A Perfect Playground
A secluded tropical island that boasts the natural beauty and climate
of the Caribbean, it is Saint-Barthelemy’s very inaccessibility and
unique history that has made it a refuge for the ultra-wealthy,
whether it be as the perfect winter sun destination for a vacation, or
as the ideal location for an off-shore home.
It may now be a must-have residency for the rich and famous, a
pleasure playground of perfect beaches, luxury hotels and villas,
fine dining and top flight shopping, but Saint Barthelemy, or St.
Barth in English, has not always been so welcoming to new arrivals.
Where to Stay
When it comes to accommodation on St. Barth,
and the architecture in general, the island has
been well served by construction restrictions.
Limits on the height of buildings mean that
there are no mass-tourist, garish high-rise
blocks of hotels. Exclusivity here is everything –
this is a land of discreet, hyper-chic boutique
bungalows and unimposing, tastefully designed
hotels that blend in with the natural landscape.
Even the largest hotel on the island has well
under a hundred suites.
Nevertheless, since our last edition of Unique –
St. Barth there have been subtle new additions
to the hotel and villas market on the island,
and you can find information on those new
developments in the listings that follow. At
the island’s hotels, you will find yourself in
the midst of a beautiful environment, albeit in
accommodation that presents the last word in
comfort and style.
Around St. Barth
St. Barth isn’t the largest of islands, but don’t be
fooled – there’s an incredible amount to do and see
here, and you can spends days exploring everything
that it has to offer. On top of that, if you engage in some
of the pastimes that are traditional on the island, such
as kiting or diving, there’s more than enough to keep
you occupied, and you’ll have no end of fun.
For a tiny island with a population of just 8,500, St. Barth has
much to offer in the way of local fashions – perhaps it should
come as no surprise that only local fashion designers should
truly capture the spirit and essence of such a unique island.
Day and Night in St.Barth
For those looking for a relaxing shopping experience,
St. Barth has much to offer. To cater for the discerning
clientele that frequents this exclusive island, a range of
luxury brands operate stores on St. Barth, offering their
latest collections and goods of the highest quality.
Interview Sabine Masseglia
Few people believed in the birth of Unique St Barth magazine,
and back then I needed all the support that I could get. One
woman believed in our project from the very beginning, Sabine
Masseglia the managing director of one of the best hotels of St
Barth, Guanahani Hotel. Sabine is a remarkable woman and a
true friend, for many years now she's been actively taking part
to the promotion of St Barth abroad. And with this interview
I have the greatest honor to introduce you to my dear friend
Interview Ksenia Sobchak
Ksenia who??? That was my first question when Yana asked me to
interview Ksenia Sobchak. Ksenia is variously described as Russia’s
It-Girl or Russia’s Paris Hilton – in fact, she demonstrates a phenomenal
capacity for work, whether it be as a radio DJ, television host, author,
model or actress. Even foreigners who only rarely visit Russia will have
seen Ksenia looking back at them from the pages of glossy magazines,
from billboards, or seen her presenting a host of talk shows and reality
TV programs, such as Russia’s Top Model, to name just one. In fact, after
doing my homework in preparation for the interview I was amazed by the
diversity of Ksenia’s skills and career achievements – beauty and talent
were the two words that easily came to mind.
St. Barth has long been renowned among the international
diving community thanks to its combination of safe waters (the
only sharks here are perfectly harmless nursing sharks), crystal
clear waters that remain calm all year round, the incredible
natural variety on display in its coral reefs (54 different corals
and 60 sponges of various colors and shapes), and the 183 different species of fish to be found here.
The Island Where the Stars Come Out
Numerous factors have led to the island becoming
the social playground for the great and the good. For
New Yorkers and those living on the east coast of the
U.S. in general, it is “St. Tropez without the jetlag,”
thanks to its ability to draw a certain elite crowd.
There is a strong seasonal element to this attraction
– as Vanity Fair magazine recently wrote, around
Christmas “it’s like the whole island is Studio 54 at its
peak,” referencing the 1970s New York nightspot that
managed to attract the city’s crème de la crème night
Le Repaire; Nikki Beach; Restaurant 88; Le Case de l’Isle; Indigo; Le Gaiac; Le Ti St Barth.