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“No Surpises!! Pleasant Trip!!!”
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Esmeralda Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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“No Surpises!! Pleasant Trip!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

My first visit to St. Martin (previously a Turks Caicos guy). I was nervous going to St. Martin for a lot of reasons buy my week at the Esmeralda could not have been nicer. The staff: all very nice. The rooms: very large and upgraded. The private pool at each villa: not where you'd spend your day but perfect for that "after-beach" swim. Astrolab Restaurant: Awesome!! Thomas and Christopher are excellent hosts and the food is very good!! Coco Beach Club (the beach club where you get the free chairs): very nice! Yohan and Tony will treat you right! The beach is excellent and you are at the quiet end of Orient Bay but close enough to the more "party" sections. Orient Village (about a 2 minute drive): has a about 5 great restaurants. I'm already thinking about coming back!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

the room is nothing special. seems old, doors stick, bath tube doesn't hold water but it worked as a place to get some sleep. The semi-private pool was very nice and the location on the beach was perfect. Not close to much else but was exactly what we wanted. The employees were all fantastic, very helpful and eager to assist. We accidentally left a tablet on the beach and was put aside for us to recover. Everything you need is close enough to walk to except nightlife. There were some beach bars open a little later but not what you would call "night life". Was perfect for what we wanted.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at the Esmeralda several times. The quality of stay at first was great but fell off 3 years ago or so. The property now has new owners I think and everything has been refurbished, the security is good and we had a blast like the old days.

We will go back again now because of the upgrades. We even sent our son and his new wife there on their honeymoon.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Our favorite vacation place of all. We have been going to Esmeralda for the past ten years, usually once per year for about 10 days and occasionally twice per year. The atmosphere is quiet and friendly and the grounds are beautifully groomed. The staff is always upbeat and can't do enough for you. The rooms are always clean and the beds are made by about 10am.Esmeralda has been through a major renovation of its 18 villas in the past two years with upgrades in furniture, hot and cold water, etc.

Each of the villas has its own swimming pool. Our daily routine has been rise at about 6am, walk on the beach for about an hour just about sunrise. The air is clear, and you can watch the sun rise over St. Barths. After our walk, we do a quick swim in the ocean, then walk back to the villa and jump in the pool to get the sand and salt off. After a quick shower, we head to Astrolab, the restaurant on the resort for a continental breakfast or more if you eat a hearty breakfast and a cup of good strong French coffee. The rest of the day, you can enjoy visiting places in St. Martin or just stay and relax on the beach.

Esmeralda is a short 50 foot walk to the beach. You go down a short hill through Coco's bar and restaurant right to the beach. Coco's supplies lounge chairs and full meals but also provides service for drinks and food brought to your beach chair. The beach chairs are all free as part of the deal staying at Esmeralda. There are many more places along Orient Beach to rent chairs, but Esmeralda has the best location. There are tons of water sports like parasailing, Hobecats , Wave Runners, all up and down the beach.

Although Coco's is a great place for lunch and dinner (breakfast comes free at Astrolab if you stay at Esmeralda), some of the best restaurants we have ever enjoyed are in Grand Case, a short drive away. The Village D'Orient is a short walk also and has several outstanding restaurants. Le Piment in the Village serves the best pizza we have ever had.

We can't wait for our next trip to St. Martin and Esmeralda.

Room Tip: Unit 46 is close to the beach and is nice and private.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We have stayed at Esmeralda quite a few times. We enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are very clean, nice and large. Everyone is so nice. The staff on the beach is great. The restaurant on the beach has the BEST hamburgers. We enjoy walking to the little restaurants & grocery store in the area. Already have reservations for next year. We love having private pools just for the rooms in your complex.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bellefontaine, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

This was our first visit to Esmeralda Resort. It was absolutely perfect! One of the best vacations we have ever had. Room was clean, resort lovely and the staff were very professional and friendly. We love the beach and wait stff there. We have never hada vacation where we felt so relaxed and pampered. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our resort. Over the past few years we have made many improvements to the property and it so nice to hear that our efforts have paid off. We are looking forward to your next visit. Remeber to note "repeat guest" when you make your reservation.
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Utica, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

This was a wonderful resort. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is the facility is a little older, but nevertheless, is updated, clean, and picturesque. The air conditioning is a wall unit, which was somewhat noisy and blew right on us when we slept. Other than that, the property was well maintained, and the service of the staff was excellent.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to writing a review. We at the Esmeralda are pleased that you njoyed your stay. It is through comments like this that we can continually improve and as a result of your review we will be undertaking an inspection of all airco units which were all newly installed in 2011. Thank you.
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Property: Esmeralda Resort
Address: Baie Orientale | BP 5141, Orient Bay 97071, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Esmeralda Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ESMERALDA RESORT, situated on the magnificent white sands of Orient Bay in French St. Martin offers just 65 rooms and suites spread among elegant tropical gardens in 17 villas. Esmeralda is the only four star hotel in St Martin on Orient Beach.Esmeralda's Coco Beach Bar offers beachfront lunch & cocktails. L'Astrolabe, the resort's fine dining restaurant offers French Creole and Continental cuisine. Guests receive dining privileges at 12 + restaurants in Orient Bay. Only minutes to more fine dining,shopping and entertainment. Rooms include a kitchenette, king bed, sitting area and patio. What makes this property so special is it's unique plantation style layout with only four rooms or suites per villa. For privacy, each villa has its own swimming pool and each accommodation has its own private entrance and terrace... Guests may reserve anything from a single superior or deluxe room or a generous sized suite or an entire 3 - 5 bedroom villa. Due to the way this resort in St Martin is situated on the property that is perpendicular to the beach there is limited availability in the two ocean front villas that include the Presidential Suites and deluxe oceanfront rooms. All superior and deluxe rooms include kitchenettes. Suites offer full kitchens and large living rooms. Guests enjoy the peaceful surroundings and a cordial, pampering yet unobtrusive on-site multi-lingual staff prepared to assist with any special needs. Esmeralda offers free use of beach chairs & umbrellas. Each accommodation has a fully equipped kitchenette (suites have fully equipped kitchens including dishwasher), large tile bath with hair dryer plus a 110 outlet for shavers only, color satellite TV, room safe, air conditioning with ceiling fan, daily maid service. All bedrooms have Color TV by satellite (8 channels and video system), telephone, private safe, A/C, ceiling fan, private, furnished terrace, kitchenette with micro wave, electric coffee pot, refrigerator and dishes. SUPERIOR, DELUXE AND OCEANFRONT ROOMS: King or two double beds, kitchenette. Maximum occupancy: 2 people. Superior rooms have garden view and are generally located further from the beach. Deluxe rooms are a bit larger located nearer the pool. Oceanfront rooms are located nearest the beach. SUPERIOR SUITES: Spacious living room and bedroom area with king size four poster bed and full size pull-out sofa bed plus a fully equipped kitchen. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults & 2 children. PRESIDENTIAL SUITES: Large dining and living room area with full size sofa bed, separate master bedroom with king size colonial bed, TV in living room and master bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, radio/cassette/CD player and fully equipped kitchen. Suite is oceanfront. Maximum occupancy: 4 people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Esmeralda Hotel Orient Bay
Esmeralda Hotel Marigot
Esmeralda Resort Marigot
Esmeralda St Martin
Esmeralda Resort St Martin
Renaisance Esmeralda Resort

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