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Hotel La Plantation
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 18, 2007

This is a beautiful, quiet, romantic place to stay. It is located in Baie Oriental/ Orient Beach. If you are considering a stay in St Martin, you have to choose- French vs Dutch side and whether you want a resort set apart with it’s own patch of beach in front, or something more like the resorts in this area, which is more like a beach community of villas and small hotels tucked back along a much larger public beach. Which you will like the best really depends on the type of vacation you are seeking. We were looking for a romantic, relaxing place to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary sans enfants (without the kids!) and this place fit the bill perfectly.
The property itself sits across the main road (and when I say main road, think a quiet residential road-gated at night-with villas set back behind beautiful landscaping and fences, not a four lane strip in front of the beach). La Plantation is a 5 minute walk down the lane leading past more villas to the beaches of Orient Bay. It is slightly down the hill to the beach, and of course you have to come back up, anyone with reasonable fitness could make this walk several times a day, but if you have mobility issues, it could be challenging. We found it lovely, because it was so quiet and the elevation of the property allowed for distant views of the bay and was surrounded by landscaping in such a way that from our room (most rooms I think) you could only see landscaping, roofs and ocean. We think some of the more expensive villas we passed on that were closer to the beaches, probably do not have much of a view to the ocean because of the string of restaurants and water sports shacks on the beach. We appreciated that the hotel was a little off the main beach and the hustle bustle of taxis and restaurants there.
The Village d’ Orient is on the way to the beach within easy walking distance from La Plantation and includes a little super market, ice cream shop, pizza takeout, beach shop, newsstand, and several restaurants (of varying quality) located around a European looking square. If you don’t have a car or take a cab to the other island hot spots; this is really the only place within walking distance to get some dinner, and hang a bit…there are people playing bocce, tots running around and people sitting outside at the cafes; one night we were there was a little craft fair set up in the square.

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The reception and public areas are all decorated with beachy blues and turquoise. La Plantation looks like it is undergoing significant upgrades, many areas looked newly landscaped. The pool and the restaurant area; alfresco under pavilions, looked recently upgraded, with a poolside bar and lounging area. The staff was busy changing out fences around the pool and overcoming a challenging rock jutting onto the pool deck area. The work was not disruptive at all, but it was fun to watch them bring in a new expert each day to puzzle out how to hide the rock (they decided on a large table in the lounge seating area; you’ll never guess where it is unless you lift the table!). The villas are spread out among several buildings up a small hill, along a pretty lane, nicely lit and landscaped. You can barely see most of them from the lane (which only sees foot and golf cart traffic)The only disappointment was that the fitness room was not yet renovated so it was not open while we were there and we had hoped to use it.

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The front desk staff was very helpful and responsive; making reservations, calling taxis, switching out beach towels, holding room keys, storing luggage and arranging car rentals with good humor and an efficiency that surprised me because we are US east coasters used to a not-entirely-healthy pace of life and we found the service very efficient!

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Our room rate included a continental breakfast (fruit, cold meats and cheeses, juice coffee, breads and “make your own” boiled eggs) and a pass that allowed us to use beach chairs and umbrellas at any one of 5 different beaches on Orient Bay. We also used it for charging privileges with the restaurants associated at each of those beaches and often in their beach shops too. We left our room key at the front desk each morning so we could go to the beach with no need to carry cash or valuables. We were given two beach towels, which we could swap out for clean ones at the front desk whenever needed.
We had a studio; each villa building has a 2 room suite in the middle and a studio on each end (which can be rented all together if needed). There was a large private balcony, with 3 sets of glass doors opening to the terrific view mentioned previously. The balcony is furnished with 2 loungers and wooden dining table and chairs. The room itself was large with a white linen king bed under netting, privately controlled A/C, ceiling fan, table and chairs, desk, a small futon couch, kitchenette, and bath with shower. The room was older, but immaculate; very brightly painted with a nautical theme. There was no clock in the room, and I think there is very good reason for this…we were there to relax, but if you have an early plane to catch, be sure to ask for a wake up call or bring a travel alarm! The bath also had older fixtures, a separate WC, and shower with no tub, several people mentioned the lack of a shower door in other reviews, but we did not find this problematic. The kitchenette had a microwave, electric stove top, small fridge and sink; these were also older, but all in good working order. You could easily prepare some meals here and enjoy them on your teak table and chairs on the balcony or inside at the brightly painted inside table and chairs.
For security, our room had a safe and plantation shutters that closed over the glass doors at night, or when we were on the beach. The whole area felt very safe, probably because security is a priority.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2007

We stayed here in June '07 and loved every minute of it. Our suite was superb and the staff was exceptionally helpful. We will be coming back to this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

This is a great hotel. The staff members are wonderful, very friendly and helpful. You can walk to the beach or drive if you wish. Beach towels are provided by the hotel, but you have to pay for loungers/umbrellas. The hotel pool is very nice and quiet, just to one side of the bar. Nice buffet breakfast included in room rate, or you can purchase a cooked breakfast. We had lunch there one day only and were given a freshly prepared BLT which was just great. Other days we had lunch on the beach or in Marigot or Philipsburg. Dinner at the hotel was fabulous. The chef is really good, we only dined out one night. I don't know how often they change the menu, we more or less had everything on the board the week we were there! Rooms can be up the hillside a bit, but the walk was not too bad, about 5 minutes from our room to the bar. There is an internet access point in reception, or you can take a laptop down to the Bikini Cafe on the beach and use their WiFi. The reception area also has a small library with quite a few books in English, so we were not stuck for something to read on the beach.
A special treat for us was to find that Julie the Manager had spent some time living on the Isle of Man - we don't find many people who even know where it is!
HIghly recommended.

Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed February 15, 2007

Great location, rates and accomdations. The rate includes a wonderful breakfast poolside. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also included in your room stay. You can have lunch at several resturants on the beach and charge it to your room.
The restaurant food is excellent.
Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2007

The La Plantation was an awsome place to stay. It is spartan without being scuzzy. We had a room with an ocean view, so we got to see some water from the room. The terrace was VERY private and the complex itself was very quiet. You are only about a 4-5 minute walk to the Bikini Beach area on Orient. The staff is very friendly and helpful. One thing that we noticed was that the groundskeepers came through every AM and raked all the areas of trash. Not that there was any there to begin with, anyway. The restaurant around the pool area was wonderful. We ate breakfast there every day, which was included in our rate. We ended up eating there a couple of nights, once for Lobster, which is Monday night. There are a few things that travelers should be aware of when they come. These things did not bother us one bit, but we could see where they might to other people. One, the noise from the beach every few nights. Not people yelling or cars screeching, but just muted techno music, which we actually kind of liked. Second, the rooms are simplistic. If a traveler is expecting the Ritz, then you better look elsewhere. There is no shower door, so it is not like you are going to be able to take a luxury soak or similar. Third, the mosquitos are pretty bad in the evenings. Buy some spray. We didn't until the second night, and we were already on the buffet. The village is a 2 minute walk, so you can get whatever you need grocery wise, or eat in the square if you want. Make sure you rent a car, because you will want to go to some other beaches and eat in Grand Case or Marigot. Plus, Orient Beach can get a little tedious when the cruise ship crowds decend from the hive, so you can really only deal with two days in a row. We would certainly stay at La Planatation again, and plan to visit again this December. New Year's is a blast there, but if you want to eat, make reservations months in advance, and be prepared to listen to trance music until 9:30 in the morning no matter where you are on the village.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Buffalo, NY
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

As my title states it indeed is a great place to stay, first from the location point, second - hotel itself. The hotel is in the Orient Bay area, and all of you who have never been to St Martin and are planning your trip p-l-e-a-s-e listen carefully: save yourself amazing amount of time and dissapointment, and head straight to Orient Bay - avoid the rest of the island, especially the Dutch side by a canon shot.

The best 2 things about this hotel are clearly the location - deep within most beautiful God's creation of tropical groves and the most beautiful trees and flowers I've seen - and the peace and quiet you get with a balcony going right out into the grove. Air conditioning is good, there's a safe in the room which we used all the time, and a kitchenette, which was also a good thing when we'd bring sandwiches home. The TV has 2 or 3 movie channels, so we saw movies about every night. While very pleasant and a good value overall, I wil definitely mention the negatives to give you the full picture - there are cockroaches in the bathroom and kitchen area, I personally killed some, it was ridiculous, but seems like every hotel in St Martin has'em. We've told the front desk, and they didn't seem to thing it was too big of a deal - not sure why, those are the french, not the locals. And the bathroom itself was a bit too small, the shower has no door at all - convenient, but you'll be stepping into a puddle of water after you're done. Again, as icky as this sounds I'm giving these people 4 stars because overall it was a very enjoyable place to stay.

We've been around the island and here's how I would sum it up: a bazaar contrast of sheer paradise with awesome beaches and richest Beverley Hills stores (Marigot) and worst saddest poorest ghetto you'd probably ever see anywhere. The part that was seriously dissapointing was the roads - they apprear to NEVER EVER bother fixing any roads whatsoever, I thought roads in NY city were bad - basically don't bother renting anything more than a very basic car, the horrible crumbling roads of St Martin will do their best to destroy it. Couple that with non-stop traffic that's always major, and lets up only at night.

We heard everyone urge us to rent a car and when we did we ended up using it mostly right around Orient Bay, where you don't even need it, everything is a pleasant 5-15 min walk. Very few trips into the island was enough to NOT want to do it again. Pretty much the entire island with very few exceptions is a giant ghetto (with amazing views I should say) with falling apart roads and ugly slums, the locals DO NOT take pride in their own country, it's the saddest thing.

Have you read about the Grand Case village being the "classy gourmet center" of the island? Well we went there - and seriously thought we got lost - only we were not, and found ourselves in the middle of a very ugly and uneasy looking ghetto, the most bazaar part being that those very "classy" restaurants were RIGHT THERE on their narrow main st, amidst slums and steel-barred doors - we didn't even stop and headed right back not knkowing whether to laugh or cry.

So on this pleasant note I will tell you that we had the GREATEST time in Orient Bay - of course starting from the beach, as you've read and heard, yes it is literally just like south of France - amazing cristal blue warm waters, fine sand, gorgeous 80+ deg. weather every day, little rain (We went in April) with the French serving you in their great restaurants (The Indian/Asian one in the center was amazing!), and giiving you Parasailing, Jetskiing and other rides. That beach is the prime reason you should be going to St Martin, not the island - give yourself a favor, and stay either at La Plantation or any Orient Bay hotel, you won't be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Orem, Utah
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Reviewed May 31, 2006

My husband and I stayed here in March '06 for our anniversary. We loved the place! It was quiet and the room was clean and quaint, with netting around the bed, which, by the way IS useful in keeping the mosquitoes at bay! The atmosphere was lovely, the food good and hospitality great. Just a short walk to the beach, but we had rented a car so we just zipped down to Waikiki Beach, where the food is MARVELOUS. We will most likely stay here again next time we come, and probably request the same room as it had a great view!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Additional Information about Hotel La Plantation

Address: C5 Parc de La Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Martin / St Maarten
Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range: $189 - $372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Plantation 4*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the north Atlantic coast of St Martin in the heart of the beautiful Orient Bay Resort, LA PLANTATION voted one of the best small hotels in the Caribbean, features St Martin’s most popular beach with its 3 mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. Hotel LA PLANTATION unites French West Indian Charm the comfort of modern amenities and personalised service.17 Stylish colonial villas are set amidst 7.5 acres of tropical gardens. A harmonious blend of luxurious palms, banana trees, bougainvilliers , hibiscus and alamanda encircle the Creole coloured villas capped with shingled roofs. Each ground floor villa comprises one suite and 2 studios which maybe rented separately or combined through interior, connecting doors. The atmosphere is decisively exotic, guest rooms are tastefully decorated in warm colours and original art work. The large terraces are cooled by the trade winds and offer for the upper level categories panoramic views over the bay, surrounding islands and the marine reserve. ... more   less 
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