Welcome To St. Barth Exclusives!!
Thank you for taking time to visit our website. This blog will be updated regularly with news from the island, reviews and information on local restaurants, and anything else we think you may want to know about St. Barts. I am Jonathan Weitz, founder of St. Barth Exclusives. For this first blog entry, I thought I would tell you a little about us and why we started St. Barth Exclusives.
My wife Lisa and I met in college (Clemson University – Go Tigers!), and were married in 1991. We have two children, Jessica (14) and Jonathan (11). The picture above is of our family during a recent trip to St. Barts, on a night we had dinner at the Wall House. My daughter Jessica loves the Wall House—especially the dessert trolley! I have spent most of my career in hospitality. In the early years, I spent significant time as part of the management team of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, located just outside of Charleston, SC. My role there was to oversee the planning and development of the resort facilities. The biggest highlight of my time at Kiawah was overseeing the development of the 255-room Sanctuary hotel. Then, in 2006, Lisa and I started our own company in Charleston, SC, where we now manage almost 200 privately owned beach homes that are available for weekly rentals.
Lisa and I first visited St. Barts in 1991 and immediately knew we had found our “special” place. We literally became obsessed with everything about St. Barts—the beauty, the lifestyle, the culture, and of course, the food! Soon, annual trips to the island were just not enough. We added a second trip with the kids for their fall school break. Then when we added the third trip per year, we realized this was not just a passing fancy that would go away. St. Barts would be a part of our lives forever.
For years, we helped friends (and friends of friends) with planning their St. Barts vacation. After visiting the island so many times over the last 20 years, we were able to tell our friends all the little details that can only come from going there and experiencing it all as a vacationer. We had so much fun helping others plan their trip, we realized we wanted to do this as a full time job.
Two years ago, we began to seek opportunities to partner with an on-island villa management company so that we could become a United States representative for their St. Barts villas. After several meetings, we reached an agreement to become an exclusive partner with Ici et La. They have been on St. Barts since 1990 and are considered one of the premier villa management companies on the island. We have spent the last year touring the villas and getting to know their team. Together, our teams will work to match our clients with the right villa for their needs and vacation desires, and help them plan every aspect of their St. Barts getaway.
In addition to Lisa and I, the St. Barth Exclusives’ reservations team includes two seasoned St. Barts villa specialists—Dee Bruggeman and Leah Burns. Dee lived on St. Barts for almost nine years and spent her time there managing privately owned villas across the island. She has been working with us for several years assisting clients find beach rentals here in Charleston, and is excited to now be doing the same on St. Barts! Leah has been working with Lisa and I for many years and is an expert at helping clients secure the right vacation rental for their needs. Both Leah and Dee have spent extensive time on the island touring the villas and establishing connections with all the local businesses and restaurants—giving them the hands-on knowledge and expertise to assist you with every detail of St. Barts.
I look forward to updating this blog regularly with news from the island, upcoming events, or just to tell you where I had dinner on our latest trip to St. Barts. All of us at St. Barth Exclusives truly look forward to sharing our insight into this special island. Whether you are interested in booking a villa through us or not—we are happy to help you in any way we can.
Hope to see you in St. Barts soon!