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Hotel La Plantation
4.0 of 5 Villa   |   C5 Parc de La Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ontario
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“Lovely week at La Plantation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

This was our second visit to La Plantation. We went last year and loved it. It is not really a hotel per se and is definitely not an all inclusive resort. It is a series of triplex bungalows built on a hill. We again asked for an upper level room and got the same room (881) which has a magnificent view of the Atlantic tfrom the patio. Nothing had changed from last year. The room is simple but clean. There is a small, flat screen TV which we hardly turned on (there are a few English language channels including CNN). We used the small kitchenette for our lunch. There are dishes, dish soap, towel, sponge, cutlery, coffee maker (bring filters), microwave, 2 burners, some pots & pans, bar sized fridge. Breakfast is included and is very good - excellent coffee, juice, fruit, cold cereal, oatmeal, toast, scrambled eggs, yogurt and a basket of delicious baguette, croissants and chocolatines which they bring to your table. We would buy food for our lunch at the one little grocery store in the village as the restaurants are not cheap and eat on our patio overlooking the ocean. However, we went out for dinner every night. We ate at the hotel, Le Piment and Thai Chi, all of which are very, very good. The beach, ocean and village are only a 5 minute walk from La Planatation. We chose Orient Bay mainly so my husband could windsurf. There is a great windsurfing rental place, Vela, right on the beach. It was nice and windy all week so my husband had a great time. I walked the beach, read, and swam in the ocean. La Plantation provides guests with a little card that means you can use the chairs and umbrellas on the beach for free (otherwise it is $10 U.S. per chair). Be aware that there is a nude beach at one end and that at the 'regular' beach, a lot of toplessness. In the afternoon the beach is quite busy as cruise ships bus people in. There were some jet skis but not as many at other places we have visited. There are also people selling stuff on the beach but none of them were obnoxious. All in all, it is a great place for a holiday but you do have to make your own fun, since, as I mentioned, there are no all inclusive resorts at Orient Beach and, aside from a pool, La Plantation does not have any activities (not even a gym).

Pros: Gorgeous long beach and beautiful clean water to swim in, great food, great windsurfing, nice and quiet in our upper level room

Cons: beach a bit noisy in afternoon, mattress & pillows soft - a bit hard on my back & neck, hotel does not provide coffee filters for coffee maker (bring from home), key for doors a bit of a challenge to get used to, water pressure low

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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North Libertyt, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

We just return from 7 days at the La Plantation. It was everything I expected and more. Everything was clean and the help was very friendly. The morning breakfast was fresh and plenty of it for everyone. I would definity stay there again. By the way it was a 5 minute walk to the beach and 5 minute walk to supermarket and 5 resturants and bars. You never have to leave at night and it was very safe. The food was excellant everywhere we ate. One advice is to stay in walking distance at night I would not leave gated commuity at night. Oh and bring your coffee and filters, you do have dishes and cups ect. in room frig and mirowave. You do have a safe also in the room.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We decided to take a cruise that started in St Martin in January . If it snows the day of the cruise you may miss the boat. We left
Thursday for our Saturday cruise. My travel agent suggested either La Plantation, with a 5 minute walk to the beach or a resort on the beach for another $200. We opted for La Plantation. We spent three days on CoCo Beach which was one of the closer of the five beach concessions offered, at no extra charge, by the hotel. Our bungalow could have used a little modernization, but it was clean and tidy. Our windows had a view of the ocean through the palm trees. The staff was friendly and helpful. Since check out time was 11:00AM and we were not allowed on the boat until 2:00 PM we locked our bags in the baggage room. We spent the day at the beach and returned to the hotel to use a shower room/ changing room at no extra charge.
As for mosquitoes, the first night in the room, a bug flew around my head and I killed him, but I assume that any hotel in the area would have the same bug problem. Our bed was surrounded by mosquito netting which we opted not to use.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This was our 3rd stay here, and in past, we loved this resort, have fond memories. We booked with Air Canada Vacations -never do that! Nice to see the resort was fully booked. We always loved the privacy of the bungalows, up on the hills with beautiful views and sounds of the ocean. However, we were given the worst rooms in the entire resort- suite 500 + 502. In past, we thought it was the maid's storage, because they always hung out there chatting. And we got to hear them yabber every morning when trying to sleep in when sick with a bad cold. We we asked them to chat elsewhere please, we got attitude, and the yabber recommenced again the next day. We listened to every car, truck and motorcycle entering Orient Beach bump and grind over the speed bump right outside our windows. We all slept terribly all week from listening to incessant traffic and breathing diesel exhaust. We also had a great view of everyone eating at the restaurant or swimming in the pool - absolutely no privacy. If you like Euro disco, you will get plenty of it on the balcony of room 500. It was a spacious suite for us and our adult kids, but we'd much rather have taken smaller quarters. We were given no option when we asked at check in.Something about Air Canada on this island. Our plane also was not given fuel to leave at the end of our holiday, yet all the US airlines, Sun Wing and Air France took off at the same time fine. They said they were out of gas at the airport. We got to stay an extra night in a fleabag, and spend a total of 10 hours in the airport over 2 days. Oh, and the crew and captain forgot to wake up to leave the next morning, so all passengers waited an extra 2 hours for them to drag their hungover butts to the plane. They were first to take rooms (we waited 2.5 hours to get an assignment), and last to show up. We tried 8 hotels on our mobile, but all were booked. On the destitute, filthy hotels had space.

The hotel cleaners provided wash clothes and hand towels only once all week. Beach towels are apparently a rare commodity. They were either out, or if after 2-3 days we asked to ecxhange for clean ones, they asked us if were were really sure we needed them?!

The restaurant and pool have been very nicely updated since our last visit and it is a very pleasant spot, dinner is great. But breakfast is exactly the same every day with no variation. Is it difficult to make different types of eggs than scrambled, or french toast? Service was good there and a new team and chef manage it. Front desk could take lessons from them.

The hotel was clean and brightened up, cleaner than I remember last time, although if you are a stickler, maybe not for you. Would we stay here again? Yes, but only if we had upper units in the 600's- 900's etc. Do we feel ripped off by Air Canada? Absolutely. We thought we'd have nice safe flights, good care. Nuh uh. In April, we are flying West Jet again.

Room Tip: Location was terrible for us in suite 500 -other bunglaows are great. Food is great at Astrolabe acr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We decided to book this report based on the reviews we read on trip advisor. This resort is exactly as described. I would describe it more as pension or bungalows within a gated community. Our bungalow was next to pool and i think it made a world of a difference. Breakfast is served pool side daily so we could walk to breakfast and come back to our room to change for the beach. The breakfast buffet included a few hot items, cerals, fruits, juices, cold cuts and etc.. I mostly ate from the warm bread basket that was brought to our table and indulged in the coffee machine. Breakfast is not a hug meal for me. Another perk of this hotel is that it's walking distance to the beach and to the beach clubs (individual beach style beach side restaurant clubs that are referred to as "the five stars"). Yet another perk of staying at the Plantation is that it allows you free beach chairs, otherwise the chairs are 20 euros per person per day. We would basically go to the beach everyday and visit one of the five stars. As we had read in reviews the front row is usually reserved for customers that are paying out of pocket for the chairs so i never expected front row. However if they beach was not over crowded the servers on more than one occasion let us sit in the front row without having to pay any additional fees. The food is expensive at these beach restaurants but to me it was worth it to enjoy atmosphere. Also the plantation is walking distance to an enclave of several restaurants (within the gated community) so there are plenty of dining options if you don't want to venture out too far. I would however recommend renting a car, we used our car at least one a day to visit other parts of the island, take day trips, got to the grocery store and etc... The kitchenette inside of our bedroom was a bit outdated but it was functional enough to keep cold drinks and snacks in the fridge. A grocery store is within short driving distance. We found the staff here prompt and polite. Parking was not an issue and there was a few spots facing our bungallow. Our bungallow had a very nice sized patio that faced the pool. We would often have drinks (we stocked our fridge) prior to going out to dinner. The resort also has full bar, but i never saw more than 5 or so people there so we didn't bother. The resort was kind enough to offer us welcome drinks at the bar during our first night. We were tired so we didn't use it. There are bugs in the patio (mosquitos...i think maybe native to the island?). So we never left the doors to our room open. Otherwise bugs would come in. I read this in a review so we knew what to expect. I felt safer in this community than i did in some of the other areas of the island. There is always a guard in the entrance of the community during the evenings. But we are not flashy when we travel and we felt fairly safe. We really enjoyed our stay here.

Room Tip: If you enjoy convenience stay near the pool. If you like privacy select of the bungalows that are mo...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

This was our 3rd time at the hotel. We have stayed in all 3 styles of rooms. This past December 2011 we stayed at the top row for the first time. The view was lovely. The rooms are kept very clean but I do believe they need new bedding. No mosquitos at our place, in fact never saw one.
The first time we stayed there we were really impressed with the paintings on the walls. But now is the time to refreshen the rooms, and they need to put more lamps in as it so dark in the room with the few they have. We did ask for another and a lamp came pretty quick. We love the pool area, almost always empty and it is a short walk to the beach.
I don't think we will stay there again until the rooms are modernized, painted, and new sofas would make such a large difference. Our cleaning lady was very sweet.

Room Tip: The top row has a great view. The resort is quiet at night, although music, boom boom boom is heard...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We found the hotel room very run down. Lighting was poor, the bathroom needs renovations and the kitchen applainces were rusted. We had a problem with bugs (worms) that could not be resolved. The bed was so uncomfortable that we actually left and moved to another hotel close by. The staff was not very helpful in trying to fix any of these issues. I would never go back and would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C5 Parc de La Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Plantation 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the north Atlantic coast of St Martin in the heart of the beautiful Orient Bay Resort, LA PLANTATION voted one of the best small hotels in the Caribbean, features St Martin’s most popular beach with its 3 mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. Hotel LA PLANTATION unites French West Indian Charm the comfort of modern amenities and personalised service.17 Stylish colonial villas are set amidst 7.5 acres of tropical gardens. A harmonious blend of luxurious palms, banana trees, bougainvilliers , hibiscus and alamanda encircle the Creole coloured villas capped with shingled roofs. Each ground floor villa comprises one suite and 2 studios which maybe rented separately or combined through interior, connecting doors. The atmosphere is decisively exotic, guest rooms are tastefully decorated in warm colours and original art work. The large terraces are cooled by the trade winds and offer for the upper level categories panoramic views over the bay, surrounding islands and the marine reserve. ... more   less 
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