May 29, 2020

15 Magnificent Beaches

St Barts Beaches  For a small island, St. Barths has a wide variety of beaches, all of which are open to the public and all of which are lined with beautiful white sand. Here you will find the typical Caribbean resort beaches with their hotels, restaurants and watersports centers, but also some hidden strands inhabited mostly by locals, celebrities -- or nobody at all. We highly suggest renting a car in St Barts in order to see as many of St Bart’s beaches as possible.


Experts disagree on how many technical beaches there are, but we counted 17 beaches in St. Barts, some much more impressive than others. Here is our list of best St Barts beaches not to miss ! Many of the beaches in St. Barts are located behind private property or have limited public access, however, by law all beaches in St. Barths are public. St. Barts irregular coastline creates scores of lagoons protected from the coast leeward moors of fine sand, calm inlets, turbulent bays and many golden sand beaches. 

Some beaches require a ride down an unpaved road, a boat ride, or a short hike, but all are worth the trip. A trip to Saint Barthélemy is filled with the excitement of travel and a sense of adventure. Yet all traveling comes with certain risks that can be avoided by following a few simple suggestions.  The image of the “Caribbean” has always evoked the dream of living under the tropical sun all year long, but you must protect yourself! In order to make the most of your vacation on our island, be sure to dress in lightweight clothing. You should also always wear sunscreen (cream or oil) with a high level of protection (40 + SPF) to protect you as best as possible from the aggressive rays of the sun. A hat or a cap is also a good means of protection, because even when you are not on the beach, your face remains exposed to the hot sun. Please remember that access to the beach is prohibited for all animals, for reasons of public health.
Photo: Pierre CARREAU

Colombier Beach   Photo:   Alexia DEBOIT 


Corossol Beach  Fabienne MAGRAS

 

Gouverneur Beach   Photo Julio LEDEE

Grand Cul De Sac Beach  Photo: Angelo MAGRAS


Lorient Beach   Photo: Fabienne MAGRAS

Grand Fond Beach        Photo: Fabienne MAGRAS

           

Marigot Beach      Photo: Pierre CARREAU



Petit Cul de Sac.    Photo: Fabienne MAGRAS


 

Saline Beach      Photo: Julio LEDEE 

St Jean Beach.     Photo: Catherine FOLETTE

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Toiny Beach.       Photo:  Marc GREY

Anse Des Cayes    Photo: Angélo MAGRAS

Shell Beach.        Photo: Marc GREY

     




May 27, 2020

Halipop St-Barth

You're not going to leave your kids at home while you go on vacation, are you? Then you should know that in St. Barts, children are welcome. We have various facilities here to accommodate your toddlers. We have decided to show you one of them. It is Halipop St. Barths. 




Halima arrived in Saint Barths in 2012, while waiting to create her small structure, she worked in catering and for other companies specialising in this sector of activity, early childhood and baby-sitting. Throughout this period, she had the opportunity to establish contacts with Villa managers and hotels on the island. And so in 2017, she created her structure.



Halipop St-Barth, is not a concierge service for children, but a service dedicated to children. A full babysitting service in St.Barts. Halima puts all its know-how and imagination to work in order to offer adapted solutions so that all families can enjoy a good holiday. Its mission is to put stars in children's eyes and fill their holidays with laughter and joy. She accompanies the children at their own pace, cultivating their curiosity and wonder by being caring and attentive. The safety of the children is a priority for her. Halima is available for regular and punctual babysitting at the parents' residences in Saint-Barth, hotels or So, if you too during your holidays in Saint-Barth, you would like your children to enjoy, play, wake up, paint, discover the animals of the island or simply be accompanied by a chic and choc choc nanny while you enjoy your boat trip with friends. So remember to book her services. Contact us , we will put you in touch with her.









May 27, 2020

Santa Fe Restaurant

A beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea, a little breath of fresh air, silence interspersed with birdsong. Moments of happiness in beautiful appetizing plates and art on the wall. Without a doubt, you are in Santa-Fe. 





At the age of thirty, David arrives in Saint-Barth and starts as a delivery driver for the Choisy bakery. This position allows him to meet many chefs, as he delivers to the island's hotels and restaurants. Sometimes, he works extra hours in different restaurants and befriends some chefs and restaurant managers. One thing leading to another, he became a waiter and then room manager at the Santa-Fe, one of the oldest restaurants in Saint-Barth, much appreciated for its extraordinary setting and authenticity. Then, he moved on to the Sereno as maître d'hôtel! But his career didn't stop there. While he was quietly drinking a coffee at DoBrazil, he met the owner who offered him a job. He starts as a waiter and some time later, of course, he takes over the management of the restaurant which he will run for almost ten years! The DoBrazil changes owner and David changes sign. He interspersed two years at the very "select" Nikki Beach as head chef.


After more than fifteen years of working for others, he finally has the opportunity to become self-employed. Chance or coincidence, it is the former manager and the owners of Santa-Fe who ask him if he would agree to take over the management of their establishment. It's a return to his roots for him. He accepts without discussion and immediately gets down to work.

It is a friendly and family restaurant that has managed to remain on a human scale and we come here above all to do ourselves good! To be at Santa-Fe, is to disconnect temporarily in a place that would be at the same time, at the sea, in the countryside and in the mountains. If David particularly wanted to take back the Santa-Fe, it's simply because the place is magic and that he has the particularity to be far from everything ! When you drive past it, you don't suspect for a second that it has two terraces with a breathtaking view of the sea. Authenticity and simplicity combined in a natural setting, it is for these same reasons that David did not hesitate for a single moment to embark on this beautiful adventure. So, as far as the menu is concerned, we leave you the first discovery! But, to whet your appetite, know that one of the must of Santa-Fe is "homemade octopus, blanched and grilled with a little Espelette chilli pepper"! (free version)


And if you're wondering whose paintings you can see on the Santa Fe wall... well, Olivia Lerolle is the creator of these. We told you about her last week in our article about her. We invite you to read it or reread it. If you'd like to reserve a table at the Santa-Fe, contact us, we'll be happy to arrange it for you. 

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May 27, 2020

Extraordinary investment

Timeless and grand in its handsome design, Villa JOY has six en suite bedrooms. That dual character is thanks in part to the designer’s abundant use of warm-toned tropical wood for the walls, ceilings, and floors. This alone makes Villa JOY a special rarity on St. Barth


        


A deck that runs the length of the house features an extra-long and heated infinity pool with the impressive views over Marigot Bay. It’s the focal point of the outdoor living space that includes a portico sheltering a conversation area and a dining table with seating for fourteen. A BBQ and food prep area are tucked away in the corner, at-the-ready.


         


Each of the six minimalist but stylish bedrooms is ensuite, and five have king-size beds. The master bedroom is on the main level, off the living room, and has its own entrance from the pool deck, as well as his and hers walk-in closets and indoor and outdoor rain showers. Two of the lesser bedrooms are downstairs on the lower level of this main building, along with the cinema, gym, and hammam. 

Villa JOY’s contemporary architecture and décor are complemented with an homage to mid-century movie stars. Stylized drawings and framed black and white photos of Marilyn or Frank appear playfully throughout.This magnificent property is available for sale, its price only on request 




















                                                                            



















May 27, 2020

The Carnival of St. Barth

As every year, in the streets of Gustavia, on Carnival Day, it is the festival of locals, seasonal workers and tourists who also come every year especially for the occasion. Seasonal workers also take the opportunity to take part in this parade through the streets of Gustavia.





There were eleven local groups this year, Les tambours de la Pointe en mouvement opened the parade followed by Les Caribbean Girls, Les Pinneapple Girls, Ti Ouana Salsa, Cho Douvan (Ascco), The Youngz in duet with Steve & Friends, the seasonal workers of Nikki Beach (a kind of formation in the line of Burning Man with a Mad Max style mix). We will also note the arrival of some new members such as: Public Secret, the theatre and singing association SB Artists and trio. This year, we note the absence of the Agirep group.








In short, on the tanks, no less than 300 people in disguise participated in making this parade richly coloured, very attractive. The procession started at Public at 2:30 pm to reach the Pointe and then turn around. It was in the late evening that the calm gradually returned to Gustavia until the next day or from La Pointe, Vaval left to the sound of the drums of The Youngz and the Pointe moving towards Shell Beach for its traditional Bruler Vaval at 9:30 pm.

Many people to admire the floats and also to parade through the streets of Gustavia in a good mood and with joy. As for security, it was well organized and there were no incidents to report. In short, it was a very pleasant carnival. A big thank you to Alexandre Peter for sharing with us some pictures of this Carnival 2019.




Photo:  Alexandre Peter









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