Villa Ted is located just a 4 minutes drive from Marigot Beach. Edged by coconut palms, Marigot Beach is a tranquil nature reserve with beautiful crystalline waters — ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It is almost always calm sheltered from the wind and ideal for mooring small pleasure craft.
Also Grand Culd de Sac is a 4 minute drive from the villa. Grand Cul De Sac is a lovely lagoon popular with families. The beach borders a shallow, well protected bay and the water warm and relatively calm. It has several restaurants, hotels and water sports are available including a windsurfing rental station. You can even take a kite surfing lesson if you wish. You should definitely try lunch at O’Corail when you are there.
St Barths is a stunning volcanic mass of 8 square miles. St Barths has a wonderful French flavour combined with the unique warmth and friendliness of the Caribbean. It offers an incredible level of sophistication and stunningly beautiful beaches and landscapes. You will feel you have landed in paradise when you arrive at Gustave III Airport. St Barths or St Barth in French is truly one of the most naturally beautiful, peaceful and safe Islands in the world.
St Barths is part of the French West Indies and is one of the most chic and glamorous vacation destinations in the world. It is also one of the safest vacation locations in the world with virtually no crime at all. One of the few places where you can leave your car open with your bag inside and it will still be there when you return. Some of the most stylish and wealthy people in the world have homes in St Barths and it attracts many celebrities. The island is full of incredible restaurants, designer shopping, trendy bars and wonderful gourmet restaurants. It is incredibly glamorous especially in the Capital Gustavia which is set against a back drop of luxury yachts and designer boutiques but there is also a wonderful down to earth side of the Island with its surprisingly dramatic and beautiful terrain, ranging from rocky peaks to picturesque coves, stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear, warm turquoise waters. St Barths is also appealing because of what it lacks. There are no casinos, no golf courses, no major airport, no high rise hotels, no waterslides and no man made attractions. It is a rare and resilient beauty. It is a true paradise.
Covering just eight square miles, St Barths is one of the oldest volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles. It was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World. He re-named the island in honour of his brother, Bartholoméo. Development in St Barths has been so carefully controlled. It is not over developed with its growth being severely controlled. Preserving the natural beauty of the island has been a major priority so you'll find restored buildings that hark back to its days as a free port under Swedish rule and traditional Caribbean colonial-style houses, some brightly painted others white and cool behind their slatted shutters. St Barths also has a wonderful and diverse range of animals and birds, including iguanas, turtles, pelicans - the island's mascot - and the little hummingbirds, as well as quaint fishing villages, lagoons, forts and picturesque churches.
There are fourteen beaches on St. Barths, all blessed with gleaming white sand. Few are crowded, even in peak season. All are public and free and each has a distinct personality. All of the beaches are beautiful and many have steep sided bays with soft white sand descending gently into the beautiful turquoise water. Although nudity is officially banned going topless is common.
St Barths is the best place in the Caribbean for luxury tax free shopping. It boasts the crème de la crème of international designer labels as well as some beautiful boutiques and designers that are unique to St Barths. There are some 200 shops and boutiques and if you are lucky enough to be in St Barths during the sales, you will be able to find some fantastic bargains. Many of the hotels such as the Eden Rock and the Isle de France have beautiful boutiques and regular fashion shows take place especially in the restaurant at the Isle de France!
If you are looking for local products, the women of Corossol and Colombier produce some lovely baskets, handbags and broad brimmed hats. You will also be able to find some really lovely locally produced lotions and oils made from the islands plants that make lovely gifts. St Barths is also home to many talented artists and there are numerous galleries around the island to be discovered. Forbes has named St Barths one of the World’s top 10 shopping destinations. The two main shopping areas are in Gustavia and in St Jean.