We booked the Hotel L'Esplanade after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, and for the main part, they are all very accurate.
Lets get this clear, this is not your standard hotel, it is in fact more of a self-catering apartment more than anything else.
After flying in from New York, we picked up one of the taxis outside St Maarten airport. It is all very straightforward, the staff at the curbside, find out where you are going and then claim a cab for you and tell you the cost.
The journey took about 40-50 minutes or so, through the Dutch side of the island and then to the less populated French side.
Upon arrival at reception we looked around and there was no-one about, suddenly from down below a friendly receptionist appeared and proceeded to book us in. As is often the norm when you arrive before the check-in time, the room wasn't ready, but we helped ourselves to cold drinks whilst waiting the ten minutes or so.
A couple of phone calls later and our room was ready, we were escorted by the same receptionist to our room/suite/studio, it could be called all three to be honest.
It was huge, a nice spacious bedroom, large dining table, large bathroom and a well equipped Kitchen. We were advised that we were welcome to come and go as we pleased, but if we required breakfast or any food making then they would be able to assist as and when required. Suffice to say we didn't need them.
The views across Grand Case Bay were stunning, we could see across to Anguilla also. The only down side was a lack of cover on the balcony. Oh and the fact that there was one lounger and two chairs, as opposed to two of each.
The hotel is well situated for restaurants, just a quick walk through the well appointed gardens take you to restaurant row - the main road that runs through GC. The restaurants there cater for all tastes and pockets, something for everyone.
On our arrival we enquired about the hypermarket that we'd seen mentioned. Receptionist and security guard both said it wasn't far to walk. Trust me, after 45 minutes in hot hot heat it was as far as we could manage. Then we had to walk back with well-stocked bags! We only did that the once, instead we went to the cash and carry supermarket that is located at the roundabout at the end of Restaurant Row by the chemist that has the cash machine.
We loved our stay in St Maarten, the hotel was unassuming and we were left to get on with holiday without any hassle, they arranged for taxis and airport transfers when we were required but aside from that we rarely bothered anyone.
The French side of St Maarten isn't busy by any stretch of imagination, certainly not at the beginning of June, but it was a nice place to relax after a hectic time in NYC
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more less
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- Hotel l Esplanade