REGATTAS & REEFS
Part of the chain of the Leeward Islands, St. Barthélemy, known widely as St. Barts, is the go-to beach retreat for the international jet set, and as yet not overrun by mass tourism so that it has retained its exclusive vibe. This gorgeous cruising ground has immense natural beauty paired with luxurious amenities in a chic, relaxed environment. Gustavia, the island’s capital, lures visitors with its architecture, chic bars and elegant cafés. The modern marina that can accommodate up to 160 yachts, and the obligatory high-end boutiques close to the Rue de la Republique, will delight shopping enthusiasts.
The rolling hills that flank the coastline are a fabulous sight from the water, whilst canyons with cascading waterfalls are worth a trip ashore. The quiet, rural villages and towns that ring the coast all possess their very own individual charm. Unspoilt coral reefs and lagoons offer ideal conditions for snorkelling and diving, bursting with exotic marine life. St. Barts owes its reputation as the Caribbean yachting paradise to the many prestigious events that take place here. The annual St Barth Bucket Regatta that takes place in spring, while the Saint Barth’s Cup and International Regatta bring the world’s finest yachts to the island.
WHEN TO GO:
THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND
OCTOBER – MARCH
Head to Toiny, to watch the surfers navigate its barrelling Atlantic waves
Pick up some locally produced Roucou Tanning Oil from Ligne St Barths
Have dinner at On The Rocks, at the Hotel Eden Roc, for gourmet French classics with a Caribbean twist