St Barths is a world-famous destination for luxury tourism. Its economy is entirely based on it, which is why its hotels and restaurants are among the best in the world. But what makes it so special is its unique charm and the way it brings together visitors and locals in a way that feels like a family reunion.
Despite its fame, St Barths has kept it fairly laid-back. While it does attract a lot of celebrities, the famous don’t make it a habit to be in every corner, and they aren’t hassled by paparazzi or fans for photos.
The island is also known for its gastronomy, especially French-Mediterranean fare. Several top restaurants offer gourmet meals prepared with local ingredients. Some, such as the Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Fouquet’s Saint-Barth, cater to serious foodies, while others serve more casual cuisine in more relaxed settings.
Its beaches are a draw for locals and day-trippers alike. Gouverneur Beach, a pretty curve of soft white sand backed by green hills, is a favorite among those who appreciate a quiet, intimate setting. Unlike many of the islands’ other beaches, this one isn’t too crowded and offers great swimming in calm waters.
Another popular beach on the island’s south shore is Colombier, a picturesque crescent of soft sand and clear water. It is a perfect place to take a dip and enjoy the natural coral reef that surrounds it. It is also a popular spot for bodysurfers.
Other popular beaches include Grande Anse, which boasts a long stretch of sand with plenty of sunbeds; and Le Barthelemy Beach, a beautiful crescent of sand and shallow water that is popular with couples. A plethora of water sports centers rent snorkel gear, surfboards and windsurfers.
The resort’s Pure Altitude Spa is a haven of relaxation and renewal, with two treatment rooms, a fitness room and a range of personalised rituals to suit your needs. If you’re looking to tone up, try the Perfect Body package or a Slimming massage; both will drain away toxins and leave you feeling ready for another day in paradise!
There’s a full calendar of sailing and yachting events, too. The New Year’s Eve Regatta, the Cata Cup Regatta (mid-November) and the Tour of St Barth are all on offer. There are also numerous other international festivals to take in during your stay, including the Taste of St. Barth and the St Barth Film Festival.
The island is also home to a number of world-class galleries and museums. The Musée D’Art Contemporain, the St Jean Art Museum and the Petite Ferme de Saint-Jean are all worth a visit.