Inaugurated with great pomp on June 6 in the presence of President Bruno Magras and Sylvie Feucher (Prefect) and two patrons (David Matthews, Eden Rock and Jim Boos representing Roman Abramovitch). The pond of Saint Jean is finally open to all.

This aquatic living space has now been rehabilitated. It was not a small budget. Indeed, it was nearly 7 million euros that had to be put on the table to give this space a new look. Much more than expected, mainly due to the additional work due to the passage of Irma in 2017.

Exit, pollutants, rubble, waste and even a pestilential ironwork shop. Today, the wooden boardwalk on the banks of the pond is a living space for a protected fauna and flora. A real asset for our friends who defend nature and for our friends, tourists, who also love the nature of our magnificent island. That said, no dogs, no fishing, no jogging and even less picnicking.

We, at Destination Saint Barths, love all the actions that our island is taking, but also to protect it at the same time. Our photographer Alexandre Peter has taken about fifteen photos of the pond that we gladly share with all of you. Let us hope that other initiatives of this type will emerge in the future.

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Monique Turbé grew up in a family of five children. Before becoming a respected hotelier, her father, Guy Turbé, was one of the first contractors on the Island. At the age of 18, Monique Turbé started her first construction, like her father, the “White Sand Beach Cottages, in Flamands. This property attracted prestigious guests, like Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and her son John-John, or Roman Polanski. In 2013, the Villa Mélissa was sold to a Venezuelan couple that fell in love with the property. Monique then decided to buy and renovate a new property that she called like her granddaughter: the “Villa Lenalee”. With this new property, Monique Turbé, created MY VILLA IN ST- BARTH, an exclusive concierge service dedicated to her two private villas. One of Guy Turbé’s last dreams was to see Monique create her own real estate company to look after the villas he had built and carry on the legacy. As an homage to her beloved father, she became the founder, chairman and partner of MY VILLA IN ST BARTH Real Estate, the first real estate agency founded by a St-Barths native and a villas owner.

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