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St. Barts travel & news blogWelcome to the Saint Barthélemy travel & news blog. On this site you'll find an extensive and up to date guide to the island (links on the left), as well as news from and about St. Barts from Candee Duensing of "St. Barth News Bytes". You can read the articles and leave comments, and you can also ask and answer questions on our St. Bart's forum. Saint Barthélemy is a serene and special island that will remind visitors more of the south of France than the Caribbean. This tiny island has 22 beautiful beaches, as well as some of the finest accommodations (hotels and private villas) and dining in the region. The island is known for the famous faces it attracts every winter as celebrities from around the world flee the cold on this magical tropical paradise.
December 1, 2011
June 7, 2011
St. Barts has become more affordable this summer thanks to the Caribbean's premier luxury villa rental company, Wimco Villas.
New this summer and fall are a range of promotional programs for Wimco's collection of villas, including 96-hour "Villa of the Week" private flash sales offering up to 50 percent off a week's rental, and their "Summer of Savings" program offering free nights, complimentary rental cars, and savings at some of St. Barts finest restaurants with Wimco's "Friend of the Island" card. These exclusive programs make St. Barts this season's most affordable luxury destination, promises Stiles Bennet, Wimco Villas president.
"We've assembled an extensive list of private sales, special offers and value added programs," says Bennet, underscoring that to get full access to these programs people need to contact Wimco at firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of a few of the villas participating in these programs include Villa WV ACE, a spacious one bedroom retreat within walking distance of St Jean beach, two bedroom Villa WV CLV in fabled Point Milou, an area renowned for its sunset views, and three bedroom Villa WV ANC, a spectacular villa with a huge infinity pool, overlooking Gouverneur beach.
From Financial News:
16 May 2011, Angela Henshall-
For those looking for the chicest of Caribbean paradises, La Banane hotel on the island of St Barthelemy would be Brummell's pick.
The idyllic island of St Barts was discovered twice: first by explorer Christopher Columbus, who never set foot on it, and second by David Rockefeller who first visited at the end of the 1950s.
Following in the tycoon's footsteps, others came to sample the island's delights. These included one of the world's most famous cabaret owners, Frenchman Jean-Marie RiviĂšre. RiviĂšre constructed an archipelago of nine bungalows to accommodate his many visitors around his own house. Nestled in the heart of a coconut grove, in a lavish tropical garden with hibiscus, frangipani and jasmine, it is the biggest homestead on the island.
Today it is La Banane Hotel, which has retained the plush 1950s feel. Its nine rooms are split into two categories: Banane Extra, with a private terrace over the tropical garden, and Banane Deluxe, a larger room with a private terrace looking over the pool or facing the tropical garden. A melting pot of different periods and inspirations, the interior decoration of the hotel has been inspired by classical design icons of modernism.
In order to create the feel of a real collector's home, the current owner has put together a unique and rare collection of furniture. Between the tropical surroundings and his passion for modernist lines, the art lover has incorporated references to architect Pierre Jeanneret's work created for the Punjab in India.
Each of the hotel's bungalows pays homage to modernist artists, such as architects Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and other contemporaries from the 1950s such as lighting designer Serge Mouille.
May 26, 2011
May 19, 2011
Nine New Itineraries and the Lowest Introductory Pricing in Years
From the Digital Journal:
SEATTLE, May 11, 2011, PR Newswire Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, unveils its new 2012 collection of luxury sailing voyages in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Baltic, Italy, Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Transatlantic Crossing.
Windstar's new 2012 collection of luxury sailing voyages visit enchanting destinations and provide unforgettable experiences at exceptional values. In addition to receiving the lowest introductory pricing in years, guests who book by June 30, 2011, receive a $200 shipboard credit per cabin. Windstar's Foremast Members receive an additional 5% discount on all itineraries.
Features a unique collection of islands highlighting diverse countries, styles, landscapes and cultures of the Caribbean. Seven-day sailings on Wind Surf from Philipsburg, St. Maarten to Philipsburg, St. Maarten visit Le Marin, Martinique; Pigeon Island, St. Lucia; Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; and Gustavia, St. Barts. Departures: December 31, 2011; January 14, 28; February 11, 25; and March 10, 24, 2012. Cruise fares starting from $2,299 per person, double occupancy.
From the Toronto Sun:
Thursday, May 19, 2011 With great reviews of St. Bart's on TripAdvisor, the recurring theme seems to be: Stellar beaches, amazing water and full-sun. While there are many beaches in the area, Grand Saline Beach is naturist friendly and, according to one review, idyllic: "This beach is what the Caribbean must have been like thousands of years ago."
May 10, 2011
From Travel News:
May 3, 2011 The listing as published by the National Geographic book - The 10 Best of Everything:
8. ST. BART'S
From Palm Desert Patch:
April 19, 2011 Los Angeles-based photographer Peter Eaton Gurnz presents a sneak preview of his recent collaboration with supermodel Masha Rudenko. The dramatic collection of images is part of a show which opens on St. Barts in August at Valentine de Badereau Gallery, Tom Beach Hotel.
From The Calgary Herald:
Herald News Services April 13, 2011 SeaDream Yacht Club is offering savings of up to 62 per cent on select 2011 sailings in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. For example, pay from $2,599 per person double (plus $392 port charges and service fee) for a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard the SeaDream II departing Nov. 12 and sailing round trip from St. Thomas. By comparison, the brochure rate is $6,900, plus taxes and fees. The cruise visits St. John, Saba, St. Barts (overnight stay), Virgin Gorda, Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke. Info:www.seadream.com
January 31, 2011
January 20, 2011
NEWPORT, R.I., Jan. 12, 2011 -- Planning that perfectly chic St. Bart's vacation has never been easier with Wimco Villa's new vertically integrated agency on the island, WimcoSBH, providing above-and-beyond personalized concierge services. WimcoSBH, headed up by island expert Fabienne Le Gall, has uniquely positioned itself as the most knowledgeable and well-connected villa rental and real estate sales agency on St. Bart's.
Wimco's thoroughly vetted selection of premier villas on St. Bart's includes several newly constructed villas, filled with the latest features and amenities. Here are the Top 5 New Villas from Wimco for 2011 vacation season in St Bart's.
September 17, 2010
Hurricane Earl, at category 3, hit St Barth on August 29 and 30 with strong winds and rough seas. The strongest wind gusts were measured at 105m/h. The south side of the island was hit the worse (Gustavia, Corossol, Public, Colombier). Five planes that had been left at the airport were damaged, two almost completely. All of the commercial planes had been flown to Guadeloupe, Martinique or CuraĂ§ao. The airport was operational again by 9:00 am Tuesday morning, August 31. The electricity was restored for the most part by the end of Monday, with the remaining outages repaired by Wednesday. The project of putting the electrical lines underground certainly paid off for many residents and visitors. Hopefully, that will be completed island-wide before too long. Desalinated water from Gustavia was cut off Sunday afternoon but available again by Wednesday. Most of the damage was to trees and beaches. The sand on most of the beaches on that side of the island has been replaced with large boulders and rocks. Three months after hurricane Omar hit St Barth, the sand had returned to Colombier, so there is hope. The Collectivity had just completed adding sand to the beach at Corossol before Earl arrived and was preparing to start a project to add sand to Shell Beach. I guess the lesson learned is that nature is more powerful than man, and we should just let it take its natural course. Hopefully, the sand will find its way back to Colombier, Corossol, Shell Beach and Public with a little time. At right is a photo of the beach at Colombier after Earl. Still beautiful, just different.
August 13, 2010
Villa Arc En Ciel is a four-bedroom, four-bath villa set high on the hillside with spectacular views and total privacy. This property offers a unique Mexican theme with gorgeous tile work throughout. Equal king bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms offer each couple separation. There is a new heated infinity edge pool with overflow Jacuzzi attached surrounded by a spacious deck. The large kitchen is designed for the gourmet cook and overlooks the fabulous sunken living room with ample glass to enjoy the view from all angles. A raised dining terrace is also available and offers breathtaking views. The fourth bedroom was added in 2003 and is separated from the main house for ultimate privacy to its occupants. Non-smokers please.
The lionfish, native to the Pacific Ocean, is a voracious predator with few natural enemies. It is also one of the venomous fish in the ocean with long, pointy spines. Although its venom is not fatal, a person being struck will have extreme pain and possibly headaches, vomiting and breathing difficulties. Recently, two young lionfish were found in the waters around St. Maarten. Thus far, none have been seen in St. Barth waters. Because the lionfish has few, if any, natural predators, it can decimate populations of other fish. In addition, it reproduces very quickly. The Nature Foundation in St. Maarten is trying to collect every lionfish that is found to try to halt this invasive species from taking over the Caribbean waters.
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