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Get to know Toiny

On La Côte Sauvage, the Toiny Beach is known as the wildest on St. Barth, befitting its locating on the untamed coast of the island. There’s no sand here, just rocks, but the point break beach is loved by experienced surfers, who can ride the tall waves that are never found at the other beaches. Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev appreciated the fierce beauty of the area and bought a villa here. It still exists, with a floating teak deck, complete with a private pool and Jacuzzi, that’s just inches from the ocean. The deck was built to Nureyev’s specifications, so he could dance facing the ocean. Today, the villa is managed by Hotel Le Toiny, the only commercial establishment in the area. Le Toiny has a beach club and a restaurant that serve lunch and dinner—the food here is regarded as some of the best on the island.

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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.