St. Barts: Hotel Guanahani Closes for Upgrades
The Hotel Guanahani & Spa Closes Its Doors
For A Luxurious Revamp Of Its Property
St Barth’s largest resort is set to undergo major renovations this fall
(August 13, 2010 – New York, NY) – This fall, The Hotel Guanahani & Spa will be closing its doors, from August 29 to December 15. As always, in keeping the needs of its discriminating international guests a top priority, the largest resort of the island of St Barth’s decided to improve upon its property in order to better serve its distinctive clientele.
Famous for remaining open year-round, the hotel usually renovates and refurbishes the property with new embellishments during the low season. This year, the hotel will undergo major renovations, led by architect David Schwarz, interior designer Luis Pons and local architect Nicolas Lossent from Lotus Architectes. Most rooms will be embellished and one new, luxurious suite will be built on the property. Located in a remote setting on the beachfront, the Admiral Suite will resemble a villa and feature 2 spacious bedrooms, exclusive access to a small private beach and breathtaking views of the lagoon. Named after the title that Christopher Columbus received from the King of Spain (he was made ‘Admiral’ after his first expedition to the Americas and discovered the island of St Barth’s during his second expedition in 1493), the suite will feature custom-designed furniture that incorporates elements of leather and wood. It will also be decorated with navigation tools such as a spy glass and a sextant as a tribute to the famous explorer.
The premiere ocean view suite located at the top of the hill will be entirely revamped and turned into a luxurious 2-bedroom Butler unit: the Serenity Suite. Each bedroom will be complimented by a unique bathroom, respectively featuring a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. A true intimate haven of peace, the suite will offer breathtaking and panoramic views of the ocean. It will pay tribute to the literary association between water and serenity, with most elements evolving around the theme of water. A sincere accolade to spirituality, it will boast a unique waterfall and olive tree at the entrance. Guests looking for tranquility and privacy will enjoy the intimate pool, private entrances, the plush gardens surrounding the suite and the electric car exclusively available for them to drive around the resort.
The Admiral Suite and the Serenity Suite will be two exclusive additions to the 6 current Butler Suites of the hotel, providing the most luxurious comforts available including private pools and terraces that open onto the sea. Each suite has its own full-time butler on-hand to service guests’ every whim, offering to unpack the guests’ suitcase upon arrival, iron their clothes before their first evening or even draw a bath and specialize it with essential oils from the spa and fresh flowers. The Wellness Suite features 180 degree ocean and island views and after hours private access to the full service spa. For those looking for relaxation in the comfort of their suite, the Marigot Suite is the perfect setting: guests are offered 4 treatment spas per day and can choose to receive their treatment in the private treatment room located next to the garden of the suite. For beach-lovers, the Beach House two bedroom deluxe suite is ideal, situated directly on the beach with a private garden terrace and an outdoor jacuzzi. The Pelican Suite is a relaxing two bedroom suite boasting an elegant private garden setting with beautiful views of the ocean and an exclusive outdoor jacuzzi. The Garden House and La Villa are the only three bedroom suites of the resort. The Garden House offers intimacy and tranquility in a plush garden setting while La Villa stands out with its large secluded outdoor terrace and large swimming pool, perfect for those looking to spend most of their time outdoors, without leaving the premises.
In addition, refurbishments will continue in other areas of the resort, where some bathrooms will be remodeled to provide harmony with the plush tropical environment. Brighter bathrooms, opening onto private outdoor gardens, will allow a more intimate connection to nature. The terraces and outside decks of more than 20 rooms will be revamped and enlarged, providing guests with additional comfort and the ability to enjoy the unique environment and sea views of the resort. The new outdoor furniture will feature the ultimate in comfort: lavish ‘marquise’ armchairs and lounge chairs with plush pillows and elegant coffee tables.
Additionally, many existing rooms and suites will be repainted in soothing white, off-white, pearl, sand and light grey tones, with rare wood elements and soft cotton fabrics. There will be touches of Yardley English-lavender, Acqua di Parma-yellow, Hermes-inspired orange and Tiffany-blue. Overall, the Creole soul and architecture of the property will be maintained but a more natural, subtle style will emerge.
The new and improved fitness room will overlook the lagoon and will be relocated across from the beachfront. The boutique will be moved to where the fitness room is currently located. The kindergarten facility will be moved next to the new boutique, on the beach. Other phases of renovation are scheduled to take place in the upcoming years and more details will be revealed over the next few months.
Nestled in the midst of the Caribbean Sea on a private 16-acre peninsula, The Hotel Guanahani & Spa is a charming, luxurious paradise. The picturesque island of St Barth’s in the French West Indies is a symbol of fine gastronomy and French elegance and this exclusive resort exudes the same spirit. This prestigious 24-year old resort offers a remote setting unlike any other on the island: it features two private beaches, one facing the Atlantic and one facing a quiet lagoon perfect for windsurfing on Marigot Bay. All rooms are housed in private bungalows, surrounded by tropical gardens and facing the sea.
This year’s renovation of the property, which encourages a mix of luxury and intimacy, signals a heightened guest experience.