Celebrity News from St Barts
There’s a lot to love in St Barths…from pristine beaches like Saline and Gouverneur to the charming harbor town of Gustavia to casual beach bars like Nikki Beach and Pearl Beach to the gourmet dining scene at Mayas and Isola. Its tiny airport can only accommodate planes with 16 seats or less, making it exclusive by nature not by intent. Those are just a few of the reasons that artists, actors, musicians, models, designers and other celebrities love St Barths. A quick survey of their public Instagram posts reveals more about the attractions of St Barths than any Celebrity News article in People magazine ever will.
Izabel Goulart is a Brazilian model better known as a Victoria’s Secret angel from 2005-2016, documented her stay in St Barths, including ones of her dancing by the pool in Villa Amancaya, (WV KAY) and lounging on the beach with her green smoothie in hand. Izabel also vacationed in St Barths over the holidays and posed by her villa’s pool with a Santa hat.
Scott Lipps is best known as the founder and CEO of Lipps Management, who also created poplipps.com, a tumblr blog featuring fashion, music, and parties. Scott shared photos of St Jean bay from a hillside retreat called Villa C’est ma Vue, also known as WV DSA. Scott admitted it would be hard staying anywhere else! “We woke up in our villa every morning with a view to die for, overlooking the beach and the turquoise water.” Lipps shared an insiders tip with his followers, vacation here in the summer when popular hangouts like at Nikki Beach and Le Ti St Barths have plenty of tables and do not require a reservation. Check out his article – Off-Season, On Point: St. Barths
Nicole Hanley Mellon, who previously worked with Ralph Lauren, now works as owner and creative director of her fashion brand Hanley. Nicole chose to kick back and relax in the lovely Villa Valentina also known as WV VIP, in Pointe Milou. The villa’s shaded courtyard features a grand Buddha statue with a fountain and ocean view. Nicole talked about how her stay on the tropical island inspired her fashion resort collection in the article Nicole Hanley Mellon’s St. Barths Travel Diary. Nicole shared a few tips to having fun in St Barths including breakfast at Petit Columbe, lunch or drinks at Do Brazil, and dinner at Mayas.
Brandon Fallis is a Canadian DJ married to Hannah Bronfman, who co-founded Beautified; a mobile-app where users go to look for last minute beauty service offers from the spa, gym, or salon. This lovely couple vacationed in Villa Rivendell also known as WV RIV, where they enjoyed views of Flamands bay from their living area and pool.
Hannah wrote about her weekend getaway in a blog post titled Weekend Recap: St. Barths where she recounts feeling like Jay-Z and Beyonce, flying privately, and arriving at her villa to find a fully stocked kitchen along with Champagne! They enjoyed their time off jet skiing and lounging by the beach, and celebrating Brandon’s birthday.
Charlotte Groenveld, the creative force behind the style blog thefashionguitar, traveled to St Barths with her husband and two toddlers. They stayed in a charming hillside villa named WV TED in Vitet which features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. According to Charlotte, their villa was “a dream.” “It had all amenities we needed – from kitchen appliances for the kids’ morning smoothies to a beautiful outdoor shower for us.” Charlotte wrote in her article: St. Barths with Toddlers that their St. Barths vacation was one of their best family vacations yet! Charlotte’s favorite kid-friendly beaches were, Plage Du St. Jean, and Grand Cul de Sac.
Leandra Medine is best known for her lifestyle and fashion blog Man Repeller . A successful author and fashion enthusiast, Leandra’s work won her “best overall blog” in TIME’s magazine, along with “most influential trendsetter” in Forbes magazine. She chose to vacation in a Balinese style called Villa Sauvage, also known as WV MJP, located in Flamands. Leandra enjoyed being under the Caribbean sun where she came up with new ideas for her blog. Leandra recommends visiting Governor’s Beach “with a basket full of nourishment from Maya’s to go” and to “bring a bottle of white wine and let the day take you.” Check out Leandra’s recommendations for St Barths here!
Amanda Brooks is a style writer and former Barneys fashion director, who hung her hat in a contemporary hillside villa called WV AYA, located in St. Jean. Amanda gushed about vacationing in a private villa in St Barths, noting that the island has “the best selection of houses.” Amanda and her family planned ahead and arranged to have the villa pre-stocked, arriving to find the fridge “filled with food (including breakfast and dinner)”. They also had fresh bakery deliveries every morning from Le Petite Colombe. Check out Amanda’s article: How to Plan a Low-Key Trip to St. Barths for more on where to swim and eat while staying in St. Barths!
Olivia Palermo is an American entrepreneur who was on MTV’s television show The City back in 2009. Since then, she has modeled and launched a co-branded limited jewelry line and even appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway. Olivia has her own blog oliviapalermo.com where she writes about fashion, design, and her travels around the world. Olivia vacationed in our lavish villa known as Villa La Petite Sereine (WV LPS) in Pointe Milou. Olivia documented her vacation tips in Travel to: WIMCO Villas and answers a few questions about villa living in St Barths.
Miami King Kamal Hotchandi, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Haute Living vacationed in contemporary Villa Cosmos, also known as WV COS. In Kamal’s article: Take in the Splendor of St. Barths , he writes about some of his favorite places to swim such as Saline Beach, and what it is like having a concierge ready to take care of his every need! After Kamal’s morning swim, he recommends lunch with an ocean view “at La Plage at Tom Beach or Nikki Beach and dine with your feet in the sand and your eyes on the waves.”
Model Nathalie Kelley who is best known for her role as Neela in the 2006 movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, chose to set-up shop in Villa Utopic, also known as WV UTO offering stunning views of Corossol Beach and Gustavia Harbor. Nathalie and her friend Yvon Rodic, of @Facehunter fame, wrote “we stayed at the most jaw-droppingly beautiful villa” Check out some of her stunning photos from her article, along with some of her favorite spots to explore here!
Brazillian fashion blogger and entraprenuer Helena Bordon who owns Brazilian fast-fashion label 284, vacationed in the exquisite hillside Villa Les Dunes, also known as WV DUN located within walking distance to Saline beach in St Barths. She and her family shared photos of the private chef dinner they enjoyed one night, long lazy afternoons by the pool, dinner at Bonito and the obligatory pilgramidge to Nikki Beach for lunch.
Celebrities love St Barths for its natural beauty, friendly locals, upscale eateries and casual French vibe. If you don’t have enough vacation days left to get down to St Barths, don’t despair, a quick trip to #stbarths will deliver a virtual vacation anytime.