Where better to catch some winter sunshine than the beautiful island of St Barts? The gorgeous island in the heart of the Caribbean has a real buzz during the Christmas period and makes it the perfect place to go to celebrate your festive vacation. The fact that St Barts has an average December temperature range of 75-86 degree Fahrenheit coupled with little chance of rain means you are guaranteed to soak up the sunshine.
The thing to know about St Barts is that it attracts rich people … very rich and famous people … St Barts is where they go on holiday.’
And it’s true. Some restaurants on New Year’s Eve, waterfront tables can be worth billions. For a small island that not so long ago was among the poorest in the Caribbean, that’s quite a change. So how did a tiny, dry and neglected outcrop become the favoured winter home to the stars?
First, it’s small and hard to get to, which means it was never overrun by mass tourism. Early visitors included the Rockefellers, who came for the isolation and beauty. Which is another feature. St Barts has excellent beaches and surprisingly pretty scenery. Further, it is French. The body beautiful stroll along St Jean beach in a mere nuance of a bathing suit, or ride by on a scooter, windswept with all that stylish nonchalance.
St Barts is also completely free of security fears – the celebs feel so safe that they barely have body guards. You really do bump into Sting in the supermarket and Paul McCartney on the beach. Puff Daddy could be heard late into the night. Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich’s New Year party is legendary…
St Barts has the Caribbean’s best shopping by a country mile, so towards evening all cars point to Gustavia, the pint-size capital and port where the mega-yachts stand shoulder to shoulder and people promenade. Was that Nicole Farhi? Hundreds of well-known brands are there, plus some of St Barts’ own…
It may be a busy period for the island, but you can be assured that St Barts does not lose its charm or elegance at this time of year. The Christmas vacation season here is still as sophisticated and stylish as the rest of the year but with a new celebratory energy.
Private Chef St Barth prepare well for the festive season and cook up extensive and creative menus and set course offerings so you can celebrate the Christmas vacation in style. Be aware that during this busy time, we can get very busy and if you have somewhere in mind to eat, its best to reserve a table well in advance.
See you soon on Paradise !