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Sol e Luna Romantic Inn
Oxforshire
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“French Way”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

Sol e Luna
Firstly let me start by saying a big thank you to Christian for making us welcome at Sol e Luna.
It’s without doubt a special place in a great setting, if you’re looking for a place next to the beach and Casino and lots of owner input then it’s not for you. It’s sold as a romantic getaway. Our suite “Nacre” was spacious and had a Jacuzzi on the terrace so great for relaxing after a day on the beach.
The facilities are somewhat lacking , we had to boil water for our tea in a saucepan as no kettle, there were a couple of plates and pans etc, two days before we left three of our plates disappeared.... .the washing up cloth came and went daily!!
What really bugged me was that mid way in to our week Christian moved his relatives and children into one of the suites, we had children screaming and playing around the Jacuzzi and swimming pool, this made it unusable.
I really think that if you sell a place as a romantic setting for couples that you should keep it that way (It’s either a business or a home) and remember that it’s not cheap $1,000.00 per week. If I had wanted noise and disturbance then I would have booked some crummy hotel in town.
So there you have it, in summary check with Christian before you book to see what his plans are.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Stayed here for a week mid-February and loved it. We ended up in the Nacre suite with the private Jacuzzi. We were slightly put off that the Jacuzzi heater was inadequate to make the water very hot. We learned the owners are holding off on fixing it as they plan to remove it soon and put another Jacuzzi near the pool so everyone has access to it. The restaurant downstairs serves great French food which is not inexpensive. The units don't have windows, just shutters so a bug getting in is not uncommon. It is nicely located in a quiet neighborhood between the restaurants of Grand Case and the beaches of Orient Bay. Airplanes do occasionally fly overhead but it was infrequent enough to not matter. We'll probably go back in the near future.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

We only stayed three nights at Sol e Luna and are already planning our return trip! The property is truly amazing; we stayed in the Nacre Suite which comes with it's own patio and jacuzzi and it was breathtaking! Perfect for couples, honeymooners or anyone who wants some extra romance in their trip...We felt like we had our own mediterranean villa in the mountainside of St. Martin with the most friendly and accomodating hosts! The owner and his family are wonderful; we had dinner at their restaurant two of the three nights and the service was exceptional! They went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, the food was amazing, the decor is elegant and unique, I could go on and on...! We, as New Yorkers used to walking a lot, decided not to rent a car on this trip and were pleased to see that we were able to still get around without too much trouble. From the villa you walk out to the right and down the street is a small, humble bakery...very good croissants and bread pudding! A bit further, maybe a 10-15 minute walk you reach one of those lovely french pharmacies with all sorts of european cosmetics, toiletries, etc. There is a small grocery on the other side of the road from the pharmacie as well as a number of restaurants along the way. It is not like the built up areas in Dutch St. Maarten, this is a residential mountaineous area with the restaurants tucked in along the side of the road. Very charming and very easy to access from the villa. We also kept walking past the pharmacie, etc. and were able to get to the ferry for Pinel Island in a total of maybe 20 minutes walking. For the really adventurous you can walk from the villa all the way to Anse Marcel to do a 10k wilderness hike which is marked along a trail and leads you to a secluded beach along the way with only those people who made it through the singletrack/challenging hike to keep you company! We also walked easily to Orient Beach during the day...so, if you are a New Yorker or just someone who enjoys walking, you can stay here and get to many great places without a car! (Spend the money you save on a meal at the restaurant!) ;D We are hoping to return next year and would highly recommend it to fellow travelers!

Room Tip: Nacre Suite is exceptional for a honeymooning couple or anyone who wants a more 'romantic' r...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk, VA
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

I loved everything about Sole Luna, with a small caveat I'll save for the end. From the planning of our trip when Christian was incredible responsive and helpful with any email question I sent, to the unbelievable dinner we had, to the spaciousness and comfort of our room and patio, our two night stay was spectacular...
But you do have to drive everywhere. It's not their fault (I didn't downgrade them to four stars because of this), and it's a very short and easy drive to both Orient Bay and Grand Case. If you're looking for a vacation where you can walk out of your room and either be on the beach or walking down the street to sample the myriad quality restaurants, Sol e Luna is not for you. However, if you want a little more privacy and don't really mind either driving or staying at the hotel, then you'll love Sol e Luna.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

We felt very lucky this was our home away from home for the first week we spent in St. Martin. After the owner Christian showed us our room and gave us suggestions of what we should check out while we are in St. Martin, we immediately made dinner reservations at his restaurant. Christian is a person who is genuinely cares in providing his customers QUALITY service, unlike many other establishments who are mainly concerned about getting your money. Sol e Luna is one of St. Martin's best kept secrets that is intimately tucked away in Mont Vernon. Seriously, I meant that last statement because throughout most of our trip many locals didn't even know about it. However, this is not a place to stay if you want to the American touristy feel, waiting for the fun to come to you, pamper me kind of experience. Sol e Luna is for couples that wish to be left alone and take go at their own pace to zip around the island. The bathroom is huge! I'm not suggesting it but you can't fit at least 3 or 4 people in the shower alone. The biggest plus is there's a full kitchen that helped us save money on food as we were able to prepare many of meals at home. Also with the U.S. Marche (French grocery store) being literally 5 minutes away, a last minute run to the store is not completely out of your way. Overall, Sol e Luna is worth every penny! I look forward to my next vacation in St. Martin and checking into the Nacre Suite next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pembroke, MA
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

I always get a giggle when people say, "I don't care about the room. Who spends time in the room, anyway?" I got killed last year when I posted a less-than-stellar review of our hotel because I didn't like the room. Well, I sleep late, I nap & I go to bed early. I love a nice room! Sol E Luna to the rescue. I would recommend SEL to anyone who doesn't need direction, room service or amenities (other than housekeeping). If you like a big resort & staff to make arrangements for you, etc., then it's not for you. It's more like a mini villa or an apartment. I pretended that I lived there. The grounds are beautiful. All the flowers were in bloom. We had a gardenia tree right outside our open-air kitchen. As I lay in bed, my view was of palm trees & a beautiful yellow hibiscus. Sure beats the broken down tool shed I was looking at last year! We stayed in the Jasmine Suite. It had an outdoor sundeck, two outdoor seating areas, and a semi-enclosed Creole style kitchen. The kitchen was more than adequate & was well stocked for making a light meal. The bedroom & bathroom were beautiful, too. You could either shut the louvered wooden windows & door for sleeping with the AC, or throw them open & let the Caribbean breeze cool you while you sleep. The property is gated. Christian will give you a code to open & close the gates. There is surprisingly little, or no, noise from the restaurant, seeing as Jasmine is right above it. The palm fronds rustled continually. SEL is the most serene place I have ever stayed. Granted, we were off season & the occupancy was low; but it was so quiet. There was no traffic noise and no GC airport noise at all. Once the trash trucks came! The outdoor living was so awesome that I can't even imagine staying cooped up in a room again. As an added bonus, there were 2 beach chairs, an umbrella & 2 noodles and you get 10% off dinner in the restaurant (which will get a stellar review from us, too).

Housekeeping was awesome. Her smile would light up a room! On the other hand, when she had to give us the weather report, she looked so sad. When it was determined that it was going to rain "tout la jour," she felt worse than we did! The linens were changed every day & the place was clean as a whistle! When we were leaving, she made a special effort to come down to our car to say good-bye & that she "would watch for us" again. Priceless.

To wrap it up, SEL was intoxicating. Yup, that's the word. A complete sensual experience. The sweetness of the flowers, the faint smell of olive oil & garlic from the restaurant, the sea breeze, the beauty of the mountain hills, the salt pond, the rustling of the palm fronds, the music wafting from the restaurant, the tree frogs, the clearing skies, the southern constellations, the red star. As I sat there, taking in all of this beauty, I thought to myself that it was a pretty good way to spend the evenings. We both loved SEL & will definitely go back to Suite Jasmine (the other suites are awesome, too … but I loved living in a tree house)!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

My husband surprised me with a romantic stay at the Sol e Luna Restaurant and Inn for the first night of our honeymoon in St. Martin. Christian (chef-owner), Ashraf and the rest of the staff were delightful, knowledgeable and very friendly.

We stayed in the Mango suite (recommended by Christian, I later found out ,when my then fiance told him it was for our honeymoon) and it was stunning. Romantic four-poster bed draped with white linen with a view of the mountains and salt water lake. Sunset out the window and a rainfall shower the size of my entire bathroom back home. A small and refreshing pool was just below our window and we enjoyed a midnight swim.

Dinner was excellent - foie gras with caramelized apples, crab salad with mint and edamame, and the BEST champagne Mojito I have ever had. My husband's main dish (I can't remember the name of the fish) was cooked to perfection. The food, service and ambiance were so wonderful that we decided to bookend our honeymoon with another visit to the restaurant for the last night of our stay. Busier, due to their summer prix-fixe menu (a steal!), we took a spot in the lounge area and enjoyed a romantic evening under the canvas canopy and lush greens of their grounds.

It was the perfect start and end to our honeymoon. We will go back the first chance we get!

Room Tip: E-mail the Sol e Luna directly - very helpful.
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Property: Sol e Luna Romantic Inn
Address: 61, Mont Vernon 1, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sol e Luna invites you to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience in an elegant, intimate and romantic heart of the Caribbean. Both gourmet restaurant, and boutique-hotel, this elegant and refined place, combines the subtle decoration of a typically Creole house, a garden with lush vegetation around gazebos and two swimming pools, all influenced by the colors Provence. Centrally located (5 minutes from the beach of Orient Bay, Anse Marcel, the Bay of Grand Case and 3 minutes from Pinel Island) Sol e Luna offers quick access to the most beautiful beaches of the island. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel the tranquility and authenticity of this Creole house with refined decoration The hotel, a haven of peace, has three suites and three rooms, each of different styles and have terraces or balconies offering you a relaxing view. All are air conditioned and equipped with mini kitchen (fridge, microwave, grid bread, kettle), Nespresso Coffee Maker, flat screen televisions, hair dryers, toiletries, iron and ironing boards. A daily cleaning service and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. For mild relaxation, the hotel has two swimming pools: one located near the lounge and bar and a second more intimate only reserved for our guests. To complete your rest a breakfast room service is offered and we offer a privileged access to our private beach in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays of the island, the bay of Grand Case in providing you graciously beach chairs. From April 1 to December 12, the Sol e Luna also offers, for the duration of your stay, dinner based on a "discovery menu" including the choice of a starter, a main course and a dessert (excluding drinks) in our restaurant, one of the most famous of the island. The chefs offer a cuisine that is both imaginative and innovative only with fresh products and fish (caught by us) in respect of the French gastronomic tradition. For lunch they reinvent daily "La Table du Midi" (choice of a starter, main course and dessert) and offer dinner according to the menu, always taking care to sublimate the freshness of our products. You will be advised with elegance and simplicity to create the perfect match with your dishes based on a selection of preferred wines made with care and passion. The Sol e Luna is a delight, off the beaten track. At your senses ... ... more   less 
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