To say the Alamanda is a "resort" is a stretch. To say it is in a "resort area" is more accurate. The Alamanda is located next to a "square" with a number of restaurants, small businesses, a laundry (not a laundromat), and a small grocery store. The grocery store is about the size of a U.S. convenient store and is across the street from "the square". Look for the name "Casino". Beach restaurants/bars and watersport activities are on the beach immediately to the south. The hotel was pleasant, clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful. We were there 6 days and saw no bugs. There is a concern about mosquito-born illness, but during 6 days, including a visit to the Loterie Farm and hike through the jungle to Pic du Paradis, we saw only two mosquitoes and we were not wearing repellant (although we had some at the ready). There were no rats (although there were three friendly cats that roamed the grounds). As far as we're concerned, the Alamanda is on the beach. Walk down a 50 foot path, cross a dirt beach access road and you're there. Because you're staying at the Alamanda, you get free access to the beach chairs from the beach restaurant next door. The Alamanda's swimming pool was large, clean, and you'll probably have it all to yourselves. The continental breakfast was good -- unlimited coffee or tea, a large glass of juice of your choice, a large serving of fresh fruit, and a basket of breads and pastries. You can order more (omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, etc.) at additional cost. However, we found the added cost items were the equivalent of food at Denny's. Contrary to their website, there was no airport shuttle. We took a taxi and it was $25 (dollars) one way for two people. We had an ocean view room on the second floor (recommended). You can see the ocean through the coconut trees from the ocean view rooms but you will not have an unobstructed view of the ocean. The room was large, air conditioning worked well, there was a ceiling fan, several chairs, a table, and a king sized bed with a firm, but comfortable mattress. The TV brought in about 40 channels. The room had a kitchenette and a balcony with two chairs, foot rests, and tables. The hotel loaned us a converter for electricity for a refundable $100 deposit. WiFi was available, but was inconsistent and unreliable. The bathroom was large with a hair dryer and a selection of soaps/shampoos.
Our only beef was the bathroom tub (as others have stated). The tub had a significant step-over. It was wider at the top than the bottom (i.e., it tapered down). I could stand sideways and my heels and toes could touch the bottom sides. The shower head could be used as a regular shower or a hand-held one, but we always used it as hand-held. There was no shower curtain or shower doors and water went everywhere. There were no grab bars. Given the shape of the tub, high step over, water everywhere and no grab bars, I would caution you to be very careful getting in and out of the tub.
About the exchange rate: As I write this, the exchange rate was $1 = 1.37 euros. Prices are often listed in euros. For a ballpark figure, add 40% more to get the dollar amount. For instance, if a hamburger is listed at 10 euros, 40% of that is $4, so that hamburger will run you about $14. The beach restaurants/bars on the beach often have a 1:1 exchange rate and it's MUCH cheaper to eat there (or get food at the small grocery store), rather than eating at the "square" next door.
To save a buck or two, the Butterfly Farm is located down the "beach access road" a 25 minute walk from the Alamanda. The road is well-traveled but narrow, so walk facing traffic and keep well to the side. We really liked the Alamanda, would recommend it (and its location) and would return.
- 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