Seen from the sky, the small island shines like a jewel surrounded by pool-blue waters.
Encompassing eight square miles, St. Barth is known as the Caribbean's most elite playground where the rich and famous come to frolick on uncrowded powdery beaches, hike to secret coves, frequent funky winebars and dance the night away. A posh, boho-chic isle with a laidback European-vibe, the capital, Gustavia, sports designer shops, chichi boutiques and architecture that charms.
1. Liquid Love
Tucked away in back of another shop, is the quaint and appealing M’Bolo. Home to a broad selection of rums infused with exotic ingredients straight from their garden, the glass bottles are handblown, making for an attractive and scrumptious souvenir.
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2. Soothe Your Soul
The largest spa on island, the Guanahani Spa by Clarins, features 180-degree ocean and island views alongside open-air relaxation areas, a koi pond, steam bath, outdoor showers and pool. With its charming Creole architecture, soothing colour palette and exceptional service, the spa ensures you leave more serene than you arrived.
3. Secret Beach
There is no better way to discover St. Barth’s many wonderful nooks and crannies than to marche à pied. With many beaches only accessible by boat or foot, like Colombier which offers one of the most impressive panoramas on the island, or the family-friendly La Petite Anse with its protected bay, shallow water and tidal pools, it behooves you to get moving.
4. Creole to Go
Run by a husband and wife team, this local favourite found on the water in Gustavia, whips up tasty Creole dishes that emphasise fresh ingredients and seafood and changes on a daily basis. With the opening of their to-go establishment, aptly named Maya’s To Go, you can grab a delicious dish and eat on the neighbouring beach.
5. Haute Hotel
Located on the beautiful Flamands Beach, Hotel St. Barth Isle de France is a breathtaking blend of sophisticated elegance and beach chic. Sporting vintage French fabrics and individually decorated rooms, the award winning resort is conveniently situated five minutes from both the capital and the airport, making it an ideal spot from which to explore the island. Home to a Molton Brown spa and the divine La case de l’Isle restaurant, it also tempts you to stay put.
6. Deep Fishin’
Reel in some exciting game fishing with Patrick La Place. Seven generations strong in St. Barth’s, he has intimate knowledge of the local waters, which explains his 95 percent success rate. An enthusiastic advocate for marine activities on island, he is the go-to guy for deep-sea fishing.
7. Inter Oceans Museum
Across the street from the beach in Corossol, sits this gem of a museum. As eclectic and interesting as its owner, Ingénu Magras – himself part of the country’s heritage having been born on island in 1921, it boasts over 9,000 exotic shells, preserved fish and other captivating finds from the sea. Definitely worth a wander. Telephone: +590 590 276-297
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