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Wimco's Villa Agave Azul.

The Perfect Caribbean Luxury Vacation? St Barth’s Rum Week in November.

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 24, 2024

World-class restaurants. White-sand beaches. Cocktails and premium rum. Your own private ocean-view villa. St Barth has always defined the luxury vacation in the Caribbean, and one week in particular is the perfect way to experience the island: the Caribbean Rum Awards in November.

Now in its seventh year, the Caribbean’s leading rum event is back again on the French Caribbean island of St Barth, the island’s popular Rum Week that combines an international competition and a party-filled celebration of premium rum. This year’s event will run from Nov. 11-17 in the French Caribbean hotspot.

It’s a luxury vacation that lets you savor small-batch, artisanal rums from the top producers in the Caribbean while enjoying the gourmet food, remarkable shopping and beach lifestyle for which St Barth is so famous.

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The Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth is now in its seventh year.

The event includes a series of tastings, rum dinners, beach parties and master classes alongside the unrivaled blind-tasting competition, which awards medals to the best rums on earth.

That includes the Uber-Premium category that includes a field of the world’s most expensive rums. Last year’s World Champion was the Don Q Reserva de la Familia Serralles from Puerto Rico.

This year’s festival, presented by WIMCO St Barth Properties and Tradewind Aviation, will be focused at the Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth and Le Barthelemy resorts.

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Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth.

That includes a VIP party at Le Barthelemy presented by multiple world champion Rhum Nelsson, tasting events, dinners, a ti’ punch soiree at Les Ilets de la Plage, a Rum on the Beach event and a concluding Rum Brunch on the 17th.

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Le Barthelemy Hotel and Spa.

So who’s attending? The top premium rum makers from across the wider Caribbean. That means access to brands like Rhum Neisson, Flor de Cana, Bologne, Karukera, Reimonenq, Bielle, A1710, Eminente, Damoiseau and Don Q, to name just a few.

“This year’s Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth will be bigger and better than ever,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal and founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards. “The centerpiece will be the artisanal, ultra-premium Caribbean rums savored by connoisseurs around the world.”

Event access is available to ticketholders — you can attend the event and learn more about ticket packages at EventBrite. This is a VIP, intimate event where you get access to the world’s best rums, top rum makers and an unrivaled St Barth experience.

This year’s event is presented by Platinum partners WIMCO St Barth Properties and Tradewind Aviation.

“WIMCO-St. Barth Properties is excited to once again partner with the Caribbean Journal as the exclusive luxury villa rental partner for the 7th Annual Caribbean Rum Awards in St. Barth,” said Victoria Johne, General Manager of Wimco-St Barth Properties. “The festivities surrounding this event create vibrant memories for our guests year after year. Learn about agricole rhum, enjoy rum-paired dinners, partake in exclusive artisanal rum and cigar pairings and more – all on the chic shores of St. Barth.”
“For anyone who does not yet have their St. Barth vacation booked for November 11 to 16th , I invite you to contact our Villa Specialist team. They would love to find the perfect villa for you,” Johne said. “Our St. Barth-based team looks forward to welcoming you to the island.”

You can find a full selection of villas perfect for the Caribbean Rum Awards week right here.

The most stylish way to arrive in St Barth is on Tradewind, which operates scheduled service between San Juan and St Barth (along with flights across the region to sought-after destinations like Virgin Gorda and Anguilla).

“We are delighted to once again sponsor the Caribbean Rum Awards in St. Barth,” said David Zipkin, co-founder and chief commercial officer at Tradewind Aviation. “This prestigious event highlights the finest rums, drawing top brands, connoisseurs, and visitors to our beloved Caribbean island. We look forward to welcoming guests on Tradewind to honor the excellence and savor the spirit of the Caribbean.”

To learn more, visit the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth or contact rum@caribjournal.com.

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