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A Bart by Any Other Name Call it St. Barts, or St. Bart, or St. Barth, or St. Barths, or even St-Barthélemy (with a French accent, si'l vous plait). Or perhaps just call it the platinum card island. This tiny, tres chic slice of the French West Indies has long reveled in its reputation as the most expensive island in the Caribbean. The accommodations are luxe (villas and relatively small resort hotels) and the superlative dining (which subs for nightlife here) draws on both French (cuisine) and Swiss (bank account) traditions.

ISLANDS editor Adrienne Egolf recently visited St. Barts and found an ideal experience for a true, romantic retreat. From a quiet table overlooking St. Jean Bay as she enjoyed a passion-fruit soufflé, she literally tasted the true luxury of St. Barts. Read the story.

See photos from Adrienne's trip, here Janes Gallery at Eden Rock Hotel earned a place on our list of the Best of the Caribbean 2008