St Barth’s – Le Guanahani Boutique Hotel
Where? St Barth’s is widely renowned as one of the chicest islands in the Caribbean, it’s also known as ‘The Billionaire’s Playground’. Situated in the French West Indies near St Marten, this beautiful, hip haven is famed for its white sand beaches, expensive designer shopping and exceptional gastronomy. Oh and also for it’s happening party scene! I think I’m going to like it here!
The Hotel? I stayed at Le Guanahani, one of the most stylish and elegant hotels on St Barth’s. Think quintessentially-Caribbean, sorbet-coloured, wooden houses, dotted around the perfectly landscaped, tropical gardens. Framed by intensely turquoise waters and snow-white beaches and that summarises the idyllic, paradise setting of Le Guanahani. Recently featured in both Vogue Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller this is a truly special and unique property.
Why? On the second leg of The Style Traveller Caribbean Island Hop, I had the pleasure of spending a few wonderful nights on St Barth’s. And given its nickname of the ‘Billionaires Playground’, what better way to arrive at my destination, than by luxury private jet. As you can imagine I’m a huge fan of a private jet, so much so, I contributed to this little article on the world’s most beautiful ‘Runway Models’, in this particular case it was the Gulfstream G650! Check it out on AirCharterService.com #TheStyleTravellerAKAThePlaneSpotter!
Above – View from Indigo beach restaurant at Le Guanahani. The main infinity swimming pool seems to flow effortlessly, into the pristine, turquoise seascape that stretches out in front of you.
Above and Below – Me relaxing on my private decked veranda in The Admiral Suite, with exceptional views of the island and the sea. Croissant and espresso anyone? How very French!
The Rooms – The thoughtfully designed, nautical interiors are elegant with luxurious furnishings mixed with colourful, playful touches. A blend of modern verses traditional artworks, such as architectural blueprints, antique maps to fashion photographs and hand drawn cartoons, hang side by side on the eclectically curated bedroom walls.
I stayed in the very special Admiral Suite (pictured) with two bedrooms featuring 4-poster-beds, leading onto a spacious and light living area. Surrounded by its own large decking area, the room has private access to the beach and panoramic views of the island. And as if that wasn’t enough….
There’s even a jacuzzi with atmospheric lighting system, complete with an unbeatable view of the sunset! (pictured below). How dreamy!
Above and below: Me, The Style Traveller on the beach at Le Guanahani wearing Snake print kaftan by Melissa Odabash. Seafolly bikini at Cocobay. Sunglasses by Le Specs. Agate necklace by Soru. Below – At the swimming pool in the new refurbished Clarins Spa. I highly recommend one of the couples signature massages, it’s a truly relaxing and romantic experience.
Eating and Drinking
The food on offer at Le Guanahani is a gastronomic delight. Chill out in the bare foot, relaxed vibe at Indigo by the Pool, enjoying impressive, sea views and excellent seafood (above).
For the evening get dressed up and try the more formal dining experience at a la carte, Bartolomeo Restaurant. The atmosphere, like the food is more refined and elegant. Enjoy fine French cuisine in the serene, candlelit garden setting. Pictured below, my lobster ravioli starter and trio of chocolate dessert. Yum!
Above and below: The Style Traveller Bonnie posing at Le Guanahani wearing Stripe cropped rash top by Seafolly at Coco Bay, Sarong by Cloe Cassandro, Blue shorts by The Jetset Diaries, Necklace by Mint Velvet & Sunglasses by Le Specs.
What to do in the day
There’s plenty of activities to keep you occupied at Le Guanahani. If relaxing by the pool and general beach life isn’t enough for you, then head to the water sports school onsite, where you can try out everything from scuba diving and jet skiing, to the latest trending beach activity, kite surfing (pictured below), it’s all the rage apparently!
The beach front gym, (with the the best running-machine view I’ve ever seen) offers daily yoga classes and various personal training sessions. For those who like a slower pace, try out a pampering treatments at the Clarins Spa, or simply hang out with Eduardo the resident tortoise, pictured above. You can’t get more chilled than that.
I had such a magical experience at Le Guanahani I can’t wait to go back again. The Style Traveller tip? Stay at Le Guanahani, you won’t be disappointed!
For more on my Caribbean Island Hop adventure click here…
Bye bye from Le Guanahani…I’ll be back soon!
Above: Me wearing stripe top by Kini Swimwear, Trousers by Seafolly at Cocobay.
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