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Over the Top in Style. Admiral Suite at The Hotel Guanahani.

     

BY KEN PANTON
Photography by Laurent Benoit

It’s no secret that I am big fan of St. Barts. This legendary jet setter’s retreat is graced with stunning natural beauty and while it attracts a cadre of A-Listers as well as guests and homeowners, the island offers every kind of holiday vacation. My resort of choice has always been The Hotel Guanahani & Spa, nestled in the midst of the Caribbean on a very private 16-acre peninsula.

Unique among the world’s top resorts, this fabulous resort’s remote setting offers guests expansive views and unparalleled privacy. Guanahani’s extravagant setting includes two private beaches, one facing the Atlantic Ocean and one facing a quiet and picturesque lagoon on Marigot Bay, where the azure waters are perfect for swimming and windsurfing. All the rooms and suites at Guanahani are housed in private bungalows, surrounded by lush and colorful tropical landscaping. Each faces the sea to insure a view to die for. At this private oasis a simple walk from your bungalow to the beach is a colorful Caribbean nature walk; you may even encounter one of the protected iguanas that thrive in this lush setting.

Of course dining is exceptional at the Hotel Guanahani & Spa. Poolside and overlooking Marigot Bay is the modern L’Indigo. Starting with a buffet breakfast, L’Indigo transforms its ambience throughout the day. During lunch the energy is pure beach club kids, swimming in the pool while guests enjoy a gourmet fare. By evening the setting sun and moonlight provide a romantic setting for intimate dining.

Guests to the island must plan a night of dining at the acclaimed Bartholomeo. At this chicly appointed restaurant, guests dine indoors or outdoors under large umbrellas, and the cuisine will take your breath away.

The Hotel Guanahani’s recent major renovations, led by architect David Schwarz, interior designer Luis Pons, and local architect Nicolas Lossent from Lotus Architects included the addition of two new luxurious butler suites. Located in a remote setting on the beachfront, the new Admiral Suite resembles a villa and features two 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, the suite features custom-designed furniture that incorporates elements of leather and wood. The suite is adorned with navigation tools such as a spyglass and a sextant as a tribute to the famous explorer.

With all of its new facilities and refurbishments there’s never been a better time to consider this luxurious resort for a special Caribbean getaway. Anytime of the year, this must-visit resort will impress and pamper you like no other. Getting to the resort is very easy, with connections from New York's JFK on JetBlue to St. Martin or San Juan. The Island of St Barts is then a 12-minute flight away via Winar. Private plane travel to the island is the seamless way to connect and I recommend Tradewind Aviation. Let your vacation begin on your flight to the island while you enjoy Tradewind’s new planes, fabulous catering, and a fine glass of wine.

Visit www.leguanahani.com for more info on The Hotel Guanahani & Spa, and look for a new Hotel Guanahani review coming soon to our sister magazine eCityofTravel.com.

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