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The complete guide to St. Barths

            If you are itching for the perfect vacation at an adult playground, St. Barths is it. This French Caribbean island perfectly blends elite sophistication with exquisite charm. Uncrowded white sand beaches and top of the line dining will make you feel like you hopped on a plane, fell asleep, and woke up in heaven. St. Barths is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. If you are ready for a restful and rejuvenating vacation, St. Barths is the perfect location. This guide offers everything you’ll need to make your St. Barths vacation one for the books.




Eden Rock: This is the perfect hotel whether you are looking for a vibrant room,  suite, or if you and your best friends are looking for an expansive villa. The hotel rooms are spacious with sweeping views of the sea. If you are looking for a stay of luxury, opt for the Waterlily Suite so you can relax in the room’s infinity pool as you overlook the turquoise water and white sand beaches.

            If you have a group of friends who all hope to stay together, or, if you just want a home away from home, opt for one of the many villas that can come with a butler and private chef to make your stay absolutely perfect. From 1 bedroom villas to 8 bedroom villas and everything in between, these are perfect for bachelorette parties, small wedding parties, or just a fun family getaway.



            Whether you are staying in an Eden Rock hotel room or villa, be sure to visit the unparalleled Eden Rock Spa. Opt for a hydra facial for radiant and glowing skin that requires no makeup while you’re on the island, and a deep tissue massage to unwind from your flight in. A day at the spa will leave you ready to take on the rest and relaxation for the rest of your week.

Don’t forget the award winning Sand Bar for some lunch, dinner or just lite bites as you lounge by the beach.






Hotel Christopher: Hip, casual, and easygoing are just a few of the words used to describe Hotel Christopher. If you are looking for a luxurious resort that leaves all pretension at the door, this is the perfect resort for you. If you’re aiming for simplicity, opt for the Ocean Classic. Or, if you’re a sucker for a view, you can’t miss out on the Ocean Panoramic Suite.

            In addition to the beautiful rooms, there is no reason to ever leave the resort. Relax at the spa and spend time getting pampered with massages and facials. Enjoy at Mango Bar and sip mojitos and fruity drinks while looking over the sweeping water views, or enjoy gourmet cuisine at Mango Restaurant while looking out over St. Jean Bay.


Le Sereno: This small family owned hotel with 39 suites and 3 large four-bedroom villas, perfectly combines luxury, comfort, and privacy. It’s beachfront location makes this hotel unique and perfect for those seeking a beautiful getaway. Don’t forget to take a dip in the beachfront freshwater swimming pool on the property or partake in their standup paddle boards right out front in the bay.


Carl Gustav: Carl Gustav is the only 5 star resort on the island of St. Barths. From its extensive activity list for guests including aqua biking, yoga, and electric bike rentals, to its luxurious spa and breathtaking views, you will not be let down by choosing Carl Gustav as your home away from home during the perfect St. Barths vacation. In addition, Carl Gustav is home to Shellona, one of the most gorgeous beachfront restaurants with flavorful cuisine inspired by the mediterranean.





Daytime Vibes


Shellona: This is an absolute must if you’re visiting St. Barths. The whole grilled sea bass is an absolute must and completely sets the vibe for the rest of the day. Rent a couple beach chairs right one the beach after your meal, and you find yourself having the perfect day in paradise.



Nikki Beach: While St. Barths is relaxing, you have to allocate one party day to experience Nikki Beach. Enjoy the DJ, saxophone, and overall perfect day party vibes. Choose from a 12 pm to 2 pm seating depending on the vibe you want. The earlier crowd is a little more calm while the later crowd is always ready to party and dance on tables. In either seating, its an experience you’ll find yourself reminiscing about for ages.


Gyp Sea: If you love food prepared on a barbecue, this restaurant is for you. Enjoy the private beach on Pelican Beach after a tasty meal.


Hotel Christopher: Mango Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset happy hour or late lunch while your toes sit in the sand. This is an absolute must, especially if you’re staying at Hotel Christopher.


Eden Rock: This is the perfect place to indulge in a flavorful lunch. From salmon crispy rice to truffle pizza, you simply can’t go wrong.

Nighttime Playground


Tamarin: This is the restaurant you visit with your significant other. A romantic vibe with out of this world food will  make you feel like you just stepped into a fairy tale.



La Guerite: Right in the middle of the island’s nightlife hotspot, La Guerite blends sophistication and wild nightlife into an unforgettable experience.


Bonito:  This laid back restaurant with views overlooking Gustavia Harbor is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful views.


Foquets: The perfect restaurant to enjoy a romantic date night overlooking the town of Gustavia. Book a reservation to enjoy the sunset and a glass a wine.


Le Espirit: There is no shortage of high end restaurants on St. Barths. However, sometimes you just need a casual place to grab good food and Le Espirit is it!


Eden Rock: While already mentioned above for lunch, dinner at Eden Rock is another must try. Sometimes you get lucky and find a restaurant you just won’t get tired of.\



Activity Guide


Spas: With so many beautiful and luxurious hotels, there is no shortage of spas to enjoy a day of rest and relaxation. Eden Rock has an extensive spa menu and a staff that keeps you feeling completely pampered the whole way through. You can also partake in a yoga class or have someone come to your villa for a private session.


Beaches: Since St. Barths is an island, there are no shortage of white sandy beaches to enjoy. Governour is a large beach that is perfect for families looking to camp out for the day. Colombier requires a little hike but is SO worth the extra effort. Shell Beach is closes to town and small. Be sure to get there early so you can get a prime spot to enjoy for the day.


Boat Tours: Boat tours are one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty St. Barths has to offer. If your trip is long enough, a full day boat tour is the way to go. Many boat tours will allow you to build your itinerary. Be sure to visit Colombier and Il Forshou during your trip. Whether you are looking for a small boat tour that only fits a few people or a large boat tour that fits your entire wedding party, boat tours are a perfect way to enjoy the time you have on the island.


Hikes: With so many beautiful places around St. Barths, hikes are an absolute must if you are looking to get some fun exercise in during your vacation. The hike to Colombier beach takes about 30 minutes in total and ends at a beautiful, almost private, white sand beach. During the hike, you will walk through a narrow forest of lush greenery that is home to indigenous goats and tortoises. Pack yourself a small picnic and enjoy your reward once you get to the other side.


Shopping: Let’s be honest, whether you’re in Los Angeles, Paris, or St. Barths, shopping should always be on your list of activities. With well known designer stores and unique boutiques for one of a kind purchases, St. Barths has everything you need for the perfect shopping experience. Be sure to plan your trip around “lunch” where all stores close from 12:30 PM to 2 PM.


Water Activities: Since St. Barths is an island, there is no lack of water sports for vacationers to enjoy. Between surfing, paddle boarding, kite boarding, and everything in between, you’ll never get board with your time at sea. St. Barths is also an amazing place for scuba diving whether you’re a veteran or looking to get your certification.


Rent A Car: Another great way to see the island is by renting a car. Mini Coopers are the unofficial car of the island. Enjoy the perfect weather with the top down, hair blowing in the wind, and stopping wherever your heart desires along the way.


            Well, there you have it! Choose from anything on this guide and you will be well on your way to enjoying the perfect St. Barths getaway. From a room at Eden Rock to day parties at Nikki Beach, and hiking to Colombier followed by an exploration of the island in a convertible Mini Cooper, St. Barths is the adult playground you always dreamed of. Don’t forget, with new guidelines required by the United States for International travel, booking with SS Gold can help to ensure you have access to COVID Antigen testing required to re-enter the United States when your trip inevitably comes to an end.


SS Gold specializes in St. Barths and can create a custom itinerary based on your vacation wishes! We have helped plan weddings (including owner, Sinem Sen’s wedding), bachelorette parties, anniversary trips, and just plain fun getaways! We have got you covered from start to finish all while keeping you VIP’d!  

*Book any of the hotels listed above through SS Gold Travel and receive VIP treatment & special amenities like complimentary breakfast for two daily, hotel or resort credit, upgrades if available, early check-in/late check-out,  access to exclusive promotion

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