This was our seventh trip to St. Barths, but first stay at Guanahani. We know the island well and we have always loved staying on St. Jean Beach, but we chose the hotel because we were traveling with a 18 month-old toddler who would enjoy the quiet lagoon. We never missed the other beaches - it is a tropical paradise and the perfect choice for traveling with a child there. The beach is large and calm with plenty of room to roam and has a tremendous family atmosphere. There were clearly families and couples who come year after year. Our son was too young to benefit from the free day care, but that is a great program and we hope take advantage of it next year.
Why not five stars? A few disappointments. We did not realize how far the ocean view rooms are from the beach. We are city people who walk everywhere, but we love being able to pop in and out of our room when we are at the beach, and it is quite a trek up to those rooms with a toddler. We wound up driving. Also, exhausted on our first day, we ordered room service and it was very disappointing. Not in any way up to the standard of the food in the two restaurants, which is quite good. We had the package that included lunch or dinner each day and had many great meals.
The spa is also an absolute oasis; a fantastic refuge for honeymooners (if the beach is not oasis enough) and parents whose children might be enjoying the day care. In general, while far from a mega resort, the hotel is "large" enough that honeymooners and families can coexist in harmony. In contrast, the beach at Eden Rock, which is near and dear to our heart, is more tightly packed, and we'd be a little more self-conscious about having an energetic toddler there.
If this is your first time visiting St. Barths, understand this is at the far end of the island from Gustavia and St. Jean. While the island is not big at all, at only 8 square miles, it is a harrowing drive if you are not used to it. Makes eating out at night a little less appetizing.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Guanahani Grand Cul-De-Sac
- Hotel Guanahani And Spa
- Resort All Inclusive Guanahani
- Le Guanahani St. Barthelemy/Grand Cul-De-Sac