There are many good reasons why the rich and famous flock to the tiny island of Saint Barthélemy to restore and recharge. This charming sun-drenched sea escape offers refined luxury in a relaxed atmosphere, private resorts, intimate beach coves, and plenty of pampering.
Where to Stay
The Eden Roc in St Jean Bay was originally the home of French Caribbean aviator Rémy de Haenen, who opened it to select guests in the 1950s. It quickly became the preferred hideaway for celebrities, including fellow aviator Howard Hughes, actress Greta Garbo, author Gore Vidal, Baron Rothschild, and David & Peggy Rockefeller, among others. This tradition continues with many celebrities making the Eden Roc their base in St Barts.
Swim with turtles at Le Barthélemy on Grand Cul-De-Sac Beach, one of the island’s best spots for snorkeling and other watersports. The resort offers a combination of rooms and villas. It also features La Spa de la Mer and fine dining.
Whether you book a room, a suite or a villa, the Cheval Blanc is a heavenly resort which offers guests privacy, luxury, culinary delights, and a host of unique experiences.
Or rent a villa to indulge in all the beauty of St. Barts from your private hideaway.
Where to Dine
If you’re in the mood for exceptional French-Caribbean fusion cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, make a reservation at Orega in Gustavia.
Bonito offers a view of the harbour and a comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy the delectable Pan-American cuisine prepared by its master chefs in an open kitchen.
You’ll find a veritable garden of delights at the casual chic Le Tamarin. Or enjoy the Caribbean delicacies on offer during a weekend brunch at Nikki Beach.
What to Do
Water, water everywhere, and you can enjoy it all. From a wide variety of watersports to lounging on the sand with a cool drink, St Barts offers myriad possibilities to fit your mood in its beautiful beaches and coves.
Take a hike to the natural pools of Grand Fond and Petit Cul-de-Sac, and spend the day in your delightful blue lagoon. You’ll want to wear water shoes as the terrain on these hikes can be rocky, and sea urchins are plentiful.
For a memorable morning, start early to avoid the heat, and make the 20-minute Colombier hike to a breathtaking secluded beach on the South side. There are two paths to follow. One is rugged and steep, while the other follows the island's contours.
Rent a yacht to explore the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic. Ask your yacht’s captain to take you to Colombier by the water, where you can snorkel, dive, or just relax and dip your toes from the deck.
Go strolling through Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts, which wraps around the harbour. Shop at the boutiques and art galleries in the afternoon. You can update your St Barts wardrobe with a unique French-Caribbean style at Lolita Jaca. Find a bit of history by exploring the ruins of Fort Gustave or Fort Karl. Visit the Wall House Museum and don’t miss the Vieux Clocher. Stop by one of the many restaurants and bars in town, and enjoy the nightlife.
Visit the village of St Jean near the island's airport for more luxury shopping and dining. St Jean Beach also offers a natural coral reef and pristine sands.
The Jet Set Island
Saint Barthélemy truly is the treasure island of the jet-set, and booking a private flight is the best way to get there, avoiding the hassles of multiple connections or long inter-island ferries. With the help of your LunaJets advisor, you can book a direct flight to St Barts on a jet suited to your needs so you can spend more time basking in the sunshine.