Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, one of the island’s most anticipated laid-back luxury havens, has been revived, joining Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ iconic Caribbean collection. Considered the ultimate expression of French joy of living, Infused with the vibrant and vibrant character of the Caribbean, the resort has been an icon of hospitality since it opened in 1986, remaining one of the world’s most demanding island getaways until it closed in 2017. Having since undergone a complete reimagining That preserves its uniqueness, while infusing contemporary amenities and design details, along with Rosewood’s illustrious service style and guiding A Sense of Place philosophy, the property is poised to reaffirm itself as the destination of choice for new and old customers.
Now, as it reopens with new equipment and experiences ranging from innovative culinary concept Saint-Barth beach house, at the locally-inspired, immersive and educational Rosewood Explorers kids’ club Sens, a rosewood spa, the property enters its next chapter, encouraging a renewed appetite among guests to explore all that St. Barth has to offer.
âIt is an honor to officially unveil Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, a beacon of refined but relaxed beach life that undoubtedly ushers in a new era of luxury on the island,â said Martein van Wagenberg, Managing Director scored by Rosewood Le Guanahani. âAfter years of construction, the renovated complex reflects the best of design, service and setting, which together create an idyllic environment that is both ambitious and familiar. We are delighted to finally welcome guests to experience the indescribable energy and appeal of the property and the island as a whole.
The island of St. Barts has long been regarded as one of the most coveted vacation destinations among the world’s chicest and wealthiest travelers. Influenced by its deeply layered history, the predominantly French culture of St Barts informs every detail of the island experience, from the local language to its world-class restaurants and shops, to the sophisticated yet vibrant energy that the crossing. Named in homage to the island’s culture – ‘guanahani’ means ‘welcome’ in the destination’s Arawak language – Rosewood Le Guanahani has been a mainstay of local hospitality since it opened nearly 40 years ago.
Inspired by its immaculate setting, rich in French flair and the festive spirit of the Caribbean, the architecture and design of Rosewood Le Guanahani have been taken up by David M Schwartz Architects and Luis Pons Design Lab. From the bedrooms and dining rooms to the spa, every space has been carefully designed to immerse guests in local culture and style while making them feel right at home. The island’s abundant natural beauty is showcased by clever design details that subtly direct attention to the surrounding environment, and native crafts and craftsmanship are incorporated at every turn. Vibrant design hues of turquoise, inspired by the waters of the island; yellow, reflecting the tropical sun; and, lavender as a nod to the south of France, adds pops of color and character throughout the property. The palette is complemented by refined and modern interiors bathed in natural light as well as exclusive furniture designed by Luis Pons. The bedrooms, for example, feature pieces reminiscent of the vintage luggage chests used by explorers on their travels.
In keeping with the guiding philosophy of Rosewood A Sense of Place, in which the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the resort’s many offerings, the 66 expertly appointed guest rooms at Rosewood Le Guanahani reflect the unique Caribbean history, heritage and style. French. Designed as independent residential spaces featuring colorful exteriors with ocean or garden views, the 29 rooms, 27 suites and ten exclusive suites offer maximum privacy to facilitate total relaxation.
In addition to a renewed style and inspired upgrades, each guest room, suite and signature suite has its own private outdoor space ranging from covered verandas, alfresco terraces and dedicated dining alcoves. Twenty additionally feature all new private pools, creating a completely private oasis. 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, special occasions or just a higher stay. The strengths are the Marshal Suite, located in the heart of the resort and overlooking the lagoons of Anse MarÃ©chal and Grand Cul-de-Sac; the Bougainvillea Suite, offering plenty of outdoor gathering spaces, including a bar, private outdoor pool, and covered patio, all nestled in an enchanting garden oasis; and the Lagoon Suite, with direct access to the beach a few meters.
Beach House St. Barth is the social hub of the resort and the heart of Rosewood’s new culinary concept Le Guanahani, a brand new facility that invites travelers on an immersive, multisensory journey that draws inspiration from the French and Caribbean influences of the Isle. Led by Executive Chef Riccardo Schievano and Beverage Director Bob Louison, the Beach House and its accompanying MÃ©langÃ© Bar showcase local and regional food and beverage traditions to foster a deep connection to heritage distinctive of the destination. Occupying a newly constructed open-air enclave, Beach House offers a range of unique dining experiences, each offering breathtaking views of the nearby Grand Cul-de-Sac and Marechal lagoons to further connect travelers with the enviable location of the resort. ‘Isle. Inspired by the way you dine when visiting a friend or family member’s private home, Beach House is made up of separate spaces that accommodate guests for different meals, depending on the time of day. Ranging from an oceanfront restaurant to a sophisticated cocktail lounge, each space exudes the Franco-Caribbean spirit of the new luxury resort through thoughtful design details, such as hand-painted wall coverings, woven panels, sheer drapes, mahogany wood and marble stone. Guests are also offered a range of private dining options, from a carefully prepared picnic to a family-style dinner on the beach.
In keeping with the rest of the resort, the unique identity of St. Barts informs the holistic experience offered at the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa by Rosewood Le Guanahani, which is the largest dedicated wellness center on the island. Located between the beach and the hill, the new Sense Spa further integrates island ethics and the natural environment into its design for a unique immersive journey from start to finish. Its treatments and therapies have been carefully designed to celebrate the island’s rich riches and underscore the property’s overall commitment to living in harmony with its surroundings. The Sense Spa allows clients to nourish their mind, body and soul and thus achieve a high level of well-being from all angles.
A full-service resort, Rosewood Le Guanahani offers an unrivaled selection of activities, amenities and services rooted in the characteristic spirit of the destination. Guests can spend the day swimming or sunbathing in the resort’s main pool or on the fully equipped beach, which includes Beach House food and drinks. Free non-motorized water sports on the property include kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkelling, while earth lovers can enjoy a nature hike through the resort’s beautiful grounds. For exploration of the island beyond the resort, the property’s dedicated Clefs d’Or concierge is on hand to provide expert assistance in planning meaningful and immersive adventures. Younger guests are invited to embark on their own adventures at Rosewood Explorers, the resort’s pioneering kids’ club concept that combines entertainment and education for an impactful experience. Housed in an indoor-outdoor space located directly next to the beach and featuring a custom mosaic mural made by a local artist VÃ©ronique 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 about local wildlife.
The ultimate setting for unforgettable events and meetings, Rosewood Le Guanahani offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for small and large groups to come together. Backed by coconut groves and ocean waves, the property’s two beaches are the ideal location for a one-of-a-kind celebration. With a dedicated events team available to facilitate tailor-made experiences, guaranteeing memories that will last a lifetime.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages a portfolio of 27 luxury hotels, resorts and residences in 16 countries, with 25 new properties under development. Each Rosewood property embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy to reflect the history, culture and sensibilities of the individual location.
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