Le Guanahani. A casual luxury retreat
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.