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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Cul de Sac, Saint-Martin, St Martin / St Maarten

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Andris K
2 reviews
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“The best option for base to explore St.Martin from. Place to return!”
Reviewed November 22, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Really great place to stay if You want private and peaceful vacations. Comfortable studio with such extras as free kayaks and SUP board just metres from Your private terrace with grill and beach chairs. Superb Pinel island's beach and restaurants are just 5-10min of canoeing away. Enjoy cocktails there as no driving is involved :) There was nothing we didn't like about Studio Pinel, but You should be prepared to rent a car to explore SXM. And do not hesitate to use friendly advices from Bruno regarding everything related to Your stay, including car rent.
nb! Consider bringing your binoculars as there are lots of activities going on in the bay to have a closer look at while having Your evening's long drink or just spending some lazy time on beach-chair or terrace.

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Liked best: Friendly staff, their dogs-companions & location away from tourist busy places. Privacy.
Liked least: Occasional mosquito bites during lenghty open nights spent on terrace. Nothing to complain, actually.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Mark C
Halifax Region, Canada
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“A secluded, yet very affordable, paradise”
Reviewed May 4, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Bruno, the owner, was fantastic. He helped us out with many things from the car rental to sound advice (and we didn't bring a phone so he made calls for us). The property is secluded, peaceful and located on a beach in Pinel Bay - a beautiful oceanfront view complete with palm trees. The studio itself had an open air kitchenette where we made coffee every morning, and sat in our complimentary white, terry cloth robes while the warm breeze refreshed us. The studio was very spacious, with a comfortable king size bed, two extra single beds, and a wonderful shower/bathroom. Bruno's two dogs were extremely friendly and acted as escorts and friends :) Buy dog treats! Bruno's wife operates a souvenir shop right behind the studio - some great things to be had. Overall, this place is a gem - affordable, peaceful, with great owners who will cater to your needs. Highly recommended. We didn't have any bad experiences, but this property is a little off the beaten path and a car rental is a must. If that turns you off then so be it, but it was not a factor for us.
Thanks Bruno!!!!!

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Liked best: peaceful, beautiful, on the ocean, affordable
Liked least: nothing!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Jill L
Alexandria, Virginia
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“Just a wonderful experience”
Reviewed April 14, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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I stayed in the Studio Pinel for a week and had a wonderful experience. Bruno and Carol, the owners of the house, were kind, considerate, and available to answer any questions. I arrived late in the evening, but Carol had everything set up and all I had to do was open the sliding glass door. The room, kitchen, and bathroom were clean. The bed was comfortable. Everything was in working order. I was looking for a week away from everything (people included :-)), and I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, tranquil time. Though I sought out the property for its quiet location, I could imagine going there with a small group of friends or family members and having a wonderful time as well. There are a couple of friendly, but not intrusive, dogs and cats. I thought they made the experience that much better.

The property is a short drive to a whole row of restaurants, a full-scale grocery store, a gas station, and the main road that rings the island. A car is essential and it is so much fun to drive around the island.

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Liked best: The location, the quiet, and the property's cleanliness.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Solo
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Augusta, Wisconsin
Reviewed March 25, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Whitgriff
Nevada, Iowa
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Studio Pinel - PERFECT place to stay”
Reviewed February 20, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We had a wonderful vacation in St Martin and we loved staying at Studio Pinel.
The location is private and beautiful and easy driving to most beaches. We loved having a beach right out our front door. We used the kayaks twice to visit Pinel Island for the day.
The kitchen was very nice. We enjoyed getting up in the morning and having breakfast at home. The grocery store is very close to the house so it made preparing meals at home easy and fun. Bruno is a great host. He was available for all questions we had and was very helpful.We really liked the cleaning service they provided. We had clean sheets and fresh towels on a regular schedule. ( We have rented other studio apartments have not received clean towels or sheets for 10 days) Overall Excellent trip! We are getting ready to book again for next year.

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Liked best: Beautiful location, Bruno was a great host, We felt very safe
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Lis V
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1 review
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“Wonderful place!”
Reviewed October 28, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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We stayed at Studio Pinel for 1 week. Before arrival everything was very good arranged with Bruno by e-mail. After arrival he was very welcoming and gave us advice about places to go. The studio was very clean, and candles against mosquitos were there too. The view is amazing! Waking up every day with such a beautiful view is part of the fun. Heaving breakfast on the veranda en paddling on the paddle boards and canoes was great! The water is not deep enough for swimming, but many other beaches are great to do that. Pinel island is very close by canoe, and it's easy to get around the island by car. It was great fun to use the jacuzzi on the beach, that's special.
Cooking is possible in the kitchen, supermarkets are in the village. Many restaurants in the area too, with the pizza place very close to the studio. It's peaceful and quiet in the area.
We definitely recommend staying here. If we come back to St Martin, we will stay at Studio St Martin again. St Martin over all was very much worth visiting.

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Liked best: The view, the quiet area
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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NotAllWho...
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
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“Studio Pinel was amazing”
Reviewed April 29, 2014 for a stay in May 2013
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It took me a while to get around to writing this review because I selfishly didn't want to publicize what my fiance and I feel like is our go-to place in St. Martin.

I stayed at Studio Pinel with my fiance and two of my friends for two weeks in May of 2013. It was the best vacation of my life.

Studio Pinel is located in a quiet neighborhood on the beach near Pinel Island (hence the name). Kayaks and snorkling were free to borrow from Bruno, the owner, for taking to Pinel Island, a 10 minute paddle away.

The rooms themselves were amazing. My two friends stayed in Studio Natural Reserve and my fiance and I stayed in Studio Banana. Both apartments were amazing. Natural reserve had a great open-aired lounge area that overlooks the bay and a kitchenette where we cooked dinner most nights.

Studio Banana, while smaller, was my favorite. You have the privacy of being the only apartment on that side of the house, and 24 hours a day there is a swift breeze across the entrance into the open-aired kitchen. Because of the breeze, the kitchen area was always cool and mosquitoes were never an issue for us, not even once. Reading in one of the recliners with the cool, morning breeze is one of the things I enjoyed most.

Bruno was awesome. He helped us line up a car rental with Sun Cars Rental, where we rented a Jeep for a few days, then traded it in for a Mini. He recommended snorkeling/scuba shops and was the perfect host. He rarely intruded and if we needed anything like a fan or help with the wi-fi, we just knocked on his door.

The location of the property was ideal. We were a 5-10 minute drive from Gran Case, 20-25 from Marigot (I think) and 15 minutes to Orient Beach. There are restaurants within walking distance, including a pizza place that is amazing.

I wish I could more highly recommend staying at Studio Pinel in St. Martin. As soon as I have enough PTO we're going back.

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Liked best: The constant breeze and free kayak trips to Pinel Island
Liked least: The mattress was a bit firm for our taste
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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