My husband and I stayed at La Plantation for 5 nights in mid April 2008. We had just come from three lovely nights at la Sirena Resort on Anguilla.
The room was well priced and very clean, in fact strongly smelled of cleaning chemicals when we arrived, which luckily dissipated. The room, a middle suite, was very large and spacious. We didn't see any bugs and the mosquito nets helped keep out any mosquitos that happened to enter the room. The bed was very hard as mentioned in other reviews. The bath was just ok. The suite in general was very cleverly detailed with themed stencils and colors. The kitchen was kind of dingy and not well equipped if you plan on doing any serious cooking.
The website claimed that all rooms had an ocean view - which is not correct. We had absolutely no ocean view which I found very dissapointing. We were in the building closest to the pool and the road.
We were strongly advised to keep the outside shutters to the suite closed at night - I guess due to increased crime on the island - and we also kept them closed during the day when we weren't there for security. This was a big negative for me. I really like to have fresh air when I sleep and at least a view and being closed up like that made me feel like I was in a cave and we had to rely on the airconditioning for ventilation. Being shut in and the lack of a water view was not what I had anticipated after reading through the hotel website.
The complementary continental breakfast was delicious and very filling with cereal, ham and cheese, and make your own eggs. The pool was small but very nicely done and the restaurant overlooking the pool was very well maintained. This part of the resort was very tastefully designed and newly remodeled.
Overall the grounds seemed very well maintained. The walk to the beach was not long at all - especially since were were close to the main road - about 5-10 minutes through Esmeralda or Orient Village. As a guest of the hotel, you could use the chairs and umbrellas of 5 of the beach bars on Orient Bay for free and charge any food and drinks to your room - in dollars. We ate at Coco Beach for 2 dinners and a lunch and the food was very good.
We had our rental car delivered to the hotel which was very easy -we dropped it off at the airport when we left the island.
The village of Orient Bay is very charming and very well maintained. No paint peeling anywhere and the houses were all painted very fun caribbean colors. There was a grocery store and restaurants within a short walk of the hotel.
We took a lovely day trip to Pinel Island - well worth the trip - and found some decent snorkeling there. We also got out to green cay via jet ski from on the beaches watersports centers to snorkel and found most of the reefs there dead and disappointing.
The beach at Orient Bay is fun overall - lots of activities. As mentioned in previous reviews, the cruise boat tourists were bussed in which is why we camped out at Coco Beach at the end of the bay that La Plantation is on away from the throngs. Don't go to Orient Bay if you are looking for a more remote quiet topical beach experience.
We ventured up to Pic Paradis via car and found it was very isolated. As we pulled up to what appeared to be the end of the road and top with a handmade sign pointing to a view a minute down the hill, we saw a man in military fatigues scurry accross the road into the woods behind us in our rearview mirror that made us feel very uneasy - we didn't stay.
Oh yeah - the US/ euro exchange rate obviously doesn't favor Americans, but we found that we could still use dollars and the restaurants and stores just did the exchange for us with a calculator, so we found no need to carry around lots of Euros with us. In fact, being able to charge our dinners to the room in dollars was great. I also should mention that we did eat at the La Plantation restaurant twice and found it excellent - the chef was very accomodating with my gluten intolerance. We went to Astrolabe in the Esmeralda resort for lobster Friday and that was also very good.
Overall, I really did like the resort. I wish it had been closer to the water so you could hear the waves, but even if it were, you still had to close yourself in every night. We had just come from Anguilla where we had a suite, that while not ocean front, we were able to keep the sliding glass door on the second floor open and could hear the crashing of waves as we fell asleep and I missed that at La Plantation. However, La Plantation is a very lovely place to stay. The staff was friendly and the resort felt very updated. As someone mentioned in a previous review, you don't spend much time in your room anyway and we found the price at La Plantation worth it.
- 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