Paradise Found: The Dreamiest Island On Earth, St. Barths

The Island of Saint Barthélemy — colloquially known as St. Barths — is located in the French West Indies, right near St. Martin and Anguilla. A veritable slice of heaven, it's well known for its exquisite beaches, delectable restaurants, insane shopping, and completely chill vibe.
About 8.5-square miles in size, the French island is basically the definition of paradise. Really, where else can you gorge on cheeseburgers (Jimmy Buffet sure shares our view), laze in clear Caribbean waters, drink rosé as if it's going out of style, shop like you're on Madison Avenue, and delight in some of the freshest seafood, ever? To get there, you do have to take a 15-minute puddle-jumper plane ride — that’s mildly unsettling, to say the least — but it's worth it. And once you land, it’s magical.
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So, to make sure you hit up the best of the best, click through for the secret must-see spots and a little side of St. Barths you need to see to believe — it’s every last thing you could possibly dream of, and more.
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Photo: Courtesy of Isle de France.
Isle de France
The epitome of fine dining, Isle de France is more than just food on a plate — it’s an experience. No detail is left unnoticed at this French restaurant, known for a variety of seafood and inventive entrées and creations. Perfection, indeed.
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Photo: Courtesy of Le Sereno.
Le Sereno
What more can you say about the hotel that houses the Victoria’s Secret models. Not much. It’s private, beyond lush and gorgeous, and the beach is as dreamy as they come. It’s also family-owned, so everyone knows a thing or two about intimate hospitality. Not only are you personally greeted at check-in to ensure you’re well taken care of, but all the details are just right. (Think: customized Anya Hindmarch tote bags and Havaianas, handmade coloring books, and a bottle of rosé upon arrival, obviously.) But, don’t forget to book in advance — this hot spot may be under-the-radar, but it has a limited amount of rooms and books up quickly.

For an extra dose of luxury, try booking one of its many spa treatments (the in-room massage is extra-special) or one of its sprawling Christian Liaigre-designed villas.
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Photo: Courtesy of Saint Barthelemy Tourisme.
Gustavia
The shopping alone makes this Island worth visiting. Yeah, we’re serious. Where else can you find Cartier, Hermès, Dior, and more housed alongside well-curated boutiques like Stephane & Bernard — owned by two stylish characters who know the Island inside and out. (Hint: Be sure to ask them what's happening around town when you stop in!) It’s a veritable playground for shop-aholics, made all the better by the island setting and French aesthetic.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jicky Marine Service.
Jicky Marine
Yes, the plane ride into St. Barths is beautiful and majestic, but you haven’t really experienced the expansive and tranquil nature of the Island until you’ve hit up Jicky Marine for a sunset boat (err, yacht) cruise. It’s perfection — and the Instagram snaps alone will make it totally worth your while.
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Photo: Courtesy of Le Toiny.
Le Toiny
Looking to experience the culinary delights of the Island — all in one sitting? Then head to Le Toiny for an all-you-can-eat brunch adventure of the highest caliber. To top it all off, the views can’t be beat.
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Photo: Via Instagram.
La Langouste
Housed inside a boutique hotel, La Langouste, an intimate restaurant, is all about lobster — hence the name. And with a regular stock of 3- to 4-pound lobsters on-hand and wranglers who will dig out your perfect catch, there’s not much else to say. It’s a gastronomic pit stop that’s totally worth it.
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