Oh my gosh you guys! St. Barths is probably one of the best islands I’ve ever been to. My mom and I did a girls trip here for her birthday, so just a quick weekend getaway. This place is beyond gorgeous and so much fun. Whether you go for 3 day trip or a week, I promise you will love every second of it. The island is good for families, couples, or girls trips! It is a little bit on the pricey side of traveling, but it is worth every cent (or euro). I went the first weekend of July so it was their low season, but it was still fairly busy so I can’t imagine what their peak season is like. Here’s just a few of my recommendations for things if you wanna go!
PLACES TO STAY
- Pearl Beach Hotel This is where we stayed and I absolutely loved it! All of the staff is beyond friendly and welcoming. This boutique hotel used to be Tom Beach Hotel, but after the hurricane last year they redid the entire place and renovated everything. It is right on the beach, with free beach chairs included. There is a gorgeous open restaurant that is a part of the hotel with great food from breakfast to dinner. Any room you choose to stay in is no longer than a two minute walk from your door to the beach. They have a nice pool as well, but if you’re like me you will be at the beach instead. Also, right at the beach they offer snorkeling, to kite surfing, to surfing lessons.
- Eden Rock St. Barths I have heard amazing things about this place!! Due to the hurricane this place had a lot of damage, so they decided to completely renovate every part of it. Unfortunately, that meant it wasn’t open when I went, but it is scheduled to reopen December 2018. Next time I go, I would love to stay here. It has beaches on both sides of it and a beautiful restaurant right on the water. It is a very unique hotel and I have never heard anything bad about it. Another plus, it is conveniently located right next to the renown Nikki Beach.
- Hotel Christopher This place is perfect if you like to shop. It is located right in Gustavia which is where all the high end and boutique shops are found. Also, we found so many great restaurants in this town. This hotel looks super cute with a beautiful infinity pool and sadly, it wasn’t open when I went because of renovations from the hurricane. It is set to reopen around October of 2018 and I would love to try this place as well. Hotel Christopher has its own gorgeous restaurant and beach bar as well as a spa within the hotel if you enjoy relaxing that way.
Places to Eat
Okay, this might be my favorite part of the trip to talk about. If you know me, then you know I love food, specifically any food with truffle in it. I had truffle pasta or pizza at almost every meal. This island has some of the best food I have ever tasted. There are so many amazing places to eat, so I’ll just share with you some of my favorites and recommendations. You MUST MUST MUST make reservations ahead of time. Especially during peak season, you need to make reservations for any of these places for breakfast, lunch or dinner, way before you leave for your trip or you won’t get in. Nikki Beach is very popular on Sundays so I would make that reservations as far in advance as you can because you definitely want to experience it.
- Bagatelle – This is my favorite restaurant in the world! Our table was right on the water in the bay and it was gorgeous. On top of that, their menu was amazing. I had a truffle elbow pasta with ham and let me tell ya…THE BEST MEAL EVER! They also had lobster and a truffle pizza that was out of this world. It is a nice setting and again everyone there was very friendly.
- Nikki Beach- This place is a must. On Sundays especially, it is a total party. They have a super fun environment with a DJ playing his loud music, people dancing and the staff wears costumes to match different daily themes. When I went, it was a circus theme, so all of the staff was dressed up like members of a circus and having fun. Their food is also amazing. I highly recommend their sushi pizza. It sounds strange I know, but it’s not a normal pizza and it is super yummy.
- Bonito- If you want a place with views, then this is the place to go. It overlooks the entire bay and is especially gorgeous at dusk. Also, they have super fun and creative drinks. There is nothing normal about the drinks they serve. They come in mini bathtubs with rubber ducks to being served like the rose in Beauty in the Beast with smoke. Their food for sure is loved by the taste buds. I particularly liked the ceviche and truffle mashed potatoes. As you can tell by now I am a truffle aficionado.
- L’Isola- Italian all the way. I personally love me some good homemade Italian food and this place does just that. They have a great menu and good food. You can’t go wrong with Italian and this place met our expectations.
- Shellona- I wasn’t able to make it here in our short time, but I have heard great things about this place. It is right on Shell Beach which is a very popular destination to hang out and enjoy some sun.
- Bohemia- I loved this place! It is located right in the courtyard of Gustavia. Perfect for us because we could shop, then stop here to eat lunch and continue shopping. They had some great healthier options as well. Their avocado toast was amazing as was their zucchini pasta. The servers were very friendly and we enjoyed being outside in the heart of Gustavia.
THINGS TO DO
St. Bart’s is not a huge island so there are not a ton of activities, but it is super easy to make your own and have a great time.
- Rent a car! My mom and I by no means are good at directions. LOL. The island is small enough though, that with the help of a simple map we were able to get to every part of the island and had a blast. We rented a cute, red Mini Cooper and put the top down to explore.
- If you are there on a Sunday, you have to head to Nikki Beach. You can hang out at the restaurant or reserve a beach bed to bask in the sun. It’s a good way to have fun and just hang out on the beach.
- Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! Pack lightly on your trip over so you have plenty of room in you’re luggage for all the goodies you will find. They have great shopping from high end Prada and Cartier to smaller boutiques that have a more local flare. It’s all in the heart of Gustavia and most enjoyable walking around.
- St. Jean Beach is home of the Pearl Beach Hotel and the beach is something out of a travel magazine. The coolest part of it though is that the planes fly right in front of you as the airport is directly behind this beach. There are also people on this beach who offer water sport rentals and lessons, if that’s your fancy.
If you are down for some hiking this place offers a gorgeous hike, with an even better reward at the end. We did’t get to hike it, but everyone told us how amazing it is. You hike to the natural pools there and they are known as a “Washing Machine,” because the water is always turning. You can drive near the town of Columbier and hike over from there. We drove that way on our adventure and it is truly a picturesque drive. These pictures below were taken from the top of the mountain. The views were some of the finest on the island.
This was one of my favorite trips and a big reason why was because I got to spend it with my mom for her birthday. We had an unforgettable time and I hope to go back soon. If you ever have the opportunity to visit St. Barths, I would highly recommend it. Not many airlines fly to the island, but I would strongly encourage flying Tradewinds! I cannot begin to explain how amazing their service was on the roundtrip. On the flight home, my mom and I were lucky enough to have the plane to ourselves. The pilots and airline staff were all first class and the most accommodating that we have ever encountered.