St. Barth boasts a strong maritime history celebrated in several nautical races that provide festivities for residents and visitors alike. The island is known for its gorgeous pristine beaches where visitors can sun, swim and enjoy a full range of water sports. St. Barth Properties is pleased to offer its clients an extensive selection of concierge services: call us to arrange butler service or an in-villa massage, help with a tennis or yoga lesson, make a spa appointment or book a dinner reservation. See all that St. Barth has to offer.
St. Barth has healthy and well-balanced reefs which makes it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many sites have structures that divers can explore, including some large caves and two wrecks.
The best diving is considered to be around Pain de Sucre, an islet just off Gustavia harbor, and around Coco Islet and a small cape, l'Ane Rouge, off Colombier Bay. There are a number of diving schools that offer full-day expeditions to neighboring islands, night dives and PADI certification.
Boating, Sailing & Yachting
The options here are numerous and include everything from crewed catamarans for snorkeling excursions and sunset cruises to renting dinghies, kayaking and Jet Skis.
Sailing on St. Barth is much like the island itself, slowly paced and spectacularly beautiful with no high gales but rather warm, steady moderate trade winds at 10-20 knots. Think in terms of paddleboard lessons right on the beaches. Gentle Grand Cul de Sac offers kiteboarding. No wet suits needed! Lively St. Jean Beach is another great spot – windsurfers love it when the breeze is just right. Lessons are available. Try it!
Court times and lessons with a pro can be arranged through our concierge desk. Several tournaments are organized every year, including a major event in August which welcomes the participation of visitors for friendly competition.
Several of the hotels have full-service spas that are open to the public, offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and other treatments. The services menu at the chic health and beauty spa Venus Institut in Gustavia is extensive and includes Pilates lessons and Reiki sessions. Arrangements can also be made with independent therapists and estheticians for in-villa massages and treatments.
Hiking can be a great way to explore the island. The most popular trail is the goat path from Petite Anse (about 20 minutes) to stunning Colombier Beach that otherwise can only be accessed by the sea.
You may also want to visit the "washing machine" on the island's southeast side (take the path off the road in Grand Fond) or hike out to Pointe à Toiny. Just past the hotel, Le Toiny, on the right you'll see a small gravel parking area, and from there you can head down a grassy path. This is the windward side of the island, so it's cool and breezy. Benches along the way make nice stops for taking in the amazing views and perhaps enjoying a picnic lunch.
There is a full-service fitness center on the island. In addition, yoga classes and individual instruction are available at beautiful outdoor sites, and we can arrange for a personal trainer or yoga instructor to come to a guest's villa. Aqua-biking (in a pool) has become very popular.
The Wall House Museum
Located on Gustavia Harbor, the museum is in a restored historic building dating back to the Swedish period (1785-1878) displaying artifacts and pictorial documents from St. Barth's past.