Le Sereno — St. Barths, West Indies
The same but different. An apt summary of the newly revamped Le Sereno Hotel on the island of Caribbean island of St Barths, where the passing of Hurricane Irma back in 2017 wreaked unimaginable damage. Now, following an extensive restoration project, the family-owned hotel is back as a wildly improved version of its former self, with significant parts of the property having been completely rebuilt, expanded and reinvigorated with a fresh injection of the laidback luxury that has won accolades in the past.
To ensure the continuance of that award-winning essence, the services of the same Le Sereno design team behind the original space were reenlisted. Here, they have masterminded a total rebuild of over half of the guestrooms as well as the public spaces, where Restaurant Le Sereno has been reborn as a fully open-air concept and makes its debut alongside Plage, a brand-new casual dining experience set on the edge of the water.
But headlining the revamp is undoubtedly Le Sereno’s guestrooms. It’s out with the old, in with the new in the hotel’s rebuilt Bungalow Piscine rooms, where the former parquet floors and white ceilings have been flipped and reversed for extended ceilings cut from intricate oak carpentry and warm white stone floors. Elsewhere, the Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms were completely demolished and reborn to incorporate private gardens with outdoor bathtubs, and bespoke furniture by Liagre alongside distinct natural materials like Ipe wood, granite and Sukabumi stone imported from Indonesia. The result? An icon reborn and built to last. §