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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Plantation Marigot
- La Plantation Hotel