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Club Fantastico
Certificate of Excellence
Caledonia, Canada
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5 reviews
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“Why did we love it so?”
Reviewed 13 November 2012

It might be the way that Bella, the house dog, came running to the gate to welcome us back from a hard day at the beach. Maybe it was the sugar birds, fluttering down onto the outside bar for their sweet morning treats while we sat with our morning coffee. Or it could have been the hot tub or the open-air showers or the wonderful pool that made us feel we were at a Roman spa. It certainly could be the huge, soft, luxurious beds that awaited us at the end of the day (or earlier). But most likely it was all those, combined with the wonderful care and attention we received from our hosts Chloe and Thierry that made our stay at Club Fantastico such a delight.

And then there are the other guests. Simply put, you meet the nicest folks naked.
Club Fantastico sits high on the hill above Orient Bay. It’s a three minute drive down to Orient Village to the nearest boulangerie for your breakfast croissants and the day’s baguettes, still warm from the oven. It’s only 5 minutes to the beach bars on Orient and the beach at Club Orient is only a couple more minutes away. Just as well as we really want to spend as little time as possible with clothes on.

The Club is fully gated and guests are given their own keys, so access or security is never an issue. If you don’t want to leave the place you don’t have to. There are loungers and floaters aplenty if you feel like a day of doing nothing but lying naked by the pool. The professional-grade kitchen is available if, like us, you like to cook for yourself from time to time. On top of that, Thierry will happily prepare a meal to your requirement for a special occasion. In fact, Thierry does everything happily.

Being at Club Fantastico doesn’t feel like being at a resort. It feels like sharing a wonderful home with a bunch of good friends you’ve only just met. We visited in August and are counting the days until we go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sedalia, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We stayed a Fantastico in January 2012 and were a little apprehensive after reading some of the critical reviews. Simply stated, our experience was wonderful and we will return for another stay. The hosts, Chloe and Thiery, could not have done anything more to provide a more pleasant experience. The room, bathroom, and common areas were very clean and comfortable. After windsurfing or swimming in the bay, we swam in the pool eveRy day and it was always clean and crystal clear. Breakfast always was great, and the one dinner we ate at the facility was superb! We met the owner, Tony, and his wife Nancy, and they shared their favorite places on the island and made this vacation unforgettable. I would highly recommend Fantastico to others that want a better alternative to hotel lodging, with Chloe and Thiery as the hosts. A key thing about Fantastico is that it is located about 500 feet above Orient Bay, which offers cooling breezes which keep the insects at bay. The location also provides great panoramic photo ops every morning!

Room Tip: One last note. Our plane was delayed going to St. Martin. We got to Fantastico at about 11:30 pm. Th...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

It all depends on what your are looking for. I gave it four stars, may wife gave it three. We spent three days there the first week of May. The rooms were nice, no TV which some may care about. The rooms are average size. The bedrooms and bathroom were clean. A lot may depend on who else is there during your stay, you certainly will be visiting with them, because most everything is done around the pool.
The breakfast was good, and Chloe and Thierry really went out of their way to do anything they could for you. They know the island well.
But the property is showing its age. For St. Martin that is to be expected, but this is a bed and breakfast experience, and not a hotel experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Allendale
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

We have recently returned from nine days at Club Fantastico in St. Martin. The club lived up to its name and then some. It is on Orient Bay located in the Orient Bay Resort, a gated resort community of upscale private homes, condos, apartments, and a handful of boutique resorts. The club is small with only six rooms. It sits high on the hill overlooking Orient Bay and provides premier views of the bay.

The club is clothes optional, all the time. We found the open-air showers to be an exquisite experience! During the day you can choose to sit poolside or if you want a beach, Club Orient’s beach is available at no cost and is only a five minute drive away. The resort’s village has a number of shops and unique restaurants and is a ten minute walk down the hill or a five minute drive.

Chloe and Thierry are the hosts here and they bend over backwards to make sure everything is as close to perfect for you as possible. The rooms are air conditioned and wonderfully appointed. There is free wi-fi throughout the club. Thierry is a professional, gourmet chef and there is a professional kitchen at the club. He can suggest and prepare meals for you if you prefer to eat in. The bar is included in the room rate and it is fairly well stocked but they will get whatever it is that you prefer to drink. Breakfast is also included with your room. This is a continental breakfast, but they will create it to your desires.

Nearby is Grande Case, a charming seaside village with a street full of fine restaurants. We ate at the Fish Pot here and can tell you it rivals It Rains Fishes on Bonaire! There is also a high point overlooking the bay that provides a great spot for a picnic. Further down the road is Marigot where you can spend the day shopping in fine stores and, if you are into local color, on Wednesdays and Saturdays they have a local marketplace. This is the French side of the island where the Euro is the currency, at $1.30 to the Euro you have to be a sharp bargainer but you can get them down to  one for one. Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side and downtown Philipsburg caters to the cruise ships, so you can imagine the shopping opportunities here. Again, go there ready to bargain. Without traffic and without stopping in Grande Case or Marigot the trip from the resort to Philipsburg is about 45 minutes. You get a clear sense of the hills of the island making this drive (here read hills as an understatement).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Media, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We enjoyed a mega million dollar villa on the hillside overlooking Orient Bay that just totally exceeded anything else we've previously experienced. Fresh fruit, coffee, baguettes, and croissants begin the morning on the terrace overlooking the ocean, accompanied by adorable little yellow breasted sugar birds that Clohe tended and fed as faithfully as she did her guests. The rooms were elegant, the pool and hot tub inviting, and although we're not drinkers, the bar is always open and well stocked with whatever you desire. On top of all that, the choice is yours to bother with a bathing suit, or not:) Hey, when you're on the French side, be French! We loved it, and look forward to coming back next year.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Brest
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

This was our first time in Saint Martin and thus Club Fantastico for my wife and I.
What we can say is that Chloe and Thierry made this week fantastic for us. They are extremely friendly and make you just like feel at home which is important in a small resort like CF. They provided us with most appreciated services (airport picking and back, car rental) and were really eager to help you in anything you need.
Rooms are clean and comfortable (we had a sea view room which I recommend) and the pool cristal blue (we used it every day). The location itself is very quiet and just a 2 minutes drive from Orient Beach.
All this made for us a real great week, quiet and relaxing and we are definitely ready to go back.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

My husband and I had a GREAT experience at Fantastico...location, view, accommodations, and service. Chloe and Terry were awesome--provided us with anything that we needed (rental car, a FABULOUS dinner and more) while still giving us our space and privacy. The facilities were very clean, even the pool which we used every day. Although the villa is not brand new, it is comparable to the other hotels/villas that we have stayed at in the area. If you're looking for a brand new commercial property then you may want to look outside of Orient. We would definitely go back!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Club Fantastico
Address: 96 Orient Baie, Orient Bay 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Orient Bay
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Club Fantastico Hotel Orient Bay

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