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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…

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.

St. Barth is also an Ideal Destination for Families

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Franklin Smyth’s Feb 2011

Tom came to St Barth again this month; we had meetings with staff and visited several villas. As I mentioned previously, Tom is my Son and VP of SBP. He is also the liaison and contact person for our real estate division, St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. He advises buyers as to what properties would meet their wish list as well as their budget and coordinates the land and/or villa showings with Pascale Minarro, the Directrice at our St. Barth office.

With business behind him, he welcomed his wife Amy and two sons, Tommy Jr. and Tyler to St. Barth where they are spending their President’s Week vacation. Needless to say l (“Mimi”) and Steve (“GrandDoc”) are thrilled to have them here and we adore seeing our daughter-in-law Amy. They are staying at Villa Sky and doing all sorts of things. St. Barth is not only for lovers, it is a great family destination too.

L-to-R Tom, Tyler, Amy, Tommy Jr., Mimi and GrandDoc at the Tamarin

L-to-R Tom, Tyler, Amy, Tommy Jr., Mimi and GrandDoc at the Tamarin

Are you asking yourself why the name GrandDoc? When I married my husband Dr. Stephen Walsh 34 years ago, my 3 kids, Kim, Mark and Tommy called him “Doc”; the grandkids followed suit and call him “GrandDoc”.

Why do we call them “The Franklin Smyth’s?”…Because there are two Smyth families. We call my son Mark’s family, “The Wrentham Smyth’s”; they live in adjoining towns and that way, everyone knows about whom we are talking. My Daughter Kim’s family is not a problem because they are simply “The Pellegri’s”.

The guys love to Scuba dive, so they have been on some dives and saw lots of marine life. Monday they rented Jet Skis and skied around the island. (Tom took photos of both with his dive camera and will send to me when he gets back-watch for a future blog.) Amy gets to relax while they are out and joined us on St. Jean Beach on Sunday.

Being teenage boys, their appetites are voracious. Going out for both lunch and dinner AND having dessert is not a problem at all!

Ah, the wonders of youth.

Tommy Jr ready to devour the Profiterole at Harbour's Saladerie

Tommy Jr ready to devour the Profiterole at Harbour's Saladerie

Tyler enjoying the Chocolat Liegeois

Tyler enjoying the Chocolat Liegeois