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

Tuesday, 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

SBH Trip Report November 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Bonjour Everyone,

I’ve just returned from Cannes where I attended the ILTM (International Luxury Travel Mart). I met with many travel agents from all over the world in order to tell them how wonderful St. Barth is. I am off to St. Barth next week and I can’t wait to get there.

Sunset view from my room at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes

Sunset view from my room at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes

I have asked colleague Connie Walsh who traveled with me to St. Barth last month, to write a guest blog describing her trip.


SBH Trip Report November 2012

By Connie Walsh

Connie Walsh

Connie Walsh

We had a smooth late afternoon landing, courtesy of Tradewind Aviation, and in no time we were settled in at Villa Everestand enjoying some wine and cheese. (I highly recommend pre-arrival villa provisioning!) Dinner at Andy’s Hideaway is our first tradition and as always it was rollicking fun with locals and vacationers who have it on their gotta-go list. I adore their thin crust pizza – and their house-made vanilla rhum.

Villa Everest

Villa Everest

Our schedule was chock a block with villa and hotel inspections and, trying new-this-season restaurants and the company’s annual Beachside Bash. The venue was again Shell Beach’s Dõ Brazil where songstress Christine Gordon had the crowd up dancing.  The Champagne corks were popping and everyone enjoyed a buffet with samples of new menu items. My favs were the Mahi-Mahi sliders and the ribs.

New restos on the scene include La Tables de Jules in Lorient offering dinner staring at 29 euros for 2 courses  and a very cool – and cozy – sushi bar corner and in the heart of Gustavia, island restaurateur Franck Mathevet formerly of the Wall House has brought his culinary magic to the covered courtyard of Rue du Port. He has named it Le Carré and everyone in our group loved it…from the first kernel of truffle oil popcorn to the last spoonful of sorbet. Tucked between Hermes and Cartier the sidewalk café ambiance is tres chic.

There’s a brand new chef at Le Sereno, Jean Louis Brocardi and we were delighted to meet with him when we dined there one evening.  He is just as charming and engaging as he is talented and we had quite a feast!  Could one have too much freshly caught mahi-mahi?  We think not.  He presented us with a gorgeous appetizer platter of tuna prepared in different – and delicious ways.

We visited Hotel Le Toiny’s poolside Le Gaïac – for a “working lunch.” The pool itself has had a do-over in lava stone and the restaurant is resplendent with a new classic decor. We also lunched at Santa Fe, feet-in-the-sand Gloriette (fab chicken curry and rice) and of course, stopped for a cheeseburger in paradise at Le Select.

Armed with a list of villas newly added to the portfolios we were pleased with what we saw. Here’s a sample:

Villa Imagine – 3 bedrooms:  A beautiful Marigot location! A domed skylight floods the living area with light and a classic picture window frames the view. I loved the comfy contemporary furnishings and the artful combination of chic industrial and whimsical accessories. A striking extra long pool sparkles in the sun all day.

Villa Imagine

Villa Imagine

Villa A – 3 bedrooms:  A formal French maison, its grand salon must be seen to be believed and it opens to an expansive pool terrace facing the sea. Villa A features a huge eat-in kitchen with every culinary amenity and would be a WOW setting for a wedding or event.

Villa A Grand Salon

Villa A Grand Salon

Naturelle 34 bedrooms:  Worthy of an Architectural Digest layout, and like its two “sister villas”, the name comes from its gorgeous but natural tropical landscaping. A sprawling main-level deck features an extra long infinity edge (and heated) pool. The views are spectacular! Two en suite bedrooms are on opposite ends of the villa and the other two, also en suite, are situated just down the hill in a bi level pavilion. Each has its own plunge pool. A spacious open air mini-gym is just one of many special features.

Villa Naturelle 3

Villa Naturelle 3

And for honeymooners – Ti Acerola. This very private mini-compound’s main pavilion has a kitchen, dining area, bedroom and bath. The 2nd pavilion houses a cozy air-conditioned living room. Both are adjacent to a delightful pool. And what a view!

Villa Ti Acerola

Villa Ti Acerola

Our hotel inspections included the Carl Gustaf.  The suites’ plunge pools have been retiled in sparkling white and new contemporary furnishings and décor give the living rooms and the bedrooms a fresh new airy – and 5 star look. The Hotel Saint-Barth Hotel Isle de France is boasting new white marble flooring in it iconic breezeway.  We toured the newly refurbished rooms as suites on the beach as we; as the garden bungalows and they are gorgeous. We checked in at the Hotel Taïwana and its new top-level bedroom suites are nearing completion.

It was a busy and productive trip with a nice Sunday break in the middle. We began with a breakfast of ham and cheese croissants  at La Petite Colombe and a morning swim at Gouverneur Beach; and then on to St. Jean Beach for a picnic lunch – and some great people watching. Parfait.