This was our second trip to St Barts. The first time was our honeymoon. We booked Flamands Blue but it wasn't available for our entire stay, so the first two nights we stayed at Les Ilets de la Plage. My wife, Julie, planned our trip and had a list of beaches and restaurants we had to visit. Thanks to the forum and Jeff, the amazing owner of Flamands Blue, we were very well prepared. Thanks to all who had posted so many helpful tips and great reports. Here's our first attempt summarizing our great 10 year anniversary trip.
Part 1 - Friday through Sunday. Friday: We flew out of Charlotte and arrived around 3:30. No issues with the flight or transfer. We toured around in our convertible Mini and stopped by a local supermarket. (Gen forgot to mention that we got lost on our way to the hotel- quite the feat since it is literally a stone's throw away from the airport! -Julie) After purchasing some essentials - a bottle of wine, cheese, and bread, we headed back to the hotel. It had rained a little earlier, so we sat by the pool under the gazebo to enjoy our snack. A few hours later, we took a walk on St Jean beach and ended up at La Plage. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera at the hotel. The food was delicious, and everyone that worked there looked like models. What a way to start our vacation! (Gen was very enamored with the view- and he was sitting with his back to the ocean...Julie) The next day it rained again, so we headed to Gustavia. We did a little shopping and the rain tapered off just in time for lunch. We drove to Shell Beach and relaxed at Do Brazil. The Mahi burger was amazing. The sun came out, so we headed back to the hotel to change. The rest of the afternoon was spent at St Jean. The clear, blue water and soft, white sand looked like it had been photo-shopped! I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Dinner was at a spot highly recommended by the forum. The goat cheese salad and 4 cheese pizza at Andy's were delicious. We were stuffed! Day 2 ended with a lot of sun, food, and wine. The next day we drove to Le Guanahani for a visit. This is where we had stayed for our honeymoon. After reminiscing we headed back to St Jean to have lunch at Sand Bar. I think this is the best lunch view that we had all week. We checked out of our hotel and moved to our villa in Flamands. We really enjoyed Les Ilets and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if you want to stay right on the beach. The open air rooms we very cool and the pool was always deserted. Flamands Blue was great. The views are amazing. Jeff's greeter was off the island so he called us and took us on a phone tour of the villa, along with lots of recommendations. We still had a few more hours of beautiful sun, so we drove out to Governeur. I can't think of any other place with so many beautiful beaches on one island! Dinner was at La Langouste and was another first experience for me. I had never seen a 4 pound lobster! The waiter was so nice and even let me hold the lobster that was soon going to be our dinner. The first three days quickly came to a close. Beautiful beaches, delicious food...what more could you ask for?