St. Barth’s most irresistible private enclave, Le Guanahani is spread out over 18 secluded tropical acres on its own peninsula. Situated above sweeping beaches and a reef-protected lagoon, the signature suites are located in vibrantly hued cottages which are scattered along garden paths that wind through lush bougainvillea, hibiscus and palms. Within this captivating landscape, the island’s finest boutique resort offers two restaurants, two pools, and a restorative Spa by Clarins.
One can bask in the sunshine at a choice of two beaches, explore a colorful underwater world on a diving excursion, enjoy exhilarating kite surfing or venture out to explore the enchanting surrounds of St. Barth. At this casually elegant private retreat, freshly prepared, refined cuisine is presented with unobtrusive service in two signature al fresco settings—the sultry gardens of Bartolomeo or poolside at Indigo with stunning views of the reef-protected bay.
The spirit of the Guanahani design made by Luis Guillermo Pons can be defined as a spontaneous gesture of courtesy: a hug and removal of a hat off a head. Guanahani means Welcome in the Arawak language; it was the first word spoken by the natives as Spanish people arrived to America. A hat is an iconic piece that is associated to the outdoors and it offers protection to the head as the roofs provide shelter to a house. A Panama hat represents elegant, sophistication, lightness, flexibility, exquisite craftsmanship and beauty. A Panama hat is a perfect integration of form and function.
Designer’s Luis Guillermo Pons work at Le Guanahani completely reflects his philosophy: ”I am interested in design that really speaks to people who empty them; designs that ultimate purpose strictly depends on their user. Design that allow for the possibility of change; design that when experienced, also extend to touch the senses”.
Naturally, the design of the hotel translates colonial style by searching lightness and comfort, preserving the sense of memory and traditional craftsmanship.
Sophisticated Spa by Clarins is an experience of unforgettable relaxation and serenity at Le Guanahani. Nestled amongst the exotic tropical gardens and brightly colored Creole architecture of the hotel, the Spa offers the ideal ambiance for indulging in luxurious treatments. Throughout the water, teak, mahogany and lava stone evoke Nature’s origins from which the very essence of rejuvenation is drawn.
The Spa offers an array of amenities as swimming pool, steam room, tea pavilion, private outdoor showers, relaxation areas and a Spa boutique. The extensive menu of services and treatments offered is delivered by qualified specialists using the finest products from Clarins, a leading name in prestige skincare.
Photo credits: Le Guanahani, LUISPONSD-LAB