storms. The bar was moved to a more central area and the boutique is nearby. We were treated to a sampling of the hotel’s new lunch menu. Each one was as delicious as the other.

The St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty team loved the site inspection and lunch at Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France.

The hotel will be closed May 31, 2019 for further exciting renovations. It will reopen in the fall of 2019 with 20 new rooms and suites, bringing the total number to 62. French designer Jacques Grange, with his contemporary vision that embraces vibrant patterns, rattan furniture, warm woods and airy cotton will continue his handiwork. Renowned landscaper Madison Cox will enhance the lush tropical gardens adding to the ambiance. Honeymooners will continue to love the romantic Garden Bungalows and families can settle into the 2 bedroom suites.

Last week, I had the opportunity to do a site inspection at the recently re-opened 5-Star Le Sereno hotel. GM Samy Gachem kindly escorted me around and proudly showed me the exciting changes. First of all, the main bar has been moved to a more central location behind the restaurant. The rear section offers a nice place to sit and relax while sipping a cocktail. A new boutique is nearby. There is a lovely beachfront area with comfortable seating where guests can enjoy cocktails and conversation.

Beachfront sitting area at Le Sereno St. Barth.

We walked along the all-new wooden walkways and began our tour. There’s a small gym and all-new spa with 2 treatment rooms. The third treatment room is in a seaside pavilion. The Bungalow Piscine rooms have been completely redone. They boast cathedral ceilings, have a light color palette, and feature a corner sitting area and a sliding drawer minibar. The covered terraces offer outdoor seating and a table for two, in case you want to order room service. Some of these rooms offer a pool and sea view. The bathrooms are brighter, have rain head showers and a separate Toto toilet (Love these!). In fact, all of rooms and suites have them.

Waterfront spa pavilion at Le Sereno.

The new minibar drawers at Le Sereno.

The Grand Suite Plage category of suites have been enlarged. The closet spaces were moved closer to the bathrooms, which have tiled floors and are much brighter now. The wood floors are beautiful. The sunken living area leads to the terrace where guests can sit to enjoy the sound of the surf and the beautiful view.

While we were touring, hubby Steve sat by the restaurant to enjoy a libation. Samy then invited us to have lunch at a table overlooking the beach and the gorgeous colors of the lagoon. Steve ordered fish and remarked, “This is the best sea bass I have ever had”. The flavorings were perfectly created by the chef. I ordered the warm Goat Cheese Salad which was deliciously prepared as well. I highly recommend the Sereno restaurant to anyone who is vacationing here. I also would be pleased to book a room or suite at Sereno, Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France or any of the other hotels that we represent.

The seasoning the Executive Chef Alex Simone put on the skin of his sea bass permeated the entire fish.

Le Sereno’s warm goat cheese salad was outstanding.

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