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“French Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Guanahani
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Lieu dit Marigot, 97133, St Barthelemy (Formerly Hotel Guanahani & Spa)   |  
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Miami
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194 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“French Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Stayed here for a girl's bachelorette party and it was perfect. We stayed in the Garden House (#12) which came with it's own pool, kitchen, living room, upstairs and downstairs and slept 6. It was near the restaurant Bartolomeo but seemed very remote and private. There was Evian water bottles delivered daily, a mini fridge, lovely Clarins toiletries, comfy bed with nice pillows and comforter, hair dryer, safe, bathrobes and sandals for the beach. The one problem was with the shower head that wouldn't stay on, but we never complained about it. We did have a very loud bird chirping outside our room, so I suggest bringing earplugs, just in case. Our first night there we ate at Bartolomeo and tried the tasting menu. It was divine and the servers very helpful and accomodating. It was so good, we did it again another night and all the dishes were different, which was impressive. The only down side (if you could call it that) is the whole table needs to do it. The fitness room, which overlooks the water, is smallish but has elliptical, bikes, treadmill, some machines and free weights. The beach was very nice, with attendants preparing your lounge chairs and bringing you drinks. We got a cocktail a day in our package and the drinks were the traditional (like pina colada) and inventive (Pink Lady). Most water sports (paddleboarding, windsurfing, snorkling) are included. The water, situated where the Atlantic and the Caribbean collide, tends to be a little rough and the bottom is kind of sea-weedy, but the beach itself was prisitne white sand. If you wish to eat on the beach for lunch, it is best to make reservations. Also, if you're planning on a spa treatment, you probably want to book that as soon as you get in as it is very popular. There are tennis courts and raquets available, although we didn't take advantage of this amenity. Take a hike on one of the nearby hills and get a spectacular view of the ocean. The gift shop was tres chic and girls in our party got some great deals in the sales bin on dresses. Everyone we dealt with at the hotel was very helpful, with the exception of a girl at the front desk at the spa. We had booked spa treatments for Mother's Day but could not get them all at the same time. We got there early and laid out by the pool- very relaxing- and my massage was done in a room overlooking the water- beautiful. My sister got a facial and said it was the best of her life (and she's had a lot of facials). There's a steam room and water and herbal teas available at the spa. Although this resort is removed from Gustavia, that is part of the charm and honestly, you could stay here and never venture outside the property. We did go to Gustavia and the Eden Roc for dinner one night but I preferred the food here. We were told they are going to renovate our room in the future, but I didn't see anything wrong with it. There were children allowed here, but for the most part they were well behaved. The power did go out by the beach the one day we'd made reservations to eat there, but these things happen. We ate upstairs by the pool, where they serve breakfast. This would be a perfect place for honeymooners to enjoy a secluded, exclusive get away.I personally would like to return with my husband, who is the one who recommended St. Barts for our trip in the first place.

Room Tip: The Garden Room (#12) is lovely. There are other private houses available.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

The chalés are really nice,the food is marvellous.It is my favorite hotel át. The Caribe.It is looking like you are eating In Paris!The localization is very good,the beach is privative.It is not very near the centre of Gustavia,but I liked that.as well!

Room Tip: One with a good view from the terrace,dancing the ocean.
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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you are looking for a place for a quiet get away where you can get away from your daily hustle and bustle this is it. It does not matter if you are a movie star, rock star, billionaire or a common working person, you will be treated with the upmost respect and your every need will be taken care of.

The hotel is very clean. No dust, dirt or blemish anywhere. Rooms are fantastic.

We stayed in room 55. It was a bit far from the beach, pool and fittness (Closer to the lobby and spa), but we liked that. It has a water view and is just steps to a private dock for the resort. Most evenings, we had the dock to our selves, whatching the turtles swim and the sun go down from great comfy chairs with big cousions. We used the pool at the spa vs the one at the beach, but we like it quiet and were the only people at the spa pool each afternoon for a quick swim.

We had the free breakfast each day, american and continental served so eggs were included! It was enough to hold us over till dinner.

Only down side was that cabs are expensive and we did not want to dirve, so we were a little tied to the resort (we like to get out). But it forced us to relax, so that was a good thing.

If I stayed again, I'd spring for a room with a pool.

We had fun with the Turtles walking the resort and the cats. It added a fun charm. We had a cat come to our deck one day to sleep and a turtle came up on the deck to say hi too. It was cute.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

First the good news. The accommodations are first class, the spa is incredible, and the fact that they have a pool is rare at a hotel on the island. Now for some of my concerns. I had checked the morning before if they had availability for upgraded accommodations, they did. When I arrived I pointed out that we were there for my 50th birthday, my wife's birthday, and our wedding anniversary. I then asked if they could upgrade our room. I was told( outright lied to) that they were booked and couldn't upgrade me.( not exactly getting off on the right foot). Their are two beaches. One is a seaweed infested beach, the other is beautiful, but with no chairs. The main restaurant, Bartolommeo, is not up to par with the quality of the resort. Portions are microscopic, prices are stratospheric.( not a good combination). The staff is friendly, housekeeping is top notch, and the packages they offer are much better than other resorts on the Island. The location is not as central to shopping, restaurants, or Gustavia as Eden Rock or Carl Gustav. That said, there are some advantages to being away from the noise, traffic, and hustle and bustle of these other resorts. Over all, we will be returning, but I hope they learn that an upgrade sets a positive tone for a hotel guest.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This Hotel just gets it ALL right. Lovely property. Rooms are beautiful and clean .It is the Caribbean so there are the usual ants at times. The grounds are well kept and facilities are in proper scale to resort. The Staff could not be more helpful.

Their packages are terrific.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We had an amazing 4 night stay at Hotel Guanahani & spa and only wish itcould have been longer. The resort is well appointed,has charming staff and an amazing restaurant - Bart's. I would love to return there- for a week at least next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rio
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was our sixth trip to St. Barts, and the first time at Guanahani. We were a large group - nine people from three generations, including a one year old. We had an unfforgetable week, and everyone had a lot of fun. Guanahani is St. Barts at its best, a slice of the French Riviera at the tropics. If you are planning a golden trip with your family, there are few options as exciting as St Barts and the Guanahani. We had two big bungallows, one facing the sea (St.Jean), try to get this one. Great spa, beach, sports, food, kids room with caretakers - everything in a cozy environment with excellent service, and the beautifull St. Barts surrounding us. Of course, prices are not cheap, but you can't have everything in life.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Lieu dit Marigot, 97133, St Barthelemy (Formerly Hotel Guanahani & Spa)
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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 ( WiFi ) 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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Grand Cul-de-Sac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Guanahani 5*
Number of rooms: 67
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Also Known As:
Hotel Guanahani And Spa
Hotel Guanahani Grand Cul-De-Sac
Resort All Inclusive Guanahani
Le Guanahani St Barthelemy/Grand Cul-De-Sac

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