A little island paradise in the sun for lovers

By Patti Pietschann Pavlus BlogMaster

Ooh la la do I love St. Barths. The little, sun soaked French West Indies island is so chic and inviting. Talk about joie de vivre. The streets are always alive with the sounds of scooters  and  people having fun.  Talk about food, it’s some of the best in any of the islands.  And, the beaches are some of the most beautiful in the islands.

By land or by sea

A shot of Crystal Serenity anchored off St. Barths by Richard Pietschmann

My husband Richard and I first stepped food on St. Barths  a dozen or so years ago. We were on a Radisson Diamond cruise. (That line is now Regent Seven Seas).  It was love at first sight from the minute we launched into picture postcard pretty Gustavia.  (Ships can’t pull up in the tiny port so passengers are taken to shore by boat).

Gustavia is filled with pricey boutiques and eateries frequented by very wealthy people many who arrive by multi-million dollar yacht.

The island also houses the charming Le Toiny–a popular boutique retreat about a 20-minute drive from Gustavia.  A mecca for Hollywood nobility, moguls and mavens who prefer to hideaway, the decades old property  is set on 42 secluded acres along the undeveloped Côte Sauvage.

Photo by Richard Pietschmann

Attention to detail is what defines the hotel. Villas are impeccably appointed with high end furnishings. Each has its own little pool and awesome view of the sea.
Each one-bedroom villa includes a spacious master bedroom with en suite bath featuring a soaking tub, shower and double vanity, as well as a separate sitting area, kitchenette and large terrace with private infinity pool. The two-story villas feature these same elements, with the sitting area and kitchenette on the first floor and two master suites on the upper level, offering incredible views from private open-air balconies. Luxury textiles and Bamford amenities  round out the experience.

A little back story

Since my last visit a couple of years ago Le Toiny showcases 14 recently-renovated and completely private standalone Villa Suites (in addition to the eight older ones). Villa Suites come with views, spacious accommodations outfitted with luxurious textiles, kitchenettes, large terraces and private heated swimming pools. There is a lovely open-air restaurant that serves some mighty fine food, a Serenity Spa Cottage, fitness center and the newly added tres casual chic Toiny Beach Club.

Tips: pack lots of sunscreen, insect repellent (which is always a good idea whenever you go to the islands), bikinis, fashionable frocks, and a good attitude. Do take a ride over to Shell Beach (just outside the heart of Gustavia).

Foodie heaven

Where ever you stay in St. Barths you will eat well. The French are fussy about food. While you can expect to pay a premium for a meal, believe me it will be worth it.

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