Destination: St. Barth's
This two-story beach house on Shell Beach has the same authentic cool as Basil’s Bar on Mustique and is one of the places to come for lunch. Formerly owned by restaurateur Boubou and tennis star Yannick Noah and his wife, it has good music playing in the bar upstairs and beauties wandering up from the beach in bikinis for a drink or a bite. Chef Kiki Barjettas, who still oversees the kitchen despite the change of ownership, loves Thai cuisine, so the menu always includes something prepared with curry and coconut milk. Be sure to check out the boutique next door.
La Case de l’Isle
Just a few wooden steps up from Flamand Beach, this restaurant epitomizes the easy, breezy sexiness St. Barth’s is famous for. A wooden deck with simple tables and benches with white cushions and director’s chairs pays homage to the view. Linens are hand-blocked cotton prints from India. The decor relays the same message as the menu: this is a casual place for a sophisticated crowd. Lunch options include a meat barbecue as you’d have in South America or lovely soups and salads. For dinner you can choose appetizers like foie gras, steamed ravioli Thai-style or a local fish soup to start, followed by a selection of fresh fish or classics like poulet fermier, or fillet of beef. A favorite island watering hole, the restaurant is busy at lunch and dinner, so you’d better reserve.
Set on a deck above the beach at Hôtel Guanahani & Spa, L’Indigo—where you can expect to see men in white linen shirts and girls in flirty dresses—has the stylish beachy feel of South Beach or St.-Tropez. Tables surround a pool and are arranged under palm-leaf canopies near palm trees, which are illuminated at at night. Some locals refer to the atmosphere as a grown-up’s Nikki Beach. The menu emphasizes fresh seafood and features dishes like prawn and lobster salad with Cajun spices and pink tuna, white cabbage salad with soya sauce and chives.
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