They are single, they are fabulous, they are island girls and they are over 40.
The Caribbean is a fantastic place to live. It is something I have said again and again but what is it like to be single and over 40 in paradise? I gathered some of my single friends and asked them this question over a bottle or two of wine.
Feet up on the balcony railing. Laptop in my lap. A glass of water on the table next to me. I watch mesmerized as the drops slide down gently to the bottom of the glass, leaving a small pool of water at the base. In the near distance is the ocean. It’s a hot day but fortunately there is a breeze, however gentle. It keeps me from sweating too much this early in the day.
It is known as the winter playground of the rich and famous. Words like chic, luxury, celebrities, expensive are all associated with it. Of course I’m talking about the ever elegant St. Barth, an 8.1 square mile island in the French Caribbean.
I visited St. Barth recently for a weekend and was curious to see what it would be like in the summer months, also known as the dreaded low season. If you’re planning to do some celebrity gawking and taking selfies with luxury yachts in the background, then this is not the right time for you to go. The rich and famous all flock to places like Monaco and Cannes in the summer, leaving this little French paradise almost deserted and mostly tranquil. But this is when you see the real St Barth.
Perfect despite a few imperfections is how I would describe the Fountain Resort Residences at first sight. Located in Shoal Bay East, it’s a quaint place that doesn’t have all the usual resort amenities but doesn’t really need them either. Offering one bedroom, two bedrooms or studio accommodations the Fountain is the ideal place to stay for couples, groups and families.
ROCK FEVER: The hemmed-in, claustrophobic, trapped feeling one gets when you spend too much time on an island.
The natural impulse is to pack your bags, lock your door, throw out the keys, get on a plane and never look back. Then you remember you have pets to feed, marriage vows you committed to, a job, and other responsibilities. Reality can then feel like an ice cold shower.
I just returned home from 4 glorious days in beautiful and tranquil Anguilla. The island is super laid back and the beaches scream for you to just come and veg out on their white sands. Believe me, I did exactly that every chance I got, but I was also taken around by locals this time who showed me another side of Anguilla.