La Banane is visually charming, low key, friendly, and unpretentious- all things that can be elusive on St. Barths. The design aesthetic is very cool, with colors, pieces and ambiance that is pleasing, interesting, and cozy. A more intimate and welcoming poolside Inn may be hard to find.
Sadly, it is it's open air charm that can create problems. You will have lots of bugs, and sleep under a mosquito net - not a deal breaker, but far more buggy than other island retreats. Worse, the plumbing on our room was in disrepair (faucet about to fall off it's sink mounting) and -- the bad bad news -- the drains emitted a smell akin to a porta potty. That smell of poop and bad vapors in the outdoor shower drains made relaxing or joining your naked partner in the shower a nonstarter. I have been in public lavs that smelled better. While our hosts stated they would call a plumber, we saw no evidence of this happening, and certainly no results. Moreover, we got the strong sense that this was not a big surprise, and therecwas no continuedfolowup to insure we were happy. Upon pressing, we could move rooms, but only for two nights, then back to the smell. There was no offer of any other restitution, which would have gone a long way in showing sincerity regarding a honeymooning guests' happiness.
Alas, not wanting a hassle, and not enjoying the place fully, we moved hotels -- there are many good options offering slot more amenities, better locations, virtually bug free and right on the water. They are a bit more, but worth it.
If you decide to try La Banane, be sure to discuss smells with the agent in advance, and insure a refund if they become annoying. Other guests said they had none, so maybe it's just our bungalow (#9). Also, you must have a car. No one is around after about 7pm either, so if you are looking for a high level of service this is not the place.
- Also Known As:
- La Banane Hotel
- La Banane St Barthélemy
- Hotel La Banane St. Barthelemy, Caribbean
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Banane—an intimate Parisian-inspired boutique homestead comprised of nine separate bungalows, each with its own private terrace, sensually considered interiors and modern appointments for contemporary travelers—caters to discerning jet setters with a passion for luxury travel in a secluded, otherworldly locale. Located on the glamorous getaway island of St. Barths—the preferred playground of the glitterati—Hotel La Banane responds to the discerning tastes of elite travelers by providing four-star accommodations, vibrant botanicals, a lively bar, and a refreshing pool area with a fringe of coconut palm trees. Hotel guests enjoy proximity to a variety of cultural, sporting, and leisure activities; world-class shopping, a vibrant nightlife, and dramatic vistas. ... more less