This is a very nice hotel right next to the beach. The hotel photos are an accurate representation of the property. The 2nd floor rooms seem to be better in terms of view and space. The value of the rooms is very good compared to other properties on the French side.
Breakfast was included in our rate, which is served outdoors on umbrella shaded tables. It is a typical French side breakfast offering. WiFi was essentially useless from our room, however you can go to lobby/breakfast/pool area and get a strong signal. The rooms are large and nicely decorated, but the TVs are small although we did not use them much.
The hotel has an arrangement with one of the beach bars(Kakao) allowing you to have a beach chair and umbrella for each guest. This was really convenient and we used it daily. Kakao will server drinks and food on the beach. The Orient Bay gets crowded when the cruise ships come in(you will see the crowds not the ships), but the beach is large enough that you don't feel cramped.
It backs up to a small town square that has several restaurants including, Sushi, Italian, Pizza and a couple with French cuisine. While none of these restaurants compare to food experience in Grand Case, they are still very good. In addition there are 4 beach restaurants that serve a more casual menu within walking distance. The hotel will provide you with a card that allows to charge your meals from all of these restaurants to your room. There is a small grocery store across from the square, which also has some prepared food items.
The beach is loaded with activities, para sailing, kayaks, jet skis, etc.
There were some older comments about the security of the hotel and the area being run down. However we did not see any issues with security and felt very safe at the hotel. Most of the hotels that we stay in, at least on the French side, are not all inclusive conclaves like you find on other islands. So you do have to venture out some to grocery or the local restaurants. That may be disturbing to some, but to us it is part of the charm that keeps coming to St. Martin.
This is a charming convenient hotel at a great price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alamanda Resort, is situated on Orient Beach, the largest and most animated beach on St. Martin. Small in scale with its 42 deluxe Oceanfront rooms and suites, you'll vacation in style at Alamanda, St Martin's newest and most intimate full service hotel. The charming restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hotel guests have charging privileges at 6 beachside restaurants serving French, Spanish or American cuisine. Multilingual staff, daily maid service, room service, 3000 sq ft convention center along with fax and internet facilities. If you looking to relax, where better than poolside in fresh water pool, sunning in the patio or sipping a drink to the poolside bar lush tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alamanda Hotel Orient Bay