Grand Case Beach Club
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... but ultimately, we found our way to Happy Bay, written about in several travel guides as a delightful, remote beach that retains its "hidden" ambiance because it requires visitors to hike into it. The “hike” is easy, but the directions are not clear. In any case, when we arrived, there were about 10-12 others who’d settled in to enjoy Happy Bay. The “happiest” was an older couple strutting around in the buff. Their deep tans and ...
... of singing going on and the girls were snapping along to the beat. I joined in and then the snaps turned into claps and before you knew it, the whole congregation was clapping to the beat of the choir. It was awesome.
After church, I went for a run on the beach and ended with yoga on the wharf. Stephane, Devin’s friend with the speedboat, rode down the wharf on his bike and came to say hi. He said he was going out on his boat later and asked if ...
... can be a really good player if she puts in the practice, effort, and hard work; and that if she really wanted to, she could probably go to the states or France to play in college. Her face lit up. She said, ‘I understand, thank you.’ I think I got through. Bless her heart.
My next feat was with Ashevan. After practice, he and some others were playing 3 on 3. He got knocked down by Boo Boo, one of the bigger kids on the team, and stayed on ...
... s with me?! Devin, Tuto, and a couple others took a turn on the horse and then it was time for the horse to rest. After Tuto left, I hung out with the crew on the beach until sunset. Devin’s friend Stephane gave people boat rides around the Grand Case bay in his small speed boat, ten or so at a time. We played sandball, which led to copious amounts of sand in my hair, in between my twists, which I knew would be hard to get out. ...
After a full day’s work, I decided it was about time to treat myself to a nice meal at Spiga, an Italian restaurant Emily had recommened back in November. She raved about the lobster bisque. (Then again, she never tasted Mama Beaver’s lobster bisque!) Before heading down the street, I went to say hi to Rosa. She wasn’t home, but as I was telling Gigi to let her know I had stopped by, I noticed ...
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The ideal place for a stress-free vacation
GCBC is a great place for those that want a quaint and peaceful hotel with beautiful beaches, great food, and fun activities. The staff was one of the friendliest I've seen at any hotel. The watersports staff helped us plan our days, whether it was snorkeling, kayaking, or hiking at GCBC or another part of the island. The club is very conscientious of security so you can feel comfortable and safe at all hours. The incredible French cuisine is within a 5-minute walk and the views are incredible. Rooms are nice. You won't confuse them with the Ritz-Carlton, but they had everything we needed including balconies, cleanliness, and kitchenettes. All non-motorized water gear (snorkeling, rafts, kayaks, paddleboats) are available at no additional charge. If you want to go and relax without worrying about a thing, this is the place. If you are looking for a party scene, this is not for you.
A little piece of paradise...
Just returned from a 7-night visit to the GC Beach Club...it proved to be everything we hoped for, and more. Peaceful location on a beautiful cove, the best French restaurants in the Caribbean within walking distance (along with their lower-priced cousins, the "lolos"), friendly staff, large and clean rooms complete with kitchenettes and stunning views, a watersports staff that is attentive and professional, and an on-site restaurant (The Sunset Cafe) that is second-to-none. Even a free bottle of wine when you check in! Good for couples, families, people of all ages. Not a singles scene.
If you are looking for glitz, glamour and excitement, this is not your place; but if you are looking for good beaches, breathtaking views, spectacular food, and a safe, friendly place to stay, try the GC Beach Club -- you may not want to leave!
Loved every moment!
My husband and I just returned from 7 fabulous nights in Grand Case.
The beach club was clean, and nicely furnished. The ocean view was terrific. The grounds were very well maintained and the plants and flowers were beautiful. We did not eat at the restaurant (Sunset Cafe) on the premises; but we understood from other guests at the resort that the food was excellent. We liked to seek out small local eating places.
If you like seafood, barbequed ribs and chicken as well as local specialties, it's not hard to find great food at low prices. Le Ti Coin Creole Restaurant was great (moderately priced). They specialize in local cuisine, but the owner/chef, Carl Phillips always had a pleasant smile and was more than willing to prepare something special for you.
Grand Case Beach Club is a small intimate resort, with a small beach, but very adequate for the clientele. It's in a great location; however, I would recommend renting a car so that you can visit all of the beautiful beaches in St. Martin. Car rental agency was on the premises.
My favorite was Dawn Beach -- absolutely gorgeous. We are already contemplating our third trip to St. Martin and we would definitely stay at the Grand Case Beach Club again. We loved every moment!
Relaxation, peaceful, peaceful, peaceful
My wife and I just returned from 5 glorious days at Grand Case Beach Club. We stayed in a first floor room complete with kitchette, and porch overlooking the beach. Beach chairs under the shade of sea grapes were mere steps from our porch. I took a swim each morning to start the day. Staff and service were excellent. The Sunset Cafe, also set on the beach, looks over at Anguilla, we had several good meals there. We also took the sunset cruise aboard the Scooby Doo which picks you up right at the beach and for $35 you get a 2 hour Catamaran cruise with snacks and an open bar. Rent a car, you will want one to get around. No place in St. Martin is more than 30 minutes away. Overall, if you want a relaxing, peaceful getaway I cannot think of a better place.
Ed and Diana
I just came back from a trip here July '03 I have to say I have been coming to the island for many years and never thought about staying at this hotel I was missing out. The beach is calm and quiet. You really get to totally relax. The room was very big and comfortable in fact we were given an upgraded room. The only drawback was that it was a little too quiet. The bar closed early and didnt really offer any type of entertainment as far as music etc... My only suggestion wuold be to liven the place up a little.
Grand Case beach Club...OUI OUI
My husband and I took a trip to St. Martin back in May 03. We took advantage of the American/French boycotting and got a great deal on the Grand case beach club. I had never been to St. Martin before(or Carribean at all) and this was a spur of the moment trip with little planning or research. How delighted we were with Grand Case in general.
Lovely village. We saw much of the island and I think we stayed in the perfect town. Treated ourselves to a gormet restaurant two nights in a row(the cottage and Mambos...both excellent) but were equally happy with the simple platter plates and homemade icecream of the Lolas. The staff at Grand Case beach club were wonderful and on many occaision handed us free homemade rum. The rooms were really nice,spacious and always clean. Beaches right at the hotel were just idealic. Not white sand,clear water like some islands but very pretty all the same.
Couldn't have asked for a better holiday and I can't think of one single complaint. Though if you are not a cat lover the kittens in the dinning room might be annoying...but to us it made it all the more like home. Louise
We stayed at Grand Case Beach Club the last week in May 2003. We thought it was a lovely beach, and the condos were very nice and clean. Housekeeping was exceptional and the staff was quite friendly. The only complaint we would have is that their "continental breakfast" consisted only of OJ, coffee and breads. The Sunset Cafe on the grounds has pretty good food, if you like French cuisine. Although it appears that even the Garden view rooms have a nice view of the ocean, for a few dollars more, we recommend going for the Ocean view rooms. We also would recommend getting a rental car (available on premises) for at least a few days to explore other parts of the island. You can walk to Grand Case Blvd (Restaurant Row) from the beach club in a matter of minutes, and there are quite a few places to choose from. Overall, we thought Grand Case Beach Club had one of the nicest beaches on the island. You won't be disappointed.
What a Gem!
We went August 2002 during the week before Labor Day. At that time of year many of the restaurants in Grand Case were closed because there are fewer visitors. We loved it though, because some days we had the beach (calmer side) all to ourselves!The resort itself is very clean and well-maintained. Had wonderful landscaping.We stayed in a studio on the first floor with an ocean view. Many days we would either sit and watch the sunset or watch the sunrise from our shaded patio.Free continental breakfast comes with your room. You can either eat it at the restaurant or have it delivered to your room, although we chose the property because of the full kitchens. We bought much of our food at either of the two grocery stores that are in walking distance. We bought a number of meals at Talk of the Town down the street. We'd usually walk down at lunch and pick up a couple lunches and dinners so we could eat later at our leisure. They had delicious barbecue and seafood dishes.We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant many of the days though.The resort has two beaches -- one very calm with clear water -- we loved that little cove. The other side was the typical beach with waves and bar service. They have little flags on the beach chairs to signal.We truly believe that the Grand Case Beach Club offers wonderful value for the money. By the way, the staff were all very pleasant and helpful.Enjoy it!
I just got back from the Grand Case Beach Club with my family, and it was perfect! It is relaxing, the people are nice, and there is a lot to do. Also the resort is in walking distance to the town Grand Case which has the best French food on the Island! Our favorites were le Bistro Caraibes, and L'Auberge Gourmande. The hotel is perfect for families. You can go tubing, snorkeling, take day trips to other Islands, and the water sports desks will help you set evertything up! The hotel is also extremely close to the best snorkeling spot on all od St. Maarten. If you rent a car the entire Island is very easy to get to. This way you can go shopping in Marigot which I recommend over Philipsburg, or you can go to the busier beaches like Orient beach to go jet skiing, or parasailing. But most of the time I just wanted to sit on the beach at my hotel and order a tropical drink because the Hotel had such a nice relaxing beach. At the beach at the Hotel you can take out floats, snorkeling equipment, and paddle boats and the price is included in your room price. This vacation was sooo relaxing and I plan on returing to Grand Case hopefully very soon!!
Great Place to Stay in St Martin
We've stayed at this hotel twice - most recently in October of 2002. We spoke with several others there who were also multiple-time visitors of this property, as well as some new comers - all of whom said they really liked it. The hotel lost their hilltop restaurant in hurricane Luis in 1995, but other than that, the property hadn't changed much from our earlier visit. It's an intimate place on the quite end of Grand Case. If you want to be in the middle of tourist activity, this wouldn't be the place to stay. You can get to those places with a car or by bus. We like the private beach, the laid-back atmosphere, and the personal feel. It's not a polished "Ritz-Carlton" kind of place, but nice and clean. The units are really condominiums, so they come with small refrigerators, dished, utensils, and stoves. There are several mini-marts in town, so we always buy some cold drinks in town. The beach bar is literally steps from your lounge chair, and if you want, you can raise your flag, place your order, and have your drink delivered.
You can also walk about 1/2 mile to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. Many restaurants have daily specials, usually displayed on a chalkboard outside the restaurant. The menu is also usually displayed for you to see before you enter. You will be hard pressed to chose from among all the offerings. You can go very casual to very chic. We tend to like the gourmet restaurants, so they are a bit pricier, but to us, worth it. Personal favorites include (1) Le Tastevin - on the water and where one of our waiters from 9 years ago is now the maitre de, (2) L'Auberge Gourmande - across from Le Tastevin with very personable staff, especially Christophe, (3) Le Pressior - not quite in town but nearer to the hotel across from the Grand Case Cultural Center, but probably our favorite this time (Jerome is great), and (4) Il Nettuno, on the water and a combination of French and Italian (it's a bit larger than the others so could be a bit noisy in season). I know there are many others in Grand Case, but several well-known spots were still closed in October. Don't fear that - there are plenty of places to choose from even then.
All in all, a very comfortable place to stay.