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Hotel La Plantation
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
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Samorin
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“We loved the place”
Reviewed 5 April 2013

It is a lovely hotel consisting of beautiful bungalows just a few steps away from the famous Orient Beach. The staff is very friendly and we got an upgrade to the upper level. The breakfast could be a bit boring for some people, but for us it wasn't an issue. There is also a pool, but we haven't used it all. Though, looked nice. The internet works only around the reception, but that's good enough for checking your mails. Come on, you are on holidays and try to live without all the gadgets ! There is a rent a car possibility at the reception, very convenient. We rented one small car for 2 days and had very good fun all around the island. Hope to be back next year with the kids too.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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St. Charles, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

This was our first trip to SXM and I have to say I am a bit confused over why so many people rave about this island. Yes the water is beautiful, the beaches are nice and the shopping and restaurants plentiful, but after you have seen one hundred nearly identical duty free shops, a dozen restaurants featuring local creole cuisine, and a million street vendors selling the same crap the warts tend to show through. In this case, the warts are the run down, somewhat dirty towns, often lousy roads, and the arid landscape which, while not any worse than many other Carribean islands, is really just more of the same. I was hoping to be blown away by Ste. Martin and I guess I just wasn't.

But I digress - this is a review of La Plantation and if you are going to go to SXM, La Plantation is a great place to stay. The rooms are spacious (we did not have any mosquito issue, unlike others) and the views from our upper level suite (we were upgraded without asking) were amazing. The pool area is nice and the breakfasts tasty as long as you don't mind the exact same spread (scrambled eggs, fruit, cereal and croissants) every morning. The staff was great the bed was comfy, and everything worked, which is not always the case in the islands. I am told that some of the rooms may have been remodeled and ours apparently was one of them.) The hotel is a few hundred yards up a hill from the beach and also steps from the Orient Bay village, featuring a number of shops and restaurants. The climb back up the hill after a day in the sun can be tiring or refreshing depending on your point of view and how many Caribs you have consumed. While I might prefer accomodations right on the water, the hotel gives free privileges (otherwise beach chairs have to be rented) at three different beach areas - I would stick with Coco Beach, which is much less crowded than the others, though the food and drink is a little more expensive than it is further down (where it can get very crowded).

So what's not to like? Well, for one the hotel still needs a bit more upkeep. The boards on our deck were literally falling off and the tennis court? - well don't bother. It is there (at the adjoining resort), but it is garbage strewn and missing one essential - a net. The gym is a storage room for old mattresses and lamps. And even finding the resort can be a bit of a challenge, though it is in a nice quaint gated community - where the gates are seemingly always open - where security does not seem to be an issue. And the distance from the beach is less than ideal. But these are all minor considerations. If I ever go back to SXM, I would not hesitate to stay at La Plantation.

Room Tip: If you don't mind the extra climb, choose an upper level room for the incredible view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We enjoyed a week in paradise at this resort -- the rooms are quaint with a caribbean charm, the views are beautiful, and the meals were fantastic. It is set back from the beach a few blocks, but that may be a good thing, as it makes things feel a bit more secluded.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Water Mill, New York
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

This is our fourth time at this hotel. It is on the French side within a 5 minute walk to Orient Beach. We have the beach facilities including two chaises and an umbrella included in the hotel price.
The beach is gorgeous and the many restaurants on the beach are excellent. The hotel has a Creole feel and has recently been renovated. The kitchenette is a great asset and the bathrooms have two sinks. New furniture and new mattresses make this hotel a great deal. There is breakfast every day and a most friendly front desk staff. Although not a luxury hotel, it is perfect if you want location, beach, and large accommodations. We stayed in the one bedroom suite on the lower level which still had a view of the ocean. The terrace is an added plus.

Room Tip: The upper level offers the best view but the lower level also has a partial view of the ocean. We...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Excelent hotel, very quiet, good breakfeast. You can seat in three restaurants (beach chairs) on the beach for free. The Cafe restaurant in the hotel was very good for dinner too. The only problem was the mosquitoes in the room.

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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed at La Plantation for 2 weeks in January 2013. La Plantation comprises a number of bungalows built on the side of a small hill overlooking Orient Bay - our bungalow was quite nice, clean, included cooking facilities and had a balcony/veranda with a view on the bay. The only drawbacks of this hotel would be the lack of a gym/fitness room, and the fact that the breakfast was fairly basic considering the price. Staff were helpful and attentive - overall a good accommodation option even if a tad too expensive.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We loved out studio! Kitchenette had all the basics, so we cooked a few meals ourselves. Our balcony had a great view and perfect breeze. The restaurant was delicious and the staff was VERY friendly, especially if you speak French. They gave us great beach recommendations.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Plantation
Address: C5 Parc de La Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Plantation 4*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the north Atlantic coast of St Martin in the heart of the beautiful Orient Bay Resort, LA PLANTATION voted one of the best small hotels in the Caribbean, features St Martin’s most popular beach with its 3 mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. Hotel LA PLANTATION unites French West Indian Charm the comfort of modern amenities and personalised service.17 Stylish colonial villas are set amidst 7.5 acres of tropical gardens. A harmonious blend of luxurious palms, banana trees, bougainvilliers , hibiscus and alamanda encircle the Creole coloured villas capped with shingled roofs. Each ground floor villa comprises one suite and 2 studios which maybe rented separately or combined through interior, connecting doors. The atmosphere is decisively exotic, guest rooms are tastefully decorated in warm colours and original art work. The large terraces are cooled by the trade winds and offer for the upper level categories panoramic views over the bay, surrounding islands and the marine reserve. ... more   less 
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