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Quick Trip to St Barth Part 2: Summer Sessions, the “New” La Route des Boucaniers plus the just opened V Lounge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I forgot to tell you that I had a business (and pleasure) lunch with Pascale Minarro the Directrice of our St Barth office and Magdalena Votava, our Concierge. Paula joined us at the newly reopened La Route des Boucaniers harbor side restaurant that is now owned by Xavier Pignet of Dõ Brazil. I had been dying to try it and I am so glad that we did. The menu is varied and they offer lunch specials every day. Prices range from 10 to 20 euros each. (The dinner menu is different and very good, too.) The restaurant is completely remodeled; the bar was moved and the dining areas are more open so you feel more al fresco and can enjoy the view. We each tried a different item. I had the Langouste Salad and it was quite good. Paula and Magda indulged in the dessert—Yummy!


Pascale, Magda, Paula and Peg about to have lunch at La Route des Boucaniers


Dessert anyone?


The New Bar at La Route des Boucaniers

Saturday afternoon I took a few hours off and went to St. Jean Beach with Paula. The water was divine. I noticed some camera equipment on the beach (This is fairly common but more so on Shell Beach). It turns out that Victoria’s Secret was doing a photo shoot featuring one of their top models, Candice Swanepoel. She really is stunning and we watched the entourage for a while. It’s quite a production just to get one shot. If you happen to read one of their next catalogues and you see her picture, try to notice if you recognize the beach in the photo.


Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel on St. Jean Beach

Saturday night was the Summer Sessions concert on the quai so we decided to go down to Gustavia early because DJ Alex Merrell was spinning at the new V Lounge. The what? The V Lounge aka the Voyageur Lounge… It is a gorgeous very elegant lounge for us “grownups” who can’t stay up until the night clubs get going at midnight and close at 4:00 am. It is luxuriously furnished with white sofas inside and tables are located on the outside deck. The view of the harbor from here is outstanding. The bar is beautiful too. The V Lounge is located above the Yacht Club and La Marine in Gustavia and the fact that it opens at 7:00 pm is really great. People can go there for an apéritif then continue on to dinner or stop by for a digestif after dinner. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy drinks and a light supper the V Lounge offers a wonderful selection of tapas. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 7:00 pm to 1:00am and they accept reservations. I think you are going to love this place.


The new V Lounge

Paula and I had decided that we were going to hire a taxi to pick us up at Villa Everest. Our island office concierge, Magdalena Votava hired Karine Greaux who dropped us off at the V Lounge. Karine told me to call her 15 minutes before were ready to go home. So we were on foot and left the V Lounge to dine at the Wall House. The food was great per usual and we spent time talking to co-owner Julien Tatin. Julien and his co-owner dad, Bernard love St Barth Properties and our clients, so if you want to have lunch or dinner there, you can reserve a table before you travel or call Magda when you are on the island. She will make the reservation for you and you will receive a 10% discount off of the entire bill! Now that is a great deal.

After dinner we walked over to the other side of the harbor to enjoy the music. Lots of people were there and the entertainment was great. Then I called Karine and she took us back to the villa.


Saturday Night Concert on the Quai

More to come in my next blog…

SBP Nov 10, 2011 Party – Save the Date!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Annual St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash
Rhum Tasting with R St. Barth

Kick off the Season with St. Barth Properties

Now that the 4th of July and Bastille Day are behind us, it’s time to think about the next party! St. Barth Properties announces its annual beachside bash will take place November 10, 2011. It’s a casual, private party for our guests, owners and partners who will be on the island during that time. We value these relationships highly so, why not celebrate the start of the new season and the arrival of our new Live your Dream® Catalogue by throwing a party?

St Barth Properties Annual Beachside Bash
Drinks, snacks, light dinner and entertainment
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Thursday November 10, 2011
Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach

Christine Gordon and Soley have signed on to entertain us so be ready to dance when the song inspires you to boogie (or slow dance if you are feeling romantic). Christine sings Jazz Favorites, R&B Classics, Motown Favorites, and is sure to bring you to your feet with her Dynamic Disco Set! Soley is a Spanish-French guitar player and singer. He often plays in different venues around St. Barth and people flock to see him. You will surely enjoy listening to him. He and Christine will also perform together which is a real treat.


Christine Gordon and Soley Performing at the 2011 Les Voiles de St. Barth

Dõ Brazil

Many people plan their vacation a around the party so don’t miss out. It is always a great time!

Rhum Tasting and Demonstration at R. St. Barth

Would you like to learn about rhum? There is a new very sophisticated boutique in Gustavia that recently opened. The owner, Mikaël Silvestre is a professional soccer player who played for Manchester United and is presently playing for the German team Werder Bremen. He has taken the time to start a fascinating new business in order to cultivate the Guadeloupian rhum agricole enthusiast. (Stay tuned… I will be blogging about the amazing experience that he has created). But for now, plan on attending a rhum tasting event. The staff will speak about each of the rhums and offer tastings while educating you on their distillation process and what makes R. St Barth unique. We plan on hosting it November 11 and may add a second evening Nov 12 as we are limited to 40-50 people. Be sure to RSVP to both events as soon as you have arranged for your villa or hotel accommodation with us. To do so, just email


The Start of the Bottling process


The Barrels of Rhum from Guadeloupe waiting to be tapped at R. St. Barth

If you have the time to extend your stay to the following week, please plan on attending our annual Beaujolais Nouveau party which will be held at precisely at 7:01 pm on November 16, 2011 at Le Cellier du Gouverneur in Gustavia. Be one of the first to taste it!

I hope to see you in November!

What do some St. Barth residents do on Easter Weekend that they cannot do the rest of the year?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Easter weekend in St. Barth is unique. Some businesses (like the banks) choose to really stretch it out by closing on Thursday afternoon and reopening on Tuesday morning. Lucky them and lucky me because I just made it to the bank at 4:15 on Thursday, right before their 4:30 closing. Other businesses stayed open until noon on Friday and some made it until Saturday at noon. My SBH office was open and only closed for Easter Monday and Sunday, as usual. Of course our 24/7 “On-Call” phone was available to assist our clients in case of an emergency. Arriving clients had taken care of the fact that the grocery stores were closed (except Oasis which is open 365 days a year) by filling out our pre-arrival shopping list so that their villa’s fridge was already stocked when they arrived.

Did you guess the answer to my question as to what people are allowed to do only on Easter weekend?

St Jean Beach on Easter Weekend

St Jean Beach on Easter Weekend

Go Camping! I kid you not; the island allows people to set up camps on the beaches just one time per year and Easter is it. You ask yourself, “Go camping when the island’s size is only 8 square miles?” Think about it…You live on this paradise all year round and the idea of doing something different and fun is just what you need. You can set up camp with a BBQ and air mattresses and jump in the water for a swim at anytime. You can run home to use the facilities, take a shower and bring back more food, water and beer at the drop of a hat.

Camping on Shell Beach

Camping on Shell Beach

More camps on Shell Beach

More camps on Shell Beach

The weather was gorgeous and the island was hopping because it was school vacation for many and Value Season prices had just kicked in. If you want to come on down we have lots of villas at very reasonable prices. Many offer Special Packages. We have some wonderful hotel packages, too. For more information, contact

Camping on Lorient Beach

Camping on Lorient Beach

What’s new? FYI: La Route des Boucaniers has been sold and is throwing a party on Sunday May 01, 2011 before closing its doors for good later that evening. New owners Xavier and Rimma Pignet (part owners of D0 Brazil) will begin renovating the place before reopening. Stay tuned as to what it will become. Thanks to the Delage Family for their many years of devotion and success as great restaurateurs. Bonne Chance to you in your future endeavors.

Land Shark Party

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

In case you missed it, our Land Shark Beach Party on November 6th was a huge success. It was a beautiful night and I loved seeing my Company’s logo and motto all lit up on the beach. Guests, wearing their Land Shark Beach Party buttons, started pouring in at 7:30; the bar was pouring margaritas at the same time. Dö Brazil was the perfect venue; owner Xavier Pignet and his staff did a great job.

Live Your Dream in the sand

St Barth Properties in the sand

St Barth Properties in the sand

Everyone was in a festive mood and divided their time between going from the upper restaurant to the beach restaurant and back again. Jimmy Buffett music was playing and the hors d’oeuvres were passed. When it was time to eat, I took the microphone and announced that Volume 15 of our new Live Your Dream® catalog had just arrived on the island and invited everyone to take one home with them. (It is beautiful, if I do say so myself).

Peg announces the new Live Your Dream catalog

The party was meant to be casual so people dined on hamburgers, ribs or fish burgers, fries and salad. We served beer and white or red wine to go along with the dinner. The chocolate dessert was a big hit!

Clients at the Land Shark party

Cathy and Tim Rutter with Peg and Tom

Everyone was so friendly and chatting it up with other clients as well as other invited guests such as hoteliers, villa owners and advertisers. Each client was raving about the villa or hotel where they were staying and, of course, how wonderful St. Barth is. Some people had only arrived that day and came to the party despite spending the day traveling. They told me that they had already fallen in love with the island and were promising to come back again next year! I certainly hope that the rest of you can come to next year’s party! (I will give you plenty of notice, so that you can clear your calendars).

Peg and Carole Gruson

While Tom, Kathy and I were there, we spent most the time running around the island inspecting villas. All that I can say is WOW. We have some fantastic new villas and I will be introducing them to you in future blogs.

Steve, Peg and Kathy

St Barth Properties Land Shark Beach Party November 06, 2010 Final Details

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We decided that a private party just for guests of St. Barth Properties would be much more fun, so I arranged for a change of venue.

It’s not too late to book a villa or hotel! Call 1-800-421-3396 or email:

Confirmed clients will receive the below invitation to St Barth Properties Land Shark Beach Party:

SBP’s Land Shark Beach Party by popular demand
Just a casual affair with your toes in the sand
It’s a private event that we hope you can attend!
And a DJ playing Jimmy Buffet ‘til the very end

Come to Dö Brazil on Shell Beach after a day in the sun
And if you have Jimmy Buffett attire, wear it for fun
November 06 at 7:30 pm our party begins
And to the left and to the right “you got fins”

It’s in the details:

MargaritaDö Brazil is on Shell Beach in Gustavia. SBP is pleased to offer all of our valued St. Barth Properties guests a complimentary Margarita with munchies, a BBQ Dinner, a glass or two of wine or beer, dessert and coffee or tea.

RSVP: By October 28, 2010 (We have to give the headcount to Dö Brazil by October 29). Please indicate the name of your villa or hotel as well as the names of the people in your party who will be attending.

Upon arrival in St Barth, you will receive your Welcome Packet which will include a special button to wear to the party which distinguish you as a special guest of St. Barth Properties

See you on the 6th!

Do Brazil

Dö Brazil and Shell Beach