We're just back from our 12th trip to St. Barth in 17 years. What draws us back year after year? it is quite simply paradise. A magic little 8 square miles of beautiful beaches, stunning vistas, marvellous food and wonderful people. If your idea of a vacation is high energy go go go, you should likely go elsewhere. This is the kind of vacation which we describe as kind of like being dead, only we keep on eating. We rent villas through one of the agencies operating there-- our preferred agency is WIMCO because they seem to have the best houses--but certainly not the cheapest. There's nothing particularly cheap about St. Barth in the first place. And that likely contributes to its cache and keeps bargain vacationers to a bare minimum. This year, there were a few bargains to be had--especially in the Prix Fixe meals at several of the islands top restaurants--Les Pecheurs in the Sereno Beach and Le Gaiac at Le Toiny--$45 Euros or about $60.00. K'Fe Massai, all very atmospheric, is wildly popular for its fixed menus which start at 29 Euros. The night we were there,
I opted for a 39 Euro menu which included Duck Breast Carpaccio followed by a Confit of Duck in a foie gras laced sauce. For dessert, a superb Grand Marnier and apple souffle.
My partner upped the anti to 42 Euros for Foie Grad followed by perfectly grilled Tuna and for dessert a triple play of chocolate.
We also highly recommend Eddy's, an institution in Gustavia, the capital of the island where no reservations are taken and where eeveryone ends up eventually. Expect to spend about 100 Euros for 2 there. Our daily schedule: Off to Saline, the superb and clothing optional beach that never ever sees a crowd --even on weekends. Back to the villa for a lunch purchased from one of the very good take out places or put together from the excellent selection available at the large Match supermarket. An afternoon by the pool and perhaps a little retail therapy at the excellent shops in both Gustavia and St. Jean. So wonderful to find clothes that won't have you seeing yourself coming and going all next summer back in the States. The prices? As high as the style they represent. We stayed nine nights and the day we got home, booked for next year. So if you're not prepared to be hooked by a heavenly place, you can't wait to get back to, avoid St. Barth at all costs!