St Barths is an island of staggering beauty and comfort. The sea sparkles blue and turquoise against a backdrop of forested hills, clouds of bougainvillea and frangipani and a pristine white sand beach. This is the kind of landscape that looks like it came straight out of a classical painting. And it’s a little bit like the hotel you’ll stay in, where you’ll find yourself with the most luxurious views in the Caribbean.
The best way to get to know the beauty of St Barths is to explore it on foot. Rent a car and drive around the island to take in all the stunning scenery and get a feel for the place. You could also take an organised tour of the island or just spend time lazing on a beach or by the pool.
A visit to St Barths wouldn’t be complete without eating some of the world-class cuisine that the island has to offer. It’s not difficult to find restaurants that serve up fresh seafood and Creole-style dishes. But if you want to go all out, book a table at the iconic Nikki Beach where parties can get pretty wild and celebrities aren’t uncommon visitors (so they don’t mind women in skimpy bikinis dancing on tables).
Indulge yourself with some pampering after a day spent in the sun at the Pure Altitude Spa. Here, you’ll find a collection of luxurious treatments that will help to restore your glow and soothe your burnt skin. Choose from an extensive menu of personalised rituals such as the toxin-draining Perfect Body package, Slimming massage or the coconut rejuvenation experience.
As for shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with stores ranging from luxury boutiques to high-end designer shops. There are also plenty of souvenirs to take home, from the island’s signature rum to colourful woven baskets.
Alternatively, take in some culture with a trip to the small but enlightening Municipal Museum in Gustavia. It’s worth a visit to learn more about the history and cultural traditions of the island and there’s a lovely garden to explore too.
The best time to visit St Barths is between April and December. The weather is hot and dry during this period, though it can be windy at times. In the spring, yachting enthusiasts will be able to take in two of the most impressive nautical events in the world at the Bucket Regatta and Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille.
When you’re not sipping a cocktail by the beach or taking in the scenery on one of the many hikes, a visit to the secluded beaches of the island is a must. You can swim in the crystal clear waters off Colombier, hike through the forest to reach Petit Cul-de-Sac for a refreshing dip or just lie back on a beach and listen to the waves crash against the shore. Having staff hire you an environmentally friendly e-car means you’ll be able to zip between the beaches on this tiny island easily.