Want to bump into celebrities and be seen hanging out where the rich and famous play? Then the Caribbean island of St. Barts is the place to be.
While warm sand and blue waters do make an ideal vacation location, this destination has that and a whole lot more. All of the hot celebrities dock their yachts at St. Barts, where the glitzy night life and the glamorous day times are the envy of the Caribbean. It’s not about who’s seen between bazinga the pages of a magazine; it’s about who’s at the table next to yours.
Formally a quiet island where “night life” referred to sipping wine and watching the stars glittering in the sea, St. Barts has become a sensational vacation destination. As more and more tourists enjoyed the beauty of the island, the live music scene and clubs erupted, creating the fabulous island that it is today.
Le Select in Gustavia is a simple building, designed in a nautical theme. It has been called a “glorified shanty.” The open-air garden has been dubbed “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” in honor of none other than Jimmy Buffett, who often visits St. Barts and even has a home there. Many musical celebrities have been seen here, sometimes even providing live entertainment. Mick Jagger is one of the famous guests of Le Select.
Opposite of Le Select is Bar de l’Oubli, a hip location that serves breakfast to patrons recovering from the previous night and that stays open as late as business requires – usually to at least midnight.
Do Brazil, located on Shell Beach, is owned by former French celebrity, Yannick Noah. This Zen café serves French-Tai as well as French Brazilian dishes. Dishes include amazing meals like duck breast with pineapple, Szechwan pepper, and local pumpkin purée or Mahi-Mahi Moqueca, which is a Brazilian specialty that contains coconut milk, peppers, onions, garlic and coriander. The delicious cuisine can be enjoyed on the “sunset beach” after an invigorating swim or romantic walk.
Nikki Beach, known as “The Sexiest Place on Earth,” is the ultimate beach club. Consistently gorgeous – from the décor, to the music, to the staff – Nikki Beach is a perfect blend of fashion, dining, music, and entertainment. You might see Paris Hilton, Sean Combs, Ivanka Trump, or Mariah Carey enjoying champagne and mingling with guests. But this is no pretentious dinner club. This contemporary locale is more like a Hollywood frat party.
Other celebrity hot spots on the island include the seductive Bar’Tô Lounge in Guanahani, which plays the top hits that keep the young crowd dancing. Dinner and dessert is available from Bartolomeo, which is next door. Baz Bar, on the harbor in Gustavia, has a mellow mix of soul, jazz, and cocktails. Legendary parties occur nightly in the unassuming pitched-roof cottage of Le Ti St. Barth at Pointe Milou. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Yacht Club, recognized by its white drapes and remembered for its harbor views.
Laurie Harley writes for Boat Caribbean yacht charter consultants, specialists in sailing and motor yacht charters in the Caribbean Se