Le Bulletin February 2016
Bonjour from sunny St. Barth! The island is hopping, and we are delighted to see so many out dining, shopping and enjoying the beaches. My son, St. Barth Properties VP Tom Smyth, and his wife, Amy, are here as well. Empty nesters with two boys in college, they welcome the opportunity to spend more time on the island and interact with our clients. We are all working to make your dream vacation even “dreamier.”
Nautical buffs take note: this year’s famed regatta, the St. Barth Bucket, will be held March 17-20. The world’s most spectacular super yachts will be moored in our little harbor, and bistros like the Baz Bar (where you just might see Jimmy Buffet take the mike for a session) will be “jumping.” On April 11, sailboats and yachts from around the globe will arrive for the 7th edition of the regatta Les Voiles de Saint Barth. This is a fun-filled week concluding with fireworks on the 16th.
I hope to see you on the island!
Peg Walsh, President
PS: Don’t forget that Value Season pricing begins on April 16, and that means savings of up to 30%.
Villas of St. Barth
We are pleased to welcome two superb villas to our portfolio.
A chic, contemporary three bedroom vacation home, Villa Vision is just minutes from the exciting little village of St. Jean. Situated close to the road, it’s handy to all the shops and restaurants and one of the island’s most popular beaches. The views are stunning! The main house includes a sleek kitchen, a living room and an air-conditioned library that works well as a TV room and, with its Murphy bed, provides extra sleeping quarters. There’s a king-bedded master suite, and each of the additional two bedrooms is housed in a separate pavilion looking out to the sea. They, too, have king beds, en suite baths and walk-in closets. An extra-long infinity pool is the focal point of the ample outdoor living space that includes covered dining and sitting areas. Villa Vision is beautifully furnished, and guests enjoy the sound system as they relax and take in the views.
Hillside in Vitet, this two bedroom contemporary villa is an ideal choice for couples to share. The views of the lagoon at Grand Cul de Sac and its mesmerizing colors can be enjoyed from several vantage points including the pool terrace. Ample outdoor living and dining spaces accommodate sun-lovers and shade- seekers alike. The main house encompasses a well-equipped kitchen, bar seating, a living area with loads of glass, an office area and the guest en suite bedroom. The master suite is privately located in a separate pavilion near the pool. Both bedrooms have French king beds and TVs. Villa Monika’s décor is modern throughout, with a cool, crisp white color palette that complements its architectural style and invites relaxation. Apple TV is a nice bonus for evenings in.
We are pleased to announce a rare high-season promotion at one of our prettiest and most romantic properties, Villa Genia. Genia comes with special privileges at the nearby 5 star hotel Le Guanahani. Book seven nights and pay for just six. This offer is available on the following dates: March 1-14 and 20-31. Read more about Villa Genia below and see pictures on our website.
This stylish one-bedroom villa is beautifully situated amidst tropical gardens and within walking distance to two beaches (Grand Cul de Sac and Anse Marechal). Villa Genia has a special relationship with adjacent Le Guanahani hotel and upon arrival, guests are walked over by the villa’s manager for an introduction and the opportunity to set up an account that will allow them to sign for food & beverages and other services. Guests also enjoy the complimentary use of the beach chairs, umbrellas and tennis courts, as available.
It’s romantic en suite bedroom features a king bed and a dressing alcove that would function nicely as a massage nook. The living room and dining area are elegantly decorated with art and antiques The outdoor living space offers al fresco dining and a private pool topped off with a sundeck. There's a pretty view of Grand Cul de Sac.
As of February 22, 2016, the Collectivité has installed and activated a paid parking lot by the ferry dock.
- Valid Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- First 30 minutes and Sundays are free
- First 15 minutes is €.50 (€2 per hour)
- Lost ticket: €46
Hotels of St. Barth
Congratulations to our hotel partner Le Guanahani as they celebrate 30 years of welcoming guests to St. Barth. Established in 1986, they have just completed a $40 million enhancement that includes their new beach bar Mohito (open Thursday, Friday and Saturday). They’ll commemorate their milestone anniversary with loads of special happenings and guest experiences including screenings of 1986 movies on the beach and island explorations in their signature Mini Coopers. Le Guanahani’s culinary offerings include a new Thursday night BBQ. We loved their 30 Fun Facts sheet. Take a look.
La Guérite. Well-known island restaurateur Pascal Ramette, who formerly ran PaCri, has put his stamp on the primo space once occupied by the Wall House. Sleekly reconfigured and renamed La Guérite, the eatery pays homage to a beloved old restaurant on the island of Sainte-Marguerite (near Cannes). Pascal and his partner, David Barokas, together with chef Yannis Kioroglou, offer creative Mediterranean cuisine influenced – and inspired ‒ by Yannis’ Greek heritage and love of the sea. They are open nightly for dinner, and reservations are strongly recommended.
For a review of another new popular island eatery, Carpe Diem, see Peg’s Blog. Our concierge team would be pleased to book you a table at these or any other restaurants.
Villa for Sale by St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Villa Gaiac – Petit Cul de Sac
Offered at $5,800,000
This beautiful and gracious three bedroom villa is located in Petit Cul de Sac’s prestigious gated community Le Domaine Du Levant. The indoor living areas open to a terrace offering poolside living and dining space and a lovely view. All three bedrooms are master-size, with nicely appointed en suite baths. The property has shared ownership of private tennis courts adjacent to the beach below, just a 3 minute walk. As it is set on a spacious lot of more than 6,000 sq. meters, there is ample room to expand.
For access to our entire portfolio of available properties, please visit www.sothebysrealty-stbarth.com.
This was our 9th trip to St. Barth, and of all the villas we’ve stayed in, Grand Galet was our favorite. The views were incredible, and we loved the convenience of walking to Shell Beach and Gustavia. We walked to Choisy for breakfast every morning. Did I mention how much I loved the convenience of this villa???? We really want to reserve it for the same week next year....
Virginia Beach, VA
Guests at Grand Galet