Just back from St Barth


Cerulean’s own Kevin Doheny is just back from the very chic Caribbean Island of St. Barthelemy!  Often referred to as St. Barth, Kevin has found a new favorite when it comes to islands with their own unique style and character.  

We sat down with Kevin to hear about his insider tips, hidden gems and must-dos on this gorgeous, luxury-focused island in the French Caribbean.   


Where did you stay on the island? 

St. Barth is known for excellent smaller hotels, as well as stunning villas.  I stayed in two wonderful properties while there: 

  • Gyp-Sea, my first stop, is definitely a hidden gem!   I loved the colorful interiors and laid-back vibe with beautiful ocean views.  It sits high above the water on a cliff, so the panorama is fantastic. Their beach club is only 10 minutes away (by on-demand shuttle).  

Video of Gyp-Sea Bungalow

  • My next address was the iconic Eden Rock by Oetker Collection (think Le Bristol in Paris and Jumby Bay in Antigua).  Their team stands out – how in the world do they anticipate your needs before you even have them?  Even if not staying here, come for a drink or a walk along the white sandy beach of St. Jean.

Video of Eden Rock Beach

On St. Barth, there is a hotel or villa for everyone. I’d be delighted to speak with any or our clients about which option might be right for them.


Tell us about St. Barth’s beaches…

They are all so different!  People like to beach-hop on St. Barth so they can sample the diverse scenery and energy each offers.  With no Uber and few taxis, I highly recommend having a rental car, so you have flexibility to try them all.  You can even rent a “Mini-Moke” which is a sort of dune buggy – great for the tan and lots of fun. 

My favorite was Gouverneur Beach. It has a long stretch of pristine sand that feels very private and secluded. Bring a picnic lunch or aperitifs!  A few luxurious villas (available for rent) are situated just above with gorgeous views. 

Gouverneur Beach Photo

Those who want to try the island’s famous social scene will find their tribe on St. Jean Beach with its beach clubs and “Rosé All Day.”  


As our resident “Foodie” at Cerulean, how was the dining?  Any finds?

Foodies are in for a treat! There wasn’t a bad meal to be had. Most people know about the lively setting at Bagatelle or La Petite Plage in the charming capital of Gustavia (among others), although I found La Cantina to be more laid-back, below the radar and equally great from a dining perspective.

In addition to locally owned options, hotel restaurants are a highlight and should not be missed. The restaurant at Le Toiny (member of Relais & Chateaux) has incredible cuisine and exceptional coastal views, while Beef Bar at the Carl Gustaf is just as delicious and more animated.

Views from Le Toiny Restaurant


What else would you like to share with Cerulean’s Travelers?

The island caters to families more than one might expect. There are lots of younger kids around with plenty to keep them occupied. Multi-generational families love the villas here too.  Book Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break well in advance, everyone.

Also, if flying through St. Maarten and traveling with only carry-ons, be sure to obtain your boarding pass ahead of time to bypass Immigration. Even if you do not check luggage, you’ll be sent outside Security to the ticketing counters to re-check in, though a digital boarding pass will keep you airside (and on time).  Flying through Puerto Rico is nicer overall, although it may require a transit night. 

If luxury travel, fabulous food and sophisticated island living are your thing, St. Barth delivers!

Would you like to learn more about St. Barth and how this gorgeous island might be right for you and yours?  

Contact Kevin or another of Cerulean’s Luxury Travel Advisor Team to plan your next escape!

Contact us here! 



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