St. Maarten is a difficult place to describe. If you have been to a few islands, you will find it a little disappointing in my opinion. It is tiny, it is difficult to get around, there are two distinct cultures to understand, it's a little run down, and not well planned in terms of development. Having said that, if you are going, this hotel will make your trip, whether you realize it or not. It is the BEST situated to get to extremely fine dining, which is a short walk down a quaint hill. (You don't want to drive much if you don't have to.) If you like crowded, large hotels, with staff running all over, it's not for you. If you want to eat in a hotel restaurant (why anyone would do that in a place most famous for it's restaurants I'm not sure) ,it's not for you. If your idea of paradise is a beautifully landscaped property that suits and exceeds it's surroundings, a quiet place where some one will come running at the first phone call; a place where you can meet and talk to the owners, and a "zen" or spa like room, with a private balcony overlooking a beautiful hill and out to sea, you will be thrilled. If you want to walk less then 10 minutes to great diving (Octopus Diving), too many restaurants to count & a lovely little beach, you will be thrilled. If you want to lay at the most lovely pool (think private estate, not Brand X hotel with throngs of people) you will be charmed.
We have been coming here for years, after having put up with the crowds of tourists and condo owners/renters filing in and out of larger properties, it makes it seem like we are at home. Actually more like I wish my home were!
- 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