Hotel La Plantation
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... unique varieties of smoked meats, soft cheeses and fresh bread. The total spent at this market for a one week charter made me cringe for the local's sake who might not make as much in a month. Although wonderful, this experience has helped me coin a new phrase, just as 'youth is wasted on the young',... 'rich is wasted on the wealthy'.
Our stay with the Dutch was short as we departed the following morning for the neighboring island country, Anguilla and ...
Day 13 - afternoon/evening
I sat at the front of the motor coach and from my seat was able to see much better some of the island's most popular and scenic sights while the tour guide provided details.
We passed along the spectacular coast from Great Bay Harbor to Simpson Bay Bridge as well as the lagoon which is the world famous home of the ...
... full time job in St. Thomas….
Note to cruisers: The anchorage next to Hassel Island, in East Gregerie Channel adjacent to Haulover Cut, has good holding and gets shielded in high winds by Hassel Island. Unsecured wifi access was a bonus. BUT – during the day, near continuous ferry traffic coming and going through Haulover Cut results in constant and quite large ferry boat wakes. In the future we would consider this as a backup anchorage ...
My first Saturday on the island. What to do, I thought to myself. I wanted to go to the pharmacie to get some vitamin B because a friend had recommended it after I posted about my 11 bites on one check on Facebook. So, I decided to go for a run around Grand Case to do some exploring by foot and then finish up making my way to the main road to the pharmacie. I ran all the way down le Boulevard de Grand Case to Petite Plage, ...
... the Boardwalk!
We also attended an event that RCI holds for those who are Platinum members or above in their loyalty program called the Crown and Anchor Society. It was OK. They had some entertainment from the cast of the ship's Broadway production of "Chicago," and the ship's Captain Johnny was there and spoke for a few minutes. Captain Johnny is hilarious! He has a pet parrot, and he walks around the ship with that bright green parrot ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel La Plantation Marigot
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.
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.
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 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.
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.