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Club Orient Resort
1 Baie Orientale, 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Reliably excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

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.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Memphis
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

We spent the last 10 days in a "mini-suite" at Club O and could not be happier with the value. We had visited Orient Beach previously, but not an extended stay at the resort. The food at the main restaurant was above average, but a little pricey. Perch Bar was very entertaining, If anyone happens to want further information, do not hesitate to contact us at blinky8773@yahoo.com. We both look forward to a return visit in October.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

My wife and I spent New Years and the first three weeks at this truly superior resort. Cabins were well appointed, service and cleanliness excellent, Boutique well-stocked, evening dinners and entertainment were perfect. Staff led by Steve and Florence attended to our every need. We were fortunate to team up with other couples who we have met previously. Office staff took care of every need, the grounds were meticulously taken care of. This was our seventh visit and we will, of course, return again next year.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

Have been a "daytrippers" to Club O in the past but never stayed until this trip. Studios are small and compact. No TV except in club room. Cooking utensils are hit and miss--- ours were OK, friends' were excellent. The real assets of Club O are the staff. From the cleaning ladies to the restaurant staff to the front desk everyone was extremely helpful and kind. Boutique/grocery prices are in line with French side prices--- Dutch side prices are better but with much further drive--- but even shopping here is clothing optional! Music at the bar is every nite except Sundays and Tuesdays and the clothing optional parties are well-known. Food at restaurant is very good but Grand Case food is even better. Go and experience Club O!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kissimmee, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

We just returned from a 10 night stay at Club Orient. It was our twentieth annual December stay and the best. Wearing nothing but sun screen seems totally natural at ClubO and even a woman whose husband surprised her by booking a nudist vacation became comfortable enough to go nude and vow to return next year. The beach was wide and sugar white. The palm trees and flowering shrubs beautiful. We enjoyed dinning at the Papagayo restaurant with dancing and karaoke after dinner without dressing. We met many wonderful people we hope to keep in touch with in the future, as well many old friends who return every year at the same time as we will next year.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East of england
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Club O is the perfect setting for a clothes free holiday. Superb accomodation set in beautiful grounds, great customer care, pleasant bar, well equipped shop ....

We had a wonderful time swimming in the warm, clear and calm sea, lounging on the pure white beach on the free sun loungers.

Downside no pool, pricey and the visitors from the Cruise ships walking up and down the beach

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

We have stayed at Club O seven times in the past 12 years and have committed to trying to make it at least once every year from now on. From the moment you check in everyone you encounter, from the front desk staff, to the terrific women in Le'Boutique store, to the security guards that make the place so secure, to the guests themselves, EVERYONE make you feel welcome. As many have stated, when you are nude you don't just remove clothes; you remove barriers to communication. People are so open and approachable. We have made friends over the years with several couples we have gotten to know on the beach and now we try to overlap our trips with theirs so that we can rekindle our relationships.

It is a very accepting crowd. Someone in a previous posting asked whether gay couples would be accepted. We were there a few years ago and there was a couple staying there made up of a female and a pre-op transexual male. We were in the office the day they checked out and overheard them telling the front desk staff how apprehensive they had been about staying at a nude resort where clothing would not hide his physical difference, and how grateful they were that other guests had been friendly and accepting of them, and that they would be back again.

The resort has everything you need. Sometimes it is cathartic to get away from TV for a while. I am mid-50's, but am a night owl, and also wish things didn't shut down at 10 PM, but my wife and I just go back to our waterfront chalet, sit sipping cocktails in the patio chairs outside our unit, and enjoy the breeze and the ocean sounds. It is really unbelievably relaxing the entire time we are there. And for a type-A self-employed person it is the only time all year that I truly feel that way.

Just give it a try. Nudity comes very naturally in a place where it is completely acceptable, like Club Orient, and you can only believe how wonderful it is if you give it a try.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Baie Orientale, 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#2 Best Value Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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

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