ST. BARTS, FRENCH WEST INDIES—This fall, Hotel Guanahani & Spa will unveil its property-wide, $40 million design refresh.
David Schwarz Architects and Venezuelan designer Luis Pons were tapped for the redesign, which intended to heighten the resort’s private and residential feel and was inspired by French and Creole influences.
Luis Pons’ contributions were inspired by the Panama hat. Pons said, “We wanted to have the interiors of the suites reflect the property’s lush surroundings, blending the two seamlessly, using functionality, elegance and lightness. The Panama hat is the perfect example of function and style, and it’s the embodiment of hospitality, as tipping your hat is a welcoming gesture.”
Hotel Guanahani & Spa features 67 cottages, of which 36 are suites, and recently unveiled two grand suites, or villas, that were designed by Luis Pons. The Admiral Suite features 1,100 sq. ft. with inspiration stemming from the legacy of exploration that brought Christopher Columbus to St. Barts in 1493. The suite offers a wrap-around deck, two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, one with a Jacuzzi tub.
The Serenity Suite features a common living area and two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. The master bathroom offers a sunken balneotherapy bathtub. The suite has a 540-sq.-ft. patio that wraps around the main living room. Accent colors of the interior furnishings highlight the surrounding scenery. Additionally, the Serenity Suite offers an outdoor shower and private pool.
Both new suites feature Luis Pons’ custom furniture collection, created for the Hotel Guanahani & Spa and inspired by luggage chests used by colonial explorers.
Three more suites will be unveiled this summer, in addition to an updated reception area from David Schwarz Architects and Luis Pons to heighten the arrival experience. The new lobby will feature a lighter color palette and open-air architecture.