TRIP REPORT W/ PICS 11/30-12/7

Sandi

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We visited St Barts (first time in 8 years) in early December and it was amazing! We have only been in the slow summer months in the past so this was a nice change of pace. More traffic and less parking for sure but a bit cooler vibe and lots of pretty people. lol. Here are some daily highlights:

Thursday: We arrived at SXM too late to catch the last plane to SBH...but did manage to get the ferry in time. Ferry ride was great at first, but it got splashy and rough about midway through. We arrived at port safely though and were greeted by our rep from MY VILLA IN ST BARTH...a great agency, by the way. He had the rental car there for us (rented through SixT) and we were able to get in right away and be escorted to our villa in Pt Milou, VILLA BIRDY. We did make one quick stop of MONOPRIX, the new grocery store in Lorient which is very nice, by the way. The villa was great! Plenty of privacy, amazing view, cool layout and well equipped with everything we needed. Highly recommend this villa. We unpacked and had a lobster dinner at Pearl Beach. There was almost nobody there so it was a bit odd, but the lobster was great! We went back and crashed.


Friday: We had a quick breakfast at KIKI Mo in St Jean, picked up some more supplies and headed to Saline Beach for the morning. We walked to the far end and it was spectacular! We left for lunch and kind of by accident found GYP SEA.....wow!!! What an amazing experience with a cool vibe and fantastic food. We wished we had been a little more prepared in knowing what this experience was going to be. We would have come earlier and hungrier....it is a great beach club lingering lunch kind of place. Went back and napped.....and had dinner that night at l'esprit on Saline which was truly amazing. I had the pork, Sandy had the steak...it was delicious and beautiful...so much to eat in one day!!!!

Saturday: We had spa appointments booked at Rosewood "Sense" spa....had been here years before when it was the other place. We went all in and did the 2.5 hour foot bath, facial and massage.....which was all great. ( A little long for me but Sandy enjoyed it a lot). We wanted to linger in the steam room and pool but the steam room was not working properly and there were employees hanging by the pool so it felt awkward. We left and had a quick lunch at BOUCHON a little pizza burger place in Lorient. Rested in the afternoon and then went to dinner at the OCEAN CLUB...yikes. This is a new restaurant and very swanky and nice. We did the chef tasting menu (receipt attached). The food was incredible for sure and the presentation was off the charts nice. It is in a beautiful spot upstairs over Prada...overall fantastic but quite pricey. I guess no surprise.

Sunday: We did a Catamaran ride with JICKY MARINE....9am-1pm...it was amazing. Very expensive since we were the only people on the vessel but it was so relaxing and fun. They took us to Colombier ....we snorkeled for some time and it was great...then we sailed around a bit more. The sea was rather calm so it made for a great experience. Awesome seeing the island from the water. Also we rode past two incredible yachts - one was owned by Nancy Walton or WalMart fame....and the other owned by the creator/founder of WhatsApp...it is amazing how much wealth there is and how you can see it at St Barts....several other big yachts in the harbor from some super rich, one of which is from the Carolinas ,where we live. We went back and had lunch at le bar le boubli in Gustavia....then napped. Shocking. Had dinner that night at Sky Bar in Gustavia....sushi was so good!!! Service was a bit slow due to not enough staff, but the view and food were superb.

Monday: We had a lazy morning and did some shopping. Bought some bread and meat at the grocery and came back to make ham and cheese baguettes to take to the beach. We packed lunch and waters and some beers and headed back to Saline far end. Spent most of the day enjoying the sun here. A good number of people on the beach too! RE SALINE: have you seen what the guy has built at the left end (as you face the water)? A walkway to the top and behind a gate is a little shack of some kind. We met the guy who was apparently the owner. With no English, he managed to explain that his family had been raising goats and cows there and made it sound like it was his land. He built a little area where he apparently comes to relax but it looks like crap. I have pics but you need to email me because this site is limiting the number of pics I can post . sandibeachpl@yahoo.com
Anyway, later that night we had the best meal of the trip at Petit Place in Gustavia!!!! This was amazing food and a really nice vibrant atmosphere. The Veal chop was to die for! Food was better here than the Ocean Club imo.

Tuesday: We spent the morning snorkeling....first at Lorient Beach near the rocks which was fantastic....then we drove to Anse Petit...or Petit Anse...where it was even better!!! Lots of beautiful fish and a relaxing place for sure. Didn't even know this existed...but so glad we found it..out toward the path that leads to Colombier...after that, we found a truly spectacular lunch spot - where Do Brazil used to be. SHELLONA WAS OUTSTANDING....highly recommend this for lunch. It is at Shell Beach..we had planned to snorkel here too but we were tired and hungry and ended up being treated to a fantastic lunch. Napped. Then went to Le Ti for dinner. It was underwhelming. This place has changed. The decor is better than it used to be, much cleaner looking and more open than I remembered. But the food was mediocre at best and the "SHOW" was just ok. Warning to Americans: this is an enclosed place and cigarette smoking is allowed. We had a bit of a hard time with that and it probably contributed to our overall negative experience.

Wednesday: last day was spent back on saline past the rocks on the very end. Was very nice as always. Ate sandwiches on the beach again. Final dinner was that night at Eddys.....which never disappoints!!! Sandy had the shrimp and I had lamb chops....delicious and reasonably priced. We met Eddy himself on the way out. This is a great "must do" restaurant in my opinion!!!

Overall amazing experience...and we vowed to come back at least every year. Love driving here and the mini Cooper was a lot of fun, by the way. I have other pics if you are interested.....sandibeachcpl@yahoo.com

Dan and Sandy
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Villa Birdy looks nice. Since it is open living room, how were the mosquitos when watch television at dusk, biting time?
 
Villa Birdy looks nice. Since it is open living room, how were the mosquitos when watch television at dusk, biting time?
We were never bothered by the mosquitos at any time during the day or night. I believe they had some repellent devises going all the time and there was some spray, but we were not bothered at all. There is a mosquito net that you can lower electronically but we never used it. The kitchen was amazing, by the way. Overall it is a very comfortable house. By the way, the bedrooms both have sliding covers on the doors so you can close them at night to block out all light....we loved that because I didn't want to be awakened by the early sun!
 
Hi Sandi. Great trip report!
The family that owns Saline are super nice. We have heard the stories of the sheep that once grazed the hills and would come running when grandma called for them.

Thankfully for all us tourists, it is a dedicated green zone. So no buildings or construction, except for that small rustic beach shack for the extended family to enjoy the Saline beach. .
From our understanding they own from Gouverneur to Grand Fond!
Can you imagine owning arguably the most exclusive property on St Barth and not making one penny for keeping it green and open for all of us..
 
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Hi Sandi. Great trip report!
The family that owns Saline are super nice. We have heard the stories of the sheep that once grazed the hills and would come running when grandma called for them.

Thankfully for all us tourists, it is a dedicated green zone. So no buildings or construction, except for that small rustic beach shack for the extended family to enjoy the Saline beach. .
From our understanding they own from Gouverneur to Grand Fond!
Can you imagine owning arguably the most exclusive property on St Barth and not making one penny for keeping it green and open for all of us..
It is hard to imagine but we are all blessed because of it. The guy doesn't speak much English but he did tell about the goats and cows that were a part of the land for so long. He actually used the "moo" and "baa" sounds to talk about them. He was so nice....he has also fenced off an area at the far end of Saline and I think he has a small structure back there as well with a hammock and some chimes. I am glad I stopped and spoke to him. Here are some pics I took of his main area.
 

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