January 4, 2004 - #13
Holiday festivities in St. Barths
Hermes was the first to kick off the festivities of the holiday season with a cocktail party on November 28 to celebrate the renovation of their boutique in Gustavia. Outside, the Carré d’Or was decorated with paper lanterns printed with the most popular of the famous Hermes scarf designs. Mathias Guerrand Hermès, Christian Blanckaert, vice-president of Hermes saddlers, and Roland Herlory, the director of the boutique in Gustavia, hosted more than 400 people at the party.
A few dozen yards from the Hermes store, construction of a new building was completed just before Christmas. On the first floor is the Christian Dior boutique with enormous windows that reveal the interior of the store. The building is also home to the new Carat boutique, which is now larger than it was in its previous location.
The Sunday before Christmas Eve was the perfect time for a Louis Vuitton dinner at the Eden Rock. The evening was organized by Caroline Vasseur, director of the Louis Vuitton boutique in Gustavia. Over 150 guests celebrated the first season of this boutique, which opened its door in March 2003. On December 24 , it was Cartier’s turn to host a dinner party for its best clients. Extra security measures were taken at the home of Jean-Marc Gréaux as some of the most beautiful of the Cartier jewels were on display. The parties continued on December 27 when the Italian shoemakers, Tod’s, celebrated the first anniversary of their boutique. A white tent placed before the entry of the boutique proved to be a great place to serve champagne and petits-fours as the guests sought shelter from the rain. The next day, it was Bulgari who threw a party, as they do every year between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The receptions peaked on December 30 with a cocktail party at City Hall to present a new brochure promoting Saint Barth. This elegant brochure, destined for travel agents, shows the various aspects of the island via a series of photographs
The renovations of the Quai Général de Gaulle were completed on December 14 and the motor yachts that had been arriving since the end of November took their place at the main dock the next day. Ultima III and Excellence III, for example, each just over 187 ft long, and the 72 ft ketch, Ticonderoga, were able to take their habitual spots. Between December 26 and January 2, more 200
Boats were anchored in the harbor outside of Gustavia, not counting the numerous yachts docked at the Wall House, at the Quai de la République and the Quai Général de Gaulle.
The last day of the year is celebrated with the New Year’s Eve
Regatta, a race and parade around the island. This year on December 31, there were almost 30 sailboats, measuring from just 25 ft to over 100 ft that participated. After the trophies were presented on the Quai Général de Gaulle late in the afternoon, there were many ways to celebrate the passage 2003 to 2004. From a New Year’s Eve gala in a restaurant or a private party in a villa or a yacht with the jet-set, to the serenade of the boats horns at the strike of midnight, fireworks, a zouk concert with the local band, S? Control on the dock, and then a discotheque for those who party until the wee hours…or maybe just a delicious dinner?
More to come