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“Enjoyable Experience at Esmeralda”
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Esmeralda Resort
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago IL
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Enjoyable Experience at Esmeralda”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

My extended family (age range: 8 to 60s) spent Thanksgiving week at the Esmeralda, and we had a very good experience. We were in their "superior rooms", which are the least expensive. The rooms were large and clean. We enjoyed having our own pool at our villa. The staff at L'Astrolabe was very nice and friendly and we enjoyed our two dinners there. We also ate breakfast there every morning -- a nice continental breakfast is included. It's just a short walk through the resort to the beach and the staff at the beachside restaurant was also very accommodating; our waiter would ask if we would like the same chairs the next day and he'd have them reserved for us. Since we were there right before the high season rates started, we thought we got a good value for our money. We would return!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I stayed for three nights about two weeks ago and had a wonderful time. The room was spacious, simple, clean and well equipped. The bathroom had one of the biggest showers I have seen and a fantastic shower-head providing an exhilarating shower. I thought the grounds were well maintained and spacious. An amazing beach. Service at the Reception was variable, to say the least. Free wi-fi in Reception, but $10.00 per day if you have it in the room. Having arrived at the resort very late on my first night, it was clear that all the restaurants had closed at 10.30pm and the snacks kept at Reception were minimal. I went hungry that night! I have read a couple of complaints about cats. There were two around the resort. They were affectionate and no problem for me as I love cats. Would definitely come back back for another stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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ny,ny
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

I stayed at this property for three nights last week. Upon check out, my family was presented with the bill. It had a charge for a mysterious ninety dollars on it that the staff could not explain. It was removed but that leaves a bad taste. Although the rooms were nice the grounds were not impressive, with old dried up grass covering many areas. The continental breakfast was nice, and served in a nice setting, but the French woman who sits you was unpleasant. Every request we made turned into a big deal. On the contrary, Paula, from Venezuela was extremely nice and friendly. The hotel represents that you can use their card to charge from many nearby restaurants to your room, but this was not true. At least one restaurant, La Playa, did not honor the card. Finally, if you have dinner at the hotel restaurant, where you will pay about 100 bucks a head, be prepared to be besieged by cats that roam the area. not cool for fine dining. There is no fitness center. The location is excellent

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Huntington, New York
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

My husband and I and our adult son all enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the surf. Our room was clean and comfortable. It was great having the pool right outside our door as a change of pace from the beach.The lush tropical breakfast setting was one of my favorite things. And of course the croissants were outstanding.I felt that there could have been more choices at the buffet i.e. cheeses, apples, bananas, slices of meat.We had a lovely dinner one night at the Astrolabe restaurant with live music.

The Esmeralda is in a good location..easy access to the beach, close to restaurants and great places for walking.

We have stayed at many other places in St. Martin...condos and hotels. I definitely would recommend Esmeralda.


There were 2 things that were annoying. 1. CATS - There were cats hanging around..both at the Astrolabe restaurant and our porch. My husband is allergic to cats and was irritated by them. We would shoo them away, only to have them return. 2. BILL OVERCHARGE - When my husband went to pay our final bill there was a charge for a fax on our bill. We never faxed or received a fax. The person at the desk apologized and immediately took it off the bill.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Centerport, New York, United States
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We love most things about the Esmeralda (and Orient Beach) and we've returned several times. The Astrolabe is an outstanding restaurant with a fabulous staff for dinner, and the Coco Beach restaurant is terrific as well. The continental breakfast is ok--nothing to write home about--and the staff begins shutting down the breakfast by 10:15 (though they technically serve till 10:30).The desk staff in the hotel lobby vary in their interpersonal skills and service attitude, but overall we always feel welcomed and satisfied, especially by Leo and Audrey. Our room was spacious but plain. I enjoyed using the pool outside our room although it's pretty tiny.The housekeeping staff is friendly and efficient. The beach is the most beautiful on the island and the service there is wonderful. Beware of the car rental guy!! He does his best to overcharge. We have finally learned how to deal with him, but do take a firm hand to get the car and price you want. I have offered a few small dissatisfactions, but the fact that we keep returning means we feel relaxed, indulged and happy at this resort.and always look forward to the next time.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Our room at Esmeralda was very spacious, and had a nice and spotlessly clean bathroom. The small kitchen area (sink, tall minifridge, coffeemaker, microwave, glasses, silverware, etc) was great for times when we chose to make simple meals on our own. Porch offered a wonderful way to sit outside in relative privacy. Best and most surprisingplus was that the shared pool (very big and it should be mentioned that not all of the shared villa pools are as large) was unused by other guests so we had it all to ourselves whenever we wanted. Concierge was helpful arranging a sailing/snorkeling trip. I'd definitely go back again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We always enjoy to stay at Esmeralda but this year we were given not the deluxe room we booked but the regular and the hotel front desk told us that was all what they had available .Also they fix the mosquito net the amount of Mosquitos was so unbearable that we had to go and buy a lot of staff which is very expensive on the island and still I had bites all over.Finding out latter that it was an infectious outbreak was quite a scary thing.

  • Stayed December 2013
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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 #3 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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