With delightful memories of both the “old” days in St. Barths, and lots of experience in the here and now, WIMCO villa agent Lidy specializes in St. Barths, Anguilla, and St. Martin, and just returned from a trip to make sure everything was in order. We sat down with Lidy to talk about her recent trip to St. Barths, her favorite sounds and scents from the island, and…some of her best villa picks.
WIMCO: You mentioned that arriving in St. Barths is always a pleasure, and that you loved being met by the wonderful team of concierges.
LIDY: Yes! It is amazing how every time I land in St. Barth it excites me—it is like coming home. You would think that after all these years that it would become routine. On the contrary, it gets better every time—to see familiar faces right away is a great joy.
WIMCO: You recalled that during the tour, your remembered the first time you toured St. Barths “and how magical it was”. When was that?
LIDY: It was in 1991, when my colleague took me under her wing during my first trip to the island and showed me everything.
WIMCO: Tell us a bit about the villa tour you took. You called WV BEA “one of the treats of the day!”
LIDY: I have read many testimonials from our clients about the house, but it was a thrill to see it for the first time. The house is cozy because of its architecture: tiny bungalows painted in true Caribbean colors, intimate outdoor sitting areas, and intimate decor on the inside. The bedrooms have nooks and crannies and make you want to curl up in there with a book (at night, of course, because during the day you just want to be outdoors and enjoy the garden and beach with the sound of the gentle surf). It’s the kind of place you can just be home, and cook, relax and enjoy.
WIMCO: Villa WV RSD was another one of your favorites. It’s a gorgeous contemporary villa, filled with daybeds out by the infinity pool, modern interior design, and showers with huge windows to let the natural light in. The villa’s located in Vitet, which is past St. Jean and Lorient. Why types of clients might you see enjoying this house?
LIDY: This is a house for a veteran of the island who wants to explore. I tend to concentrate on St. Jean, Gustavia or Lurin for clients on their first trip to St. Barths, and recommend they explore the whole island, while coming back to a central location. That way they get a feeling of where they would like to be when they return.
WIMCO: As you continued along your island tour, you remarked “As we were driving, we saw two Corossol ladies in their dresses and straw hats, walking down the road. Two sisters—no doubt. On our way back, they were bobbing in the water—dresses and straw hats on… one of the sweetest sights I have ever seen in St. Barths.” It’s a lovely image, and for many, will be familiar. What other sights and sounds feel quintessentially St. Barths to you?
LIDY: Sounds that have always stayed with me are the surf, the tropical birds, the crickets, the happy chatter at Andy’s Hideaway and the airplanes coming and going. The scents? The flowers… and the smell of the cleaning products in the villas (they are the best!)
WIMCO: You came back from the trip declaring it official: “WV ELA—I have decided it is my all time favorite.” They’ve just added a new building to the house, which you said blends in so well. Tell us more about what’s been redone, and why you love it so much.
LIDY: They’ve added a building in the same architectural style as the main house, and when you enter the property, it looks like it has always been there. Yes…I have always loved this house: the setting, the decor, the sounds of Flamands Beach and the history of it all.
WIMCO: You mentioned how much fun you had with “the boys” in the WIMCOsbh office, with villa tours and rides from David and the rest of the team.
LIDY: We are blessed with a group of wonderful concierges. On the plane to our next stop, Anguilla, I was thinking about my time in St. Barth—it’s always so joyful, heat or no heat. I just love the island and am very proud of what has been established with our office. I love to hear clients say that it is a well-oiled, friendly machine.