We returned to Club Orient after a seven year hiatus. Moving around the US had made St. Martin less convenient. We were delighted to find that the best parts of Club Orient--the naturists, the beach, the water and the sun--had not changed. The restaurant, the fitness center and especially the staff all seemed to work more effectively than our last visits.
The island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten has become busier and less easy to navigate. Traffic is now a certifiable nuisance. If you go, rent the smallest car you can fit in and plan on travel times of an hour from the airport to the resort--more if there is the slightest traffic issue (stalled car, accident, whatever).
The on-site restaurant, Papagayo, now has fairly good--if pricey--food and nice entertainment most evenings. The Orient Bay complex, just up the beach or a five minute drive, is also pricey but also nice for variety in the evenings. As always, we wandered around Marigot and Grand Case. Less to buy, but always a fun meal here an there.
Again, the best part of Club Orient was being naked in the sun and relaxing. One of the very best naturist resorts in the world, and we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Club Orient Resort is situated on the white sand beach of Orient Bay on the Island of St. Martin. We offer 137 spacious ocean front or garden bungalows. Every unit is equipped w/ a full kitchen w/ dining area, ACs, Internet access, front/back patio and more. Onsite grocery store, boutique, watersports facility, spa/fitness center, restaurant, beach bar and grill, tennis courts and more. All these conveniences are located on our property where clothing is optional. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Orient Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Club Orient Baie Nettle
- Orient Naturist Club
- Beach Club Orient
- Hotel Orient
- Club Orient Naturist Resort
- Club Orient Resort St Maarten-St Martin, Caribbean