Since September hit, the weather has been getting progressively cooler, inevitably marking the end of summer. While we’re excited to layer knits, leather, denim, and jackets, the idea of chapped lips, cold nights, and trudging through New York City slush has us severely bummed. So, we must confess, we’ve already started planning our next getaway.
If you’re anything like us, you love warm temperatures and white sandy beaches, so join us on an escape to luxurious St. Barths—we guarantee it’s the solution to your post-summer blues. We’ve already fallen for the Caribbean island’s postcard-worthy scenery and its relaxed vibes make us want to stay and play hooky for the rest of our lives. So book your tickets stat (meet you there!) and just lay back and relax because we’ve got everything planned. Consider this your guide to living the ultimate island life:
Where to stay
Hotel Taiwana, Anse des Flamands
This is a no-brainer. Each of the 22 rooms and suites in this boutique hotel is uniquely designed, not to mention surrounded by tropical landscapes and steps to the Caribbean Sea. You can find us chilling on a sun bed by the pool.
Where to shop
Lolita Jaca, Les Hauts du Carré d’Or
Inspired by artwork and exotic cultures (with just the right amount of bohemia), this breezy and colorful line of dresses and beach covers look relaxed, but put together—no effort required.
Ligne St. Barth, Route de Saline, L’orient/rue Général de Gaulle
The Ligne St. Barth products are so good they’re used in spas throughout the island like the spa in the Le Sereno hotel on Grand cul de Sac beach and all over the world. Plus, all of the cosmetics and fragrances in this line are made on the island and use locally sourced ingredients.
Cartier, Hermes, Chanel + more
Along with unique one-off shops, the island is also host to outposts of our favorite designers including: Cartier (!), Hermes (!!) and Chanel (!!!)—oh my!
Where to eat
La Langouste, Flamands
Located in the quaint Hotel Baie des Anges, the restaurant is known for its fresh lobster picked straight from its tank and a vast selection of delicious creole and French dishes. Consider our reservation made.
On The Rocks, Relais & Chateaux
Nestled on an actual rock above St. Jean Bay, the restaurant has a breathtaking view. And once the sun drops, DJs start spinning to get the night going, creating the perfect atmosphere for chef Jean-Georges’ gourmet fushion-fare.
Maya’s, Plage de Public
For over 20 years, Maya’s has been feeding visitors and locals with an ever-changing menu of inventive dishes, made with fresh locally sourced ingredients. We’re willing to stay (we told you we didn’t need much convincing) so we can taste what’s cooking up next.
Where to beach
Once owned by the Rockefellers, this beach is so secluded that the only way to get to it is by boat or a 20-30 minute hike. But we’ll tell you the view is well worth the trek and is hands down best place to turn off your iPhone and go completely off the grid.
Literally covered in millions of small shells, this beach not only provides the ultimate DIY materials to bring home with you, it’s also the only beach in the actual town.
Grand cul de Sac Beach
Grand cul de Sac hasn’t been named one of the best beaches in the world for nothing! Its hotel-lined coast and shallow waters allow you to walk far out into the lagoon and is the best spot for water sports and people watching.
What to see
Eden Rock Gallery, Baie de Saint Jean
Get your art on! With exhibits featuring work from artists like Richard Prince and collaborations with other island galleries, something is bound to catch your eye.
St. Barths is host to numerous festivals throughout the year, but if you’re around in January, this two-week music festival (January 14 - February 2) is not to be missed. Several historic churches host performances from classical musicians and sometimes, dancers. We can’t think of better soundtrack for relaxing.