Jean-Michael is the recent owner (~1 year), Serge runs the operations (he has been on the island for 5 years, but I'm not sure whether all of that has been at Chez Martine), and Lucinda is the maid (she has worked at Chez Martine for 10 years and I believe is originally from Venezuela). I didn't have the opportunity to meet their kitchen staff, but can tell you the food is amazingly good. Expect a typical French breakfast of strong coffee, baguette, butter & jam, and Laughing Cow cheese, which is included in the room charge.
Jean-Michael does not speak English and Serge's English is limited. Do not expect immediate responses to your emails, etc., it is island time! Plan in advance.
Make sure you make very specific arrival arrangements with Serge for Sundays as most everything is typically closed in Grand Case that day of the week.
Shops and restaurants in the village are closed each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation, this is the place. No TV, radio, telephone and a beautiful, nearly vacant beach (Dec. 8-15). I fell asleep each night to the wind and waves and woke each morning to the church bells and roosters.
If you speak any french, they will love you. Look for Cool Cool who has a chair and umbrella on the beach in the shade of Chez Martine. If you ask, he might be willing to take a walk with you over to Happy Beach.
This was my first stay and I traveled solo. I felt safe and welcomed. After one week, I feel I've found a home away from home and look forward to my next visit.
If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer whatever I can.
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- Also Known As:
- Chez Martine Grand Case
- Chez Martine Hotel Grand Case