Rosewood Le Guanahani
Set on its own private peninsula on the chic and sophisticated island of St Barths, Le Guanahani has had a cadre of loyal customers since the mid-1980s. So when Rosewood decided to give it a reboot, they made sure to keep all that repeat clients love – including the manager and a healthy dose of Caribbean colour – while adding some new sparkle of their own, not least of which are a spectacular new pool and a fabulous beachfront restaurant.
If you’re looking for privacy and relaxation then Le Guanahani is for you. Spread throughout its 18 tropical acres are 66 charming and distinctive accommodations, including 29 rooms, 27 suites and ten signature suites. Rooms are tucked away in colourful cottages and brightly decorated in hues of lavender, yellow and turquoise. Suites feature a sitting room, terrace and garden and many boast private pools; some are hidden in the grounds while others command dazzling lagoon views from positions on the hillside. The ten signature suites range from one to three bedrooms and offer unmatched privacy and exceptional amenities like direct access to the Sense spa, private gardens, outdoor pools and show-stopping views.
The resort lends itself well to family holidays, and of the new additions that Rosewood has brought, the Rosewood Explorers children’s club is one of the most exciting, featuring fun and educational activities like learning French, baking cookies, and checking on the turtles that live in the surrounding nature reserve.
Another Rosewood addition is a wonderful new pool, meaning guests can now choose between a family friendly pool with luscious lagoon views and an adults-only pool in Sense, the serene spa. There are also two stunning beaches lined with comfortable sun loungers, a fitness centre, tennis court, an array of watersports and some beautiful hiking trails.
The most notable addition, however, is the new beachfront dining venue, Beach House St Barth, whose colourful cocktail menu and carefully curated wine list accompany menus that draw on the flavours of the Mediterranean, with inspiration taken not only from France but from Italy, Greece, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia and Israel.