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Stay

We were celebrating my mom’s 65th birthday, so my family all wanted to stay together.  We rented a truly incredible private villa through Eden Rock called Villa June.  The house has 6 bedrooms, an infinity pool overlooking the harbor with a big adjacent outdoor dining table, a workout room and a theater.  We spent a few days at Eden Rock’s beach which was beautiful.  I would stay there if not in a private villa.  The staff that took care of us did an amazing job.  Axel was our super talented chef, and our “butler”/concierge/assistant, Naura, was just the best.

Dine

My favorite lunch on a chaise was at Eden Rock beach.  The lobster salad and crudités were fresh and delightful.  A fun shady group lunch spot is Shellona at Shell Beach.  It’s called Shell Beach because shells take the place of sand, much like rocks in Nice.  Nikki Beach is fun for day partying, and the beach is stunning. Our favorite dinner was at Bagatelle.  The servers are all gorgeous and the food was delicious. We also loved Red Thai.  It’s a casual, enclosed but open-air restaurant with fresh Thai cuisine.  The place to have a drink with the most stunning view is Bonito.   

See & Do

We loved the beach at Cheval Blanc.  It felt a bit more excluded and the big beach beds are beautiful.  You can have lunch at many beach-front restaurants and reserve lounge chairs or beds at their respective beach. A fun way to see all around the island is renting a boat for a half day.  The captain brought hover boards on board which the kids loved.  That’s a great way to search for the turtles by Nikki Beach.  My husband and 15-year-old son went fly boarding with Dom at Jet Ski Racing (590 0690237007) and loved it.  

Shop

There are tons of luxury brand stores, but I loved the small local finds.  We found a little jewelry store where my girls got little silver and gold island shaped necklaces.  I discovered cover-up brands I now love: Innikachoo and Pitusa.  My friend, Libby, loves the stores Coconut and Poppies in Gustavia.  My teenagers found cool things at Black Swan near Nikki Beach, and I found more cover-ups at Soraya.