Le Bulletin December 2017


Villa Nikki

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth! We are delighted to resume publishing our monthly newsletter and happier still to share the good news of the island’s recovery. Hurricane Irma gave us all quite a scare. Communication was down, and we worried about the whole region, and especially our staff, friends, and island partners. As we previously – and happily – reported, all were unscathed; our rental and Sotheby’s sales offices were moderately damaged, now on the mend, and we are open for business.

St. Barth Properties’ VP Tom Smyth came down here first and reported on the island’s recovery—with lots of pictures. I published my first post-Irma blog on September 13 and am continuing first-hand reports (See Peg’s Blog and scroll-up to see the exciting progress in sequence.) Keep updated by subscribing.


Gouverneur Beach on November 12, 2017

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining, and Irma’s was the island residents gallantly rising to the occasion and extending helping hands. The sense of camaraderie was tangible. We loved seeing the boutiques opening their shutters, folks emerging from the boulangeries with their baguettes and enjoying burgers and beers at Le Select. I think of St. Barth as the “little island that could.” Fifty percent of our villas are now ready for occupancy (contact our specialists via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and our concierge team (Julia and Aurélie) is poised to fulfill requests. We are excited to welcome you to St. Barth!

I am now happily settled into Villa Everest for the season. Thanks to all for the strong support and booking a stay on St. Barth. You may find it a bit different—the 5-star beach hotels are temporarily closed—but the 5 star hospitality, panache, and joie de vivre still abound. Our long-time clients note the more laidback vibe and say they it reminds them nostalgically of “old” St. Barth. They love it. I hope to see you on the island!

Warm wishes to you and yours for the holidays.

Peg Walsh, President

P.S. Dreaming about celebrating the holidays on St. Barth? Visit our website to see some terrific options that are currently available, and then contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Villas of St. Barth

We are happy to report that many of the villas in our inventory required only minor repairs. Villa owners and managers are regularly advising us as they work toward their goal of being ready for the Season. Yay!

We are pleased to welcome brand-new Villa Nikki to our portfolio, our first post-Irma addition.


Villa Nikki

Villa Nikki – Poised hillside in popular St. Jean, this 3 bedroom villa offers casually elegant comfort, making it ideal for a St. Barth villa vacation. An infinity edge pool is the focal point of an expansive deck and is an optimum spot to relax – toes up – and take in the stunning views, the delightful breezes and the sound of rustling palms. A pergola is comfortably furnished for outdoor living and dining. Compact and sleek, the kitchen is outfitted to please a gourmet cook. It opens to a dining area that flows into the living space – ideal for TV viewing (Apple TV). The 3 spacious air-conditioned bedrooms all have en suite baths. Two (with king beds) are at opposite ends of the villa; at pool level, they boast ocean views. The third is lower level (its king bed is convertible to twins) and has a garden view. All are nice retreats.


Villa Royal Palm

Devotees of perennial favorite Villa Royal Palm will be happy to hear that it was already accepting its first post-Irma guests on October 23, 2017. Hillside in Vitet, this deluxe 2 bedroom villa boasts stunning views of the sea, neighboring St. Maarten and glorious sunsets. Beautifully furnished, fully screened and air-conditioned throughout, it has an open floor plan that includes a well-equipped kitchen and living and dining areas. The indoor living space opens to a covered terrace – just perfect for dining alfresco and relaxing in the shade. Guests enjoy lounging poolside, and the surround sound music system adds to the ambience. The two (king) bedrooms have lovely en suite baths, making the villa perfect for couples to share. One of the baths can be accessed from the living room, so it conveniently functions as a powder room. Royal Palm offers the villa lifestyle at its best!

Island News

If you are thinking about coming to sunny St. Barth for the holidays, we have one more reason to tempt you. Superstar Jimmy Buffett is treating everyone to a free concert on December 27. Jimmy has been a frequent visitor to the island for decades, and it’s near and dear to his heart. Soley and other local musicians, will join in on the quai in Gustavia in celebration of St. Barth’s recovery.

SBP News

Congratulations to St. Barth Properties President Peg Walsh for being named again to Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Top Travel Specialists for 2017.

Our St. Barth Properties Villa and Hotel Specialists, Anne Cécile Bedford, Allegra Pawlowski and Julie Nally, conducted their semi-annual villa and hotel inspections, in that order, starting November 24, 2017. We are sure they will have lots of new information to report to you.

SBP’s Beach Picnic – A picnic on one of St. Barth’s spun-sugar sand beaches is always a special experience. Why not pamper yourself and have our concierge team arrange it all? You pick the beach, and we’ll order beach chairs, an umbrella, and a yummy picnic lunch to be delivered and set up. The cost begins at €55 per person and includes a choice of menu options, water and a bottle of wine. There is an extra delivery fee to Saline and Colombier Beaches. Julia and Aurélie have all the details. Please give 24 hours’ notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Restaurants

One of the most frequent questions we receive is “Are the restaurants open?” The answer is yes! Currently, the majority are serving guests, including favorites L’Isola, Black Ginger, Le Tamarin, L’Esprit, Eddy’s, La Bagatelle. Many more will be open by the start of Festive Season, while others plan on January debuts.  One of last season’s most popular new spots was the François Plantation at the 5 star Hotel Villa Marie. Although the hotel will not open until March 9, they began serving gourmet dinners and casual lunches poolside on December 15, 2017. Make your reservations with us; luncheon guests are welcome to use the pool and chaise lounges. What a nice afternoon!

Our team had a celebratory evening at 25 Quarter Gustavia's hip street food restaurant. We started in their new Rhum Room bar and had Soley our favorite island crooner to serenade us. Fun.


25 Quarter's Rhum Room features rums from all over the Caribbean

For people who love to dine seaside, Shell Beach’s Shellona is reopening on December 24th. And you can dance again on the tables at Le Ti St. Barth. We are gathering their New Year’s Eve menus for you and encourage you to make your reservations by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., soon.  

Hotels of St. Barth

Unfortunately, many of the island’s hotels located on the beaches suffered Irma’s wrath. We’re in close touch with all those that we represent. We’ve listed their current status below and will be updating our website’s hotel pages. These dates are subject to change, and you can contact one of our hotel specialists at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm dates and book your stay.

Les Îlets – opened November 18, 2017
Villa Lodge – opened November 2, 2017
Tom Beach – opened December 19, 2017
Christopher – opening March 1, 2018
Villa Marie – opening March 9, 2018
Le Toiny – opening October 15, 2018

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, Le Guanahani and Le Sereno have not yet announced their reopening dates, but they likely will be in the fall of 2018.

St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International RealtyVilla for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty

Villa Six – Pointe Milou
Offered at €7.5 million

Well situated on Pointe Milou, this striking 3 bedroom villa offers privacy, tropical gardens and a stunning view of the sea. Fiery sunsets are a bonus. Contemporary styled, the indoor space is open and airy and includes living and dining areas. A chef-caliber kitchen has a separate entrance, and a guest bath is conveniently located. The indoor and outdoor spaces blend beautifully and look out to a sweeping terrace with a two-tier infinity pool. An adjacent teak deck faces the water and features a private alcove and a charming gazebo. The two master bedrooms have sumptuous en suite baths that open via glass sliders to private Jacuzzis. The third bedroom is also en suite. All are air-conditioned. Screens and fans enable a delightful, natural night’s sleep.

For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.

Client Accolade

We had easy flights from the US and were glad we booked the EasyWay transfer assist in St. Martin. It made the transfer seamless. The villa is lovely. We wanted to check on our old favorites first, so we had dinner the last 2 evenings at our usual haunts ... Le Piment and Eddy’s. Eddy welcomed us as did the owner of LP. Everyone (especially Odile) is welcoming of our support for the island. We are pleased to see all the recovery efforts being made. We are looking forward to trying Bagatelle and Le Ti Later this week. Aurélie was very helpful yesterday, as always. We were touched by her personal stories of her hurricane experience.

Dennis
Philadelphia, PA
Villa Les Embruns