The view of Le Sereno & its beach from my room’s terrace…wish I was there again!
Yesterday was absolutely freezing in New York! The low was 19 degrees but with the wind chill it felt more like 7 (Do I sound like a weatherman?!). Today isn’t much warmer. As you could imagine, being outside in this weather is completely miserable! Makes me want to get the hell out of here and jet off to someplace warm and fabulous like the fashionable, tropical island of St. Barths, where I visited this past December. I’ve been there twice and both times I stayed at the ultra hip Le Sereno. It such a cool hotel and the atmosphere is so tranquil and relaxing.
My room during my trip in ’06.
The 37-room boutique hotel was designed by a dream team design trio which includes famed French interior designer Christian Liaigre (whom I admire greatly), lighting designer Arnold Chan and Venezuelan landscape architect Fernando Tabora. Liaigre, arbiter of minimalist chic, is closely connected to the fashion world and has designed interiors for places such as Soho’s Mercer Hotel, Valentino’s New York office, trendy NYC restaurants Spice Market and Buddakan as well as Selfridges in London. He’s also designed private homes for some of the most revered names in media and fashion including the Soho loft of Rupert Murdoch, homes for Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld and the amazing French Polynesian private island estate of makeup artist and cosmetics king Francois Nars.
The room I shared with a friend in ’07. The last picture is of its terrace…you can see the reflection of the ocean through the window.
The designs of the rooms at Le Sereno are relatively simple but luxurious. Stark white walls and linens provide contrast to the striking dark woods and a mixture of modern wenge and French Polynesian inspired teak furniture makes the rooms feel beachy and modern. Open air shutters allow the ocean breeze to fill the rooms.
The hotel’s restaurant and lounge is an elegant open air veranda facing the ocean complete with solar shades that shield guests from the sun.
The deck to the right of the restaurant is the center of the hotel property and is surrounded by tall palm trees and gardens of lush tropical plants and flowers. It also features a stylish assortment of lounge chairs and beds which either face the ocean or the freshwater pool in the middle of the deck. You’ll see such a beautiful and interesting mix of people when lounging at the restaurant or by the deck.
The view of the ocean from Le Sereno’s beach.
Palm trees above my beach bed.
The hotel is situated on St. Barths’ Grand Cul de Sac, which was voted one of the world’s top ten beaches by the Travel channel. At Le Sereno, shady palm trees provide refuge from the sun. It is truly amazing…I SO wish I was back there now!
Had to share this photo of a boat docked at Le Sereno’s beach…love the name!