Natural beauty awaits during every season on St. Barths, but the intimate atmosphere of early summer offers a whole new charm altogether: fewer crowds, constant sunshine, balmy temperatures, and lower rates on rooms, shopping, and much more. It’s the island’s best-kept secret and we’ve taken care of all the planning. Here is our guide for your next weekend escape to St. Barths:
Step off the plane and into your oceanfront sanctuary with an afternoon spent poolside or on the renowned white sand beaches of Le Sereno. The spectacular scenery—and perhaps a refreshing cocktail from the bar—will set the tone for the weekend.
Le Sereno Restaurant is an ideal spot for your first evening on the island. Sit inside or dine with your feet in the sand, overlooking the Grand Cul de Sac. The menu centres around Meditteranean dishes made from only the finest, and freshest ingredients. Enjoy a drink at the bar before meandering down for some food. If you’re in the mood for some classic French cuisine and views of neighbouring islands St. Eustachius and St. Kitts, Santa Fé is a wonderful, well-kept island secret and a perfect spot for a lovely lunch near Gouveneur Beach. Alternatively, the enchanting gardens of Tamarin are the perfect place for an elegant candlelit dinner. You will discover winding garden paths, lily ponds, and hidden dining areas throughout the Saline Beach eatery, and on the menu, delectable dishes featuring succulent scallops, duck confit, and more. Should you be looking for something more specific, speak to our friendly concierge for recommendations.
With the new day comes an invigorating hike to Colombier Beach, considered St. Barths’ most picturesque shoreline. Shallow reefs encircling the island offer incredible snorkeling opportunities, and with Colombier’s calm waters, you won’t be able to resist a quick dive with your gear. There are also plenty of other hikes waiting to be discovered so consult our Hiker’s Guide and discover your perfect route before embarking on your adventure.
For lunch, you’ll have to choose between two of our favorites: Le Toiny Beach Club, a beautiful, secluded, and recently refurbished restaurant offering fresh, international cuisine as well as a coconut grove, tamarind field, pineapple orchard and a gorgeous beach. Alternatively, Ociela may be more your speed with organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes served out on the terrace overlooking the gorgeous Gustavia harbour. Ociela offers guests both Mediterranean cuisine, as well as naturally vegan Lebanese food. Signature cocktails, organic wines and sumptuous mezze dishes make this a vibey spot to enjoy with friends or family.
Flavours as extraordinary as the views await at La Guérite, a Mediterranean restaurant on the point of Gustavia harbour. Inspired by his Greek roots, Chef Yannis Kioroglou has crafted an exquisite menu with fresh, local fish and produce as well as seafood from all over the world. When you’re ready for a little dancing, walk along the harbour to Bagatelle. The fun begins with people dancing on the tables during dinner and extends into the night.
Your day begins with a rejuvenating sunrise yoga session on the pool deck at Le Sereno. Pamper mind, body, and spirit with a calming practice, then continue your relaxation by the private pool or with a massage in the outdoor spa. Discover the diverse marine life of Grand Cul de Sac with a late morning of paddleboarding or kayaking in a clear ocean kayak. Beneath the ocean’s surface, keep an eye out for colourful schools of fish and the majestic leatherback sea turtle.
Nikki Beach is the place to be for vibey music, light fares, sushi, and beachside fun. Nikki Beach has two lunch services; one at 12:00 pm or 12:30 pm, and the other at 15:30 pm, so enjoy some tasty food and a delicious cocktail or two before dancing the day away.
There’s nothing like a sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Set sail on a catamaran cruise around the island for your final evening in St. Barths with one of the many excellent sailing agencies like Top Loc, Jicky Marine, or Yannis Marine in Gustavia. When you return, head to the Roman style L’Isoletta for a simple but delicious meal of pizza and Italian wine. Locals will tell you the restaurant has the best pizza not just on the island, but anywhere in the Caribbean.
Spend your last few hours in St. Barths soaking up the Caribbean sun on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. We recommend a short walk to the unspoiled Saline Beach, where you can swim in glistening turquoise waters, walk the remote shoreline, and daydream about your next visit to St. Barths.