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

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

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

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

THE ROMANCE COLLECTION

AN EXCLUSIVE CLASSIFICATION OF VILLAS PRESENTED BY ST. BARTH PROPERTIES


Villa Silhouette

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


Villa Moana

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


Villa Bonbonnière

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


Villa Blue Diamond

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


Villa Léana

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


Villa Little Caramba

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


Villa Caza Lili

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


Villa Alphane

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


Villa Genia

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


Villa Gouverneur Jewel

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

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

Tom Smyth Guest Blog Presidents’ Week 2019

Tuesday, 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.

Hurricane Irma Update 4

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The latest news plus, how do you see photos of St. Barth in real time?

We know many people are confused by some information that has been reported in the media. It is true we were hit by a very powerful storm. Some media have lumped St. Barth together with other islands that had certainly suffered greatly and are not as fortunate to possess the resources for such a rapid recovery like St. Barth. Our hearts go out to our neighbors and we wish them the best in their efforts towards recovery. We know they will all rise up again.

Gustavia 10-12-17

Irma before and after 10-13-17

Below you can see the current list of updated business and restaurant openings as well as airport/ferry information. All of this can be found on our Hurricane Irma update page on which we have posted nearly every day. We invite you take a moment to read this page. Be sure to start from the bottom of the page to see all updates. We think you’ll be impressed with the progress.

Business/Restaurant/Airport/Ferry Info

  • Private Villas:
    • We have assessed all of our properties and are pleased to report that many are ready for their November or December arrivals and most ready for high season. A few may take a bit longer but with 250 beautiful homes in our inventory we have plenty of great choices to offer you.

Villa Royal Palm in Vitet received its first guests October 23, 2017. They are thrilled! Photo taken 10-22 17.

  • Shops & Businesses:
    • The majority of shops in Gustavia and St. Jean are open now or will be re-opening as originally scheduled in October & November.
  • Restaurants:
    • Open now or by the end of November: Bakeries island wide, Le Select, Bar de L’Oubli, Galawa (former Pipiri), 25 Quarter, Le Jardin, Le Vietnam, Island Flavors, Au Regal, Bistro Josephine, Le Bouchon, Les Bananiers, Modjo, Yo Sushi Mania, L’Esprit de Saline, La Langouste, La Cantina, Le Piment, Papas Pizza delivery, Le Rendez-Vous, Eddy’s, Le Tamarin, Black Ginger, François Plantation, L’Isola, L’Isoletta, Orega, Chez Rolande, L’Entracte, Spice of St. Barth, Jo-Jo Burger, Mayas to Go.
    • Opening in December: Mayas, Le Ti St. Barth, La Bagatelle, La Plage, Shellona (former Dð Brazil), La Guérite (former Wall House), Kiki é Mo, Baz-Bar.
  • Airports/Airlines/Ferries:
    • St. Barth Airport: OPEN Re-opened in September and is fully functional.
    • St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport: OPEN Re-opened Oct 10 to commercial flights.
    • San Juan Airport: OPEN Tradewind Aviation is currently flying daily flights between St. Barth and San Juan and will maintain a full schedule for the high season.
    • Antigua Airport: OPEN Tradewind Aviation will resume its flights between Antigua and St. Barth and expects to add additional flights for the high season.
    • St. Thomas Airport: OPEN Tradewind Aviation will resume its flights between St. Thomas and St. Barth for the high season.
    • St. Kitts/Nevis Airport: OPEN Tradewind Aviation will resume its flights between St. Kitts/Nevis and St. Barth for the high season.
    • Great Bay Express: Ferry service between St. Martin and St. Barth resumed October 13.
    • Voyager Ferry Service: Ferry service between St. Martin and St. Barth resumed October 13.

The residents of St. Barth have worked hard so that they can welcome you back this season. If you are considering a St. Barth vacation and support our beloved island, everyone there will be happy to see you! I would be delighted to assist you in securing the right accommodations. Some who know St. Barth are saying this could be the perfect year to visit as it may be a bit quieter than recent years, a nice reminder of the St. Barth in simpler times. I look forward to assisting you. Contact me pegwalsh@stbarth.com or our St. Barth Specialists at reservations@stbarth.com, 1-800-421-3396.

Many of you have asked for photos of the island. Everyday it gets greener and greener. For a live update 24/7, check http://www.st-barth.com/livecam5.html. You can follow along to see the improvement right up until your day of travel.

The greening of St. Barth continues…10-22-2017

Post Irma, only 7 weeks later, the palm trees that looked like Q-tips as described by Tom Smyth 2 weeks ago are now coming back with gusto 10-22-2017

Early December 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

I was happy to finally clear my calendar and get back To St. Barth last month. I needed my fix! It was nice to see how well the island had recovered from Hurricane Gonzalo’s wrath. Most of the damages were to the boats that were moored in the harbor area because there was no warning that a hurricane was developing. It was supposed to be a tropical depression that was just passing through so no advisories were given to boat owners to alert them that they should be seeking shelter. As a result, 42 boats were destroyed. The population on St. Barth is resilient so the cleanup began immediately. The only lingering signs that I could see were a couple of boats that had washed ashore and had not yet been removed and I observed some loss of vegetation at a few of the villas that I inspected and that was quickly growing back. When you get to St. Barth, you won’t even notice.

As always, I had lots of things to do including villa and hotel inspections and checking out anything new so that I could tell you about it. I invited friends to join us and we stayed at Villa Capri in Pointe Milou. Tradition finds us at Andy’s Hideaway on our first night.

I’ll be back in St Barth in a few days and will be based there until May. I hope to see you at our weekly cocktail party held at La Plage restaurant on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

In the meantime, Connie Walsh, our marketing consultant has written her trip report as a guest blog.

The highlight of the trip was our big party, the Seaside Soirée that was held at the hotel Taïwana November 14. It was a huge success with more than 200 guests attending.

TRIP REPORT – November 2014

Connie Walsh

I made my annual pre-season trip to St. Barth the week of November 7, and like many other island devotees, I salivate enroute over the plethora of fabulous restaurants. I have my favorites, but I’m always excited to see what’s new. Upon landing my husband and I received a VIP meet & greet by St. Barth Properties’ president Peg Walsh, and we were off to Pointe Milou and got settled into Villa Capri. What a view!

We had a first-night dinner reservation with Peg and her husband Steve at M&P. I hadn’t dined there in a few years, and it was as good as I remembered. The acronym stands for Meat and Potatoes, and admittedly it sounds at odds for chi-chi St. Barth. But a breezy steakhouse on the road to Saline Beach, its sophisticated menu is a carnivore’s dream, but trust that vegetarians have loads of choices. We noshed on the Chateaubriand, accompanied by a choice of over a dozen sauces, Bordelaise, Roquefort, Porcini … my fave Béarnaise, and two sides.

M & P (Meat and Potatoes)

M & P (Meat and Potatoes)

We had some divine Gratin Dauphinois and Kenyan (fair trade) green beans. Thursday night is burger night at M&P if you’re in the mood. We always get our burger fix at the iconic beach-shack Le Select, now celebrating its 65th season. Jo Jo Burger in Lorient gets rave reviews– and they make a mean mahi-mahi sandwich too. I’ve promised myself I’ll stop in one of these days for a post-beach burger.

The always fun Andy’s Hideaway is our go-to for pizza, thin-crust and relish. We also love the pies at the little Gustavia eatery L’Entracte but it was undergoing a major renovation – next time. By the way, Grand cul de Sac’s La Gloriette, which we adore for leisurely feet-in-the sand lunches – and their ginger rhum – offers pizza in the evenings.

Our musts are Le Carré located in the glam shopping arcade of the similar name, Le Carré d’Or; it has a charming Parisian sidewalk café feel. Go for lunch and dinner. It’s that good. They had me at the truffle oil popcorn starter on my first visit, and I think they make the best Margarita on the island. And of course, Santa Fe. Trip advisor rates them # 1 in St. Barth. No surprise. It’s another lunch-and-dinner stop, the afternoon breezes and the views over Gouverneur pair beautifully with a bowl of gazpacho and a glass of rosé. Mussels are Thursday’s lunch and dinner special – mark your vacation calendar. Our small group dinner there began with a coupe de Champagne, their signature Wahoo fritters and went on to include a number of classical French dishes. We shared escargots redolent with garlic, Beef Bourguignon, Sole Meunière that would make Julia Child weep….and oh, the desserts. My favorite is the Peach Melba.

The new & noteworthy include the restaurant and crêperie L’Ardoise in Villa Créole St Jean. They pay homage to the island’s ties to Brittany where the crêpe was invented and called a galette. The soft dessert crêpes include the uber-popular Nutella and a deconstructed profiterole. The atmosphere is casual and lively, the prices reasonable and it’s catching on with residents and visitors alike. Cocktails are being stirred and shaken at the brand new and lounge-y bar Modjo. From the outside, an unassuming edifice (next to Andy’s) has been totally renovated with an exposed loft ceiling and industrial-chic lamps. The room’s focal point is a long bar and it is filled with oversized sofas and comfortable chairs. Open nightly from 7:00pm – 3:00 am, they offer a creative menu of small plates. And there’s alternately live music or a DJ spinning tunes. C’est très hip!”

Our best dinner? That was St. Barth Properties’ annual launch-the-season Seaside Soirée at the Taïwana Hotel. F&B director Octavio and his team outdid themselves with elegant passed hors d’oeuvres, starters, mains, and desserts. We did the taste-testing one afternoon on our June trip, and it was as amazing as remembered and with the addition of music, a starry night and over 200 people – spectacular.

A few days into our stay, we were joined at Villa Capri by another couple and mixed some vacation time with our work. The bedrooms at Capri, like so many, have baths en suite and loads of pool-side outdoor living space making it ideal for sharing with friends. We took turns making the morning baguette and croissant run, enjoyed our coffee with a view, post-beach pool time and toasted the Technicolor sunsets before heading out to dinner. (The new owner is planning some fabulous changes. Stay tuned.)

Villa inspections are always on our work-agenda and we stopped in to see the refurbishments at the charming Villa Rosebud – sure to make it more popular than ever – and the brand-new and breathtaking Villa My Way.

Peg and I inspecting Villa My Way which overlooks Flamands

Peg and I inspecting Villa My Way which overlooks Flamands

This gorgeous five bedroom home in Colombier was named for Frank Sinatra’s theme song and the bedrooms, décor and amenities (a grand piano, projector and giant screen and a fabulous sound system) give a nod to his fellow mid-century songsters.

Let the season begin!