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... between Donna’s departure and Pete’s arrival Dave had plenty to do to make the time pass. There was a strong enough internet signal from shore to allow him to complete and file his taxes. The SSB radio was received back repaired, so he had to re-install it and test it (all was well). He went grocery shopping to stock up for Pete, and had plenty of time yet to perform various other maintenance tasks. Don’t forget that Harbor Watch is ...
... and I learnt how to walk slow so I fit more the local life style :P In the evening we were organizing a dinner in Palm Beach Restaurant in Orient Beach so I was there. It was really nice evening, one more time with excellent food!! I'm eating way to much! Soon I won't fit my bikini any more;P haha
This week was pretty busy I must say! But I like busy at least something is going on all the time;)
... I mean blanketed, thick layers of decaying seaweed. I'll try and get a photo to show you all... After about 20 minutes, we managed to find a decent spot - about 3/4 of the way down the beach. There were people swimming in the water so we figured it must be an alright place to go. We set up our beach chairs (courtesy of the apartments) and headed for the surf. That's right. Tash went swimming - even with all the weed around. And, I have to admit, it was really ...
... One of the boats I went sailing on in Antigua was built as a fishing boat and it certainly didn't look to me like it had ever had fish in it or at least not as the primary cargo. I was told it had actually been used in smuggling.
It was a fairly quick trip to St Martin from Anguilla - about 6 hours. Where Anguilla was laid back, do little, St Martin appears to be the opposite. I don’t know if cruise ships stop in ...
... things like cold cuts of roast beef, ham, turkey etc) that in the end we couldn’t take any more on board. We were also given bottles of Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Rum Liqueurs, Gin (some of which had not even been opened), about 3 dozen cans of beer, all varieties of juice etc.. We even received things like sunscreens, insect repellents and so much more. We thanked everyone very much for their generosity.
(Ironically we were down to the last ...
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I usually don't do this sort of thing, but I wanted to take this opportunity to give a plug to this wonderful hotel. My wife and I just returned from a short, 4 day trip to St. Martin. It was our first major trip without our three young sons and it felt like a second honeymoon. We can't say enough about La Plantation -- it was an incredible value. We loved the villa we had on the hill -- it was very large, and comfortable and very clean and secure. We loved walking down to the open air restaurant in the morning for an excellent continental breakfast with great french bread, coldcuts, cheeses, fruits and hard boiled eggs. The staff was excellent but did a great job staying in the background and making us feel that we had the place all to ourselves. We spent every day (all day) down at Orient Beach which is fantastic -- absolutely beautiful surroundings, the cool white shelless sand, the crystal clear and refreshing water, a casual atmosphere with interesting people. It took us about 2 minutes to spot our first naked old man walking down the beach, about 4 minutes to spot our first topless woman and about 5 minutes to get over our uptight "American" attitudes about those sort of things. We especially liked the free beach chair and umbrella rental in front of Coco Beach, and we loved the ability to charge food and beverage to our room. We highly recommend that, after making the short 3 minute walk down the hill to the beach from La Plantation, that you turn left towards the sky blue umbrellas at Coco Beach rather than turning right and heading for the bigger areas of Waikiki or Bikini Beach because it is much more quiet and relaxing -- when the busloads of cruise ship folks come flooding in from Phillipsburg, they tended to gravitate to the larger facilities to the right. If you want to check those places out, you can always walk down there. In addition, the food at Coco Beach (especially the pizzas) and the drinks (especially the Pina Coladas) were excellent (but expensive). Even if you plan to charge as much as possible to the room, it is a good idea to bring cash (no ATM's in sight at Orient Beach) and bring a lot of sunscreen (the sun is very strong down there even for my swarthy skin). Given that this was our first trip to St. Martin and given that our goal was just to "veg" and relax for a few days, we did not rent a car or venture away from Orient Beach, but we will likely do so on our next trip to check out the entire island.
The only negative experience we had was trying to get out of St. Martin Airport back to the U.S. late on Sunday afternoon -- the airport was an absolute madhouse of American, Dutch and French tourists trying to get home and the security staff had only 1 security scanner open for everyone to pass through. The tension caused by the "cattle call" atmoshpere in the hot little airport was a little stressful and I couldn't figure out if it was an aberration or just a typical Sunday afternoon at the airport -- if so, you may want to fly out on another day. Last piece of advice -- If you are not renting a car, make sure that the vehicle in which you will be riding to and from the airport is air conditioned -- if not, it can be a LONG and dusty ride to Orient Beach. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is do yourself a favor and book a trip down to this place as soon as possible and you will never forget it.
stayed at the la planation hotel which was very good. the beach was kept beautifully clean and had more than sufficient daytime facilities. restaurants were all excellent though not cheap. only real criticism was that unless you had a car there was no way of getting any cash.
Just what we needed
Just returned from La Plantation and could not thank them enough for their accomodations. The villas were clean, quiet, and spacious with verandas overlooking the ocean. Even though they were sold out, it was hard to bump into other guests. The beach is a five minute walk but easy by car with plenty of parking. You are centrally located in the best beaches and activities on the island and quite secure. Our package price included everything and at checkout not a penny more was requested. Few children could be seen or heard. If your seeking seclusion, quiet and comfort, this is for you. Resturaunt is a bit pricey but be sure to rent a car and explore.
We visited St. Maarten April 9 - 13th 2004- & were sooo pleased with the hotel and the island. BE SURE TO REQUEST A WATER VIEW ROOM!!!! The first room they put us in did NOT have an ocean view.... but they moved us as soon as a room was available. It is not a 'resort' in the American sense, but very much worth the the stay. Clean, safe, comfortable, charming. The staff is excellent, & the restaurant is also. Monday night is lobster feast night - be sure they give you a quote in lbs & not just kgs.........I ordered a 4 lb lobster!! oops.
Get cash before you go to Orient Beach (especially if you do not have a car) there is not an ATM anywhere.....a gas station outside Grand Case was the closest we could find.
Orient beach is THE place to be (if you don't mind an occasional nude person strolling along the sand...... why is it that the people who should not take all their clothes off are the ones who enjoy it so much?)
Fantastic first time trip
After considerable on-line searching, my girlfriend and I chose St. Martin as our first Caribbean getaway, returning this past week. We were not disappointed. We really didn't have a realistic view of what to expect, but it turned out great. We wound up having to rent a car because we didn't realize the island was so big, and public transit was inconvenient for our purposes. We went through Discount Vacations.com, which went through TNT vacations. Everything went smoothly. We stayed at La Plantation Hotel on Orient Beach, which is on the French side. The room was very nice, with a small kitchenette, a nice shower with room for two, and a king size bed (if you call two twins pushed together a king). The bed was VERY firm to say the least. There weren't very many channels on the TV (about 8, most in Spanish-puzzling) and I could not find a local TV station for news and what-not. However, the air-conditioningand other appliances worked well. The power went out one day for a couple of hours and the water went out the last day we were there, but we could not blame the hotel for that. It was a regional problem. The hotel staff was pleasant, but very "French". The deal included daily breakfast, sort of a super continental breakfast, with frest fruits, bread (including pan de chocolat), cold cuts, and a large pot to boil your own eggs. Otherwise, the cafe is sort of expensive. We spent $70.00 one night for dinner there. We ate elsewhere the rest of the week. Lee's Restaurant on Simpson Bay had good food at reasonable prices. "Talk of the Town" and one restaurant directly beside it in Grand Case also had great food for very reasonable prices anywhere. We actually ordered Domino's one night and enjoyed pizza just as we do at home. The restaurants we visited on Orient Beach were fairly expensive, and a couple seemed fairly pretentious. I would like to thoroughly berate one in particular called Cote Plages. It is in a small Plaza near Cap Caraibes Hotel in Orient Beach. The waitress seated us within minutes of our arrival, and about five minutes later advised us that we would have to wait elsewhere for about another ten minutes or so because the table that we were sitting at had been reserved by another party and she hadn't been made aware of it. This may not have been so bad if there had not been another table empty about ten feet away. Of course we declined to stay there and wondered why we were treated so badly. We were dressed cleanly in regular clothes (not bathing suits). I truly have never been so insulted by a restaurant. Needless to say, we left and searched the island for good and inexpensive food and was able to find it without much difficulty.Orient Beach was beautiful, with clear water and nice shell-less fine sand. Pinel island and A distant view of St. Barth's could be seen from the shore. However, if nudity offends you or your family, this is not the beach for you. Orient Beach is clothing optional, and believe me there were more plenty of people that exercised that option. At the south end of the beach is Club Orient, which is completely nude. So we went walking up there, and of course, when in Rome.... Our hotel included an umbrella and beach chairs on the beach, which was very nice. There are plenty of watersports and eating/drinking establishments there on the beach, some fairly inexpensive. Beware of the vendors walking around with T-shirts and other wares, as I spent quite a few dollars without stepping foot inside a store! I talked with several of them, most of which were from other islands and very entertaining. We rented a car at our hotel, which cost $290.00 for the seven days including insurance. There is one main road around the island, be sure to travel and learn in it the daytime before trying to navigate at night. There are few road signs and the main route is not marked conspicuously. We went up the Dutch Cul-de-Sac twice before finally finding the way back up to the Orient Bay area. The driving is sort of hectic and you must be patient. Scooters are everywhere and they drive where they want. Most people are polite and let you out and they expect you to let them out as well. Friendly double-toots on the horn are ubiquitous. Besides laying on the beach, we did several trips worth taking in our opinion. We took a day trip to St. Barth's and shopped/beached. It was worth the trip, for the history and being able to say you wnet there! We traveled on the Voyager from Marigot because the ferry at Simpson Bay was full on the day we wanted to go. It's about twice as long (1.5 hours). We learned later that you can take a small plane for $20.00 a person one way and it takes only 15 minutes! That would have been about $10 less than our ferry ride, and most likely not as rough. Shell Beach is a 10 minute walk from town and is also topless, with a small bar right on the beach. One can see a distant view of St. Kitts and St. Eustatius fromt he beach. The shopping there is just like on the Champs Elysses in Paris. We also went on a day snorkeling/lunch trip to Anguilla aboard the Lambada, and had the most fun of the whole trip. Don't miss it. We also took an evening dinner cruise aboart the Tango, also very nice and worth the money. We went through Aquamania with all of these trips and they were very nice.Be sure to take one day and tour/shop Phillipsburg on the Dutch side, and maybe half a day for Marigot on the French side. The other half, drive 10 minutes up to Grand Case and sample the fare there. I would definitely go back to St. Martin, and I will not have to duplicate any activities unless I choose to. I believe it is a great starting point for exploring the Caribbean, and wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
We loved it!
We stayed two nights at La Plantation and were very pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our stay. We had recently completed a Windjammer Cruise and needed a place for 2 night before returning home.
After the crowds of Phillipsburg, the Orient Bay area was a welcomed change. We rented a studio but our room was more what I would refer to as a suite. We thought we had been upgraded since it had a King bed, kitchenette area and a living area. Turns out, this is indeed the studio but it was very spacious and 4 could have easily stayed in the room (without privacy however).
The decor was lovely, staff very accommodating and breakfast more than sufficient. We also received a ticket for a welcome drink on arrival (rum punch). Beach towels are provided for you and the walk to the beach was only several minutes. We had full access to use of beach chairs and umbrellas.
If you have not been to Orient Beach, it is clothing optional and there are some totally nude folks there. Bathing suits are also fine and more tended to wear the suits than not, but if nudity offends you you will want a different area/beach.
We ate dinner one night in the hotel's restaurant and the food was excellent (slightly pricey but in line for the area). The setting is lovely.
I'd highly recommend LaPlantation and wouldn't hesitate to go back.
Cant Wait to Go Back
My husband and I honeymooned at La Plantation in May 2003. Our vacation was idyllic, due to the short walk to Orient Beach, the very private accomodation at La Plantation, and friendly staff. We plan to return annually. One of the great things about our trip was that we never felt that we needed to hire a car. We wanted to spend our days relaxing on the beach, and we did so. There are several fine restaurants within walking distance, and of course there is a great restaurant at the hotel. It's also just as nice to grab a loaf of French bread, some cheese, and a drink and snack between swims, sleeping, and cocktails.
Great trip. Can't wait to go again!
Would highly recommend
Beautiful little resort, just a short walk from Bay Oriental. Very nice rooms, great service. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.
La Plantation is the Best!
My husband & I have stayed at another resort in St. Martin for years, but this year decided to try somewhere new. We are both glad we found La Plantation. Talk about the best vacation -- then La Plantation is the place to stay. Located a very short walk to Orient Beach, very nice, large, and clean room, Very nice staff and the price is hard to beat. We look forward to returning to La Plantation next year!
Lovely, private resort in St, Martin. Great place for a honeymoon.