Nestled in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on a private 16-acre peninsula is just the piece of paradise you’ve been saving for. Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul McCartney, and P. Diddy… they’re all big fans of this laidback, yet so chic it’s elite, 8 mile island. With fourteen beaches, a year-round temperature of anywhere from 72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and enough beautiful people to fill several clubs in NY and LA, St. Barths is simply one of those ‘Places To Go Before You Die.’
Jaunt Magazine’s hot hotel pick for honeymooners, the jet-set, and loaded families alike is The Hotel Guanahani & Spa, a charming, luxurious paradise with the only full-service spa on the island. Set amid lush tropical gardens in between two white sand beaches; one facing a reef-protected lagoon, the other facing the Atlantic ocean, Guanahani’s 68 rooms are all in bungalows facing the sea. Hollah! Or, to be a bit more hoity-toity (after all, we are talking about St. Barth’s) we say, “Bon Jour, Bebe!”
For the truly exclusive, try out the Butler Suites, each with a private pool, large dining area, and sun terraces with full views of the sea. All rooms are fashioned in modern Creole style – rare dark woods and pastel shades. Pampering is one of our most popular pastimes so that means, unwinding at the full service Clarins Spa and getting coiffed at Frederic Fekkai’s onsite full-service salon.
Since we’re also fans of more adventurous pursuits, we love their full range of land and sea activities including boat rentals, kite surfing, water sports and tennis. Hungry too? Not a problem, the superb global cuisine is overseen by world traveled, French Chef Philippe Masseglia, at the Guanahani’s restaurants, Le Bartolomeo, and L’Indigo. The Hotel Guanahani & Spa is also known for catering to families and couples, providing both Kindergarten and Junior’s programs free of charge, offering couples with kids a welcome respite in an idyllic setting on a coconut grove.
Hotel Guanahani Garden Suite
Room rates range from:
$462 to $7,327
360€ to 5,700€
Pst… a little fairy also told us about two other hot spots not to be missed:
Le Ti, located in Pointe Milou, where you can eat and party with a different theme every night of the week. On Mondays, you can feel like you’re in two places at once… St. Barth’s and Marrakesh with their ‘Marrakesh Party.’ On Tuesday night, the theme? ‘Night Fever’ and the dress code is appropriately ‘wigs and color.’ The owner, Carole, even goes retro on Wednesdays for the notorious Plastic Boots Party. Expect to dance on some tables. In a very Euro chic kind of way, of course.
Reservations are recommended: 05 90 27 97 71 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maya’s is another local dining favorite. Elegant, yet beautifully understated, the menu boasts all the fresh fish and Creole cooking you can handle in a delicious and ‘uncluttered’ fashion.
So, if you’ve got the dollah bills or the Euros, this is how you ought to be spending it, nay?
We say, “Oui.”