St. Barts has an irresistible appeal for travelers from around the world and there is even more to love during the summer. Summer is the time when St. Barts locals and privileged insiders shift from the VIP shuffle to a quieter, more intimate pace, what the real St. Barts is all about.
Low season (July and August) is when visiting St. Barts means relaxing at deserted beaches, getting ad-hoc reservations at the best restaurants, experiencing a range of superb cultural events and ultimately enjoying affordable luxury at the Caribbean’s most sought after destination.
With lower, off-season rates and Diana Bourel’s signature yoga summer camp challenge underway, 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. Barts 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.
St. Barts 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. Barts 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.
St. Barts also has a strong artistic and cultural heritage, which is celebrated in the island’s many festivals. Tourists will experience 10 days of live music with St. Barts Summer Sessions from August 5-16; and concerts of Caribbean music with St. Barts JAM Music Festival from August 15-18.
For those visitors partial to a little retail therapy, the stores in the port of Gustavia offer a wide selection of leading international brands and creations by local designers, and the island is a playground for fashionistas of every type. Summer sales on the island take place between August 6-18, during the St. Barts Shopping Festival where promotions, sales and fairs are held in various shops on the island.
Snow from St. Barts is also returning this summer. The brand originally launched in 2007 and is returning after two years in standby. The collection designed by Liliane Jossua aims at pleasing women with a strong personality who juggle between a tightly scheduled life and a wardrobe where there’s no room for mistakes. Snow St Barth capsule collection is all about those made-in-France essential pieces, all in leather.
Hotels on St. Barts are also offering special summer packages. At Eden Rock, the Eden Bliss includes accommodations for 6 nights, lunch for 2 at the ‘Sand Bar with Jean-Georges’ on a day of your choice, dinner for 2 under the stars at ‘On The Rocks with Jean-Georges’ on your evening of choice and cocktail at sunset on your evening of choice.
Holtel Christopher is offering a Gold package, which includes 5 nights’ accommodations, room and buffet breakfast, welcome drink and minibar on arrival, and 150 € resort credit per day for food & beverage at Taïno and Mango.
Le Toiny is offering the Island Breeze package, where guests are invited to enjoy a three-, five- or seven-night stay in a One-Bedroom Villa Suite with newly renovated private pool and terrace, and sweeping ocean views. Guests will also enjoy a three-course dinner at the hotel’s beloved Restaurant Le Gaiac, two 60-minute spa treatments in Le Toiny’s Spa Cottage or the privacy of each guest’s own villa, and a Smart rental car to explore the island. Also included are daily full American breakfast, private round trip transfers, and a bottle of chilled Rosé and gourmet refreshments upon arrival.
The Hotel Carl Gustaf wants to show off a different side of St. Barts this summer: all of the sun, sand, nightlife and shopping, but far less crowded. To help travelers discover this lesser-known side of the island, the hotel has announced their new “Summer Sunset” package, which reflects an average of 30% savings off regular prices. This three-night package includes accommodation in a one-bedroom suite with a private terrace and plunge pool overlooking Gustavia harbor, daily breakfast en-suite, a sunset cocktail for two (the hotel’s enviable location makes it renown for enjoying spectacular sunsets), dinner for two at Victoria’s – the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, round-trip airport transfers, a three-day car rental and access to the fitness center.
Isle de France is offering a special friends and family summer holiday package which includes accommodation 2 garden rooms or bungalows; round trip airport transfers by hotel chauffeur; daily continental breakfast; welcome complimentary mini bar (soft drinks and canapés), Friday night wine tasting at the bar of the Isle de France; a hammam with black soap at the Spa (adults only); one cocktail every evening by the pool to enjoy the sunset; one dinner at our beach restaurant on the day of arrival (excluding drinks); access to all facilities: pool, fitness center, boutique; access to the beach, the beach bar & restaurant, the beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, shower on the beach, towels; and car rental.
If villas are where you prefer to unwind this summer, most villas on St. Barts are rented weekly at 30-50% less than the weekly rate during high-season. Premium Island Vacations is currently offering discounted prices with included car rental and other services.
No matter what you desire this summer, St. Barts has something to offer every visitor. St. Barts Tourism invites you to experience the real St. Barts this summer.
About St. Barts
St. Barts is one of the world’s most glamorous destinations and a frequent getaway for both the rich and famous, and well-heeled travelers, offering style and sophistication in a friendly and laid back environment. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and put on the map for high-end tourism by the Rockefellers in the late 1950s, St Barts remains distinctly French in feel and has charmed countless visitors with its innate beauty, unique character and authentic charm. This casual but chic hideaway offers watersports, wining and dining in the island’s superb restaurants, shopping in Gustavia’s trendy boutiques, and a variety of fantastic cultural events throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.saintbarth-tourisme.com.
Source: St. Barts Tourism via TravMedia