- I caught this shot on the dock behind the Lake Brentwood Motel in Avon Park, Florida. The motel is listed in the travel book “Hidden Florida – the Adventures Guide.” Serene, beautiful, and boats are free to all customers.
Last time we covered St. Tropez’ Byblos Hotel. And we have another French hotel and celeb hotspot for this week’s Celebrity Hotel of the Week. Smack dab in the middle of the French West Indies is the Hotel Guanahani and Spa in Saint Barthelemy. A fave amongst celebrities such as Naomi Watts, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Jon Bon Jovi, the Guanahani is the finest of luxury hotel resorts.
Located on a private 16-acre peninsula, you’ll find amazing beaches, dining, Creole-styled rooms and suites that’ll blow you away, shopping…it’s all there at the Guanahani, just waiting for your arrival. And talk about some incredible free activities and services!
Included with your room stay: free Continental breakfast either in your room or at the Indigo restaurant, canoes and pedal boats, snorkeling, windsurfing, tennis courts, a fitness center, and daytime Kindergarten for children 2-6 years of age. By the way? Kids six and under stay for free. And for a little extra, there’s jet-skis, boat rentals, scuba diving, bars on the beach, and instructors for tennis and windsurfing.
The Guanahani has 68 rooms, all in private bungalows with private terraces. There are 34 suites (some with private pools), 24-hour room service, satellite TV with LCD flatscreens, DVD players (DVD library available at the front desk), and free Internet.
Gastronomically speaking, there are lots of good eats around, including Indigo (a wonderful poolside restaurant on the beach) and Bartolomeo (gourmet dining and lounge bar). Scrumptious Mediterranean/Italian dishes at Bartolomeo are faves of Marisa Miller and Gisele Bundchen alike, and you can’t beat a romantic meal at night with the stars overhead.
The spa at Guanahani rocks, too. Get a look at some of these views. Steam room, massages, rejuvenation packages. There’s even a salon on the premises.
Rates. Right. Well,depending on the room and the time of year, prices start at 360 Euros (currency converter here) and work their way up from there. A Superior Gardenview Room, for example, is 360 Euros a night during the summer and 915 Euros a night during the Christmas holiday. An Ocean 1-Bedroom Poolside Suite, with private pool overlooking the sea starts at 1,095 Euros in the summer and goes up to 1,655 Euros over Christmas and New Year’s.
But if you’re really going for the celebrity treatment, you can get a suite with butler service! Yeah, baby! The most expensive one – La Villa – starts at 2,800 Euros a day and tops out at 5,700 Euros a day. Think I’ll stay for a month. Or maybe just for 15 minutes, because that’ll only cost me 60 Euros. How much can a butler do in 15 minutes, anyway?
Fine beaches, luxurious rooms, poolside bars, the warm sunny climate…yeah. I can’t wait to get there. Who wants to be my Sugar Mama?
CELEBS SPOTTED: Marisa Miller, Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Watts, Laetitia Casta, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Yasmeen Ghuri, Jon Bon Jovi.
And if anyone has any tips for hot celebrity hotels, feel free to let me know.
Photo credits: Daylife.com, Celebutopia.net, Guanahani Hotel
The PR company said: “Do the private island math.”
I didn’t have to, they did:
“The price is surprisingly affordable at $9,500 per day for up to 12 with a minimum of 5 nights. That is $3750 per person for a five night vacation on a private island INCLUDING accommodations, food, drinks (including spirits and house wines), and the use of all island facilities, boats, fuel, telephone calls and WiFi Internet connection in each guest house. Now, if the group should book a hotel for 12 people for 5 nights, they would get rooms, not an island, for maybe $300 or $400 per day not including food, certainly not spirits, or sports, or boating. The $3750 would not go very far. There would be extras on top of extras and very little control of cost.
“Little Whale Cay is truly a discovery for friends and families. There are few resorts, never mind private islands that offer luxury and privacy for such a price.”
~ Morano Public Relations
Add to that the 15% mark up to compensate for tax and gratuity, and this particular vacation is a stitch out of my price range. I like to keep the price per person under $1500 for an all inclusive, but the ones we can afford come with many many other people in the buffet line, drunk swingers propositioning my husband on the beach (yes, really) and a lot of peeing in the pool. You know, blogworthy situations.
As they say, you get what you pay for.
Little Whale Cay certainly would be worth the money if you and 11 of your favorite people went. At $3850+ per person for the week, the value is certainly there if what you want is pristine beaches, a high level of service (homemade rum raisin ice cream, y’all!) and complete privacy. It truly looks like an ideal luxurious vacation for someone who is not a fan of the masses.
A girl can dream!
Photo credit: littlewhalecay.com
Morano Public Relations