Thanks to its stunning natural beauty, lavish accommodations, gourmet restaurants, and epic nightlife, it’s no surprise that the tiny Caribbean island of St. Barts hosts celebrities and international jet-setters of all stripes. What might not be immediately evident is that St. Barts can also make an ideal romantic getaway, especially for couples looking to indulge in some quality time together with a Valentine’s Day inspired vacation. The island offers a veritable treasure trove of hidden beaches, rejuvenating spas, and romantic restaurants that offer stunning views—by candlelight. If you’re thinking of visiting with your partner and enjoying the magic of the picturesque island of St. Barts this February 14th, there are a few activities you simply cannot miss.
Fine dining & nightlife
St. Barts’ history and culture are inextricably tied to France. Not only is French the official language on the island, but French cuisine also competes with Creole and West Indian dishes for the hearts of locals and tourists alike. The French reputation for romance is equally present in St. Barts: the finest restaurants across the island prepare special Valentine’s Day menus and events in idyllic settings. Tamarin, a warm and inviting restaurant in the capital of Gustavia, can be found tucked into the trees and surrounded by a beautiful garden of water features. Go for the sauteed mahi mahi and stay for delicious Madagascan vanilla mille-feuille. If you’re looking for a high energy type of night—complete with DJs and dancing in the sand—end your evening at the illustrious Nikki Beach to keep the party going. (edit: Nikki beach is closed due to the hurricane, but thanks to the quick recovery of the island will be open again as of March 30th 2018)
Walks on the beach
The privacy and natural beauty of the secluded Grand Saline Beach is well-worth the five-minute hike needed to get there. There are no buildings on the beach, no fancy bar, and no noise. Skinny dipping is also officially permitted here, if that fits into your Valentine’s Day dream vacation! Shell Beach, named for the millions of shells that make up the beach instead of sand, is a uniquely stunning St. Barts destination, and also an amazing spot to watch the sunset with your Valentine. If you want to find a more secluded spot and don’t mind a 25-minute hike along a rocky goat trail (or else a boat trip), head to the isolated Colombier Beach and lay out a romantic picnic for two.
If you’re in the mood to splurge, some say the most romantic experience you can have on St. Barts involves renting a luxurious yacht from one of the many rental services the island offers. This is a great way to explore the island from a wildly different perspective, with your very own boat crew in tow.
One of the most important parts of most romantic getaways is the opportunity to kick back, relax, and indulge your senses with the one you love. Try a couples’ massage at Le Guanahani. The ambiance will put you and your partner in a calm, serene mood right away. Savor the walk through tropical gardens to finally arrive at the teak and mahogany-accented treatment rooms. Enjoy the swimming pool, tea pavilion, and steam room together, or sign up for one of the many other rejuvenating treatments designed to make you both feel renewed and reconnected.
The perfect Valentine’s Day luxury villa
Sometimes the most romantic aspect of a vacation with the one you love in the perfect luxury villa. After all, the island is well-known for its magnificent luxury villas and estates, staffed according to your preferences with professional chefs, personal chauffeurs, yoga teachers, tennis coaches—you name it. Want a fully stocked fridge upon arrival? That can also be arranged. If you can dream it up, it can come to life in your St. Barts villa. Many of our luxury vacation villas feature gorgeous, spacious bedrooms overlooking extraordinary ocean vistas, as well as awe-inspiring balcony views, in addition to private swimming pools and Jacuzzis. In order to fully take in the stunning tropical panoramas and enjoy truly intimate moments as a couple—away from all the crowds—you’ll want to book your own Caribbean luxury villa in St. Barts to start your Valentine’s Day vacation right.