Le Bulletin - July 2014


Villa Venus

We hope you enjoyed the 4th of July holiday, and that you will have the opportunity to spend time and make memories with family and friends over the summer. Why not make those memories on beautiful St. Barth! During my June trip to the island, I was delighted to see families enjoying the beaches together and children happily sampling French food as well as being casual and having fun in St. Barth. The iconic Le Select, famous for its burgers & fries, has been keeping kids – and adults – happy for over 60 years! And everyone loves the pizza at Andy’s Hideaway. For villas with swimming pools that those kids and grandkids will go crazy for, take a peek at our Pinterest Board featuring some of our best. Then contact our villa & hotel specialists at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I hope to see you and your family on the island!

Peg Walsh, President

Villas of St. Barth

We are pleased to welcome the extraordinary Villa Venus to our portfolio!

The Villa Venus experience begins the moment the gate slides open revealing the private road weaving its way along the tropically landscaped grounds under a canopy of trees. The old-world colonial feel is tangible and enchanting. This is a one-of-a kind vacation home. Classic Caribbean in style, stone steps on either side lead to a porticoed entrance that opens to a spacious, breezy living room and beyond to a covered terrace, the pool deck and a sweeping spectacular view of the sea. The living room connects to the kitchen via an interestingly shaped nook that is equipped to serve as an office, butler's pantry and wet bar. The ideally designed compact kitchen is outfitted with high-end appliances and all the tools of the trade. Guests delight in the view of Lorient Bay and the neighboring islets from almost every vantage point. A magnificent oval-shaped infinity pool is the focal point of an expansive bi-level deck that offers ample outdoor living space. Poised at the deck’s edge, a louvered bungalow houses a cool, quiet hideaway for reading, TV viewing or just plain relaxing with your iPad. Venus’s mid-level includes a dining pavilion with a wet bar, food preparation area and a BBQ. Its four bedrooms include three equally sized on the main level offering vistas of the sea. All have king beds and beautifully appointed en suite baths. The fourth en suite king bedroom is privately located below the dining pavilion. It features a separate entrance and adjacent parking.

Hotels of St. Barth

It’s summer so bring the kids to St. Barth! Our villa & hotel specialists have some great hotel recommendations:

The Hotel Guanahani & Spa, in addition to two pools and two beaches, has a comprehensive kids program. There’s Kindergarten for the younger set (2-6 yrs), which provides a taste of French culture and language and loads of fun and games. The Juniors Club for older kids (6-12) offers swimming, water sports and volleyball. Available daily 9-5 with a lunch from the Kid’s Menu at the Indigo Restaurant.

The luxurious beachfront Hotel Taïwana offers a Kids Club throughout the month of August from 3 pm-6 pm daily for children ages 3 and up and a weekly kid’s cooking class. For a great value, book the Family by TAÏWANA PACKAGE, which includes free access to both the club and class; half-board for children up to age 12, including a 3-course meal with a beverage; unlimited access to the mini-bar (water, juice and sodas for the kids and beer and wine for Mom and Dad); a car for the family to explore the island and more. Babysitting is available at a reduced rate. And gorgeous Flamands Beach? Priceless.

Les Ondines Sur La Plage sits right on the beach at Grand Cul de Sac, and the warm, shallow lagoon makes for a perfect swimming hole for kids, especially little ones. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are on-site and complimentary. There is the delightful fish-shaped swimming pool where when you push a button, voilà! you have a waterfall. Each of the spacious suites has a fully equipped kitchen, making it ideal for families. And, oh yes, there is daily maid service.

Lunch with the Kids – St. Barth Style

Head to Grand Cul de Sac for two terrific lunch options where you can enjoy a leisurely and breezy feet-in-the-sand meal (literally) and the kids can swim pre- and post. O’Corail is a classic beach shack facing the lagoon: hamburgers, Mahi-Mahi burgers, salads and fresh fish are all on the menu. Just next door, La Gloriette offers daily blackboard specials that include fresh fish (caught by one of the owners, a professional fisherman), huge delicious salads and Créole specialties. Try the salt-cod fritters. The adjacent Ouanalao Dive Center offers diving excursions, Jet Ski tours and snorkeling as well as the rental of stand-up paddleboards, kayak and paddleboats.

St. Barth Properties News

We’ll be inaugurating the season this year on November 14 with our annual Beachside Soirée at the Hotel Taïwana. Invitations to this elegant private party will be extended to our loyal clients, villa owners and our hotel and island partners. If you have not yet booked your accommodations, mark your calendars and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Then stay tuned for all the exciting details.

Read Connie Walsh’s Trip Report loaded with lots of delicious updates.

Island News

St. Barth Summer Sessions – Don’t forget St. Barth’s sixth annual music festival, which takes place August 4-16. That means twenty concerts, but we all know St. Barth rocks!

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

Villa Au Soleil – Lurin
Offered at €7,950,000

Villa Au Soleil, owned by comedian Steve Martin, is beautifully situated high in the hills of Lurin, offers luxury, ambiance and privacy. This is an ideal vacation home for those who enjoy entertaining. Its gourmet kitchen is adjacent to a formal dining room, and its spacious living room includes a media area. The outdoor living spaces include multiple terraces, sun deck and a spectacular two-tiered infinity pool. Lush tropical gardens with a lily pond and a fountain enhance the rear of the villa and provide a setting for a Balinese-style gazebo. There are four bedrooms with baths en suite featuring outdoor showers and a guest bath. The view is an 180-degree panorama of St. Jean Baie, and the sunsets here are spectacular. The new owner will possess one of the finest homes in St. Barth.

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

Client Tip

The villa (Mon Cheri) is very kid friendly in that we can close a large area and have it air-conditioned. Nice pool and view. We had short walks to Form Fitness most mornings for a workout. Short walk to Santa Fe last night. A quick drive to Gouverneur. The villa is in a great location, has a great setup and great price. We have loved it! And it's our first vacation with a baby. So it’s different than our other 9 visits, but still wonderful.

Brad
Durham, NC
Guests at:
Villa Mon Cheri

Client Accolade

I commend your team on their professionalism, knowledge, courtesy and overall customer service. They earned the accolades and have our eternal gratitude for providing us with another wonderful trip to (St. Barth) our favorite home away from home.

Robert & Jennifer
Guests at:
Villa Au Soleil