This is the most amazing hotel on St. Martin. You must come and try it out. Me and 12 of my friends just came back from our stay at L'Esplanade for my big birthday celebration and we were very impressed with the rooms, pool, hotel management and Grand Case restaurants. We booked the trip based solely on the advice of fellow travelers on trip advisor and took a risk that really paid off. THANK YOU TRIPADVISOR!! Now we have a wonderful hotel that we will certainly visit again and that we will highly recommend to anyone trying to decide where to stay in St. Martin.
Hotel Management - Kristin Petrelluzzi, the General Manager, is amazing. She runs a beautiful impressive hotel. Kristin, if you are reading this, thank you for the wonderful cocktail hour (free to guests!!) by the pool. That really connected us with our fellow guests, many of whom were return visitors, and clearly that kind of special touch is appreciated. If I win the NY Lottery, you can be sure that I will be back to buy you and my fellow guests a few rounds of drinks but I will need to put the rest of my money towards an extended stay at your hotel!
Hotel:Rooms & Pool & Staff - Excellent!! Let the pictures and the captions speak for themselves. Inside room pictures are from my oversized loft. My friends rented all different size rooms and everyone was happy. Alain the pool bartender was truly a stand out. You must go and see him for a few drinks and for a bite to eat. Try his pina colada. I promise you it will be the best you ever tasted. Also, Alain cooked a special dinner for me and my friends one night at a table near the pool. It was wonderful to have his tasty home cooked food. I highly recommend it if you want a special outdoor dinner for a few people or for a romantic dinner.
Grand Case Restaurants - Top Notch. The restaurants in Grand Case are world famous and well known for their quality. There is also the open air BBQ spot where you can get ribs, chicken and the local favorites to take away. One stand out restaurant that YOU MUST TRY is L'ESTAMINET. It's owned by Carole (hostess) and Ina (the chef). It's right in town across the street from the restaurant, California, and Carole and Ina make you feel like family. They took such great care of us and let a large party of 12 crash their restaurant close to the closing hour. They made all the dishes we requested and then brought us special treats on the house. We were so pleased with the quality of the food that we all promised that it would be the first restaurant we try again upon our return. Try it and you will not be disappointed.
Things to Keep In Mind:
Bring U.S. dollars!! Cash machines are a drive away and sometimes they are out of money. Many of the restaurants will give you a 1:1 exchange from Euros to USD if you pay in cash so right now that is a 30% savings. For a group of 12 going to dinner that is a good deal!!
American Express Card not welcome everywhere. Luckily for me, the L'Esplanade accepts the AMEX card but not many restaurants or stores on the island do so keep that in mind if it's your credit card of choice.
Book your rental car through the hotel. If you book the car for 3 days they will pick you up at the airport when you arrive and drop you back when you are leaving. The rental car is waiting for you at the hotel when you are dropped off and that's also where you return it. It couldn't be easier. You need a car only if you want to explore the island and try different beaches.
The main arrival airport, SXM on Dutch Side, is very strict. They are serious about closing check in for departing flights at least an hour before the flight leaves. So, if you show up 55 minutes before your flight leaves and you have to check luggage you will likely be out of luck. Also, check your flight times before you leave the island because 2 of my friends had flights that either moved up departure time or canceled the flight the morning of their departures.
Have a great trip. You will truly love the L'Esplanade.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Esplanade