Known as an approximation of Elysium, the Caribbean island’s 22 picturesque beaches, a dozen five-star hotels and 800 luxurious villas attract A-list celebrities and business tycoons alike. And while many of the island’s top-tier restaurants, stylish boutiques and astonishingly beautiful viewpoints are a given, the true magic of St Barths lies in its unique sense of place and spirit.
As the latest addition to luxury French publisher Assouline’s acclaimed travel series, The Luxury Guide St Barths reveals a hidden side of the island that’s less about champagne brunches and A-list escapades and more about a unique idyll. From its lush and pristine natural beauty to its exquisite gourmet cuisine, the luxury destination’s unpretentious charm is apparent throughout.
A fabled, ultra-luxury escape, St Barths feels far more like the South of France than the Caribbean in many ways. Its architectural heritage, from its iconic white-and-blue colonial buildings to the opulent mansions on the hills, bear testament to a rich history of French, Spanish and Dutch influences. In the capital of Gustavia, a walk through the streets and alleys reveals a mix of French, Caribbean and Caribbean-inspired shops and eateries teeming with energy and excitement.
St Barths has made a name for itself as a foodie paradise, attracting world-renowned chefs to its restaurants and hosting an annual gourmet festival. But it’s a culinary journey that can take place almost anywhere on the island, from a romantic dinner under the stars to a table at the famed Eden Rock.
Dining at this legendary restaurant is always a highlight of any trip to the Caribbean, and a visit to St Barths would be incomplete without it. The “Rock” in its name refers to its rock-like location along the sea cliffs of Flamands Bay, but it also references its lively energy and buzzing scene. It’s not hard to see why it has attracted such a crowd of A-listers, including Howard Hughes, Greta Garbot and Princess Lee Radziwill over its 60-year history.
A day out on the water is a must when in St Barths, where yachts anchored in calm turquoise waters are a common sight and locals head to secluded little nooks in white-sanded beaches. But the best way to really experience the waters around St Barths is by taking a private boat tour with one of the island’s expert guides.
The island’s top-notch boat charters offer everything from serendipitous beach picnics to romantic sunset cruises for two. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or a thrill-seeking adventure, our trusted ACCESS advisors can find the perfect yacht and captain for you.
The top shopping spots in St Barths go far beyond the typical Caribbean fare, offering a range of designer clothing and accessories, fine jewelry, art and home decor items. Some of the most sophisticated and exclusive boutiques are found in the capital city of Gustavia, where you’ll also find a great selection of local crafts such as woven straw articles and original shells.