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A Mini St. Bart’s Guide

When goop buddy Taylor Tomasi Hill told us about her plans to villa hop through St. Bart’s, we asked her to document the whole thing—while the island is both insanely expensive and crowded over the holidays, it turns out that August is the perfect time to go. Low rates, cool people, and uncrowded beaches. While there are a handful of great hotels, getting a house is the best option (particularly when kids are involved). She booked through Wimco Villas, who have a corner on the best options in the island. Below, where they went, where they ate, and everything she packed.

  • Grounds of Villa BOW, our favorite 4-bedroom villa for larger groups. Shirt: Alex Mill.

  • O’Corail, our favorite casual,
    feet-in-the-sand lunch spot.

  • View looking over St. Jean harbor.

  • Wasabi peanuts, a staple snack when we can find them. Bracelets: Sarah Chloe; Ring: Cartier.

  • View from above flying in from St. Maarten. 

  • Two bags are a necessity when traveling with a little one. On TTH: Shirt, Kule; Bags: Truss,
    Rue de Verneille.

  • Shell beach is an ideal spot for lunch and a little sun. Do Brazil is the small, casual restaurant and offers chairs and umbrellas for rent. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation on the beach as well as a table for lunch.

  • Open air kitchen view from Villa BBA.

  • Family selfie.

  • The best swimming beach on the island is Colombier beach, which is only accessible by a 20 minute hike. Take a small umbrella and a packed picnic lunch.

  • View from our favorite little romantic Villa, WV DKD.

  • Shirt: Kule.

  • Shirt: Nili Lotan.

  • View off the balcony of Villa BBA. Shorts: 3×1.

  • Every morning we made a trip to a new grocer or bakery to sample a fresh baguette for a sandwich snack we would pack for the day. The winning baguette came from the grocery store across from the airport. Shirt: Ivory Row Cashmere Tee.

  • We woke up to these little guys every morning, the island has an abundance of turtles and goats.

  • Wall House Museum of Saint Barthelemy. Interesting fact: St. Bart’s was named by Christopher Columbus after his younger brother.  

  • Shallow waters for sunning
    at La Petite Anse.

  • Bathing Suit: Marysia.

  • TTH travel beauty musts: Beautycounter Every Day AM Hydrating Cream, Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum.

  • Tradewind Aviation for luxury charters, plus a Carry On Cocktail Kit makes everything better. (This flight option is not for the faint of heart—consider yourself warned!)

TTH’s St. Bart’s Favorites

  • Lunch Spots (Baby-Friendly)

    1. O’Corail: We recommend the fish of the day—it’s a very casual spot on the beach.
    2. Tamarin: A beautiful property with lily pad ponds.
    3. Do Brazil on Shell Beach: It’s right next to the town of Gustavia—get the grilled octopus.
    4. L’Isoletta: They have the best gourmet pizza in town—it’s really easy for take-away.
  • Dinner Spots (Baby-Friendly)

    1. Baz Bar: Located in the Gustavia Harbor, they have the best sushi in town plus live music. It’s closed on Sundays.
    2. Eddy’s: A great, casual local’s spot.
  • Dinner Spots (Without Baby)

    1. L’Isola: Best fine dining on the island—order only off the specials menu.
    2. L’Esprit: Gastronomic cuisine.
  • Best Take-Out

    1. Maya’s To Go: This is across from the airport—best take-away food, all prepared daily.
  • Beautiful Beaches

    1. Columbier Beach: Accessible by a short 20 minute hike. If you want to stay for a while, pack a picnic lunch and an umbrella. It was our favorite beach, thanks to its crystal blue see through waters.
    2. Saline Beach: It’s a long walk from parking to get to the beach.
    3. Petit Cul de Sac: Small area where you won’t see a lot of other tourists.
  • Beaches (Baby-Friendly)

    1. St. Jean Beach: Watch the planes come and go.
    2. Flamands Beach.
    3. Shell beach: Good snorkeling spot on the left side.
  • Activities

    1. Visit the Fishmonger hut, Halle de Poissioneirs in Gustavia, to check out all the local catch coming in. If you go before 7am you can buy fresh catch-of-the-day.
    2. Hike to the natural pools of Peti Cul de Sac; you’ll need a guide to get there.
    3. Drive Cote Sauvage in Toiny and Grand Fond.
  • Recommended Babysitter

    1. Claudie Maitre
      +590 06 90 41 05 57
      claudie.maitre@yahoo.fr
      First aid certified and speaks both French and English.
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