‘Savoir-Vivre’ means living the good life and knowing how to get the most from it. For a glimpse into the philosophy, travel to Saint Barthélemy, or St. Barths, for a paradisiacal setting with a trendy, tropical Caribbean flair.
Ruggedly beautiful, this 8-square-mile French Caribbean island has long been considered a playground for the rich and famous—a haven for celebrities and millionaires. At the end of the 1950s, David Rockefeller was the first to be mesmerized by the brilliant island in the French Antilles. The glitterati continues. With chic boutiques, pristine beaches, gourmet dining and designer shopping—think Chopard, Bulgari and Hermès—the destination will turn guests into Francophiles.
Set atop the sands of Anse des Flamands Bay on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean is Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, where romance meshes with understated elegance. Soft tones of blush pink are weaved throughout the resort’s design. Beachfront suites are stunning, but opt for one of the private garden suites with a private pool and your own secret garden—with surprise visitors, like wild tortoises meandering through lush green pathways.
The “Maison,” as the resort is affectionately called, creates a comfortable, yet posh, atmosphere that carries these theme throughout other properties in the French Alps or Maldives.
Dine at Maison’s very own La Cabane de l’Isle, a beachfront cabana. Perfect for a relaxed lunch in the sand with superb views of the sea, this tented retreat transforms during evenings—ideal for a romantic sunset cocktail or private dinner party. Chef Yann Vinsot creates elegant, light and colorful French cuisine like his cassolette de langouste flambee. C’est magnifique!
Cheval Blanc’s island options are abundant. The Maison’s dedicated concierge services are experts in creating bespoke excursions. In addition to water sports like diving, windsurfing and kayaking, think private picnics on a desert island, exclusive shopping or romantic cruises at sunset on a gorgeous catamaran. Rent a car to explore the island, and visit Gustavia, which is the main town in St. Barths. Its little harbor was named after Sweden’s King Gustav. (There was a time when Swedes owned the island.) Next stop: Baie de St-Jean—reminiscent of a miniature Côte d’Azur—which hosts beachside bistros, shops, bungalow hotels, bronzed bodies, windsurfing and day-trippers who tend to arrive on megayachts. Its reef-protected strip is divided by Eden Rock promontory.
Reserve a day to pamper yourself at Cheval Blanc’s Spa, a wellbeing sanctuary featuring indoor treatment rooms, a hammam and outdoor tropical splendor on the new garden terrace. Best of all, this spa specializes in Guerlain treatments, including several created exclusively for Cheval Blanc St. Barths. A favorite package is the St. Barths Solar Escape.
Elegant and exclusive, elite St. Barths conjures the epitome of casual chic: paradise personifying the essence of joie de vivre.
Upcoming Island Events:
- Carnival (Mardigras); Feb. 28; stbarth.com/our-island/events-calendar.com
- St. Barths Bucket Regatta; March 16 to 19; Invitational yachting rendezvous regatta; stbarth.com/st-barths-bucket-regatta.com
- Les Voiles de St. Barths; April 10 to 15; Regattas of classic to mega-yachts sailboats, evening events, awards and fireworks; lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, Baie des Flamands, 97133, Saint-Barthélemy, France / 800.810.46.91 / stbarthisledefrance.chevalblanc.com/en