The best attribute of the hotel is its location, backing up to the beachfront and from your room to your very own reserved lounge/umbrella right on the beach or the seaside breakfast/lunch cafes is less than a minutes walk. The beach is the most beautiful on St Martin (see photo) - long crescent shaped with smooth white sand and turquoise sea. We found the waves strong here and calmer a little further south along the same beach. Another bonus is the hotel staff. Gerard, the manager, went above and beyond the call of duty to personally escort us to find a 220 to 110 converter, then called a friend who made a special trip to deliver one. We stayed 2 nights and would come back again. It is not luxurious, but a great value for the price paid and comparable to others. We dined at two restaurants in the Orient Village and highly recommend both - Le Piment and Cote Plage - we had memorable meals at both. LESSON LEARNED: we did not have explicit directions to the hotel and it is hard to find. Turn off main road that circles the island at the gated road that has sign like "Club Oriente" and security guard. This takes you down to the beach area community and main beach road. Drive to main beach road, then left at first roundabout, left at 2nd roundabout, then all the way to the end of the road. Get map beforehand if possible. Be sure to have the right phone number (as the one we had from Orbitz was wrong). Everyone in the area is friendly and willing to help; most speak English along with French. If you pull in at the wrong turn off at the south end of the beach, you'll find yourself in the nudist camp! We rented a car and drove all around the island and found it easy except for the total lack of signs. Be sure to see the rain forest "Lotterie Farm." Will return again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caraibes Beach Hotel (formerly Cap Caraibes Hotel), one of St. Martin’s finest beach front hotels, is directly situated on Orient Beach, most popular beach on the French side of the island. This 3 story, 35 junior suites, Mediterranean styled hotel has beautifully appointed rooms designed to suit a wide variety of tastes and features personalized attentions and services to each of his guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grand Bleu Hotel Orient Bay
- Hotel Cap Caraibes
- Cap Caraibes Orient Bay