The Locals-Only Guide to St. Barths

Coined the chicest island in the Caribbean, St. Barths, more formally known as Saint Barthélemy, definitely tops the list as far as luxurious destinations go, combining its French pedigree with the pleasures of island life. The eight-mile isle is skirted by shallow reefs, capped with emerald hilltops, and lined with red-roofed buildings—a true slice of paradise for the traveler seeking to tune out the rest of the world. Just back from her week-long holiday in St. Barths, our CEO and co-founder Katherine Power treats you to an inside look at where to stay, eat, and play on the island.

Scroll down to take a page from Power’s trip itinerary and get inspired to book a glamorous St. Barths trip of your own soon.

To Stay

Katherine Power, MyDomaine
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While St. Barths has its fair share of luxury resorts to choose from, if you’re looking to make the most of your time on the island, then you definitely should book a villa stay. Power did just that, treating her party to a week in a gorgeous private villa managed by WIMCO Villas, a truly incomparable resource for finding a home away from home on the island, setting up your flights, and then providing concierge service during your stay.

Entrance to WIMCO Villa Nahma, St. Barths
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Who: WIMCO Villa “Nahma”

What: Constructed of wood and bamboo, the four-bedroom Villa Nahma is inspired by Thailand’s famous Jim Thompson house and boasts views of Petit and Grand Culs de Sac and surrounding green hillsides.

Where: Vitet

Bedroom in WIMCO Villa Nahma, St. Barths

Breakfast in St. Barths
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When you arrive, a WIMCO concierge greets you at the airport and organizes grocery deliveries, private chefs, boat charters, and activities at neighboring resorts. Marine, the Power party’s concierge (who was available around the clock to assist the group!) had a light Parisian breakfast of warm baguettes, flaky croissants, and mimosas from Maya’s To Go delivered to Villa Nahma. The perfect way to start their first morning in the Caribbean.

Dining in St. Barths
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To ensure the first night on the island was a memorable one, Power asked WIMCO to arrange for a private chef to prepare a gorgeous four-course Caribbean dinner on the terrace for her party.

To Explore

View of the Caribbean Sea, St. Barths
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Who: Baie de St. Jean

What: Devote a full day to St. Jean beach. Start with a fresh green juice at La Plage, then had down to the sand for a soak in the sun, icy cocktails, and if you’re up for it, a round of snorkeling or stand-up paddle in the coral reef.

Where: St. Jean

For a post-layout lunch, make the short trek from the beach up to Sand bar for midday cocktails, small bites, and pizzas while overlooking the turquoise ocean.

For a post-layout lunch, make the short trek from the beach up to Sand Bar for midday cocktails, small bites, and pizzas while overlooking the turquoise ocean.
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Who: Baie de Flamands

What: Before lunch at La Case de l’Isle, Power visited the Cheval Blanc Spa, a must-do on the list. This sanctuary is nestled in the heart of tropical gardens and offers unique Guerlain treatments and massage experiences for a relaxing afternoon of pampering.

Where: Flamands Beach

Flamands Beach, St. Barths
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Reserve your sun chairs and umbrellas at the hotel’s stylish private beach ahead of time for an uninterrupted day of lounging and refreshing soaks.

Salads on St Barths
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Seated behind Cheval Blanc’s private white-sand beach is the tented restaurant La Case de l’Isle, an ideal spot for a fresh lunch. Must-try plates include a cold chicken salad (a favorite of Power’s), delicious pesto quinoa, and glazed salmon.

Le Creperie, St. Barths
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Who: La Crêperie

What: With over 30 palatable selections of sweet and savory crepes, La Crêperie in Gustavia is an ideal stopover to set down your bags and relish in a quick snack. Frequented by a mix of locals and tourists, this street-side stand is guaranteed to give you a French fix without the fuss. Try the sugar crepe with ice cream and fresh fruit.

Where: Gustavia

Ice cream on St. Barths
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To Shop

Pharmacie St. Barths
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Who: Pharmacie de Gustavia

What: French pharmacies are travel destinations in their own right. Seated in the town of Gustavia, the capital of St. Barths, is the charming blue- and yellow-shuttered Pharmacie de Gustavia, which houses rows upon rows of French beauty products, elixirs, and essentials that you can’t find anywhere else. Consider it the crème de la crème of drugstores, only infinitely more perfect.

Where: Gustavia

Shopping in St. Barths

Who: Rue du General de Gaulle

What: The island is no stranger to high-end shops like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Eres, but remember to explore the smaller island boutiques, too. Terra, Lolita Jaca, and Kiwi are shops lined with local charm and curiosities, and they’ll fill your bag with adorable, thrifty finds.

Where: Gustavia

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