My wife and I visited for a recent get away. The hotel is lovely, staff is friendly, grounds are gorgeous, and setting is idyllic.
The principal weakness is culinary. Food is fine but less than great. One might expect that a french hotel boasting food flown in from France might have at least a few french cheeses at breakfast (only cream cheese, white and yellow cheddar), that the proximity to coffee growing regions would result in great coffee (not) or that a tropical breakfast buffet would include ripe mangoes (only hard, unripened ones available). Similarly, dinner at the restaurant, while quite expensive, was by general consensus not worth repeating.
Fortunately, the hotel is still a terrific escape from the world and worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond La Samanna nestles amongst lush gardens overlooking 55 acres of spectacular beachfront. A complete resort in itself, Belmond La Samanna offers a spectacular private beach, two poolside terraces, 83 luxurious rooms and suites and 8 recently renovated 4600sq. ft. villas with private pools. Enjoy its sophisticated food offerings and award winning wine cellar, indulge in its European Elysees Spa, or simply enjoy the privacy and relaxation of this sophisticated and sensual French-Caribbean enclave. Gourmet dishes are served in the elegant Trellis, and Baie Longue Bar offers pool-side dining and views of Baie Long Beach. Dine on your private terrace and later enjoy a drink from the wine cellar. Belmond La Samanna is everything you could wish for in a Caribbean hideaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Samanna By Orient-Express Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- La Samanna Hotel
- La Samanna Resort St Martin