Our recent stay at L'Esplanade was certainly as memorable as the many before. We had just flow in from Jamaica and found St Martin as tranquil, and as restful as always. We generally try to travel during the shoulder season. We have found the area less hectic, the restaurants more available and the shop keepers more willing. We try to avoid hustle and bustle! L'Esplanade is one the the nicest boutique hotels that we visit in the Caribbean. The rooms are spacious, the bathrooms very generous, and we love the kitchenette set-up for small meal preparation. The staff, as another reviewer stated, is what makes the hotel. Patricia, Ana-Marie, Natalie, Philomene, Alain, all make the extra effort to keep their guests happy. You are always warmly greeted! The housekeeping staff, including my friend, Edith, is always so willing and helpful. The pool and spa area is relaxing and well-maintained. It is a short walk to the beach, and a short walk to the main street of Grand Case. This main street gives the visitor plenty of restaurant options. If you use cash, the exchange rate is 1 euro to the dollar! If you decide to stay at the hotel for lunch Alain can fix you up with some real treats, even fresh lobster right off the boat with advance notice. Try his Rendezvous Cocktail. There is always fresh flavored water, and coffee in the lobby, with wine offered during happy hour. A light continental breakfast of fresh croissants, french bread and juices can be ordered the night before. Delicious! We were delighted to have all our laundry washed, folded and returned the same day for $20.00. Philomene was even able to spot clean one of my tops! Exploring Marigot, driving around the island, checking out the many beaches is always high priority. If you want night life and casino action you can readily visit the Dutch side, far more accessible, now that the new bridge is finished. Since so many English speaking tourists visit, there is no real language barrier. The French side is far quieter, with much better restaurants than the Dutch side, although shopping is generally more plentiful and cheaper
with the Dutch. Just a few hints, remember that French shops close for a two hour break after lunch and watch out if you drive for the many motor cyclists who fly in and out of the traffic! Also, it is often easier to withdraw from an ATM on the Dutch side, one located right between the two countries. Bon Voyage! Have a great trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Esplanade