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    Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    Bonjour! At Le Guanahani, we had a wonderful chef, Philippe Masseglia, and his wife, who also worked there. We became good friends every time we went back and Philippe was so personable and would always take time for us to spend visiting with him and his wife, and also giving us cooking lessons, etc. When Irma came, we were naturally worried about him as our hotel closed for the last 4 years. Then I read somewhere that he was a private chef for the Eden Rock villas! Does anyone know what he might be up to in 2021-2022? I know he is a triathlete of note and has been in France but I was wondering if anyone has been in contact with him?

    Also, we noticed that Le Guanahani has now converted to a beach restaurant and the formal restaurant that was in the back does not seem to be there anymore. The beach restaurant (The Beach House) was a little outdoor resto in the sand with some nice music on occasion while we were there but this seems to be their only restaurant at this time (much enlarged), taking away the old pool restaurant where we had breakfast and lunch on occasion..yes, lobster lunch! I was wondering if anyone had spoken to the new owners about this big change; it seems like it is a full time "toes in the sand" experience..I am quite surprised that there seems to be no real formal restaurant there and there is only one choice, along with what seems to be a really nice beach bar. Many thanks in advance for any info you might have!
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    Re: Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    Gina, your post has the most information I have seen re this newly renovated landmark. Thanks so much for bringing it's latest blueprint up to date for all of us.
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    Re: Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    "A menu to be shared", "family-style plating". That's different... Perhaps they will no longer require long pants at dinner.

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    Re: Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    "A menu to be shared", "family-style plating". That's different... Perhaps they will no longer require long pants at dinner.

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    We may just book a week there next year to provide an embedded report!
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    Not sure what Philippe is doing at the moment but his wife just took over as director of the St Barth Tourist Office, where she has been the interim director for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    We may just book a week there next year to provide an embedded report!
    We would be delighted to see you and thank you in person for all you do! And Amy and Phil will be there, and I think Dennis, too!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgreaux View Post
    Not sure what Philippe is doing at the moment but his wife just took over as director of the St Barth Tourist Office, where she has been the interim director for a while...

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    This is so nice of you to share this wonderful news. She is a truly lovely person, as is her husband, and I am glad that they are staying on the island. I will have to make an effort to find the tourist office to say "hello". Thank you again!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil62 View Post
    Phil, I am pretty sure you have read the tea leaves correctly; I am wondering if there isn't a push to the less formal side of things? Actually, we loved the formal dinner part of the old restaurant, but maybe they are having a "California moment". I wonder how bad the mosquitos and the gnats are on the beach in the evening, however. They were pretty bad at the old formal restaurant, though. Thank heavens for all of the good advice we got from Kevin et. al for Mosquito Milk, aka "Eau de Saint-Barth", of which I have multiple bottles, and I give them as gifts as well, to my traveling friends. (If anyone needs any, you can get it in America under the name "Net Effect" online. I kind of love the smell of it, and for anyone who has really sensitive skin as I do, you can literally sleep in it. Deet approx. 20% from what I understand but it really works!)

    I am not sure if I will like the new resto but will give a report when I get there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davesmom View Post
    Phil, I am pretty sure you have read the tea leaves correctly; I am wondering if there isn't a push to the less formal side of things? Actually, we loved the formal dinner part of the old restaurant, but maybe they are having a "California moment". I wonder how bad the mosquitos and the gnats are on the beach in the evening, however. They were pretty bad at the old formal restaurant, though. Thank heavens for all of the good advice we got from Kevin et. al for Mosquito Milk, aka "Eau de Saint-Barth", of which I have multiple bottles, and I give them as gifts as well, to my traveling friends. (If anyone needs any, you can get it in America under the name "Net Effect" online. I kind of love the smell of it, and for anyone who has really sensitive skin as I do, you can literally sleep in it. Deet approx. 20% from what I understand but it really works!)

    I am not sure if I will like the new resto but will give a report when I get there!
    As a frame of reference, davesmom . . . Eden Rock eliminated its high-end restaurant & consolidated the concept with the more casual “Sand Bar” on the beach. It works very well! I expect that Guanahani — & Rosewood — will make the same happen there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    Perhaps they will no longer require long pants at dinner.
    “Resort casual wear” they specify.

    Does that suggest cotton or linen slacks in the evening at a five star tropical resort ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    “Resort casual wear” they specify.

    Does that suggest cotton or linen slacks in the evening at a five star tropical resort ?
    It does to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    We may just book a week there next year to provide an embedded report!
    We were reflecting back over dinner last night and think we spent our 25th, 30th and 35th at the G. Only fitting we have a visit in our 50th year!

    The place looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesmom View Post

    Also, we noticed that Le Guanahani has now converted to a beach restaurant and the formal restaurant that was in the back does not seem to be there anymore. The beach restaurant (The Beach House) was a little outdoor resto in the sand with some nice music on occasion while we were there but this seems to be their only restaurant at this time (much enlarged), taking away the old pool restaurant where we had breakfast
    I think the Beach House is where Indigo used to be, not the little place on the sand...

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    I agree! This photo shows the new layout with the Beach House.

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    This is a nice touch - farm and boat to table!

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    A knockout of a setting.
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    Re: Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
    More Rosewood 6th Night Complimentary


    • WHAT’S INCLUDED
    • Luxurious accommodations
    • Stay 5 nights, receive 6th night complimentary
    • Roundtrip airport / seaport transfer
    • Signature welcome beverage
    • Welcome amenity
    • Daily breakfast in the restaurant
    • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the resort
    • Twice a day housekeeping service
    • Rosewood Explorers children’s program offering locally inspired activities
    • Access to Sense, A Rosewood Spa®
    • Outdoor tennis court lit for night-time play, including use of racquets and balls
    • Non-Motorized Water sports equipment
    • TERMS & CONDITIONS
    • Rates are subject to change and availability at time of booking; black-out dates may apply. Rates are not valid in conjunction with other offers or applicable to group bookings. Rates are based on single/double occupancy per bedroom per night and may vary by arrival date, room type and/or length of stay. Rates exclude applicable tax, gratuity and surcharge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    We were reflecting back over dinner last night and think we spent our 25th, 30th and 35th at the G. Only fitting we have a visit in our 50th year!

    The place looks great!
    That is quite a big milestone on the horizon. An early congrats to you both!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
    More Rosewood 6th Night Complimentary


    • WHAT’S INCLUDED
    • Luxurious accommodations
    • Stay 5 nights, receive 6th night complimentary
    • Roundtrip airport / seaport transfer
    • Signature welcome beverage
    • Welcome amenity
    • Daily breakfast in the restaurant
    • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the resort
    • Twice a day housekeeping service
    • Rosewood Explorers children’s program offering locally inspired activities
    • Access to Sense, A Rosewood Spa®
    • Outdoor tennis court lit for night-time play, including use of racquets and balls
    • Non-Motorized Water sports equipment
    • TERMS & CONDITIONS
    • Rates are subject to change and availability at time of booking; black-out dates may apply. Rates are not valid in conjunction with other offers or applicable to group bookings. Rates are based on single/double occupancy per bedroom per night and may vary by arrival date, room type and/or length of stay. Rates exclude applicable tax, gratuity and surcharge.


    That is pretty much what you get now. When we used to go in April, (low season), they had included a 1/2 day boat trip, car, spa visits, a dinner...I guess those sorts of packages have gone the way of the dinosaur, though. New world in hotels out there for sure. That being said, they have been very nice to "old clients" so you might have your travel agent inquire about other amenities if you are staying longer than 6 nights. Now I will have to book those and pay separately. We are right behind you in anniversaries and also love to celebrate there, as many as possible. (Alternative celebrations have been at Le Sirenuse in Positano..highly recommended for your 50th, JEK!)

    As for the restaurant, yes, for sure, that does replace Indigo but on our last trip, there was this little barbecue on the sand restaurant thing they had set up, off to the left of Indigo toward the Marigot side as you were facing the water. One of the waiters that we knew from Nikki was there that night, singing. (Super fun!) I am guessing if ER can re-do, Le G must have felt the same when rebuilding. You may want to wear pants, just to keep from being bitten up by bugs, even if not required! I am curious to see how their restaurant works and very eager to try the new Sand Bar, too! All suggestions are welcome!
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    Re: Question about Philippe Masseglia and Le Guanahai restaurant

    Quote Originally Posted by davesmom View Post
    That is pretty much what you get now. When we used to go in April, (low season), they had included a 1/2 day boat trip, car, spa visits, a dinner...I guess those sorts of packages have gone the way of the dinosaur, though. New world in hotels out there for sure. That being said, they have been very nice to "old clients" so you might have your travel agent inquire about other amenities if you are staying longer than 6 nights. Now I will have to book those and pay separately. We are right behind you in anniversaries and also love to celebrate there, as many as possible. (Alternative celebrations have been at Le Sirenuse in Positano..highly recommended for your 50th, JEK!)

    As for the restaurant, yes, for sure, that does replace Indigo but on our last trip, there was this little barbecue on the sand restaurant thing they had set up, off to the left of Indigo toward the Marigot side as you were facing the water. One of the waiters that we knew from Nikki was there that night, singing. (Super fun!) I am guessing if ER can re-do, Le G must have felt the same when rebuilding. You may want to wear pants, just to keep from being bitten up by bugs, even if not required! I am curious to see how their restaurant works and very eager to try the new Sand Bar, too! All suggestions are welcome!
    Greetings to you, DavesMom! . . . with respect to the differences in offered amenities, I would note that packages of low season, probably four years ago, are pretty much an ancient memory . . . especially when put in perspective of the start of a new season, renovations at Le Guanahani, its change in management to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and the nearly breathtaking escalation in prices -- island-wide -- that has occurred since "Irma." I expect that you'll still find our favorite island to be extraordinary and will have a memorable experience there . . . but it's a different milieu than your last experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    Greetings to you, DavesMom! . . . with respect to the differences in offered amenities, I would note that packages of low season, probably four years ago, are pretty much an ancient memory . . . especially when put in perspective of the start of a new season, renovations at Le Guanahani, its change in management to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and the nearly breathtaking escalation in prices -- island-wide -- that has occurred since "Irma." I expect that you'll still find our favorite island to be extraordinary and will have a memorable experience there . . . but it's a different milieu than your last experience.
    You are so right and totally expected..new prices, new hotel, new ownership. We are just grateful that our favorite place is reopened and we got to keep our GM. I hope those price increases indicate that some of it goes to the staff as we appreciate so much the people that work there. It is the same in Italy: everything is making up for the losses of the last few years, and we have no expectation that our past trips will be comparable to our future trips except in the realm of enjoyment and appreciation of those that are still there or have come to make SBH what it is to all of us. We will be very grateful to have to opportunity to be a part of a very special place with far reaching lifetime memories. I again thank all people that have come to live and work on a very special island.
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