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Prestigious St Barths is a dot of hedonistic beauty floating in the blue Caribbean where rolling palm strewn hillsides are fringed by 14 soft white sand beaches. Hosted by Eden Rock Villa Rental guests will discover a unique combination of natural beauty and playful sophistication.

Spend the day splashing in crystal clear waters, a dash across the sea in a luxury yacht or fashionable shopping in St Jean, wind down with cocktails by your villa pool before dinner at the immutably glamorous hotel Eden Rock St Barths.

 

Gustavia is a busy port and home to deluxe sailing yachts and elegant shops. The island is the gourmet star in the French West Indies with international chefs drawn to the island’s enthusiasm for fine food.

Eden Rock St Barths is home to the exotic cuisine of Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Getting around

One of the great pleasures of this beautiful island is to visit the many different beaches, but while St Barths covers a diminutive 8 square miles its volcanic peaks make it quite necessary to have a car. The roads can be startling for their steep and winding nature, but the challenge is rewarded with the most astonishing vistas. Anywhere you might wish to visit, is no more than a 20 minute drive.

Eden Rock Villa Rental  is delighted to arrange car hire of your choice, most popular are the convertible Minis and BMWs, or provide a chauffeur driven limousine for your stay.

It is possible to call taxis for individual journeys however there are only two companies on the island and it is important to make reservations in advance. There are two petrol stations on the island, one near the airport and on in Lorient.

The beaches

This island is a sophisticated paradise for natural pleasures. The sand is pristine and soft, the Caribbean a crystal clear blue, the pools are infinity and the warm sun is pure therapy.

In its unique way this prestigious island also offers a host of designer shops and the finest gourmet dining in the French West Indies. This is the essence of St Barths.

There are 14 beautiful beaches to explore on the island, the following is a selection.

St Jean Beach

This is divided in two by our glamorous hotel Eden Rock St Barths. There are plenty of watersports available on this beach and good snorkelling.

Eden Rock St Barths extends an exclusive invitation to Eden Rock Villa Rental guests to enjoy the private beach where a team of attentive of beach butlers are at their service. Reservations are according to availability and arrangements can be made with the concierge.

Shell Beach

A few minutes walk out of Gustavia town, this is a superb beach with plenty of dining options and cliff diving.

Grand Cul-de-Sac

This lagoon is protected by a coral reef, with shallow waters so it is popular with families and also windsurfers and kiteboarders. Sports enthusiasts are well served on the beach by many rental shops. There is also a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

Flamands beach

Swimmers will relish the fresh rolling waves for fairly gentle surfing. Along the shore are some high class restaurants for delicious toes in sand lunches.

Gouverneur Beach

A quiet beach with few people, no shade or bars. There is some super snorkelling and it is popular with nudists.

Saline Beach

A short walk across sand dunes brings you to this beautiful beach, it can be a little windier therefore offering surfing opportunities. There are no services here, bring umbrellas and picnic. There is nude sunbathing to the left of the path.

Colombier Beach

Only reached by following a 30 minute goat track from Flamands Beach or by boat this is a more remote beach, though many people make the effort. The snorkelling is renowned throughout the Caribbean. There are no services on this beach so Eden Rock St Barths will be delighted to prepare your gourmet picnic.

Things to do in St Barths

There are many reefs off the beaches to enjoy the myriad of colourful coral, St Jean’s is one of the most popular and Colombier is renowned throughout the Caribbean.
Diving offers few dramatic reefs or large fish, but as the marine reserve protects coral and the fishermen do not damage it the colour is fabulous and there are plentiful shoals of small fish and a wreck dive at Kaiali. A number of dive shops offer PADI courses or advanced dives, our concierge will be delighted to make arrangements

Luxury yachts are available for deep sea fishing expeditions or for a cruise, zip over to Anguilla or Pinel island for lunch and stay out for a sunset cocktail.

St Barths is a duty free port and has a line up of couture to match French Avenue Montaigne. Most fashionable shopping is in Gustavia or St Jean where you can find everything from designer labels to independent beach chic.

local information and services

Our concierge is available at the touch of a button on your complimentary mobile phone, they will be delighted to assist with all information and reservations, meanwhile we have provided some details below for your easy reference.

Banks and Currency

The local currency is the Euro. There are five major banks on the island in Gustavia, with one in St Jean. They are open Monday to Friday 8am to noon and 2pm to 3.30pm.

Grocery Shopping

Marché U supermarket opposite the airport in St Jean is the largest grocery shop on the island and anything an international traveller may require is stocked here.
There are many local shops dotted around the island, usually within a few minutes of all Eden Rock Villa Rental properties.  Information is provided in each villa. Fresh fruit, local goats’ cheese and some essentials will always be available.
There is a fish market in Gustavia, open from 6am to midday, where you have a fabulous selection for the days catch from lobster to wahoo.  There is also a small stall in Lorient early in the morning where local fishermen sell their mornings haul.

Petrol Stations

There is one near the airport open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 am to midday and 2 pm to 7 pm. There is an automatic payment pump.
Another in Lorient is open from 7:30 am to 5 pm, but is closed Thursday and Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays.

Taxis

There are two taxi stations on the island, one at the airport and one in Gustavia on the public dock.

Tips on Tipping

French law requires that service is compris (included) so unless you wish to reward exceptional service there is no obligation to tip.

Electric Current

Voltage is 220 AC, 60 cycles. USA appliances often require French plug converters.

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