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Club Orient Resort
1 Baie Orientale, 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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“Another wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, we splurged on 40 days at Club O, and have no regrets at all. We again stayed in a mini suite, a great location as we met many friendly people, shared wine and nibbles as well as meals at our unit, and had many interesting conversations. As always, the staff from housekeepers to reception to boutique were cheerful, welcoming and respectful. An empty propane tank was replaced within 5 minutes, allowing us to continue cooking our dinner. The "beach boys" greeted us each morning as we set off for our 7a.m walk, and security said "goodnight" as we ended each evening with our customary walk around the property.
Days of swimming, snorkeling, reading and frequent short walks along the Club O section of beach, as well as daily academic work on the laptop, leave us satisfied and not in need of any night life other than fantastic star gazing.
There are a couple of observations which may be of interest. This is clothing optional, and those of us who are true naturists are a bit amused at the amount of textile worn, not only on the path to and from the beach but even around units. This, as well as the blatant ignoring of the signs indicating that the property is for Club O guests only, raises curiosity as to who really ought to be wandering around the units. Security cannot be everywhere, but cruise ship visitors were occasionally sent back to the beach and reminded of no photos.
We love the "optional" so pack only carry on with a change of clothes for grocery shopping. We have already booked another stay, and look forward to enjoying the warm breezes in a very relaxing environment.

Room Tip: Mini suites 137-142 have more shelter from rains which come off the ocean.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We've visted Club O twice and just returned from our second two week Xmas visit. It is a wonderful place and probably the best naturist resort we've visited--and we have been to quite a few in North America and Europe. The expansive grounds, unparalled beach and pristine water are the main highlights. The accommodations are simple, but clean and comfortable.
The area where we would like to see some improvement is in the night-life. The Papagaya restaurant has excellent food and on most nights some form of entertainment. However, for the last two years there has been very little variety in the type of entertainment and music. There are two or three regulars who are DJ's and/or have electronic back-up and sing. However, most of the songs are the same every night. Occasionaly one hears a song from this century--Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas--but this is rare and it is always the same song. The vast majority of the songs are "golden oldies" with the emphasis on oldies! We'd really like to see the music updated and some more variety. We were there to holiday and wanted to go out at night, but some nights we just stayed home because we were developing musical ear-worms from hearing the same songs over and over. We think there may be other guests like that. Improve the entertainment and there will be more people coming out for dinnner and spending the evening listening to music and dancing. That will benefit the guests and the resort and make it better than it already is.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We've vacationed in St. Martin since the mid 80's, and have found ourselves spending more and more of our beach time at Club O's beautiful beach. Finally, several years ago , we decided to try staying there. And we loved it! Some will describe the accomodations as "rustic", (no TV or pool) but this is no problem, in fact it is part of the charm. Just getting up in the morning, not getting dressed, taking our coffee down to our reserved chairs and feeling the warm sun rising is worth the trip. Besides the chairs and umbrellas, there is free wi-fi. The staff is friendly and helpful. Besides the 2 restaurants, it is a short walk to the textiled end of the beach to other terrific beach bars/restaurants, our 2 favorites are Ethnic & Orange Fever. It's also only a short drive to many other fine restaurants in Orient Village, Grand Case, or Oyster Pond. Our only complaint is that the time flies by too quickly.

Room Tip: The 2 lowest priced rooms are the mini/suite and the studio - both priced the same. The m/s is large...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We have been going to Club O for 17 years and watched it get better and better. Papagayo for great lunches, the (air conditioned) library where you can exchange books, cool down, just hang out. And The Perch Bar for a happy hour cocktail made by the best...Willie! She always remembers just the way you like your drinks. (Mudslide and Banana Daquiri - yum!!) Can't forget a quick stop in the shop to see Zoe - newly renovated this year - and pick up that perfect souvenir.

The beach is always quiet and watching the 'cruiser's' walk by as though they aren't looking at Club O guests, is entertaining.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My husband and I have been going to Club Orient each year for the past year. We stay in the Garden Chalets. They are roomy and outfitted with everything we need. The beach is magnificent, we spend the whole week on the beach. There is really no need for clothing, we each take a pareo, our pills and a toothbrush. We eat at the restaurant or barbeque on the patio. We have even asked Andy from Bay Watch restaurant to whip us up something to microwave later for dinner. Walking the 1+ mile beach nude each morning to start the day is a dream come true..followed by a fresh baked crouissant. I wish we could go 3 times a year...this is a place not to miss.

Room Tip: We like the GardenChalets.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

No pool, only the beach. I love the beach, so, this is not a problem for me... I have been there many times but only for the day... They have day fees for parking and lounge chairs and umbrellas. I have been there when a 2000 passenger nude cruise is there and it seems that everyone is on the beach. I almost got the feeling the local nudists wanted the Gawkers and Photographers back. People wearing any form of clothing felt severely outnumbered and awkward.

Generally though, the beach is sleepy and peaceful... Great for wind surfing!

If you are solo and well established in the nudist community you are sure to run into people you know, I always do, every time I have been there. Living in a large nudist resort and traveling via nude cruises and staying in Nudist RV parks, one tends to run into the same people over and over.

At one time the entire length of Orient bay was clothing Optional, now you can get detained if you are naked on the non Club Orient parts of the beach (the other side of Pedro's). Regardless, currently, Orient Beach Remains the largest, most nude and most public nude beach in all of the Caribbean. I understand the desire to protect it. If someone buys the resort and turns it textile, nudism in Saint Martin will end...

Room Tip: I have never spent the night and only seen the inside of a few rooms. However, I would expect not mu...
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We've been to the island at least 12 times over the last twenty years. 9 stays at Club O and a day visit 20 years ago when it was the only thing besides Pedro's at that end of the bay. We like the mini suites deluxe because they are quoted than the other semi-detaches units and we have stayed in the one bedroom units right on beach. They're Great but pricey. Food at the restaurants is fine, we cook in our unit or BBQ quite a lot and rarely leave the grounds. Putting on clothes is so tedious.

  • 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
    • 4 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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