An awe-inspiring, rugged coastline and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see; St Barths is a paradise that has to be seen to be believed. Marrying a cosmopolitan aesthetic with effortless Caribbean charm, Eden Rock has been the by-word for effortless elegance, free-spirited beauty and understated glamour since the 1950s. Read on to discover why St Barths should be top of your must-visit list.
1. The return of Eden Rock
The iconic Eden Rock – St Barths will be welcoming guests back from 22nd October. Situated on a rocky promontory surrounded by idyllic white sandy beaches, gently lapping ocean waves and exquisite coral reefs, Eden Rock sits at the heart of the island St Jean. Shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants are just a stroll away.
2. Your private paradise
For an unforgettable break away, enjoy the best of both worlds with an Eden Rock villa rental. The architecturally stunning Villa Dunes, with its two swimming pools and all-white interiors places the remarkable sea and mountain views centre stage. Perched high on a hilltop, Villa Fleur de Mer offers classic charm and peaceful privacy with 5 semi-detached bedrooms. Enjoy the intimacy of a private rental with the luxury of Eden Rock’s five star services. You can take advantage of 24/7 dedicated concierge service, as well as a personal butler and dedicated chef upon request.
3. Nature, nature, nature!
Experience the native beauty of St Barths with a dip into one of the island’s most magical hidden treasures. Along the coast near the Anse du Petit Cul-de-Sac lies a chain of stunning natural swimming pools, completely hidden from view and only accessible by foot. Suitable for adventurous hikers only, a swim in these tranquil, aquamarine pools is something you’ll never forget.
4. Kids are more than welcome
A trip to St Barths is fun for all the family, including kids of all ages. Whether it’s a morning snorkel in the crystal clear water of Shell Beach or a surfing session with the Eden Rock team, the list of activities is endless.
5. The private Beach Club
St Barths is home to many unforgettable beaches, but visitors to Eden Rock can also enjoy the luxury of a private beach club. Soak up the atmosphere and sip on a refreshing cocktail brought to you by an Eden Rocker while the kids enjoy the wide range of beach toys on offer.
6. Creative inspiration
For decades, St Barths has served as an endless source of creative inspiration for those who visit. From the technicolour beauty of the coral reef that dances beneath the waves to the raw textures of the native flora and fauna, many a visitor to St Barths has left feeling enchanted. Award-winning artist and writer David Coggins recently published ‘Blue’, an illustrated memoir of his yearly pilgrimages to the island.
7. Environmental awareness
Eden Rock and the local community of St Barths work together on sustainability efforts to preserve the natural resources and species that inhabit the island. For example, one island resident, Pierre-Antoine Guibout, has developed the Sargassum Project, developing a method to create paper out of the invasive seaweed that arrived on the beaches in 2011. Eden Rock is proud to contribute funds towards the success of the home-grown initiative.
8. An unforgettable gastronomic experience
Any regular to St Barths will tell you that the best way to soak up the spirit of the island is to immerse yourself in the local food. From Eddy’s restaurant, which offers an authentic taste of the Caribbean, to Eden Rock’s very own Sand Bar headed up by master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, there’s an array of culinary delights to experience.
9. Shopping, shopping, shopping!
Take home a tangible memory from your time on the island at the newly revamped Eden Being boutique. From striking Etro dresses to bohemian Missoni kaftans and swim shorts from Orlebar Brown, the boutique offers the very best of contemporary fashion alongside a stunning curation of homeware, gifts and exclusive collaborations. Discover the exclusive Eden Kids range with lines by Stella McCartney and the timeless handcrafted backgammon set, created by British artist Alexandra Llewellyn.
10. The rockstar arrival
The St Barths experience begins before the plane touches the ground. Known as one of the world’s most challenging landings, the Gustaf III Airport stretches just 650 metres and leads straight to the water. Let’s just say there’s a reason they call it ‘the rockstar arrival’.
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