"Savaku" as seen post Irma. Who is Savaku? A freelance graphic designer in Paris, 27 year-old Guillaume Blanchard is the creator of “Savaku” the Arawak spirit representing the forces of nature, including hurricanes. Savaku evokes the soul of St Barth, a metaphor for the island as envisioned by the artist. An Arawak Indian is standing on a rock, which seen from above is in the shape of the island. In his right hand he has a spear to defend his land, and he is blowing in a conch shell, which represents the cry of nature, a nature perhaps too often abused. He is accompanied by an iguana, which evokes the earth, wisdom, and patience. A pelican represents the official symbol of the island as well as air and the sea, which provides sustenance, as the people of St Barth have been fishermen since the earliest days of the island. For Guillaume, “the stance of this simply dressed warrior shows that he is proud of his island, as meager and difficult as it was then."

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Update 9-21-2017: The St. Barth Tourisme office announces via social media in regards to the steady progress of work and business openings and officially states they target October 30, 2017 to welcome tourists.

Update 9-20-2017: Les Voiles de St Barth has announced the race is on as scheduled per the following statement. "Mother nature has been raging wild in the Caribbean this season with Hurricane Irma and now Maria, but it is with strength and determination that we will bounce back in short order to make this part of the world as welcoming and wonderful as it was before. The 2018 Les Voiles de St. Barth will go on as planned, scheduled April 8-14. A great way to show your support for our beautiful St. Barth is by visiting and competing! Registration is open, so make sure to sign up at their website here."

Update 9-19-2017: Pictured: The Yellow Bellies have emerged and partake in a little snack. Photo taken week of September 18, 2017. Hurricane Maria is passing 100 or so miles southwest of the island today sparing St. Barth from any danger while delivering welcome rain for local foliage. Our thoughts are with those in her path and hope everybody remains safe. In St. Barth progress continues as more restaurants continue to open with Au Regal, L'Ardoise, Island Flavors, and Bistro Josephine joining the list. We hear Mayas and Le Tamarin are two more added to the list of those preparing themselves to open for November. Telephone, Electricity & Internet continue to roll out steadily to more areas. We continue to work with property owners and managers to gather information and conduct inspections on properties in an effort to establish re-opening dates on each. We are pleased to report that many will be ready for guests in November. Check back often for more updates.

Update 9-18-2017: Pictured: St. Barth's beauty is beginning to reveal itself one leaf at a time. Photo taken September 17, 2017. An impromptu party emerged in the streets between Bar L'Oubli and Le Select on Saturday night as a band played and hundreds of residents celebrated their hard work and resilience. Les Bananiers in Colombier has re-opened with take out service available. Shop L'Attitude in Gustavia has resumed normal business hours. Restaurant Galawa (formerly Pipiri) has announced they will re-open soon. Telephone, Electricity & Internet continue to roll out steadily to more areas. More good news to come. Thank you.

Update 9-16-2017: Pictured: Airport & St. Jean Bay. Photo taken September 15, 2017. Bar L'Oubli in Gustavia has re-opened. The furniture and decor shop Villa Victoria has re-opened in Gustavia. Electricity & Internet continue to roll out to more areas. Minute by minute cleanup progresses and St. Barth continues to reveal its beauty in anticipation of welcoming tourists back in November. We will continue to post updates as they are available. Please stay tuned for much more to come. Thank you.

Update 9-15-2017: Pictured: Le Select has re-opened. Cheeseburger in Paradise anyone? Electricity and internet continue to roll out area by area. The Super U and AMC grocery stores in St. Jean are both open and stocked. All roadways are operational. Teams are hard at work to restore telephone services island-wide. Black Ginger, L'Isola, Orega all targeting November openings. Work continues at a steady pace island-wide. More to come. Thank you.

Update 9-14-2017: Pictured: The airport has re-opened to commercial flights and airlines are moving supplies and people at a steady pace. David Zipkin, co-owner of Tradewind Aviation who has been flying regular relief flights since the runway was cleared was quoted as saying, “St Barths was hit hard but there is strong will there and desire to rebound quickly, I am encouraged by the progress we’ve already seen and optimistic that a great winter season is still possible and indeed likely.” Also, electricity and internet continue to come on in more areas. The supermarket in St. Jean is open and re-stocked as ships steadily arrive with supplies. Bakeries have re-opened in various locations island-wide. St. Jean gas station is fully operational. Spirits are high as cleanup and repairs begin with a clearer focus on the tourist season which will not be lost after all. More updates as they come in. Thank you.

Update 9-13-2017: Pictured: Supplies stream in to the island. The Collectivity has posted that they expect water production to be back to 90% of the island by Sunday September 17 and thanked their team for all their hard work. The St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty office (separate from our rental office) was found to have a bit more water inside and cleanup is underway. The residents remain united and hard work continues. With every passing moment their work reveals itself as St. Barth starts to look more and more like its beautiful self. More updates as they come in. Stay tuned.

Update 9-12-2017: Pictured: Flowers begin to show themselves again. Communication remains difficult but gets better with each passing moment. St. Barth Properties rental office was not damaged having suffered only minimal water penetration under the door. With our computer power outlets built into the floor we must dry them out before turning the power back on. Electricity has been restored in Gustavia and Saint Jean with more to come. 25 Quarter restaurant and bar in Gustavia was open last night serving drinks! Bistro Josephine in Gustavia has re-opened for restricted hours. The Commerical port is open and receiving supplies. Roadways are operational. Normal garbage collection has resumed. Internet services are being restored with more coverage with each passing day. Teams are in place and working to restore telephone services. A general sense of normalcy is expected by the end of next week. City water production is underway. More updates as they come in. Stay tuned.

Update 9-10-2017: Pictured: Gustavia Harbor September 10, 2017. Spirits remain strong as demonstrated by a Marching Band who surfaced in the streets yesterday to celebrate that St Barth was spared by Jose which passed to the North providing the residents of St. Barth a well deserved sigh of relief. The French Army has arrived with heavy equipment and supplies. Cleanup efforts continue and the results are immediately visible. The main generators of the power plant remain shut down (not damaged) while necessary steps are taken to prepare to bring them back online. The Collectivity of St. Barth has announced that on Monday September 11 the commercial port will re-open with ships delivering supplies and re-stocks of food, trash pickup will resume island-wide, the incineration plant will go back online and gas will be available to residents to re-fuel vehicles. Thank you to all who have sent their well wishes and concerns. More updates to come.

Update 9-8-2017: We are pleased to share that our entire staff has been accounted for and all are safe. Pictured: Gustavia Harbor September 8, 2017, roughly 72 hours after the peak of the storm. This image shows a plane is landing with supplies, a majority of buildings are intact and recovery and clean up efforts have begun. While work is underway to restore critical infrastructure, communication systems on St Barth are still out with only spotty cellular service just starting to come back up. This continues to limit the efficiency in which we can gather and share information with our clients. As today's photos shows, the sun will shine, the debris will be cleared, repairs will begin and the beautiful island we all love will reveal itself once again. We will continue to provide timely updates as information becomes available. Thank you once again for your patience.

Update 9-7-2017: Thank you to all our friends who have had our beloved island in their thoughts and prayers throughout Hurricane Irma. While we are still assessing Irma's impact, we are grateful to see that the water has receded and that people on the island are checking in on social media saying they are safe. We successfully made arrangements for our clients who were on the island in the last week to leave and be out of harm’s way. St. Barth is resilient and will recover. The French and local Governments possess the resources to assist with a speedy cleanup and path to recovery. Progress will take shape coming days and weeks and we will keep you informed. The entire St. Barth Properties team thanks you for your support.

Peg Walsh
Founder & President