Le Guanahani sits on an 18-acre peninsula on the northeastern tip of St. Barths between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac Bay. A recent $40 million property-wide upgrade features the work of Venezuelan designer Luis Pons, with decorative accents suggesting French and Creole influences. The resort has a private and residential feel.
Guests stay in luxurious cottages, many with private pools. Cottages are decorated in a timeless explorer style and blend seamlessly with the surrounding tropical landscape of hibiscus and coconut trees. The look is fresh, the atmosphere is private, and the interiors carry the landscape into the rooms. Colors reflect the rainbow of shades found in an island sunset. Sliding-glass doors and walls open completely to the balmy Caribbean breezes, so guests can fall asleep to the smell of salt air and crashing ocean waves.
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An overseas territory of France, St. Barths is known for its dining and very high-end shopping. But it also has incredible beaches, all easily reached from the Guanahani: Flamands (the island’s largest), Public (home to a sailing school), Colombier (accessible only via hiking trail or boat), Petite Anse (perfect for families), Lorient (a hot spot for surfers), Grand Cul-de-Sac (great for water sports), Corossol (covered with brown sand), Shell (covered with seashells), Gouverneur (pretty as a postcard), and Saline (very tranquil).
Need to Know
Rooms: 67 cottages. From $750. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Bartolomeo sits on a patio at the heart of a lush tropical garden, and its menu offers a range of seasonal flavors. Indigo overlooks the pool and lagoon and serves fresh, ocean-inspired cuisine including Japanese fare. And Indigo on the Beach is a laid-back café where guests can enjoy lunch with their feet in the sand. Spa and gym details: The resort boasts two tennis courts (artificial clay and grass) surrounded by a tropical garden, plus a fitness center and training room with views of the ocean. There is also a large lap pool at the hotel spa, and yoga and Pilates classes. Complimentary, nonmotorized water sports include stand-up paddleboarding, pedal boating, windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Who's it for: Honeymooners, couples, and families—really anyone who likes a bit of luxury at the beach. Our favorite rooms: The Admiral Suite has decor inspired by the legacy of exploration in the region. It sits at the end of the peninsula with sweeping views of Grand Cul-de-Sac. At 1,400 square feet, the suite includes two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and a panoramic view of the lagoon, plus a Jacuzzi tub with a picture window overlooking the water. A large terrace also overlooks the ocean. Good to know: The hotel has its own furniture collection, exclusively designed by Luis Pons and inspired by a singular object—the Panama hat. The designs are meant to recall explorers on their journeys through the colonies and reflect the modern spirit of the Caribbean.
Rooms and Suites
Recently updated in a classic Caribbean Explorer style, all rooms and suites are thoughtfully outfitted with residential comforts and modern amenities. All feature a private terrace and garden, and many feature private pools.
High-speed wireless internet throughout the property. LCD flat-screen TV with On-Demand video, web radio, iPod docking station and music juke box in guest rooms. Public computer.
Nestled into the hillside, all of the property’s cottages and buildings offer stunning views of Marigot Bay, Grand Cul-de-Sac or the hotel’s lush gardens.
Spa by Clarins—full-service spa featuring luxury Clarins products. Steam room. Swimming pool. Frederic Fekkai hair salon. Wellness activities.
Fitness center with exercise equipment, TVs, HiFi system, showers, and fresh water. Complimentary use of watersports gear. Scuba Diving lessons and certification. Two tennis courts. Hiking paths.
The Beach Bar—specialty drinks on the beach.
Indigo—main restaurant serving refined, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine overlooking the pool and ocean. Buffet and continental breakfast. Indigo on the Beach—toes-in-the-sand dining. Bartolomeo—elegant evening dining in a candle-lit tropical garden setting.
Private meeting room for 25-40 people. Air conditioning. Overhead & slide projectors. Audiovisual equipment. Private phones. Outdoor event space.
Kid’s Club—activities with a touch of French culture (ages 2-6). Junior’s Club—activities and entertainment (ages 6-12). Babysitting services.
Spread throughout the tropical landscape in colorful cottages, Le Guanahani’s accommodations have been recently updated by designer Luis Pons in a timeless and graceful Explorer style. They offer a private terrace, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, in-room safe, telephone, stocked mini-bar, LCD flat-screen TV, iPod dock, Video On Demand, high-speed wireless Internet access and bathroom with honey-tumbled tile shower and Clarins amenities.
There are 30 rooms located throughout the property with garden or ocean views. Three junior suites and 24 one-bedroom suites are situated within lush gardens or on the hillside overlooking Grand Cul-de-Sac. These private and spacious retreats feature a sitting room/area, terrace and garden and many offer a large private pool.
La Villa is an enchanting oasis that pairs the privacy of a secluded garden setting with convenient access to beachside activities and dining. The three-bedroom suite features a living room with convertible sofa bed and master with four-poster, king-size bed, spacious dressing area and en-suite bathroom with shower and bath tub. The connecting rooms have private shower bathrooms. La Villa offers ocean and garden views, two entrances, wood floors, a covered terrace with extended sundeck, and a private pool. 1,453 square feet.
Dedicated to Christopher Columbus, this two-bedroom suite offers custom furnishings, wood flooring and stunning panoramic views of the sea. Accessed from two entrances, the retreat features a living area with convertible sofa bed, master with four-poster, king-size bed and large dressing area, and bathroom with a shower and relaxing balneo tub. The second bedroom offers two twin beds. Surrounded by a private deck, the suite provides private access to the beach below. 1,400 square feet.
Calm and light, this two-bedroom suite is nestled in the hillside overlooking Grand Cul-de-Sac and offers views of the ocean from an expansive covered terrace with extended sundeck. A spacious living room is outfitted with a convertible sofa bed, dining table and wet bar. The four-poster, king-bedded master offers a large dressing area and bathroom with shower and balneo tub, while the second bedroom features a bathroom with shower/hammam. The suite has two entrances and features a private pool. 1,506 square feet.
This colorful, thoughtfully appointed two-bedroom retreat offers ocean views across Marigot Bay. Located in a garden setting, the suite offers direct access to the spa and features two entrances, wood flooring, a covered terrace with extended sundeck, large private pool and outside shower. Both king-bedded bedrooms are paired with en-suite bathrooms with showers. 1,400 square feet.
Located in a secluded garden setting, the Garden House is composed of three bedrooms surrounding a sparkling pool. The king-bedded master suite offers a living room, while two connecting bedrooms upstairs overlook the pool from private terraces. Views of the tropical surrounds are enjoyed from a covered terrace with extended sundeck. The suite offers three entrances, wood flooring, a convertible sofa in the living room and three bathrooms with showers. 928 square feet.
Located directly on the beach, the two-bedroom Beach House presents a private terrace in an intimate sand garden setting complete with private Jacuzzi. The expansive suite features stone flooring and comprises an elegant living room, four-poster, king-bedded master with en-suite bathroom with shower, and second twin-bedded bedroom with separate bathroom with shower. 1001 square feet.
The two-bedroom Pelican Suite is situated in a garden setting overlooking Grand Cul-de-Sac. This spacious ocean-view hideaway features a covered terrace with extended sundeck surrounded by a vast outdoor area with Jacuzzi, two entrances, a living room and wood flooring. The king-bedded master and twin-bedded second bedroom each offer a shower bathroom. 861 square feet.
This two-bedroom suite is located in the heart of the property and offers ocean views. It features a king-bedded master bedroom, second bedroom, living room with convertible sofa bed, wood flooring, bathrooms with showers, private spool and covered terrace with extended sundeck. 770 square feet.
This two-bedroom suite is situated in the heart of the property with views of the tropical gardens. It features a king-bedded master, second bedroom, living room with convertible sofa bed, wood flooring, bathrooms with showers, private pool and covered terrace with extended sundeck. 933 square feet.
Located above the spa, this loft-style mini-suite affords views of the grounds looking out to sea and comprises one king-bedded room with wood flooring, a covered outdoor shower bathroom and a private terrace. Guests enjoy direct private access to the spa as well as exclusive use of the spa’s relaxation areas and pool after hours. 323 square feet.