Experience St. Barths in 2013
Where the possibilities are endless.
Gustavia, St. Barts, 2013 - St Barts has an irresistible appeal for travelers from around the world and there is even more to love in 2013. St. Barths is one of the most varied and upscale islands in the Caribbean; with villas, hotels, spas, some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, a wide choice of leisure activities and nautical sports, prestigious sailing regattas, a full calendar of cultural events, and the irresistible allure of great shopping.
In the past two decades, St. Barths has emerged as one of the world's most elegant and fashionable destinations. Frequented primarily by an upscale clientele, this French Caribbean island attracts discriminating travelers who favor an exclusive vacation spot.
Spring is Regatta season on St. Barths, with the St. Barts Bucket Regatta on March 22-25: 3 days of regattas around Saint Barths for a fleet of the largest, most prestigious sailing yachts; Les Voiles de St. Barth on April 4-7; and the West Indies Regatta on April 28-May 1, celebrating traditional West Indian sails. More of a wooden boat festival than a competitive regatta, the purpose of this event is to promote and encourage traditional boatbuilding in the Caribbean.
2012 will see in increase in wellness in St. Barths, as more travelers seek to de-stress and rejuvenate while on holiday. Leading this movement is Christophe Marcheseau, whose philosophy is "the essential tool in healthcare is the hand." Christopher combines the five fingers of the same hand, the expertise of a physiotherapist, osteopath, a masseur, a therapist and a coach for his spa treatments. At the origin of the concept of the news Kiné-Spa, which he has elegantly named 'Excellence des Sens', he takes care of the body on every level, alleviating one by one the pressures that weigh it down. An ardent supporter of a personalized approach, he believes that "spas should cultivate leaders, in the same way that the great chefs create the renown of the great restaurants" by revealing new levels and sensory experiences. Voted the 'Meilleure Main de France' this year, we were not surprised to find that his appointment book is full of famous names.
Summer is the time when St. Barth locals and privileged insiders shift from the VIP shuffle to a quieter, more intimate pace, what the real St. Barth is all about. With lower, off-season rates and the fourth edition of Diana Bourel's signature yoga summer camp challenge just around the bend, July is the perfect time to visit the island. Channel your inner yogi, get strong and lean, make new friends and find out just how magnificent you are in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The St. Barth Summer Camp is a 5-week yoga and fitness program (from July 1 - August 5) that challenges you to discover your personal best. It's far more than approaching the mat with good intention. It's an unparalleled tool for self- investigation and growth that is accessible to anyone willing to put in the time and the effort it takes to change the body and transform the mind. It's never too late, and there's never a better time than now to start.
In hotel news... Hotel Christopher recently completed phase three of a €7 million renovation. One of the best locations in St. Barths, the Hotel Christopher offers luxurious five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants (Taino and Mango), newly renovated rooms and the largest pool on the island, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. The new Spa at Hotel Christopher is the art of combining age-old techniques with contemporary practices, which embraces the invisible and sublimates the visible. The new center has three private treatment rooms each with a private patio and garden situated on a cliff, and is the only spa in St. Barths that overlooks the ocean and most of the island with beautiful sunset views.
Art & Bien-Être, Hotel Christopher's wellness partner, offers a wide variety of massages and essential treatments in addition to a relaxation and beauty area and a tour through the "universe of well-being." At one's service, a team of dedicated individuals will deliver a selection of soothing treatments in the comfort of your room or in heavenly rooftop tents. The Spa at Hotel Christopher features skin care products from Dr. Brandt® and La Sultane de Saba&erg;.
Hotel Le Toiny is pleased to announce Into the Blue for 2012, a new package including a three-night hotel stay and a two-night round-trip private sailing excursion. Available through December 19, this nautical adventure also includes SCUBA diving, spa treatments and gourmet dining at the Hotel Le Toiny's own beloved Restaurant Le Gaiac.
Hotel Le Toiny is St. Barths' most secluded retreat, featuring 15 Villa Suites overlooking Le Toiny Bay, each with its own recently-updated private heated pool and terrace. The first Relais & Chateaux property in the Caribbean to receive a Grand Chef distinction, the boutique hotel is also home to the renowned Restaurant Le Gaiac, serving gourmet traditional French cuisine with a creole accent.
Hotel Le Toiny's Into the Blue promotion invites guests to charter the very best of the Caribbean with a round-trip trek to nearby Saba aboard a Sea Flower vessel. Each watercraft comes complete with Skipper, gas, equipment and daily onboard breakfast, as well as two SCUBA diving opportunities. All immigration charges are included in the package rates. Guests may choose to begin or close their sailing excursion with a three-night stay at Hotel Le Toiny in a one-bedroom Villa Suite with private pool and terrace. A bottle of chilled white wine and gourmet snacks will welcome guests for their stay, which will also include one hosted three-course dinner at Restaurant Le Gaiac, two 1-hour spa treatments of their choice, a Smart rental car to explore the island, daily full American breakfast and round-trip transportation from St. Barths' airport or harbor.
A charming oasis of luxury located on the north east side of the island, nestled at the end of Grand Cul-de-Sac Bay overlooking Marigot Bay, facing the north east on the Atlantic Ocean side, The Hotel Guanahani and Spa is set on its own 16 acre private peninsula in the heart of a tropical garden. In 2011, it was awarded Most Excellent Resort in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveller and One of the 500 World's Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. This year, they are offering a St. Barths Spree package, valid from April 4th to November 15th, which includes: 3 nights' accommodations, daily continental breakfast in your room or full American buffet breakfast at the beach front Indigo restaurant, lunch or dinner at any of their restaurants, one cocktail per person per day at their Beach Bar, car rental, private round trip airport transfers with hotel shuttle and a welcome gift.