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Have You Ever Considered Traveling to St. Barth in July?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Bonjour Readers,

Have you ever wondered what St. Barth is like in July? It’s a fun time to go. The prices are down, the visitor numbers are less (Yes, you can walk into most restaurants without a reservation!) and, as always, the people on the island are ready to welcome you with open arms. Todays’ blog features the St. Barth July 2018 Trip Report written by our bi-lingual Villa and Hotel Specialist Anne-Cécile Bedford. Anne-Cécile is originally from Brittany and loves the connection this French island affords her.

Enjoy!

Sunny regards,
Peg

What an exciting time to be back on St Barth this past July! The island was getting ready for its annual Bastille Day party and France was getting ready to become the next soccer World Cup champions. Bravo Les Bleus!

I landed on St Barth the day prior to the beginning of the festivities and set myself up at villa Chimère, a wonderful 2 bedroom villa located in the quiet area of Petit Cul de Sac. But beforehand, I had to make a stop at the Cemetery in Lorient to pay my respects to the legendary Johnny Hallyday (Our French Elvis) who had passed away in December 2017 and is laying peacefully in St. Barth where he owned a vacation home.

Johnny Hallyday is buried in Lorient

Upon arrival at villa Chimère I was nicely surprised to see that the owner had stocked the refrigerator with goodies like cheese, fruits and wine, which was welcome after a long day of travel. I chose the purple bedroom to the right of the living room that opens to the heated pool and outdoor space and offers a spacious bathroom with a private outdoor shower. This is a nice extra feature on St Barth! The second bedroom located on the opposite end was as desirable, making it the perfect villa for 2 couples. For those looking to stay fit during their vacation, villa Chimère offers a well-equipped gym located below the villa. I chose to adventure to Toiny every morning and do my 3 mile run from the villa. The small beach at Petit Cul de Sac is also accessible by foot (a 5 minute walk), so no need to hop in your car to enjoy a morning swim in the blue lagoon.

Pool at Villa Chimère

Can you picture yourself right now floating in this gorgeous pool, gazing at the sun? I can. Welcome to paradise!

My first working day took me to the western side of the island where I inspected the beautiful villa Mer Soleil located in Gouverneur. I loved the new second master bedroom with spectacular view, decorated in beige and blue tones. I also discovered the secret 3rd bedroom downstairs with the underwater pool view; it is right out of a James Bond movie. This villa will leave you dreamy with the blue sea all around, and the view of the neighboring islands (St Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Maarten). As part of St Barth Properties exclusive Grand Cru Collection, you will be served with a morning delivery of French pastries and evening turn down service. See what other exceptional properties include that same package.

Mer Soleil underwater view of the pool

While on that side of the island I also took a peek at villa Gem (a great villa for small wedding parties), villa Mirage (perfect for Gouverneur beach lovers), villa Bellissima (beautiful lap pool) and the gorgeous 6 bedroom villa Lyra (perfect for couples of group of friends) and villa Papillon (cozy villa with many interesting pillow accents).

Villa Papillon pillow

Did you know that Gouverneur holds a secret grotto? I decided to come back during my time off and adventure there on a hike. I had a difficult time finding the entrance of the path until some friendly goats showed me the way. What a spectacular view and what a headache to find the grotto! After 1 hour, I finally found it, but I did not dare go down that very narrow black hole via a cord that was attached…maybe next time and more courage!

I finally found the grotto

On Saturday I celebrated Bastille Day with my wonderful colleagues from our local offices (Laura and Anne-Laure). We started off at Bonito with a delicious cocktail before heading over to Ociela (a new Mediterranean restaurant in Gustavia) for dinner. We were welcomed there with a Coupe de Champagne (the perks of the job!) and the wonderful smile of Sylvain behind the bar. We ended the night at Bagatelle where it seemed the whole island was dancing the night away…fun, fun, fun.

Bastille Day at Ociela

Sylvain at Ociela

There was no time to sleep-in the next day; France was facing Croatia in the World Cup final and I had to be in Gustavia early enough to get a spot and watch the game. A giant screen had been set on Gustavia Harbor and fans gathered in their best blue, white and red outfit. I was so happy to be living this moment on a French territory with my peers and celebrate this great victory.

Ready and psyched for the World Cup game!

Besides being a dedicated reservation agent, I also must keep up with the hotels as some of my clients do prefer being pampered and have access to a restaurant and Spa onsite. I had the pleasure during my trip to meet with the all new hotel Manapany Reservation Director who conducted my visit. The first thing that appealed to me entering the hotel was the luxurious vegetation and the beauty of the blue ocean caressed by a gentle breeze. The hotel offers 43 suites from a standard ocean deluxe to a beach prestige suite, 2 cottages, and a 2 bedroom beachfront villa, all made in tropical woods with exotic islandly colors, combining nature and luxe. The beach invites guests to take a romantic walk and is a great spot for windsurfers.

Manapany’s outdoor restaurant

Hotel lobby where guests are welcomed

The Manapany hotel is also an eco-friendly resort using solar panels to produce electricity, offering electric cars as the only way to get around the hotel, growing fresh fruits and vegetables to provide organic cuisine at their restaurants. Even the hotel towels are made of bamboo. Their SPA located on the beach only uses organic products as well from Dr. Hauschka. There is a spa room, a duo cabin for a massage for two, a hairdresser and a long lap adults-only pool with lounge chairs by the beach to relax after a pampering day. Have I said enough?

Relax in one of Manapany’s lounge chairs

I ended my tour with a lovely lunch by the beach, savoring a Creole Style poached red snapper with risotto and sipping on a Pomegranate Margarita. The exotic fruit salad for dessert left me breathless!

Creole Style poached red snapper with risotto at Manapany

Manapany exotic fruit salad

My favorite new villa to discover this time was villa Golden located hillside in Marigot with a stunning view of the water. This is the perfect villa for 6 couples or a group of friends to enjoy together. All bedrooms are equal and offer a sea view with many features like Apple TV and a Bose sound system. There is ample space to sit around the heated infinity pool and enjoy a cocktail. The décor is appealing and contemporary-looking with a gorgeous fully equipped kitchen, a large living area and dining area.

Restaurant “Grain de Sel” in Saline remains one of my favorite places to dine. Make it a date! A deux c’est mieux” 😊

Vivaneau (Red Snapper) prepared by Eddy, former chef of Mayas to go

And don’t forget that July is the time to head to St Barth simply to take advantage of all the wonderful les soldes (sales) offered for a 2 week period!

St. Barth is a shopper’s paradise, especially during Les Soldes!

‘Til later, Namaste……

Namaste

Anne-Cecile Bedford
Bilingual St. Barth Villa and Hotel Specialist
St Barth Properties, Inc
+ 1 508-570-4477
anne@stbarth.com

The Ultimate St. Barth Christmas Gift to Put Under the Tree

Friday, December 20th, 2013

SURPRISE HER/HIM WITH A LAST MINUTE TRIP TO PARADISE

You’ve surfed the web, you’ve pounded the pavement but you just can’t seem to find the perfect gift to give to your loved one, friend(s) or family. This time of year can be quite stressful because you have so many things to do in such a short period of time. You are tired, you have worked hard at your job all year long, it’s cold outside for most of you and you are already tired of shoveling snow, scraping off your windshield and slipping on black ice. YOU DESERVE A VACATION IN ST. BARTH! So why not reserve a villa for a January getaway and surprise your significant other(s) by gift wrapping it and putting it under the tree?

Here I am in beautiful St. Barth looking out at the view as I type and thinking about all of you and how great it would be if you could join me down here. So I did a little research and came up with some nice options.

Would you like to stay directly on St. Jean Beach and have a swimming pool too? Villa Crystal Dream has a 7 night opening January 09-16, 2014! It has 3 bedrooms so you can surprise 5 people or just travel as a twosome and pay less money. (Choose your bedroom and the other two would just be locked off. You still get to use the whole rest of the house.)

Villa Crystal Dream

Villa Crystal Dream

Are you looking for a romantic gift for you and someone very special? Villa Blue Diamond is the perfect choice. It is brand new, has a gorgeous infinity pool, a fantastic view and every techno amenity you can imagine. It has availability January 05-18, 2014.

Villa Blue Diamond

Villa Blue Diamond

If Blue Diamond’s price is a stretch, we have Villa Diaco which sits on the highest peak of St. Barth. The view is incredible. You can reserve it between January 06 and 18, 2014.

Villa Diaco

Villa Diaco

The luxurious Villa Noé is a perfect villa for one or two couples. Listen to the sound of the surf or better yet go surfing! You can walk to the path that leads you down to that special spot where the serious surfers go. You may end up surfing with Jimmy Buffett! Villa Noé is available between Jan 03 and 17, 2014.

Villa Noé

Villa Noé

One or two couples could also enjoy the less expensive Villa Bet Yam with two equal king bedrooms and is even closer to the surfing area. It’s all yours between January 13 and 29, 2014.

Villa Bet Yam

Villa Bet Yam

Do you prefer to be closer to Gustavia and Gouverneur Beach? Book the luxurious Villa Mer Soleil between January 05 and 12, 2014 and make your dream come true. The sunsets from here are spectacular.

Villa Mer Soleil

Villa Mer Soleil

Do you want to splurge? Stay in the top-of-the line three bedroom Villa Méli Mélo between January 05 and 15, 2014 and enjoy sensational views of St Jean from the front and Saline from the back. St. Jean beach is a 2 minute drive away.

Villa Méli Mélo

Villa Méli Mélo

Both Villa Mer Soleil and Villa Méli Mélo are part of our Grand Cru collection offering you extra services. To gather more information on any of the above gift suggestions, please call -1-800-421-3396 or +1-508-528-7727 or email reservations@stbarth.com. If you decide you want to purchase your gift after hours or over the weekend, email me directly and I will do my best to start the reservation process for you.

See you next month!

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.

page 64

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.

Villa Mer Soleil – on YouTube

Monday, October 25th, 2010

We are in the process of adding a new feature to our website—A YouTube video of many of our villas.  Today’s featured villa is the gorgeous Villa Mer Soleil which is available for rent exclusively through St. Barth Properties and is one of the villas that is included in our elite Grand Cru Collection (Stay tuned for that announcement in one of my next blogs).

Here it is!  Please let me know what you think of this feature and if you have any special requests as to other villas you might want to see with a video.


Here is the description which is also on our website:

The word “breathtaking” best describes the uber-luxurious Villa Mer Soleil. Everywhere you look there is an island to behold: Saba, St Kitts, Nevis, St. Maarten – all floating on those brilliantly blue waters. And oh, the sunsets! Mer Soleil has 3 bedrooms all with baths en suite; two are on the main level (one king and one queen) and the third (king) is on the villa’s lower level. The spacious open floor plan encompasses living and dining areas, a guest bath and a sleek, eco-savvy kitchen with Valcucine cabinetry and Viking appliances. There is every bell and whistle, including two dishwashers. The focal point is a huge L-shaped bar which makes for a great gathering spot for all the villa guests – and then some. There is a big gorgeous pool and an even bigger deck with loads of outdoor living – and lounging – space. A charming poolside gazebo is perfect for alfresco lunches and dinners. This is one of Gouverneur’s chicest properties.

Although it is not mentioned in the video, a fourth bedroom studio with living area, queen bed, bath and kitchenette is available for a member of the guests’ staff or a teen.