Le Bulletin - June 2013
Summer is officially here! Of course it’s always “summer” on St. Barth, yet we have so many clients who enjoy the quiet that June, July and August offers. They skip the round of theme park visits, the tent at the campground or that old familiar cottage at the lake and arrive with a Kindle “full of books” and an agenda that includes pure relaxation and well, luxury, at a great price. These are the folks that are in on the secret: St. Barth is very affordable in the summer. The breezes are delightful, the water warmer than ever and the poolside lounge chairs await. See what we have “on sale” this summer in our villa section and visit the hotel section of our website for details of some fabulous packages.
I was on the island earlier this month but alas, not to relax. Travel, like fashion is one season ahead, so joined by some of our U.S.-based team members, I was in planning mode for High Season. Villa specialist, Kathy Schlitzer, had her clients’ wish lists in hand as she inspected the new villas in our portfolio and revisited properties for the all-important quality control. Don’t miss Kathy’s trip report. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Concierge Julia Hurd paired up with her island-based counterpart Magda Votava to meet with our island vendor partners. These ladies are a dynamic duo! Julia will be sharing details of her trip in one of my upcoming blogs. Stay tuned.
Enjoy your summer, and I hope to see you on the island!
Peg Walsh, President
Villas of St. Barth
We are pleased to welcome Villa Ephémère to our portfolio.
Location, location and a view is a variation on the old bon mot that suits the very private two bedroom Villa Ephémère. Just a five-minute drive from the bustling harborside little capital of Gustavia and sexy St. Jean Beach, it boasts a 180° ocean view. The main house includes a spacious living room, a sleek, efficient kitchen, indoor dining and the master bedroom (king) with an en suite bath featuring a walk-in rain shower. The 2nd bedroom (king/twin) is housed in a separate pavilion with en suite bath. Both bedrooms open on to the pool, its terrace and the sundeck. The swimming pool is perfect for a toes-up float as it provides a dramatic view. The outdoor living spaces include a dining gazebo that makes poolside BBQs ideal.
Villa Noé — 30% off on NEW bookings for stays through December 14, 2013.
This spectacular two bedroom villa poised on Toiny’s rocky coast boasts fabulous views of St. Kitts and Nevis, trade winds and the sound of the surf. The modern architecture is eye-popping and complemented by a chic minimalist décor with a striking white-on-white color palette. The sleek kitchen contains everything a gourmet cook could want. Two king bedrooms, both with baths en suite, have access to the terrace via sliders and panoramic views. The master suite is housed in a separate pavilion and boasts a generously sized dressing room and interesting accent pieces that add to the ambience. Noé is a true luxury vacation home and offers every amenity. It is fully air-conditioned, and its large infinity pool is solar heated
Vila Royal Palm — 12% off NEW bookings valid for stays through September 30, 2013
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, its open floor plan 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 it perfect for couples to share. Ligne St. Barth spa services are available in-villa so plan on booking a few massages. Royal Palm offers the villa lifestyle at its best!
Hotels of St. Barth
The Hotel St. Barth Isle de France is offering its Ultimate Spa Special through August 31, 2013. It can be booked for either 5 or 7 nights, and you can divide your days between beach time at the beautiful Flamands and a daily spa treatment. Massages, facials and the favorite indulgence – a mani-pedi – are all on the spa menu. Dinner upon arrival is included as is one of their celebrated lunches plus a car to explore the island. Our hotel specialists have all the details.
The Hotel Guanahani & Spa is also offering a divine spa package aptly named Blissful, and in addition to loads of decadent treatments, it includes lunches, dinners, cocktails and more. And, back by popular demand, it’s priced at their special summer “exchange rate”: one dollar = one euro. Available through August 31, 2013.
August 3-15 St. Barth Rocks celebrates its 5th anniversary with 13 Days of Music in August. More than 30 musicians from 7 different countries! And 40 concerts in 17 venues across the island!!
Langouste. Tuesday night is lobster night at La Plage. And the best way to enjoy them is just steps from where they swim at St. Jean’s Beach. The Tom Beach Hotel’s restaurant is both hip and romantic and a favorite of island residents and visitors alike. And the langouste is yummy. We are happy to report the Wall House will be open all summer except Sundays.
Villa for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Villa A Bientôt – Toiny
Offered at € 2,850,000
Ensconced in the craggy and dramatic Toiny hillside, the very private two bedroom villa leverages its location and captures the gentle trade winds, the sounds of the surf and a gorgeous seascape. A one-level open floor plan includes living and dining areas designed for comfort and to capture the view as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a bar. The two bedrooms located on either end of the villa afford lovely water views. The pool terrace offers ample space for sun bathers and shade seekers.
For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.
Le Gaïac at Hotel Le Toiny. We loved the food and atmosphere, the breeze, sound of the ocean and the view of the stars. The food was unbelievable and the staff recommended outstanding wine pairings. This was our favorite dining experience
Guest at Villa Agave Azul
We loved our stay and have so many wonderful memories. We hope to return soon!
Guest at Villa Enfin