We stayed at Bleu Emeraude (BE) for four nights in late summer (August 22-26, 2013) and would definitely recommend it. The property is located right on the beach (and right on the main road) as one approaches Grand Case from St. Maarten's Princess Juliana airport (the latter is located in the Southwest of the island).
It took us approximately 30 minutes' drive from the airport to reach the property -- or would have, if we hadn't missed BE the first time 'round (we eventually did find it, with help from a couple of locals whom we stopped to ask). In addition to beach access, BE is extremely well situated for: (i) restaurants (virtually all the best-reviewed restaurants on the island are in Grand case, within a ten minute walk of BE); (ii) shopping -- grocery and other stores nearby, with a larger supermarket (Auchan) about a ten-minute drive close to Grand Case airport; and (iii) visiting the pier/waterfront/fort in Marigot. (Be warned however that in walking to dinner, the street is badly lit and the sidewalk -- where it exists -- is extremely narrow.) We were lucky to find a parking spot on the premises at ground level each time we arrived (back) at BE, as it seemed quite full.
Our "room" (which at about US$215 per night including taxes was far from cheap, but we soon learned that nothing in St. Martin is) was a self-catering one-bedroom apartment on the middle floor of a three/floor building. It was very well-equipped with fridge, electric kettle, coffee-maker, toaster, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, small dishwasher, small automatic (clothes) washer, etc. The air conditioners (split unit in each of the living/dining room and bedroom) were in good working order and quiet. Furnishings are somewhat limited but in very good taste -- close to minimalist style in whites with the occasional splash of color. The bedroom had a reasonably comfortable queen-size bed, and the sofa in the living room opened in another (surprisingly comfortable) queen-size bed. There was a large, very pleasant veranda equipped with lounge chairs off the living/dining area looking out onto the beach/sea, the Creole Rock, and Anguilla.
Breakfast (included in our rate) was very nice, if limited and rather simple (very nice bread and pastries, together with tea, coffee, juice, butter, and jam). It was self-service, put out in the common area on the middle floor between approximately 8 and 10:30 am. One had to be a little quick, however -- our first morning there we rose somewhat late (just before 9 am) and found the pastries were gone with only French bread remaining.
We also found the little beach right at the property to be delightful, and opted to swim there each day in spite of having seen some of the more renowned beaches on the island. The beach is a fine sand one with only occasional large rocks, so the water is easy to access. BE provides lounge chairs and beach umbrellas, together with sand toys for kids and even a couple of masks and fins (in a very small size). There is also a fresh water shower for rinsing off.
Finally, I must emphasize that we found the staff -- Frederic in particular -- both courteous and helpful. He was always attentive and obliging, and enthusiastic about responding to our occasional queries.
Our very positive overall experience notwithstanding, we also noted a couple of downsides, although in fairness not all were within the management's control. First, from the moment we entered it, our room had a very distinct, strong smell, very likely from the cleaning solvent that is used to keep the attractive white tiles in the rooms clean. My partner has a particularly sensitive sense of smell, and she found it rather overwhelming (and difficult to get rid of, even after keeping the windows open for a long while). Second, other reviewers have commented on the traffic noise from the street, where every second vehicle -- even in the wee hours of the morning -- sounds like a motorbike with muffler removed. We did indeed find this rather tiresome (though manageable -- closing the screen in the bedroom, which faced onto the street, helped somewhat). In addition, on three of the days we stayed at BE, some hammering and drilling (in the neighboring property, nothing to do with BE) could be heard beginning around 7:30 am, and lasting an hour or more. Moreover, some of the people in the apartment right above us were clearly early risers, and we could distinctly make out clattering footsteps, chairs scraping, etc. And third, upon check-in it was brought to our attention that the automatic shutter screen on the large window in the bedroom (yes, the one looking out onto the street with the passing motorbikes) was out of order, and we were advised that the repair people would be in to fix it the next day. They did indeed arrive the next day in the afternoon, and we were told that they'd be done in 20 minutes. In the event, it was more like two hours and 20 minutes, but they did do a thorough job.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bleu Emeraude is a luxurious new residence on the Grand Case beach. Each apartment offers tranquility and an exceptional view of the Caribbean Sea and the island of Anguilla on the skyline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bleu Emeraude Hotel Grand Case