Carl Gustaf, a taste of sunday

It’s Sunday. You arrive by tender from your liner, or by commuter that will return you this evening to Saint-Martin, to finally discover the mythical Saint-Barthelemy, its luxurious boutiques, renowned restaurants, celebrities…What’s the best way to take advantage of a few hours of paradise?

First surprise : Gustavia, beautifully sleeping, quiet like the territory that it was until 2007. Rue de la République and Rue Oscar II; the stores with prestigious signs have their shutters closed. Quai du Bord de Mer, nearly all bars and restaurants have their doors locked.

Fortuitously, just a few steps away lies a haven of cool elegance where residents and locals meet willingly to taste the decree of Sunday’s quiet. Recently renovated in pale stone and dark wood, the bar at the Carl Gustaf offers the most stunning view of Gustavia.

A panorama to interpret, comfortably installed in a chair matched with Missoni cushions, sipping an inspired cocktail or a snacking on something full of character, prepared attentively by the brigade from its adjacent gourmet restaurant; Surprise yourself with the “trilogy” of chef Emmanuel Motte and taste the real luxury of Saint-Barthelemy: It’s simply self-indulgent.

Continuing this hedonistic note, the Carl Gustaf reveals another treasure : its spa Carita, opened last year. The stylish people of the island have quickly adopted it. Its animated by experienced professionals, trained by the well-known house of beauty. Treatment rooms and a workout room open on an artificial waterfall are lengthened by a complete hydrotherapy course that offers showers with essential oils, a hammam, Scottish shower, stone footpath with essential oil jets and an open air pool with resistance jet.

Accessible by way of the lounge, the Carl Gustaf spa offers a variety of interesting formulas. Certain include a healthy lunch that invites you to take advantage either in full, or in part, of good things for the body.

Following such a moment, the more inquisitive might peacefully foresee visiting the curiosities of Gustavia: The Swedish bell, the Catholic and neighboring Anglican church, the beautiful old homes on Quai (dock) Samuel Falhberg, before taking on the rising slope leading to Fort Karl or descending towards Shell Beach to bathe in the sea.

Others might let the day turn to night enjoying the principal attraction of the Carl Gustaf: the impregnable position for admiring the sunset that attracts locals and guests each evening stopping by for an aperitif or dinner.

Later, you must return to catch your boat. Unless, by chance, the director informs you that one of the charming bungalows with private pool that you noticed on your way in is, surprisingly, available?

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