Saint-Barthélemy is an island that is as rich in history as it is in natural beauty. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 (and named after his brother, Bartolomeo), it was originally colonised by the French and has traded hands between the Knights of Malta, Britain, Sweden and France over the past four centuries.
To bring the island’s colourful lineage to life for interested visitors, sister and brother Arlette and Alain Magras have recently opened the Domaine Félicité to the public as a 10-room collection of artefacts and relics from the various periods of St Barth’s history.
The Domaine is a historic residence that once belonged to the Swedish Governor Johan Norderling. The Magras have renovated the 19th-century cottages, built a children’s playground on site and also planted a magnificent botanical garden of over 275 indigenous plant species. The siblings are descendants of one of St Barth’s founding families, and a room at the domain features their family tree in a display that spreads out over an entire wall– a real life island bloodline.
A generous gesture on an in-demand property, Arlette and Alain Magras have consecrated Domaine Félicité as, not quite a museum, but ‘a place for relaxation and an expression of St Barthélemy’s heritage.’
97133 St Barthélémy
Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm