ST. BART’S TRAVEL GUIDE
St. Bart‘s (officially Saint Barthélemy, if you want to get French about it) is a truly magical, dreamlike setting.
This little gem in the middle of the Caribbean Sea is our favorite destination every time we want to escape the cold of Europe (or the even colder NYC’s temperatures).
Since many people asked us tips about this Eden-like place during our recent stay on the island we’ve decided to write this St. Bart’s travel guide.
This French isle surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean is famous for its French Chic culture, deserted white-sand beaches, gourmet restaurants and luxury boutiques.
WHERE TO STAY? HOTEL OR VILLA?
This tiny sun-filled getaway is full of amazing retreats so it’s almost an embarrassment of riches.
For the second time in a row we booked our stay at Christopher hotel, a hidden jewel 10 minutes far from the main beaches and 15 from the capital Gustavia.
This 5-stars structure counts 42 rooms all facing the blue of the Ocean, the biggest and most beautiful pool on the island, two restaurants and an exclusive Sisley Spa.
This hotel is the perfect choice for couples and for those looking for total privacy and intimacy.
Groups of friends can also opt for renting one of the numerous and amazing villas available on the islands. Most of the properties are new and modern with dramatic views and infinity pools overlooking the ocean.
There are no good or bad neighborhoods in St. Bart but we suggest you to choose Pointe Milou (the same area of Christopher hotel) if you are looking for total privacy and for the most exclusive properties, Flamand for beach villas and St. Jean if you are a party animal.
All the 22 white, powder-soft sand beaches on the island are easily accessible, public and free.
None of the beaches are not equipped, wild and totally uncrowded but we generally spend our days on Flamand or on St. Jean Beach.
Both these two bays have turquoise,tranquil waters and green hills all around but if the first one is more peaceful and secluded, St. Jean is a diminutive strip of colorful boutiques and beach bars (like the Eden Rock and Nikki Beach) that has been compared to St.-Tropez. This is THE destination if you are looking for fun and socialization.
If Colombier is the most difficult beach to access (20 mins on foot) but it gives you the best sunsets on the island, the most charming beach is certainly Shell beach: a unique place covered of millions of little pink shells.
We really suggest you to have a very light lunch and to accomplish your appetite for dinner.
During our stay we never went for the same restaurant since the offer is very wide and refined.
One of the most exclusive address on the island is definitely On the Rocks, Eden Rock’s hotel restaurant, a chic setting overlooking St. Jean Bay.
All the gourmet fusion dishes are divine but we really suggest you to order the roasted lobster medallion with coconut and lime emulsion.
Romantic dinners take place at Taino Restaurant at Hotel Christopher. Don’t miss to go there before the end of the afternoon in order to enjoy a nice drink by the pool in front of the sunset.
Bonito is a unique experience. If not for the food, Bonito is a must for the fancy atmosphere. A mix of sophisticated interior design, house DJ, extravagant cocktails and a great view overlooking Gustavia makes this place unique.
Our Italian origins never lie so we can’t stay without eating pasta and pizza too long. 🙂
The best places to have Italian food are Isola and Isoletta. If the first one is known for the chic atmosphere and the tasty dishes the second one is a very good and easy pizzeria.
For Asian food stop at Black Ginger, a restaurant that offers you Thai cuisine concocted by a trio of Thai chef, and at Eddy: a mix of French, Creole and Thai influences.
So guys, are you ready to leave for St. Bart?