Set to the shore of the lapping Caribbean Sea, the little dot of French West Indies St. Barts is the perfect hideaway for the jet setters. Surrounded by rugged mountain cliffs and pristine unspoiled nature, there are postcard-perfect stretches of velvety white beach splashing with clear turquoise seawater. This is also the land of Swish fine-dining and French haute cuisine, bubbling beach clubs and alluring cocktail joints, luxury hotels and upmarket stores, and of course whitewashed cruise ships and celebrity yachts. Touch down to this luxe-land to experience the following treats.
Go for a Retail Therapy in Gustavia
The undisputed shopping capital of St. Barts Gustavia is lined with flagship fashion stores and bespoke design outlets, on almost its every lane and alley. The high-end shopping hotspot is home to iconic Quai de la Republique, offering desirable designers and exclusive limited-edition collections from Hermes, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabanna, and many other upmarket brands. You might get lucky to rub shoulders with one or two celebrities while shopping!
Enjoy the Architectural Treats
Away from posh shopping malls and outlets, St. Barts capital Gustavia also offers architectural treasures. A melting pot of English, Swedish, Carib, and of course French culture, the town features winding alleyways, cobblestone streets, bright red-bricked roofs, and Scandinavian-style old mansions. High above the town, there is a looming spire of a Gothic church overlooking the villages of little England. The sun-splashed harbor-side is obviously the popular spot for people watching, or yacht watching to locate a few known figures.
Savor Freshly-made Delicacies at Maya’s
Maya’s restaurant is little and welcoming and has a special reputation for bringing out a different menu each time. That’s because the chefs of this eatery have an ardent passion for the freshest local produces. They source their material each day across the entire island, forging new seasonal flavors and dishes. Run by an island of Martinique-based French-Caribbean locals, the kitchen of this casual bistro has been serving its colorful cuisine since 1984. Head to the diner to enjoy flavorful Fish Carpaccio or Vegetable Ceviche, served in a tempting rustic style.
The Chinese Health Tech Beverage Startup Genki Forest Is Growing Fast
After its last fundraising round, a Chinese beverage company that had recently surfaced on the market is now skyrocketing with a value of $6 billion. The company called Genki Forest is using a combination of health-conscious marketing and technology to assume a firm position in the consumer goods industry.
Genki Forest Was Founded Back In 2015 and Last Year It Tripled Its Valuation
Тhe official name of the startup is Genki Forest Food Technology Group, and it offers healthy alternatives to the many fizzy, sugar-infused soft drinks that currently dominate the beverage market. Its main product is peach-flavored soda water that is marketed as sugar, carb, and fat-free. It is also distinctive due to a black-white-and-pink label that has the Japanese character for air on it. Other products that Genki offers are milk tea, yogurt, energy drinks, and others.
Genki Forest products have quickly appeared in convenience stores and vending machines across many Chinese cities. The innovative, hip beverages are now also exported to over forty countries, including Australia, Japan, and the United States.
Genki Forest Believe Their R&D and Manufacturing Innovations to Be the Main Value Customers Seek In the Brand
Genki Forest representatives have stated many times that theirs is a tech company that emphasizes its innovations in manufacturing and R&D as the main factors that make it worthwhile to customers from around the globe. This is further reinforced by the fact that Genki started establishing its R&D centers in 2015 and entered the market two years later, in 2017. Many have invested in the company so far, including high-profile names like Genesis Capital, L Catterton, Warburg Pincus, and Sequoia Capital China.
Currently, China is home to one of the largest retail beverage markets worldwide. Its total worth was estimated to be somewhere around $192 billion back in 2019. Despite the highly competitive industry, Genki Forest has managed to separate itself from the aging, stagnant competition by coming up with a young, healthy brand that benefits greatly from its techie twist. Still, the brave and so far successful startup has a long way to go before becoming the next Coca-Cola Company.