'La Belle Vie' is a 2008 stunningly restored and expanded villa with 180 degree views of Marigot Anse and the Caribbean beyond! Expansion includes the Living/Great Room with sliding glass walls onto the terraces, gardens, pool, Master Bathroom and garage (3 'island' cars).
Gourmet-equipped custom Kitchen with full-sized stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and mirror back splash reflect the 26' Great Room. Dining table seats 6-8. 2 new custom Bathrooms, imported oversized limestone floors and terraces, air conditioning, Laundry. Large Master Bedroom (king) and bath, 2 twin Bedrooms with French doors to terrace, pool and/or ocean view. Both bedrooms easily convert to king beds, if desired. Vaulted natural wood ceilings, with A/C & fans in every room and white walls and upholstery or soft, fresh greens and blues
Sophisticated decor and tropical breezes...beautiful views day and night!!
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: The decor is neutral, the floorplan is open and invites the view of Marigot Anse inside through a window wall of sliding doors. The kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped...even for the gourmet cook. The master suite features a large bedroom with high beamed ceilings and a new master bathroom with an oversized stall shower and double vanity. Two additional bedrooms are quietly located at the opposite end of the villa, each with French door access to a terrace and/or terrace and pool. There is a full laundry room downstairs off the garage at street level.
Finding a villa for our group was not easy: two couples plus 16 month old and 87 year old! This house is perfect - 3 bedrooms, living areas, and pool all on one level. (There are steps from the wonderful, level, covered parking area.) Furnishings fresh and nice, kitchen looks new and includes everything, comfortable beds with gorgeous quilts, The house is nicely decorated in white and rattan beach style. Pool is perfect for a dip after a day at the beach - didn't know we'd enjoy it so much. The occasional motorcycle or truck can be heard around the pool - the road is quite close, but traffic is so infrequent that it didn't bother us. We were visiting one or two beaches each day anyway! It's a 4 minute drive to the best bakery, and little grocery. Didn't know we'd enjoy the air conditioning either - turned out to be great for sleeping (each room separate unit). The owner and manager were absolutely wonderful and helpful with every request. The house is in a perfect location and parking was so convenient - we feel we really found a gem at a good value on a really special island. Be sure to have lunch at La Gloriette. And a sunset drink at Do Brazil at Shell Beach. We'll be back. (We are missing Jimmy Buffet next week - he'll be here for the Bucket... what timing!)
I had been to St. Barths twice before but my husband had not been there. We had both been working pretty long hours and wanted a place to just relax and enjoy the scenery and each other. We did all of this and more.
We were able to enjoy the scenery, eat wonderful meals in and out, shop and then ....there is the pool......we could not stay out of it. We would have a relaxing breakfast at the pool, and then lunch and go out and explore, have dinner and find ourselves having a night swim.....quiet, relaxing and all that we wanted.
The house , itself, was perfect. It was immaculate, well appointed and beautifully decorated....we wanted for nothing.....A bottle of wine and some cheese awaited us and a wonderful manager was there for us if needed...
My profession is Interior Design so I was looking for cleanliness, comfort, attractiveness and very well designed...
After our first week we had a guest to join us and there was plenty of room, as there was 2 extra bedrooms and bath. This is separated for privacy for guests as well as our new found privacy and relax time...
We will make plans to go back.......My husband is now a St. Barths fan and we will stay at Le Belle Vie.
We travel lots and this is our favorite vacation spot.....our Four Seasons......
La Belle Vie allowed us to have an incredible vacation. We stayed in a hotel last visit but much preferred the ample space, freedom and extras that this villa provided. What we liked best: the patio with a sparkling pool and sunshine all afternoon; crisp, white and seagrass island casual furnishings; comfy beds and a perfectly stocked white and stainless kitchen. Every room from bathroom to kitchen was very clean.
The location by Marigot Bay was super convenient for exploring St Barth's Beaches (our favorites: Shell, St Jean at Nikki Beach, and Marigot, a short walk down the street); Gustavia's harbor/shopping/people watching; and the numerous restaurants scattered all over the island.
Our favorite night was probably the one we cooked at home, grilling up fresh fish that had been caught that day. The manager of the home lives nearby and was extremely helpful when we called her for advice on about the island. The American owner was pleasant and easy to deal with -- she responded immediately to our questions before the trip.
Bonuses at La Belle Vie: washer/dryer, covered parking, wifi and Apple TV.
We have stayed at this property for four years at high season for two weeks at a time. We consider it our St. Barths "home away from home." Each year we arrive to our Christmas decorations set up in advance by the lovely house manager, and our beach toys and chairs have been stored, cleaned and ready for use. And, there is roasted chicken, chilled rose, a fresh baguette and a fruit basket in the refrigerator. That level of care says everything about this property!
When we started renting this house, after having rented many villas and experienced many 5 star hotels on the island, we found it ideal because we have two young children. Finding a villa where all of the bedrooms have doors to the main living areas was not easy. We were delighted with the layout -- a master bedroom and bath and two smaller bedrooms that share a bath. Moreover, I am a neat freak. Not only is the furniture clean and attractive, but I have never seen an ant in the house -- a true rarity in St. Barths!
Furthermore, the home is very centrally located. It is an easy driving distance from St. Jean and many of the resorts and beaches that we like to frequent. We go to St. Barths for the beaches, so the fact that the pool is relatively close to a road does not bother us in the least. The views of the water are spectacular and we do not notice any noise from the road. We have visited many homes on the island and found La Belle Vie to be a great value when we factor in the things that we care about -- cleanliness, layout, location and value for price. To find what one reviewer seems to have sought, one would have to pay multiples of what the owner charges for this home. Furthermore, both the owner and the house manager truly care about us and our experience. Emails are sent in advance asking if we have any special requests. Transportation help from the airport is offered and any requests or questions are promptly responded to. The house manager's husband, who is a fisherman, even brought us fresh mahi mahi for one of our dinner parties. Without ever having met the owner of this home, we feel like we are close friends. I cannot recommend LBV more highly. We look forward to many more happy family holidays there!
As my husband’s grandfather used to say," I’m living in Paradise and didn’t have to die to get there." That’s how we felt with our week-long (wishing it was two-weeks long) stay at La Belle Vie. The house is beautifully furnished and complete with everything you could need for a home away from home feeling (even a clothesline for hanging up wet suits).
We started our mornings with breakfast by the pool, enjoying the tropical weather. Then it was off to explore the many beaches that are available on St. Bart’s. What better way to end a hot afternoon then to come home to enjoy the private pool (no kids splashing, no looking for an open chair to sit in).
It truly was one of the best vacations we’ve had with wonderful accommodations and location. We’re already making plans for a return trip in 2013!
We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and relatives.
I paid up front for a 4 week stay at La Belle Vie which started on Nov 19 2012 and I cannot think of how I will endure the rest of my stay of almost three weeks.The listing description misrepresents the house and pool by not disclosing that both are directly on/next to two intersecting steep roads which has local truck,bus, car and moped traffic starting at 6.30am until as late as 10pm. From 8am-11am and 4pm-8pm the din is deafening and the toxic fumes nauseating.We work inside and need the pool for physical therapy exercises, both of which are impossible under the circumstances. Moreover,the carport area is one floor below the main house.The only one access to the front door of the house is by way of a steep flight of 15 outdoor steps, without handrail. This is NOT the one floor living as advertised. I have 2 metal hips and need single level living and was duly misled by the description. I have to hold onto the wall as there is no handrail. There are mosquitoes and biting gnats from 4.30pm onwards through the night. The house has not a SINGLE screen that would allow keeping a door or window open without insect invasion.The noise and fumes from the street traffic are enough to discourage opening windows or doors! Bed mites in bedding and upholstery join the insect problem.The owner has not been helpful when addressed directly. There was owner denial that any noise/fumes exist. There was no response by owner to the insect infestation. The local house manager, maid and handyman all relate that noise and fumes are undeniable and substantiate that there have been problems with previous tenants at the house. I have had to leave the house and to rent something else for several days to enable some form of disinfecting and cleaning of the bedding and upholstery and much needed vacuuming, as I am asthmatic and allergic to the insecticides.The photos of the house furnishings are representative, but the description that there is a 180 degree views of Marigot bay is a misrepresentation. The overiding view from the front of the house is a very busy road. We cannot recommend this property to friend or relative because of our unabated suffering.However, we CAN state clearly that St Barts is a terrific island.