The Hautest Venues in St. Barth

If you have been paying the least bit of attention to your favorite luxury lifestyle resource, you will know that we have been experiencing quite a bit of expansion in 2010. When other publications are closing their doors left and right (a sad farewell to Home Miami), we are relishing in the glory of our growth.

One of the newer features of our site this year is our Haute Secrets, “Insiders’ Guides to the City.” These questionnaires have been answered by some of the most influential individuals in each of our markets, including Clive Davis, the CEO of Audemars Piguet, the U.S. director of Bulgari, Rande Gerber, Catherine Malandrino, Melissa Rivers, Candy Spelling, Jorge Perez, Helio Castroneves, Seth Gordon, Michelle Bernstein, and Lisa and Donald Pliner.

The VIPs in America’s hautest cities are revealing to Haute Living where we may find them for a power lunch, where they go to satisfy a sweet tooth or late-night craving, their favorite jewelry boutiques, best massages, best places for romantic dates, and a myriad of other insightful answers. Sign up for Haute Secrets to review them all.

From time to time, we work with luxury connoisseurs who don’t actually reside in one of our founding markets. Such is the case with Tom Smyth of St. Barth Properties Sothebys International Realty. If you ever go looking for paradise in this tropical oasis, here are his recs for places not to miss:

Tom Smyth’s Insider’s Guide to St. Barth

  • Where were you born:  Massachusetts
  • How long in St Barth: 19 years
  • Favorite restaurant:  Bonito
  • Best sushi: Le Bete a Z’aille
  • Best ethnic restaurant: The Vietnam
  • Best Italian: Pacri
  • Best pizza: Andy’s Hideaway
  • Best lunch: Nikki Beach
  • Best place for late night dining: Bonito
  • Best place for a romantic date:  Les Gaiacs
  • Best Sunday brunch: Les Gaiacs
  • Hautest club and/or lounge:  Le Ti St Barth
  • Best place for a power business meeting:  Carl Gustaf Hotel
  • If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Isle de France
  • Favorite shopping venue/boutique:  For my wife, Calypso
  • Best place to buy jewelry/watches:  Caret
  • Best spa: Ligne St Barth
  • Best gym/athletic facility: Form Fitness
  • Favorite charity event: St Barth Bucket
  • Best museum/exhibit: Wall House Museum
  • Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Colombier Beach
  • All-around favorite locale in St Barth, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other:  Gouverneur Beach
  • Best aspect of St Barth:  A European flair in the middle of the Caribbean