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St. Barth Restaurants – June 2018 trip report

Monday, June 25th, 2018

St. Barth Restaurants – Even More Choices – It Just Keeps on getting better!

To continue my blog about gathering information for our revised Live Your Dream® magazine, Connie and I went about our business. Yes, it was a working trip and always fun. We met with people regarding the revision of some of the articles we had written. For example, the Coral Restoration St. Barth project has been drastically changed by Irma. We are hoping to bring the association’s effort to the public’s attention because St. Barth must preserve and restore what makes it so special. The Coral Restoration St. Barth’s undertaking really needs funds, or they cannot continue. I just made a personal donation and I hope you will, too.

A big part of the St. Barth Experience concerns the outstanding variety of places to dine on St. Barth – from casual to gourmet. I need to be up-to-date on the latest restaurant news because people are always asking us to give them recommendations. It’s another very pleasant part of my job. Many of you know that the Gloriette restaurant on Grand Cul de Sac Beach was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. Owner Albert Balayn is uncertain of its future but built a new place almost directly across the street from my offices. (The staff pops over there almost daily to get lunch-to-go.) Café Gloriette just opened and is run by Albert’s daughter, Sandra who prepares freshly made dishes and drinks daily. Connie and I tasted numerous selections, including the Salade Crudité, the Quiche Chèvre, the Tortilla and the Cake Salé Chèvre. – Delicious.

Salade Crudité dressed with fresh lemon juice at Café Gloriette is a must.

I was so happy to to see Sandra Balayn at her Café Gloriette. (My pin says 95 in honor of Marius’ birthday)

You can purchase Albert’s famous Rhum La Gloriette and branded souvenirs at Café Gloriette, too. (Open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. However, the first Sunday of the month, it is open until 1:00 p.m. to coordinate with the Marché that is held in Gustavia once a month.)

Café Gloriette is open everyday except Sunday.

We also enjoyed a different food experience: The St Barth staff joined Connie and me at the beautiful and luxurious 6 bedroom Villa Lyra that is located above Gouverneur Beach. Villa Manager Ronas Ledee cooks and serves breakfast and lunch for the villa owner and his family. You can be pampered like this too. Villa Lyra is part of our Grand Cru Collection, that includes extra services such as continental breakfast. As a bonus, Ronas is also available to prepare light lunches for 6-12 people (buffet-style) with 2 appetizers, 2 main courses with veggies, and 2 desserts. The cost is only 300 euros for her service (shopping and cooking) per lunch (clients pay for the food and beverages). We wanted to try her cuisine before you do. We began with a glass of chilled rosé wine with ice, which I was told by my French colleagues is called Rosé Piscine. The buffet included tomatoes with mozzarella, salad with balsamic dressing; breaded chicken cutlets, beef medallions with bacon, rice and fresh broccoli. The desserts were an incredible Tarte Tatin as well as a serving of ice cream. If you would like to enjoy your St. Barth vacation at Villa Lyra, we are offering an introductory special reflecting a 10% reduction for any reservation that occurs between June 26 and November 15, 2018. Please contact reservations@stbarth.com.

The tomato and mozzarella appetizer prepared by Ronas at Villa Lyra was light and fresh.

We finished our lunch at Villa Lyra by devouring Ronas’ delicious Tarte Tatin.

Speaking of lunch, Connie heard us raving about the new fishCorner restaurant, so she wanted to try it for herself. She was not disappointed! We wrote about it in our April 2018 newsletter, Le Bulletin. In case you missed it: Love fish? Then we have just the restaurant for you: fishCorner.

Johny Laplace, who comes from a long line of island fishermen, partnered with Nicolas Almeda (whose dad is co-owner of Black Ginger) and turned the former Stephane & Bernard Boutique into a fish market that transforms into a restaurant at lunchtime. Fish is sold from 8:00 a.m. till noon, and then again from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00. Lunch is served from noon until 3:30 p.m. every day – fresh fish, of course, and you’ll love the homemade sides. It’s so popular you’ll need to reserve your table, and we’ll be happy to do that for you. You’ll find fishCorner in the alleyway by Bar de L’Oubli. It’s open every day but Sunday.

fishCorner is hidden in an alley near the Bar de L’Oubli

I had the fish and chips; Connie ordered the local sole as her main course. Both were outstanding. The lemon tart is so popular with many of my staff that when our US concierge Julia Hurd and St Barth Villa and Hotel Specialist Allegra Pawlowski sampled it on their May trip to St. Barth, they tried to get the recipe from the pastry chef. She refused. Both Allegra and Julia are trying to duplicate it but can’t. By coincidence, I met the chef at my office and I told her to keep the secret. (Sorry, Julia and Allegra.)

The fish and chips at fishCorner is light and tasty (Warning- Don’t ask for ketchup!) Connie’s delicious local sole is in the background.

The famous lemon tart at fishCorenr cannot be duplicated.

For the last two nights of our stay, we moved to the newly named Pearl Beach hotel, formerly known as Tom Beach. We each had a balcony room upstairs. The view from my room #10 was beautiful with tall palm trees, lush gardens and a glimpse of the sea beyond. There was a minibar and a table with 2 chairs on the deck to enjoy an apéritif. Connie’s room #12 had a deck with a table and 2 chairs, plus 2 lounge chairs for sunning. Each morning, we enjoyed breakfast at their beachside restaurant which is open for lunch every day. It is also open on Friday and Saturday nights, so we dined there on Friday while listening to the sound of the waves.

My view from Room 10 at Pearl Beach hotel was gorgeous.

To finish off the week, we enjoyed lunch at Nikki Beach. If you have not done so, try it on a non-Sunday. It is a great, more relaxing experience.

The Salade de Langouste is one of my Nikki Beach favorites.

Hope to see you on St. Barth!

Are You Thinking of Renting a Villa in the Caribbean?

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Caribbean Travel and Life’ Magazine’s
August/September 2011 Issue Features a Big Spread:

Villa Vacations Made Simple

Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine’s August/September issue features an extensive article on villa vacations and answers many questions people may have if they have never rented a villa before.

I am pleased as Ti Punch that one of our villas (Villa Palm Beach on Lorient Bay) is pictured on the cover!

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Caribbean Travel and Life cover featuring Villa Palm Beach

***READ PDF OF ARTICLE***

Turn to page 54 to see a different angle and then page 56 to see the pool at Villa K. Page 57 shows the manager of Villa Gem-Palm Springs serving continental breakfast. It is included with the villa rental because Gem-Palm Springs is one of the villas in our Grand Cru Collection. I am proud to say that on page 58, in addition to the picture of the awesome rain shower at Villa Palm Beach, there is a “From the Expert” sidebar that features quotes from, guess who? Me! There are other quotes from several of my colleagues who rent villas on their own special island. (Yes, I admit I am very prejudiced towards St. Barth. Who wouldn’t be?)

Villa K, page 56

Villa K, page 56
Zach Stovall, photographer

Page 58: Rain shower at Villa Palm Beach and “From the Expert” sidebar

Page 58: Rain shower at Villa Palm Beach and “From the Expert” sidebar

The article demonstrates just how many different services villa guests can choose to have in the privacy of their own home. Turn to page 59…Yoga and/or Pilates anyone? Perhaps a massage? (Page 65) Try it poolside at Villa Gem-Palm Springs. See one of the villa’s fabulous 4 bedrooms on page 60 and drool at the boulangerie’s baguettes and pastries on page 61. Another one of our Grand Cru villas, Mer Soleil scored a double page (62-63) and you can see why.

Villa Mer Soleil

Villa Mer Soleil pages 62-63
Zach Stovall, photographer

Then we have a very handsome young man sitting at the bar at Villa Gem-Palm Springs on page 64. He is Jean-Claude Dufour and an outstanding chef whom we often hire for our guests who choose to dine in. He created a menu for our staff’s dinner party at Gem Palm Springs (What a view!). I hope that you can get a copy at your local newsstand or grocery store and that you do try a villa vacation next time.

Visit the Caribbean Travel and Life website or subscribe to the magazine.

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Jean-Claude Dufour on page 64

Photographs by Zach Stovall, photographer

Announcing SBP’s Grand Cru Collection

Monday, December 6th, 2010

What is this you ask? Am I talking about wine? No, it is a new and very special division within our portfolio of villas…A petite collection of some of St. Barth’s most distinctive villas with added amenities and special services to ensure that you experience a wonderful dream vacation. Presented by St. Barth Properties, these villas offer hotel-type service in a private setting. Inclusion in the Grand Cru collection is by invitation only.

On an island with gorgeous seaside and hillside villas, the carefully chosen properties of the Grand Cru collection are exceptional. Among the most luxurious, they boast spectacular views and feature the sumptuousness of fine linens, all the latest in technology and electronics, bathroom amenities and a wealth of creature comforts. Special indulgences include continental breakfast of fresh fruit and French pastries and evening turndown service six days a week. The villa lifestyle – as you’ve dreamed about.

Below are the Charter Members of our Grand Cru Villas:

I am very excited to be the first to let you know about this new elite addition to our villa portfolio. From time to time we may be inviting some other extraordinary villas to join our exclusive St. Barth Properties Grand Cru collection. Watch for announcements in my future blogs.