What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Had a great room, very private on the far side of the resort overlooking a small bay. The view was gorgeous. Lunch at the beach restaurant was good, as was the beach, but small, windy beach. Good service at the beach tiki hut and while on the beach. We only ate dinner there once, but it was good. We consulted the concierge about a driver, and met David (an independent contractor), and he made our vacation. He was from France and had attended the same college in the US my father-in-law and others in the family have attended, so we had a lot to talk about. He had a Porche SUV and took us to all our lunch and evening dates. My mobility was stunted due to a knee injury, and he would drive as far into the resort as he could to pick us up. Fair warning, from our room, it was a long walk with many hills to get around the resort, and due to my injury, this was difficult.
This is not your typical hotel. The rooms are all Cottage style with modern bathrooms. They all have private terraces with beautiful views. Sometimes you feel like you are here by yourselves. The food at the restaurant at the hotel is very good, breakfast, lunch and dinner if you choose to stay there. You definitely want to travel into the Harbor area of the Island. So much to see with great shopping, restaurants, beaches and hotels to dine at.
We decided on St Barths for a group trip and we all stayed at this fantastic resort. Each couple had a detached villa and they where able to accommodate all 18 of us. The beach is beautiful and the bar and beach service was excellent. The staff was very friendly and eager to please. The included breakfast was just right. The concierge assisted me in setting up all dinner reservations and reserved a Mercedes bus that fit all of us. The one night my wife and I didn't make it out we had an excellent room service meal.
I really wish the best for the staff and resort for a speedy recovery from that recent hurricane.