Famous for its real estate, yachts, and the uber-privileged jet set that inhabits both, St. Barth immediately conjures up images of glitz and glamour. As a first time visitor, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, though I imagined something like a Caribbean island version of the VIP room of a New York City nightclub—filled with celebrities and beautiful people, free flowing champagne, and an uninhibited energy that pulsates through the night. Though I was eager to visit—my social media feeds of editors and tastemakers were always filling my stream with gorgeous photos of the island—I was also a bit apprehensive. After all, without a network of friends who regularly vacationed on the island, I wasn’t sure if I’d fit in at such an exclusive locale.
I needn’t have worried. Immediately after landing in Gustavia, my husband and I were already being charmed by the customs agent (now, how often do you hear that from weary travelers?) and with nary a line in sight, we were out of the airport in under five minutes and chowing down our first taste of the island at nearby Maya’s-to-Go. It didn’t take long to discover that actually it’s the secluded untouched natural beauty, easy quality of life, and welcoming spirit that makes St. Barth such a desirable and luxurious destination–in fact, exactly the opposite of the hoity attitude that I had feared. Our ultimate destination on the island was Hotel Le Toiny located on the South-Eastern coast. I didn’t know it yet, but the property would turn out to embody all the wonderful qualities of of St. Barth I was quickly falling in love with. READ MORE