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Les Cottages de Lonvilliers
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
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“French Carib Oasis...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Looking for charm, clean & comfortable, quiet, convenient, and easy on your budget? This great little French carib oasis is the ticket! You will definitely need a car to get from airport to Anse Marcel and around the island. We began going to SXM and stayed there in 2006 and became timeshare owners in 2008! No pool...no worries,,,DJ has made arrangements with Le Domaine, which is a small fee for use of pool and chairs/umbrella on the beach there. The Cottages are a quaint place and renovation underway ...be patient, the renovations are lovely! Since there are refrigerators, stop and shop before checking in so you can unload your groceries, de-stress from the trip, and then change into your swimsuit and get over to the beach for a nice swim. Lots to see and do on the island: Laurence, DJ's significant other, is a wonderful singer and performs at the Calypso restaurant at the marina...she is outstanding and is a Celine Dion like-alike/sound alike and the food there is excellent; Sun and Fun is great for scuba-diving and within walking distance to the marina. Looking for more adventure? Book day trips with Peggy & Paul at Captain Alan's for some great fun and food or go over to Orient Beach where there is parasailing, kayaking, swimming, kitesailing, and Tiko Tiko.

Room Tip: Choose top building to get a view from your bedroom. Those aren't renovated yet, but the view i...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Greensboro
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

I've been going to St. Martin since the mid-1980s and just managed to stay at this little friendly timeshare for the first time in May 2013. There are two multi-unit buildings on the side of a hill overlooking the bay where the Radisson Blu is. The units are two-level townhouse style. Here are a couple of links: http://www.cottagesdelonvilliers.net/ and http://www.west-indies-online.com/Cottages-de-Lonvilliers/default.html (the 2nd one has the floorplans).

Monsieur Didier is the manager and is very friendly, accommodating and informal. His email is ansema@wanadoo.fr To check in, you drive up a one-lane road to the check-in and he sits at his desk and checks you in. I got Unit #6, which had a very nice ocean view, especially from the 2nd floor lanai of the unit.

It's convenient to a huge, modern supermarket and Orient Beach, in addition to the beach at Anse Marcel, of course. The kitchenette had a small oven (not a microwave), most of the cooking utensils and plates, etc. that you'd need, and a small sink, plus a 2-burner cooktop with fan and hood. The refrigerator was studio-sized as well. Full showerbath downstairs, along with a day bed that can serve as a double bed. Upstairs is the master bedroom and another full shower bath. Interestingly, square toilet seats (go figure).

Remember that this is French St. Martin, so the electricity is 220---bring a converter if you're from the US. Free wifi in the courtyard. A friendly dog (like I said, it's French) to keep you company. There's a little outdoor bar at the end of the walkway opposite the "lobby" and apparently at times you can get coffee or liquor there, but I only passed by there when it was not staffed. In fact, I got the impression that the only staff are M. Didier and the very nice, friendly housekeeper, who comes twice during the week. There are beach towels, but I brought my own.

It's a short trek down to the beach at Anse Marcel, and you must have a car to get anywhere else. It's over a steep, winding hill (look for the signs that say "descente dangereuse," and they mean it..you'll have to downshift to 1st gear or your little rental car won't make it). Very safe, quiet, small, friendly place. I loved it and would go back in a heartbeat, but don't expect any amenities like a pool, tennis courts, etc. It's more homey than resorty. You park on the other side of the road from the building itself, so be careful as wild French drivers careen around around the curve.

Room Tip: M. Didier will no doubt select a room for you that has a nice view of the sea, as he put it when I c...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

My husband and I travel to St. Martin at least twice per year and sometimes I trade my timeshare week, banked through RCI, for the Cottages De Lonvilliers at Anse Marcel. This is a small resort, no pool or other activities, but the accommodations are spacious and comfortable. There is a small kitchen, bathroom with shower, and living area with a daybed/sofa downstairs. The upstairs has a large bedroom with a kingsize bed, lots of storage and closet space, and a large bathroom with on oversize shower (and always plenty of hot water!).

We spend our days visiting the many beaches around the area and the location of this resort is close to Orient Beach, Grand Case, Marigot, and many other desirable destinations. You will need a rental car, as it is about a 15 minute drive to either Orient Beach or Grand Case.

The drive over the hill to Anse Marcel for the first time is an adventure in itself, so be prepared to stop, enjoy the beautiful view, and take lots of pictures to remember your visit to paradise!

Room Tip: The top level of rooms have the best view (#1 thru #6)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Les Cottages de Lonvilliers
Address: Anse Marcel, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Anse Marcel
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Anse Marcel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Les Cottages De Lonvilliers St. Maarten-St. Martin/Anse Marcel

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