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“Cottage near the beach”
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Esmeralda Resort
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our second stay and we brought friends who loved our choice.. Deluxe room with large porch and pool . Wonderful breakfast every morning with excellent service and a smile.. L'Astrolabe Lobster night very special. Entertainment all night.
Beach service the best with Toni .Of course weather and beach perfect.
We also love Orient Village for dinner and French bread, cheese, and wine by the pool..Come and relax...

Room Tip: Deluxe room good value
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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USAsalesoffice, Director of Sales at Esmeralda Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Dear Maureen,
Excellent, we are very pleased to read your review of Esmeralda Resort. We strive to provide our guests with a memorable and friendly vacation. Great to read you enjoyed our famous "Lobster Night"! We look forward to your third visit back to Esmeralda Resort.
Warm regards,
Esmeralda Management Team

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

We thought this was the perfect location. Just a quick stroll to the beach. We had one of the few ocean front rooms and it was worth it. It was an easy walk to the restaurant sat the nearby village. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was large and the bed was comfortable. The only reason I did not give it a higher rating was they charged you for every device you had connected to the wifi. So for two computers we had to pay two fees. I have never seen this anywhere else I went. I don't mind paying for wifi but that was ridiculous. Than sometimes the wifi just went off! I loved the breakfast in the restaurant and we enjoyed the jazz night there also. We love orient bay and think it is the best place to stay in St. Martin.

Room Tip: I would try to reserve early and get the room that is beach front
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

My wife and I had a very relaxing stay. Front office was hit or miss on the attitude you receive. We asked for a room near the beach and the request was granted. There was a pretty foul odor coming from a sewer grate but wasn't noticeable in the room. We had a deluxe room that was both spacious and very clean.
Beach service was very good. Drinks were strong, with never a long wait. Food at the Coco beach bar was good, with decent portions and reasonable prices.
The pool looked nice but never got used the whole time we were there. If we were pool people we would have loved it.
The only down fall for us was the restaurant. Breakfast was minimal with little selection or change. We ate dinner there once. While the food was good, we received little portions for a very large price. Later that evening we both got extremely sick. We chose not to try our luck again. Walking to town for a much better selection, better price, and great outside atmosphere seemed a logical choice.
In all we were treated nicely by most. The resort is beautiful with little I would change. Its a very
quiet place with nothing to do after dark, which for some may get boring but for us it was just right.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

My husband and I have stayed here many times. The beach is spectacular and the food and service are excellent It is so nice to have a private pool for each villa. There is a wonderful restaurant on property that serves chocolate croissants every morning. The room are very clean however they might consider new pillows for the bed. Staff was great!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mcq4
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

room consisted of double bed , 1 small table , 2 wooden chairs and an addition wooden slat back chair.... when we requested additional furniture , a comfortable chair or 2 for reading , we were rudely told that this was all the furniture any of the rooms had... finally sent over to small wooden dining chairs where you could sit straight and stare out the window of the room and see the ugly completely unwelcoming pool and lounge chairs, plastic with no pads or towels to make them comfortable for poolside relaxing. Because of the wind ,no umbrellas were provided and for that matter there was nothing to provide shade from the sun at all.beach towels were not left in the room but were obtained by walking to the reception area , where you had to turn in your 2 beach towels from the prior day in order to receive 2 beach towels for the current. bathroom, while clean only had 2 bath towels , 2 hand towels and 2 wash cloths... naturally there was no turn down service in the evening so one had to make due with damp bath towels the next morning.

i booked this hotel because it offered a beach front room .... no such thing... what we were given was an ocean view room where the bushes were so high that one could not see the ocean at all.

the hotel is on the windward side of saint martin , so the constant wind made the ocean rough and unwelcoming and the beach unbearable because beach umbrellas would topple over.

we stayed for 2 of the 6 nights we had reserved and moved to a much more comfortable hotel on the other side of the island, with a beautiful beach and upgraded 1 bedroom suite and all the beauty and generosity one would expect from a first rate hotel and speaking of rates, the esmeralda was approximately $100.00 less than the rate of the new hotel ..... what a rip off !!

Room Tip: do not stay at this hotel in any room
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1  Thank Natalie S
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We decided to try the Restaurant L'Astrolabe based on what we read in the tourist magazines that it is a gastronomic restaurant. It was a far cry from that. I had the Surf and Turf which was a filet mignon and one half of a lobster tail. The piece filet mignon was small and overcooked. The vegetable consisted of 2 small fried cone shaped wraps with a mix of thinly sliced vegetables that tasted just like eating a raw red pepper. No other flavor than that. There was a small cup of dipping sauce for the meat that was not good. And to help fill the look of the small portions on the plate was a large cup of olives. My wife ordered the Carpaccio that we both couldn't eat because of the taste, and the Sea delight appetizer that was mediocre. It was $115 wasted on a meal that was everything but a gastronomic experience.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

Chris gave a great orientation to the room and resort. Had a deluxe room (457). Very roomy and kept very clean by the maid/housekeeping staff. Next door to reception, but very quiet day and night. Best bed ever found anywhere, super comfortable. Breakfast at Astrolabe across the drive was spot on. Short stroll down to the beach for our chairs and umbrella. Great service by Beach Boys Johann and Tony. Good food at Coco's too. Dinner at Astrolabe was exceptional - maybe too much in quantity.
Almost to good to believe visit. Heading back next year to see if it was real.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Esmeralda Resort

Address: Baie Orientale | Bp 5141, Orient Bay 97071, St Martin / St Maarten
Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > 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: £147 - £367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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