Destination Guide: St Barts, Jewel of the Caribbean

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Coastline of St Barts in the Caribbean

Destination Guide: St Barts, Jewel of the Caribbean


Often referred to as the Jewel of the Caribbean, St Barts (Saint Barthélemy or St. Barths) offers all its visitors a slice of true paradise.

Located at the northern end of the Leeward Islands, glistening azure waters, spectacular beaches, rolling hills and stunning valleys ensure St Barts is one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Throw in the array of fascinating places of cultural interest, and it’s no surprise that it’s an extremely popular destination for discerning holidaymakers from all across the globe.

Amid the stunning landscape, there is a wide choice of exceptional hotels and luxury private villas for rent, and a superb range of superb cuisine at a number of charming and high-quality restaurants. For the more adventurous traveller there is also plenty to do with St Barts being a global hotspot for scuba-diving due to the clarity of its waters and spectacular coral reefs, as well as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and deep-sea fishing.  

Nature lovers will love the chance to get up close with some of the region’s most awe-inspiring wildlife. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and turtles abound during the migration season, and a wide variety of bird and marine life can be seen throughout the year.

The International St. Barts Music Festival is a unique yearly music event that features the finest live music and dance performances, including symphony orchestras and philharmonic artists. It is also well-worth a visit for any culture lovers.

Interesting Fact: Saint Barthélemy was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and the island’s name was given in honour of the discoverer's younger brother.

Best time of year to visit St Barts for a Luxury Travel Experience

St Barts is blessed with a beautiful Caribbean climate for most of the year, making it the ideal destination for those seeking perfect beach weather, enabling them to indulge in beach and marine activities. November through April is considered the sweet spot when the sun is almost always out, and rain showers are rare.

St. Barts is also internationally recognized as an ideal holiday destination for a winter break. Many fly in for New Year’s Eve celebrations, which attract celebrities, superstars, and VIPs eager to indulge in the festivities.

Hurricane season is between August and October, so if you are thinking of going during this time, it is always important to check the long-range forecasts.


Airports Available for Private Jet Charter Flights to St Barts


Gustaf III Airport is located to the north of the island and is only a few minutes from Gustavia. This airport only has a short runway, so it only caters for smaller turboprop aircraft. However, this is no real problem as larger private planes can land on neighbouring Saint Maarten and take a boat or shuttle flight to reach the paradise of St Barts.

Whatever your requirements and itinerary, SHY Aviation’s private plane specialists will be able to curate stress-free and seamless travel to St Barts at any time of the year.

3 of the Best Luxury Hotels in St Barts

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France


This stunning hotel ensures the island’s prettiest beach takes centre stage amid an oasis of refined and elegant charm. Featuring the Guerlain Spa and two restaurants with menus courtesy of the talented chef Jean Imbert, this is a true paradise.


Rosewood Le Guanahani


Like an ultra-chic beachside village on St Barts' northeast coast, this is a stunning option for those looking to indulge. With 66 villas by the sea, a fantastic cocktail bar, a sublime Italian restaurant, an oceanfront swimming pool, and an enticing spa, it offers a unique experience.


Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa


At the end of Grand Cul de Sac, a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, Le Barthélemy offers 44 rooms and suites, each with a terrace and some with a private pool. A spa and an excellent restaurant blending French flavours with local ingredients complete the picture.

3 of the Best Restaurants in St Barts

Atelier Joel Robuchon St Barth


Overlooking the harbour in Gustavia, you can sit downstairs and watch the food being prepared and choose from a variety of gourmet dishes. Upstairs is home to Le Rooftop, where you can enjoy the best, yet simplest recipes created by Joël Robuchon.


Black Ginger


Authentic but refined Thai dishes created by three top chefs from Bangkok. The menu includes traditional fare as well as incredible seafood dishes, and this is also the place to go if you're searching for upscale vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free Asian fare.




Bonito offers spectacular views of the harbour and mountain and will delight your taste buds with mouthwatering seafood and meat dishes. It also offers a selection of delicious cocktails and a phenomenal wine list.

3 of the Best Beaches in St Barts

Grand Cul de Sac


Featuring a magnificent turquoise water lagoon, where you can observe sea turtles and do many nautical activities such as kite surfing, paddle boarding, and snorkelling, the beach of Grand Cul de Sac is a calm, relaxing haven with great restaurants nearby.


Saint-Jean Pélican


A very nice family beach to spend a relaxing day creating unforgettable memories. Saint-Jean Pélican Beach is protected from wind and waves, making it an ideal place for swimming and for observing sea turtles, and the famous Nikki Beach Bar is close at hand.




An amazing white sand beach, mostly visited by locals for its calm and tranquillity. Lorient beach is a very popular surf spot and also ideal for snorkelling. Located in the Lorient neighbourhood amid a choice of luxury villas available to rent.

3 of the Best Nightlife Venues in St Barts

Le Ti St Barth


Located in Pointe Milou, Le Ti St Barth is a unique and iconic spot that combines a cabaret-style dinner theatre with a lively dance floor. With its eclectic décor and entertaining shows, you’ll be transported to the Moulin Rouge in the heart of the Caribbean.


Bagatelle St Barth


Located in the heart of Gustavia, Bagatelle St Barth is the island’s go-to destination for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and upscale nightlife. With its luxurious outdoor terrace and sophisticated décor, Bagatelle offers an exceptional experience.


Modjo St Barth


Nestled in the heart of St Jean, Modjo St Barth is a hidden gem that attracts a diverse crowd of music lovers. This intimate venue features live performances by local and international artists, ranging from jazz and blues to electronic and reggae.

The Best Way to Travel to St Barts

Whether you are seeking sunshine in St Barts or travelling to an important business event, SHY Aviation’s global private aviation solutions are the most comfortable and convenient way to get there.

The cost of a private jet to St Barts will depend on a variety of factors, but fill out our booking form or speak to one of our experts and receive your quote for a private jet charter to Sardinia today.

Here at SHY Aviation we provide private aviation solutions across the globe. Specialising in private jet charter, private group charter, and private helicopter charter, we are team of experienced aviation experts who tailor our services to the requirements of our clients.

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, our access to the world’s finest aircraft and premier operators ensures your journey will be as comfortable and convenient as possible. Available for single/lone travellers through to groups of 400, we can provide the perfect private aviation solution to get you to your destination.

To ensure you enjoy the best of the best once you arrive, the SHY Lifestyle team of luxury travel experts provide a vast range of services designed to maximise your comfort and convenience. From securing the finest accommodation and best restaurants to arranging chauffeur-driven transport and exclusive excursions and any other request you may have, they are on-hand 24/7 throughout your trip.

To reserve any of the accommodation or hospitality options above, please ask your SHY Aviation expert to handle your request or contact the SHY Lifestyle team for more information.

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