A St. Barths retreat flanked by beaches.
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What it is
A colorful hideaway for couples or families, tucked in its own corner of the West Indies
What it isn't
It’s not the buzzy capital Gustavia. It’s not asleep, but kids are welcome here for a reason.
What we think
Sloping down to the beach, Le Guanahani spreads out over 18 acres on it’s own private peninsula. Sixty-seven Creole bungalows, painted bright turquoise, lavender or papaya orange and edged with bright white lace trim, sit on garden paths are surrounded by tropical palms, bright fuchsia bougainvillea and fragrant hibiscus. All of the cottages have high, pitched roofs, splashes of bright island hues, rare wood furniture that mixes colonialist form with island ease (think four poster beds with bright coral-motif pillows,) and every cottage has private terrace with either a pool or a walled garden. Tucked into the lush gardens that surround the bungalows, Bartolomeo has a pervading sense of elevated elegance: candles light the dinner-only tables, locally sourced seafood is amplified by Caribbean spices and Mediterranean technique. The other dining option is Indigo: overlooking the pool and the Grand Cul-de-Sac beach, the all-day restaurant is the alternative to Bartolomeo; it’s casual, flexible and affordable. At either of the property's beaches, guests have easy access to the beach bar and the slew of offered watersports. For those looking for something that requires less exertion, they can drop the kids off at Guanahani's Kid's Club (the only kid's club on the island) and head to the Spa by Clarins to flip through the tome of treatments available, relax in the quiet tea pavilion or the adults-only pool.
You're here because
Wanting a tropical retreat, you head south to the islands. Le Guanahani’s seclusion, bouquet of bright colors, lush greenery and space ensure you’ll get the West Indie vibe in luxury.
Sitting under the star streaked sky, the Trade Winds rustle the palms and make the candlelight flicker. A waiter winds through the tables bringing ceviche prepared from your morning’s catch. As you watch him approach, images from the day flip through your head: the bright sunshine dancing on the waves during the boat ride to the deep-sea site, the local seventh-generation fisherman who assisted in hauling in your massive catch, the cocktails on the beach afterward, lounging on your terrace as the sun set.
Restaurants & Bars
Indigo and Indigo on the beach Restaurants - International
Bartolomeo - French and Italian
Kindergarten (Age 2-6) and Junior's Club (Age 6-12)
On the eastern end of St. Barths. The hotel’s 18 acres sit inside one of the five Réserve Naturelle zones: the peninsula is flanked by Marigot Bay, Marechal Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac bay. It’s a ten minute drive to the regional airport, which connects to the international airports on St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, or Antigua.