Do you want to live the highlife and experience some of the most sought after beach clubs in the world? In last week’s Caribbean Beach Club Guide, we looked at the top 10 beaches to explore when cruising the southern parts of the Bahamas. This week’s episode focuses on two of the most exclusive beach clubs and restaurants in the world, which have welcomed royalty, special dignitaries and celebrities alike. While filming ‘And God Created Women’ starring Brigitte Bardot in 1955, the director asked a fishermen if they could cook for the cast. This event sparked the birth of Club 55 in St Tropez and the revolution of the beach club into the phenomenon that we know today.
First stop is Sands at the iconic Eden Rock Hotel in St Barths. The Eden Rock Hotel rose to fame in the 1950s, welcoming the likes of Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes, not to forget the Rockefeller and Rothschild families. Despite facing many years of disrepair, the hotel is more popular than ever with celebrities flocking for the effortless chic experience, unrivalled white sandy beaches and mesmerising turquoise waters. From music mogul Simon Cowell to Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, you will be rubbing shoulders with some of the wealthiest and most beautiful people on the planet!
Sands has something for everyone, offering contemporary Mediterranean cuisine that is heavily influenced by Italy. Expect hand made ravioli, wood fired pizzas, as well as a the finest selection of meat and fish that the French West Indies has to offer! Whether you want a sophisticated romantic evening with your partner, a fun family lunch or a party vibe with your friends, Sands and the Eden Rock will not disappoint!
Alternatively, are you looking for ‘one of the word’s top 50 escapes’ or the ‘most exclusive hotel in the world’? Renowned for being Mustique’s best kept secret, Firefly is an essential place to visit when cruising the Grenadines. Having welcomed HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton before the birth of their first son Prince George, Mustique really is fit for royalty! Overlooking Britannia Bay and the Caribbean Sea, Firefly is uniquely positioned for some of the most spectacular sunsets in the Caribbean.
The British Monarchy have been relaxing, socialising and dining at Firefly for many years. The bistro takes inspiration from Caribbean colonial history, combining classic recipes, locally sourced produce from the island and neighbouring Bequia with modern styles and techniques. The menu relies on seasonality and what is available, ensuring that you are served the freshest produce. A visit to Firefly is not only memorable, but unique to your stay. They have an extensive Champagne list, as well as a comprehensive wine menu that combines the best of the new world with traditional favourites.
Gourmet Experiences and Beach Clubs have even influenced the most luxurious superyachts and megayachts, illustrated above on the 67.5m luxury motor yacht ICON. Stay tuned via Google+ for Boatbooking’s unrivalled access to the most popular yachting destinations, including the most important places to visit on your charter.