Where are we today? If you are just joining us, check out our last installment of TC Travel Diaries, which follows our team of experts and top travel professionals to the Caribbean Islands of Turks and Caicos to experience some of the world’s most elite hotels, beautiful beaches and renowned wellness programs, guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate.
Today, our TC Travel Diaries brings us to St. Barths, a petite slice of Paris in the middle of the Caribbean. Delectable French cuisine, impeccable service and haute-couture galore awaits as you settle into your boutique beach maison and the European holiday lifestyle slowly washes over you – no Atlantic crossing (or jet lag!) required.
Pictured above (left to right): Cindy Mirchin-Work- Elli Travel; Angela Lynch- Currie & Co.; Eduardo Vazquez- Creative Travel SA de CV; Lizeth Bravo-Island Destinations; Colette Allen- Alliance Travel Corp.; Katherine Schweiger- Prestige Travel Group; Jessie Tropeano- Island Destinations; Luke Breaux- Corporate Travel Management; Julie Shifrin- Lake Shore Travel.
This exclusive enclave can be reached by a short scheduled flight from San Juan, or a scenic speedboat ride from St. Martin. ID’s favorite way to travel is in utmost style with a Tradewind Aviation scheduled flight through San Juan. Their private airport lounge makes the entire process stress-free, and the one hour flight provided amazing aerials of the surrounding islands.
The first hotel we stayed at was one of St. Barths original grande dames, Hotel Christopher St Barths, located on a peninsula in Pointe Milou. The soothing sound of the surf and panoramic views of the neighboring islands set a très sexy scene poolside, with a large infinity that seemingly blends into the sea. For some much needed R&R, Spa Sisely has rejuvenating treatments, with cabins set feet from the surf.
ID’s Insight: Lunch at Mango is a MUST! Much like the name implies, the cuisine at this casual toes-in-the-sand restaurant is super-fresh and bursting with flavor – we suggest the lobster and shrimp salad with juicy fruit slices and tangy lime vinaigrette, complemented by a refreshing cocktail. Yum!
Although we didn’t stay the night, Eden Rock St-Barth was definitely a highlight. Perched on the white sands of St Jean Bay, the property is known for its star-studded accommodations and A-list clientele. The room product stands out with villas beyond your wildest dreams – including Villa Rockstar, which features a white gold-tiled bathroom and full recording studio.
ID’s Insight: A Jungle BBQ themed dinner at Eden Rock’s stylish toes-in-the-sand Sandbar Restaurant is an unforgettable experience! The ambiance was serenely chic, with lounge furniture arranged for prime sunset viewing, and heavenly food consisting of shrimp, lobster and tender meats cooked to perfection.
Our final stop on the island was the chic Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, an iconic property placed on the beautiful and swimmable, Flamands Beach, known for an immaculate attention to detail and impeccable service. The level of luxury is set from the moment of arrival with a champagne welcome, and continues throughout the stay from custom in-room amenities to a neutral color palette that exudes elegance and class.
ID’s Insight: Make sure to spend the day lounging on Flamands Beach, one of the premier beaches on the island. Your Ambassadeurs will cater to your every desire, from delivering refreshing champagne cocktails to a light après swim snack of fresh tuna tartare – everything about this simplistic experience will be memorable. Or, those looking for a more active afternoon can enjoy a Columbier hike to stunning hill top vistas of the pristine Caribbean waters.
That’s all for now… Catch up with us tomorrow as we journey into the jungles of Belize!