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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Terres Basses, Saint-Martin, St Martin / St Maarten

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Rhopki
New Rochelle, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Paradise in Paradise”
Reviewed February 18, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

What an incredible time we had at Villa Agora. This is our 5th villa vacation in St. Martin and by far the best. From the moment we booked it with Optimum Caraibes, the staff, both onsite and remote, were amazing. The answered every question quickly and thoroughly and were so helpful. Upon entering the Villa the first time, we were awestruck at it's beauty and its cleanliness. Wow, the view over the pool that first night at sunset will forever be engrained in my memory (see attached). Each bedroom is essentially identical - making selecting rooms easy when you are traveling with a group. It was great to have the outdoor showers each day that were so private and luxurious. If you go, take advantage of the onsite chef services. The meals are extraordinary and quite frankly economical when compared to other restaurants on the island. We also had the house manager, Daggi, arrange a charter boat to St. Barth's for the day with Captain Matt of MattCharters.com. Other than the views from the villa, the charter was the highlight of our trip. Go and Enjoy Villa Agora - I promise you will have an exceptional time!

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Liked best: The view from the comfort of the outdoor living room.
Liked least: The coffeepot (yeah, it was a little slow :-)
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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morganbn
Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Luxury in St. Martin”
Reviewed December 16, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Really an excellent overall experience. We traveled to St. Maarten/St. Martin for Thanksgiving, and we found this rental online. It was fantastic.

Initially, we were a little concerned, because we started with the reputable websites, like VRBO and Airbnb. When we made an inquiry about a property, the owners responded that it was not available but Agora was. We liked Agora a lot from the pictures, but without the backup of VRBO/Airbnb, it is risky to make the reservation directly. Not to worry! Danielle and everyone at Optimum Caraibes was helpful and responsive and totally trustworthy.

We arranged all the details by email and they worked flawlessly. I had more worries: (1) how to get to the Villa -- pickup was included (one-way transfer from SXM to Villa is complimentary) -- and someone met us with a sign with our name and drove us directly; (2) car rental (they arranged to have a DollarThrifty car waiting for me at the Villa at a very good price, and the rental agent showed up at a convenient time for me and signed the paperwork -- there are a lot of negative reviews of St. Maarten DollarThrifty online, but Danielle assured me that they had used them before with no problem, and the tripadvisor reviews suggested that maybe villa clients get better treatment, and anyway, no problems at all and a great price), and (3) $1,000 security deposit had to be prepaid -- and that was promptly refunded when I got back to the US.

So, on to the Villa. It is really, really nice. We have rented some nice villas before with pools in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, but this was a gorgeous and luxurious setup. There are 4 master bedrooms -- all essentially identical (although 2 have indoor showers and outdoor showers, while 2 have indoor bathtubs and outdoor showers), so it was kind of over-the-top for our family, but it was definitely worth it. You could have 4 couples here and there would be no fights about who had the "better" room! Very spacious, good views, outdoor shower area (with couch!) was definitely a must-do every day, good lighting and amenities. The DishTV apparatus in one bedroom controlled all 4 (there was a separate channel changer for the living room Dish, where there was also a DVD player and extensive collection of bad movies), but that wasn't a problem for us as we didn't watch tv. The air conditioning was extremely effective (and necessary). There are bugs, so keeping the doors open didn't really work (although there are screens).

The living area is nice. There is one open area with an entryway, a living room on the left and a kitchen on the right. The living room has a few cushy couches and reading lounge chairs, and the kitchen is extremely well stocked. (Nice setup when we got there of some soft drinks, wine, beer, bottled water, milk, juices, breads, snacks, staples, I won't go on.) More than extensive dishes and utensils and cooking facilities. Double fridge and double freezer. Microwave. Etc. Etc. The kitchen has a breakfast stool area that seats 3; otherwise, you pretty much have to eat outdoors, which isn't optimal, just because of the bugs, but isn't so bad.

The four bedrooms and the main living area are not connected except via the big outdoor deck. (I.e., you are constantly going outside to get around, which isn't bad, just something to note. It is all covered when it rains.) The pool area is breathtaking -- as you can see from the pictures. Lots of lovely lounge chairs and sitting areas (including a reading seat inside a side wading pool that I loved), covered and uncovered, plus a grill, plus a big top level roof area for better views. Definitely the highlight of the place was hanging out by the pool in the day and in the evening and swimming and just enjoying being there -- popping in to the kitchen to grab a snack, etc.

The villa feels very safe. The Terres Basses area is a gated community with a guard at the entrance, and then the villa itself has a gate. The villa has a code and a clicker (the clicker didn't really work, so we had to keep getting out and entering the code -- this may have been the biggest complaint of the rental, which isn't bad -- except the kids also had some complaints about loud birds at night and finding bugs in their room . . . )

There are a few good French grocery stores around to stock up, and the restaurants in Grand Case are worth the drive. I didn't find St. Martin to be a particularly lovely island, but I did find Villa Agora to be a particularly lovely place within St. Martin.

The villa comes with daily maid service (she's there cleaning for hours), a pool guy twice a week and a gardener twice a week. You can probably turn some of those down (or off) if you want more privacy; we didn't care.

So much better than (and maybe close to as cost-effective as) a hotel. It makes it harder to go explore the island, because you are so happy when you are home at the Villa!

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Liked best: the beauty, cleanliness and sheer luxury
Liked least: the bugs
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Todd M
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“It's nice to have A-list friends...”
Reviewed December 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

It was as if George and Amal let us have the guest house for the week.
From the moment you swing open the extra wide pivot door you enter a Zen world of comfort, serenity and private casual elegance. Well stocked with the essentials and a faraway view of the ocean across a calm infinity pool you are surrounded by plenty of outdoor living spaces, double lounge chairs and shade umbrellas as we walked to our private bedroom suite.

The suites are nearly identical complete with double vanities, sunken king tub and an outdoor shower. An in room safe, platform king bed, private garden with a cushioned sitting area complete the comforts of the suites.
The entire property is designed and decorated in a modern, traditional style . lots of natural light, fresh air with a comfortable yet minimalist feel.

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Liked best: The outdoor shower
Liked least: The Mosquitoes
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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luvtotrav...
Shreveport, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Incredible time”
Reviewed December 15, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
1
person found this review helpful

I recently celebrated my 50th birthday on St. Martin with some friends. Agora was everything we expected and more. We never wanted to leave the villa! In fact, we didn't leave very much. We hung out and enjoyed the incredible pool, ocean and sunset views, cooked, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Rose and Marie were always very helpful. The villa lives up to all the online reviews and pictures. I can't wait to visit St. Martin again and stay in another of Optimum Caribbean's properties! Thanks to Laurielle at Optimum Caribbean for making everything so easy!

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Liked best: Pool, views, privacy, service from Rose and Marie
Liked least: Sometimes spotty Wi-Fi access
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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DoctorSW1...
New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Truly amazing experience at L[--]Agora”
Reviewed August 30, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
2
people found this review helpful

My wife, my two sons and daughter-in-law were at L'Agora for a week . The service provided was amazing! From the convenience of the reservations with Jean-Michel and Sylvia to the Concierge service by Marie, just about everything was top-class! Marie came to the airport and waited 2 hours for a plane thatbw as delayed. She had our rental cars ready and waiting for us to fill out the paperwork. She escorted us to the gorgeous villa and showed us everything we needed to know.
We absolutely LOVED the property!! The photos are just how it really is . Its beautiful! Opti-Caribbe ( Marie) goes out of its way to make it specila by stocking the refrigerator with bread, butter, juice, milk, and everything one could possibly need. We had rented cell phones, umbrelas and beach chairs - all of which were waiting for us upon arrival.
The location is the best: its in the best area of St Martin . Its very very safe. Its beautiful. The amenities are more than what one would need.
This was one of the best villas we have ever rented, if not THE best one!! Try it for yourself.

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Liked best: the beauty of the villa, the cleanliness, the spaciousness,
Liked least: Nothing to dislike except the lizards and iguanas which are on every Caribeean isle
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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new york
Reviewed May 22, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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susanadec...
Miami, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Truly Wonderful!!!”
Reviewed May 16, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
1
person found this review helpful

It was a really wonderful experience from beginning to end, everyone from Jean Michel organizing all our pre-trip requests to Marie locally , were super professional and helpful in providing us with the best experience ever.
We went with two more couples and had the time of our lives. We went out very little as this house is absolutely stunning so you want to be there all the time.

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Liked best: The layout of the property and pool area are really well thought
Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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