"Ouanalao" is a new 2BR "appartement villa" in the Colombier neighborhood of St. Barthélemy, overlooking Flamands Beach. It's named after the original 10th century Arawak name for the island.
We've listed it under Villas because this is the closest match, confirmed by some of the major Caribbean villa rental agencies. "Ouanalao" is unique in St. Barts vacation lodging in that it's a single unit situated as part of a new (2017) larger luxury villa, not part of a complex. It offers privacy, independent access, full European comfort, a breathtaking million-dollar view and its own 23 ft (7m) swimming pool with in-water bench (banquette) to maximize the endless ocean view. Large wrap-around terrace, outdoor relaxing, grilling and dining (6-8 seat teak / wicker outdoor dining set). Approx. 1,800 sq. ft / 170 m2 of usable, enjoyable indoor and outdoor space. (This calculation includes the pool.)
Rental Availability: From April 2018 (inquire; English, Français, Deutsch). Rates stated in USD, but payment in EUR is always welcome and appreciated.
Saint Barts Photo Gallery - 1996 to present: Available on the property's separate site. (Search for the single term stbartsapartment.) Some of these unique photographs adorn Ouanalao's interior. Note: We value our reputation with HomeAway; unless you discovered the separate site independently or had a prior direct relationship with the owners, any inquiries and reservations should be via this HomeAway (and world-wide affiliates) listing.
Full descriptions under headings below (subject to completion and minor modification).
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Living Room (salle de séjour) with Breathtaking Unobstructed Ocean View. Pebble coffee table (table galet), plush armchair, TV / media center with 40" / 102cm Samsung 4K Smart TV and Apple TV, floor lamp; elegant Haiku-L ceiling fan. Air conditioned (split unit). Approx. 13 m2 / 140 ft2 (with dining area and kitchen: 36.2 m2 / 390 ft2).
Separate Dining Area (coin-repas). Round hardwood table, 4 chairs (2 more at nearby bar), contemporary wall-mounted sideboard (buffet). Unique suspended lamp with nest shade.
Two Bedrooms - Same Ocean View - Just Steps from Poolside. One with king size bed; one with joinable twins. One with walk-in closet (le dressing) and electronic safe, the other with clothes armoire. Nightstands (chevets) and table lamps. French mattresses; French and German linens. Each with elegant Haiku-L ceiling fan and air conditioned (split units). Each BR approx. 12 m2 / 130 ft2. Master BR has 32" SONY 4K TV with built-in Netflix, YouTube and Google Chromecast.
Custom-made (sur mesure) Kitchen and Bar made in France (Cuisines Schmidt). Two contemporary bar stools (tabourets). Dishwasher (Bosch), refrigerator, microwave, induction cooktop (Brandt), oven (Siemens). Coffee maker, Nespresso (Krups; bring own capsules). Primarily French, Italian, German, Dutch and Danish appliances, tools, accessories, cookware, dishes, glassware for every purpose and tableware. Equipped by a chef and restaurant owner to go beyond the bare minimum found in most vacation rental kitchens.
Spacious Terrace and Sunning / Swimming Area - Full Length Ocean View: Both covered (dining; grilling) and open (sunbathing; lounge chairs) areas. Outdoor shower for rinsing (planned). Balcony with tasteful rail. Approx. 98.7 m2 / 1,055 ft2. (Note: This exterior surface area calculation includes the swimming pool.)
Entertainment and Connectivity: Streaming TV. Sonos PlayBase (TV) and two Sonos Play 1 units for iPod / iPhone connections and music streaming. 5 port USB charger. Internet, work desk and wireless laser printer (supports AirPrint for Apple i-devices).
Pool: An incredible rectangular pool in front of the living room and first bedroom (7m L x 2.6m W x 1.5 m D). In-water banquette for maximizing enjoyment of the endless ocean view.
Ouanalao is a near the D210 road from Gustavia and the Airport to Colombier, after the turns for Anse des Flamands (right) and Corossol (left). It's further down the local road (chemin communal) from the La Petite Colombe Boulangerie - Patisserie - Traiteur (where you may procure your delectable breakfast croissants and pastries) and Radio St. Barth (which you'll hear across the island) and before the first major ascent towards the top of Colombier. It's quietly nestled off the road, yet a short and easy drive from Gustavia or the Airport in St. Jean. Perched high above the hills overlooking Flamands Beach, here you'll find privacy and solitude. The villa apartment has a separate entrance and parking from the main villa above. It has good sound proofing and the terrace is privacy-protected from the rest of the structure.
Nearby beaches are Flamands (excellent sunbathing), Anse des Cayes (good for surfing), Colombier (also called Rockefeller Beach for historical reasons; requires a nature hike and worth every step) and St. Jean (water sports, sunbathing, airplane e spotting, Nikki Beach Club, Eden Rock Hotel).
Close to shopping in St. Jean (groceries - Marché U, bank ATM (BRED), La Parapharmacie and other essentials) and Gustavia's delights (duty free luxury stores such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bulgari, Prada, Dolce e Gabbana, Gaastra for sailors; local boutiques; more banks; bars and restaurants; marina and ferry ; morning fish market - often fresh langouste).
Ouanalao is on the ground floor of a larger, brand new luxury villa. It offers magnificent unobstructed views over Flamands Beach, the uninhabited Îles Chevreau (billy goat), Frégate and Toc Vers, the marine preserve, and towards the south the roofs of the white super-luxury villas of Pointe Milou.
And most of all, the endless deep sapphire blue of the open Atlantic. It's at this point of St. Barthélemy that the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic - land's end until Africa to the Northeast (Mauritania, 4,300km / 2,700 mi). Here your cares quickly dissolve as you watch the infinite variety of billowing cloud formations. If the Atlantic view is blue but hazy, that's probably the extremely fine Saharan sand in the atmosphere. Don't be surprised if the overnight wind deposits a few grains on the terrace. Let your spirit be transported as well.
At Ouanalao you'll enjoy inspiring, peaceful sunrises over the Atlantic. Every morning bestows a different miracle. At day's end as the sun sets from the St. Martin side of the island, Colombier casts its shadow on the uninhabited, protected islands facing you, revealing subtle changes in character. Then, at the far end of Flamands, sunlight and clouds reflected on the water create a rare, delicate dance of sea angels, typically between 5:30 and 6:30pm.
Soon this magic potion of sun, breathtaking views, warm water and constant trade winds (les Alizés) works its potent cure. The first wonderfully carefree day blends into the next, then a third, punctuated only by the most deep, restful sleep. Time slows. You're now uncertain which day of the week it is. Nor longer care. The treatment is successful. When your island idyll finally comes to an end, you tell yourself that it's only a pause, since you are already planning your next dose of this intoxicating elixir.
Ouanalao Is Ideal For ...
Discerning Travelers: Those who appreciate the panoramic sea view, convenient location, décor, terrace and sundeck. Those who recognize the strong value proposition.
Small Groups: Friends / relatives or families needing 2 bedrooms. Write us if you are more than 4 people (6 maximum). And let us know if you need an additional nearby accommodation for a larger group - we may be able to help.
Habitués, Empty Nesters, Retirees: Already know St. Barts well and have satisfied your need to splash out on the mega expensive rental villa experience? Or travelling just as two, want full comfort, but don't need a full villa? You've learned that by renting smartly, you can return more frequently or stay longer.
A Change of Routine in Uncertain Times: Ouanalao and St. Barthélemy are perfect for those looking for an alternative to the Riviera / Côte d'Azur, North African, Greek, Italian or other Mediterranean resort destinations, while still enjoying a European feel and quality standard. C'est la France et donc l'eurozone. Your Euros are always welcome at Ouanalao.
Longer Stays: Travelers looking for an affordable way to spend more than just 7 - 10 days. Ouanalao is great value for anyone looking to take a month or more off without compromising comfort and style.
Foodies / Gourmands / Convivialité: Ouanalao's kitchen is designed and equipped for those who view cooking as relaxing, passionate creativity, not just a chore. Those who want to use free time to make and share their own creations based around the wonderful European groceries, Caribbean produce, fruits, spices and local fish / seafood that Saint Barthélemy offers.
Renewal and Inspiration: People seeking a tropical retreat in order to regroup thoughts and life priorities. Or creative types (authors, photographers, musicians, artists) needing time and new inspiration for a special project. Go ahead, start that next best selling novel !
Keeping in Touch: For those who may nevertheless need to mind personal or professional matters off-island: internet, flat rate long distance land line, good cell coverage, work desk and comfortable chair, laser printer.