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Trip Report to St Barthelemy

By Ellen Caywood
November 28 – December 3 2006

The Island

St Barts Trip Report

Beaches

Just as everyone has said, St Barts is a beautiful island with its high green mountains, bright blue water, and yellow sand beaches. What I really noticed though is that for a small island, it is really diverse. There is a different feel around every corner from the wild hills of Vitet to the lush valley of Grand Fond. These are 3 of my favorite beaches that I visited:

Flamand beach: The beach was wide and long, with Isle de France hotel at one end and a few houses dotting the beachfront. The water was beautiful, but rough. It just happened that we were visiting during an unusually windy week, someone referred to it as the Christmas Winds.

Saline beach: Parking is easy for Saline, and then there is a semi-easy 5 minute walk to the beach. The beach was really lovely, enclosed by high mountains with not a building in site. If you get hungry at the beach, the restaurant Grain de Sel is right next to the beach parking lot.

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Gouverneur: Whenever I asked locals and visitors, what their favorite beach is, the answer was Gouverneur. The first thing that struck me about this beach was the incredible turquoise color of the water, more extreme than any other that I had seen on the island. The second thing I noticed was all the nude sunbathers. I had to walk quite a while to find a nice spot with only views of the water. It's a pretty narrow beach but rather long and the water is really nice for swimming once you make it past the initial drop off and waves.

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Dining

I'll admit it; I love to eat, so when coming to St Barts with its near 100 restaurants, I was really excited about dining out. Unfortunately it's tough to do all 100 in 5 days, so I will have to come back for more. The flavor of the food on the island tends to be fresh with a French Creole taste. I was lucky enough to dine twice at Maya's which has a very simple atmosphere, covered but open-air, and sandwiched between a rock and the water. Maya and Randy, the owners, are who make the place so special. They care about their patrons, and offer very fresh and delicious meals on their ever changing menu.

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Eden Rock Hotel has a really gorgeous restaurant, with a comfortably hip bar. There are great breezes blowing through and perfect views of the lighted bay below. The menu is varied and very creative with options like seared foie gras and frog's leg raviolis.

Do Brazil is an excellent spot for lunch. Not only does it have an outstanding view of Shell Beach, but the food is light and tasty. I had a delicious Gazpacho and a seafood salad. Others had an incredible salad that was topped with 4 giant pieces of Camembert cheese. After your lunch you can slip down to Shell Beach for a walk or a swim in the water. This is an ideal place to watch the sunset also.

Kiki-E-Mo is a great spot in St Jean to pick up a Panini and take back to your villa or the beach for lunch. Also the bakeries around the island are quick spots for a to-go lunch of a pastry or cheese croissant.

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My favorite dining experience though was our in-villa dinner prepared by the husband and wife team of Cordon Bleu that we enjoyed at our friends' hilltop villa, SIB BBA. I think this would be a fabulous experience for a romantic dinner for two or a group traveling together. Christine & Jean-Jacques are a pleasure to spend the evening with. They will ensure your glasses are full and that you are dining on the freshest food. Before you arrive they create a menu based on your tastes, and it is all prepared and served in your villa. Our meal was fabulous with pate, salmon mousse, foie gras raviolis, Cajun fish, grilled lobster, and a full range of cheeses. We also had champagne and wine that was paired with the meal. For dessert we were treated to a heavenly chocolate soufflé. They are both more than willing to answer any of your questions as they prepare and serve the meal. Overall this is such a fun and comfortable experience, especially delightful for a foodie.

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Other

My trip ended by attending Sunday mass at the Anglican Church in Gustavia. It was a great way to experience life on St Barts. Huge shuttered doors let breezes (as well as birds) cross through the church. We even had a little dog make his way through the pews at one point. It was peaceful and would be an incredible way to start a week on St Barts and get a feel for the people that live on and love the island.

As we flew off later that day, barely clearing the windsurfers below, I was already envisioning future trips with friends and family. A villa is a great vacation option whether you're a group of 2 or 10. Oh, and I have to come back for the 95 restaurants I wasn't able to get to on this trip.

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Villa WV BON, St. Barthelemy, Pointe Milou, 1 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV BON

Romantic and private, blessed with constant breezes, located within minutes of several beaches

Pointe Milou, St. Barthelemy
1 br / 2 ba

Villa WV PAT, St. Barthelemy, Mont Jean, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV PAT

Large and open living spaces with unique wall décor, breathtaking views, close to several beaches

Mont Jean, St. Barthelemy
2 br / 3 ba

Villa WV LLA, St. Barthelemy, St. Jean, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV LLA

Uniquely positioned on the crest of a ridge, opens to spectacular vistas with bay views to the west

St. Jean, St. Barthelemy
3 br / 4 ba

Villa WV GEM, St. Barthelemy, Gouverneur, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV GEM

Located on the hilltop, outstanding sunset views, modern design, minutes from the beach and shops

Gouverneur, St. Barthelemy
4 br / 4.5 ba

Villa WV LUM, St. Barthelemy, Flamands, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV LUM

Exquisite hillside views of the ocean and surrounding islands, minutes from the beach and shopping

Flamands, St. Barthelemy
2 br / 3 ba

Villa WV GGL, St. Barthelemy, Gouverneur, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV GGL

Open and spacious, short drive to the beach and shops, beautiful ocean views and magnificent sunsets

Gouverneur, St. Barthelemy
3 br / 3.5 ba

Villa WV GDF, St. Barthelemy, Colombier, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV GDF

Private hillside estate, magnificent ocean views, drive to the beach, restaurants, and shops

Colombier, St. Barthelemy
2 br / 2.5 ba

Villa WV DIA, St. Barthelemy, St. Jean, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

WV DIA

Contemporary private living with sweeping hillside views, situated on the edge of a nature reserve

St. Jean, St. Barthelemy
2 br / 2 ba

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WIMCO Villas, WV BEV, St. Barthelemy, Mont Jean, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

WV BEV

Well decorated and private, magnificent sunsets, spectacular views of the ocean and nearby islands

Mont Jean, St. Barthelemy
4 br / 4 ba

WIMCO Villas, WV GRO, St. Barthelemy, Marigot, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

WV GRO

Ultra modern, minimalist style with clean-cut lines and angles, a short walk from the beach

Marigot, St. Barthelemy
3 br / 3 ba

WIMCO Villas, WV BEA, St. Barthelemy, Marigot Beach, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

WV BEA

Beautifully maintained and modern, charming beachfront cottage opens to magnificent bay views

Marigot Beach, St. Barthelemy
3 br / 3.5 ba

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France, St. Barts, Book now with WIMCO

Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France

Situated on Flamands Beach, this hotel is elegant, upscale and intimate. Perfect for honeymooners, couples or families. Brand new spa, 2 pools and tennis nearby. Suites and rooms are either garden or ocean view, some have 2 bedrooms.

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Le Sereno, St. Barts, Book now with WIMCO

Le Sereno

Le Sereno is the renaissance of a beloved hotel on St. Barths. Recently, the hotel was re-designed, rebuilt and repositioned as the deluxe property among the islands select group of hotels.

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barts, Book now with WIMCO

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Full-fledged resort, with a spa, tennis, waterports, 2 pools, boutique, 2 restaurants, concierge service, this property has it all. The luxurious rooms and suites have either ocean or garden views, some have private pool and 2 or 3 bedrooms.

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Eden Rock Hotel, St. Barts, Book now with WIMCO

Eden Rock Hotel

On St Jean Beach, this Relais et Chateaux property has it all, perfect beach, gourmet restaurants, watersports and a spa. Each room is different and offers amazing views. Very unique and luxurious property

St. Barts

WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Le Toiny, St. Barts, Book now with WIMCO

Le Toiny

Perched high above Anse de Toiny, this hotel resembles a dream come true. Each suite has a private pool. You will have the most intimate, private, relaxed, and impeccably serviced stay. Welcome to the hotel of your dreams!

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