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Only a handful of resort destinations in the world conjure thoughts as magical as St. Barth. Europe has St. Tropez, Ibiza and the Greek Isles, but closer to the United States, the tiny island of St. Barth offers majestic mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and the allure of a hidden retreat—all on one island with the added charm of a French accent.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic cottage for two or a contemporary enclave for you and 20 of your closest friends, St. Barth is one of the few—if not the only—islands in the Caribbean that can offer such an array of private accommodations. When the island eschewed large hotel and resort development in the 1960s and 70s, private rentals became the de facto way to stay on the island (aside from a handful of small boutique hotels). And for almost 40 years, Sibarth Villa Rentals has offered entrée to not only the best private homes on the island, but also an assortment of personalized concierge services.
Before you even arrive on-site, the Sibarth team will assist you in successfully finding the perfect abode. (They boast more than 200 villas from which to choose and know the ins and outs of every single property.) Want satellite TV? Sibarth will handle it. Need to know the brands of the appliances in your villa’s kitchen? They can give you that information, too. Once on the island, the arrivals team will greet you at the airport and get you settled. Their concierge services are seemingly limitless—from the basics (like snagging dinner reservations at the much-lauded Eddy’s and Maya’s) to coordinating private fitness sessions or chartering boat excursions.
The Sibarth team, headed by Ashley Lacour and Kristina Popova, is helpful in making the island feel like your personal paradise, however long you are staying. Tell them what you are looking for in a beach, and they will direct you to one of the island’s more than 20. They fully understand the idiosyncrasies of each—from the best one for surfing to where to go just for sunning. Looking to shop? Hermès, Christian Liaigre and Louis Vuitton all have storefronts there, and independent boutiques are plentiful in Gustavia, the island’s main town. St. Barth may be small, but it’s big on style. www.sibarth.com
Getting there: Tradewind Aviation offers premium scheduled service (scheduled airline service with the comfort and convenience of private charter) to St. Barth from San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is easily accessible via Delta Airlines. Tradewind also offers flights to St. Barth from St. Thomas and Antigua. Complimentary refreshments, snacks, wine and beer are served onboard. Private charters are also available throughout the Caribbean. www.tradewindaviation.com