Five Must-Dos in St. Barths

With its French background, 14 beautiful white-sand beaches protected by offshore reefs, and its reputation as a playground of rich, famous and beautiful, the small island of St-Barthélemy (St. Barths) exerts a powerful appeal to those who love sophistication and hedonism. If you go to this refined paradise, here are five things you must do:

1. Feast Like an Emperor: The island’s French connection ensures that gourmet dining opportunities abound. Graduates of the top hotel schools in France, the island chefs are experts in classic continental cuisine, with surprising variations, backed by market-fresh ingredients and truly impressive wine lists. And you should also experience some of the superb St. Barths creole cuisine, ranging from stuffed crab to fresh lobster casserole.

2.Shop Like a Queen: As a duty-free island, St. Barths offers the best shopping in the Caribbean. From haute couture fashions to jewelry, the shopping boutiques with designer merchandise rival Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue.

3. Sail Like Sinbad: With a yacht or airline charter, island hopping is made easy. Within easy striking distance are such paradises as Nevis, Anguilla, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands, as well as many deserted coves where you can get away from it all.

4. Sun Yourself Like a Siren: St. Barths has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere, some featuring sophisticated development and others pristine. They are the place to see celebrities – sometimes a lot of them, since the beaches are topless. All major festivals on the island wind up on the sand, so you can also be treated to fashion shows and parties. Exclusive beach clubs and out-of-the-world dining round out the beach appeal.

5. Drink Like a Lord: St. Barths is famous for its high-end rums steeped with fragrant fruits, spices and even flowers. Some producers have menus with more than 100 rums that are impressively strong. You are well-advised not to drive after a tasting.

The best way to experience the pleasures here is by staying at one of the luxurious LaCure St. Barths luxury villas. Panoramic views, stylish décor, pampering amenities and staff providing superior levels of service are just some of the attractions of these stunning St. Barths villa rentals.

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