Photo Courtesy of Hotel Le GuanahaniThe Hotel Guanahani & Spa is the largest luxury hotel on the idyllic island of St. Bart's, the only one that offers a complete resort experience, but with only 68 rooms and suites, the hotel manages to retain a sense of intimacy and charm. With a Clarins spa, a Frédéric Fekkai hair salon, a fitness center, tennis courts and a kids' club, the hotel really does cater for every whim.
The hotel's focal point is the lounging area by the beach, which also has a freshwater pool and Jacuzzi, and a beach bar serving excellent food, where lunch is very much a scene. Le Guanahani sits on a peninsula, with one side facing Marigot Bay and the other side facing a reef protected lagoon, offering two beaches on which to revel in the white sand and warm sea. There is a wide selection of water sports on offer, from snorkeling to wind surfing and jet ski hire.
The hotel's fine dining restaurant, Le Bartolomeo, serves classic French cuisine in a tropical setting, with an extensive list of carefully selected vintage wines available - even when ordered as room service, the food was perfectly executed. For a more casual dining experience, Indigo restaurant on the beach serves both lunch and dinner where the menu is comprised of well-prepared dishes with a nod to both Creole and French classics.
Le Guanahani offers a great child-friendly resort experience, but manages to be elegant, romantic and effortlessly enchanting at the same time.