Rosewood Le Guanahani — Hotel Review & Insider’s Guide

Rosewood Le Guanahani — Hotel Review & Insider’s Guide

Rosewood Le Guanahani offers St. Barts travelers a lavish luxury experience in one of the island’s most tucked-away corners. Occupying its own little peninsula in the northeast — part of a protected nature preserve to boot — it’s the only full-on resort in St. Barts.

Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barts therefore possesses its own distinct appeal among the “Jewel of the Caribbean” hotels. In this guide, we’ll explore what it provides in terms of accommodations, location, amenities, and services, and share insider tips!

Rosewood Le Guanahani

You’ll also learn how WIMCO Villas can help make your dream getaway to Rosewood Le Guanahani a beautiful reality, should you select this luxury accommodation on St. Barts.

Nuts & Bolts: 29 rooms & 37 suites; spa; fitness center; two pools; tennis courts; restaurant & bar; $$$$

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Location & Surroundings

Rosewood Le Guanahani encompasses some 18 acres on a peninsula along St. Barts’ northeastern seashore. The hotel has access to not one but two beach-lined bodies of water: Anse Marechal to the west and Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac to the east. 

Location & Surroundings

Aerial view of the resort, Rosewood Le Guanahani

Marechal Beach sets you right along the open ocean coast, while Grand Cul-de-Sac, although technically a bay, resembles a giant lagoon, given its shallow waters and buffering coral reef.

There is both terrestrial and marine acreage protected here as part of the Réserve de Grand Cul-de-Sac. Part of the resort’s viewshed encompasses the peninsula’s undeveloped tip, with native cacti (including the rare Turk’s head cactus) and other shrubs on display.

The northeasterly setting of Rosewood Le Guanahani means the resort is bathed in steady trade-wind breeze: refreshing on a hot afternoon, and altogether rather intoxicating.

As a guest at Rosewood Le Guanahani, you’ll find yourself about a 12-minute drive from the island’s airport, and roughly 15 minutes away from the capital of Gustavia

Amenities & Services

Rosewood Le Guanahani’s five-star amenities come backed up by impeccable service from the friendly, attentive, and genuinely thoughtful staff. 

Ready access to the two beaches, Marechal Beach and Grand Cul-de-Sac or Lagoon Beach, is one of the resort’s top attractions. Complimentary watersports, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkeling are available here.

There are also tennis facilities at Rosewood Le Guanahani, and the option (for an additional fee) to sharpen your serve, volleys, and groundstrokes, thanks to the instructions from a tennis pro. 

Relax by the pool at Rosewood Le Guanahani

Relax by the pool at Rosewood Le Guanahani

Besides the beachfronts, you’ve also got swimming and soaking opportunities courtesy of two different pools: the main one by the Beach House St. Barth restaurant, supported by food/beverage service, and the spa’s adults-only (18+) pool. 

Sense, A Rosewood Spa

Sense, A Rosewood Spa

Speaking of, on-site wellness is on daily offer at Rosewood Le Guanahani — Sense, A Rosewood Spa maintains four treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy room, two couples suites, a salon, and a fitness center. 

Besides all the beach-, pool-, and spa-based activities on the grounds, Rosewood Le Guanahani can serve as a jumping-off point for all manner of around-the-island and offshore jaunts, from sportfishing and motorized water sports to guided hikes and helicopter tours. 

The younger crowd is well looked-after here, not least thanks to the special children’s program (ages 11 and under) called Rosewood Explorers.

Room Types & Quality

Rosewood Le Guanahani’s 66 bungalow-style accommodations come nestled in lush tropical greenery and offer mesmerizing ocean/lagoon or garden views. Each boasts its own private entrance, terrace, and a stylish, breezy, white-washed decor.

Ocean Cove Room

Ocean Cove Room

Ceiling fans inside evoke old-school Caribbean vibes, though those steady trade winds provide their own reliable cooling effect as well. The clapboard exteriors’ vibrant hues reflect the setting (yellow and turquoise) and St. Barts’ French linkages (lavender).

Ocean Bay Pool Room

Ocean Bay Pool Room

The resort’s accommodations include 29 Rooms, 28 Suites, and nine two- to three-bedroom Signature Suites; many of the suites include their own private pools. 

These standalone Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barts cottages range in size from the 394-square-foot Ocean Cove Room to the 1,967-square-foot Bougainvillea Suite, which offers three bedrooms and the capacity for up to seven guests.

Price Range: Please inquire for the best pricing

Restaurants & Culinary Options

Standout dining is yet another part of Rosewood Le Guanahani’s impressive spectrum of offerings. 

The restaurant, Beach House St. Barth, boasts a Mediterranean/French-inspired menu also informed by the fresh ingredients and flavors of the French West Indies. It’s an all-day culinary draw, offering a breakfast buffet as well as lunch and dinner.

Beach House, St Barth

Beach House, St Barth 

Beach House’s service extends to the poolside and the beachfront, where everything from Mahi Mahi Carpaccio and Lobster Rolls to burgers and burrata is available while you yourself marinate in Caribbean bliss.

Waterfront dining at the Beach House, St Barth 

Waterfront dining at the Beach House, St Barth 

Dinner highlights at Beach House St. Barth includes a rack of lamb, spiny lobster, and the Signature Tasting Menu, well worth giving a spin if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool foodie.

Bar Mélangé, St Barth

Bar Mélangé, St Barth

Then there’s Bar Mélangé, a classy watering hole serving up lagoon views and some high-end mixology, with a sky’s-the-limit roster of well-made cocktails. (And for teetotalers or anybody having a detox day, fear not – the barkeeps whip up some mean mocktails as well!)

The resort guests can indulge in a wide variety of customized culinary services, including special picnic packs and private date-night dining. You can also dine in the comfort and privacy of your own room 24 hours a day.

Key Strengths & Unique Offerings

Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barts sets itself apart by offering a full-service resort experience, the only of its kind on the island. That luxury hospitality rests on a long-standing foundation, given this property opened back in 1986. 

With a major post-Hurricane Irma overhaul, acquisition by the Rosewood brand, and regular renovations, it ranks easily among the foremost hotels on the island.

The secluded feel of the resort, a sort of self-contained peninsular paradise edged by twin beachfronts, is fundamental to the experience here. 

So is the resort gardenscape: bougainvillea, palms, and other lovely plants weaving a luxuriant tropical backdrop. The hotel puts an admirable effort towards sustainability and ecological awareness—all the more appropriate given Rosewood Le Guanahani's location edging a protected reserve.

Insider’s Tips

  • Wildlife is often part of the Rosewood Le Guanahani experience. We recommend snorkeling off the beachfront to look for sea turtles — but keep your eyes peeled walking the gardened grounds for tortoises!
  • You won’t find a better fitness room on St. Barts than the one in the Rosewood Le Guanahani spa, Sense.


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Ready to Book Your Rosewood Le Guanahani Suite or Villa?

If you want to experience the luxury hospitality and resort perks of Rosewood Le Guanahani for yourself, get in touch with WIMCO Villas and let us help you set up your St. Barts escape! We’ve got insider-level knowledge of St. Barts, and can assist with any logistics concerning your trip (including concierge support). 

Reach out to the WIMCO team and inquire about a room or suite at Rosewood Le Guanahani right here!


Yes, free parking is available to Rosewood Le Guanahani guests.

It sure does! At least to some degree: Pets up to 22 pounds are allowed at the resort for a daily fee of 50 Euros per pet. Leashed dogs can saunter the property with you, except for the restaurant, pool, beachfront, and spa.

Rosewood Le Guanahani definitely welcomes families. Parents of kids aged four to 11 are sure to appreciate the Rosewood Explorers program, served by instructors speaking both English and French. Professional babysitting services are also an option if you need some adults-only time.

There’s not a ton to do in the immediate vicinity of Rosewood Le Guanahani off the resort grounds, though given how much there is to do on the grounds, you likely won’t be complaining. And it’s easy enough to obtain a car for visiting Gustavia and other parts of the island.

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