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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Barefoot on Les Saintes

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2. Where to Eat

Island seafood gets a rustic French twist at Au Bon Vivre.  

Spend an afternoon at Terre-de-Haut’s Ti Kaz' La (“little home”) directly on the bay (10 Rue Benoit Cassin, 590-99-57-63). It’s tough to decide what’s better: the tranquil waves lapping onto the beach mere inches from your table, or the delicious and affordable three-course lunch menu. Sample rustic French bistro fare with an emphasis on the marine setting—think succulent choucroute de la mer (a spiced, seafood sauerkraut), and fresh catches like mussels and crayfish—plus indulgent desserts like warm mango soufflé with raspberry coulis (a specialty of owner-chef Philippe Dade).

Imagine you’re in a farmhouse in the South of France at Au Bon Vivre. The dimly lit, brick-and-stone-walled interior oozes warmth with its low-slung wooden chairs, antique wall mirrors, and paintings of jazz musicians, but the outside also has ambience to spare, with a cobblestone sidewalk terrace ideal for people watching. Visitors craving even more privacy can cross the main dining room to the breezy courtyard, tucked away from the street with just two tables. Chef Vincent Malbec's French- and Caribbean-inspired menu changes daily, with dishes such as pineapple foie gras—reminiscent of his hometown, Toulouse—coconut snapper ($30), and conch lasagna ($32). End the evening with a quiet, starlit stroll by the bay, just steps from the restaurant.

End your day with few other diners in sight at Auberge Les Petits Saints. The guesthouse runs its own fine-dining establishment, where Chef Xavier Simon uses only local produce. Try the lambis a l’Asiatique ($33)—a conch chow mein with carrots and okra—the grilled lobster ($40/lb), or the day’s catch marinated in a mango-and-citrus sauce. Browse the long list of rum-infused house cocktails or just opt for the signature Ti’Punch—made from brown sugar, lime, and white rum, garnished with a sugar cane stick.

Published on Feb 13, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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