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White Sand Beach and Water Sports
Hôtel Guanahani Family Fun
Luxury St. Barth's Spa
For an Exercise in French Gastronomy
Just Beyond the Beach
For the Kids Today
Taste of St Barth Gourmet Festival
A Flight for Sore Eyes
Stylish Island Resort Stay
Sipping Spirits from Around the World
Sumptuous Suites and Villas
Soak Up the Ambience
Le Guanahani
Le Guanahani
Le Guanahani
Le Guanahani
Le Guanahani
Le Guanahani
White Sand Beach and Water Sports
Hôtel Guanahani Family Fun
Luxury St. Barth's Spa
For an Exercise in French Gastronomy
Just Beyond the Beach
For the Kids Today
Taste of St Barth Gourmet Festival
A Flight for Sore Eyes
Stylish Island Resort Stay
Sipping Spirits from Around the World
Sumptuous Suites and Villas
Soak Up the Ambience
Le Guanahani
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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Neighborhood Vibe
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.
Insider Tips
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.
Amenities
  • 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.
  • Tech
    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.
  • View/Terrace
    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
    Spa by Clarins—full-service spa featuring luxury Clarins products. Steam room. Swimming pool. Frederic Fekkai hair salon. Wellness activities.
  • Gym
    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.
  • Bar
    The Beach Bar—specialty drinks on the beach.
  • Restaurant/Café
    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.
  • Workspace
    Private meeting room for 25-40 people. Air conditioning. Overhead & slide projectors. Audiovisual equipment. Private phones. Outdoor event space.
  • Children
    Kid’s Club—activities with a touch of French culture (ages 2-6). Junior’s Club—activities and entertainment (ages 6-12). Babysitting services.
  • Miscellaneous
    Clefs d’Or concierge services. 24-hour in-room dining. Twice-daily maid service. Laundry service. Airport/harbor transfers. On-site car rentals. Daily international newspapers. Currency exchange. Boutique.
Room Types
  • Rooms
    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
    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.
  • Admiral Suite
    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.
  • Serenity Suite
    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.
  • Marigot Suite
    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.
  • Garden House
    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.
  • Beach House
    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.
  • Pelican Suite
    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.
  • Marechal Suite
    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.
  • Hibiscus Suite
    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.
  • Wellness Suite
    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.
Le Guanahani
A renovation of this resort—located on a private 18-acre peninsula—modernized the spa and gave a fresh look to the 67 guest rooms. From $700.

Don’t Miss Cook Your Catch, a deep-sea Atlantic fishing trip led by a seventh-generation fisherman. Your day’s haul (mahi-mahi or yellowfin tuna) is prepared later by the resort's chef. From $640, hotel guests only.

This appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.
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White Sand Beach and Water Sports
Enjoy the sun, sand, and water along the curved coastline and white sand beach of Le Guanahani's peninsula—its own private island of sorts between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul de Sac. Take some time to enjoy snorkeling, paddle boating, canoeing, jet skiing, and windsurfing. Or just lounge. The pastel cottages, tropical flowers, coconut trees, and trailing bougainvillea all look out upon the sapphire shades of the Atlantic Ocean. So whether you're trying a new water sport or rejuvenating on the beach, this is the place to be!
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Hôtel Guanahani Family Fun
Beyond sitting on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, Le Guanahani has plenty to keep the entire family occupied. Guests can enjoy snorkeling, wind surfing, paddle boarding, and more - all free of charge - while the hotel also features jet skiing, boating, and a diving school for those after a few extra thrills.
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Luxury St. Barth's Spa
For all-out pampering, book a wellness and beauty treatment at Le Guanahani’s full-service, super luxurious Spa by Clarins. Indulgent concoctions at this swanky St. Barths spa include essential oil massages, white jasmine salt scrubs, and rice powder toning body wraps. The salon specializes in a elegant hairstyles whether you'd like an up-do for a special evening or whole new look. They also offer packages exclusive to Le Guanahani guests.
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For an Exercise in French Gastronomy
Indigo overlooks the pool at Le Guanahani and the beach in the background, though the views may become quite inconsequential once your exploration of French gastronomy begins.
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Just Beyond the Beach
Now and then you may feel like going beyond the beach - but not too far. You still want the beach within sight, of course. I mean, you came down to the Caribbean for the beach, and the sand, and the surf. It's not like you're going to turn your back on it now. That'd be crazy. Someone at Le Guanahani was listening. They put a perfectly good beach bar on their perfectly good beach, tucked a perfectly good bartender inside, and hung an open sign for everyone to see. Perfect.
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For the Kids Today
Kids love the beach, but the sun and the surf and the sand have a way of wearing them down - wearing them down well before mom and dad are ready to end their day, usually. Hotel Guanahani has plenty to keep kiddies occupied when their time in the sun is up, like a Kid's Club for children up to age 12. Kindergarten includes everything from French language classes to singing, drawing, painting and puzzling, while older kids can engage in more physically demanding activities - even taking to the water, if they're up for it.
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Taste of St Barth Gourmet Festival
The Taste of St Barth Gourmet Festival was a highlight of my trip to the island in early November, the traditional “low season” for tourism. Executive chefs from a few of the top resorts are paired up with visiting Michelin-starred chefs to create amazing menus. This is the St Barth Badoit Express Beach Picnic event, held at Le Guanahani. Each team prepared a plated selection of tastes which picnic goers enjoyed before voting (with color-coded ballots) on their favorite.
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A Flight for Sore Eyes
A sightseeing flight on a charter plane may sound like something of a stretch for most people, but a charter sightseeing flight with Air St Maarten won't do as much damage to your pocketbook as you may imagine, especially if you put together a small group with equal photographic/sightseeing ambitions. Air St Maarten offers services to and from the home base, as well as St. Barths, Anguilla, Nevis, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. If you arrive in the islands without a place to stay, this would be a unique way to check out the digs - a look at beautiful Le Guanahani from the sky is something else.
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Stylish Island Resort Stay
Le Guanahani exudes Caribbean charm and is the ultimate place to stay on Saint Barthelemy—a chic French West Indies island with stylish shops and curvaceous coastlines. Swaying palms and fragrant flowers accentuate the hotel’s tropical terrain, luxurious garden, and pristine ocean views. While rooms are characterized by crisp cotton linens and Caribbean colors. Two-bedroom prestige suites have direct access to the private beach for secluded sunbathing and quiet picnics. Some rooms have their own swimming pools with garden settings and after-hours access to the spa pool. Le Guanahani’s on-site boutique features its own clothing brand and carries beach essentials too. This is definitely the place to stay on St. Barthelemy!
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Sipping Spirits from Around the World
Taste creative cocktails and spirits from around the world at the Le Guanahani's The Beach Bar. Surrounded by shady palm trees, The Beach Bar gives guests a spot to relax, mix, and mingle. The well-stocked bar features rums from Cuba, Jamaica, and St. Barths. As well as Russian and French vodka, American and Scottish whiskey, English gin, and Brazilian cocktails such as caipirinhas and batidas. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and non-alcoholic fruit drinks are also available.
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Sumptuous Suites and Villas
Le Guanahani's designer guest rooms and posh amenities, are only topped by their opulent suites and villas. These loft-like accommodations offer the utmost in luxury and seclusion—featuring private pools, hot tubs, and gardens. The Beach House is situated in a cozy garden setting right on the beach while the Pelican Suite, dressed in a sunny shade of yellow, overlooks Grand Cul De Sac Bay and the coconut grove. La Villa has 1453 square feet of living space that includes a king bedroom with a spacious dressing room, two superior rooms, three bathrooms, and separate living room as well as a large deck and private pool!
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Soak Up the Ambience
Hôtel Guanahani's Spa by Clarins is an exercise in rest and relaxation - and if you've come all the way to the Caribbean, chances are this is exactly the sort of thing you're after. Nestled in the hotel's tropical garden, the spa's treatments are high-art, high-tech, and wholly luxurious.
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