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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Plantation Marigot
- La Plantation Hotel