25th Anniversary Trip

I promised Jeff McGrew I would jot down some highlights from our recent 10 days in beautiful St. Barts...so here goes!

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 25th in St. Barts. This was our third trip to the island but the last time had been over 10 years ago. Much has changed. Roads are better. More retail. New restaurants...some old favorites gone. Beaches still incredible.

We flew Delta to San Juan. Tradewinds to SBH. What a fabulous airline! Over the years, we've had some "character building" experiences with the various island airlines. Tradewinds will be our go-to when heading back this way.

We stayed at Flamands Blue. A new area of the island for us. Love this beach! Love the rainbows we could see almost daily. Good breeze and no bugs. Jeff is such a great guy and kept in touch with us to insure our days went by without a hitch...and they did. A charming and comfortable villa with everything you could want. Gorgeous view of Anse de Flamands and beyond.

We did all the usual...beaches, restaurants, etc. so I'll just make a list with a little commentary. Let me preface to say that all of our meals were good, better, best...!

*La Piment - our first night's (Sunday) dinner. We just popped in without a reservation...no problem. The scallops and black risotto was great! I had the calamari. He out ordered me there.
*The Wall House - excellent service, food and atmosphere. In fact, we chose to return for our actual anniversary dinner.
*Harbours - good, wasn't our favorite.
*Andy's - a busy night. Lots of regulars. The goat cheese salad was fabulous and HUGE. The rhum vanille - yum!
*Santa Fe - this was another we enjoyed twice on this trip. We had the mussels and frites, the dover sole, escargot, foie gras...and but of course, swan profiteroles! Perfect!
*Bananiers - this place next to Petite Colombe is a nice little gem! Never got very busy, but the food is terrific. Get the veal chop with morel mushrooms...you won't be sorry. Excellent.
*Le Masai - interesting decor. Attentive staff. We shared a Yellow Tail Snapper that was delicious.
*Bonito - what a pretty place. We wanted to go for sunset drinks, but were told it's no longer open then because of slow business for sundowners. Dinner was nice...not the best. Good music...enhanced by a Carnival band practicing in town. Too bad we will miss that event! We do love Mardi Gras in the South!

Favorite lunch was La Gloriette! The Exotic Salad is the best thing I've ever had! What is the dressing? I could put all the same ingredients together in a salad and I know it would pale in comparison...maybe the atmosphere of toes in the sand and breeze blowing?? My husband devoured the Lobster Cassoulet.

Another favorite was IDF club sandwich. Classic. We had an open account there to enjoy the lounges on the beach, lunches and drinks. They were also nice to print our boarding passes for us as we closed the account our last day.

Honorable mention is Grain de Sel. Fresh tuna skewer with rice and that warm creole flair. Along with a Carib and we were set.

Least favorite lunch was Le Plage. Nicoise salad was actually very fresh, but not really our scene.

Grand Saline and Flamands now tie for our favorite beach. Love the new parking for St. Jean. Dislike the parking along one end of Saline...?

The cherry on top was our last evening at Wall House. We arrived in a drizzle of rain. Bernard, Julien and Stephen, our new favorite waiter, were waiting at the entrance with smiles and kisses! We were shown to our requested table and a beautiful bouquet of white lilies was delivered to us, courtesy of Mr. McGrew... (love La Vie en Roses). We felt like rock stars! What a wonderful way to complete our holiday!

St. Barts is definitely all things to all people...you can do as much or as little as you want and not feel out of place whatsoever! The island is still on my top three most beautiful list. So glad we decided to go back again. It was absolute heaven on earth!