Brummell - time for a holiday in paradise
From Financial News:
For those looking for the chicest of Caribbean paradises, La Banane hotel on the island of St Barthelemy would be Brummell's pick.
The idyllic island of St Barts was discovered twice: first by explorer Christopher Columbus, who never set foot on it, and second by David Rockefeller who first visited at the end of the 1950s.
Following in the tycoon's footsteps, others came to sample the island's delights. These included one of the world's most famous cabaret owners, Frenchman Jean-Marie RiviÃ¨re. RiviÃ¨re constructed an archipelago of nine bungalows to accommodate his many visitors around his own house. Nestled in the heart of a coconut grove, in a lavish tropical garden with hibiscus, frangipani and jasmine, it is the biggest homestead on the island.
Today it is La Banane Hotel, which has retained the plush 1950s feel. Its nine rooms are split into two categories: Banane Extra, with a private terrace over the tropical garden, and Banane Deluxe, a larger room with a private terrace looking over the pool or facing the tropical garden. A melting pot of different periods and inspirations, the interior decoration of the hotel has been inspired by classical design icons of modernism.
In order to create the feel of a real collector's home, the current owner has put together a unique and rare collection of furniture. Between the tropical surroundings and his passion for modernist lines, the art lover has incorporated references to architect Pierre Jeanneret's work created for the Punjab in India.
Each of the hotel's bungalows pays homage to modernist artists, such as architects Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and other contemporaries from the 1950s such as lighting designer Serge Mouille.
For more details, visit www.labanane.com