By Aphrodite Syrengelas
When daydreaming about a tranquil island with luxury amenities, Saint Barthelemy or St. Barth’s should come to mind. St. Barth’s is one of the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean and is located in the French West Indies. This overseas collectivity of France embodies the French language, cuisine and culture. Getting to the island requires a trip by boat or airplane. A direct flight is possible if chartering a plane to the islands’ small airport, Gustaf III. A neighboring island St. Martin, has an international airport which would then require a ferry ride or small plane ride to St. Barth’s. Once you arrive, a luxurious setting awaits you on the shorelines’ casual and relaxing beaches. This island is known to attract travelers who are accustomed to the finer things in life. Known for its high-end shopping and restaurants, it isn’t a secret that relaxing on the beach doesn’t mean giving up a pampered lifestyle. The sunny and warm weather are magnets for those looking to relax by the crystal clear ocean.
Luxury accommodations are not hard to come by on St. Barth’s. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France and Le Sereno are two spectacular recommendations that immerse their guests in island beauty and luxurious amenities. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is nestled along the long Flamands Beach with white sand and the blue sparkling ocean. The property has 40 rooms, suites and villas with magnificent garden or ocean views. Choose from 1 to 3 bedrooms each offering Cheval Blanc’s Art de Recevoir or highly personalized service and stylish island décor. They were even honored with the coveted French Palace distinction, one of many reasons to enjoy your stay at Cheval Blanc. Dining options, spa and activities are numerous on and near Cheval Blanc.
Le Sereno is a fabulous hotel and spa on Grand-Cul-de-Sac beach. This island resort was voted number one by Conde Nast Traveler in 2016 and the beach is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. There are 36 suites and 3 four bedroom villas designed by Christian Liaigre. There are numerous relaxing dining and spa options to choose from. If you are looking for water activities this is the place for you. Known as the premier kite surfing destination, there are a multitude of ocean activities from kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. The lagoon outside the hotel has clear blue waters and colorful coral reefs to explore.
St. Barth’s offers many exciting options to enjoy both the shore and the sea. The marine reserve which is 2,500 acres of protected habitats including coral reefs allows guests to view amazing ocean life up close. The shallow reefs were created by volcanic activity and create a unique ocean experience. In addition to the activities mentioned above, you can enjoy laser sailing, surfing, diving, and water skiing. If you need a break from the ocean activities the island has great shopping and dining options. St. Barth’s represents Caribbean island life combined with luxurious amenities for a relaxing and pampered getaway.0