St Barth’s Le Sereno Is Planning a Big Return


By Alexander Britell

The ultra-luxe Le Sereno St Barth is returning this November, Caribbean Journal has confirmed.

The property, which has been shuttered since last year’s Hurricane Irma, will debut a totally new look, from a reimagined restaurant to an all-new beach eatery.

In other words, it will effectively be a brand-new hotel.

The relaunch will also include a new spa, new fitness facilities and the addition of several family suites that will bring Le Sereno’s room count up to 39 rooms.

The entire “Bungalow Piscine” room category has been built from the ground up, while the resort has also built new waterfront “Grand Suite Plage Sud” rooms and a completely redesigned restaurant including a new bar, lounge and a beach restaurant extension.

Le Sereno has also added a new garden space leading up to the Grand Suite Plage rooms, while adding a new on-site retail boutique featuring “curated finds from French brands.”

The turquoise seas of Grand Cul de Sac beach.

Le Sereno also retains its three 7,000-square-foot, four-bedroom villas.

The rebuild has also been a green one — Le Sereno has added new solar panels, air conditioners with heat exchangers and LED lighting, while all of the new construction is made with sustainably sourced wood and stone, along with on-site water desalinization.

A private pool at Le Sereno.

“We are thrilled and eager to welcome back familiar faces and new guests to Le Sereno and we have been touched by the outpouring of support after Hurricane Irma,” said Samy Ghachem, managing director of Sereno Hotels, in a statement. “Le Sereno has always been known as the most stylish hotel in St. Barth, and we are pleased to raise the bar in the Caribbean yet again. Of course, our signature approach to relaxed luxury and attentive service will remain the same.”

A villa at Le Sereno.

Le Sereno’s return is part of what will be a rather exciting winter season on the French Caribbean island, as the vast majority of the island’s top five-star resorts reopen, from Le Guanahani to the return of the landmark Eden Rock St Barths the following month.

That’s not to say that a number of great places to stay are not already open in St Barth. Indeed, from the classic Le Village in St Jean to the beachfront Les Ilets de la Plage to the island’s hottest new hotel, Le Manapany, you can have a great vacation in St Barth right now. (And if you’re heading there, make sure you fly Tradewind Aviation, the island’s most stylish way to arrive).

 — CJ