When it comes to fabulous chic, the French have the market cornered, so it should come as no surprise that the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy (St. Barth’s for short) is a beacon of sophisticated joie de vivre. The Caribbean’s most elite island lives up to its reputation as a tropical respite for the world’s most discerning clientele; a place where the rich, famous, and beautiful descend onto isolated stretches of powder-soft sand and luxurious loungers next to the turquoise sea. But even if you don’t have a platinum album, a Fortune 500 company, or a royal pedigree, you’ll still fall head over heels with the jewel of the Caribbean.
The tidy capital of Gustavia is bursting with gingerbread-trimmed cottages and designer shops. The yacht-filled harbour welcomes well-heeled guests onto solid ground. On the opposite side of the island, St.-Jean slows the pace with colourful boutiques and laid back beach bars. And in between, 22 white-sand beaches (all public) trim the coastline, offering an enchanting spot to work on your tan.
For two weeks, between Christmas and New Year’s, St. Barth’s is the place to see and be seen. If you prefer a slower pace, take advantage of the other 50 weeks of the year when the island returns to its relaxed roots; no jacket, no shoes, no invite, no problem. Whenever you come, don’t miss fabulous French fashions in high-end boutiques, sunsets on a clifftop with a chilled glass of champagne, elegant evening meals in gourmet restaurants, and languid afternoons on one of the many intimate palm-fringed beaches.
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