Discerning travellers on a luxury St Barths holiday will soon notice that a certain air of sophistication embodies the whole island; from the luxurious mega-yachts floating in the harbour, to the chic boutiques dotted around the capital, Gustavia.
This small but picturesque island's first known settlers came from Brittany, so it's little wonder that the place retains the air of an exclusive Mediterranean resort to this day. Proud of its heritage and steeped in fascinating history, visitors here will be charmed by the terracotta-topped homes and Riviera lifestyle.
Outside the charming harbour town of Gustavia, verdant, undulating landscapes cover most of the island, making way only for long stretches of pristine, platinum sand, lapped by the inviting ocean beyond. This is an excellent destination for anyone with a passion for diving, as the clear waters are enhanced by the island's Marine Reserve status.
The cuisine here is definitely some of the best in the Caribbean, thanks to the wealth of gourmet restaurants, which boast delightful combinations of locally caught seafood and world-class items imported from Paris. We highly recommend an afternoon spent browsing the duty-free designer shops in Gustavia, and an evening spent gawping at a spectacular sunset from the Santa Fé in Lurin, the island’s highest restaurant; our Concierge service will be happy to make your reservations.
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours Flight duration: 8 hours 40 minutes (direct to Antigua) with onward connection by charter, taking approximately 45 minutes Currency: Euro (although the US Dollar is widely accepted) Capital: Gustavia Language: French (but English is spoken almost everywhere) Visa information: All citizens of the European Union must have a valid passport.
St Barths Fact File
HIGH SEASON December - April
FLIGHT DURATION 11 hours 25 minutes
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct fom London Gatwick to Antigua, with onward connecting flight
DIRECT FLIGHTS No
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS Cruise, Antigua, Anguilla, BVI, Barbados, Florida, New York, St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico