It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning a spring reboot vacation. I recently got back from a 4-day trip in St. Barts and it is now my favorite tropical destination. The island is a blend of French chicness and unpretentious Caribbean laid-backness. Whether you want to walk around barefoot in a tee and denim shorts or dress to impress, no one will raise a brow. Explore the coolest locations for your St. Barts getaway with this quick fashion-minded travel guide.
If you’re traveling with a group or if you simply love the comfort of a home, Wimco Villas is the way to go. They offer a range of modern escapes with pools, kitchens, oceanfront balconies and any other island amenities you could possibly wish for. They assign you a concierge and take care of your travel accommodations—from airport transfers to rental cars to dinner reservations to organizing your daily excursions. By the end of my trip, Wimco's hospitality left me wanting to book with them annually.
This spa is heaven. I had the hour-long Balinese massage, which combines stretching and acupressure to relieve muscle tension. The lovely masseuse used a mango shea butter as she rubbed my back with a pressure that felt like relaxation torture. Afterward, she brought me to the balcony shower—huge, stone and overlooking the ocean—and gave me a glass of lemon water. I then fell asleep on the outdoor bed because at that point I could barely remember where I was.
There’s a reason why Beyoncé and Pippa Middleton have dined at this restaurant. The Latin-French bistro has some of the best food on the island and an amazing view (it’s perched on a hill and overlooks a good portion of the island). The ambiance is like a beach house—white, causal and cozy. The truffle ceviche is as fresh as it gets and the spiny lobster risotto and salmon are to die for.
The little sister to the original in New York, Bagatelle is a celeb hotspot and the perfect destination for dancing, drinking and delicious cocktails. The French bistro also doesn’t disappoint during the day, with dishes like lobster linguine and slow cooked lamb. Not to mention, it’s a prime location to watch the big boats come in and out of the harbor.