(Jessica Sample / Lonny)The weather is getting colder and colder in New York City, which means that the high season in St. Barth's will soon be upon us. Not that I'll be there to enjoy it—at the moment, a round trip is selling for more than $1300. So, instead of checking myself into the poor house and rendering my family presentless, I'm going to bask in the wintertime hot spot's proverbial glow onscreen in this week's installment of Monday Design Daydream.
(Jessica Sample / Lonny)In a sleepy enclave off Lorient Beach, the nine-bungalow La Banane shows the local megawatt hotels how glam is done: quietly and without fanfare. The fern-shrouded compound recently underwent a renovation by designer and manager Benjamin Fabbri, and the results are not your run-of-the-mill island interiors. Along with king-size four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and open-air rain showers tiled in turquoise comes a smattering of accents from the Sinatra era: glazed earthenware table lamps by Jacques and Dani Ruelland; Serge Mouille floor lamps; and original teak-and-cane furnishings by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret (a cousin of Le Corbusier).
(Jessica Sample / Lonny)It's easy to make yourself at home in the main living area, where braided armchairs by Jeanneret share space with a tiger-skin rug and a multihued stuffed macaw. Behind the bar, a fresco by French illustrator and sculptor Cyprien Chabert adds playful edge. But the real showstoppers at La Banane are the two pools, the largest of which has a cheeky yellow-and-white-striped circular island for sunbathing.
(Jessica Sample / Lonny)*Adapted from the May 2013 story by Kathryn O'Shea-Evans entitled "Fantasy Island."
(Jessica Sample / Lonny)