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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.

St. Barth Post-Irma Guest Blog from a 15-year St. Barth Visitor’s Perspective

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

What a Difference Five Months Makes

Bonjour!

Many of our clients love St. Barth so much that they vacation on this tiny piece of paradise more than once a year. Today’s Guest Blog is written by Amy M. from Summit, New Jersey.

Enjoy!

Sunny regards,

Peg

My love affair with St. Barth began almost 15 years ago with a special group of friends. The idea was a girls’ trip—no husbands, no children, just friendship in paradise. Every April for 10 years my friends and I returned to “our” island. We rented villas, enjoyed long sandy lunches, explored beaches, hiked, shopped, relaxed and laughed (a lot) until life and schedules got in the way. After 2 years away, I realized how much I missed St. Barth and decided it was finally time to introduce my husband to my “other” love. Just days into our first trip he was sold—he too loved the island’s winding roads, beaches, food, wine and of course, the warmth of its people.

After a few trips together, we decided to bring our daughters for a Thanksgiving holiday. They immediately loved the island and asked on that first Thanksgiving if we were returning for the next one. Yes, of course, we all agreed, this would be our new tradition. The next Thanksgiving was last November, not long after Irma, and we were determined to keep our plans. Several plane changes and 1 villa later (thank you SBP!) we were fortunate to return. It was a very special trip, one I will always remember with a few tears—not only for what the island had endured, but also for its strength and warm embrace. While St Barth had obviously suffered greatly, it was fighting back in full force and we were touched by its courage and spirit. We didn’t mind the scarcity of WIFI or no landline, we allowed extra time to drive the darkened roads at night and didn’t mind less choices for eating out. We spent a peaceful week amidst the quiet beauty of the island slowly greening, growing and rebuilding. It seemed especially fitting to end that trip with Thanksgiving dinner in the newly planted garden at Tamarin, beside the beautiful tree, celebrating and giving thanks.

Shortly after returning home, we made plans for next Thanksgiving. Knowing I couldn’t wait that long, I had an idea. My husband’s birthday falls the last week of April, and truth be told, a few were missed over the years due to SBH trips. He never minded when the group calendar synched that way and always said “go, have fun with your friends” so I decided this was the year to finally celebrate his birthday, together, on St. Barth. I got in touch with Julie Nally, my trusted SBP villa agent, and she arranged our week at Villa Birdy in Pt. Milou.

I couldn’t wait to see how far the island had come since November and it did not disappoint! Travel through SXM was much improved—the new temporary air-conditioned tents are comfortable and the entire process more organized. I flew down a couple of days early as schedules allowed, but even separately, both JetBlue JFK-SXM flights were on time, and both St. Barth Commuter flights actually departed early. Smooth and efficient, I landed and was greeted warmly as always by Odile at Gumbs.

On the drive to Pt. Milou I could see right away how much the island foliage had grown and how many palm trees had regrowth. There are still homes and roofs to repair, hotels to reopen, and work to be done, but the island felt much more like itself. I settled into the villa, perfect for the two of us, just above the Christopher hotel, and enjoyed the sunset.

The sunsets at Villa Birdy were glorious.

After a peaceful first morning at Gouverneur Beach, it was time to stock the villa. The Oasis market in Lorient hadn’t yet reopened in November but has since been nicely redone and is very convenient to the villa. Marché U was completely stocked, the freezer sections full and I found more than everything I needed. That night, I had the pleasure of meeting Julie for dinner (she happened to be on island for SBP business) at the wine bar Le Papillon Ivre in St Jean. Just up from Le Piment, it’s a sweet casual spot with wines by the glass, an extended menu of small plates and very friendly service. The food was delicious.

The next day, after a walk around Pt. Milou, I spent a few hours on Saline Beach before picking up my husband at the airport. We toasted his birthday at sunset and headed to dinner at François Plantation located at the Villa Marie hotel, a perfect choice for a special occasion. The room is stunning, the service top notch, and the food outstanding. In conjunction with the restaurant, SBP arranged a small birthday cake for dessert, candles and all. Delicious!

The birthday dessert at François Plantarion was fabulous.

Over the next few days we explored our favorite beaches. Gouverneur again was sparkling, a bit windy with perfect waves. The tree at the entrance is slowly growing back and there was ongoing dune restoration with great progress over several days. The path to Saline looked greener, and while the descent down was significantly steeper in November, it now seemed slightly less so. The lower hike to Colombier was as picturesque as ever and we finally found new access paths down to the beach after years of scaling the big rock. We noticed fewer rocks in the water and definitely less at the far end of the beach where many had accumulated post Irma. Several boats were docked, and, despite some wind, we found a nook and enjoyed a peaceful afternoon before hiking back and stopping at Shellona for drinks. It was fairly full at late afternoon and understand they have recently closed until June to expand their kitchen. Earlier that day we stopped in to see the recently opened beautiful Hotel Manapany in Anse de Cayes. A very pretty spot on the beach for lunch, drinks or dinner.

Colombier Beach

The main pool at the Manapany hotel is beachfront.

Loved the feet in the sand restaurant at the Manapany hotel.

That night we met Julie at the re-opened Bonito for sunset cocktails. Such a stunning room, very happy to report it is as beautiful as ever post Irma. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a perfect sunset over the harbor.

St. Barth Properties Villa and Hotel Specialist Julie Nally took this picture of us when we met her for drinks at Bonito.

Since we had a little time before dinner, we walked down to Baz Bar to see its re-do, always a special spot for drinks along the harbor. It looks very much the same, though miss the loungey feel of the original. We then walked up to L’Isoletta for delicious pizza, red wine and great service, perfect for a casual night. Another excellent dinner was Orega—one of our favorites. Everyone so friendly and welcoming with wonderful food, the tuna with foie gras a must. Greg, the owner, was as hospitable as ever, the restaurant beautiful. The next day we hiked to the natural pools at Grand Fond—something I’ve wanted to do for years. There are a few spots where you might not want to look down for too long (!) but it is a breathtaking hike and well worth the effort.

We walked to the Natural Pools at Grand Fond.

Another photo of the Natural Pools in Grand Fond.

After a quick change we walked down to a gorgeous lunch at Mango at the Christopher hotel. While rebuilding Taïno restaurant, the hotel has done a great job managing the construction while keeping Mango and the hotel spa open. We enjoyed the seaside setting and some of the best food I’ve had on St Barth. The chicken gyoza, soft boiled egg in mushroom crust, crispy chicken leg with tabbouleh, and yellowfin tartar were all excellent. We spoke with one of the staff who said the pool is scheduled to reopen in June, fingers crossed!

We enjoyed having lunch at the Christopher hotel’s feet in the sand Mango restaurant that is just a short walk from Villa Birdy.

That afternoon it was time to shop. Most stores in St. Jean and Gustavia have reopened (with a few to come) and after a quick run to Kiwi, we drove into Gustavia to M’Bolo for our favorite vanilla rum. The bottles we bring home never last long, so fortunately Sandy and Christian have started selling online at mbolo-rum.com. We stopped at Bijoux de la Mer to pick up a repair which Marie sweetly sealed in an envelope for our daughter, then visited a few other favorites like Baya before drinks at Bar L’Oubli. We restocked our wine supply at Le Cellier du Gouverneur and La Cave du Port-Franc on the way out of town and headed back to the villa for sunset, a casual dinner and a St. Barth full moon!

Sweet packaging by Bijoux de la Mer.

After service at the Anglican church Sunday morning, we drove up to the park by the hospital and took in the views before heading to Saline for our last afternoon. On the way back, we stopped at Eden Rock’s pop up on Lorient Beach for a glass of rose. It was very quiet that day, and we enjoyed seeing their temporary set up for lunch, drinks and lounging. We had a long chat with one of the staff who said the hotel plans to re-open just before Christmas. Later we walked down to meet a friend for cocktails and another gorgeous sunset at the Christopher. It was then on to dinner at Tamarin— the gardens as beautiful as ever. The restaurant was quite busy and the food, wine and service excellent. After dinner, back to the villa for vanilla rum and one last night of stargazing.

The view from the park behind the hospital is breathtaking.

Our last sunset from Villa Birdy was beautiful.

All in all, my plan worked! A very special birthday celebration and a perfect trip—travel, weather, villa, restaurants, shops, hikes, people—all fabulous. We are so fortunate to have been to St. Barth twice since Irma and very encouraged by, and in awe of, all that’s been accomplished. For those who know St Barth, do not hesitate to come back, you will find it as beautiful as ever and its spirit unchanged. For those considering a first trip, now is the time. In these months of rebuilding the island is quieter and more like its older self, while well on its way to becoming better than ever!