Le Guanahani, which has been closed since 2017 after suffering damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, will be re-branded as Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth next year following a property-wide rebuild. The refurbishment will preserve the unique spirit of the resort while perfectly embodying Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, wherein the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the resort’s many offerings. Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will take its place as the expanding ultra-luxury brand’s third property in the Caribbean and debut property in the French West Indies.
Ideally situated over eighteen lush and secluded acres on a private peninsula overlooking two stunning beaches, Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, Le Guanahani originally opened in 1986 and quickly established itself as one of the most illustrious resorts in the world. Cherished by both families and couples alike, this destination pairs stunning beaches with a laid-back style that complements St. Barth’s chic ambiance.
The new Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will boast beautiful architecture by David M. Schwarz Architects and unique interior design by Luis Pons Design Lab. Bringing the brand’s signature colorful style to the forefront, the property will feature vibrant hues inspired by the surrounds and the brand’s roots. Pops of turquoise mirroring the Caribbean water will be combined with yellow to reflect the tropical sun and lavender as a nod to the South of France, creating a striking palette. Each aspect of the building’s design will pay tribute to the island’s rich and authentic French Caribbean heritage.
“A legendary resort cherished for its rich offerings, memorable service and captivating landscape, Le Guanahani is a jewel within the Caribbean and an idyllic destination for Rosewood’s affluential explorers,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We are honored to steward Rosewood Le Guanahani as it sets a new standard of luxury on St. Barth and around the world.”
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will relaunch after all 66 guestrooms, suites and villas have been revamped. Many of the accommodation options will feature new private pools, along with a host of other amenities. As the only full-service resort on St. Barth, the property will offer a range of updated facilities including a distinct beachfront dining concept and new pool, a Rosewood Explorers children’s club, fitness center, tennis court, Sense, A Rosewood Spa and dedicated event spaces. Surrounded by two beautiful beaches, including a reef-protected lagoon, and just a short distance from the dynamic downtown, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will further deliver endless opportunity for guests to discover all St. Barth has to offer through a myriad of watersports, hiking, and sea and town excursions.
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will continue to operate under the leadership of Managing Director Martein van Wagenberg, who has managed the property for the past six years. This marks the return to the Rosewood family for van Wagenberg, who previously held Managing Director positions at Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort.
“For over 30 years Le Guanahani has been renowned for its unique guest experiences and sustainable approach to hospitality – a true reflection of the destination,” said van Wagenberg. “Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is the perfect partner and one that shares our core values through their A Sense of Place philosophy, demonstrated through an unwavering commitment to our associates and community. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Le Guanahani team to join Rosewood’s global network and stand alongside sister properties such as the iconic Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos and The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in New York City. We are delighted to launch a new chapter of Le Guanahani’s storied legacy with Rosewood by our side.”
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will join Rosewood’s portfolio of distinguished Caribbean and Atlantic properties, which includes Rosewood Baha Mar in The Bahamas, Rosewood Bermuda, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Additional projects underway in the region include Rosewood Half Moon Bay in Antigua, set to open in 2023.