/ Honeymoons - St Barts by John Day
Vacation Rentals in St Barts
Weddings are weddings that take place away from where the bride and groom
live. They happen in some of the most exotic and wonderful places in the
world. These types of non-traditional weddings provide the bride and groom
with dreamy settings, while doubling as an opportunity for guests to experience
a place they have never been before.
"Today's couples are more
educated, sophisticated, and better traveled than couples of past generations.
More affluent than past marrying couples, 27% of these Generation Y couples
(children of the baby boomers and twice the numbers) will pay for their
entire wedding, and they want something different for themselves and their
guests; they want to be pampered and taken seriously.
Yachts Moored at Gustavia Harbor, Gustavia, St. Barts
In the year 2006, nine percent
of weddings in the United States were destination weddings, which is a
200% increase in the last ten years. Generation Y couples are tired of
the "themed" weddings that became so prevalent and overused in the past.
They want to experience different cultures and real settings rather than
a "staged" wedding." says Founder and President of June Wedding,
Inc. ®, Robbi Ernst III and author of Great Wedding Tips From the Experts.
"Although women are still
the primary decision makers of the wedding plans, men are more involved
today than couples of the generation that preceded them, 83% of today's
couples are employed full time; they work hard (they are paying a mortgage
and own one or two automobiles between them). Equally, they want to play
hard; realizing that they are together rarely, they want to plan events
that will bring them closer. As well, they want to create deep and
meaningful memories for the family and friends. Since most couples are
not getting married in the areas where they grew up, their time with family
and friends is all the more precious and important to them. If they can
do this in a unique or even an exotic setting, all the more enticing,"
St Barthelemy, located in
the French West Indies, is that exotic setting today's bride is looking
for. It is the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean, without the traffic jams but
with the added advantage of flawless beaches. Shortened to Saint Barth
in French and St Barts in English it is an exclusive eight square mile
(21 sq km) embodiment of 24-carat French chic. It attracts millionaires
on luxury yachts, movie stars and French expatriates fleeing the European
winter. It is a Caribbean island where relaxation and Gallic style under
a tropical sun have been refined to perfection.
Few islands worldwide, can
match the unique blend of style, nature and history that is St. Barts.
This tiny island has significant appeal where 'quality' is most certainly
more important than 'quantity'... an island far away from the normality
of life, making it the perfect wedding destination.
Roc Hotel, St. Jean, St. Barts, French West Indies
St. Barts is surrounded with
turquoise waters, situated near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles
group in the French West Indies. At a distance of 200 kms from the island
of Guadeloupe and 25 kms from Saint-Martin. It is a mountainous island
whose only flat area is occupied by the airport's runway. As the climate
is rather dry, agriculture has never been developed, thus throughout history
few slaves had ever been employed. For the most part, St. Bartians are
descendants of Breton and Norman fisher folk. Many are of French and Swedish
ancestry, the latter evident in their fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes.
St. Barts' beaches are renowned
for being some of the most beautiful and pristine in the world. Many are
found in small coves, which have been protected from development by strict
environmentally friendly zoning. Unlike many of its neighboring Caribbean
islands, it has not been overrun with prefab condos and large chain hotels.
There are six 4 star hotels all featuring romance packages for the wedding
or honeymoon couple. All are of single story design, some as one building
and others as separate single bedroom villas. Four are located on the beach
(perfect for reading-of-the-vows ceremony) the other two are high on the
hills with magnificent views of the island and setting sun. Each hotel
has been uniquely designed, blending into the surrounding terrain. Luxury
and elegance is felt in each environment.
St. Barts features some of
the best cuisine in the Caribbean. The island has over eighty restaurants
featuring culinary styles ranging from classic French to Asian to West
Many of the restaurants attract
gourmet chefs trained in France to oversee their kitchens. These chefs
can also be reserved to serve guests in the intimate privacy of their own
villa for any special event or treasured evening. Villas on the island
offer breath taking views and the perfect setting for your reception, especially
with your own private French chef.
Harbour, Gustavia, St. Barts, French West Indies
Nightlife of St. Barts is
diverse as well. Visitors looking for late-night pleasures can listen to
live jazz at a café or dance the night away at one of the local
discos or after hours clubs.
St. Barts is also a duty-free
port, rated as one of the premier shopping destinations in the Caribbean.
The capital Gustavia is the principal shopping area of the island. There
are boutiques and emporiums for the most sophisticated shoppers, featuring
luxury brands such as Cartier, Hermes, Dior to name a few. The island hosts
numerous health and beauty clinics and fitness centers catering to the
island's upscale clientele.
is important to realize that planning a wedding in a foreign country still
has the usual concerns and worries of any home based event; there is the
additional stress that something could go wrong in a different location.
Aside from making travel reservations for the group, a couple needs to
consider local legal issues. For instance, marriage in St Barts is not
a legal ceremony, rather it is viewed as a spiritual ceremony. For this
reason and others, travelers planning to marry in any foreign country should
give serious consideration to hiring a local, home based Wedding Consultant
for guidance and advice as well as an on-site Wedding Consultant at the
particular destination. .The on-site Consultant will insure that the hosts
of the event have all the required documentation, that every detail is
planned long before arrival and that only the most competent, professional
and expert wedding vendors with proper contracts will provide their services
. These on-site Consultant's can also provide any needed assistance if
the couple chooses to bring along some of their own vendors (e.g. the photographer,
floral designer, videographer, etc.). They will check that each client
and guest is properly retrieved at the airport, that they are provided
with the planned-for-accommodations, and that they are well rested from
travel before beginning the schedule of any local tours and sightseeing
prepared for in advance. Moreover, the on-site consultant can also suggest
local customs that will make the wedding truly unique, one that family
and friends alike will talk about for a very long time.
"Premium IV is truly
one of the foremost on-site specialists. Located on St Barts they are members
of AFWPI (Association for Wedding Professionals International) and JWI
(June Wedding, Inc®). The management team of Premium IV is made
up of three experts in service: a successful Canadian entrepreneur, an
English expert in receptive tourism and a French restaurateur who have
provided magnificent service in the best restaurants and hotels in France,
the UK, USA, and St Barts. Additionally, the highly qualified and bilingual
staff (French and English) have many years of experience in the island
way of life.
at Sunset, Gustavia, St. Barts
They will provide the
ultimate in V.I.P. services. Premium IV has brought together, under one
umbrella, only the best that St Barts has to offer. With over 120
contracted partners providing approximately 450 products and services.
There is virtually no request that Premium IV cannot arrange," says International
Travel Writer, Jesse Nash.
Any special event wedding,
honeymoon or other special event that takes place on St. Barts is special
and memorable simply due to the Island's own enchanted ambiance and unique
hospitality. The St. Barts experience is all the more enhanced when it
is under the direction of a competent Consultant and Director, at home
and on the Island. But the Consultant or Director who leaves nothing to
chance, who sees to it that not only is the St. Barts experience itself
is magical, one that will be treasured forever in the hearts and memories
of the travelers, the staff of Premium IV takes the added steps of communicating
with the client and/or their home based Consultant before arrival on St.
Barts so that every detail is discussed, decisions determined and firmed
up in writing, and that from the moment the client and guests set foot
on St. Barts, they enter into a well scripted, stress-free atmosphere and
they will be completely at ease and confident that all the planning will
play out like as closely as possible to their dreams.