The island of St Barths is one of our favorite winter retreats. Here is an update on some of the latest happenings on the island…
St Barths is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. With over 60 restaurants packed into its compact 8 miles, you’ll have no difficulty finding new and exciting places to try out every day. Long time favs like Maya’s, the Hideaway, Sante Fe, Do Brazil and La Gloriette all have their fans. Here is a quick take on two newcomers.
25 Quarter: The pop art inspired bar opened up in the space formerly occupied by Monbarth in Gustavia, and the year before that by Rhum St Barth. It advertises exciting “street food” like finger food tacos and sliders.
Carpe Diem: A bit of Italy has been found its way to the La Pointe area of Gustavia, in the space formerly occupied by Le Ti Zouk. This is a simple restaurant with Italian dishes like beef carpaccio , burratina with sausages, and zucchini soup for starters. For main courses, several varieties of pasta, with different sauces, and the ability to choose the portion size. A good value.
Best times to go
New Year: Think multi-course dinners, champagne toasts, moonlight on the calm ocean, fireworks over the harbor in Gustavia, parties on the yachts tied up to the quai, live music in the streets and in many restaurants, a moveable feast for the eyes and senses.
Carnaval: Feb 9, 2016. An intimate fun version of Mardi Gras
Bucket Regatta: March 17-20, 2016. See some of the most elegant and impressive large sailing boats (100+’ in length) in the world compete for the celebrated Bucket cup.
Les Voiles de St Barths Regatta: April 11-16
Where to stay
St Barths has several top notch hotels, and for those of you visiting St Barths for the first time, that may fit your comfort zone. Repeat visitors to the island quickly figure out that the island’s private villas can offer more space, privacy and value than a comparable number of hotel rooms. If you are game to try a villa rental, we recommend that you contact WIMCO Villas, a company we have used for several of our vacations. Their reservations office in the US will help guide you to a villa that best suites your needs, and then their on-island concierge team will take care of your every need during your vacation.
WIMCO has some excellent villas still available for New Years week, call for details.
Links to a sampling of villas is included below:
5+ bedroom villas
WV CML http://www.des08.com/t/
$89,950/week – *10 night min
WV BWH http://www.des08.com/t/
WV STR http://www.des08.com/t/
$80,000/week – *7 night min.
WV WAY http://www.des08.com/t/
3 & 4 bedroom villas
WV PEK http://www.des08.com/t/
$39,500/week – *10 night min
WV COS http://www.des08.com/t/
WV HCH http://www.des08.com/t/
1 & 2 bedroom villas
WV ATO http://www.des08.com/t/
WV TED http://www.des08.com/t/
$21,620/week – *10 night min.
WV BBE http://www.des08.com/t/
$7,000/week – *12 night min.