If you’re in search of a getaway that’s equal parts luxury and relaxation, may we suggest St. Barth’s? The Caribbean island has just the right balance of Riviera-style splash and tropical laid-back vibes, which is probably why it’s a favorite respite for the A-list who frequent there. You can bum on the beach all day (topless if that’s your thing) and then sample incredibly impressive gastronomy at a 5-star restaurant at night. You can leave your stilettos at home in favor of some comfy espadrilles or slides and spend most of your time here in swimwear and breezy caftans. And yes, you might even spot a celebrity or two while you’re there. Once you’re convinced (and we know it doesn’t take a lot), allow us to suggest a few of our top picks on what to do while you’re there. Here, our picks for where to eat, sleep, shop, and party—as well as some chic things to pack.
Le Sereno’s chic, modern-beachy aesthetic can be credited to renowned French Christian Liaigre. Guests can enjoy a view of the turquoise waters from the comfort of their spacious rooms, nibble on lobster linguine from the in-house restaurant, or get a relaxing massage with heated seashells at the spa.
The location of Eden Rock, a celebrity-favorite — perched on the edge of a rocky peninsula jutting out into the sea — isn’t the only special thing about staying here. There are stunning suites and villas (including a “rock star” themed one that pays homage to the Hollywood clientele that frequents here), restaurants with menus imagined by world-famous chef Jean-George Vongerichten, and tons of pampering treatments at the wellness spa.
If you’re in search a quiet, remote, no-frills (but still naturally stunning) beach, where you can go sans-top if you like and wiggle your toes into powdery white sand, Saline Beach is the one you’ll want to visit.
You may already have know of Le Ti as the nightlife spot where the Real Housewives of New York picked up that Johnny Depp (as Captain Jack Sparrow) doppleganger that at least one of them hooked up with — or maybe that’s just us. Regardless of that claim to fame, Le Ti is a must-visit for anyone heading to the island. There’s a restaurant and Pirate-themed bar, but it’s the naughty, kitschy cabaret shows here that make the place so notorious.
At Orega you’ll sample elegant French-Japanese fusion fare. Start with maki or sashimi and then go for a classic French dish (with a twist) like duck confit, and finish it off with a yuzu tarte and an after-dinner tea ceremony. It’s the absolute best of both cuisines.
Seafood is the star of most of chef Laurent Cantineaux’s dishes at island favorite Bonito. Definitely order a ceviche and perhaps some lobster risotto and don’t miss one of the eatery’s insane cocktails, like the Sex in the Bathtub, which literally comes bubbling out of a mini tub. You won’t be disappointed.
Pick up worldly home good as bazaar-inspired boutique, Baya. Moroccan pillows, Egyptian pendant lights, hand painted plates, colorful woven rugs, and other handcrafted globally made goods all under one roof.
New-ish concept shop Yume stocks chic, bohemian pieces for both your home and your closet. You can definitely find a few quintessentially St. Barth pieces here, like caftans, straw hats, and leather slides — all of which have a decidedly modern edge.
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