Le Bulletin - March 2014
I just got back to St. Barth from Charleston, S.C., where Condé Nast Traveler magazine held this year’s annual Summit with the top Villa and Travel Specialists in the world. I am fortunate to be named the Villa Specialist for St. Barth and actually received a plug in their March issue. We exchanged many ideas about the trends in travel. I was a bit overwhelmed at all of the new techie stuff that is available to us should we choose to become more digital. I myself prefer the personal touch.
Has the polar vortex got you spinning? We know everyone has about had it with shivering and shoveling this winter and we are delighted to be booking spring breaks earlier than usual. See below for new villas we have included in our portfolio, all near gorgeous Gouverneur Beach, and visit our hotel website for the latest value-laden packages. Our villa and hotel specialists would be delighted to help you book. Then come visit St. Barth! The only thing swirling here are the beautiful turquoise waters off our pristine beaches.
I hope to see you on the island!
Peg Walsh, President
Villas of St. Barth
We are pleased to welcome the following villas to our portfolio. Close to Gouverneur Beach, they will have special appeal to those who love to spend time on the island’s quieter, undeveloped beaches, yet the bustle and fun of Gustavia is just a short drive. Parfait.
Villa Mirage (3 bedrooms)
This striking, spacious villa features a spectacular designer kitchen and a dining area in the center of an open floor plan and is furnished with a chic mix of contemporary and traditional décor. The three en suite bedrooms have beautiful 4-poster mahogany king beds with water views. The villa’s focal point is the lower-level’s oversized infinity pool that appears to flow into the sea. A mirage! The expansive deck provides loads of outdoor living and entertaining space and features. There are breathtaking views throughout.
Villa Reflet de la Mer (2 bedrooms)
This gorgeous villa offers a contemporary take on traditional West Indies architecture with a breathtaking view of Gouverneur Beach and its verdant hillsides as well as a peek at neighboring islands. A kitchen that could serve as a Food Network set and a living room that does double duty as a home cinema courtesy of an oversized HD-TV and a surround sound system are just two of many special features that include a mini-gym and sauna. The pièce de résistance is its extra-large pool, and it its adjacent portico’d dining terrace is ideal for twilight suppers.
Villa Le Boudoir (1 bedroom)
Oh là là! Villa Boudoir, with its one gorgeously bedecked bedroom, is all that the name implies. Essentially a (very sexy) studio, Villa Boudoir’s dramatic black, white and gold décor and elegant chandelier invoke mid-century Hollywood-style glam with the focal point a 4-poster king-size bed. The sumptuous en suite bath includes a gold claw-foot soaking tub, a pair of onyx-black sinks and a rain-head shower tucked away behind an alcove. A compact, open-air kitchenette with a bar is located on the pool terrace and is adjacent to a covered à deux dining spot. The circular pool with tiered bench seating and a gold-tiled floor is designed for lolling lovers. A lovely view of the sea is framed by palm trees.
Gustavia. What to do, what to do . . .
An added benefit of being so close to St. Barth’s harbor side capital, Gustavia, is that it’s vacation-easy for quick trips to enjoy its shops, restaurants and people-watching opportunities. Here’s our top-10 Gustavia faves. What are yours? We’d love to hear from you!
- A burger and a cold Carib at the iconic Le Select. Tell nonagenarian (90+!) owner Marius we said, hey.
- Swim at Shell Beach late afternoon with the locals. Stay on for a sunset cocktail at the beachfront Dõ Brazil.
- Treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Go organic at I by IDALMI.
- Shop till you drop at the St. Barth boutiques. For beautiful baubles, stop in at NG création – and see what owner Nathalie Gumbs has crafted this year for her signature piece.
- Cool off with a mid-afternoon ice cream sundae at Le Carré Lounge – then more shopping.
- Have a long, leisurely massage at Venus Health & Beauty Spa.
- Discover a different side of Gustavia and its Swedish history on a cultural walking tour with Hélène Bernier of Easy Time Tours. Our concierge will be happy to book it for you.
- Stop in Cellier du Gouverneur, Gustavia’s premier wine shop. Thierry and Frederic will be pleased to help you choose a bottle of fine French wine or a Jeroboam of Bollinger. Enjoy!
- Visit the Wall House Museum on the harbor to view fascinating artifacts of old St. Barth.
- Stroll the harbor and see what yachts are moored. Stop in at St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Office and say Bonjour!
Hotels of St. Barth
Visiting fashionistas put the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France on your shopping list. In addition to movie star–worthy pieces from international designers, its boutique carries local and super-chic creations from Claire Mercier, Alessandra N, Pop St. Barth. There’s more! A poolside fashion show every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm (stop in for a glass of bubbly!) and every day at lunch.
Easy St. Barth
Perennial island favorite Pipiri Palace has a new owner (congrats to Rod Raveloson). This charming restaurant with its fabulous food and friendly service remains as wonderful as when former owner Pierrot and his lovely wife Régine ran things. They fed a generation of St. Barth visitors and are remembered fondly. If you haven’t been, put it on your list and try the ribs – it’s their specialty.
Congrats to Benoit, Florence and Cécile as well: They have taken over one of the most atmospheric spots in Gustavia (formerly B4), renamed it Ocean and have created quite a splash (!) The specialty is the island’s fresh fish. A nice addition is the €18 buffet lunch, so you can pop in and quickly get back to shopping or head to the beach with your book.
March 27-30 — St. Barth Bucket – This 3-day regatta boasts the world’s most fabulous yachts.
April 14-19 —Les Voiles de St. Barth –A delightful regatta with sailboats and maxi yachts from around the world.
Villa for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Bet Yam – Toiny
Offered at € 2,400,000
This stylish contemporary 2 bedroom villa (plus mezzanine) is an ideal tropical getaway and would have great appeal for those who look to relax – and to entertain. The breezy open floor plan includes living and dining areas and a sleek stainless kitchen, while the pool deck provides ample outdoor living space. It’s enhanced at night with dramatic lighting. This main level also features an office area and a guest bath. The two bedrooms are situated for privacy and both have beautifully appointed en suite baths. The villa’s location offers some nice options for walking or jogging from Toiny to Grand Frond, including to Hotel Le Toiny and its acclaimed restaurant.
For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.
...Nikki Beach was wonderful and we loved walking (from Villa Mon Cheri) to Santa Fe; it’s our favorite restaurant. George – Guest at Villa Mon Cheri
Agave Azul is the nicest villa we have used in our five trips to the island. Fantastic view, quiet, lots of room, great pool and kitchen.
John – Guest at Villa Agave Azul