For 6 years in a row, I went to St. Barths every spring for 2 weeks. That’s 3 months of my life.
St. Barths is a teeny tiny French island in the Caribbean (near St. Maarten) where millionaires & billionaires vacation (back in the day, I had no idea where this was.)
Yes, I know……it sounds ridiculously glamorous. And actually, it was…you have no idea. The experience was so over the top that I have hardly even seen this kind of life in the movies. Don’t hate me! 🙂 I just can’t help but think of it this time of year, as we always went in March.
Here is where we stayed, on Flamands Beach:
It turns out I adored each of them. And I actually felt like family with them, too, when I was traveling with them. They were just some of the most gracious, wonderful, generous people I’ve ever known. (They also always let me bring a companion to travel with us as well.) Working with them was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.
We’d usually leave New York in the lightest coat we could bear (since it was always still cold here!) and then we’d board the private jet (ha!) and fly down. We wanted to be just in airy sundresses as we stepped onto the runway. (Note: Always have sunglasses handy when exiting a private jet in the Caribbean! 🙂
Also – make sure you bring LOADS of swimming suits to St. Barths. Little did I know that people vacationing in St. Barths don’t ring out their swim suits and wear them more than once. I had a lot to learn after my first year there when I took a measly TWO bathing suits. I’m not kidding…..oops. haha 🙂
Plan on spending a LOAD of money on creams and sunscreens and sunburn treatments while in St. Barths. Budget a large portion of your funds, and enjoy every minute of the French pharmacies. Pick up some sunglasses while in the pharmacies, too. Even the “cheap” French sunglasses are so cute.
Go to the bakeries for hot croissants every morning (I highly recommend the almond croissants). Go to Maya’s To Go for the BEST take-out of your life (& try every single one of their desserts). Go to La Creperie for breakfast lunch and dinner. And have the best meals of your life at pretty much ANY of the fine dining restaurants – they are all so amazing.
Going to St. Barths was the perfect place to depart to during NY’s last moments of winter. When we returned, we were usually welcomed fully by spring, with New York in full bloom. I don’t think I’ll ever be vacationing in St. Barths again, but…I do know that beach vacations in Feb./March are a very, very good idea. I hope someday we can all swing that!
Have you guys ever had some awesome/fun perks from your jobs? It would be fun to hear.
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