Sunday, March 18, 2012

Honeymoon Ideas: St. Barths


Photo courtesy of St-Barths.com
Last week, I started stressing about planning our honeymoon. Stressing about planning our honeymoon. That is NOT normal. So, I polled my friends for their favorite travel agents and was introduced to the travel planning powers of Stacy Small with Elite Travel International.

Unfortunately for Stacy, we don't have a lot for her to go off of at the moment - we won't have a better idea of our budget until much closer to our travel date - but she was kind enough to give us some ideas based on our honeymoon "wants." One of the most intriguing destinations she recommended was St. Barths.

Like most Caribbean islands, St. Barths has a long and interesting history, having been discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. St. Barths is also known as a prime foodie and shopping destination with much of its retail located in the town of Gustavia. Here, glittering jewelry stores and designer boutiques are housed in charming wooden and stone buildings dating back to the late 1700s.

Photo courtesy of Eden Rock
There's a decent list of hotels and resorts on St. Barths that are worth checking out. Eden Rock is one of the coolest I came across during my research with accommodations ranging from more standard beach rooms to beach houses and ultra beach villas. The Rockstar villa is enormous with 16,000 square feet of space that includes a recording studio and garage that you can stock with your choice of luxury cars or other sports gear. (Somehow, I don't see this in our budget, but it's cool nonetheless!)

Photo courtesy of Eden Rock
Another cool thing about Eden Rock on St. Barths is its partnership with British jewelry designer Stephen Webster. Inspired by Eden Rock's dramatic rocky bluff setting, the collection of statement pendants and earrings are available in white gold and turquoise or yellow gold with white Mother of Pearl. You'll also find a pop-up store from Webster at Eden Rock where you can shop his other cutting-edge designs.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Webster
We've got 3 more honeymoon destinations - interestingly, all in the Caribbean - to explore before we make our final decision. Thanks to you all for your recommendations!

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