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The 2004 Journey of the Nehlses, as Sketched and Written by New York City Artist Elizabeth Nehls


"Villa Finistere is a wonderful home with its neighbor a Five-Star Hotel a plus"

Villa Finistere is a wonderful home with its neighbor a Five-Star Hotel a plus. We visited in February 2015. The home is very comfortable with all the necessary accessories. We liked the well stocked kitchen as we liked to cook most meals.

"The service from Richard and Fi, the housekeepers, was just perfect."

The service from Richard and Fi, the housekeepers, was just perfect. These are two lovely people, and we enjoyed visiting each day. Very important is the ability to use the Five-Star Hotel St Barth Cheval Blanc Isle-de-France, Villa Finistere's neighbor. We highly recommend this villa!

Reviewed by: S&B Battalia
From: Bethesda, MD



"We had a lovely stay at Villa Finistere...."

We had a lovely stay in January 2015 at Villa Finistere—when we arrived there were drinks and snacks waiting for us, and we were given a quick tour of the house. Villa Finistere is spacious and comfortable, and having the second bedroom in a separate building gave everyone the perfect amount of privacy.

"They were a great alternative to going out for every meal."

We used the kitchen and the grill a lot. Very excited about that grill! They were a great alternative to going out for every meal.

"Access to Flamands Beach was very convenient..."

The pool was perfect for floating, and we used the pool deck day and night for relaxing, reading and pre-dinner snacks and aperitifs. Access to Flamands Beach was very convenient, and we also loved the proximity to the hike to Colombier, our favorite beach on the island. It didn't hurt that it was sunny every day...though I'm not sure that if the villa provided that or if we just got lucky!

Reviewed by: S. Weisman
From: Cambridge, Ma



"The best vacation I've had in a long time!"

Staying at Villa Finistere in Flamands May 2014 ended up being the best vacation I've had in a long time.

"....beautiful beaches...a snack at Le Select."

Waking up to dip in the pool, and then throwing on a cozy Finistere Bathrobe to enjoy a croissant with coffee outside became our morning routine. Then we jumped in the car to explore the island, ending up at beautiful beaches and then into Gustavia for a snack at Le Select.

The caretakers, Fi and Richard, are lovely people and made sure we had everything we needed.


"I would definitely recommend staying here- a gem!"

Back at the house we would lounge at the pool with a book and a cocktail, and the tall ficus trees provided perfect shade and privacy. I would definitely recommend staying here- a gem!

Reviewed by: A. Mitchell
From: New York City, NY, USA



"The attention to detail for the benefit of the guests at Villa Finistere was phenominal..."

Just wanted to tell you we really enjoyed our stay at Villa Finistere in July 2013. The attention to detail was phenominal; it really makes a difference in the experience and we appreciated it. We would definitely like to stay there again when we make it back to St. Barth. Thanks again!

Reviewed by: C. Cohen
From: Surfside, CA, USA



"What a Special Place"

The island is truly stunning. We visited in January 2012. What a special place!

"...the mahogany bath tubs..."

I really enjoyed the house. Its honest simple interior proved the perfect place to relax and enjoy the down time on the island. I loved the bathrooms, the nautical motif, the mahogany bath tubs, the brass hardware. All the work that made the terrestrial bathrooms feel like maritime "heads" was beautiful.

"Thanks for opening Villa Finistere's Doors to us."

Villa Finistere is amazing, it is obvious that you put lots of thought in it, and it shows! Thanks for opening Villa Finistere's doors to us.

Reviewed by: James Schley
From: New York, NY, USA



"We were welcomed at the Isle de France daily and enjoyed all of the hotel's guest services..."

Our stay at Villa Finistere in March 2010 was perfect! My wife and I found the sizeable layout of the villa, its condition, spacious rooms, pool and detached bedroom suites to provide the perfect amount of privacy. We opened an account at the Five-Star Isle de France Hotel (a 20-second walk from the villa's front door.) We were welcomed at the Isle de France daily and enjoyed all of the hotel's guest services, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, exercise and spa offerings. As a result, we enjoyed the unique combination of living in a private home with the nearby amenities of a luxury hotel, without having to bump into hotel guests 24/7.

"...morning laps on St Barts most exclusive Flamands Beach..."

This all came with morning laps on St Barts' most exclusive Flamands Beach, a 3/4 mile stretch of the Caribbean's finest sands. The short 10-minute cab rides to St Bart's principal village, Gustavia, allowed us to enjoy the Caribbean's best gourmet dinners prepared by Europe's best chefs working the off-season on St. Barts. We will return to Villa Finistere!

Reviewed by: Mike and Molly Beauregard
From: New York, NY, USA



"Pictures cannot do this gorgeous property justice."

Villa Finistere is heaven. We spent a week in St. Barth's in February2012, and we were very fortunate to stay here. Pictures cannot do this gorgeous property justice. Villa Finistere truly allowed us to feel at home in St. Barth's.

"...Using the kitchen and dining room was a real luxury."

Although the island offers a variety of fine restaurants, the option of staying in and using the kitchen and dining room was a real luxury.

"...Wonderful, authentic French bakery just up the hill..."

Our morning routine included picking up pastries from the wonderful, authentic French bakery just up the hill and enjoying them with coffee on Villa Finistere's veranda.

"...Snorkeling with sea turtles..."

We spent afternoons exploring the islands's exquisite beaches, snorkeling with sea turtles, and celebrating Carnivāle downtown.

"Flamands Beach, just steps away, was perfect..."

Our favorite beaches were the ones closest to Villa Finistere. Flamands Beach, just steps away, was perfect for morning and evening strolls.

"We also loved Colombier, a magnificent, secluded beach..."

We also loved Colombier, a magnificent, secluded beach that is well worth the short hike necessary to reach it (the trailhead is just down the road). After a long, hard day at the beach, though, we always looked forward to returning to Villa Finstere and relaxing by the lovely pool.

"With the guest house Villa Finistere can accommodate two couples very comfortably."

The house is extremely well-designed and elegantly decorated. We greatly appreciated the outdoor as well as the indoor spaces. Fi and her husband take wonderful care of the property, and they graciously met any needs we had. We very much look forward to returning, perhaps with friends. With the guest house, Villa Finistere can accommodate two couples very comfortably.

"Villa Finistere is a rare treasure because it offers the comforts of home with luxurious amenities..."

We both enjoy traveling and have stayed in many resorts and hotels around the world. Villa Finstere is a rare treasure because if offers the comforts of home along with luxurious amenities in the perfect location. It easily ranks among our favorite places.


Reviewed By: L Richardson
From: New York, NY, USA



"....A best bet among the villas of St. Barts."

Villa Finistere is a delight. I have been to St. Barts over 25 times in the past 14 years and have stayed in many villas. If you are one or two couples, you cannot go wrong with Villa Finistere!

The Villa has all of the amenities of a luxury hotel with the privacy and elegance of a private home. The location is superb at beautiful Flamands beach where you are perfectly situated close to Gustavia with easy access to the best beaches on the island. The Villa manager, a pleasure to deal with, is easily available should you have any questions or special needs.

I will return to Villa Finistere. Its peaceful and tasteful decor, beautifully landscaped setting and pool, and central location make it a best bet among the villas of St. Barts.


Reviewed By: Michael DuPont
From: Malibu, CA, USA



Afternoon by our villa pool...
St. Barts
-Watercolor and comments by Villa Finistere 2002 visitor Elizabeth Nehls of New York City, N.Y.


"We were celebrating my 40th Birthday and it was a most memorable holiday."

My friends and I so enjoyed our time May 2007 in St. Barths. Villa Finistere was very comfortable and the villa manager Nathalie Lelandais was very accommodating and helpful. Thank you! We were celebrating my 40th birthday and it was a most memorable holiday.

Reviewed by: Candice Ku
From: New York, NY, USA


"We felt at home while having the benefits of the Hotel Isle de France next door."

We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed staying at Villa Finistere in February 2007.Our time was idyllic in that we felt at home while having the benefits of The Hotel Isle de France next door. We played tennis everyday. Finistere's housekeeper Fi took good care of us—and thanks so much for the Welcome Goodies! We feel so blessed to return this May. What a glorious place!

Reviewed by: Diana Stern
From: Chestnut Hill, MA, USA


"...all the amenities of a Four-Star Hotel..."

We visited in February 2003 and we felt we had all the amenities of a Four-Star hotel with the flexibility of a private villa at Villa Finistere. Next door neighbor the Four-Star Hotel St.Barth Isle de France allowed us to set up a house account at the concierge desk. It is a wonderful amenity for spa services.

"...an early morning trip to the boulangerie.."

Our typical day was an early morning trip to the boulangerie to bring back croissants to enjoy with cafe au lait at Villa Finistere. Afterwards a leisurely late morning on Flamands Beach, followed by lunch at one of the fine nearby restaurants, then afternoon on the beaches at Saline or Gouverneur. We saw St. Barts to the fullest, and we had a fabulous time at Villa Finistere.

Reviewed by: Tania Alvarez and David Lester
From: Aspen, CO, USA




"We truly enjoyed and appreciated the sumptuous food (and wine) that was stocked upon our arrival."

Villa Finistere was fabulous! We visited in June-July 2002, and we had an amazing time, weather was perfect (as you mentioned, rain at night), the beaches gorgeous. We truly enjoyed and appreciated the sumptuous food (and wine) that was stocked upon our arrival. My son, Carter, loved the roasted chicken in particular. We enjoyed the comfort and elegance of your home, and the well-stocked kitchen. On our last night we cooked roasted chickens ourselves, and voila! You even had a gourmet roasting pan and rack!

"Every day we spent at one of the beaches, if not two."

Every day we spent at one of the beaches, if not two. My husband's favorite was Gouveneur. Flamands and Saline were my favorites. Carter enjoyed those as well since he could ride the waves on the surf/wave board. Since there are no waves close to the Kansas City area, we left it with your other beach items if another family wants to try it too!

"The Hotel St. Barts Isle de France was very hospitable..."

The Hotel St. Barts Isle de France was very hospitable, and every night we had a ritual of having a glass of wine, and Carter a 007-UP, on their pool patio before going out to dinner. Fi, Villa Finistere's housekeeper, was wonderful. Her daughter babysat for Carter one night. He really liked her, and so did we. Once we were close to empty on gas, so we walked to La Langouste for dinner---a great walk and dinner! Favorite lunches were spent several times at Le Rivage, Chez Domi and La Saladerie. Dinner---Le Gommier!! If anyone ever wants recommendations for cheeseburgers, I'm certain Carter can provide direction, as he has had everyone available on the island, I'm sure. Santa Fe and Le Select were at the top.

"Mom, why do I have to wear shoes....in Kansas?"

As you can tell, I could talk endlessly about our trip. We loved Villa Finistere, the warmth of the local people, the food, the fresh baguettes, the JoJo Supermarche. My favorite quote, though, was from my son, "Mom, why do I have to wear shoes and underwear in Kansas?"

Reviewed By: Anastasia Rock
From: Leawood, KS, USA




"....The beach at Baie des Flamands is a vision."

Villa Finistere is completely delightful---new, spacious and superbly managed. The beach at Baie des Flamands is a vision. Please convey our thanks to Pascale---Finistere's manager---and Fi---our maid. They were most helpful, as was Odile at Gumbs Car Rental, on our March 2002 visit.

Reviewed By: Michael and Sydney Gianturco
From: New York City, NY, USA


Villa Finistere Pool Rain came down

-Comments and sketch by New York City Artist Elizabeth Nehls on her return to Villa Finistere in March, 2003.



"Villa Finistere had everything...including an exercise machine
to work off the fabulous food on the island!"

Loved Villa Finistere, the amenities, the location, the privacy. Villa Finistere had everything one could want including an exercise machine to work off the fabulous food on the island! Pascale, the manager, was great. She even went to the airport to pick up our luggage that did not make it on our flight. We visited in February, 2002, will definitely return in 2003!

Reviewed By: Phyllis and Andrew Napoli
From: Media, PA, USA



"...we visited St. Barts for the first time and stayed at Villa Finistere
this winter 2002 and it was the best."

We have spent more than fifteen years traveling to the Caribbean first with our children and now with friends. After all that time, we visited St. Barts for the first time and stayed at Villa Finistere this winter 2002 and it was the best. St. Barts feels uncrowded and very safe. It has great food, shopping and beaches. Villa Finistere's owner sent us information about St. Barts, arranged our rental car, gave us the names of great restaurants, and was very helpful with all our questions.

"...watching the Super Bowl on Villa Finistere's satellite television."

Villa Finistere is in an excellent location--- a few steps from beautiful Flamands Beach and close to Gustavia and St. Jean. This is the most well-equipped villa we have ever rented, and all the amenities you could want. The owner has put a great deal of thought into what you might need for a perfect vacation. We fully enjoyed the great food that Pascale (Villa Finistere's manager who met us at the airport) supplied for our arrival, our breakfasts at the pool, the beach at the 5-Star Hotel St. Barts Isle de France and watching the Super Bowl on Villa Finistere's satellite television.

"...we're all wearing the gifts you had for us in Villa Finistere."

We traveled with another couple and had our own space because the second bedroom and bath are in a separate guest pavilion. We wanted to thank you for a wonderful vacation---we're all wearing the gifts you had for us in Villa Finistere. We will be returning soon.

Reviewed By: Dr. Gregori and Laurie Pasqua
From: Mamaroneck, NY, USA




Villa Finistere front porch "We especially thank you for the wonderful supplies
and treats awaiting us on our arrival."

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful week at Villa Finistere in February, 2002. You have a lovely home and so nicely furnished, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We especially thank you for the wonderful supplies and treats awaiting us on our arrival. It was so great not to have to think about grocery shopping after a murderous day of travel for our friends who joined us at Villa Finistere.

Villa Finistere's manager Pascale was charming and very helpful, as was Fi the maid and her husband Richard who offered to do any grocery shopping we needed and to take us to the airport on our departure.


Reviewed By: Joan Doucette Fisher
From: Boston, MA, USA



"Villa Finistere is one of the best values in the Caribbean."

Villa Finistere is one of the best values in the Caribbean. We visited in August,2001, with some concerns about hurricanes; however, the weather was great. The summer is a great time to visit the islands. It's not as hot as people think, prices are reasonable and the crowds are down. We would go back in June or July to avoid the hurricane risk. St. Barts shuts down the last few days of August and all of September.

"Everything about the villa is as advertised---excellent!!!"

The villa staff is excellent and very responsive to all your needs. Everything about the villa is as advertised---excellent!!! We would not hesitate to recommend a visit to family or friends. My wife and I went by ourselves, but the villa is perfect for two couples. The separate bedroom building is every bit as nice as the main building.

"The villa is literally part of the grounds of the hotel..."

Flamands Beach is, in our opinion, the nicest beach on the island. The Hotel Isle de France (especially with the improvements made in September) is fabulous. The villa is literally part of the grounds of the hotel and we visited almost everyday. They also have a great restaurant.

"We would return without hesitation to St. Barts
and would strongly recommend Villa Finistere."

St. Barts is a wonderful island. The people are very friendly and there appears to be very little crime. The restaurants are excellent, and, unfortunately, the shopping is also---bring lots of credit for that! Villa Finistere is about 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Gustavia, the island's port. We would return without hesitation to St. Barts and would strongly recommend Villa Finistere.


Reviewed By: Winton and Riley Blount
From:Montgomery, AL, USA



St. BartsWe left Gouverneur beach...
-Sketch and comments by Villa Finistere 2002 visitor Elizabeth Nehls of New York City, N.Y.



"It is so convenient to have all the extra amenities within walking distance."

Villa Finistere is just as wonderful as advertised. We had a fabulous vacation in August 2001. Without a doubt, Flamands is the best beach on the island. Everyone at the St. Barts Hotel Isle de France (Villa Finistere's neighbor ) was warm and welcoming. It is so convenient to have all the extra amenities within walking distance.

Reviewed By: RR Sikes
From: Montgomery, Ala, USA




"We lived in grand style at Villa Finistere..."

We lived in grand style at Villa Finistere for two weeks with two friends in April 2001. Each morning greeted us with tempting choices, a dip in the villa's private pool, breakfast in the garden dining room or at our neighbor's---the 4-Star St. Barts HoteI Isle de France.

"Our neighbor the Hotel Isle de France is most welcoming..."

The Flamands Beach setting is seamlessly luxurious, and a visit to Villa Finistere offers the deluxe amenities of the villa and the three top hotels nearby. Our neighbor the Hotel Isle de France is most welcoming to Villa Finistere guests, and we were invited to use their beach chairs on our daily visits to Flamands Beach.

"Villa Finistere is a jewel set behind garden walls
in fabulous Flamands Beach."

We stayed in Villa Finistere's guest house, surrounded by the beautiful garden and steps from the villa pool and main house. It was luxuriously appointed and designed with a Jacuzzi tub, patio and a private entrance. Villa Finistere is a jewel set behind garden walls in fabulous Flamands Beach.


Reviewed By: Rob Smith
From: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Flamands Beach




"...and this was easily the best experience yet."

My family and I celebrated my mother's 60th birthday in March 2001 by staying at Villa Finistere for a week. We've been to several other Caribbean islands and this was easily the best experience yet. The house is private, spacious and very well cared for with all the amenities of home, plus more.. a pool with deck, completely separate guest house, Jacuzzi tubs, kitchen outfitted with everything you need to cook a meal for 10, satellite TV and daily maid service.

"...the best beach on the island---Flamands!"

Villa Finistere also happens to be located on what we deemed the best beach on the island---Flamands! It's a long stretch of beautiful white sand, warm, clear water and snorkeling at one end. But there are many other beautiful beaches which are convenient to get to and because the island is not crowded, all of them are quiet.

"...scheduled massages at the villa..."

The Villa Finistere manager, Pascale, is professional and adept at arranging any activity you desire. Plus, we really liked her! She made reservations for my mother's birthday dinner at an excellent restaurant and arranged a cake, advised us about other restaurants and nightspots, set up trail rides, reserved a boat for the day, scheduled massages at the villa and was available for other general questions.

"...you cannot do better than Villa Finistere."

The island is small and extremely easy to negotiate with a jeep or Moke. We tended to run into the same residents who are friendly and helpful. You can take a twelve minute plane trip from St. Martin's or if you don't like prop planes (like my husband) take the one hour ferry. The food ranges from excellent to incredible. There are a number of very good restaurants. In short, don't bother with other islands. If you are looking for a really nice vacation without the usual hassles, you cannot do better than Villa Finistere.

Reviewed By: Charlene Hamer
From: New York City, NY, USA




"My husband, who is very particular, absolutely loved the villa."
I want to tell you what a wonderful time we had at Villa Finistere. My husband, who is very particular, absolutely loved the villa. Everything was tastefully decorated and so well laid out. We loved the separate suite for my son and the pool was very private.You were so kind to provide refreshments and snacks when we arrived and they were most appreciated.

Villa Finistere Stairs
"Thanks to Fi, our maid, and Pascale, the Finistere's manager..."


The Villa Finistere combines the best of both worlds with the Hotel St. Barts Isle de France right across the street. We went to the beach there most days and, of course, had a French lunch. Thanks to Fi, our maid, and Pascale, the Finistere's manager, for their kind attention to make our 2001 Spring Break memorable.

Reviewed By: Jean Wyse
From: Marine, IL USA



"---Anse des Flamands was directly across the road!"

Villa Finistere was a perfect choice for us. The location was ideal because we did not need to take the car to get to a beautiful beach---Anse des Flamands was directly across the road! Villa Finistere is only a 6 to 10 minute drive to the other wonderful beaches, too. Access to the Colombier shoreline was right down the street, and the snorkeling at Petit Anse was great!

Our neighbor, St. Barts Hotel Isle de France, was very welcoming, and the hotel concierge offered to provide us with massage services and other amenities at the villa.

"...perfect for two couples."

The Caribbean style of Villa Finistere was extremely inviting and the villa had every comfort of home. (We used the blender daily!!) The setup of the villa (master suite in the main house and the second bedroom in a guesthouse off the pool) was perfect for two couples.

High ceilings and ceiling fans added to the open feel of the rooms, and we spent a great deal of time on the covered veranda off the living room enjoying the sound of the ocean and the wind in the palm trees.

The landscaping is beautiful, and the house is well cared for by the daily maid Fi and excellently managed by Villa Manager Pascale.

Two of my favorite restaurants were 5 minutes from Villa Finistere, one by foot---La Langouste and one by car---the New Born. New Born's Creole lobster is the best lobster I ever had!!

"I plan to return, again and again."

I highly recommend Villa Finistere to anyone who wants the best of all worlds on St. Barts. I plan to return, again and again!!


Reviewed By: Barrie Gross
From: San Francisco, CA, USA




"Villa Finistere is great for a family or two couples."

"Villa Finistere is a terrific place to stay in St. Barts! It is adjacent to the elegant St. Barts Hotel Isle de France (the nicest hotel on the island in my view) and also next to the Hotel Taiwana, the most expensive and exclusive hotel on the island.

Villa Finistere is very well-appointed with silver and china and lovely table linens( a real plus as an alternative to the expensive island restaurants.)

It is steps from the most beautiful walk on the island from Petite Anse (to the west of Anse des Flamands) to Anse des Colombier.

Villa Finistere is great for a family or two couples!"


Reviewed By: Rebecca Curtis
From: New York City, NY, USA



"...luxury accommodations equal to or surpassing
those of a Four-Star hotel and at an exceptional value."

"Villa Finistere is located in the northwest corner of St. Barts less than a three minute walk from Flamands Beach. The villa provided luxury accommodations equal to or surpassing those of a Four-Star hotel and at an exceptional value.

There was a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a dining room where up to eight guests could be seated, and living room with satellite TV, CD and FM compact stereo system. The main villa had full length windows on two sides open to tropical breezes. We enjoyed the pool and the large sun deck.

The villa staff was responsive to our needs on an as-soon-as possible basis. The property manager and maid are fluent in English. The maid provided daily room service and would also serve as a cook upon request.

"...outstanding restaurants located within walking distance..."

We dined at two outstanding restaurants located within walking distance of the Villa. La Languste specializes in its' namesake (lobster!) and Creole cuisine. La Case de L'ise, located in the Hotel Ile de France, offered gourmet dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We experienced St. Barts' beautiful beaches and scenery, and shopped at fashionable Parisian boutiques. The dining experiences surpassed anything in our extensive travels. The views from the restaurants we visited were stunning. Perhaps the most memorable part of a visit to Villa Finistere and St. Barts was the exceptionally friendly and accommodating local population. Although the official language is French, English is widely spoken and even local residents not conversant in English still made every effort to assist us. A wonderful experience!!!"


Reviewed By: William R. Shaffer
From: Birmingham, MI, USA




"....of the time we spent at the villa, most of it
was pool side reading, talking and relaxing.
"

"Villa Finistere is an outstanding St. Barts vacation spot for two couples. It has a very accommodating living space including a kitchen (fully equipped), dining room with room for six diners, living room lined with french doors, and two spacious bedrooms each with a separate bath. The entire house is very nicely furnished and climate controlled. We felt it was an excellent value when compared against many of the other accommodations available.

The villa is comprised of two buildings separated by a private pool and deck. One building is a bedroom and bath and the other contains the rest of the villa. This layout affords the utmost in privacy for two couples to enjoy.

We visited in early November, 1999 and of the time we spent at the villa, most of it was pool side reading, talking and relaxing. There is sun at the pool all day but you can find shade on the pool deck as well afforded by the trees nearby that make up Finistere's lovely gardens. If it rains (it rains almost daily but only for 5 minutes or so)you can find respite on the covered porch steps from the pool. There are excellent restaurants within walking distance as is spectacular Flamands beach, and the villa is only a 10 minute drive from either the airport or Gustavia the largest town on St. Barts. We had a great time and would go back without hesitation."


Service : great
Value : outstanding
Attractiveness : outstanding
Overall Rating : outstanding

Reviewed By: Wayne Guest
From: Harwood, MD, USA



"...A wonderful 10 days at Villa Finistere!"

We are home safe and tanned after a wonderful 10 days at Villa Finistere. The villa is fantastic. It included everything we needed, from beach chairs to a corkscrew, or that we could have asked for on our April, 2003 visit. The place is absolutely beautiful. Fi, the Villa Finistere maid, was great, very helpful.

Reviewed By: Anthony Frank
From: Richmond, VA, USA



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