Date of visit : November 2019
Ship : Seabourn Odyssey
Having heard numerous tales in the past of this luxurious little millionaires haven in the Caribbean, we were thrilled to be visiting it as part of our Seabourn Cruise itinerary.
Mooring off the coast of the island we were surrounded by fabulous mega yachts, and this was just a taste of things to come. After tendering ashore to the main harbour of Gustavia, we stepped off and into a Caribbean ‘St Tropez’ or ‘Puerto Banus’. Glitzy designer shops including top names such as Prada and D&G, beautiful palm lined streets, a plethora of small French boutiques offering uniquely designed pieces, and a wonderful little harbour with yachts bobbing in the sunshine, this really was 5* Caribbean. Christina quickly found herself a little number, and could have maxed out the credit card in a matter of minutes if I hadn’t called a taxi to the beach! (€20 euros each way).
We headed for St Jean at the recommendation of the lady in the shop we visited, and it was perfect for us. A wonderful stretch of white sand, translucent blue waters, and a couple of fabulous boutique hotels, including the famous Eden Roc. Our choice was the Pearl Beach Hotel, a chic trendy option with sunbeds and umbrellas, plus a fantastic restaurant serving a choice of beach fare and a great wine list. We spent a wonderful afternoon there, enjoying the beautiful weather, and plunging in and out of the sea. There is only one drawback to St Barts – THE PRICE! Sunbeds €30 each for the day, and the lunch set us back over €200 for the four of us including a lovely bottle of wine, but this is one of the most exclusive Caribbean islands so we guess it has to be expected!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day on the island, and can see why it attracts the rich and famous, it really is an exclusive haven of luxury and style. Can’t wait for our return visit now!