My girlfriend and I had a short 5 day stay in St. Martin over the New Year's holiday. We stayed at Les Balcons and I could not have been more happy with the place.
We flew into SXM in the afternoon, but because of bridge traffic, we didn't make it to Les Balcons until just after dusk. I only had a general idea of where it was, but found the place in a jiffy. Carine was in the office waiting for us.
We completed the reservation and she handed over the keys and the security gate key fob and she escorted us to our villa. We stayed in #17, a beautiful one room with a large terrace patio overlooking oyster pond. As soon as she opened the door I was happy. Simply and tastefully decorated. She gave us a quick once over the place showing us the fully stocked kitchenette, where the room safe was, and explained their security features.
For those of you worried about crime, don't be. There's a room safe, the door had a single deadbolt with a top and bottom of the door lock that was set with a quick twist of a knob. The patio doors had 4 measures in place that would deter the most aggressive of thief. Again though, the area gave no impression that you should have anything to fear.
We took full advantage of the kitchenette. We grilled out on the terrace using their gas grill one night. Each morning we had coffee or tea on the terrace. To be honest, we spent most of our time on the terrace when we were there. You could see off to the east over Babbitt (sp?) Point and out through the bay opening to St. Barts.
The little surprises were nice, too. I forgot an electrical converter, but there was one in the room. There was also a pair of binoculars on the shelf we used as well. Simple things, but those small details were pleasant.
We spent most of our time in and around Orient Beach, but to get anywhere, and we went everywhere (zoo, Marigot, the Cul de Sac, the Butterfly Farm, Phillipsburg, etc) the drive was no more than 10 minutes.
We stayed during the beginning of peak season and during the holiday season and it was very affordable. I'm a student, not wealth by any means, if that gives you any idea. And you don't feel boxed in with neighboring rooms to your left, right, above, and below you. The staff helped us set reservations for activities, gave advice and directions, and left us alone after that. No pesky housekeeping knocking at 8:00 a.m.
I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at this. This was our first time and we'll be back there, guaranteed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Individual bungalows in Caribbean gardens with swimming pool. They are situated on beautiful Oyster Pond with a marvelous view of the marina and sail boats. You will be in a peaceful, quiet, familial and casual ambiance.Our bungalows can accommodate 2 to 5 people. Each unit has a private terrace with splendid view and barbecue grill. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Les Balcons d`Oyster Pond Hotel Oyster Pond