Launch Update - July 2017 - Contact Us About Late Fall and Winter-Spring 2018

This is a brief mid-Summer update.

UPDATE: Furniture and decoration are largely complete. Updated photos are on the website. We'll add a few more photos showing additional furnishings and decoration after a visit in early August. External touches and pool completion remain. 

ABOUT THAT SWIMMING POOL: Design is complete, the bids are in and excavation should start by the week of 24 July. The current schedule calls for completion in October.  The design is a narrow rectangular lane pool (piscine couloir) with Atlantic view. See the architectural drawing under the "Photos" menu .  Dimensions are approximately 26ft L x 6.5ft W x 5ft D. (8m L x 2m W x 1.5m D).   That's 24m3 of water, meaning 24,000 liters or 6,340 US gallons.

AVAILABILITY: We expect full completion by November. It's now time to think about the 2017-18 Holiday, Winter and Spring seasons.

RATES: We expect to finalize these in August, certainly before Labor Day.  Many site visitors are not new to St Barthélemy and some inquiries have indicated budgets or what you have paid in the past, especially for longer stays.  We'd be happy to renew these conversations.  


SHARING: Please share the website link with interested friends or on social media.

Many thanks for your interest.

Sarah Bellum

Sara (b. 1958) is a writer, photographer and amateur web site developer. Her day job is as a lawyer in New York City.  Website creation provides an outlet for a different writing style and use of foreign language skills, as well as an opportunity to showcase photography.

Launch Update - May 2017 - Good News !

UPDATE: The planned early 2017 launch was not possible due to construction delays, but everything is now back on track. The kitchen, bath and walk-in dressing closet were recently installed. Furniture deliveries started May 15.  Your hosts will be in St. Barts over an extended (U.S.) Memorial Day weekend to participate in this, decorate and arrange remaining details.  

SWIMMING POOL: The silver lining is that the builders and owners of the primary villa of which the apartment forms a part plan to proceed with the pool construction this year, as opposed to next year (as still outlined on the website). We are meeting over Memorial Day to discuss these plans, as well as the for the exterior details and landscaping.  We expect the pool to be a narrow rectangular infinity pool (piscine couloir horizon).

AVAILABILITY & RATES: We expect full completion by early Fall. We'd be delighted to start discussing the 2017-18 Holiday, Winter and Spring seasons. We'll make pricing decisions over the Summer.

MORE PHOTOS: We'll post current photos during or after this next visit.  Guaranteed to maintain your enthusiasm and interest.

SHARING: Please share this update or the website link with interested friends or on social media. 

OTHER QUESTIONS? Please write directly or over the website. We'll respond more promptly going forward as this dream becomes reality.

Sarah Bellum

Sara (b. 1958) is a writer, photographer and amateur web site developer. Her day job is as a lawyer in New York City.  Website creation provides an outlet for a different writing style and use of foreign language skills, as well as an opportunity to showcase photography.

How to Get to St Barthélemy (SBH) from Top N. Am. & European Gateways

How to Get to St Barthélemy?

The most common way is by air to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St Maarten. Then a 12 minute commuter flight (WinAir or St Barth Commuter) to the airport (SBH) in St. Jean, near Gustavia and Colombier. SBH is on the island's longest stretch of flat land, limiting the size of airplanes that can land and thereby the maximum number of visitors per day by air. In our jet age of mass aviation and tourism, this limitation has been a key advantage to the island in trying to maintain an orderly pace of development. SBH closes at dusk, intentionally lacking the necessary night lighting. The landing experience is exhilarating, especially the first time. But depending on the calendar can be expensive, especially for a family or group. Another gateway is San Juan, PR (SJU) and a more expensive connecting flight to SBH on Tradewinds Aviation.

The second option is by high speed ferry - the Voyager, from Oyster Pond Marina in St. Martin, just a thousand feet feet or so into the French side. Take a taxi (often shared vans for about USD10 per passenger) from SXM to Oyster Pond. The passage is quick (30 - 35 minutes), economical and offers a different perspective. 

In either case you'll then need a rental car. Numerous global and local rental agencies are present at SBH or will meet you at the ferry marina. The fleet variety and prices vary considerably by agency and season. We can make referrals to local agencies with which we've had good experience and preferential arrangements. 

Flight time and frequency to SXM Princess Juliana International Airport from major N. American and Eurpoean gateways:

St. Maarten is within 4 - 5 hrs flying time for a substantial portion of the N. American population and within 9 - 11  hrs of much of Western Europe. Below are approximate flight times as of last August 2016. Many airlines fly the N. American routes 6-7 days per week. Some have multiple flights per day. In Summer, some operate fewer flights per day or week. Tip: off-season flights can be up to 50% cheaper than year-end and mid-winter flights.  

Europe:
Paris (CDG):
 9h
Amsterdam: 9h
London and Frankfurt: by short connection via CDG or AMS

NB:  Europeans also fly to SXM via major N. Am. gateways such as NY, Charlotte, Atlanta or Miami since they have direct flights to / from many European cities.

N. America:
New York (JFK or EWR): 4h15
Toronto: 4h40
Montréal (YMQ): 4h50
Atlanta, Charlotte: 4h
Chicago (ORD): 5h15
Dallas: 6h45 (via ATL)
Ft. Lauderdale: 3h05
Miami: 2h55

Sarah Bellum

Sara (b. 1958) is a writer, photographer and amateur web site developer. Her day job is as a lawyer in New York City.  Website creation provides an outlet for a different writing style and use of foreign language skills, as well as an opportunity to showcase photography.