Winter EscapeExploring the Beaches of St. Barts (Photos)Architectural Digest01.26.14Winter EscapeExploring the Beaches of St. Barts (Photos)Escape the cold and head to the warm beaches of St. Barts…even if it's just an armchair getaway while buried under blankets on the couch. Architectural Digest01.26.14 11:45 AM ETLee F. Mindel An interisland Winair puddle jumper landing at Gustaf III Airport, also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, from St. Maarten. Lee F. Mindel The cockpit of a Winair plane. Lee F. Mindel Martinique-born Maya Beuzelin Gurley—Queen of the Island—proprietor-chef and creator with her American husband, Randy Gurley, of Maya’s Restaurant on the water just outside Gustavia. This is, in my opinion, the restaurant that sets the standard for everything on St. Barts. Lee F. Mindel A view from the lookout above Colombier Beach. Lee F. Mindel The path from the top of Colombier Beach to its base, through the Petite Anse entry. Lee F. Mindel A view from the top of Colombier to the Île Fourchue, which I visited courtesy of the Juno sailboat. St. Maarten is seen in the distance. Thank you, Juno. Lee F. Mindel The swimming reef at the former Rockefeller House designed by Nelson W. Aldrich, at Colombier Beach. Lee F. Mindel Looking through the stone arches at the former Rockefeller property. Lee F. Mindel The meadow at the façade of the former Rockefeller house. Lee F. Mindel The former Rockefeller guesthouse studio, with a view of the water. More From Architectural Digest: Celebs Name Their Favorite Buildings Around the World Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's Eco-Conscious L.A. Home The 10 Most Incredible Contemporary Buildings in the World Here's Why You Need to Visit Mexico City Lee F. Mindel Flamands Beach. Lee F. Mindel St. Jean Beach. Thank you to Emeraude Plage. Click here to see more images of St. Barts.