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Esmeralda Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Esmeralda Resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Our favorite vacation place of all. We have been going to Esmeralda for the past ten years, usually once per year for about 10 days and occasionally twice per year. The atmosphere is quiet and friendly and the grounds are beautifully groomed. The staff is always upbeat and can't do enough for you. The rooms are always clean and the beds are made by about 10am.Esmeralda has been through a major renovation of its 18 villas in the past two years with upgrades in furniture, hot and cold water, etc.

Each of the villas has its own swimming pool. Our daily routine has been rise at about 6am, walk on the beach for about an hour just about sunrise. The air is clear, and you can watch the sun rise over St. Barths. After our walk, we do a quick swim in the ocean, then walk back to the villa and jump in the pool to get the sand and salt off. After a quick shower, we head to Astrolab, the restaurant on the resort for a continental breakfast or more if you eat a hearty breakfast and a cup of good strong French coffee. The rest of the day, you can enjoy visiting places in St. Martin or just stay and relax on the beach.

Esmeralda is a short 50 foot walk to the beach. You go down a short hill through Coco's bar and restaurant right to the beach. Coco's supplies lounge chairs and full meals but also provides service for drinks and food brought to your beach chair. The beach chairs are all free as part of the deal staying at Esmeralda. There are many more places along Orient Beach to rent chairs, but Esmeralda has the best location. There are tons of water sports like parasailing, Hobecats , Wave Runners, all up and down the beach.

Although Coco's is a great place for lunch and dinner (breakfast comes free at Astrolab if you stay at Esmeralda), some of the best restaurants we have ever enjoyed are in Grand Case, a short drive away. The Village D'Orient is a short walk also and has several outstanding restaurants. Le Piment in the Village serves the best pizza we have ever had.

We can't wait for our next trip to St. Martin and Esmeralda.

Room Tip: Unit 46 is close to the beach and is nice and private.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jacksonville
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

We have stayed at Esmeralda quite a few times. We enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are very clean, nice and large. Everyone is so nice. The staff on the beach is great. The restaurant on the beach has the BEST hamburgers. We enjoy walking to the little restaurants & grocery store in the area. Already have reservations for next year. We love having private pools just for the rooms in your complex.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bellefontaine, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This was our first visit to Esmeralda Resort. It was absolutely perfect! One of the best vacations we have ever had. Room was clean, resort lovely and the staff were very professional and friendly. We love the beach and wait stff there. We have never hada vacation where we felt so relaxed and pampered. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tammy A
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our resort. Over the past few years we have made many improvements to the property and it so nice to hear that our efforts have paid off. We are looking forward to your next visit. Remeber to note "repeat guest" when you make your reservation.
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Utica, Michigan
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This was a wonderful resort. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is the facility is a little older, but nevertheless, is updated, clean, and picturesque. The air conditioning is a wall unit, which was somewhat noisy and blew right on us when we slept. Other than that, the property was well maintained, and the service of the staff was excellent.

Room Tip: See if there are any rooms that have the A/C located other than facing the bed.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to writing a review. We at the Esmeralda are pleased that you njoyed your stay. It is through comments like this that we can continually improve and as a result of your review we will be undertaking an inspection of all airco units which were all newly installed in 2011. Thank you.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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745 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We needed a place to stay for a week after cruising on Island Windjammer's tall ship Sagitta out of Sint Maarten and we wanted to be on the French side close to Orient Beach and near the restaurants at Grand Case. We picked the Esmeralda and were thrilled. It has a series of villas containing 2-4 accomodations (ours had 3, but only 2 were occupied at the time). Each villa has its own private pool right outside the door which was great. The rooms were clean and very nice. There is a restaurant on site with a great breakfast each morning. There is a paved path that goes a short distance down to the beach and lounges/umbrellas are available at the facilities on the beach per arrangement with the Esmeralda. We had a great time and would go again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jotum
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
On behalf of the Esmeralda Resort I thank you you for taking the time to post a review and are happy that you would consider returning as a result of your experience. Guest comments are read during our staff meetings to congratulate a job well done or as a means to improve. Thank you again.
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Manchester
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144 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Esmeralda is a beautiful, comfortable resort. We stayed in the duplex style suites. Each side has it's own kitchenette, and glass sliders onto a covered porch. Two steps from the covered porch you are in your own small swimming pool. We stayed at the end of the resort closest to the beach so we just walked out of our room and down a beautifully landscaped path to the beach. There is a small, open air restaurant at the end of the path, right on the beach if you want to buy food or get a drink. There are chairs and covered lounges for rent on the beach and there is food and drink service right at the chairs. There are people in all forms of dress from totally clothed to partially clothed. We didn't see any total nude sunbathers at this end of the beach. Totally nude is further down the beach for those who prefer not to bath with them. Esmeralda has a great restaurant right on the premises which served a romantic, fantastic meal. A very tasty filling, continental breakfast is included but you can also purchase a full breakfast if you have a larger appetite. The sunset is gorgeous and the atmosphere is tropical. The front desk is a little slow on service. They operate in "island" mode.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Crete, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

My husband and I stayed a 2nd time (2 years in a row) at the Esmeralda Resort on Orient Beach in St. Martin and still consider this resort our #1 go to resort for Fun and Relaxation coupled with wonderful restaurants in the area including the outstanding Astrolabe French Restaurant located within the resort.

We had been communicating with our favorite Manager, Claudie Nannini prior to arriving for select availability of a suite. Upon arrival and went to suite #45 with front view of pool and loved our new home for a week. We found this particular suite to be very clean and maid service was always kind and wonderful.

Claudie the resort manager along with the hotel staffers including one of my favorite front desk person (Leo) once again made our trip memorable simply by always being kind and accommodating our requests. Leo is a front desk celebrity in our eyes, as he is always helpful, mindful of your time and very knowledgeable about where to go on the island for restaurants and adventure.

Claudie Nannini , the on-site manager, is wonderful at communicating with you on-line months in advance to assist you in your reservation. We went through resort directly versus another site since we feel we get perhaps a better deal and personal attention to our requests. Besides, Claudie is wonderful to deal with and very patient and helpful.

OK...enough with bragging on the resort staffers.

Our stay also included having fun at night and visiting other restaurants and bars in the beach area and meeting new friends. We had a blast.....we met so many nice people this second time around and collected emails.....I will try hard to connect with these new friends and see when they will be in St. Martin again. We loved going to Bikini Bar....for happy hour most early evenings to start off our night with a few cocktails and meeting wonderful people.

Coco Beach Bar and Restaurant was always on the ball for our drink demands on the beach. I miss our waiters!!!

OK....That's it....overall experience for 2nd trip was fabulous...cannot wait to go back....yes again for the 3rd time. If you want a very clean and upscale resort with all the amenities of home coupled with a wonderful beach and a great on site restaurant (Astrolabe) then stay at the Esmeralda Resort! Happy Vacation!!!

Room Tip: I believe all the rooms are clean and wonderful...we like front views of the suite's pool.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Esmeralda Resort

Property: Esmeralda Resort
Address: Baie Orientale | BP 5141, Orient Bay 97071, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Esmeralda Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ESMERALDA RESORT, situated on the magnificent white sands of Orient Bay in French St. Martin offers just 65 rooms and suites spread among elegant tropical gardens in 17 villas. Esmeralda is the only four star hotel in St Martin on Orient Beach.Esmeralda's Coco Beach Bar offers beachfront lunch & cocktails. L'Astrolabe, the resort's fine dining restaurant offers French Creole and Continental cuisine. Guests receive dining privileges at 12 + restaurants in Orient Bay. Only minutes to more fine dining,shopping and entertainment. Rooms include a kitchenette, king bed, sitting area and patio. What makes this property so special is it's unique plantation style layout with only four rooms or suites per villa. For privacy, each villa has its own swimming pool and each accommodation has its own private entrance and terrace... Guests may reserve anything from a single superior or deluxe room or a generous sized suite or an entire 3 - 5 bedroom villa. Due to the way this resort in St Martin is situated on the property that is perpendicular to the beach there is limited availability in the two ocean front villas that include the Presidential Suites and deluxe oceanfront rooms. All superior and deluxe rooms include kitchenettes. Suites offer full kitchens and large living rooms. Guests enjoy the peaceful surroundings and a cordial, pampering yet unobtrusive on-site multi-lingual staff prepared to assist with any special needs. Esmeralda offers free use of beach chairs & umbrellas. Each accommodation has a fully equipped kitchenette (suites have fully equipped kitchens including dishwasher), large tile bath with hair dryer plus a 110 outlet for shavers only, color satellite TV, room safe, air conditioning with ceiling fan, daily maid service. All bedrooms have Color TV by satellite (8 channels and video system), telephone, private safe, A/C, ceiling fan, private, furnished terrace, kitchenette with micro wave, electric coffee pot, refrigerator and dishes. SUPERIOR, DELUXE AND OCEANFRONT ROOMS: King or two double beds, kitchenette. Maximum occupancy: 2 people. Superior rooms have garden view and are generally located further from the beach. Deluxe rooms are a bit larger located nearer the pool. Oceanfront rooms are located nearest the beach. SUPERIOR SUITES: Spacious living room and bedroom area with king size four poster bed and full size pull-out sofa bed plus a fully equipped kitchen. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults & 2 children. PRESIDENTIAL SUITES: Large dining and living room area with full size sofa bed, separate master bedroom with king size colonial bed, TV in living room and master bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, radio/cassette/CD player and fully equipped kitchen. Suite is oceanfront. Maximum occupancy: 4 people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Esmeralda Hotel Orient Bay
Esmeralda Hotel Marigot
Esmeralda Resort Marigot
Esmeralda St Martin
Esmeralda Resort St Martin
Renaisance Esmeralda Resort

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