Le Bulletin August 2015
Amazingly, the calendar tells us it’s August, and we hope you are having a wonderful summer. Fortunately St. Barth weathered both Hurricane Danny and Tropical Storm Erika. We received only some needed rain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the island of Dominica and our hope that all our Caribbean neighbors stay safe this season.
St. Barth has been rocking this month – literally. The annual music festival Summer Sessions is headquartered out of Tom Beach Hotel’s La Plage; owner and “Sessions’ daddy” Thierry de Badereau did a better-than-ever job of bringing in DJs and groups to entertain at venues throughout the island. We are pleased to be a sponsor. Another bevy of musicians including the uber-popular DJ known as The Avener were performing at Carole Gruson’s many venues throughout the month. These events are one more reason to summer on St. Barth. It’s not too soon to book a villa for next August and join the fun.
We are tipping our cap to St. Barth Beach Cleaner. Hired by the Collectivité to keep our gorgeous beaches pristine, they are doing a great job – and we love the pictures on their website.
We’ve set the date – November 12, 2015 – for our annual launch-the-season Soirée. The venue will be the 5 star Hotel Taïwana where drinks and hearty hors d’oeuvres will be served. We will be sending invitations to the Soirée and to our Beaujolais Nouveau celebration on November 18 to all clients visiting St. Barth on those dates. Join us!
I hope to see you on the island, on the beaches and at our parties.
Peg Walsh, President
Villas of St. Barth
We usually reserve this space to welcome new villas, but this month we’d love to reintroduce some popular villas that have been with us for a while. We know you’ll love them!
If you are looking for a romantic rendezvous, consider the charming one bedroom Rocamadour and get more than you “bargained for.” Rocamadour participates in our value-laden Drive, Dine and Relax package and includes a car and dinner prepared and served by a private chef (available through December 15). Chic and modern two bedroom Villas Noé and Roche Fleurie are perfect for sharing with friends. Seeking luxury? Gorgeous three bedroom Villa Mer Soleil is sure to exceed your expectations.
Guests who really want to feel they are on an island will love Villa Birdy. Its magnificent views of the sea are captured in a series of artfully hung mirrors that turn the open living room and its adjoining dining area into an elegant sea-surrounded sanctuary. A sleek modern kitchen is a nice feature for those who enjoy cooking-in. The two en suite (king) bedrooms arelocated on either side of the living room for privacy. The terrace – with its plunge pool ‒ provides another opportunity to savor the view.
Hotels of St. Barth
Our hotel partner Villa-Lodge 4 épices has a terrific special for the month of October (1-31). The boutique guesthouse overlooking the lagoon Grand Cul de Sac accommodations includes one bedroom Lagoon Suites with Jacuzzi and a two bedroom villa (Safran) with an ocean view.
Contact our villa and hotel specialists for rates that include continental breakfast and round-trip transfers.
Is an extended family vacation on your calendar, or would you and your SO love to get away with 22 of your closest friends? Our partner, the Tom Beach Hotel, invites you to create a Villa-age. You can book all 12 of their St. Jean beachfront rooms, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at their feet-in-the-sand restaurant La Plage and belly-up to their Pink Parrot Bar. The Côte d’Azur-like village of St. Jean with all its bistros and boutiques is just a stroll away.
Villa and Hotel Specialist Kathy Schlitzer recently returned from an island inspection trip. We are pleased to share her trip report.
St. Barth Properties is pleased and excited to announce that we are now members of UltraVilla, the first-ever global rental consultancy. Just launched, UltraVilla offers a curated collection of the most exclusive and unique luxury vacation villas, lodges, chalets, urban apartments and resorts handpicked by the world’s best travel specialists. UltraVilla is not a booking website (You’ll still book your St. Barth vacation directly with us.), but we recognize that even our most devoted St. Barth clients also visit other destinations. UltraVilla will give you the opportunity to connect with specialists on those destinations, and they’d be delighted to share their expertise. We want all your vacations to be dream vacations. Take a peek: https://www.ultravilla.com/.
We are continuing the series of our team’s trip reports. We hope you are enjoying them. Read about Connie Walsh’s June trip, with lots of good intel on villas, restaurants and island experiences.
Villa for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Apartment Wahoo – Gustavia
Offered at €2,650,000
Just a short stroll from the waterfront, this luxurious two bedroom apartment has an expansive terrace, with outdoor living and dining space featuring postcard views of Gustavia’s iconic harbor. Indoors there is a living room, a kitchen with a breakfast bar and two bedrooms. Walk to Gustavia’s many shops and restaurants – and to Shell Beach. Private parking for one car in the building’s garage is included.
For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.
It was the BEST vacation of our life. The Villa was better than we had hoped. ... with complete privacy and comfortable in all aspects. We would definitely rent this villa again during our next trip when we bring others. The pool was perfect and a welcome site at the beginning and end of each day. ... we have nothing but high praise for all your staff. It was a worry-free holiday. The pamphlet of the activities and restaurants you provided was extremely helpful. Thanks for all the team did for us.
Guest at Villa Bet Yam