I will openly admit to bias in this review, but the bias itself speaks for this lovely resort.
My wife and I have been 4 times in the past 5 years. In between we've taken other trips and even done other island resorts (Jade Mountain, e.g.) but are drawn back to Alamanda.
First of all, the beach is absolutely lovely. The room comes with access to nice chairs and friendly beach staff (Cedric and Nicholas!), has a lovely pool and perfectly nice rooms. The area is nice, and there are several restaurants in walking distance. We no longer get a car - so content to just hang out there.
I think I've come to believe though that the real charm of Alamanda is the consistency. Vincent has been the manager and the staff has largely been the same each time. It's just ... comfortable. Really, really comfortable. This trip we flew in on a Saturday and got to the resort about 3:30 p.m. ... we were literally on beach chairs by 4. We got a nice complimentary upgrade this trip, but honestly have never had an unpleasant room.
Travel is easy from Atlanta and the taxi ride is only about 25-30 at most from the airport. The continental breakfast is good and offers al a carte options if you're hungier.
I truthfully don't have anything bad to say about it. If you are looking for 5-star, ultra-modern decor or staff tripping over themselves to rub lotion on you ... this is probably not the place. But if you want a wonderfully pleasant, comfortable and reasonable stay at a gorgeous beach ... you could do far, far worse than the Alamanda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alamanda Resort is situated on Orient Beach, the largest and most animated beach on St. Martin. Small in scale with its 42 deluxe Oceanfront rooms and suites, you'll vacation in style at Alamanda, St Martin's newest and most intimate full service hotel. The charming restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hotel guests have charging privileges at 6 beachside restaurants serving French, Spanish or American cuisine. Multilingual staff, daily maid service, room service, 3000 sq ft convention center along with fax and internet facilities. If you are looking to relax, where better than poolside in fresh water pool, sunning in the patio or sipping a drink to the poolside bar lush tropical garden? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alamanda Hotel Orient Bay