St Barth Trip Report: Recent Villa Inspections
Lisa, Leah, Carole, and Sylvie at Mango (Christopher Hotel)
Lisa Weitz and Leah Burns just returned from a “grueling” (I’m sure) 9-day trip to St. Barth, where they spent the majority of their time inspecting villas for the upcoming season. As pictured above, they did find time to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Mango (Christopher Hotel) with two members of our on-island team—Carole and Sylvie. Mango is a great lunch spot where you have wonderful views (as seen here), but also great sea breezes so you are not too hot while enjoying a great lunch.
Lisa and Leah stayed in a very nice villa in Marigot called Plein Ceil and spent each day of their trip inspecting other St. Barth villas in different areas of the island. They were pleased to see that many of the villas were undergoing renovations and adding upgrades for the upcoming season.
We have already updated our website with some of the new pictures they took of the villas they toured, which you will automatically see as you search our St. Barth rentals. However, no trip report is complete without showing at least some pictures of the journey. So, without further ado…below you will find a few highlights of some of the great restaurants they visited and the great cuisine they encountered on their trip. Enjoy!
Lisa with Emmanuel from Sante Fe
For Lisa, no trip to St. Barth is complete without a visit to Sante Fe, located in Lurin. Lisa is pictured above with the Emmanuel, the owner of Sante Fe. If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet Emmanuel, please take time on your next trip to stop by and introduce yourself. He is truly a great guy and runs a fabulous restaurant. The view from the dining room doesn’t hurt either! On this visit, Lisa enjoyed her all-time favorite—Dover Sole, and Leah tried the Wahoo Coriander. Leah swears it was one of the best dishes she has ever had, anywhere!
Domaine Ott at La Gloriette
Lisa and Leah also made sure to spend their day off work having lunch at La Gloriette, located in Grand Cul De Sac. As pictured above, La Gloriette is set right on the beach and is truly one of those “feet in the sand” lunch places. Being an off day, they felt obligated to enjoy a nice chilled bottle of Domaine Ott, along with fresh salads topped with grilled shrimp. I can’t think of a much better way to spend a few hours on this beautiful island.
Grilled Shrimp Salad at La Gloriette
Their trip was very productive and they got an opportunity to inspect a lot of St. Barth villas (over 100, to be exact). I’ll save reports from other restaurants for a later blog entry, but they also visited over 15 restaurants in the nine days they were there. Tough job…but someone has to do it!
I look forward to keeping you updated on happenings in St. Barth and continuing to give you some of our inside tips. I will do my best to leave you with one “tip” in each new blog entry. So, here is the first one:
St Barth Exclusives’ Inside Tip: Grocery Shopping for your St. Barth Villa
When it is time to go to Marche U (located across from the airport) or Oasis (Lorient), remember to first search your villa for grocery bags. Neither store provides grocery bags as they do here in the United States. Most villas will have a supply of reusable grocery bags somewhere in the villa. However, no need to worry if you forget. Both grocery stores allow customers to use the old boxes they have on hand to transport their provisions back to their villa. You will find the boxes stacked up near the checkout registers. We like to suggest that our clients keep grocery bags in their car for their entire stay—after all, you never know when you may need to pick up a few important essentials.
Hope you are having a great week! We hope to speak with you soon.