Le Bulletin - May 2013
I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends! I am sure, like all of us at St. Barth Properties, your thoughts were with our servicemen and servicewomen – those who are no longer with us and those who bravely defend us today. May is also such a family month and ours had a plethora of graduating grandkids, with more to come. We are so proud!
I’m now back on Cape Cod (sort of). Last week I made a 4-day zip-trip with our marketing associate and “scribe” Connie Walsh to plan for our next edition of Live Your Dream®. It will celebrate SBP’s 25th Anniversary and we are very excited. We did some fascinating interviews that all of our fashionista clients should find very interesting, and we indulged in a bit of retail therapy ourselves. The soldes were on!
Connie had her spree at Longchamps, and I stopped in at one of my favorite boutiques, Mascara, to buy a jacket I’d had my eye on and wound up buying two. Trying to be good, I passed on the purchase of a gorgeous ostrich purse.
I’ll be back on the island next week with hotel and villa specialist Kathy and our U.S. concierge Julia as we reinspect villas and prepare for next season, which will be here before we know it. Meanwhile, the island is quiet and lovely, and don’t forget, Value Season pricing is in effect all summer. Our hotel partner Les Îlets de la Plage has come up with 10 Great Reasons to visit St. Barth in the summer. Take a read in our hotel section.
I hope to see you on the island!
Peg Walsh, President
Villas of St. Barth
Privately located in the gated community of Domaine du Levant, this lovely 4 bedroom villa offers a wonderful vacation experience for families or friends. An oversized swimming pool (19.7' x 68.9') is the focal point of a terrace that affords loads of outdoor living space including a portico’d dining area. Guests enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the blue waters of Petit Cul de Sac, rolling hills and even a goat or two! Its country French décor works beautifully: white stucco walls, rattan rockers and comfy couches upholstered in soft pastels that pick up the colors in the framed impressionist paintings. Here an antique armoire, there a lovely old console table and a bit of unique bric-à-brac all contribute to the special ambiance.A nicely sized galley-style kitchen is well-equipped for cooking in. A guest bath is tucked away off the living area. The décor of the four spacious and gaily painted bedrooms invoke a comfortable Provencal villa and French doors open on to the sunny terrace. All have king beds, en suite baths with private WCs; TVs with U.S. satellite service; and a view of the sea. Two of the bedrooms are situated on either side of the living room, and each has the option to connect for families. However a double set of doors allows for the privacy that sharing couples seek. Tennis privileges at the Domaine’s two courts are available. This is a non-smoking villa.
Hillside in Devé, the distinctive Villa Nahma, inspired by Thailand’s famous Jim Thompson House, is boasting a unique new bedroom. Housed in a gently rounded bungalow, it is nicely secluded on a lower level opposite the main house and accessed via a short path and a set of stone steps. A romantic 4-poster draped king bed provides a dramatic focal point and book-lined shelves offer a contemplative ambiance; a TV provides some in-room entertainment. A little “kitchen nook” holds a mini-fridge and the all-important Nespresso machine for morning java. The en suite bath features a double vanity, an oversized glass shower and a private WC. A door leads to a very private terrace.Villa Nahma now has four bedrooms, all with baths en suite.
This deliciously private two-villa compound has just upped its luxury quotient, joining SBP’s Grand Cru villa collection. Guests will now enjoy the delivery of a breakfast of fresh fruit and French pastries, turndown service and other amenities. Villa Casa del Mar has six en suite bedrooms, two pools and boasts a tropical garden setting and panoramic views. Fitness and media rooms are just a few of the special features: St. Barth villa lifestyle at its finest.
Hotels of St. Barth
It’s not too often that you find a hotel that is romantic enough for honeymooners but also just perfect for families. Les Îlets de la Plage fills the bill, and as this petite cottage colony is tucked away in the far corner of sexy and happening St. Jean Beach, hipsters couldn’t be happier. The eleven bungalow-style villas include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options. Some are directly on the beach and others are nestled in a tropical garden that includes a pool. Fully-equipped kitchenettes, spacious open-sided living areas and terraces are all part of the vacation-equation and kids would just adore it. And as a special treat you will awaken each morning to fresh pastries delivered to your doorstep. Put the coffee on and enjoy a quiet laid-back day or head out to the nearby bistros and boutiques.
Les Îlets has given us 10 Great Reasons to visit St. Barth in the summer. Sound dreamy?
- You can participate in authentic island life at our festivals, like Gustavia Day and St. Barth’s Saint Day.
- Music! The Fete de la Musique in June, July’s Jam Music Festival and August’s Summer Sessions.
- Shopping! The hugely anticipated summer sales are on in August, featuring international designers and local originals – and fashion shows.
- The same beautiful beaches and wonderful weather you’ve come to expect but with a fraction of the crowds. If you’ve never seen the island except in High Season, you’re in for a treat.
- The same great Les Ilets villas you love at lower prices.
- A table at your favorite restaurant without having to book a zillion years ahead!
- Sporting activities that aren’t available at other times of the year: summer yoga camps, tennis competitions and the much-loved Caribbean Soccer Stars.
- The sun dawns about 5:15 am and sets at 7:15 pm. Enjoy 2 extra hours of sunny St. Barth!
- The water is even warmer. How about that!
- Best of all, you can actually park in Gustavia. Hooray!
We were sorry to hear that Le Bistroy has closed, and we wish Jean-Claude well in his new endeavors.
PaCri, in residence this past season at Hotel Taïwana’s beachfront dining venue, has packed up its pots and pans and departed. We are waiting to hear where the popular Italian ristorante will settle in. We love their pasta dishes! Meanwhile, Taïwana Restaurant remains open for lunch over the summer, and will be creating a new dinner menu under its own “brand.” And if it’s as yummy as their lunch menu, we are all in for a treat.
à la carte St. Barth. What’s that? A cool as a cucumber new website www.alacarte-stbarth.com that provides menus for some of the island’s best restos. From the comfort of your poolside chaise, check out your dining options and then call our concierge office for a reservation. Like it?
Villa for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Villa Enfin – Petite Saline
Offered at $3,550,000
This perennially popular villa, perched on one of St. Barth’s highest points, offers panoramic views in multiple directions from every vantage point. The main house is at pool level and includes a well-equipped kitchen and living and dining areas. Each of the 3 king bedrooms, with baths en suite, is housed in a separate pavilion. A rear terrace, overlooking Grand Fond, is perfect for dining al fresco, and an additional private deck features a Jacuzzi. The ultimate vacation home!
For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.
We love Le Carré for dinner; this trip we tried it for lunch. Delicious, and we were amazed at the reasonable prices. Next trip we plan to try it for breakfast, too. Michael
Guest at Villa Everest
We love the house! The week is going much too fast. We would like to rebook for the same week next year. Diane
Guest at Villa Sunrise-Sunset