Particular Picks: Travel Edition St. Bart’s

STAY:

Eden Rock: The Eden Rock is newly renovated and has gorgeous unique rooms that are all built into the rocks. It’s super sexy and great for adults. The beach in front is rather swimmable and if you are there with your kids offers snorkeling and an ocean trampoline.  The  airplanes  dive bomb to land at the airport right above the hotel which is quite a sight to see. The staff  is  beyond attentive and no detail is overlooked.

Hotel Carl Gustav: This hotel is also newly renovated and has an incredible view of the  harbor. The  hotel is set up high and looks out over Gustavia, the main town in St. Barth’s.  This place is tucked away and if you look too quickly you may miss it. I love it’s small, boutique feel and righ, dark wood finishes.

Le Barthelemy: This one is a great choice if you are traveling with kids because it has a huge pool, sits right on the ocean, and has a super accommodating staff and a fun bar scene.

EAT:

Nikki Beach: Nikki Beach is a St. Barth’s institution—this is the place you want to come to see and be seen.  Be prepared to don your best beach attire, sip on magnums of rose, and seriously get down and dance on some banquettes. They also offer incredible seafood, wood oven pizzas, and my favorite dessert platter ever.. Spend some time lounging on one of the day beds and bask in the sunlight or stay awhile to dance the night away with the residen DJ.

Fouquet: The famed Fouquet  is now open at Hotel Carl Gustav. Ask for a table on the patio and make sure to order one of their famed cocktails that comes with a single, crystal-clear ice cube. So refreshing. Also, the bartenders wear the cutest ties made out of wood.

Black Ginger: If you are in the mood for Thai food, this is your spot.

Shallona: This is a great lunch place.  It has the same sexy beach club vibe but somehow feels much more relaxed.

Bonito: We came here on our first night in St. Barths and I loved the relaxed vibe. The grilled fish was my fave and the vibe is mellow and cool.

SHOP:

There are so many luxury stores in St. Barth’s like Hermes, Prada,  LV..etc. but it’s fun to get things that are more local. I always try to visit Poupette St. Barths to pick up a sundress or a cover up. I also love the shop at Nikki Beach. There is an eclectic range of bathing suits, cover ups, and the best caftans.

OTHER TIPS:

St. Barths is a super small island. We rented a Moke each day to drive around and it was such a special way to  explore the white sand beaches, restaurants, and local spots. You can drive around the entire island in an hour or two but make a day of it and get lost in all the special  nooks that St. Barths has to offer. I cannot wait to go back.

 

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