There is a reason that St. Barts is the favorite destination of American and French stars. Here, these very busy, public figures find a warm and soothing atmosphere conducive to their quest for anonymity and tranquility.
Barefoot in the sand, relaxed and with no need for bodyguards or press attachés, these stars aren’t concerned about being bothered here whilst with their family. The biggest worry they may have is to go momentarily unnoticed!
Although privacy is assured behind the confines of the home they’ve rented for their island getaway, it is not uncommon to happen upon an immensely famous actress as she watches her children take part in a water activity, a millionaire rapper at the fruit juice bar at Saint-Jean beach, or a British pop star sitting at the table next to yours at a restaurant.
Owner of one of the largest properties in St. Barts, Roman Abramovich casually walks through the streets of Gustavia. The members of the Kardashian family seem to give up their media fame during their regular visits to the island. Actors, artists, trendsetters, millionaire businessmen, singers, influential women, iconic muses, top sportspeople and models, all make their way here at least once in their celebrity lives, with many falling under its unique charm.
Princess Diana held a special place in her heart for St. Barts. Here, she had undoubtedly found not only the perfect place to celebrate the happiest moments of her life, but also a place where she could take comfort during the darker hours of her tragic destiny.
Historically, the first billionaire to embrace St. Barts was David Rockefeller. Attracted to the island’s undeveloped and natural state, he built a property near Colombier beach that still exists today. Since the 1950’s, he had already been using the Eden Rock Hotel, built by the explorer pilot Rémy de Haenen, as his no-frills accommodations along with Greta Garbo, Robert Mitchum and the eccentric genius, aerospace pioneer, Howard Hughes. As much then as now, the heart and soul of St. Barts is formed by a blend of exceptional individuals, including the island’s residents, gathering together on this land so blessed by nature.