St. Barts is eager to welcome tourists back to its beaches following the massive destruction by Hurricane Irma last summer. The category-five hurricane left St. Barts in shambles and many of the island’s hotels, rental villas and shops had to close down for repairs. The 130-square-mile island holds a population of around 10,000 people with the island relying greatly on income from tourists.
Magellan Jets is now helping affluent tourists shift their focus back to the island through a partnership with St. Barth Properties called the “Welcome Back to St. Barts” package. Magellan Jet has been named the preferred private jet provider for the Caribbean retreat with an itinerary priced from $65,000 for departures originating from the Northeast.
The flight begins the United States and travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico in a private jet from Magellan’s extensive fleet. While in the air, guests will dine on French cuisine paired with Champagne.
Once guests arrive in St. Barts, they’ll be allowed to choose form one of three private villas. Each has its own “personality” — the Villa Aqua with a private beach, the Danse du Soleil with its own massage pavilion and the Villa Gem-Palm Springs, which is located near the picturesque Gouverneur Beach.
Throughout your stay, guests will have access to St. Barths Properties’ private concierge, who can provide and arrange activities, including shopping excursions and restaurant reservations. Every purchase made helps the island get back on its feet, so go ahead and get that extra cocktail.
The island has also added its first “eco-resort” — Hotel Manapany in Anse des Cayes. The property closed its doors before the hurricane struck, but later enlisted designer François Champsaur to reimagine the resort. He obtained a full license to strip the existing structures and start over nearly from scratch. The hotel is now a 43-room retreat that exudes the casual-but-refined kind of luxury that’s made the island a jet-set favorite.