My boyfriend and I stayed at the Les Balcons D' Oyster Pond for 7 nights from Jan 2 through Jan 9. I found the hotel using TripAdvisor and reading the reviews and looking at the pictures, which were sparse. So I was taking a bit of chance on the place, but when I got there I was pleasantly surprised that it was EXACTLY what I'd seen in the photos and read about. We stayed in Poolside Bungalow No. 5 and it was very cute with a caribbean flair. The first thing you notice when you arrive is the beautiful, huge terrace that looks out over the marina. It's gorgeously furnished and my boyfriend nearly died when he saw the huge gas grill. When you enter the room there are two twin beds pushed together to make a large bed, a small but functional kitchen, a very cute and modern bathroom, and a small sitting area--all brightly colored and nicely decorated. There was a flat screen TV on the wall, free wireless internet, DVD movies, books and music CDs and a radio/CD payer in the room. Also there was lots of closet space and drawers. As for location, this place is on the French side of the island in a very quiet and remote section. It's not 'close' to anything except for a few beaches (Dawn Beach and an unnamed beach right near horse back riding). It's about 10 minutes from Phillipsburg, 20-30 minutes from Marigot market, 10 minutes from Galion Beach, 15 minutes from French Cul de Sac, 20-45 from the airport and the attractions near that area (casinos, restaurants, bars, etc.) depending on traffic which can be bad. This place is more suited for couples seeking a quiet vacation, not friends on spring break or looking to party. The only small complaints I had is that once the owners of the bungalow found out I had my small maltese dog with me they went and complained to management EVEN though I got permission to bring her from management. In the end there was nothing the owners could do but just knowing that they had a problem with it made me uncomfortable (plus, they live in a bungalow right near ours so I felt like they were spying on us.) In addition, the screen was broken which the owners had to replace while we were there, which increased the amount of times I had to see them and I got eaten alive by mosquitoes.
But these are small grievances and nothing that would keep me from returning. It's obvious that the owners truly care about the place though and they were very nice regardless of the dog miscommunication. I should also note that all the bungalows are different, so I can only vouch for No. 5.
- Also Known As:
- Les Balcons d`Oyster Pond Hotel Oyster Pond
- Les Balcons d`Oyster Pond Hotel
- Les Balcons d Oyster Pond
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Individual bungalows in Caribbean gardens with swimming pool. They are situated on beautiful Oyster Pond with a marvelous view of the marina and sail boats. You will be in a peaceful, quiet, familial and casual ambiance.Our bungalows can accommodate 2 to 5 people. Each unit has a private terrace with splendid view and barbecue grill. ... more less