We stayed at L'Esplanade, for two nights, in May, as a stop over before joining our chartered yacht in the B.V.I. We wanted to chill and recover from our flight from Paris CDG.
If you want to stay at a hotel with all inclusive facilities, a beautiful beach and amazing food with doting staff don't stay here. Stay at La Samanna, and pay for it!
If you want to stay in a hotel which exemplifies 'laid back' Caribbean style this IS the place for you, let me explain.....
We loved Grand Case. Fantastic "Lo Lo" restaurants, excellent speciality restaurants, and a really nice beach, interesting shops, but L'Esplanade is sited on a hill about a 5 - 10 minute walk from the "main strip" at Grand Case. It's a really nice walk down to the strip. We felt safe, despite the security guard discretely station half way along the route, and during the day, whilst driving our hire care we witnessed a guy dealing drugs in a side street!
We had an amazing meal at "Tastevin" which was recommended to us by friends who crew a yacht in the B.V.I. We didn't have breakfast at L'Esplanade simply because one had to order it the night before and the individual items were expensive. Instead we hired a car and drove off to Orient Bay for breakfast, amazing. The second morning we drove to Anse Marcel and had breakfast on the beach, near the Radisson Blu, Wow!
There is no dining room at this hotel, to eat you have to walk down to Grand Case or, during the day, eat at the pool bar which provides basic pool snacks, there are no dining facilities at night, you have to walk down to 'the strip' or hire a car.
Our room at L'Esplanade, was a "deluxe ocean view room". Nice. The views of the bay were superb and the sunset stunning. It was clean. The room was spacious, the bed comfortable, and the bathroom facilities adequate although they suffered from the lack of an extractor fan. The towels were small and not luxurious, the toiletries were French, "Damana", but quite frankly a small piece of soap and no shower gel won't do! There was no bath. The hotel provided a very small piece of "hand soap", hair shampoo & conditioner and body lotion. I had to spend $18 on a pump container of shower gel from the small, hotel "subterranean" shop, so that I didn't smell like a "quarterback's" under pants! There was air con and a ceiling fan.
I read another review of L'Esplanade which commented on the absence of staff at reception...well it doesn't test the IQ of anyone with an IQ over 80 to realise that the staff are down stairs in the office, if they aren't actually physically present at reception. It's air con'ed in the office! Surely 20 stairs are not beyond the the capacity of most people to negotiate, even Americans! The set-up at reception can be described as "open-plan". There is free wi fi connectivity.
The pool is small but adequate. There is a swim up bar. The bartender spent most of his time chatting with friends and by no stretch of the Imagination was his service attentive! He was, however, a nice chap, and he did fashion some interesting cocktails! We didn't sample his food.
All in all this hotel was perfect for a 2-3 day stop over. Would I want to stay here for 7 - 14 days?.......No I would not! It's too far removed from the beach and lacks restaurant facilities. There was, however, a couple who had stayed here for 28 days, whom we met at the pool bar, they had had a wonderful time, so may be I expect too much for my money, C'est la vie!