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    Divabella is offline
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    Colony Club

    Just booked unit D4, super excited as this will be our first vacation here. We visited for the day in February and instantly fell in love with the island. Any info on Colony Club and it's location and good restaurants and bars nearby.

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    andynap is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Welcome to the forum Diva. The colony club sits high about Gustavia Harbor and some ads show a car included which you will need to get around the rest of the island. There are many restaurants near you and if you look at the restaurant forum there is a map of Gustavia with the restaurants listed. There are so many restaurants that people have favorites here but it's a matter of taste. Read some of the reviews on the restaurant forum
    as well as some trip reports which include resto reviews. The closest beach to you is St Jean which is nice and lively. There are 2 sections- one side of the Eden Rock and the other side of Eden Rock. Both sides have their merits- the La Plage side is lively and the Nikki Beach side is more quiet but both have restaurants and swimming. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need.


    Andy

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    andynap is offline
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    Andy

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    KevinS is offline
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    All of Gustavia is within 1/4 to 1/3 mile of Colony Club, and the sunset views from the Colony Club condos should be spectacular. Bonita is just below Colony Club , as is a new late-night club called Sky Bar, and multiple popular restaurants Black Ginger, Orega, Eddy's, L'isola and 25 Quarter. They're all easier to get to than to return from. Colony Club is higher up the hill, and the road down, while short, is a bit steep. Make your footwear choices accordingly. On the upside, walking home from dinner will burn off a few dessert calories, LOL.

    There is is at least one couple here who stays at Colony Club annually, and hopefully they will comment too.

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    Peter NJ is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Divabella View Post
    Just booked unit D4, super excited as this will be our first vacation here. We visited for the day in February and instantly fell in love with the island. Any info on Colony Club and it's location and good restaurants and bars nearby.

    If you guys dont have any knee or hip problems you can walk to anywhere in Gustavia but if do just know its down a very steep hill to town...Also as I recall there are many steps down to the beautiful pool without railings to hold onto...I stayed there many years ago and it was a very nice property...Get ready for squealing scooter engines at all times in early morning
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    didier is offline
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    nice property high above gustavia. I am happy I do not own any of that real estate though. they charge the owners 1000 euros a month just to maintain the pool, gardens, etc. highway robbery.......lol. a few of the units have not been updated since the 70's, hopefully the one that you are renting will be.

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    cassidain is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    The closest beach to you is St Jean which is nice and lively. .
    Shell beach is less than a half kilometer away, st-jean beach is approx 2.5 kilometers, and gouverneur beach is approx 2.9 kilometers.
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    andynap is offline
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    With what is going on I don't count Shell Beach anymore. I never liked it anyway as a beach.


    Andy

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    cassidain is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    With what is going on I don't count Shell Beach anymore. I never liked it anyway as a beach.
    perhaps divabella should be allowed to make up her own mind about that.
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    andynap is offline
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    She asked for restos and bars. Beach was my throw in with my opinion just like someone gives an opinion about a restaurant. She will find out on her own anyway.


    Andy

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    Tiffany is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    You'll love it. Walking distance to everything in Gustavia, use the steps past Bonito to go down and up the hill. Lots of restaurants, including Choisy bakery for breakfast close by. I love Shell Beach, which is walking distance for you too. By staying there, you're central to everything in St Barts. When you get there, pick up a Tables book...free at the airport...and you can decide from the many restaurants on the island. You can walk to casual (Le Select, Creperie), fancy (L'Isola, Bonito, Ortega), and in between (Pipiri Palace, Repaire). Many others too, just listed some of our favorites. Baz bar is a nice place for a drink and live music. Have fun!

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    Tiffany is offline
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    And Eddy's! How could I forget to mention that? Really captures the essence of the island.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Dan and I have stayed in two different units for the past several years. It's was fine for us (we can still walk up the steep hill even after a few cocktails.) The views are nice, located close to so many fine restaurants, well maintained. you should enjoy it. Let me know if you have specific questions.
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    Divabella is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Thanks everyone! Super helpful! So glad I found this website. Thrilled that we are so close to Bonito. That was on the top of my list of restaurants to visit.

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    Eve is offline
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    Have stayed at CC, the walk back up the hill is a killer. It has to be a 60 degree slope

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    LMAC is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Though some on this forum will disagree, Sellona on Shell Beach is a great lunch spot! AND - very walkable from the Colony Club.

    Enjoy..
    Libby

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    Tiffany is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve View Post
    Have stayed at CC, the walk back up the hill is a killer. It has to be a 60 degree slope
    Just past Bonito...literally just a few feet...take a left and there are stairs that go behind the next building and then (right) to the road below. You come out by Black Ginger. We stay at a villa next to the Carl Gustaf which is higher up the hill than Colony Club; the walk down to Gustavia is challenging, but we like it. The steps save your knees on that hill.

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    Divabella is offline
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    Is it as bad as a San Francisco hill? I knew going in it was a big one but I'm under the impression its short?

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    Divabella is offline
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    Thanks, will definitely find those steps!

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    cec1 is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divabella View Post
    Is it as bad as a San Francisco hill?
    Much like walking up Powell Street from Post to California.

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    Tiffany is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divabella View Post
    Is it as bad as a San Francisco hill? I knew going in it was a big one but I'm under the impression its short?
    Not a big hill, just steep. And you have about 2 inches of space between you and the cars coming down the hill. When you walk in the direction of Shell Beach, there are sidewalks. Also sidewalks throughout Gustavia. It's not a bad walk, but the steps make it safer and easier down into town.

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    I am surprised no one has mentioned Santa Fe! In our opinion, that is a must for lunch because of the view and food! They have great fresh spiny grilled lobster and very good gazpacho with seared prawns and mango. Don't miss the desserts there as well. Ask for a table with a good view.

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    bkeats is offline
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    Sante Fe is a great spot but one would be might hungry, sweaty and thirsty if you walked there from colony Club. I've have seen people walking up that road from Gustavia to Lurin and they're getting quite a workout.

    The road is as steep as anything in San Francisco but it's short.

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    chris83 is offline
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    very nice when flats are renovated.
    Old ones are just...very very old,sadly.
    Great location.Bonito,Isola,Shellona,Orega and others..walking distance
    Have fun

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    Rich and Sue is offline
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    We've stayed at Colony Club several times. It's a great location if you want to be in Gustavia. We stayed in D4 in 2016. It's fine for a couple. This is the view of the harbor which is beautiful day and night. I understand D4 has been remodeled since we were there. The new owner replaced a deck full of beautiful flowering plants with a more open deck that gives you a better view of the harbor. Don't worry about the hill climb. There are steps from the pool down to the street behind the church. But the little climb on the street is worth it to get quickly to Choisy for pastries before the rush. Just don't attempt it in flip-flops. You won't be bothered by street noise in that unit as there is another one between you and the street. You will get the sounds of Gustavia including the rooster that lives below you waking you up in the morning and the bands from some of the bars in the evenings.

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    Divabella is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Thanks for the info RichandSue. The view looks great. I noticed some of the pics looked different especially the deck. We can't wait til February! Do you usually get beach chairs with rentals? We usually stay in St John and we always get them with the rental.

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    We have walked up to Santa Fe from Gustavia- yes it is quite a hill but the views are even better from your feet than from the car! Just depends if you like a little workout before you dine. Can stop at the gym on the way up or down.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divabella View Post
    Thanks for the info RichandSue. The view looks great. I noticed some of the pics looked different especially the deck. We can't wait til February! Do you usually get beach chairs with rentals? We usually stay in St John and we always get them with the rental.
    D4 used to have beach chairs and umbrellas to use. You should ask if they are still in the pantry.
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    Divabella is offline
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    Re: Colony Club

    Does anyone have any info as to how Colony Club held up? We are not going to February and still definately plan on going. We want to support the economy!!! Just wondering if I should start considering other locations as I know it's high season. I feel that it's too soon to contact Remax (who we rented through). Just wondering if anyone could shed any light.

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