My wife and I have just returned from a week at La Plantation in Orient Bay, St Martin. It was our second visit to the island. We had booked the hotel based in great extent on reviews here on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed.
This is a very simple small hotel complex, all rooms in small villas spread about on a hillside. The rooms were very spacious and simply furnished, but painted in wonderful colourful palettes. Each had a great porch, ours two, actually, several nice large French doors, with huge shutters.
The bath was huge, with a nice huge open shower. We liked it a lot. The housekeeping staff kept the whole room absolutely spotless. One of the cleanest hotels I have ever stayed at.
The grounds were constantly being tended to by the gardening company. Lots of nice landscaping and plantings. The sounds of the vegetation rustling at night made for a nice peaceful sleep.
Some have mentioned mosquitoes, I saw three in total.
The main building is simple, with a reception area, a sitting area, and a small library. Outside, a bar and dining area surround the pool. The pool, clean and well kept, was especially nice at night, as the pool lighting changed colours every 15 seconds or so, rotating through several shades of blue and green.
The staff at the hotel were all very nice, eager to help out, book day trips, what have you. Absolutely charming people, it was a pleasure to meet them.
The restaurant is also quite good. For breakfast there is a continental breakfast, with fresh breads and fruits and such, simple, but of good quality, and quite sufficient. In the evenings, the restaurant really shines, serving up superb meals for a price competitive with anything else on the island. My wife insists that the chocolate cake that she had for dessert was the best she'd ever enjoyed.
You must be aware that this hotel is not on the beach, but rather a three minute walk up the road. there is nothing really ON the beach at Orient Bay. It was quite fine though. Orient Bay is a treat, a great beach, and some of the best people watching you'll find.
You must also be aware that only the front-most rooms of the hotel have a view. The ones in behind do not. I would insist in a view with the next booking.
For a middle-priced St Martin hotel I would highly recommend La Plantation. It has an excellent location close to Orient Bay, Grand Case and Marigot, comfortable clean rooms, nice staff, and a superb restaurant. You could hardly ask for more.
- 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