My wife and I have just returned from four nights at GCBC where we had a wonderful stay. Our oceanfront studio apartment was very clean and well-provisioned, with a spectacular view over the calm bay from our balcony, and the sea just below. The room was simple, but not basic, with several nice touches (bottle of wine on arrival--we didn't drink it but still; flower cuttings laid out here and there). As others have said the grounds are impressive, and we especially liked the terrace around the rock with secluded loungers and really great views. The beaches were never crowded, and the watersports place loaned snorkeling equipment for free. The pool is small, but still nice after the beach and ocean. Grand Case is also a short car ride to Orient Bay and Friar's Bay.
Local restaurants were one reason we chose Grand Case, and they didn't disappoint. They can be expensive, but not outrageously so considering their quality, and there different places for different budgets. The walk to restaurant row is short, and despite other reviewers' experience we never felt unsafe. We didn't find the area "ghetto." It's not developed like some areas on the Dutch side (thankfully), but everyone we encountered seemed friendly.
If you are intent on the generic resort version of luxury you may be disappointed. GCBC seemed to us to be a beach club functioning very well as a hotel, not a hotel masquerading as a beach club, and was all the better for that. It's a shame if it has to apologize for not being what it doesn't try to be. With all that it offers we'd have to be persuaded very hard to choose anywhere else on our return to St. Martin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate and relaxing, small but large enough to have just the right amount of service that brings back our guests year after year. We are constantly improving and have updated and upgraded nearly every aspect of our resort, and will continue to do so. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Case Beach Club Hotel Grand Case
- Grand Case Beach Hotel