ST. BARTS, French West Indies — Electric violinist Julio Cuba trades stints with saxophone master Florencio Cruz, both working their musical magic in tandem with Nikki Beach DJs, producing sounds that inspire dancing on tabletops and rocking on the adjacent sandy beach.
Contempo music blaring, the world beats to a decadent drummer at Nikki Beach, the favored watering hole of a rich international coterie that annually commandeers this tiny island as its exclusive playground.
Magnums of Dom Perignon and flavorful rosés are iced down in gigantic martini glasses. Bikini tops are shed for semi-nude sunbathing.
Restaurant, bar and beach club — Nikki Beach regularly draws the St. Barts celeb crowd that includes Beyoncé and Jay Z, Fergie, Bono, Rachel Zoe and Mary J. Blige, each savoring the pseudo anonymity that the sophisticated clientele affords. No autographs or iPhone photos, thank you.
Magnums of Dom Perignon and flavorful rosés are iced down in gigantic martini glasses. Bikini tops are shed for semi-nude sunbathing. And, on occasion, the feisty partygoer will be showered (literally) in champagne.
It's an intriguing tableau of billionaires, models and the see-and-be-seen all played out against a stunning backdrop of white — billowing swaths of white sails overhead, all white sun beds, wait staff in white and deck chairs covered in white canvas.
While Sunday is the hot ticket (reservations required well in advance), Nikki Beach rocks most days.
The satisfying menu heavy on sushi (the extravagant sushi boat a popular choice for large parties) and French-inspired fare are offered midday to late afternoon. Reservations a must for Sunday, recommended for other days.