St. Jean

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Get to know St. Jean

St. Jean is the second biggest town on St. Barth. It’s also home to the most popular beach on the island as it’s right in the middle of all the action, including having a clear view of the dramatic plane landings on the very short runway. St. Jean Beach is divided into two by Eden Rock, the first and most iconic hotel in St Barth. Built on a rocky promontory, Eden Rock has defined the island’s social life for decades. It’s the place to see and be seen, ever since its opening in the 1950s, hosting celebrity regulars from Greta Garbo to Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition to Eden Rock, there’s an outpost of the Nikki Beach club empire in St. Jean and there, Sunday brunch is quite the scene, with a mix of locals and visitors, complete with bottle service and dancing on the tables.

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.