Less than six months after Hurricane Irma struck the Leeward Islands, St. Barth’s poshest villa rentals are once again opening their designer doors to guests. Joining them is a number of the island’s restaurants and hotels, including anticipated spring openings of Manapany, Nikki Beach, Hotel Villa Marie Saint-Barth, and its fabulous French-Caribbean restaurant, Francois Plantation.
As St. Barth places the finishing touches on a global re-launch, now is the time to appreciate a quieter side of the typically see-and-be-seen island and appreciate private moments with its natural splendor—and magnificent accommodations.
Together, Tradewind’s luxury villa rental partners WIMCO Villas, Eden Rock Villa Rental, Sibarth, and St. Barth Properties currently have hundreds of villas for rent throughout 2018—some of which are available during peak Easter week (March 31-April 6, 2018), the 2018 Bucket Regatta (March 15-18, 2018) and Les Voiles de Saint-Barth regatta (April 8-14, 2018).
For a little inspiration, below are six of our favorite villas—small and large, and at various price points—and booking links for your next luxuriant Caribbean getaway with Tradewind.
VILLA CASTLE ROCK
This modernist five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa in Camaruche wows with a tri-level, outward facing floor plan, taking advantage of the ocean views from just about everywhere in the house. This grand feat of transitional indoor-outdoor space includes a rooftop, heated 92° infinity-edged pool and connecting Jacuzzi, and exclusive amenities such as a private fitness area, hammam, second Jacuzzi, and wine cellar. From $25,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here, Eden Rock Villa Rental here, Sibarth here.
There’s no fighting over the master bedroom at this newly constructed three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa high in the hills of Colombier; all three flaunt coveted ‘master’ status, equally large with private balcony and 180° ocean views. Keep fit by swimming laps in the rectangular infinity pool, pumping iron in the private fitness room, or stretching on the water view yoga deck. From $15,000 per week; book through Eden Rock Villa Rental here.
VILLA TI AGAVE
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom mountaintop villa in Vitet is ideal for couples with a penchant for contemporary design (expect a picture-perfect, red-and-white pool area) and dreamy, panoramic island views (see as far as St Martin and Anguilla on a clear day). From $2,800 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here.
Tucked into Gustavia’s exclusive residential hillside (within walking distance of the capital’s shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife), this snazzy six-bedroom villa doles out unobstructed vistas of the Caribbean Sea—even from the en-suite bathrooms—and impresses with a minimalist black and white aesthetic. A double-story door opens to an aqua reflection pool, a turquoise infinity pool, cacti gardens, and a palm-laced courtyard that splits the villa into one unit with five bedrooms and the other with the master bedroom and indoor common areas. From $30,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here; Eden Rock Villa Rental here; Sibarth here.
You can quickly walk to the private beach below this contemporary three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa in Marigot Bay, but you may never want to leave the outdoor swing bed or the gazebo-capped daybed, adjacent the infinity pool. After a bit of sun worshipping, explore the protected bay by the canoe, kayak, and paddleboard, all of which come with the villa. From $13,500 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here, Eden Rock Villa Rental here, Sibarth here, St. Barth Properties here.
VILLA BLUE SWAN
This sleek four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bathroom villa in Lurin is anchored by a massive outdoor deck and an eye-catching, T-shaped infinity pool with sweeping views of the yacht-speckled bays below (and its own swim-up bar, no less). The villa is centrally located from the islands’ major hotspots, a mere few minutes drive from Gustavia’s “downtown” and the beaches of Gouverneur, Saline, and St Jean. From $14,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here.
Featured Photo: WIMCO Villas