Le Sereno St. Barth's gets new life after Hurricane Irma destruction

Sereno Hotels will reopen Le Sereno St. Barth's on December 1.

Following damage from Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the Contreras family, which owns the property, decided to demolish and to completely rebuild from scratch a significant part of the property, including more than half the rooms and all the public spaces. Design-wise, the property maintains the original style of Le Sereno.

Le Sereno is the reincarnation of Sereno Beach Hotel, originally founded in 1972. In 2002, the hotel's new owners built the newly named Le Sereno with the help of Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, lighting designer Arnold Chan and landscape architect Fernando Tabora. The original team that created Le Sereno was reassembled to undertake the complete rebuild.

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When it reopens, the new Le Sereno will have an entire Bungalow Piscine room category built from the ground up, featuring larger rooms and new interior design. Three new rooms will be added to the Bungalow Piscine category, two of which will be part of a brand-new Family Suite that will have private pools for each suite. For the Bungalow Piscine rooms, the designer "flipped" the previous parquet floors and white ceiling and now the ceiling is made of oak carpentry while the floors feature white stone. New corner couches will be designed to fit into the room, and the ceilings will be open and airy with an extended height of 11 feet at their peak. The open-concept bathrooms will be air-conditioned, and will feature custom made Iroko wood, oak and stone vanities.

All-new waterfront Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms will also be built from the ground up, featuring a larger bedroom and private garden with outdoor bathtubs.

The total room count will increase from 36 to 39 rooms

There will be a new spa and treatment rooms, as well as a fitness facility with new exercise equipment.

The Spa at Le Sereno will be expanded to include three treatment rooms, including the waterfront pavilion. The new fitness room will have new fitness technology and equipment. In between the spa and fitness facilities will be a new garden.

Restaurant Le Sereno will also have a new look, while still maintaining 180-degree views of Grand Cul de Sac. It will have a fully open-air concept. A new bar will be located in the restaurant.

An all new beach restaurant experience will also debut near the waters of the Grand Cul de Sac. Located adjacent to the main restaurant, the new space will offer casual dining under the shade of coconut trees.

Lastly, the property will also have a new on-site retail boutique store.

Photo credit: Sereno Hotels