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Get to know Marigot

Marigot is an almost hidden part of St. Barth that was quickly spotted as a prime location for secluded luxury by banker Edmond de Rothschild in the early days of modern St. Barth. Rothschild bought a parcel of land in Marigot in 1957, after being introduced to St. Barth by David Rockefeller. Edmond’s son, Benjamin de Rothschild, built two villas on the 7.5 acre property, which he sold to hedge funder Bruce Kovner. Kovner then sold the property for close to $67 million in 2017 to a private buyer, who has presumably been enjoying the quiet retreat ever since. The bay and the beach of Marigot are not very well-known on their own, as it is a small, rocky beach. The cove is part of St. Barth’s marine reserve and occasionally snorkelers can be found in its deep waters. It’s also the only gray sand beach in all of St. Barth.

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Living in St. Barth

St. Barthélemy, or St. Barth, is a small island of volcanic rock, just eight square miles big, in the Caribbean. But this tiny island, with its 14 public beaches, is one of the world’s most luxurious getaways that also manages to feel completely down to earth. An overseas collectivity of France, St. Barth was sparsely populated and rarely visited by outsiders until the 1950s. In the mid-1950s, David Rockefeller, who had spied St. Barth from his sailboat, bought and built his clifftop estate. In 1953, Rémy de Haenen, a Dutch-French adventurer, opened the Eden Rock hotel, and with that, the island was off to the races. In a place where no building is higher than a palm tree and the celebrities blend into the sea, St. Barth has managed to remain unspoiled and genuine. It’s an island where superyachts dock but also where giant turtles swim in secret swimming holes and goats rule the cliffs, all part of the magic of St. Barth.