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“Great hotel, more a resort experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Guanahani & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Lieu dit Marigot, 97133, St Barthelemy   |  
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New York City, New York
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“Great hotel, more a resort experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This hotel was super- The fact that its very kid friendly, it being the only hotel on the island with a kids club and a tennis club, not to mention an actual spa, ( Clarins).
Its spread over 7 acres, so its quite big and it's all bunglow style, rather than one building consisting of all the rooms.
I personally liked the renovated rooms, and we stayed at the Serenity Suite # 1. 2 bedroom, 2 floors, with plunge pool.
Most of the activities are by the beach area and yes, the beach is not as nice as the one by Eden Rock, but its still nice.
The staff was super, everyone was super helpful and kind. I highly recommend it.
Breakfast is good, fresh eggs made to order and pancakes. Tons of pastries, breads and cheese/fruits.

Room Tip: Ask for renovated rooms- get the serenity prestige suite if you are over 2 ppl. Its GREAT!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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20 hotel reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

My husband and I just came back from a 6-night stay at the hotel. Excellent trip overall - here is a breakdown of our thoughts:
-Hotel/room location: the grounds are amazing and the resort is small and intimate so it is very easy to walk around. However, there are a lot of things concentrated by the beach area (which is two hills away from the top of the resort where reception and the spa is). We were in a garden view suite (room #10) and were located at the top of the hills, so every day to get to/from breakfast at Indigo, dinner at Indigo or Bar'to, the beach, the hotel shop, pool, gym, etc. we had to go up and down hills. There is an alternate path for one of the hills where you can take stairs. If at all possible, try to get an ocean view room which will put you closer to the "heart" of the resort.
-Room: our room was spacious and overall very clean, there was a bedroom area plus a whole sitting room with couch, two flat-screen tv's and outdoor space. The bathroom had two sinks, separate shower and the toilet was in a separate room too. On one occasion, we saw a decent sized roach crawl up the curtains in the bedroom. I understand this is the tropics but seeing a roach in the room is pretty gross... We called reception and they ensured that housekeeping would spray the next day.
-Restaurants/Food: food is excellent, especially if you like fish! However, you will pay for water at lunch and dinner (still water bottles are 8 Euro each), the room will come with two bottles of Evian included daily which is handy to take with you when at the beach. Breakfast buffet at Indigo is great - any pastry you can think of is available, yogurt, fruit, cheeses plus all beverages. Also, they will custom-make eggs, waffles, omelettes, etc. The staff is excellent - very attentive, friendly and remember your egg order after the first time! We had lunch a number of times at Indigo on the Beach - the views of the beach are amazing and the breeze feels great! You can find the menu on the hotel page but just beware that if you want to substitute french fries for something else, they will charge you depending on the waiter. I found this to be slightly frustrating if you were just switching from french fries to potato wedges which costs the exact same amount - they will charge you 6 Euro to switch... I might as well order the wedges as an extra item and receive both! For how much food costs already at the hotel, it seems like nickle and dime-ing to charge for this as well. We had dinner once at Indigo (same menu as lunch) and dinner at Bar'to a couple of times. Food was very good at Bar'to but if you eat there a couple of times, the menu will start to be a little repetitive. There is a changing "inspirational" / 5-course tasting menu each night, but portions are small for what you get vs. ordering off the main menu and generally they will give you a sample of the appetizer and dessert from the tasting menu if you don't order it, so it may not make sense.
-Service /Amenities: everyone is so friendly at the hotel from reception to concierge, spa, restaurants and beach, we experienced nothing but excellence. There is wifi included but generally only accessible from the room. There are two tennis courts - you can reserve with the front desk. Also, the gym is small but sufficient, it is well air-conditioned and how can you complain when you're on the treadmill and looking out to the ocean!
-Spa: we had a couples massage and I had a pedicure at the spa. Both were excellent! Definitely recommend the hot stone massage - it was incredible and my pedicure is probably the best I will ever have! The only complaint is that there are mosquitoes everywhere at the spa. Maybe I'm prone to getting bit (I left St. Bart's with over 20 bites... gross...), but I got 10 bug bites within 5 minutes of arriving at the spa for our massage and even got bitten during the massage. We saw mosquito exterminators on site once and didn't really notice them anywhere else on the resort except outside at sundown but they were all over the spa. They do provide bug spray in the room but doesn't always work. Also, there is a pool at the spa, it's very nice and quiet, but doesn't appear like a lot of people use it... we tried sitting out there once but there was just too many mosquitoes around that we ended up leaving.
-Beach at hotel: not the prettiest beach on the island with the seaweed in the ocean but the water is calm and cannot complain about having comfortable chairs and huts for shade. Also, it is great having access to non-motorized sports without a fee.
-Location of hotel on St. Bart's: you can drive from the hotel (one end of the island) to the other end probably within 30 minutes, but if you are not used to driving up and down hills on narrow roads, be careful! The hotel is about 5 minutes from Hotel Le'Toiny and Le Gaiac restaurant, 10-15 minutes from St. Jean/Eden Rock and the airport, 15-20 minutes from Gouvernor and Saline beaches and 20 minutes from Gustavia and Shell Beach. If you go off resort, check with concierge as they have beach chairs and umbrellas to lend you. Just beware of the wind at the other beaches, we almost lost our umbrella a couple of times!

Overall our stay was excellent!

Room Tip: Rooms near the beach - generally they will be the higher number rooms will be closer to most ameniti...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

After staying at the ritz in San Juan, we took a private 5 person plane to St. Barths. We had a week long stay booked at the Guanahani. Upon arrival at the airport, we were greeted by the driver of the hotel who nicely helped us with our bags and loading the car. After a 10 minute drive, we arrived at the beautiful hotel. Some of the reviews on here say that it's a ghost town..but it's not. It's just a peaceful, closed off resort. The front desk Is nice, the views are great, the rooms are awesome, and the whole resort is just such a nice change from the all go life style that everybody lives. Expect perfection and nothing less.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Hello all, travelling poodle is back at it writing another review! This hotel is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. The gorgeous and curteous "Sylvan" shuttled my husband and me an easy 15 minute drive to this perfect location for a hotel. Tibo and Carole at the reception area were eager to please and very accomodating. Tibo offered us champagne and water upon arrival, explained the package we had selected, and answered any questions we had. The room was very nice, and well appointed with Clarins products. Well done.
Carole at the restaurant Indigo was indeed the most lovely, beautiful and entusiastic employee by far. Exceptional service and personality are her strong suits!!!
The beach is okay, my suggestion is to rent a car and drive around to a few other nice beaches that aren't terribly far. Guanahani's beach is fine, but there are also some lovely ones out there as well.
I feel that this is the best hotel to stay at on the island after visiting a few others during my stay.
Oh, by the way, everyone here is gorgeous. Just lettin' you know....

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

St. Barth is not a place to visit if you are counting your pennies... the entire island is expensive but worth the cost..There is nothing wrong with Hotel Guanahani! I wish we could live in this hotel..The staff, design (complements to the GM for his taste) and unbelievable suites conger the word "CHIC" to describe the experience.. We loved everything about our stay including the 10 minute flight from St. Marten (I was afraid of getting sea sick) which only added to our Jet set overnight trip experience.
This is where you want to stay when traveling to St. Barth... splurge.. you will be happy you did..forget your budget and enjoy the island..there is no where like it..so much to do if you need activity. I loved being on the lounges and relaxing in the sun...Rooms are beautiful colors with mirrors strategically placed to capture the ocean views..
Best regards to the very attractive and professional staff .. they must all pass a beauty contest to work there!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

I love love love the Guanahani! We went there for our honeymoon and it was beautiful! It is far from everything, but the island is tiny and you can rent a car, which I would say is a must! They are the only place with stand up surf boards and kayaks for use for free on the island! They are private. We were in a suite cottage house thing, so I am sure that made everything better. I would just like to be closer to the water next time.
The staff are hit and miss. The room service did always take forever. There were a couple outstanding staff members, but most could care less and act like they are on vacation as well.
It was very private and gorgeous. Worth the money! Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Make sure you get a suite with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Islip, NY
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Everything about Le Guanahani was perfect. We were greeted by Matts at the airport. He was wonderful. From there, we were met by Jean Baptiste at the Main House. He could not have been more accommodating, offering us a glass of cold champagne upon arrival. We were upgraded to a bungalow right on the beach that was so tastefully appointed and unbelievably convenient to everything. We were literally 30 steps to L'Indigo, a lovely restaurant situated poolside and overlooking the beach and ocean. The included full breakfast buffet at L'Indigo each morning was nothing short of wonderful. We were also literally 30 steps to the incredibly comfortable beach chairs on the sand. The staff at Le Guanahani knows how to take care of its guests in an unassuming, "quiet" way. They know exactly how to make you feel comfortable without being over the top. We also dined at Guanahani's other restaurant, "Bart'o" which was equally outstanding. This was our first "real trip" to St. Barts, having been there for only one day on a cruise previously. We cannot wait to go back and we will stay at Guanahani because we were perfectly content there. There is nothing I could say that should have been better or different.

Room Tip: There are three great rooms close to the beach...48, 49 and 50.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lieu dit Marigot, 97133, St Barthelemy
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Location: Caribbean > St Barthelemy > Grand Cul-de-Sac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Grand Cul-de-Sac
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Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Guanahani & Spa 5*
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