To those looking for a new vacation spot, this small Caribbean island with 3 names should be strongly considered. St. Bart’s, St. Barth’s, or the more proper, Saint Barthélemy, is a ritzy French-speaking paradise that flies under the radar.
The cool kids today would say it’s bougie, but it’s not just the ultra-rich who should vacation here. Being a luxurious destination, there have been a ton of celebrity sightings, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Just like the Amazon logo, St. Bart’s has everything you could ever want from A to Z.
Here are 5 reasons to add St. Bart’s to your travel radar:
St. Bart’s is home to 22 postcard-perfect beaches, but not all are easily accessible. Some can only be reached by boat, making the journey all the more adventurous. Whether or not one decides to accept the challenge of venturing out to the more exclusive beaches, they will not be disappointed either way.
Here are a few to consider:
Colombier Beach – Some would say this is the most beautiful stretch of beaches on the island. This white-sand beach does not connect with any roads, so beachgoers will need to prepare to trek from a trailhead at a small village for about a 30-minute walk on the western end of St. Bart’s.
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Saint-Jean Beach – Perhaps the most conveniently located beach on the island is Saint-Jean Beach. Set near the charming capital city, Gustavia, tourists flock here for a unique experience of watching planes land just steps away! The beach itself is an attraction all on its own, but travelers should know this is not the most peaceful area, as there may be background noise being so close to town.
Gouverneur Beach – Located on the southern cape facing the Atlantic, this gem can be found at the end of a road, making it fairly easy to access. There are no bars or restaurants near here, so vacationers can experience true bliss and relaxation in the crystal blue waters and seemingly untouched sand.
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Endless Food Options
There are over 100 restaurants in St. Bart’s to choose from, ranging from beachside cafes to upscale dining options from Michelin-star chefs. Highly rated places like Le Tamarin and L’Isola offer the best in French and Italian cuisine. While other hotspots such as Nikki Beach and Eden Rock are more for the party vibes.
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Diners also have to option to indulge in the annual St. Barth Gourmet Festival, where world-renowned chefs take part in offering some of the best culinary options on the planet. Taking place since 2014, guests participate in several courses offered on the menu of handcrafted signature dishes.
Visitors to St. Bart’s have many extravagant options to choose from, as there are a dozen 5-star accommodations and over 800 luxe villas. According to the popular travel publication Condé Nast, St. Bart’s is home to the #1 resort in the Caribbean.
Continuing with our beautiful St Barth properties 🌴 🐚 The newly rebuilt Le Sereno offers reimagined rooms, a spa, fitness center, and restaurant. This Christian Liaigre-designed hotel provides instant serenity with 39 airy suites and three elegant villas; ocean views are a must-have amenity. 🦀 Savor just-caught seafood delivered daily by local fisherfolk. With 600 feet of pristine beach at Grand Cul de Sac, you can snorkel, kitesurf, or paddleboard; hike in the luxuriant hills or play tennis with a pro. 🛍 If you need some cosmopolitan sizzle, Saint Bart’s is renowned for its shopping and nightlife. Book with me & you will receive: ✔️Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability ✔️Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (included in rates) ✔️ $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full) ✔️Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability ✔️Complimentary Wi-Fi Interested? Reach out to me! ✉️ [email protected]
Le Sereno is a 5-star hotel situated at the end of a quiet cove with only 39 rooms. This property may be small, but it leaves a lasting impression.
Le Barthélemy is an upscale hotel and spa with every room offering views of the beautiful blue waters of St. Bart’s. Each room is equipped with a bedside Champagne button, which sends a bottle to the room within 10 minutes, guaranteed!
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Cheval-Blanc holds the title of the biggest property on the island with just 61 keys at hand. This immaculate hotel is the only property labeled a palace. The site provides tropical gardens and gorgeous views and is designed for luxury travelers who appreciate privacy.
Vacation with Celebrities
Those who come to St. Bart’s are bound to have a celebrity run-in at some point. Whether staying at a luxury hotel or feasting at a high-end restaurant, it is bound to happen. Many famous people with multiple commas in their bank accounts come to St. Bart’s by yacht.
While an ordinary traveler isn’t likely to arrive this way, the few that may have the privilege can easily spot celebs out on the water too.
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There aren’t many fancy cars available to rent in St. Bart’s, so it’s been common to see the rich and famous blend in amongst the crowd on the streets. Some days it could be as simple as looking over at a stop sign. Bottom line, St. Bart’s is a hotspot for celebrity sightings!
St. Bart’s is uniquely authentic in the sense they don’t have giant corporations. There are no name-brand hotels, Starbucks, or fast food chains to run to for a sense of being back home. Travelers will find themselves embracing the true culture here, whether it’s where they stay, where they eat, or how they get around.
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What makes St. Bart’s special is its steadfast approach to maintaining its identity while also providing world-class hospitality in every sense of the word. Travelers will love being here to the point they’ll forget they need their regular order from Starbucks or the loyalty points from Hilton.
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