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Due to weather…


SAD! Our flight on United out to Aspen was canceled this am! We have looked everywhere, tried everything, and cannot get a flight out of here until Sunday! Needless to say, Aspen is not happening. After dealing with the disappointment and hours on the phone canceling connecting flights, dinner reservations, etc, we got ourselves together and hatched a new plan. Not ones to be easily dissuaded, we have opted to keep our long weekend adventure based… The new local is beautiful, snowy, and we will have a GREAT new vacation spot to write up for you on Tuesday! Stay Tuned!

xo,
S and J

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Crosby Street Hotel- SoHo NYC

My new favorite hotel in New York City. Color combinations, furniture styles, custom wallpaper…. droooooool, heavy breathing. The 11 floor Crosby Street Hotel is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

The hotels lobby welcomes you from the outside with towering steel framed windows and doors that create a greenhouse like feel on the inside. Walking by the hotel on Crosby Street, you can see into the lobby for an eyeful of art that belongs in the MOMA.

Stone dogs and a garden table with an assortment for flower pots welcomes you as you step into the lobby. A bright pair of suzani upholstered wing chairs flank the entrance to the hotel bar and restaurant on your left.

The hotel lobby features a 10 foot high Jaume Plensa steel sculpture of a human head created from letters of the alphabet.

Crosby Street is part of an existing chain, Firmdale Hotels, whose six other properties, all in London, have an avid following of transatlantic types from New York and Hollywood.

Kit Kemp ( owner and designer of the hotel) and I see eye to eye on how color should be used in design. She loves rich fabrics, patterns, and colors. Each of the 86 rooms is individually decorated and styled in a traditional manor with a modern twist. The fabrics, antiques, and art have been collected from all over the world. My amazing upholsterer made many of the drapes that hang on the lead casement style windows. Kit has used all of my favorite textile makers: Raoul Textiles, Van Der Hurd, Robert Kime, etc to create a warm and stimulating environment.

In the hotel’s basement is a screening room, one of Firmdale’s signature touches. The walls are upholstered in a purple felt and the seats are bright orange leather.

Bar Crosby will serves food in a casual, private club-like atmosphere. Antique tables play host to piles of fruit at breakfast.

The chairs in the restaurant are all upholstered in red wool with cutout wool animal silhouettes stitched onto the backs. ( the animal theme is a recurring one- this is a pet friendly hotel!) Bright colors and fun patterns fill the rest of the bar/ dining room and vintage glass lights from the 1950’s hang overhead.

There is an outdoor terrace which is for hotel guests only and is not available for private rentals. After seeing the space I know why they have specified this. It is gorgeous! Set right outside the bar and dining room the large terrace has beautiful antique lanterns and root ball lanterns strung across it. On a warm summer or fall night they light up all the perforated metal lanterns that are set on the ground and the space just glows. The perfect spot to unwind after a day of hitting the streets of SoHo.

The Drawing Room is also a private room only accessible to guests of the hotel. Kit has outdone herself in this space as well. With the warm red walls, various pieces of art hung all over the walls, the suzani print drapes by Robert Kime, and eclectic oversize mirrors, this room feels like the living room of your most fabulously stylish friend. In the evening they set up an “Honesty Bar” on one of the long consoles in the room.

Two large oil painting of Jack Russell’s by Francois Bard:

http://www.artnet.com/artist/425635763/francois-bard.html

I love the magenta/ plum tufted sofa and am still dying over the large knotted wood antique mirror on the left wall. What a find Kit! There are so many patterns throughout the hotel but it does not feel overwhelming. Just well traveled and collected.

Event Spaces:

For those of you who are looking for a space to rent for a board meeting, small wedding ceremony/ reception, or private dinner the Crosby Street Hotel offers 3 beautiful rooms located on the lower level of the hotel. Each one is designed differently.

Layfeyette Room: A break from all the color that Crosby Street offers. This room is filled with greys and browns, upholstered walls, a world map that has been broken up into segments and framed in lucite hangs on the wall, rows of stone inset in the large wooden table, and an Argentinean ceiling fixture. Perfect fr a dinner or board meeting.

Spring Room: Bold orange wallpaper with white white fruits and flowers packs a punch while the farmhouse table and white wicker chairs take on a more relaxed vibe. The massive gilt sunburst mirror on the wall adds a dash of glamour. This room would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.

Prince Room: This room is the largest and was being set up for a wedding ceremony and reception while I was touring. What a fun location to have a wedding. With all the beautiful fabrics and wallpaper the space all ready has such personality you can bring in your floral arrangements and be done. It is normally set up as you see in the image above and is more of a lounge than the other two rooms. A great spot to have a fundraiser or party.

If you are interested in renting any of the above 3 spaces you can contact Olivia Taylor for pricing and additional information.

Email Olivia Taylor and mention Travel For Design

Outside of the screening room and the event spaces lives Joe The Polar Bear bookshelf. He is an endangered species! There were only 50 made and 2 of them live in the United States. Click on the website below to see where his relatives are living.

Joe The Polar Bear website: http://joethepolarbear.com/joethepolarbear.htm

The Kemp’s commissioned british artist Peter Rocklin to do a series of paintings that hang on the wall surrounding Joe the polar bear. He painted images of the surrounding restaurants, people. and pets that can be found in the area surrounding the hotel. See all images on his website: http://www.peterrocklin.com/commissions?album=6&gallery=16

I viewed the following bedrooms and LOVED them all. Each one is unique so you can stay in a differently designed room every time you visit. They range in size and price but all have amazing views of SoHo.

10th Floor- suite 1007 The Crosby Suite

At 1,100 square feet this room is enormous. This suite is their top of the line room. Being on the 10th floor the view is amazing. There are not many tall buildings in SoHo so you can see quite a bit through the enormous steel cased windows. There seems to be more glass than wall. With walls upholstered in purple linen, wooden and lucite table lamps, large sofas, a card table, a white wire chandelier, and a terrarium in the living room you cannot believe there is more in store. The bedroom is off to your right with an oversized horizontally channeled headboard upholstered in a floral fabric. Vanderhurd Cut Flower Pattern in violet adorns the windows in long plush drapes with a fabulous tape trim detail.

11th Floor- Room 1106

700 square feet is quite spacious for a hotel room. This room is furnished with a large antique hutch that holds china. Upon entering you feel like you are in the apartment of a friend. The walls are upholstered in tan linen and the rest of the room has bursts of watermelon, red, and beige. A patterend raoul textile pillow and a beautiful white cotton quilt make the bed very inviting

8th Floor – Room 809

This suite has a vertically channeled headboard, a beautiful silver demi-lune with a silver elephant head and trunk as the middle leg, upholstered magenta linen walls, framed sari’s in lucite boxes on the walls. This was my favorite headboard. The fabric was hand embroidered and the antique mirror detail at the top was beautiful. The little framed prints were also very pretty. The small lucite dress maker models are available for purchase through the front desk.

Below are views from junior suite 809.

8th Floor- Standard Room 803

This is the smallest room and they still managed to fit a nice sized seating area. The walls are painted a soft dove grey with one accent wall painted acid yellow. THe oversize headboard is upholstered in a wide striped fabric in acid yellow, dove grey and ivory. The soft blue green gustavian chests of drawers bring it back towards traditional.

All rooms have huge bathroom with a grey and purple swirled granite, double sinks, a shower and a tub.

You get all of this and the hotel is also one of the most environmentally friendly hotels built in the United States and hopes to be one of the very first certified GOLD LEED hotels in New York. Guest rooms provide all the usual amenities found in a deluxe hotel including luxury linens, WiFi, flat screen tv and i-pod docking station.

Fabrics:

Vanderhurd: VANDERHURD is a bespoke textile design studio serving a global clientele for over twenty-five years. Vanderhurd’s commitment to the unique vision of each of our individual clients is reflected in the entirely custom-made textiles that we produce. Vanderhurd is constantly perfecting new constructions and developing new designs, which speak to our trademark aesthetic and superior quality; simultaneously, we endeavor to create textiles for our clients that are perfectly suited to their needs, preferences and the designs they have envisioned. In the last three decades we have sought out the finest manufacturers in India (Varanasi, Jaipur and Delhi and their surrounding areas), Nepal (Kathmandu), the Philippines, New York and Europe, who understand our commitment to the precise specifications of our clients.

http://www.vanderhurd.com/hand_printed.php

Flower cut Out – Lilac/ Cream drapes in The Crosby Suite #1007

Medallion– mint/ cream

Tulips- magenta/ coral used as drapes in Suite 809 (see image under Suite 809)

Flower Cut Out – Indigo / Cream – we used this to upholster an oversized headboard in a beach house.

Raoul Textiles- hand printed belgian linen fabrics in delicious colors. I use at least one of their fabrics in every project.

Robert Kime:

Robert Kime, uniquely among decorators, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and an abiding passion for putting rooms together. His three strands of expertise run side by side as he creates decorating schemes for an illustrious, discreet and world-wide clientele. The current Robert Kime fabric range is acknowledged to be the UK’s most inspired, varied and beautiful, by the public and his peers alike.

Barley Twist

Palmette Red- A new embroidered fabric

Susani yellow – We just upholstered an indian daybed in this fabric for a client’s beach house- beautiful!

Field poppy- on sheer- this fabric is delicious and I want it in a guest bedroom someday

Termez – silk ikat

Opium Poppy Strong- The lilac, soft yellow, and deep cherry reds are amazing. I would love a deep down sofa upholstered in this fabric.

Ottoman Lampas Blue – Printed on velvet. This would be amazing on a club chair. Great texture.

Kit Kemp has designed an “Instant Room” in the March 2010 Issue of House Beautiful using fabrics from Crosby Street- be sure to check it out!

Visit the other Firmdale properties: http://www.firmdale.com/

xo,

S

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The Girl from Ipanema

We LOVED Rio and Sao Paulo! This was a trip we took last March so I am only posting the memories and images that really stood out!

Fasano- Rio:

The Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro was designed by French designer Philippe Starck and is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wood, glass, marble, and leather are the core materials used in the design. A giant Pekia tree was used to create the recption desk- truly stunning. The small boutique hotel overlooking Ipanema beach enjoys a spirit of sophisticated casualness, with many furnishings in the vein of 1950s and ’60s Brazilian design, including pieces by Studio Branco & Preto, Sergio Rodrigues and exclusive creations by Philippe Starck. I was immediately reminded of the decor of the Soho House in Manhattan. Modern yet casual with a few traditional pieces mixed in. Bedrooms have soothing white walls, leather-upholstered Mies daybeds, and private balconies. The butler service, egyptian cotton sheets, snuggly down comforters keep you relaxed and comfy. The two pairs of local Havaianas flip-flops they place in your hotel leaves you with no excuse not to hit the beach and watch a game of foot volley!

The rooftop pool (guests only) offers stunning panoramas of Rio’s storied natural skyline, including the nearby Pao de Azucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain). There’s also a fitness center, nightclub (Londra), and upscale shopping options nearby. We would sit up on the roof for cocktails ( there are many delicious options to choose from including a freshly carved coconut- yum!) and watch the sunset behind Corcovada ( Christ The Redeemer).

The Fasano Rio also includes the Al Mare restaurant, which serves Italian/Brazilian seafood cuisine under the command of Chef Luca Guzzoni, formerly of Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. I had the risotto with saffron and rock lobster…. delicious!!

All colors seem brighter in Rio- I can still see the sun drenched yellows, greens, reds, and blues. The locals playing futbol ( soccer) on the beach and the beach vendors are all dressed in brightly colored clothes/ bathing suits.

We journeyed into Lapa for a night of live music. The band was incredible and never took a break.

Fasano- Sao Paulo

The hotel is located on a tree lined street in the Jardins section of Sao Paulo. The decor is similar with dark wood, stone, imported english furniture mixed with brazilian furniture from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. The scattered books, long fireplaces, and large leather club chairs make you feel like you have entered a private club rather than a hotel lobby. The long bar is dead ahead and they make a mean caiparinha. The large antique map of the world which hangs behind the reception desk is beautiful. To my mind, this hotel had the perfect decor for a manhattan bachelor. So stylish and chic but maintaining a sense of comfort.

The bar/ lounge was the spot to be at night. There was an amazing jazz singer performing Sinatra songs.

Favorite Restaurant: Figueria Rubaiyat – The prettiest restaurant in Sao Paulo. The outdoor tables are set up under the branches of a giant sprawling Fig tree ( thought to be over 130 years old). The baskets of Pao de Queijo ( bread backed with cheese inside…do not ask how many I ate) could not come fast enough.

Book your trip to the Fasano: http://www.fasano.com.br/

xo,

S

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Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is 9 days away! Don’t be left empty handed… below are a few gift ideas to romance your honey.

Gifts for her:

Faux shagreen frame: these come in a variety of colors and you can pop in a picture of the two of you.

http://www.vivre.com/product/Shop_By_Category/Home_Decor/Frames/Small_Shagreen_Frame

Givenchy: Glazed Nightengale bag: This gloss grey bag is scrumptious!

http://www.barneys.com/Medium%20Glazed%20Nightingale/00460104081266,default,pd.html

Eddie Borgo star cuff bracelet: I love the bold jem stone colors.

http://www.eddieborgo.com/Eddie_Borgo_Jewelry_Designer_Collections_Womens_2010_SprSum_1.html

Davines Love shampoo and conditioner: Smells delicious

http://www.luxuryparlor.com/davines.html?gclid=CNSdr4uw258CFUWE7QodFkIHHw

If she likes interiors this new book by Assouline is beautifully shot and has interviews with many of todays most inspiring designers:

http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Styles-Assouline/dp/2759401642

Get her a gift certificate for a manicure/ pedicure at the beautiful and relaxing Rescue Beauty Lounge in the West Village:

rescue beauty lounge
34 Gansevoort street 2nd floor / New York NY 10014
Call 212.206.6409 to purchase a gift certificate

Don’t forget the flowers:

Mad Love: Mini Pink Calla Lillies, Red Roses, Pink Phalaenopsis Orchids and Anthurium Leaves

Banchet is an absolutely gorgeous flower shop right around the corner from my apartment. Just looking in the windows is a treat. Banchet puts her modern twist on floral arrangements and the color combinations are stunning. Every detail is accounted for in her refined creations ( including the perfect container for the bouquet)

http://www.banchetflowers.com/home.php?cat=1&item=1

Gifts for Him:

The perfect tie: Silk foulard necktie hand made in Naples with a cream, red and light blue print on a navy ground

http://store.dynend.com/handmadesix-foldsilkfoulardtie-3.aspx

Crocodile card case: Very stylish

http://www.vivre.com/product/Shop_By_Category/Men/Crocodile_Card_Case

For the sporty man: Drive an hour and a half outside of NYC and take aim at clays at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY. Once a tweedy private shooting club (the oldest in the country), Sandanona was purchased by Orvis, the outdoor sports clothier, and opened to the masses. Sip coffee and roam the wood-shingled clubhouse before being outfitted for a twenty-gauge shotgun (manageable for beginners) and taking in a gun-safety lecture. Then head out for a round on the world-class sporting-clays course.

Make a weekend out of it and stay the night in town at the Porterhouse Inn. While in Millbrook be sure to check out the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, and the fine antique shops located in the village.

Details
Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds: 800-548-9548; http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?dir_id=11716&group_id=11814&subject=3050

Porterhouse Inn: http://www.porterhousebandb.com/

Whiskey:

There’s no drink quite like 18 year old Macallan ($124). Voted best whisky in the world by Whiskey Magazine in 2004, the 18 year vintage of The Macallan is consistently one of the most smooth drinking scotches in the world ( or so says my husband).

The art of shaving: Sandalwood shaving cream. My husband uses this and it is delicious. It has a distinct smell and makes his skin so soft. Irresistible.

http://www.theartofshaving.com/shop/product/35003/3

For both of you:

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne: Brut Rose – A beautiful soft salmon pink color with continuous tiny bubbles. The flavors of blackberries, raspberries, red currants, and strawberries give off a feeling of lightness.

Recommended pairings: Salmon tartare, pork tenderloin, fresh goat cheese, red fruits.

Then head to Wallse for their valentine’s day pre-fix menu. Austrian food with a refined light twist. The restaurant has a decidedly romantic feel with towering branches of flowers in the windows and on the bar.

http://www.wallserestaurant.com/

For reservations, please call 212-352-2300 or reserve online at opentable.com

Top it all off with dessert from Billy’s Bakery ( my favorite cupcakes in the city!)

http://www.billysbakerynyc.com/

xo,

S

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An American Family In St Barth’s

This is our first blog, so here goes! We might as well start with a wonderful trip. It is helpful to think about a tropical getaway this time of year in freezing New York City! As you can tell from the title of this post, St. Barth’s was a family vacation. We were lucky enough to spend a week there over Christmas. If you have never been…dust off your high school French and get there! It is nothing short of breathtaking. The balmy climate of the deep Caribbean melts away all the city stress instantly. I have a large family ( mom, dad, two brothers, a sister, and a husband), and we were all ready for some fun in the sun. St Barth’s offers a little piece of France ( beware of the Euro!) in the West Indies. We have compiled a list of must do’s, where to go’s, and all around favorites below- enjoy!

Getting to St Barth’s: There are direct flights from New York City into San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as direct flights into St Maarten. Then it’s a quick hop in a puddle jumper over to St Barth’s. You can also take a boat from St Maarten to St Barth’s if your heart and stomach are not up for the drop from the sky onto the small runway!

Splurge: Fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico and stay the night at the Ritz Carlton. Dinner at Il Mulino ( A New York favorite- they make the pasta at the table) and hit the casino. The next morning we met our pilots at the Tradewind Aviation counter at the San Juan airport. You are whisked through security (no lines!) and brought to your plane. The flight is smooth and they have maps aboard to show you which islands you are flying over. They have thought of everything to make the flight as painless as possible. The total flight time is an hour and twenty minutes. Flying directly into St Barth’s allows you to skip the hassle of St. Maarten ( double customs, delayed flights, and missing luggage). For a family this was a great option. It takes the stress out of traveling.

Tradewind Aviation- an executive charter service: http://www.tradewindaviation.com/premiumScheduled.shtml


Where to stay:

Traveling as a family: Renting a villa is THE way to go. We rented our villa through Ici et La and worked with Remy. He met us at the airport and loaded our bags into his van. We followed him in our newly rented Jeep Wranglers to Villa Walhalla and Tiwa in Pointe Milou. Pointe Milou is a small community with AMAZING sunrise and sunset views. As an interior designer I immediately fell in love with our villa. The floor plan is perfect for an older family or group. Everyone had their own bedroom and the layout allows lots of space for everyone. The house is a wooden structure just like something out of an Ernest Hemingway novel. Painted floors, sisal carpets, rattan furniture, and built-in banquets with cushions upholstered in white linen created a casual beachy vibe. Two outdoor kitchens with long ceramic topped tables set the scene for many dinners cooked at home. After dinner we would move to the outdoor living rooms for a game of cards or dancing.

Ici et La- ask for Remy: They will handle Villa rentals as well as maid staff, cooks, and any on island activities you wish to do.

Private Chef: We debated many options but in the end went with “CANNELLE PAPRIKA” – private chefs and catering run by “Ms. Laurence and sophie”, whose mantra is “DELICATE FOOD MADE FOR EMOTIONS”.

http://www.icietlavillas.com/

Tél : (011) 590 590 27 78 78

Fax : (011) 590 590 27 78 28

The other preferred rental company on the island is Wimco. On a previous trip to St Barth’s we stayed in a different villa in Pointe Milou with a group of friends. Bon Temps Roullez (BTR) reminded me of Palm Beach home ( Palladian Style) with a distinctive Caribbean twist. All the materials used to build the house remind you of the sea and the landscape that surround you. With soothing whites, tans and blues the house combines textures ( Limestone floors throughout, hand painted tile banquettes, and stone tiled bathrooms) and soft color to create a relaxed elegance. Each piece of furniture is exquisite and you want to examine everything you see- details, details, details! The 50′ infinity edge pool looks out over St Jean Beach and St Maarten. You have all the modern amenities in a beautiful indoor/ outdoor beach home.

BTR Through Wimco: http://www.wimco.com/villa-rentals/st-barthelemy/pointe-milou/bon-temps.aspx

Maco Lodge: more modern Balinese style. Stunning both inside and out. This House is steps away from the Christopher Hotel. Bright strong colors remind you of the bougainvillea surrounding the house.

http://www.macolodge.com/

For a couple – We loved the hotels below:

Hotel Christopher in Point Milou – This Hotel is on the water on the sunset side of Point Milou. The pool sits right at the waters edge and is surrounded by lounge chairs and Palm Trees. Two restaurants sit on either side of the pool area( Mango for Lunch and Taino for Dinner).

Hotel Christopher: http://www.hotelchristopher.com

Eden Rock in St Jean – The history of this hotel is great- it evolved from an imaginatively sited house built sixty years ago by Remy Haenen. It has evolved and developed, starting in the 90’s, and is nothing short of breathtaking today. In 2003 they purchased the beach hotel next door, and on the other side of the rock they have Niki Beach. Staying here you are right in the heart of everything- shopping, dining, and beach.

Eden Rock: http://www.edenrockhotel.com

Le Serano- A minimalists dream with a beautiful beach. Le Serano was designed by the french master Christian Liaigre. Sophisticated yet unfussed. The freshwater swimming pool overlooks the beach.

Le Sereno: http://www.lesereno.com/

Boating: Rent a catamaran for the day: Meet your captain in Gustavia and hop on board! We sailed out to Fregate Island and spent hours snorkeling in the deep turquoise waters. When we swam back to the boat they had a feast of sushi, various salads, tomato and mozarella, and couscous prepared for us paired with a delicious Rose Wine. Champagne and cake followed and we set sail for Colombier Beach. The only other way to reach this isolated gem of a beach is by foot- a 30 minute hike. While out on the boat you get a unique view of the island and all of its coves. You also get a peek at all the major yachts that are moored just outside of the harbor.

Contact: Skipper Miguel Danet (phone 590 06 90 65 89 03) or Remy at Ici et La for information on our boat.


Favorite Shops– St. Jean and Gustavia boast the best shopping centers on the island.

Gustavia:

Lolita Jaca- beautiful silk and chiffon beach cover ups and dresses for an evening out

Poupette- same as above

Mia Zia- eclectic bohemian pieces

Vanita Rosa- find the perfect dress for dinner

Calypso- get your high fashion fix- YSL, Chloe, Balenciaga, Missoni, and Lanvin take up the racks in here.

Christian Celle– also in St Jean – cotton and linen beach cover ups and fun gold and silver jewelry.

Vilebrequin and Sundek- two shops for beautifully printed mens bathing suits. Sundek has a retro vibe.

Cafe Coton- around the corner from Le Select you will find a store that holds pressed cotton and linen shirts in every color of the rainbow. Striped, flora, checkered, and plain! A linen shirt is the STAPLE for men on the island so pick up a few!

Tek- A home store filled with teak furniture, coconut bowls and frames. A perfect store to pick up a house warming gift.

Christian Liaigre- The very well known minimalist chic designer has a home store in Gustavia. You may have seen his work at the Mercer Hotel in New York or at Le Sereno hotel on St. Barth’s. In the traditional whitewashed cottage with the red roof he sells sleek wooden beds, chairs and other home accessories made with exotic and tropical woods like wenge, wacapou, wamara, and ebony from Africa, and upholstered with muted, earth-toned fabrics.

St Jean:

Kiwi- great men’s linen shirts and bathing suits.

Lili Belle- womens day wear

Rock Shop- Designer duds for day and night- Milly, Pucci, Antik Batik etc

Terra- fashion for day and night

Casarina Surf: Pick up a snorkle and mask for your expedition to Gouverneur or Columbier!

Favorite Restaurants:

Cafe Santa Fe- Informal lunch above Gouverneur Beach. After a long day at the beach a late lunch served by the owner himself, Emanuel, is a treat.

Niki Beach – Jet set beach side lunch in St. Jean. Complete with Ti Punch, a fashion show, and music. White walls, muslin drapped everywhere, and large white cushions contrast nicely with the bright blue ocean a few steps away.

Le Ti – Dinner on Thursday or Friday night in Pointe Milou. The restaurant is walking distance from both BTR villa and Villa Walhalla Tiwa. Delicious food served with a side of burlesque dancing and amazing music. You will end up dancing the night away on the table tops amidst swaths of red velvet and disco lights.

L’Isola – A newcomer to St barth’s in Gustavia. Mouthwatering Italian food and the decor is beautiful. Long Tables with deep red drapes lend a romantic vibe. For an appetizer, the burrata was amazing. Try the fish special for your main course. From here you are ready to start your night on the town. A stroll down the street leads you to Le Bête à Z’ailes, a restaurant/ bar ( they serve delicious food as well) where they have live music and dancing. If you are ready for more you can continue on to one of the many night clubs in Gustavia and dance until dawn.

Le Select- Cheeseburger in Paradise! Jimmy Buffet wrote the his hit song about Le Select. This is an informal spot decorated with liscense plates, flags, and bumper stickers. Grab a cheeseburger with a side of fries and a Caribe beer. They have live music every night. Jimmy performed here this autumn!

Favorite Beaches:

Gouverneur – My personal favorite. The drive out there is long and winding- some parts of the road allow one car at a time. But the reward is an isolated beach with great snorkeling.

Saline- A close second. This is another pristine white beach close by Gouvernour.

Flamands – While we were in St Barth’s a storm passed off the coast which resulted in some big waves all over the island. Though St Barth’s is not known for its surfing there were plenty of locals who hopped right in. My family grew up on the coast in Rhode Island so we were thrilled to see some big surf! We found the biggest waves at Flamands. Hotel St-Barth Ile de France and La Langouste are nearby for lunch or a drink.

Columbier – also called Rockefeller’s Beach since David Rockefeller owned the land surrounding it for many years. Usually a fairly isolated spot due to the 30 minute hike. Bring a picnic lunch!

If you are someone who loves to travel, and who appreciates the little things that can enhance a hotel stay or a larger itinerary, then contact Bobby Zur at Travel Artistry. He loves the idea of “meaningful travel”, and helps his clients to seek out inspiring experiences.

Bobby Zur at Travel Artisty: Email Bobby Zur

xo,

S

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