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Just Back From: St. Barths

Caribbean, Friend Of A Friend Consulting, Saint Barth's

Jan
24
2018

January 2018

I am so thrilled to be able to tell you that despite the devastating winds of Hurricane Irma, the beloved isle of St. Barths is alive and well – thriving even, in shockingly green glory. It was such a joy to land and see how much the island has recovered from those hideous pictures post storm. Praise the fertile temperatures of the Caribbean. It was also a sincere pleasure to be down there and appreciate the beauty of the island in a way I had never before. My weekend was filled with early morning hikes through the woods and even hunting using the best used compound bows for sale, also yoga followed by afternoons lazing by the beach with personalized picnics to boot.  It was truly heaven.

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The views from Petite Saline

 

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Hiking at Le Toiny with the lovely Aminata

 

Of course, it’s not all roses. The damage is still evident, particularly near Pelican Beach, Grand Cul-de-Sac and behind Le Toiny, and the majority of the five-star hotel properties are shuttered until the end of the year with the exception of Hotel Christopher and Villa Marie opening in late February and early March. Some of my favorite restaurants (Maya’s, Bonito) remain closed though I finally went to Blue Ginger this year and wow. Yum. In good news, the villa product remains stronger than ever, the people are as upbeat and charming as always and the operating businesses are showcasing their innovative and service-oriented characters to the n’th degree – particularly Eden Rock Villas, whose pop up beach club (photo below) is a marvel, executed flawlessly, and WIMCO, whose catered beach picnic set up at the beach of your choosing (also pictured below) was a true highlight of my weekend.

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Eden Rock’s Popup Beach Club on Lorient Beach

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WIMCO Beach Picnic at Gouveneur Beach

Given the predominance of villas for this next year, I was able to tour a few spectacular ones with the affable and knowledgable, Guillaume of WIMCO. He took me to three top villas distinguished by their views, design and setting. Below is the view from the appropriately named, VILLA VUE. To say that setting on that deck is nothing short of vacation perfection is merely stating the obvious.  For more details on specific villas, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am so happy to be able to confidently promote the island and help aid in its recovery with the support of tourism.

The view at Villa VUE

The view at Villa VUE

 

 

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Hard not to have a big grin when you’re in St. Barths, and at Eden Rock Pop Up Beach Club to boot!

 

 

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Published by Meg, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 No Comments

Just Back From: Saint Barth’s

Caribbean, Saint Barth's

Jan
30
2015

As those who know me know, I love Saint Barths. It’s my favorite island in the Caribbean. And though I shy from the word “favorite” when asked to suggest or recommend places, I must confess, this French isle has my heart.

hubpic.ashx I  feel very fortunate to visit as often as I do and work closely with the many talented individuals who create and enhance the island’s inherent charms. From truly outstanding cuisine to breathtaking vistas and some of the most eye-popping accommodations one could imagine, the island is one-of-a-kind.

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I am currently working on finishing my next app: Saint Barth’s Hideaways, having endured some setbacks with the developers, and hope to launch by spring. I look forward to sharing my discoveries and suggestions. And in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re planning a visit. I love nothing more than to advise on vacations to this very special spot where “feet in the sand” is a way of life.

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Published by Meg, Friday, January 30, 2015 No Comments

Saint Barth’s Hideaways

Saint Barth's

Jan
02
2013

St. Barth’s

App #2

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It’s official! I’m knee-deep in reviews for my second app; Saint Barth’s Hideaways. I’m hoping to release the app to Apple shortly and have it out by end of the month! I look forward to your opinions and as always, if you have any suggestions, please send them my way!

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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