Le Bulletin November 2019

Villa Méli Mélo

Our early November arrival in St. Barth began a few weeks of whirlwind activity. Our stay included preseason meetings with island staff and partners and a full agenda of villa and hotel inspections – and “test” dining in the new restaurants. (We loved the quiet ambience of our weeknight seaside dinner at Pearl Beach, and the food was outstanding!)

We participated in the annual St. Barth Gourmet Festival; our dinner at L’Esprit, where chef Philippe Jourdin was the guest of owner and executive chef Jean-Claude Dufour, was an homage to French gastronomy and a unique culinary experience. The festival includes lighthearted activities as well, like a bartenders’ race and special cooking contest, judged by the visiting French chefs, for the island’s young people. Fun!

Amateurs Pastry Competition “Petites toques St Barth”

The Caribbean Journal’s 2019 Caribbean Rum Awards event – held for the first time on St. Barth – was incorporated into the festivities. St. Barth Properties was pleased to be a sponsor.

Everyone’s favorite burger shack, Le Select, celebrated its 70th anniversary, beginning on November 8 and culminating on November 11 with an impromptu concert by Jimmy Buffet. The set included several songs that were special to the island, and he brought the house down with renditions of “Hey Good Looking” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” We had celebrated the November 11 holiday (our Veteran’s Day) sailing and snorkeling with Miguel of St. Barth Sailor and made it back on shore just in time for Jimmy’s concert. What a day!

It was so nice of Jimmy Buffet to surprise us and jump up to start singing a set for all of us on Le Select's 70th Anniversary celebration. I was lucky to have found a small place to sit to be able watch and sing along.

Lastly, our November island time was extra special, as we happily attended the wedding of our colleague Benoit Meesemaecker, St. Barth Properties’ gérant, to his lovely Anne Picard. Felicitations, Benoit and Anne!

Benoit with Anne and his two daughters at the Hôtel de Ville

It’s not too soon to think about vacationing in St. Barth next November, and remember, Value Season pricing is in effect until December 16. Our Villa and Hotel Specialists are eager to hear from you. Contact them via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Peg Walsh, President

P.S. Have you made your Festive Season plans?  Consider Villa Méli Mélo. Hillside in St. Jean, this luxurious three bedroom villa boasts stunning views and an expansive sun-drenched deck – complete with a wow infinity pool. What a place to ring in the new year! We have other perfect-for-you options. Take a look, and then reach out to our villa specialists – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Villas of St. Barth

We are pleased to welcome Villas Always and Silhouette to our portfolio.

Villa Always

Villa Always
Well located in Colombier, this delightful 3 bedroom villa is a perfect spot for a tropical vacation. Its outdoor living space includes a sunny deck with a heated swimming pool, a gazebo offering shade and an eagle’s nest “hideaway” furnished for relaxing and taking in the sweeping views of Gustavia, St. Kitts, Statia, the sunset and the sea. An open floor plan encompasses an air-conditioned living room (with water views), a TV “corner,” a modern kitchen and a dining area. Two equal-sized en suite bedrooms are on one side of the living area. The spacious master suite is housed in a separate pavilion and includes a dressing room. All three bedrooms have a French king-size bed and U.S. satellite service, as well as Apple TV. What’s for breakfast? It’s your choice – La Petite Colombe bakery is only a few minutes away.

Villa Silhouette

Villa Silhouette
This delightful 1) bedroom villa is honeymoon-perfect and leverages its Anse de Cayes location with gorgeous views of St. Barth’s brilliant blue waters. Its sunny deck encompasses a cute-as-a-button outdoor kitchen; well-equipped for cooking and chilling rosé, it also functions nicely as a pool bar. A gazebo, furnished for dining, is next to the plunge pool, and just across there’s a covered, rain-protected sitting area. Glass sliders with screens separate the deck from the air-conditioned bedroom, where a king bed is positioned to take in the view. A built-in armoire and a column of drawers provide plenty of storage, and there’s a desk to set up a laptop. The en suite bath is lovely and spacious. Note: There is an additional outdoor shower. The bedroom’s TV is equipped with Dish Network, and the Sonos sound system has indoor and outdoor speakers. Guests will find an iPad programmed to easily manage all the electronics. The coral Anse des Cayes Beach is a walkable distance via a steep hill.

Hotels of St. Barth

We are delighted to be working again with the charming Les Ondines Sur La Plage. This small family-owned and -operated hotel is poised directly on the shore on Grand Cul de Sac – and it’s perfect for families, especially those with younger children. They’ll love the delightful pool and the private beach’s warm, shallow azure waters. The six suites include one- and two-bedroom options (king and twin beds), which are beachfront or with a pool and garden view. The suites have fully equipped kitchenettes and dining and living areas with terraces. Amenities include Bluetooth sound systems and Netflix. Guests can lounge poolside or seaside on sunbeds, and there’s a little beach bar and boutique. Kayaks and snorkeling equipment are also available for use. Rental includes a full breakfast, to be enjoyed in your suite or at the waterfront dining room.

Les Ondines Sur La Plage

Island & Restaurant News

Restaurants are always news on St. Barth, and there’s been a lot of buzz about Zion, which opened recently in St. Jean’s old Hideaway location. Our team numbers among its fans. Its décor benefited from a complete – a la boho chic – makeover. The inventive menu is just a bit “exotic,” and they offer creative cocktails. Reasonably priced.

A new menu and management team at Gustavia’s Ociela - Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar is a good reason to visit this harborside restaurant. The Mediterranean cuisine has a strong Middle Eastern influence. The harbor view is stunning, and the lower-key vibe is relaxing. If you’re lucky (as we were), you’ll find island crooner Soley strumming his guitar.

The dates for the 2020 St. Barth Gourmet Festival have just been announced: November 11-15, 2020. Mark your calendars.

SBP News

We are pleased to partner this season with the beachfront 5 star Hotel Manapany – on the coral beach of Anse des Cayes – to enhance our clients’ vacation experience. Make a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation (through our concierge desk) at the hotel’s beachfront dining venues and enjoy the following perks:

  • Complimentary use of beach chairs when you make a breakfast or lunch reservation via our concierge desk
  • Complimentary welcome cocktail with any lunch reservation confirmed via our concierge desk
  • Book dinner at Manapany Restaurant through our concierge desk and receive a complimentary glass of Champagne (or equivalent).
  • Receive a 10% discount on treatments at the Dr. Hauschka-branded seaside spa (available by appointment).
  • A gift from the Hotel Manapany


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

Villa Good News – Petit Cul de Sac
Offered at €16,800,000

Located in the gated community of Domaine du Levant, Villa Good News is truly a grande maison! An elegant salon lays claim to a striking ocean panorama. There’s also a petit salon, for reading or TV watching, and an enormous eat-in kitchen. A guest bath is conveniently located just off the salon. The pool terrace features outdoor living spaces, a dining portico, a surround sound music system – and the sound of the surf. Four bedrooms, all with baths en suite, are located on this level; two others are on the lower level, along with an air-conditioned fit-for-an-athlete mini-gym and a state-of-the-art home cinema room. Villa Good News is the perfect villa for owners who love to entertain.

Client Accolade

We had a wonderful vacation! Favorite beach remains Gouverneur – can’t beat the shallow calm waters, all the fish at your feet and snorkeling along the rocks. Our villa was beautiful and one of the best views we have had during any of our stays. The concierge was AMAZING. Our kids will be spoiled with the St. Barth beaches ... American beaches and water just will never compare.… Thanks again for your help, as always!

Hillary, Falling Waters, WV
Guest at Villa Cacao