St. Bart and much of the Caribbean islands were pummeled by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Many of the island resorts had to be completely rebuilt. Fortunately, St. Bart’s iconic Le Sereno resort was able to rebuild and come back better than ever. Le Sereno is French Caribbean and brings its sister hotel’s, Il Sereno of Lake Como, Italy style back to St. Bart once more. Le Sereno reopened in December. Here’s how St. Bart’s Hotel Le Sereno is making a huge comeback after Hurricane Irma.
St. Bart lays in the beautiful Caribbean Sea north of St. Kitts and 22 miles south of St. Martin. The beautiful island has rolling hillsides, several beaches, crystal clear Mediterranean waters and a coral reef. The fifteen year old Le Sereno was popular among the wealthy and celebrities visiting Grand Cul de Sac Beach. The beach is long and water sports are popular with guests at its luxury resorts.
After Hurricane Irma’s devastation in 2017, many hotels and resorts on St. Bart had to be completely rebuilt. Le Sereno was no exception. The Contreras family’s luxury boutique hotel was sadly missed. Le Sereno called on architect Fernando Tabera and Parisian designer Christian Liaigre. The hotel had to rebuild half of its rooms and public space. Thirty-nine guest rooms were rebuilt including the hotel’s Bungalow Piscine guest rooms. Le Sereno added three additional villas. The hotel also added waterfront Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms. The restaurant and bar were completely redesigned. A new spa was built, and a luxury boutique specializing in the Larismiani menswear brand of Milan was added to the site.
Le Sereno has thirty-nine guest rooms. These include thirty-six guest suites and three luxury villas. The new guest suites villas at Le Sereno are better than ever. Each boutique stile guest room is decorated in the finest luxury with chic French linens and simplistic furnishings. All feature the finest of amenities as they look out over the hillside and the Caribbean Sea. The new villas are 7,000 square feet. They feature three bedrooms and a private swimming pool. The new and renovated guest rooms at Le Sereno are environmentally friendly with solar panels, LED lighting and air condition and heat exchange systems.
The Spa Le Sereno was completely remodeled as the hotel was rebuilt following the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The spa features ocean facing pavilions with one wall open to the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Sea. You can also enjoy a massage or facial in the couple’s suite or in your guest room. The spa offers a variety of spa treatments and specializes in Swiss Valmont’s skincare line. The spa also has a fitness room.
Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant and bar at Le Sereno were completely redesigned and rebuilt following Hurricane Irma. Chef Alex Simone serves a menu of exquisite Mediterranean meals with fresh ingredients offering choices like salt crusted fish, lobster linguine and fois gras served with mango chutney. The restaurant and bar are chic and comfortable resting under an open air pavilion by the hotel’s outdoor freshwater pool, the beach and the sea. The cozy bar area features leather banquets, Liaigre barstoolles and deep lounge chairs as well as seating areas around low coffee tables. Guests can enjoy the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening candle light romanticizes the dining and bar areas.
What to do
When you’re not enjoying Le Sereno’s pool, spa, restaurant, bar or your comfortable chic guest suite or private villa, there is a lot to do in St. Bart. The pristine Grand Cul de Sac Beach is a great place to laze in the sun, splash in the sea or enjoy water sports. You can snorkel the beautiful coral reef. St. Bart has many beaches to enjoy or you can take a boat or catamaran tour of the island. You can enjoy the views from Morne du Vitet, at 900 feet, the island’s highest mountain. The Birdy Dive Center offers diving tours in the Caribbean Sea. Piscines Naturelles is a beautiful, serene natural pool close to Le Sereno. There are many great restaurants near Le Sereno as well as shopping, galleries and a fun nightlife. We’re happy to see that LeSereno has made a great comeback and is even better than it was before.