Daily American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
Nearly every cottage has a sea view
Free airport transfers, non-motorized water sports and kids club
Barefoot-chic ambiance and a trendy, French-powered feel
What To Know
Some cottages have steep or long walks to the beach
Gustavia, the island’s jazzy capital city, is 15 minutes away; most guests will want to rent a car
Though it’s the largest resort on St. Bart’s, Le Guanahani feels intimate
Parking on site
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Beachfront hideaway on St. Bart’s, where Provence meets the Caribbean, with two pools, two restaurants and a spa
Taking the stylish spirit of French-infused St. Bart’s up a notch, Le Guanahani occupies a 16-acre peninsula awash in fragrant bougainvillea, frangipani and hibiscus. Two distinctive, powdery beaches front the property. One is on a tranquil, turquoise lagoon and invites windsurfers, snorkelers and sailboats; the other is unbridled and turbulent. Sherbet-colored cottages with white gingerbread trim punctuate the precipitous hillside gardens, which tumble down to the waters. The sound of French being spoken, the smell of croissants baking and the likelihood of champagne at every meal add to the cosmopolitan allure.
Bed and Bath
Le Guanahani’s 67 cottages dot the sprawling grounds and vary in size and color, from lime-green to lilac to yellow. Fourteen of them offer large private pools; most have decks with rocking chairs and ocean views. Wicker, hardwood floors, sumptuous linens and pops of color (fuchsia, teal, tangerine, magenta) make up the interiors, which have a sleek, modern colonial vibe. The large marble bathrooms feature separate tubs and showers and Clarins amenities.
Two restaurants, Indigo and Bartolomeo, showcase the skills of French-trained chefs, who receive fresh, French-made and foraged supplies daily thanks to Air France’s direct flights. Popular with locals, the restaurants attract a chichi crowd and have a St.-Tropez-in-the-Caribbean buzz — especially at night. The Spa by Clarins, an indoor/outdoor sanctuary, evokes dreamy Indonesia with dark woods and natural stone. Book one of the treatments, which focus on anti-aging and beauty, or unwind with one of the massages, which range in style from Thai to Hawaiian. Rounding out the hotel’s amenities are two swimming pools and a palapa beach bar. (Try the Fruit Julep, made from raspberry Stolichnaya, strawberry pulp, apple juice, mint and passion fruit juice.)
In the Area
A billionaire playground, hilly, lush St. Bart’s is a nine-square-mile island ringed by hidden beaches and crystalline reefs. Superyachts anchor in the harbor, and luxurious villas rise like castles from the slopes. Here, water sports and beach games go without saying. Discover Colombier Beach (accessible only by boat from Gustavia), where the calm waters are a snorkeler’s Shangri-La. If you’re looking to go for a dip sans swimsuit, hike over the rocky outcrop to famous Saline Beach; this popular nude beach is one of St. Bart’s most famous see-and-be-seen locales. The island’s restaurants concentrate on French food, from foie gras to escargot, but lobster and champagne prevail; we recommend nabbing a table at airy Bonito or Bagatelle.