St. Barth’s is truly a tropical retreat like no other. An overseas collectivity of France, the treasure-packed island nation has all the stunning natural beauty that you would expect of the Caribbean mixed in with the chicness and glamor of the Côte d’Azur. The French-speaking enclave seamlessly blends exquisiteness of Cannes and St-Tropez with the laissez-faire Caribbean attitude for a holiday destination that is both exclusive and unpretentious–a winning combination. It’s the most elite, extravagant and expensive island in the Caribbean, but St. Barth’s certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. Here you’ll find the world’s rich and famous blowing air-kisses over glasses of rosé all-year round. Considering the white sand beaches, top-of-the-line accommodation, lovely haute couture and overall fondness for the upscale, it’s not hard to see why the dream-like island is the favorite among everybody from socialites to celebrity models. It has a specific brand of laid-back luxury that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
Shopping in Gustavia
St. Barth’s is the premiere Caribbean destination among shoppers. Set to the dazzling backdrop of tropical paradise, Gustavia offers an effortless blend of high-end designers and local boutiques. Head to the bustling oceanfront of Rue de la Republique where you’ll find Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. There are also a number of one-of-a-kind boutiques in which many of the clothing and goods are exclusively made on the island. Bijoux de la Mar is a well-known gem among regular visitors for its beautifully-crafted pieces inspired by the Caribbean waters, whereas Poupette really carries the bohemian spirit of St. Barth’s with its signature range of frilly dresses and colorful accessories. Ligne St. Barth is the island’s own line of cosmetics that’s derived from plants, fruits and flowers to embody the spirit of nature.
This Zimmermann Corsage Linear Mini was designed to take you around the St. Barth’s under the sweltering Caribbean sun.The breathable fabric and masterful cut of the skirt will have you feeling comfortable while the wonderful ivory color palette is decorated with subtle gold striped trim throughout for an elegant look as you move from shop to shop.
St. Barth’s boasts a dazzling array of beaches, each with their own distinct personality. The dazzling white sand and crashing turquoise waves of Anse de Colombier is a tropical paradise waiting to be discovered. The sandy bay is ideal for swimming with nearby snorkeling as well. For those seeking a private afternoon under the sun without hassle, head to Saline Beach, which is free from bars, shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to simply relax along the curve of the shores and tranquil waters. For people watching, you can’t go wrong with Nikki Beach. The hotspot is where you’ll witness everyone from those clutching their Birkin bags sitting next to sandy boho beachgoers.
Striking that perfect mix between effortless and elegant can be quite tricky, especially with swimwear, but this Tori Praver Jagger Smocked Triangle Top does just that. The white triangle bikini is simple enough in nature, but also has a flattering cut that will take you through St. Barth’s with ease. The timeless offering from Tori Praver is complete with a deep-v neckline, straight back and adjustable straps to maximize comfort and style.
For the true essence of St. Barth’s, head to La Guérite, an extension of one of the most well-known dining establishments native to Cannes. The upscale hotspot dazzles with idyllic views of the yacht-filled harbor and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. For the most upscale restaurant on the island, many point towards Bonito St. Barth’s, housed in a former private beach villa designed for a cozy and intimate dining experience. Lastly, you can do no wrong with a visit to Orega, which seamlessly fuses Japanese and French cuisine for an action-packed food experience. The restaurant, which has chapters in Paris, Tokyo and New York, has quickly developed an international reputation for its masterfully refined menu.
These Jimmy Choo Mischa 85 Sandals are decorated with a crystal buckle and complete in a lime green suede. The chic slingback sandal is an on-trend footwear option that can add a touch of glamour to a sophisticated silhouette. The effortless style will take you from dining in Gustavia to cocktails during the night without hassle. This Jimmy Choo Sallie Clutch Bag is the elegant and timeless style to complement the outfit with ease. The black diamond crystals are subtle and beautiful in their simplicity as the perfect touch to the upscale ensemble.
No Caribbean island can match the extravagance of St. Barth’s. The Christian Liaigre-designed Le Sereno is a trendy, yet private hotel that boasts 37 supremely elegant suites and villas overlooking the spectacular cove on the eastern coast known as the Grand Cul de Sac. Le Guanahani is the largest resort on the island that offers all sorts of cushy accommodation scattered throughout garden paths that wind through lush greenery. What the elegant Hotel Christopher lacks in its own private strip of beach, it makes up for with its wonderful infinity pool which is universally known as the best on the island.
When you’re hopping from the outdoor spa to the beach bars and back to the villa, the range of versatile garments from Orlebar Brown has you covered. Their tailored approach to holiday essentials is epitomized in this Orlebar Brown OB-T Merino Long Sleeve which will take you around the resort with ease. Cut from a luxurious merino fabric, this will keep you the perfect temperature for both when the breeze rolls in and the sun is shining. These Orlebar Brown Bulldog Shorts are the perfect option to complement the style in a flexible, fresh and beach-ready manner.
Annual Nighttime Festivities
St. Barth’s is an especially exquisite treat leading up to the holiday season. Naturally, the white sand beaches and plentiful sunshine are the biggest allure around this time of year, but you can also expect some buzzing events and private parties to kick off both on land and onboard. Head to prestigious hotspots such as Maya’s or La Plage for some of the most sophisticated atmospheres come night, while decadence is taken to new extremes at leading hotels such Eden Rock or Le Toiny. You also haven’t experienced St. Barth’s until you’ve checked out Le Ti St. Barth’s, the most famous spot for drinks and nightlife on the island.
Suit and tie are hardly ever required in St. Barth’s. Instead, it remains a casual bastion of chic resort style that’s both comfortable and on-trend. This Frescobol Carioca Slim-Fit Linen Button-Up is the perfect look to take you through St. Barth’s. The white linen shirt is a classic tropical piece that will take you from day to night with ease. Pair it with these Salle Privée Gehry Chino Pants and these Monumental by Karen Walker Wilde Round Sunglasses for a casual luxe outfit suitable for the Caribbean.
There is an extensive range of water sports available across St. Barth’s. Whether you’re just starting out for the first time or you’re an expert, kitesurfing during your stay is an unbeatable opportunity. The shallow reef-protected waters around the Grand Cul-de-Sac beach average 27ºC year-round. All of the water surrounding St. Barth’s are protected, leading to a rich diversity in underwater life. There’s a noticeable amount of turtles swimming in the shallow waters, while the island is fantastic for all-around snorkeling and scuba diving.
The Rolex Submariner is the ultimate choice of wristwear here. It’s water-resistant properties and underwater capabilities make it an ideal companion as you learn to kitesurf, snorkel and scuba dive with ease. Besides that, the timeless style of the Rolex Submariner is one that will take you throughout St. Barth’s. With this timeless steel bracelet, the Submariner is as versatile a wrist companion you can ask for, taking you from the water to happy hour without skipping a beat.