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.
- 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