TALKING TO THE WHALESYana, the editor of Unique St. Barth, goes on an awe-inspiring kite-surfing voyage involving a close encounter with whales…
It was something that I never believed I would be privileged enough to experience. I have only been kite-surfing for 3 years, and this was my first time out in the open sea. I could never have imagined that my progress would be so fast, and that it would bring me such an incredible, unexpected result..
Living on St. Barth, I was aware that every year, from January to the end of May, whales pass through the waters around the island. It’s part of an exhausting migration that will take them across a distance of over 5,000 kilometers.
Photos by Yannis Delvas, St Barth Flycam
LE BARTHÉLEMY There is a new hotel on the island, and it’s already making waves – opened in 2016, Le Barthélemy has put a fr esh gloss on St. Barth’s classic Caribbean style and is set to reopen its doors Oct ober 28, 2018 with even more enhancements.
It’s easy to see why Le Barthélemy is already proving such a hit. Boasting 44 me ticulously designed rooms with breathtaking sea views, one of the finest infinity pools on the island and a spa in partnership with the prestigious La Mer skincare, the hotel is an oasis of laidback luxury.
To add to the full-service boutique resort, two stunning new villas opened this summer, Villa Aqua and Villa Bleu, with a design that captures the spirit of St. Barth. Adjacent to the hotel, each comes with six bedrooms, an expansive open-air living room, fully-equipped kitchen, wine cupboard included, and a 55-foot oceanfront swimming pool.
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa combines the luxury, comfort and convenience of a first-class hotel, with the privacy, seclusion and security of your home. Wake up in the morning, draw back the curtains, step out of your room and go windsurfing, kitesurfing or paddle boarding, search for turtles or rays in the lagoon, or simply relish the turquoise tones of the view – all of this is possible at this bespoke oceanfront property.
Serving up innovative island-inspired French cuisine, head to Aux Amis for the French fine dining that has made St. Barth famous. With the introduction of a new dining concept, Aux Amis Plage, you can enjoy lunch while you keep your toes in the sand. During the weekends, spend your night under the stars at Le Barthélemy’s new late night rooftop bar featuring DJs or live music.
Submerge into a state of relaxation at Le Spa, the hotel’s haven of holistic healing in partnership with La Mer; which has also been revamped for the new season, with the addition of hot and cold baths, a sauna, a hammam and a tea salon.
A peaceful and private escape, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa brings something unique to St. Barth, perfectly set on the crescent-shaped white sand beach in Grand Cul de Sac.
Photos by Laurent Benoit, Olivier Leroi, Pierre Carreau
Office : +590 590 77 51 28 | Toll free : ( 844 ) 553-2278
Baie de Grand Cul de Sac | 97133 Saint-Barthélemy | French West Indies
HOTEL LE MANAPANYFragrant flowers, coral shoals, holistic therapies, fabrics made with bamboo fibers – Le Manapany, a new hotel in St. Barth’s, is getting back to the island's roots.
Located in Anse des Cayes bay, just a short hop away from Saint-Jean and Gustavia, the new hotel creates an environment that is on a par with the glory of its setting. It’s no accident that the bay is such a hit with watersports lovers, boasting some of the best surfing on the island, and the lush greenery of the hotel’s gardens perfectly complement its mission to provide restorative and relaxing care to its guests.
The 43 private villas and suites are all the work of the new owners, the French boutique hotel collection B Signature Hotels and Resorts – tropical woods, soothing earthy reds and yellows, handmade furnishings … two exquisite pools, one reserved for adults only, one that’s more lively with food and drinks delivered to your chaise longues, both with glorious sea views…
That healing, healthy vibe is matched by the resort’s spa, which offers holistic therapies based on natural treatments and herbs and cutting edge modern technologies and techniques. You can opt for a more hands-on, active approach in Le Manapany’s 969-square foot, fully-equipped fitness center, which also offers Pilates and yoga classes (make sure you try the spa’s signature bio-aesthetic care collection).
Every detail has been thought through in order to make the most of the local environment, whilst doing the utmost to protect that same environment, from the thatched roofing that employs local, natural materials, to the hotel’s own fleet of electric vehicles that keep noise and pollution to a bare minimum, to the fully autonomous, solar-powered water heating system that makes the most of the reliable Caribbean sunshine.
And there’s the food – our Head Chef Anthony Martel has created a menu that revels in French and Creole concepts whilst whipping up some excellent local seafood. If you’re in the cocktail bar, make sure you try the resort’s signature tipple, the “Back to the Roots” concoction.
In short, Le Manapany is an eco-hotel that perfectly matches its own natural environment on this Caribbean island.
Photos by Bernard Touillon & Max Vander Noot
Photos by Laura Payet | Model: Mila Filatova | Location: Hotel Le Manapany
WAKE UPThree sea views
from three terraces
St. Jean Bay
Lurin, just above Shell Beach
Request availability for your next vacation with St. Barth Properties
Photos by Laurent Benoit
Model: Chloe de Badereau
ALL IN THE MIX Night is falling in Gustavia Harbor,
the water glimmers in the last rays
of sunlight, and magic hour begins
Before being seated at your table, take a few
moments to play chess in the lounge area.
It’s the perfect start to your Bonito dining
experience, as you linger over a masterpiece
from the resident mixologist, Johann
He created a unique cocktail card
especially for the occasion – trust us,
you won’t find concoctions like these
anywhere else on the island.
The beauty and the best
The base here is an Amaro Montenegro
Benedictine cherry syrup and a pey-chaud
It’s served smoked, under a glassy dome…
Next up is Le Bartholomeo, a unique creation
by Johann Grillitsch, a chef mixologist
…its ingredients sound like a magical
incantation - rhum ambre antica formula
red port, vanilla falernum, a touch of
lemon juice topped with flambéed sugar…
And then on to your meal. Remember that
Bonito’s cocktails are only matched by the
restaurant’s selection of wines, the perfect
accompaniment for your dining experience…
Photos by Laura Payet | Model: Mila Filatova | Location: Bonito
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy
+590 590 279 696
THE RIDERSShell Beach | From Gouverneur to Saline by paddle board | The Spot | Le Boeuf
Photos by Harold Mackeene, Yannis Delvas
Photos by Laura Payet
Model Esther Gruner
Photos by Camellia Menard
Styling: Etienne Jeanson
Model: Yana Dubnik
Make up & Hair: Idalmi St. Barth
Location: Le Guanahani Hotel & SPA
MOSCOW ST. BARTH DIRECT AT BURJUA SPA
Moscow and St. Barth are nine thousand kilometers and hours of flights apart. But if you suddenly find yourself pining for the warmth and aroma of the Caribbean, you can experience all that without leaving Russia’s capital. Simply visit Burjua SPA.
Burjua SPA is a world class salon. You can spend the whole day here, though it will feel like you’ve been on a voyage to distant lands. True, you will come back from that voyage without a hint of weariness. On the contrary, you’ll be full of energy and life force, and your rested, refreshed appearance will attract envy and delight.
Whichever procedure you prefer, you can be certain that at Burjua SPA you will be in the hands of true professionals who genuinely love their calling and who, more than anything else, value their clients’ trust. Sumptuous spa and cosmetic procedures are carried out with the use of Ligne St. Barth cosmetics, which are produced on St. Barth. The cosmetics are based on natural ingredients – extracts, oils and compounds from plants grown on St. Barth and the surrounding islands. The unique microclimate of the THALATEPEE space, in which the spa rituals are carried out at Burjua SPA, allows the salon’s guests to fully relax and garner the most positive emotions and impressive results, while the space’s stylish interior provides a genuine aesthetic satisfaction.
For those who want, even if only for a short time, to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of a large city, we recommend the St. Barth Chill-Out procedure – this is that very same journey to foreign lands that we mentioned earlier. An ecological, natural, innovative massage procedure with a soothing effect that removes hypertonia in your muscles, activates your lymph circulation and metabolic process, and enriches tissues with moisture, vitamins and minerals. In just two and a half hours – that’s how long the St. Barth Chill-Out procedure lasts – you can completely reboot, rest and get ready to dive back into the energetic life of a megalopolis.
Being on a Caribbean beach without even leaving Moscow is possible with the aid of the spirit soothing and revitalizing procedure Tenderness St. Barth. After the St. Barth Elasticity procedure, you’ll feel as if you’ve been bathing in the waves of the Caribbean Sea – you’ll be charged up with positive vibes and energy and your figure will take on a tightened up appearance.
The Burjua SPA is a collection of varied cosmetic and spa procedures aimed at restoration, purification, moisturization and general improvement of the health of the skin of your face and body.
Photos by Romeo Balancourt
Moscow Prospect Vernadsky, 94, building 5, Section 4
(495) 780-84-75, (495) 970-96-95 www.9709695.ru, @burjuaspa
TELL ME WHAT YOU SEEPhotos by Laura Payet
Model: Mila Filatova
Location: Le Manapany, Le Cristopher Hotel
Great news from the Big Apple – Space Gallery St. Barth is opening in the autumn of 2018 at Broome and Crosby, a favorite spot of mine in Soho, New York.
Mackeene – True Caribbean Style
This is a true story. At a recent DJing gig I was playing at the Mackeene boutique, one of our readers walked up, wide-eyed in amazement, and asked me: “Yana, how come I didn’t know about this store before?”
Introducing Betula Aspen
With Betula Aspen, St. Barth’s wonderful Bonito is expanding its horizons, and anyone who’s been to this top spot on the island will agree that this is brilliant news.
Unforgettable Sea Memory
At the start of each new season on our island, I visit the Sea Memory boutique. It’s like watching the waves on your favorite beach – they eternally wash over the shoreline, but they are never the same. The same is true of the collection here – carved in precious stones and shells, you can examine these marine masterpieces in awe for hours on end.
Scene Setter – Vilebrequin
Awash with good vibrations, this season brings you nothing but music and sunshine.
Talented St. Barth
Supporting local talent has long been a great tradition on the island, and nowhere is that truer than at the Association of Artists of St. Barth. The real news, however, is that the organization has just put on a classic demonstration of what its artists are truly capable of.
Villa Perla - La Cussogghja
Elite properties at Costa Smeralda directly from the Italian development company
Photos by Venetia Dearden
CHILL OUT AT LE BARTHELEMY
Photos by Laura Payet
Model Esther Gruner
Hair, Make Up and Manicure Idalmi St. Barth
Location Villa Aqua at Le Barthelemy hotel & SPA
ISLAND HOPPING TRADEWINDFlying to St. Barth is a unique thrill in its own right. Visitors to the island flock to the hill above the runway to see the planes swooping down, almost within arm’s reach…
The planes dip down over the hill, and then have to break fast enough to safely stop on a strip that is just 650 meters long.
It’s a flight and a landing that should be very near the top of your bucket list of things to do, so you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make the trip in complete safety and comfort with Tradewind Aviation.
“It’s certainly thrilling,” says Eric Zipkin, who runs Tradewind Aviation with his brother David, providing scheduled flights and private charters in the Caribbean, “but the landing in St. Barth is actually as safe as any other landing in the Caribbean, or the world for that matter, thanks to our versatile Pilatus-PC12 aircraft which are perfect for the job.”
Photos Laura Payet, David Zipkin, Gerald Tessier
THE BUCKET —
BACK FOR GOODIn the wake of last year’s three devastating
back-to-back hurricanes – Irma, José and
Maria – holding the 31st Bucket Regatta in 2018
was going to be a challenge – a challenge that
the organizers and the island of St. Barth itself
met in style.
Founded in 1995, the Bucket Regatta has long
been a highlight on the island’s calendar of events,
and the organizers and islanders alike recognized
that, despite the difficulties caused by the storms
of 2017, putting on the event would not only be
crucial, it could also play a key role in rebuilding
In fact, it proved such a success that there
were an incredible 26 superyacht entrants, just
down on previous years, but nevertheless
a tremendous achievement in the context of the
The sailors were rewarded with some fantastic
weather and some thrilling racing. Ranging in
length from 27 meters to nigh on 78 meters, they
included three historic J Class yachts, which sailed
in their own fleet, and another five classes, which
battled it out in handicapped classes.
Day One saw ideal conditions for a counterclockwise
race around the island, whilst Day Two
marked the traditional “Not-so-Wiggley” course
around the islands to the west of St. Barth – variable
conditions produced some thrilling close tactical
battles between the boats, with an ability to read
the shifts in the winds proving all-important.
As Tom Whidden, tactician on last year’s winner,
the Royal Huisman-built SPIIP put it, “Today was
just a great race, with lots going on and lots
of things to navigate around.”
Green was color of the day for Day Three, which
also happened to fall on St. Patrick’s Day. It brought
the “Wrong Way Round” course, a particular
favorite with locals as the yachts can be seen from
nearly all of St. Barth’s beaches as they race around
The final, fourth day, saw the competitors giving
it one last effort to make it up the rankings and into
the prizes. The sloop Nilaya proved the biggest
winner in the regatta, winning both in its class
(Les Gazelles des Mers) and overall, with the event
organizers using a complex formula that takes into
account race data, finish times and series points
to calculate the winning result.
The winning yacht’s navigator Will Oxley perhaps
put it best in summing up the event: “It was
great weather, and this is a wonderful place. It’s a
credit to the island that they came back from the
hurricanes in the way they did. The camaraderie
and hospitality have been wonderful.”
As well as providing some excellent racing and
on-shore events, the organizers of the 2018
Bucket and its stewards – Perini Navi, Rybovich,
Royal Huisman and Vitters – managed to maintain
another important tradition. Each year, Bucket gives
its support to a local charity on St. Barth, and this
year was no exception.
In fact, that support couldn’t have come
at a better time as the island recovered from
the hurricanes of 2017.
The funds raised for this charitable donation, were
donated to paying for the urgent shipping in of
high priority materials to the island to be used in
the much-needed repairs and renovations.
The real winners at the 2018 Bucket, however,
were the people of St. Barths, who worked together
to make sure that the event could be held with
such success. No surprise, then, that preparations
are already underway for the 32nd Bucket, which
is scheduled for March of 2019.
Photos by Laurent Benoit
BEHIND THE SCENES
It is our great pleasure to share this new
outlook with our readers, along with a story –
about how this island, with its incredible
energy, has been reborn.
Even during the long, tough days and nights spent
putting the photo shoots together, we were aware of
something that professionals have known for a very
long time – St. Barth is a fantastic location to get that
We have had the great privilege of working with
the photographers Yannis Delvas, Laurent Benoit,
Camellia Menard and Laura Payet who live here yearround
but always manage to come up with fresh
ideas when photographing the island. Thank you
Yannis especially for your drone shots of the whales
along with our kite session.
Another goal achieved was the chance to invite
Romeo Balancourt - a great admirer of St. Barth who
is based in Paris - to shoot for our dearest Burjua SPA
this past fall 2018 in Moscow.
During the course of making the Unique St. Barth
publication over the past 2 years we have had
a chance to meet new talents and spread the work
between locals in a moment of need.
It’s our goal to find more ways to discover new
energy and help it shine.
Due to circumstances created by Hurricane Irma,
putting these shoots together was incredibly hard
work, but also incredible fun. Believe. We’re now
recovering, and looking forward to coming up with
something equally unique for next year.