St. Martin’s Fabulous French Resorts

These four premier properties combine ambiance, service and views that are to die for

 

Premier personal service, intimate settings and staffs who greet guests like family year after year- these are all hallmarks of the boutique hotels you’ll find on St. Martin’s French side. This collection of small hotels provides a charming and relaxing alternative to large-scale resorts, and as a bonus, three of the four featured properties front the beautiful beach for which St. Martin is known, and the fourth perches hillside to provide panoramic views of both land and sea.

Belmond La Samanna

La Samanna St. Martin

At Belmond La Samanna, it’s just steps from the hotel pool to the beach, where cabanas provide shade and relaxation, with water sports, swimming and snorkeling just steps away. Photo: Joe Vaughn/Belmond

Tucked in the uber-exclusive neighborhood of Terres Basses, this exquisite resort is the place to go if you’re looking to splurge and really treat yourself. At the five- star Belmond La Samanna, you can choose accommodations ranging from studio- style ocean view rooms to three-bedroom cottages; or go all out and reserve one of La Samanna’s eight villas, which are situated atop a cliff with jaw-dropping views of beautiful Baie Longue. The resort is small enough to ensure personalized service, with enough amenities to keep on-the-go travelers entertained. Non- motorized water sports, three tennis courts, fitness classes, and snorkeling just off the shore keep guests busy. If relaxation is in order, hole up in one of the beach cabanas, where a private waiter keeps you sated as you soak up the beauty of Baie Longue. This resort’s repeat guests are fiercely loyal, as is the staff, some of who have been there since the property opened four decades ago. Christmas at La Samanna is a veritable family reunion. BOOK NOW

Marquis Boutique Hotel

St. Martin Marquis Boutique Hotel

The Marquis Boutique Hotel offers 17 rooms and suites in a setting that combines the ambiance and hospitality of a French chateau with the vibrant flair of the Caribbean. Photo: Marquis Hotel

Perched hillside, with sweeping views of the waters of Anse Marcel, this boutique property exudes secluded tranquility, yet is only a short drive from Grand Case. With just 17-rooms and suites, the hotel provides charming alternatives to the sunscreen-scented masses and thumping poolside music you’ll find at larger island resorts. The staff is welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable; their insider info on restaurants, beaches, and attractions comes paired with a touch of French charm and hospitality. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the quiet pool is the ideal spot to while away the afternoon. The hotel provides complementary beach shuttle service to one of the island’s most beautiful stretches of sand. The hotel owner, a real-life marquis, imports fine Bordeaux wines for his guests to enjoy. Relax. Be pampered. Drink wine. Ah, vacation. BOOK NOW

Grand Case Beach Club

St. Martin Grand Case Beach Club

The Grand Case Beach Club perches on a low bluff at the northern end of its namesake beach, combining privacy with convenient access to a number of restaurants and clubs. Photo: Grand Case Beach Club

This intimate property draws everyone from top business executives to young couples embarking on their first Caribbean getaway. And there’s a good chance the first-timers will be back, as Beach Club guests tend to come back time and again. The location is ideal, as the Club sits at the north end of Grand Case, offering an ideal blend of accessibility and privacy. The stylishly decorated and impeccably maintained studios, one- and two-bedroom suites all feature their own well- appointed kitchens, but between typical French-style breakfasts at the resort’s on- site restaurant and the plethora of beach bars and fine dining options a short walk away, you’d be hard-pressed to pull out a frying pan. The staff, many of whom are as loyal as the resort’s guests, warmly welcome vacationers to their home away from home. BOOK NOW

Bleu Emeraude

St. Martin Bleu Emeraude

Rooms at the intimate Bleu Emeraude resort feature a clean, modern décor. All accommodations include private terraces that overlook the beach and the blue waters of the Caribbean. Photo: Bleu Emeraude

Très chic and très French, this gleaming property, overlooking the Grand Case shoreline, feels more like an upscale apartment than a large resort. This ambiance encourages guests to make themselves at home and explore independently. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, and beach loungers are plentiful— no need to stake your claim early in the day. The studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments are immaculate and modern, and each room features a private terrace overlooking the beach, with the island of Anguilla on the distant horizon. Bleu Emeraude is right on the bustling shoreline of Grand Case, where fine dining options abound. A short walk or a ride in the resort’s golf cart, and you’re on the famed main drag. Between beach bars, local food options, fine French restaurants, and even a sweet little food truck that serves up crepes, you’re sure to be well fed on this vacation. BOOK NOW

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