What $500 Buys in St. Barths

Bruce Hutchinson

For a hotter scene, literally and figuratively, the chic island paradise of St. Barths is just entering its peak season. The main town of Gustavia is ready for another buzzy winter with new restaurants and lounges along its waterfront.

Dinner for seven, with dishes like sautéed foie gras scallops, at Bonito St. Barth, a beach house–style French-Latin restaurant that reopens this season with a new bar. The intimate spot has water views and a daily-changing ceviche bar. ilovebonito.com.

One St. Barth Chill Out massage—using natural ingredients like avocado oil—and a limited-edition tote created exclusively for the famed hotel by Brit designer Anya Hindmarch at Le Sereno’s new 2,300-square-foot indoor-outdoor spa. lesereno.com.

Two bottles of Champagne at the stylish, just-opened Voyageur Lounge. Located on the second floor above the popular Le Yacht Club, it has quickly become the new hot spot, with plush white sofas, Deco chandeliers and an exclusive clientele. 590-690/751-013.

One night in a Garden View room at the Hotel Guanahani and Spa, which finished a $9 million renovation last December. Two suites were added, including the Admiral, designed by Luis Pons, with custom leather furniture, access to a private beach, a decorative telescope and an expansive oceanfront terrace. leguanahani.com.

Two bottles of the light, amber CHIC rum from seven-month-old artisanal rum purveyor R. St. Barth, in Gustavia. The sleek shop is owned by decade-long island resident and former Manchester United soccer player Mikael Silvestre. rhumstbarth.com.

As of September, 1 euro = $1.35.

Compiled by Candice Chan and Adam Gollner