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  • davesmom's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:35 PM
    I loved Andy's...it was always our first night dinner and my favorite part was the rhum vanille. We were truly sad when he left and Hafida then left after that. I hope they are all doing well, wherever they landed.
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  • davesmom's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:32 PM
    Davesdad once had a merguez-eating contest with some very interesting friends in France down at their château in the Loire Valley...that is for an on-island dinner conversation, (preferably at L'Esprit but I can go for pizza anytime!) This new pizza place sounds great! Hoping to get back in the Spring if things shape up on the Covid situation. Hope to meet up with Amy and Phil and maybe go to both restaurants!
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:23 PM
    Further info from Le Journal, translation by Google: Five new positive cases in Saint-Barth, a patient evacuated on Thursday by V.A 09/24/2020 On Wednesday September 23, a new case tested positive for Covid-19 in Saint-Barthélemy. The patient in question was evacuated this Thursday afternoon to be hospitalized in Saint-Martin, as a precaution, because she has other pathologies. This Thursday four other people were tested positive for the coronavirus by the Bio Pôle laboratory. This brings the total of active cases on our island to 25 currently, which attests to the circulation of the virus in Saint-Barthélemy.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:19 PM
    Me too....some day.
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  • davesmom's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:12 PM
    That might be the scariest road in SBH...I do not drive at all there..well, I guess because I took a few turns on 2 wheels of the 4 wheel drive on a couple of turns going into Gustavia...needless to say now, Davesdad has chosen to do all the driving. I keep trying to get the courage up to drive some day again...a bucket list item for sure!
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  • davesmom's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 06:00 PM
    Sorry to be late to the fête, but joyeux anniversaire, Cass!! Much health and lots of travel to our favorite island in the coming year!
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  • garykool81's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 05:38 PM
    Having just returned from the island, I do hope they begin to take this more seriously. One of the concerning observations I made when we were there was the very relaxed approach to mask enforcement and social distancing -- especially certain (not all) restaurants that were operating as if COVID-19 was a thing of the past and had tables and patrons seated within just a few feet of one another. Having an economy so dependent on tourism means finding a way to safely balance the urgent need to reopen for business with an operating playbook that is risk-averse enough to mitigate community spread.
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  • ssdssi's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 04:27 PM
    We just went to SBH the last part of August and spent a night in San Juan to get the early morning TW flight. We stayed at the Embassy Suites that is very close to the airport. Someone on this forum recommended it which is why we chose it. It has a casino but it was closed due to Covid and that was fine because there were no crowds in the lobby area. We were very pleased with our accommodations; the room was clean, updated, and very quiet, and the hotel staff was great! They had a taxi waiting to take us to the airport the next morning and that was easy.There are some restaurants within walking distance. It is not a resort and I would not go there for my “vacation”, but if we did this trip again I would certainly stay there. We had our Covid test done and got the results 24...
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  • JEK's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 04:26 PM
    THE COMMUNITY CALLS FOR VIGILANCE AGAINST COVID 09/24/2020 The Collectivity is communicating this Thursday to urge the citizens to be extremely careful about the circulation of Covid-19. "The virus is circulating on the island. It has in particular been introduced by residents returning from Europe or neighboring islands," she explains. "The greatest vigilance is required. It is everyone's responsibility in this period of resumption of activity and as the tourist season approaches." She recommends avoiding trips to surrounding islands as long as they can be postponed. In the event of return from abroad (the Committee cites only Europe and the surrounding islands), it asks newcomers to be very scrupulous for seven days on their return (mask, barrier gestures), and asks...
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  • cec1's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 04:15 PM
    Thanks, Tiffany . . . if November doesn't happen, I'll probably be there in February, as well, so we'll find a "date" one time or another!
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  • Tiffany's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 03:27 PM
    Thank you. We’re going to give it a few more weeks to see how the situation is with COVID, then decide what to do. Will definitely buy you a drink if we are on the island. Also have a February trip planned there and hopeful it will be a go...that one was postponed from April. I miss that island so much and can’t wait to get back. I hope your travel goes smoothly for November.
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  • cec1's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 03:07 PM
    Sorry to read of your stress, Tiffany . . . which comes through loud & clear. Sounds like a postponement of your trip might be a stress reliever. With respect to the fact that you’ve already paid for the villa, I think that you’ll find that most agencies & “direct rental” owners will allow you to rollover your days to another time within 12 months. Perhaps that gives you some comfort. In addition, if you were required to be relocated to another villa because its prior occupants were found to have Covid, I wouldn’t be concerned that you’ll have to “settle” for another villa. There are many available villas, & my experience has been that when an agency (Wimco, e.g.) has to relocate guests, it’s often to an upgraded property. You might find yourself in a dream spot! Good luck in...
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  • Tiffany's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 02:16 PM
    We have a trip planned for November that is paid for. I’m so conflicted about it. There’s the stress of the 72 hour time window for a COVID test to get there, and then also one coming back. I asked what happens if you test positive while there and was told you quarantine in your villa until negative. I guess there are worse things! BUT, what if that happens to the villa tenant staying the week before you? Do you have to settle for a different villa if someone is quarantined in “yours?” Also, it can take a while to test negative....that gets expensive staying there, plus the logistics of getting home on different flights if necessary. There are really a lot of variables to think about. I usually only stress about about making a connecting flight...that hasn’t even entered my mind...
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  • steelpe's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 11:22 AM
    If your overly worried about it... I would say don't bother. If you like to roll the dice and are willing to lose the money you have put down then take the risk and try to mitigate that risk by purchasing travel insurance. I would just stay away from vilifying the villa owners and rental agencies. They are just providing the service you requested.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 11:16 AM
    Sad news.
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  • cassidain's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 10:30 AM
    probably best just to travel domestic for now. waaaay too many rules for international travel at the moment. just my humble opinion.
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  • Jim A's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 10:19 AM
    "Renters, like myself, are going to have to deal with the airlines no-refund policies" I thought most airlines are offering some type of refund or credit towards future travel?
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 10:00 AM
    Confirmed cases increased by 22. "New cases among residents is 8." An interesting distribution, particularly in the context of what Le Journal reported (post 95) and the alert thresholds (incidence rate and test positivity rate) being based on positive tests in residents.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 09:13 AM
    When is Select due to reopen? Do you know? How about the chicken wings?
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 08:45 AM
    we had their chicken wings for dinner last night, hardly a soul in the place, all staff wearing masks and Le Select is closed so it was very quiet in town!
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  • didier's Avatar
    09-24-2020, 08:05 AM
    My two cents in this discussion. Its not the villa owner's or the agencies problem if a renter tests positive for covid, if you cannot show up for your rental, its only your fault and no one else's. the villa owner or agency has reserved the villa for you when they could have reserved the villa for someone else who may have been able to have arrived to sbh with no problems. This is a tough year for renters and for the villa owners, and for the airlines, a lot less people traveling. Remember its your vacation, and its your responsibility to get travel insurance.
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  • cec1's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 11:28 PM
    Thank you, John . . . d’accord!
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  • cec1's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 11:24 PM
    World renowned designer who leaves an indelible mark on St. Barths, most obviously for visitors to Hotel Le Sereno. When introduced one time at the Hotel, he playfully entertained his young son — consummately elegant, refined, and simple . . . as his style is. https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/house-interiors/a33958142/christian-liaigre-st-barts-home/
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  • JEK's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 09:45 PM
    A tough time for folks on both sides of the transaction. Hopefully this will pass in 2021, until then please stay safe.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 08:03 PM
    That sign sure shows good will! I have to say the chicken wings are to DIE FOR!
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  • GeorgeD's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 07:35 PM
    The normal deal is 50% of the rental upon signing and 50% 30 days before arrival, i.e. paid in full before arrival. However with Covid, you do not know if you will test negatively within 5 days of arrival. So, you could be on the hook for your airlines and 100% of your rental, but not be able to go. I asked a major SBH agency about this and they said buy insurance and you will get a one year credit for the unit(maybe). We rented a unit that was demolished by the hurricane and another that was sold the next year. Where would we go for the credit? Good luck on that. I think we all need to get tougher with the rental agencies who want to fob all the costs on us while adding their charges on top. Here is what I suggested to the agency: I think the owners need to think about making their...
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  • JEK's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 06:04 PM
    Many just refer to it as the Starbucks of the island. We don’t go often, but always an early morning stop for eggs and people watching. Still in the same family since 1981. Perhaps they were inspired by the nextdoor neighbors.
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  • Turtle Dean's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 05:54 PM
    I like that! The Oblivion Bar.....
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    09-23-2020, 03:57 PM
    September 20 Update from ARS, translation by Google: Bulletin #88-Coronavirus Information Weekly health point from September 14 to 20, 2020 (modification of the evaluation period with the information system of Public Health France) Number of cases: • Saint Martin: After refinement of data from the SIDEP system of Public Health France, the number of new cases is 50. This brings the number of cumulative cases of coronavirus confirmed by PCR test (consolidated data) to 367
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