What’s that one place you’ve always wanted to travel to but something has always prevented you from getting there? That place for me was St. Barth’s but that all changed a few weeks ago. While planning a trip to St. Maarten with a close friend, another friend suggested we make a pit stop in St. Barth’s to take part in the festivities for Bucket Regatta.
It was the BEST decision I ever made.
I arrived at the port in Gustavia, I immediately forgot about the treacherous ferry ride there. The surrounding area reminded me a lot of Nice, France. Directly across from the port were high-end luxury stores. You’ll find brands such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari alongside quaint local shops and an amazing gelato shop with a pistachio gelato worth every calorie. I found a curated shop called Carla which carried brands such as Paula Cademartor, Aquazurra, Les Petits Joueurs, and Alvaro. Another great shop worth checking out is Clic Bookstore and Gallery which features books, artwork, and high-end fashion items.
During my time here I stayed at the Villa Lodge in Grand Cul de Sac. The spectacular views of the lapping waves entranced us from our balcony. Grand Cul de Sac is about fifteen minutes away from Gustavia but I believe holds the most spectacular views of St. Barth’s. Our spacious villas were very private, fully loaded, with an outdoor kitchen (and Nespresso machine), hot tub, large balcony, dual sinks, open shower, and tv. Hosts, Amandin and Mary were provided bar none service. Every morning by the pool, there was a spread of fresh pastries, fruits, and coffee. What more could a girl ask for?
SBH is the definition of an adult playground. The nightlife is explosive, from Nikki Beach to the VIP Room, it’s lit. If you’re a dance on table type of gal, there’s a table top waiting for you at Nikki Beach on Sunday and be ready for champagne showers. I highly recommend a bikini and top knot for this party. The vibe parallels to Bagatelle on Sundays but way better, obviously. There were couples with wine glasses in the water. Yea, it’s that kinda party. If you’re looking for a sultry party, Le Ti is your spot. You’ll find a provocative burlesque show, Carnaval dancers, and
You’ll find a provocative burlesque show, Carnaval dancers, and full-blown costume party in which you can participate.
That’s right, grab a costume from Le Ti’s closet dance the night away. If you’re looking for standard nightclub fun, head to the VIP Room! I’ve partied at their Paris location (my fav) and NY (when it existed) I can confidently say I’ve had a great time at each spot. it’s The music is a compilation of Top 40, EDM, Rap, Latin, Reggae. If you have to pick one party, def go with Nikki Beach.
Even though I’m on a forever diet I did indulge a little. Here are a few restaurants to check out:
Shellona– located on Shell Beach. I would suggest eating here during the day to soak up the magnificent views of the beach. The attire is beach chic, wear flats of some sort as the floors are sand unless you eat on the second floor. The juices are a must try, we sampled half of the menu. It was all delicious! There is a killer fruit platter that I highly recommend capping off your meal with.
Le Ti- You can catch more than a show at Le Ti. The menu compiles of some of the best food on the island. Truffle anything here is worth trying.
La Guérite- Upon entering it was as if I was teleported to the Hamptons. Candle lit, with soft music, truffle smells filled the room while I looked on at the yachts docked across the street, ah…. the life. The grilled octopus and pastas are magnifique!
Nikki Beach- Aside from the champagne showers on Sunday, Nikki Beach is an upbeat place to grab a bite. If you love a scene opt for lunch there. You can look on as planes take off and land nearby all while sipping some Rose, define heaven…
Eden Rock- The beach views from Eden Rock is simply breathtaking. Although it’s right next to Nikki, Eden is more of a serene setting. It’s an ideal place for a family meal or business lunch. Try the watermelon goat cheese salad, quinoa salad, and the grilled salmon. The cocktails are also delicious but I topped lunch off with tequila on the rocks. What? I was on vacay!
Le Tamarin– Forget tree houses. Think tree restaurant! Tamarin is a magical jungle. This place reminded me a lot of Tulum as the restaurant feels as if it’s placed in the middle of the jungle! Splurge on the fries and Angus steak. You will not be disappointed. I repeat, you will not be disappointed. Sometimes you just have to go for it.
St. Jean one of the prettiest beaches you’ll ever lay eyes on. It’s comparable to the beaches in Maui or Lanai. When you think of white sandy beaches with with the deepest hues of blue and green, this is that beach IRL.
Shell Beach was featured in my “on the rocks” Insta (@trendmovement) posts. Alongside the beach, you’ll find cacti growing up the mountains. I was in awe of it all, tbh. The beach is literally covered in shells, do not attempt to walk bare feet, it’s painful but perfect for photo ops!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to visit Saline beach but heard it’s one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Tag me in your photos from there if you visit.
Overall, I felt really safe in St. Barth’s, as opposed to other islands in the West Indies. My female friend and I had no reservations walking around at night, anywhere alone. The natives were pretty welcoming and warm which can also be a rarity throughout the Caribbean. I’m West Indian, I can say that!
Getting taxis are not an easy task. It could take up to 30 minutes for a taxi to arrive; I suggest renting a car if you can navigate around the island. But there are no addresses anywhere, good luck.
Visiting during Bucket Regatta was definitely a smart choice since I love a good scene. My assessment is SBH is fun during event otherwise, it’s pretty relaxed with an older crowd and lots of families, keep this in mind when booking your trip. There are no direct flights into St. Barth’s. You have to fly into St Maarten and take a puddle jumper or ferry. Since my friends informed me that the landing in St Barths is pretty rough we opted to take the Voyager which was a terribly bumpy 45-minute ride. I’d highly recommend taking whatever methods you prefer to prevent getting sea sick as the water was very choppy.
St. Barth’s is a magnificent island. It was worth all of the traveling. Parts of the island, including the graveyards, felt surreal. The all white tombstones were drenched with vivid colored flowers. I never thought I would see something so morbid be transformed into such a beautiful thing. While driving throughout the island, the lookout points between mountain peaks seemed more like painting with all of the red roofs and white boats. There was a moment while waiting for the ferry when I took in all of the SBH beauty and felt such inner peace. I realized why all of the locals were so cheerful, they literally live in paradise. It’s a place you’ll have to experience to understand. Xx Sas