My Adventures in St. Barts – Day Two
Hello again from beautiful St. Barth or the blue island as it was once known in ancient times. The name was derived from the guaiacum tree of the Caribbean and used in the construction of traditional local houses. When it flowers the tree explodes into tiny blue dots giving the landscape an impressionist air, almost like a painting by Paul Gauguin. Putting some color back into life and claiming the feeling of Liberta that can still be found in this small island Paradise.
This trip was very unexpected to say the least. Planned for one of my VIP clients who needed to cancel and who suggested that both me and my daughter go instead!! I guess I did not have that much time to think out the logistics, the plane ride being one of them. So without hesitation we packed! And we made it! Honestly the ride over from St. Maarten wasn’t as bad as I expected. We toughed it out and so happy that we did! The island is really paradise and for most of the tourists, it is a trip that they make yearly. I can understand why and this just may be my plan as well!
St Barts (short for St Barthelemy) is one of the most luxurious islands in the world. This French island located in the French West Indies is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is famous for its French Chic culture, deserted white-sand beaches, gourmet restaurants and luxury boutiques. This small paradise, away from the rest of the world, is preserved from the hustle and bustle of city life. Imagine no McDonald’s or Burger King, no fast food chains whatsoever. No Walmart and no Target!! Nothing but quaint shops offering only the best of the best!
It is the perfect destination for a moment of escape in a peaceful, friendly and sophisticated atmosphere. Hotel Christopher is our castle for the next few days. Located on St. Bart’s Northern coast which overlooks a private bay. It is only a few minutes’ walk to the beach and a short distance from the shops and restaurants of Grand Cul de Sac. With a world class spa, the prestigious Sisley brand of high quality products and beautiful atmosphere this spa provides a unique “savoir-faire” and a relaxing experience. Tomorrow is the day for our Phyto-Aromatic treatments combining massage rituals created with the respect of local traditions, and the power of the aromatherapy for bringing harmony to your body and mind. I will be sure to report back!
Yesterday Lexie decided on a surf lesson with David, the island’s expert ! Located in a cute little shack on Lorient Beach, David was more than welcoming making Alexie feel that she too could conquer the waves. I chose to sit back and relax. After all I’m used to the calm waves of Ft. Lauderdale and these waves reminded me more of the Jersey Shore. They rippled and roared breaking with intensity in a sea of aquamarine crystal clear waters.
I would consider Lexie to be athletic. She is a great snowboarder and can handle a wakeboard with ease but this was quite a different animal. Yet she did it. She rode 2 big waves to shore but as David reminded us, practice makes perfect. She booked for today but we’ll see!
After that we decided to grab lunch at the world famous Nikki Beach. For those of you that visited Ft. Lauderdale at spring break back in the day you may remember Penrods. If so it was that same entrepreneur Jack Penrod who has introduced the world to Nikki Beach, the first and original luxury beach club concept that combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. It was a Wednesday afternoon and packed. It is not considered peak season on the island and still the place was jam-packed leaving me to wonder if anyone works in St. Barts.
And no trip would be complete without shopping in Gustavia, the island’s main city and capital. You will immediately notice the red roofs and 17th century forts which line the harbor. Every high end and couture designer has a shop there but please keep in mind that the shops are duty free so you pay no tax! That should be reason enough to hit the streets and that we did! My husband would so proud of our purchases from Hermes, Dolce Gabbana and Prada knowing that we saved the tax!! And with each purchase a glass of champagne. Wow what a treat or wait, maybe a ploy! The more relaxed you become the more you buy. I’m not sure .But maybe that explains my headache this morning. The champagne and the purchases! But both Lexie and I are sworn to secrecy! He will never know the damage that we did on the streets of Gustavia!
With all that shopping we were hungry. There are many cafes that line the harbor offering stunning views and world class food! We chose Bagatelle which has a reputation for French food at its best! We ordered a lentil salad and black truffle pizza. This had to be the best pizza we have ever tasted. The pizza consisted of black truffle, flat bread, creme fraische and scamoza, served hot, cheesy and delicious. As I sit contemplating my purchases this morning I still cannot keep thinking about the 2 slices we left behind. What were we thinking?
Lisa Crawford is the founder and CEO of SitInMySeats VIP Tickets, Travel & Concierge Services and can be reached at (954) 456-0419 or email Lisa@sitinmyseats.com