My daughter and I had 4 nights at Grand Case Beach Club. Due to the Hurricane, Emily, our beach hours were cut in half. It was our first visit to St. Maarten. The hotel is situated at the end of route de Petite Plage. I was imagining long stretched beaches with palm trees like we have seen in Mexico or the Dominican Republic. But the beach at the hotel is very small and no palm trees but very clean. I couldn’t enjoy the beach walk at this time, but I was pleased because I didn’t find any washed-off seaweed or garbage. The colour of the sand is pale brown and it is soft in touch. There were plenty of comfortable beach lounge chairs available. The room is large and has a little kitchen. I liked their bed. It was very comfortable. The room was kept clean each day and supplied enough towels. The room decoration has no Caribbean atmosphere that I enjoyed especially when I was in Dominican Republic and Mexico. But there were no cockroaches that we have seen commonly in Caribbean islands and Mexico. They use a three-prong socket. Therefore, one more thing we need for our next visit is an electric socket converter. The pool is very small so we didn’t go there.
Most of the guests of the hotel had cars so that they could go to grocery stores, down town, Margot, Dutch side, or the other beaches. I was told to visit the Oriental Beach, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean side and is the best beach in St. Maaten. It was a short trip and I didn’t think about renting a car. We will do for our next visit. When we took a taxi to go to the big supermarket, we paid $10 round trip, although it was a five-minute ride. There are no highways and driving is the same side as US. It seems easy to venture out by car. Although the hotel has a hint of boutique-hotel, they organized “Buy-one drink-get-one-free” night on Tuesday and manager’s evening on Thursday while we were there, so that we were able to meet several interesting and international people. The staff was very kind and made us feel at home. Many restaurants are in only a five-minute walking distance and they are all great. We tried “Spigo”, Italian, “L’Auberge Gourmande”, French, and “Bistrot Caraibes”, French restaurants. They are all great and the service is impeccable. Some of the restaurants use the conversion of $1 = 1 Euro, although the hotel uses $1.20 = 1Euro. US dollars are accepted everywhere. We had a dinner one night at the restaurant called “Sunset Café”. This is the place you can enjoy the sea breeze any time of the day and it feels as if you were in Heaven. I think this restaurant is one of the good restaurants to sample French food, like their mussel dish if you like it. We missed the chance to enjoy Caribbean lobster, due to the delivery delay here. It offers 20% discount occasionally for dining and it is worth eating there at least once, in spite of the numerous great restaurants outside
Each Caribbean island has its own special flare and we like this French island, too.
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- Intimate and relaxing, small but large enough to have just the right amount of service that brings back our guests year after year. We are constantly improving and have updated and upgraded nearly every aspect of our resort, and will continue to do so. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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