Villa Marie – Saint-Barth
These days many newlyweds have already had the luxury of traveling extensively before getting married. Couples who are looking at the Caribbean, but wanting a destination that neither of them have been to, may want to consider the tiny island of St. Barts.
It’s a mix of easy island living, with a chic European vibe thrown in. A place where you may rub elbows with celebrities, fashion models and the jet-set crowd. Where you will see yachts docked in the marina and photo shoots for magazines and catalogs taking place. Because of the lack of ease in getting there, and the expense, it is certainly a favorite for the Hollywood crowd.
This French West Indies island offers tranquil turquoise waters, duty-free boutique shopping, wonderful cuisine with French and Creole influences, and optimal weather during their peak season from December to May. The rest of the year can be beautiful as well, with the knowledge that the summer months may bring hurricanes.
Although a bit harder to get to than some of the other islands, it can be reached by flying from the U.S. to St. Martin and catching a locally operated 10-minute flight over to St Barts. Some additional service may be found from San Juan, St Thomas and Antigua as well.
This island is all about sophistication, people-watching from a café along the waterfront, and just basking the sun. The island is home to a number of incredible public beaches, where you can snorkel and swim. Topless sunbathing is a rather common practice on St. Barts beaches.
Gustavia Harbor – St. Barts
French and European influences can be found everywhere. From the architecture, to the language, to the food and attitude. Residents and guests alike, have a love for food, drink and having a good time.
Couples should be aware that not only is it a destination that is not easy to get to, it is also not inexpensive. Many of the small, intimate hotels are rather costly. But for couples who can afford it, and enjoy their privacy, this may prove to be a winning honeymoon destination.
– Melanie Jascoviez CTC / DS
Hotel photos provided by Villa Marie – Saint-Barth