At any given time, a throng of celebs is vacationing in St. Barts. Let's look at this holiday season alone: Andy Cohen just took a luxe trip there with his boyfriend.
Luis D. Ortiz has been warming up on the island as well.
And Rupert Murdoch's ex Wendi Deng has been having a romantic trip with her new much younger boyfriend at the posh destination, too.
Need another example? Mohamed Hadid, dad to Bella and Gigi, has been chilling out in St. Barts for an extended stay lately.
He and his fiance, Shiva, were partying and crashing out at the Rock Star Villas in Eden Rock Hotel, a celebrity favorite for its privacy and security.
So yes, the celebs are all going in droves. But is St. Barts so exclusive that regular people are downright banished — or prohibited by their down-to-earth finances? Actually, no! (As long as you have a decent credit card limit and willingness to splurge.)
Here's what you need to know to get this trip on the books for 2017.
You're going to need to know just three things to make it happen: how to get there, where to stay, and what to do while you're there.
If you're thinking about going around Spring Break time in March, you could score flights (with stops) from New York or Miami from about $800 as of the time of this writing.
You'll want to search the airport code SBH. You'll fly through St. Martin onward with Winnair most likely, a shuttle service flight. There are no direct flights, unless you fly private. And now there are more ways than ever for even normal-ish people to do just that.
Eden Rock is one of the most popular hotels. Rooms range from about $1,500 nightly (and go way up) depending on the season.
The more secluded Le Guanahani is a little back away from the sea. It's a huge property and has its own reef-protected lagoon. Rooms range from about $1,000 to $5,000.
Are those hotels not quite in your budget? Well, this is a pricey island and rooms fill up fast. But you can find a hotel like the relatively more affordable Salines Garden for $200 nightly if you book well in advance and are willing to have a less-elevated experience.
Peak season runs Thanksgiving to March. July and August can be a great time for the budget-conscious and risk-tolerant traveler to go because the threat of hurricanes dips prices way low. All told, July onward to November is an unpredictable hurricane season — with September through November seeing the greatest risks, and many venues actually closed.
Once you're in St. Barts, it's tempting to chill by the beach each every day sipping cocktails from sun up to sundown (and sun up, again). And that's appropriate for this island.
Anse Des Flamands is the most stunning beach and Grand Cul De Sac is also noted as one of the best beaches in St. Barts, if not the world. If you want some surf, Toiny is best for that — but it's for experienced surfers.
According to Conde Nast Traveller, restaurants to check out include La Langouste for the freshest lobster in town, L'esprit Saline for a fashionable spot serving up fusion food, and Le Sapotillier for authentic and tasty French fare.
So who's ready to make like a celeb — if only for a few luxurious days — and put St. Barts on the bucket list?
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