Ready to get away? Escape to the Caribbean oasis of Saint Barthelemy with Nieves Lavi, our chosen location for our Spring/Summer 23 Collection shoot.
Saint Barthelemy is a dream destination for anyone looking for an idyllic island paradise. From secluded sandy beaches to breathtaking views and the unique St Barths experiences… From its rare combination of glamour & nature, the sea, the sun, the shops, the restaurants and to its nightlife…there’s a reason why this French island is a tropical gem and highly sought-after destination.
Here’s an intimate behind-the-scenes look at our photoshoot. We interviewed our model for the photoshoot, the lovely Maena, who grew up on the island.
It was an absolute joy to rediscover the beauty of this destination. Here are our top recommendations for places to stay, eat and explore for your next sun-drenched vacation on this magical island.
WHERE TO STAY
We were so happy to stay and shoot our Spring/Resort 23 Campaign at the beautiful Rosewood Le Guanahani boutique resort. The post-hurricane newly renovated hotel is such a welcoming place to stay, with its casual luxury, comfort and elegance. It’s the perfect mix between french finesse and laid-back Caribbean spirit.
The hued guest cottages are scattered along garden paths that wind through lush bougainvillea, hibiscus, and palms beside the sweeping beaches and reef-protected lagoon. As soon as you walk in, you just want to lay back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the island the resort has to offer.
WHAT TO DO
St Barths is a dream destination offering boundless activities for all types of travelers. The hilly volcanic island, rich in vegetation and wildlife, pristine white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters is the ideal spot for a postcard-like getaway.
Take a day or two to unwind by the pool. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, so it's well worth doing some exploring. Our favorite is Saline Beach, an absolute gem away from the hustle and bustle, offering complete tranquility and privacy…
In fact, this wild untouched beach holds a special place in our hearts so we decided to name our Spring/Summer 23 Collection after it.
Enjoy some beachside dining while catching the sunset - one of life's simplest pleasures. If you're feeling adventurous, try some windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling. The list is endless!
WHERE TO EAT
A tropical escape wouldn’t be complete without some great food, and St Barths definitely has an abundance of it. Being a French island has its perks and the food is probably one of the best perks. The cuisine is top-notch and is a wonderful fusion of French cuisine with Caribbean influences.
There are so many places to choose from, but on this trip, we kept coming back to Le Rivage. A welcomed new addition to St Barths’ restaurant scene, located on the hidden beach of the Grand Cul-de-sac lagoon. You can enjoy lunch and dinner in a chic and casual atmosphere: enjoy a glass of rose on ice with some Accras (Caribbean codfish fritters) and freshly caught grilled lobster over a spicy tomato sauce linguine - all served in an idyllic setting with feet in the sand.
A favorite Italian fine dining restaurant in Gustavia, ideal for dinner with a fun vibe and great pasta. Dress up!
For a casual family option, try L’isoletta - the sister restaurant of L'isola, serving Roman-style pizza by the yard with a nice selection of Italian wine, situated on a chic terrace in the center of Gustavia.
WHERE TO PARTY
Bonito - Resto/cocktail bar scene
The French Pan-American cuisine is, by far, the most innovative on the island. It’s also one of the island’s hottest IT places to be. There’s a DJ spinning every night, which turns Bonito from a cool restaurant to a really posh cocktail bar.
Le Ti - For a lil’ bit of moulin rouge
Even if you are not a big party animal, you can't miss a visit to Le Ti!
Offering a mixture of supper club and Moulin Rouge, Le Ti is Paris and Marrakech coming together with burlesque dancers and table service, The pirate theme bar reminds you that pirates once ruled the seas, and that the island was once a pirate haven.
Jimmy Buffett, wrote a song about Saint Barths,
Autour Du Roche
‘here were pirates from the Indies
There were models from Paris
There were locals and New Yorkers
And the Brazilian Navy’