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St. Barts, also known as Saint Barthélemy, is hands-down one of the most gorgeous islands in the Caribbean. It is a go-to destination for society’s elite to unplug and recharge and it’s brimming with gourmet restaurants and luxury boutiques. This French island is actually a volcanic rock just eight miles square and is home to 9,000 residents. The lovely atoll has retained its character and charm with Creole-style cottages and mountainous landscapes that hug bright white sand beaches. St. Barts is the setting of a dream vacation and visitors can heighten the experience by staying at one of LVH’s St. Barthelemy villa rentals. These exquisitely-appointed properties are the height of elegance.

Throughout their entire stay in St. Barts, the dedicated LVH team ensures the ultimate in service and satisfaction are provided to all guests. LVH can arrange for private chefs, private jets, exotic cars, luxury yachts, and anything else guests require to make their St. Barts vacations remarkable.

St. Barthelemy villa rentals can be arranged to accommodate families, large groups, and are perfect for hosting lavish events. Vacationers seeking the best villas in St. Barts have the largest selection to choose from when booking their stays with LVH.

AREAS

North, south, east or west, no matter in which direction one faces in St. Barts, beauty abounds. Here are 17 of the loveliest areas on the island:

Anse des Cayes

The beach at Anse des Cayes is tucked away in its own little enclave. This particular beach is perfect for surfing since the wind can create awesome swells and ideal conditions to ride the waves. The northeast end of the beach is swimmable. Not many people frequent this area, so it’s perfect for relaxing, watching the waves and surfers. Anse des Cayes’ sensational scenery is something to wake up to every day as guests who have stayed at Villa Magnolia can attest. Located on a hillside, the villa is just minutes away from beaches and shopping making it the quintessential luxury vacation rental.

Camaruche

Camaruche is between Lorient and Pointe Milou, high up and with great views. It’s near all the great shops in Lorient, Saint Jean and Gustavia. When on a luxury vacation, it’s wonderful to have the best of both worlds: spectacular scenery, serenity and yet close to shopping, activities, restaurants and nightlife. This is what staying at Villa Fiona offers. That and a fragrant tropical garden, and all the luxurious amenities a villa should extend.

Colombier

Colombier is one of the hardest to get to beaches on the island, but certainly worth the effort! The beautiful beach, only accessible by hike or by boat, is listed as a natural marine reserve. Wild and unspoiled, it’s the place to swim with fish in crystal clear turquoise waters, whether snorkeling, learning how to scuba dive or just looking to escape the crowds for an afternoon. A large plot of land was purchased here by the Rockefellers in the 1960s. They built an awe-inspiring villa which has, since then, been sold. Guests who choose to stay at the alluring Villa Tala will enjoy the unobstructed views of this captivating, secluded beach.

Corossol

The dozens of colorful fishing boats (called dories) in the waters of Corossol turn the sea into a rainbow. The water is easily accessible, clear, calm, blue and sparkling. There is a small church and a quaint shell museum in the village. The homes are authentic creole island abodes. Villa Sara adds glamor to the area. This grandiose retreat has stunning views of Corossol and Gustavia Harbour; a sublime place to call home while in St. Barts.

Flamands

Flamands is the largest beach on St. Barts and a favorite of the locals. Long, meandering walks on the beach, lost in thought, cares carried away by the balmy breezes are part of the appeal of Flamands since its shores are so lengthy. The ocean in this location is terrific for body boarding or skim boarding and best left to good swimmers since the waves can get pretty large. Those looking to experience an exceptional stay in St. Barts may wish to stay at Villa Wake Up in Flamands. Its premium, elevated location offers breathtaking views of St. Barts and the water.

Gouverneur

This unspoiled stretch of beach is picture perfect with its white sand cove and azure water lapping the shore. Interested in finding some buried treasure? Rumor has it that Captain Monbars, known as The Exterminator, buried his stolen treasure in a hidden cave on this beach, but alas, no one has found it yet! The beach provides a nice surf and the snorkeling by the rocks is terrific. Luxury travelers choosing to stay at Villa Camila in Gouverneur will be away from it all for those much-needed down times, but close to chic boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Grand Fond

Swimming is not recommended at Grand Fond because of the rocky foray into the ocean. However, the locals know of a secret natural pool at Grand Fond. This pool is on a flat plane, so trekkers can easily walk in and out for a dip. There are points where hikers will have to use their hands for support, and for those who have a fear of heights, this might not be the best activity. Otherwise, getting to this secret gem is well worth it.

Gustavia

Gustavia is St. Bart’s main town located on the west end of the island and hard to miss when some of the world’s most spectacular yachts are moored in its quay. Visitors will find ancient forts, and dwellings as colorful as their inhabitants. There are many quaint streets lined with exclusive shops carrying designers like Bulgari, Chanel, Hermes, Vuitton, and Graff. It’s a shopper’s paradise by day and a partier’s haven when the sun goes down. Those who want to be close to all the action choose to stay at Villa Anika in Gustavia. With its astounding ocean views, closeness to Shell Beach and a few minutes’ drive from the airport, this villa is a convenient and contemporary vacation home for the luxury traveler.

Lorient

One of the oldest villages in St. Barts, Lorient, located on the northern part of the island, boasts a pristine sand beach surrounding the deep blue waters of the Caribbean. For those looking to learn how to ride the waves, there is a small beach hut on one end where guests can get lessons and rent boards. On the other end, the water is calm for swimming, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding. Lorient is the site of the island’s first French settlement. Visitors are drawn to the 19th century Catholic church, historic bell tower, and Ligne Saint Barth, a famous luxury soap, shampoo, and perfume manufacturer. Setting down vacation roots is easy when staying right on the beach at the dazzling Villa Kirra.

Lurin

Lurin is in close proximity to the remarkable Shell Beach. This is an exclusive and private area, yet minutes to the shops and restaurants of Gustavia. The grace and glamor of Villa Ashley in Lurin is befitting of the luxury traveler. This lovely retreat is also just a stone’s throw away from beautiful Gouverneur beach, the unspoiled beach of Saline, and the lively bay of Saint Jean.

Marigot

The locals love Marigot Beach with its coconut grove, terrific swimming in tepid waters, snorkeling and heavenly white sand. Very often, the sea turtles will make friends with the swimmers and hang out for a while. Marigot is home to Villa Elsa perched atop a hillside above Marigot beach. This villa has a decided Asian-inspired décor. Its eight bedrooms provide room for 16 guests. All this and close to beach restaurants, water activities and a host of other attractions.

Petit Cul de Sac

Petit Cul de Sac is a magnificent, protected lagoon and always calm enough to enjoy a refreshing swim. Visitors who want to feel like they’re on their own, private beach must head to this spot. Turtles are usually swimming or soaking up the sun on the rocks on the left side of the cove. Petit means small in French and this lovely piece of paradise is true to its name. It’s not the largest beach on the island, but one of the most lovely and secluded. Villa Casa de Mar Is one of the most exclusive St. Barthelemy villa rentals. This striking clifftop property is actually made up of two independent homes with their own pools and gardens in the upscale and cloistered Domaine du Levant on the hill of Petit Cul de Sac offering unparalleled seascapes.

Pointe Milou

Pointe Milou is located in the northeastern part of the island. The spot is nice and breezy in all seasons. The hills here are lovely and well forested and the optimal location for Villa Tyne with its views of the pristine waters of the Caribbean. Swim in the villa’s beautiful heated infinity pool or head over to Anse de Lorient, a closeby family-friendly beach.

Saint Jean

Saint Jean has the second largest shopping area on the island. The area is also well-known for its many fine restaurants, hidden pretty villas and hotels. For a more personal, fulfilling St. Barts luxury holiday, rent the exquisite Villa Rosalind in the heights of Saint Jean with stunning views of the rolling hills and the majestic sea. Saint Jean also has some of the best beaches in St. Barts, especially for water sports like parasailing, and sea bobbing. A sea bob is a blend between a jet ski and an underwater scooter and a popular water activity in St. Barts.

Saline

With its peaceful, unspoiled landscape and just enough remoteness, Saline beach is one of St. Barts’ most relaxing beaches and considered by many to be the most stunning beach on the island. The water is choppier here so one will see bodyboarders testing their skills. Saline sand dunes give the beach a very private, secluded feeling. In fact, this spot is very popular with nudists. The ideal place to stay for luxury travelers wishing to be close to this seclusion while in their vacation home, is Villa Olympia set right in the Saline’s nature reserve.

Toiny

The beauty of this natural, undeveloped landscape is rough and rugged. The Toiny area, on the southeast side of the island, is an incredible place to visit for those into hiking. Rock climbing is required to get down to and back up out of the tidal pool. It’s recommended to keep shoes on if going for a swim in the pool since sea urchins and sharp rocks can cause injury.

Vitet

There are no words to describe the sunset from the top of Vitet. Actually, descriptives of any kind don’t do the area any justice. Vitet is up high and the views are heavenly. Many locals live in the area and the views of the Grand Cul De Sac are breathtaking. Vacationers wanting to settle down and spend their “at home” time in a more remote area, then Villa Aster is the luxury, gated accommodation to book.

RESTAURANTS

The St. Barts’ dining scene is superb. These six are some of the best on the island:

Bagatelle

Bagatelle is just pure elegance. In the heart of Gustavia, it pairs heavenly French fare with a selection of the finest wines and champagnes on the island. Cocktails are delicious, and strong. Bagatelle is the “in” place to watch the big boats and enjoy the fine cuisine like truffle pizza, duck breast and local fish. The party heats up and the champagne starts flowing after 11 p.m.

Bonito

Located on a hill overlooking Gustavia’s harbor, Bonito is one of the island’s most famous restaurants, praised by foodies all over the world. Delicate forms and colors adorn this traditional and spacious colonial restaurant, with an open kitchen and a modern twist on exotic flavors. Perfect for those seeking a romantic gastronomic dinner, Bonito serves fresh, local seafood prepared in a myriad of ways. The spiny lobster risotto is a gastronomic pleasure and the homemade ice creams are pure decadence.

Le Tamarin

This elegant restaurant has some of the most stunning gardens on the island. Located in Saline, Le Tamarin is the ideal spot for a first drink, but also for a night out for dinner in its hut or main dining room. Le Tamarin is the place to be for those who want to be seen tasting delicious cuisine like sautéed king prawns, rice tagliatelle, wok-sautéed vegetables in a curry-coconut sauce.

L’Esprit

L’Esprit is one of St. Barts’ most well-known eateries. The divine garden setting sets the tone for the delectable food to come. The most chic on the island lunch at L’Esprit in the high season. The cuisine puts a fresh spin on traditional French fare. The delicately flavored food is otherworldly: Start with mushroom ravioli, duck spring rolls, or sea scallop sashimi, and move on to full-bodied mains like a classic filet de boeuf and finish with homemade ice cream or sorbet. Once diners have visited L’Esprit, they are sure to make it one of their go-to places.

L’Isoletta

L’Isoletta treats its guests to the most divine pizza at any hour of the day and into the late evening. Sit comfortably at one of the tables on the covered terrace and enjoy a true Roman-style pie. Try the pizza that bears the restaurant’s name, L’Isoletta: Cream cheese, arugula, cherry tomatoes, with a balsamic reduction. The freshest ingredients come right from Italy and are also used to make L’Isoletta’s lasagna and eggplant parmesan. Traditional Italian desserts are made daily.

Orega

Orega’s Franco-Japanese fusion fare continues to please even the most discerning diners. Smack in the center of Gustavia, Orega isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience. Lovers of fine food will not only get a feast for their palates, but one for their eyes as well. These dishes are beautifully plated. Order the confit duck or mahi mahi, or enjoy the Omakase tasting menu composed of seven or nine dishes paired with just the right Sake combination to accentuate this food adventure. But save room for the chocolate bomb to end a splendid meal.

THE ARTS

There may be times when a little break from all the sun is warranted. These five venues could provide that diversion:

Eden Gallery

The Eden Fine Art Gallery has recently opened its seventh gallery location on the island. Eden, an international distributor of exclusive and contemporary art by selected artists, aims to create a modern, dynamic, and open space in each gallery, allowing artists and visitors to have the full and very unique experience of the art collection. Permanent exhibitions make way for temporary exhibits, pop ups and artists' live performances.

Inter Oceans Museum

Inter Oceans Museum has more than 9,000 seashells and an intriguing collection of sand samples from around the world. If visitors to St. Barts love shells and shelling, a visit to this museum is a must. See shark jaws and giant conches, as the owner happily shows visitors his oceanic items, relaying interesting anecdotes and facts about them.

Musee Municipal de St. Barthelemy

To get a glimpse into the history of this small Caribbean island, travelers must make the jaunt to the Musee Municipal de St. Barthelemy. The museum also contains the most comprehensive collection of sociological, ethnic, economic, geological and zoological information on the entire island. Visitors interested in culture will learn about St. Barts’ highly interesting past, from the early days of colonization to today's tourism.

Space Contemporary Art Gallery

This gallery was established in 2011 with the aim of showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists. Since its inception, Space Gallery has built an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale, and organized museum exhibitions. Today, the gallery also has a location in New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami. Modern art collectors should consider giving this gallery a visit.

Wall House Museum

Visit Wall House Museum for a glimpse into St. Barts’ history. The museum presents a limited number of artifacts and pictorials on the history of the island. On the outside, guests can view old canons, a fireplace, and the thick wall of the original building. Modest and brief, a short stop in the museum provides a non-beach vacation activity.

NIGHTLIFE

The lounge and live music scenes have exploded in St. Barts. These four bear checking out:

Baz Bar

Live bands and fresh sushi in a colorful, breeze-filled wharf-side tavern on the Gustavia waterfront. What could be better? At the legendary Baz Bar, the music kicks in around 9 nightly, and folks like Jimmy Buffett have been known to show up and sit in with the band. Guests can dine outside on the harbor deck or at the polished teak bar inside, where strands of sparkling lights adorn the wooden walls.

Le Papillon Ivre

Off the regular tourist grid in St. Jean one can find Le Papillion Ivre. There is a wine library here that entices wine connoisseurs from the world over. Everything oozes classic French flair. The restaurant comes highly recommended as well. Wine is enjoyed in the classic French style: easily, slowly and with good friends or that special someone.

Le Ti

Ooh la la! Head on over to Le Ti for a little Moulin Rouge entertainment. Burlesque dancers and fine table service kick Le Ti up a notch, especially in the Creole cottage in the hills. The vibe here is fashionable, posh with a touch of sexy.

Nikki Beach

Sundays rock at this world-renowned beach club. Everyone who's anyone is at Nikki’s on Sundays. Visitors would be well-advised to reserve a table because of its incredible popularity. The party goes from day well into the night at this beach dig.

EVENTS

This small island has much more to offer besides glorious beaches (which is reason enough to make the trek). These 4 events are particularly fun:

Mardi Gras and Carnaval

Carnaval is the period between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of the 40 days abstinence of Lent. St Barts Carnaval celebrations include a children’s costume parade, a pajama parade, a Mardi Gras parade in Gustavia, and ends with the burning of (Vaval) the king of Carnaval at Shell Beach on Ash Wednesday.

St. Barts Bucket Regatta

A three-day invitational regatta with 48 of the most impressive mega-yachts in the world, all at least 100 feet long, including many classic wooden racing boats. Travelers can view many of the participating boats in Gustavia harbor after 5 p.m. most days.

St. Barts Gourmet Festival

Vacation lover and a gourmand? Consider a fall trip to St. Barts to experience the celebrated St. Barth Gourmet Festival. Celebrated guests chefs from around the world team up with local restaurants for fabulous tasting menus, cook-offs, and friendly competitions.

St. Barts Music Festival

Since 1985, St. Barts has hosted a performing arts festival unlike any other in the world. Each January the island stages more than a dozen nights of the finest live music and dance performances in an informal setting. Audiences are treated to intimate concerts by some of the world’s most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience. But they’re offered in St. Barts with the added magic of island breezes stained with the fragrance of flowering hibiscus.

ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES

There is never a reason to be bored in St. Barts. There are so many things to experience and activities to become immersed in. Take a look at these four:

Beginner Kitesurfing

Who wants to go to school on vacation? No one, unless it’s kitesurfing school. Private, one-on-one kitesurfing lessons for beginners are offered in various locations on the island, however, one of the most well-known schools is run by former kitesurfing pro Rodolphe MacKeene. Learn the basics and advance to freestyle jumps with newfound “flying” skills. Get started in the Grand Cul de Sac marine reserve. Closed off from the ocean by a coral reef, it has warm, shallow water, making it a naturally formed wading pool and ideal for learning this new, adventurous skill.

Diving at the Nature Reserve of St Barthelemy

Since the creation of its Marine Nature Reserve in St. Barts in the mid-90s, the waters surrounding the island shelter corals, humpback whales, turtles, sponges, parrot fish and other species under their waves in a peaceful seabed of rare beauty. See this incredible ecosystem first-hand with an unforgettable dive experience.

Picnic at Colombier Beach

Couples who want some serious privacy for a romantic picnic must visit this remote beach, which hides at the bottom of a steep, cacti-lined hike down from the main road along St. Barts’ northwest tip. The rock formations, calm waters and stunning views at Colombier Beach are what the island is known for. For those who are boating, the natural gulf along the beach is a perfect place to dock.

Private Catamaran/Yacht Rental

Sail the seas around St. Barts in a luxury catamaran or yacht. Gorgeous catamarans incorporating a variety of wood, leather and hull linings combined with sailing-inspired architecture, have travelers sailing in style and total serenity. These vessels can hold 16 people and sleep six. Yachts may be more appealing to some. Luxury yacht charter in St. Barths is easy to arrange. All types of yachts are available including crewed luxury yachts, superyachts, both motor and sail. St Barts is a luxury mega yacht playground attracting some of the world's biggest and best luxury charter yachts.

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