Rosewood Le Guanahani has occupied this secluded area of private peninsula since the mid-60s, overlooking a reef-protected lagoon flanked by two white sand beaches. It’s always been a bare-foot elegance kind of place, but now with Rosewood as a prefix, the service is more sumptuous and the ease of living is more Caribbean than ever. For the newbies it’s a stylish addition to the island’s A-list and for loyal returners it’s a fresh take on an old favourite.
If the ‘it’ crowd aren’t flocking to the South of France, they’re flocking to St Barths. But Rosewood Le Guanahani has an edge on the other resorts… space, and lots of it. Seventeen hectares soak up stylish sun seekers to give a more private feel around the exquisitely renovated cottages and suites. And with Managing Director, Martein, still on the scene after eight years, the same charming spirit that drew in those faithful fans in the first place has been preserved.
…a new foodie favourite. It’s not lost on anyone that St Barths is one of the best places for a cuisine connoisseur to tickle their tastebuds, and Le Guanahani is no exception. Taking inspiration from the story of a local island woman, both the décor and fare in Beach House are centred around her life’s travels with a particular focus on the Mediterranean. And with five uniquely designed dining areas, no two meals are served in the same atmosphere.
Each Rosewood Explorers kids’ club focuses on edutainment and tailoring experiences to its location. On St Barths, it’s all about wildlife, language and local crafts; allowing tiny travellers to join nature reserve wardens in tracking turtles, test and improve their French, and design and paint their own tiles alongside the local artist who created those seen on the resort’s beach.
The original designers saw an opportunity to improve on some already fine work during the post-hurricane transformation. More private pools have popped up and plenty of natural light enhancing the feeling of space spotlights the Caribbean-accented French décor. The one-of-a-kind Signature Suites dominate though, with the Admiral Suite being a particular stand out with its panoramic ocean views and two separate entrances so the night owls don’t disturb the early birds.
Rosewood have put their stamp on just about everything, and no place more so than the spa. Now bearing the same name as the brand’s other iconic sanctums, Sense, A Rosewood Spa has taken already sensuous treatments and turned them into a truly restorative experience. And while it may not strictly be in the resort, some phenomenal snorkelling spots are just off the shore.
After she’s adorned technicolour tiles with the kids, ceramic artist Veronique Vandernoot turns local guide to lead a tour of the real St Barths. Having lived on the island for over 25 years, Veronique shows off her favourite haunts in the neighbourhoods signposted by her creations, before a visit to her studio in Gustavia to talk all things ceramics.
St Barths has a pleasant tropical climate with temperatures averaging 26°C, usually tempered by cooling trade winds. January to April are the most popular months to visit, characterised by warm, generally dry days, whilst the summer months between June and November tend to be more humid, with regular showers and the possibility of tropical storms. Visitors during these months will often benefit from quieter beaches and excellent offers.
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