Arriving into St Barts is an experience in itself. Surrounded by the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, this tropical island is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean. Flying in a teeny-tiny plane, you will glide over the red roofs dotted around the island and reach the brow of the hill as you are about to land on the second shortest runway in the world. Touching down in St Barts will makes you feel like a celebrity, and once on the ground, you will realise you have landed in complete paradise.
Visitors flock to St Bart's every year to experience the rich French culture and flavour of this uniquely sophisticated chic island. The island is full of fashion icons, designer shops and celebrity visitors. Here are some of the Best Reasons to Visit St Barts.
You can’t help but notice the incredible fashion scene in St Barts. The streets of Gustavia are lined with the best designer shops such as Hermes, Chanel, Cristian Dior, Dolce et Gabana, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. There are also some stunning local boutiques that are worth a visit. Everyone in St Barts seems like a fashion icon, and in the high season, especially at Festive Season, you will see many famous faces modelling the wonderful trends such as Jessica Alba, Beyoncé and a clatter of Victoria Secret models, to name but a few. Celebrity visitors flock to St Bart's to enjoy the ultimate vacation and shopping in St Barts is one of the highlights. Not only will you see fashion in Gustavia and St Jean but you will also see many of high-end restaurants and hotels on the island that often showcase the clothing from their boutiques by having a fashion show at lunchtime. It does encourage you to purchase something after having a few cocktails or a couple of glasses of Rose which is very much the rigour in St Barts!
The Beaches in St Barts are worth a big mention, and you shouldn’t leave this beautiful island without going to some of the best beaches. The most popular is St Jean Beach, which is home to the world-famous Eden Rock Hotel. It is worth noting that many of the luxury villas by Exceptional Villas offer complimentary access to the Eden Rock Hotel. St Jean is one of the focal points of the island and is one of the nicest beaches to visit. It has perfectly white powder like sand and is ideal for swimming year-round. There is a nice selection of restaurants on the beach with Pearl Beach being one of the best for lunchtime dining.
Other beaches that are worth a visit are Gouverneur Beach and Saline beach. Both are relatively close to one another, and they are stunning beaches with white sand and clear waters. It is good to know that these beaches do not have restaurants or bars on the actual beach (although Saline has many in walking distance), but it is nice to bring a cooler and picnic if you plan to spend the day here. Colombier beach is another favourite, and the best part about this beach is that it is quiet, more private and only accessible by foot or by boat. You will see yacht regularly docking at the bay and people swimming to shore to experience this lovely beach. You can also hike here, which is a great thing to do while in St Barts.
The St Barts Restaurants are some of the finest I have ever experienced. No matter what cuisine you are looking for, there is something for every taste bud on the island. Being on a Caribbean Island, you are naturally going to see a lot of seafood and shellfish in many of the local restaurants. Since Air France flies in daily from Paris to the neighbouring island of St Martin, you will find that there is a lot of French cuisine as well as French wines and champagnes. Even though the island is only 8 square miles, it still offers an abundance of varied cuisines including Italian, Thai and Japanese. For some of the best restaurants in St Barts try are Bonito, Black Ginger, Bagatelle, L’Espirit and Nikki Beach especially if you want to soak up the St Barts atmosphere.
The Villas in St Barts are worth a mention; each one is more luxurious than the next. No matter which part of the island you choose to stay on, everything is easily accessible. You simply cannot stay in a “bad location” in St Barts. The villas offer some of the most incredible sea views, and many of the villas include VIP access to the Eden Rock Hotel. Exceptional Villas, one of the world’s leading luxury villa rental companies, offers many villas that include the Eden Rock service, which is a bonus. Click here for more information on the stunning villas.
If you haven’t been to St Bart's, then you need to go. If this stunning island has always been on your bucket list, then make it happen this year.
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