Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has expanded its Caribbean portfolio with the opening of Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth on 16NOV 2021. The resort had originally opened as the former Le Guanahani hotel in 1986 and closed in 2017. Since then, the property has undergone a significant renovation intended to preserve the original spirit of the resort while adding contemporary amenities and design.
As a Rosewood resort, Le Guanahani St. Barth includes new amenities and experiences ranging from the culinary concept Beach House St. Barth, to the children’s club Rosewood Explorers, to the locally inspired Sense, A Rosewood Spa, and more.
“It’s an honor to officially unveil Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, a beacon of refined yet relaxed beach living that undoubtedly ushers in a new era of luxury to the island,” said Martein van Wagenberg, managing director of Rosewood Le Guanahani.
“Years in the making, the refreshed resort reflects the very best in design, service and setting, which together create an idyllic environment that is both aspirational and familiar. We’re thrilled to welcome guests at long last to experience the indescribable energy and allure of the property and the island at large.”
Named in tribute to the St. Barth’s culture, “guanahani” means “welcome” in the destination’s native Arawak language. The Rosewood Le Guanahani is set across 18 acres on a private peninsula overlooking the beaches of Maréchal Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac Lagoon.
Drawing inspiration from its setting, with French flair and the spirit of the Caribbean, the architecture and design of Rosewood Le Guanahani have been conducted by David M Schwartz Architects and Luis Pons Design Lab. From the accommodations to the dining areas to the spa, each space has been conceived to immerse guests in the local culture and style. The nature of the island is highlighted through design details that subtly direct attention to the surrounding environment, as well as incorporate indigenous crafts and artisanship. Design hues of turquoise, inspired by the island’s waters; yellow, reflecting the tropical sun; and, lavender as a nod to the South of France, add pops of color throughout the property. The palette is complemented by modern interiors filled with natural sunlight and boasting furnishings designed by Luis Pons. Guestrooms, for example, feature pieces reminiscent of the vintage luggage chests used by explorers on their journeys.
Residential Style Stays
Rosewood Le Guanahani’s 66 accommodations reflect the unique history, heritage and style of the French Caribbean. Designed as residential, freestanding spaces showcasing colorful exteriors and either ocean or garden views, the 29 guestrooms, 27 suites and ten signature suites provide privacy to facilitate relaxation. Natural light is present in each room through floor-to-ceiling French windows, contrasting with the dark wooden floors and furniture by Luis Pons. Also present are king-size beds, in-room bars, bathrooms complete with walk-in showers and double sinks.
Each guestroom, suite and signature suite features its own private outdoor space ranging from covered verandas, open-air sun decks and dedicated dining alcoves. Twenty further offer all new private swimming pools. New developments also include a selection of the resort’s signature suites. Ranging from one- to three-bedrooms, these special suites are ideal for families and groups of friends. Highlights are the Marechal Suite, situated at the heart of the resort and overlooking the Anse Marechal and Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoons; the Bougainvillea Suite, offering outdoor gathering spaces including a wet bar, private outdoor pool and covered terrace; and the Lagoon Suite, with direct access to the beach.
Serving as the social hub of the resort and heart of Rosewood Le Guanahani’s new culinary concept is Beach House St. Barth, a brand new facility that draws inspiration from the island’s French and Caribbean influences. Helmed by Executive Chef Riccardo Schievano and Beverage Manager Bob Louison, Beach House and its accompanying Bar Mélangé showcase local and regional traditions in food and beverage.
Occupying a newly built, open-air enclave, Beach House delivers an array of dining experiences, each of which offers views of the neighboring Grand Cul-de-Sac and Marechal lagoons. Beach House is comprised of separate spaces that welcome guests for the different mealtimes, dependent on the time of day.
Across each venue, guests are invited to enjoy an array of light, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Mezze-style sharing plates showcase regional specialties from Southern Europe, with nods to those of Northern Africa, all leveraging ingredients sourced from the natural bounties of St. Barth. Menu highlights include BBQ octopus paired with sundried tomatoes, watermelon and burrata cheese; marinated sardines served with roasted bread, bresaola and cream cheese; and mahi mahi cooked in a Caribbean tandoori style. Dishes are complemented by Bar Mélangé’s menu of wines, barrel-aged cocktails and vintage spirits. The food and beverage program further features a range of private dining options, from a curated picnic lunch to a family-style supper on the beach, and 24 hour in-room service.
Regenerative Wellness and Recreation
Rosewood Le Guanahani’s new Sense, A Rosewood Spa can treat guests to a menu of treatments and therapies designed to highlight the property’s overall commitment to living in harmony with its environment. According Rosewood, each treatment fuses traditional practices unique to the local community with modern technologies and sustainable amenity products. Highlights include The Ouanalao Ritual, inviting guests to achieve relaxation through a warm foot bath and exfoliation followed by a soothing facial cleanse and full body massage.
Located between the beach and the hillside, the new Sense Spa further incorporates the island ethos and natural surroundings in its design. The facility also holds four treatment rooms, two couples’ suites, hydrotherapy area and adults-only pool. Additional amenities include a gym, blow-dry bar, nail salon and full-service tennis facility.
Rosewood Le Guanahani offers a selection of guest activities, amenities and services. Guests may spend the day swimming or sunbathing at the resort’s main pool or fully serviced beach, which comes complete with food and beverage offerings from the Beach House. Complimentary non-motorized watersports on property include kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling, while land lovers can enjoy a nature hike across the resort’s grounds.
For beyond-the-resort island exploration, the property’s dedicated Clefs d’Or Concierge is on offer to provide expert assistance in planning adventures. From hiking the island’s hills, rocky reefs and natural pools, to shopping St. Barth’s designer boutiques, to discovering the works of local and international artists, St. Barth’s array of activities can cater to all types of travellers. For those looking to maximize their time on the sand through sunbathing, sailing, sportfishing or scuba diving, St. Barth’s 14 beaches provide ample opportunity. Younger guests are invited to embark on their own adventures at Rosewood Explorers, the resort’s children’s club concept that combines entertainment with education. Helmed out of an indoor-outdoor space set directly adjacent to the beach, and featuring a custom mosaic mural by iconic local artist Veronique Vandernoot, the program offers a variety of locally inspired activities that aim to cultivate children’s creativity, cultural appreciation and social responsibility through adventure. Highlights include cooking and gardening classes, arts and crafts sessions and lessons on the local wildlife.
For more information on Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, visit its web site.