Explore St Barths with Elegant Resorts
Take a luxury holiday to St Barths with Elegant Resorts and you’ll find an island charmingly under-developed. A tiny island, measuring just eight square miles, St Barths is one of the oldest volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles with a fairly rugged shoreline surrounded by wonderfully warm waters and glorious sparkling white-sand beaches. Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World, he re-named the island (then known as Ouanalao) in honour of his brother, Bartholoméo.
Preserving the natural beauty of this island has long been a priority of residents and governments and visitors to St Barths are the real beneficiaries of this incentive. The lush greenery, vivid floral canvas and paradise panoramas make this the destination of choice for glamour, escape, charm and luxury island living.
Modern-day St Barths is part of the French West Indies but the island consists mainly of restored buildings that hark back to its days as a free port under Swedish rule, as well as traditional Caribbean Colonial-style houses – some brightly painted, others white and fresh behind their slatted shutters. A heady mix of French sophistication, Caribbean charm and Swedish cool; it is not hard to see what has the world’s elite returning to this tiny gem time after time.