Rosewood Hotels appointed to manage St. Barth’s retreat

Caribbean: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts welcomes Le Guanahani to its collection, which is set to open in spring 2021.

The property has been closed since 2017 due to the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria. When it reopens, it will be renamed Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth.

It marks the brand’s third property in the Caribbean and the first in the French West Indies.

Upon opening, the hotel will debut the complete renovation of all 66 guest rooms, suites and villas, many with new private pools.

A range of updated amenities include a beachfront dining concept and new pool, a Rosewood Explorers children’s club, fitness centre, tennis court, Sense (spa), and dedicated events space.

Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group, said: “A legendary resort cherished for its rich offerings, memorable service and captivating landscape, Le Guanahani is a jewel within the Caribbean and an idyllic destination for Rosewood’s affluential explorers. We are honoured to steward Rosewood Le Guanahani as it sets a new standard of luxury on St. Barth and around the world.” 

Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will continue to operate under managing director Martein van Wagenberg, who has managed the property for the past six years. This marks the return to the Rosewood family for van Wagenberg, who previously held similar positions at Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort.  

He said: “For over 30 years Le Guanahani has been renowned for its unique guest experiences and sustainable approach to hospitality – a true reflection of the destination. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is the perfect partner and one that shares our core values through their A Sense of Place philosophy, demonstrated through an unwavering commitment to our associates and community. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Le Guanahani team to join Rosewood’s global network and stand alongside sister properties such as the iconic Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos and The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in New York City. We are delighted to launch a new chapter of Le Guanahani’s storied legacy with Rosewood by our side.”

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