Destination of choice for millionaires and models, St Barts is a playground for the rich and famous. Socialite and style icon Olivia Palermo (right) became engaged to Johannes Huebl on the dreamlike island last year: ‘Happy New Year to everybody and this is how we celebrate it: OP said YES,’ read Huebl’s Instagram caption. Bajan beauty Rihanna, who grew up just a few atolls away, is often spotted flying in and out on her private jet. Her favourite hangout? Do Brasil bar at Shell Beach.
As its name suggests, it’s awash with seashells, and when the sun sinks, the partygoers come out to play. Calm aqua waters, sublime stretches of sand, chic shacks and fine dining sum up this Caribbean retreat. Soak up the sun at the bay at St Jean – a celebrity hot spot fronted by a string of popular eateries – pack a picnic with fresh Creole morsels from Maya’s To Go and book yourself on a snorkelling trip to Île Fourchue. One thing’s for sure, St Barts will make you feel as though you’ve just had a taste of heaven on earth.