Le Sereno is the reincarnation of Sereno Beach Hotel, originally founded in 1972. In 2002, the hotel's new owners raised the bar considerably, designing and building the newly named Le Sereno with the help of famed Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, well-known lighting designer Arnold Chan, and prominent landscape architect Fernando Tabora.
Le Sereno is located at the east end of St. Barth and stretches along almost 180 meters (600 feet) of sandy beach on picturesque Grand Cul-de-Sac – a marine reserve with shallow, turquoise waters on the northern side of the island protected from the waves by a coral reef. Grand Cul-de-Sac is a popular spot for sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing since the coral reef closes off the entire bay.
Located in the heart of the French West Indies, St. Barth offers a wide variety of gourmet restaurants and high-end boutiques and is primarily frequented by discerning travellers who favor an exclusive vacation spot. St. Barth is sunny and dry year-round, with temperatures ranging from 24° to 29° Celsius (72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). The official language is French, although English is widely spoken and the beaches are renowned for being some of the most beautiful and pristine in the world. Unlike many of its neighboring Caribbean islands, it has not been overrun with condos and large chain hotels.
Le Sereno is an intimate beachfront hotel with only 36 suites and villas along a long stretch of palm shaded sandy beach. Most of the rooms are the Grand Suites Plage or Grand Suite Plage Sud design, which overlook the stunning Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon offering spectacular panoramic ocean views. The resort’s ultra-luxurious ocean view one-bedroom and separate living area villas include the Villas Vue Mer (located on the hillside with views of the Grand Cul de Sac), Village du Pêcheur, and the beachfront La Villa du Pêcheur.
Completed in 2010, the Villas offer the best of both worlds: the privacy and the expansiveness of a villa combined with the personal service and attention to detail found only at the best beachfront resorts in the world. Each of the three villas offer more than 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. These exclusive villas have four bedrooms, large living areas, fully equipped kitchens, expansive terraces, landscaped gardens and over-sized pools with magnificent views overlooking the Grand Cul-de-Sac. Guests feel thoroughly at home and completely pampered in Le Sereno Villas.
A 2,300 square foot full-service spa, The Spa at Le Sereno, opened in November 2011, is the island’s newest luxury spa. The Spa features an extensive menu of facials, body wraps and massages exclusively using Sothys products and techniques. The Spa is comprised of a couple’s suite complete with its own “his and hers” shower and an oversized waterfront treatment pavilion, which is a Caribbean oasis for the senses and the island’s only true waterfront treatment suite.
Parisian designer Christian Liaigre created a contemporary look at Le Sereno with understated décor. The spacious design of the suites and villas maximises views and seamlessly integrates the interiors and exteriors of the accommodations.
Some of the facilities available at Hôtel Le Sereno include: Bar & lounge, 24-hour room service, beach club with attendants, beachfront freshwater swimming pool, fitness center, private airport transportation and VIP reception at St. Maarten airport to expedite customs, immigration and luggage handling.
Hôtel Le Sereno holds many awards and accolades including the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings Award, 2007-2015, U.S. News & World Report: Best Hotels 2015, “Best Hotels in the Caribbean” and “Best St. Barts Hotels”, Condé Nast Traveler: Gold List 2013 & 2014, “Best Hotels and Resorts in the Atlantic & Caribbean” and Travel + Leisure: 50 Dream Trips (1st on the list) amongst many others.
The turquoise waters, silky skies and sun swept beaches of St. Barth play host to this lustrous diamond. Even long after your stay, Hôtel Le Sereno glimmers in the mind’s eye, awaiting your eventual return.
Hôtel Le Sereno | BP 19, Grand-Cul-de-Sac | 97133 Saint Barthélemy |
French West Indies
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