Le Guanahani. A ca­sual lux­ury re­treat

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The Caribbean is­land of Saint Barthélemy is found in the west French Indies near to St. Martin. Known for its beaches of pure white sand, ex­cep­tional food and fash­ion­able bou­tiques, the is­land of­fers a unique blend of glam­our and pri­vacy. Right in the heart of a truly in­cred­i­ble pri­vate plot lies Le Guanahani, a re­sort sit­ting on a penin­sula of 18 acres of un­spoilt trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion be­tween the na­ture re­serves of Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac. Amongst this lush veg­e­ta­tion, the beau­ti­ful multi-coloured cot­tages of the re­sort look out onto long av­enues lined with lux­u­ri­ant gar­dens of bougainvil­lea, hibis­cus and co­conut palms. This place is the ultimate in ca­sual bare­foot el­e­gance with a wel­com­ing in­for­mal at­mos­phere and ex­cep­tional pri­vacy. A des­ti­na­tion loved not only by those who come in search of to­tal re­lax­ation, but also by more ac­tive trav­ellers, who find in Le Guanahani, the is­land’s only re­sort to of­fer a full range of ser­vice and ameni­ties, an ideal des­ti­na­tion. Guests en­joy a unique, to­tal ex­pe­ri­ence: max­i­mum pri­vacy of­fered by the en­chant­ing colour­ful cot­tages with pri­vate ter­race, de­li­cious cui­sine in three restau­rants, two large freshwater pools, two pris­tine beaches of white sand, a re­gen­er­a­tive spa, wellness ac­tiv­i­ties, a fit­ness centre, a range of water sports, ten­nis courts, foot­paths in the coun­try­side and trips to see pro­tected flora and fauna. The in­no­va­tive de­sign makes the most of the re­sort’s splen­did po­si­tion on the is­land of St. Barts. Com­bin­ing a fresh Caribbean at­mos­phere with colo­nial in­flu­ences, Le Guanahani’s brightly coloured cot­tages have re­cently been mod­ernised by the de­signer Luis Pons in a time­less and grace­fully ‘ex­plorer’ style. Through­out the re­sort, per­son­alised fur­nish­ings in colo­nial style call to mind the ar­chi­tec­ture of the lo­cal houses, and the fab­rics that re­call Panama hats of­fer a con­tem­po­rary slant on tra­di­tional Caribbean de­sign. All cot­tages of­fer pri­vate ter­race, ceil­ing

fans, air con­di­tion­ing, in-room safe, tele­phone, stocked mini­bar, LCD flat-screen tele­vi­sion, iPod dock, Video on Demand, high-speed wire­less in­ter­net ac­cess and bath­rooms with Clar­ins prod­ucts. Each cot­tage ex­presses, with three colours, the per­son­al­ity of the guests who stay there: “dy­namic” yel­low, “so­phis­ti­cated” blue and “mys­ti­cal” laven­der. There are rooms with gar­den or sea views - Ju­nior Suites and 24 pri­vate One-Bed­room Suites - sit­u­ated in gar­dens or on the hill­side with views over the Grand Cul-de-Sac, all very spa­cious with sit­ting ar­eas and ter­race and many boast­ing a large pri­vate swim­ming pool, or the spec­tac­u­lar Sig­na­ture Suites, each with dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, with gar­den views or panoramic views over the sea. These res­i­den­tially styled suites with two or three bed­rooms of­fer un­ri­valled space, with sit­ting room, ter­race and gar­den, and many of­fer a large pri­vate pool or whirlpool bath and guarantee un­ri­valled pri­vacy. In a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment, sur­rounded by pic­ture-per­fect sea views, guests can en­joy menus in­flu­enced by rich French tra­di­tions and the culi­nary le­gacy of St. Barts. Re­fined Mediter­ranean-in­spired cui­sine is com­bined by an im­pec­ca­ble and un­der­stated ser­vice. The menus are avail­able at the Indigo, the re­sort’s main restau­rant which over­looks the pool and splen­did Grand Cul-de-Sac beach, or the Bar­tolomeo, which is sur­rounded by a lux­u­ri­ant trop­i­cal gar­den, as well as Indigo on the Beach, which is sit­u­ated be­tween the two beaches of the re­sort, and Beach Bar, which of­fers a beach-side ser­vice to guests re­lax­ing in the shade of the pala­pas sit­u­ated along Grand Cul-de-Sac. With ideal con­di­tions, Grand Culde-Sac is one of the best beaches on the is­land for water sports and at Le Guanahani guests can en­joy var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as kite-surf­ing, fly-board­ing, wind­surf­ing, pad­dle-board­ing, ca­noe­ing, kayak­ing, jet-ski­ing, snorkelling, swim­ming and scuba div­ing. Well-be­ing is as­sured by the exclusive treat­ments of the Spa My Blend by Clar­ins, by the Frédéric Fekkai beauty sa­lon, by the Yoga, Pi­lates, Aqua Fit­ness and Ve­laqua pro­grammes, and by the equipped fit­ness room close to the sea. The “Full Clefs d’Or” concierge ser­vice of­fers tai­lored ex­pe­ri­ences such as pri­vate coach­ing or wellness ses­sions, trips, ro­man­tic din­ners, pic­nics for two or won­der­ful sun­set cruises, for en­joy­ing ex­cep­tional, de­li­ciously unique and ab­so­lutely un­for­get­table mo­ments.

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