Just want to post this to warn others to stay away from "Our Rental Paradise" and renting La Perla in St. Martin. My family just got back from a stay there for the first week in January 2011. I wish I would've found this forum prior to renting the house as we would've never stayed there. The house was much less than promised on the "Our Rental Paradise" website. It has completely fallen into disrepair and "managed" by a man named Alvo who is more adept at glad-handing than actually managing or fixing anything. When we arrived, we discovered one of the toilets was broken, a dryer was broken and half of the lights in the house were burnt out. Upon further inspection in the daylight, we found the yard littered with trash, tree trimming debris and paint pans. The landscaping is abhorrent with overgrown messes of bushes to completely dead foliage in planted pots.
The inside of the house was barely better. The house is covered in old security company boxes that don't work, the doors are severly damaged and look like they have been broken into many times and all of the screens on the windows either don't fit or are torn. This ended in disaster when we tried to open our windows and were greeted by swarms of mosquitos each night inside the house.
Although the view from the deck is beautiful and the access to the amazing Dawn's Beach is awesome, the house was far from what was promised.
The owners promise luxurious bedding and 600-thread count sheets. This was an absolute joke. One of the beds had no linens on it and the others were old and worn and smelled like mildew. The towels provided are old, stained and torn and were scary to use. The house itself is split up into 4 separate living quarters with outside separate entrances. This was not explained on the website and was a challenge with small children. We were not comfortable putting our children to sleep in a separate apartment while we stayed up in the main house. The owners also claim to have renovated the entire house. This is a joke as well. Much of the house is original with the chipped tile and old falling apart cabinets to prove it.
Halfway through our trip, the stove stopped working and was never fixed, even though we asked. We were left with a cell phone to contact the manager in case of problems. When we tried to call him, the phone died after two minutes, reporting it had no minutes left.
The worst part came when we were informed that the house had been double-booked and another family would be coming to stay with us for one night!!! We were appalled as there was no room left in the house. When we tried to contact the main office of Our Rental Paradise in MA, the phone rang and rang. When I contacted Carrie by email, she very curtly demanded I send her our confirmations so the situation could be handled "properly." Luckily, I had my confirmation with our dates and sent it to her but shouldn't she have had a copy of it?
The family that was double-booked showed up on the next to last day of our trip wanting to get into the house. After talking with them, we found out the owners had lied to them to cover up their mistake by saying our flights had been canceled due to snow and we refused to leave the house!! After showing the new tenants our confirmation email, they demanded to speak with the owners on Alvo's cell phone which suddenly "didn't work."
Do not rent from these people. They are shady and at best and misrepresent what you are actually getting when you rent from them.