Belmond La Samanna
What We Love
- 2015 Jetsetter Hotel Food Award Winner
- Dine two floors below sea level at La Cave's private tasting room
- A world class private beach, complete with butler service
- Quality service without a stuffy, formal vibe
- Most rooms feature private terraces, and all have Caribbean views
- Yoga, tennis, Pilates and fitness classes are all available
- The fantastic wine cellar, La Cave, holds 12,000 bottles
- Free WiFi and self-parking
What To Know
- Be on the lookout for celebs: Belmond La Samanna has played host to Oprah and P. Diddy
- Hotel-booked airport transfers are $88, each way; taxis are $20, each way
- An 11 percent resort fee and a 4 percent government tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- READ MORE: Your 2015 Guide to the Caribbean
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
St. Martin has a distinctly Côte d’Azur feel, without all the sceniness of St. Bart’s. Ditto for Belmond La Samanna, which achieves a rare blend of elegant and low-key, fusing top-notch service with a laid-back Caribbean vibe. The two-story whitewashed resort overlooks one of the few private beaches in the Caribbean, and butler service takes care of your every need while you sunbathe. Even better, unlike some other nearby islands, its a cinch to get here; no extra flights or ferry rides required. No wonder celebrities ranging from Oprah to P. Diddy to Jackie O have all stayed at Belmond La Samanna.
Bed & Bath
There are 83 guestrooms and suites at Belmond La Samanna, and each of them looks out over the sea. The design is Caribbean-chic, with whites and creams accented by pops of ocean blue. Watch the sunset with a bottle from the hotel’s famed wine list delivered promptly to your private terrace or balcony. Suites also include a separate living room and patio.
Activities abound here: Kayaking, snorkeling, Pilates, yoga, tennis and more are all free. There are two pools for swimming and sunning (in the unlikely event that you get tired of the beach), while on the sand you can call your cabana boy all day long with the resort’s daily thatch-roofed cabana rentals, ideal for guests staying up on the bluff. The wraparound couch, WiFi and butler service make idling the day away truly effortless. And scuba diving and sailing charters are easily arranged through the concierge. Dining here is also memorable; there are several dining and drinking options around the property, but the showpiece is Trellis, a restaurant set on the edge of the beach, with open-air seating.
In the Area
Feel like a castaway on neighboring Pinel Island, a sand spit with coconut palms, a white sand beach and excellent snorkeling. Take the ferry or a trip with one of the many boat vendors awaiting your business and check out the tiki bar for grilled lobster served right on the beach. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, stroll through the open-air Marigot Market. Located on the wharf just below Fort St. Louis, the market features all the fresh produce, spices and daily catch from St. Martin and neighboring islands, plus enough samples to satisfy your adventuresome culinary spirit. Back at the resort, soothe your skin with the sunburn rescue treatment at the spa. The one-hour treatment includes a body wrap of pure aloe plus two giveaway products for subsequent personal treatment.
How to Get There
We had not been to St. Marteen in decades and it was a recommendation through a travel guru that we visit this property for my birthday. We knew that it had just reopened in December after the hurricane.
Eleonore Astier-Petin, the GM, could not have been more pleasant and approachable. She made sure our visit was more than we could ever expect. The property was beautiful and the grounds were spectacular.
The little things that can make a birthday special like the bottle of champagne and cake awaiting us in the room with a sweet note from Eleonore are what makes a place special.
Her team, from breakfast to lunch (Marie who always had a big smile), beach service to the concierge, were amazing and so accommodating. Allan, the concierge, made a reservation for us at a restaurant that he could not say enough about. It is well known for their lobster Thermidor and he was spot on! We would come back just to have another meal there!! Thank you Allan!!
Kudos to you Eleonore and your team for making La Samanna a must when visiting St. Maarten.
We can hardly wait to be back!! Til next time....
After suffering thru the Hurricanes of 2017, La Samanna re-opened this past December. We just returned from a stay there and everything was in perfect condition. We had an oceanfront suite that was amazing. All of the staff are so very accommodating and wonderful. Love, love, love the beach service staff! We will return there any chance that we get!
On the way back from st Barths I had an unexpected stop over here and stayed one night. For over $1200 a night I expected more.
The hotel beach is lovely but the accommodation feels dated and quite tired - not a huge issue but for the price tag the place should be updated.
There are no means of playing music in your room which I found odd. What I was surprised about is that when asking for an airport transfer I was told it would be an additional price. I have stayed in a lot of nice hotels (inc. a few Belmonds) and would expect given the price tag for this to be free. When I enquired that this was not the case I was met with a very rude reply from the Conceirge which I found unacceptable - the service here should be excellent as given and at the very least polite. I unfortunately found it wanting. As a result I will not be returning and would not recommend this place. A shame.
For 30 years we’ve been visiting SXM and almost 20 of them have been at LaSamanna until Hurricane Irma devastated the island in 2017. La Samanna has reopened in all its glory with no damage and sparkling new furniture, paint, foliage, and that wonderful view of the water.The island was badly damaged and is rebuilding but La Samanna was untouched structurally. Its foliage is growing back and Paradise never looked better. It was great as a return guest to see so many valued employees returning as well. That was important to us! Hats off to Leo and Madeleine at the main bar. They were terrific! Just like before Irma! Joycelyn and Romel were wonderful at the beach bar. Hugenett was so helpful at reservations and the front desk. Alex was at the pool always looking after us. He was always smiling and helpful each day. Emmanuel was always ready to help and was terrific. Reggie was driving us all over the resort and helping us with luggage. Adelaide and Yudi were great serving us breakfast each day to start us off with wonderful food. And there were new folks we met, too. Candace took good care of us at breakfast and Allen was a terrific concierge who took care of all our reservations for dinners. And there is a great new chef with his team overseeing the restaurant with great success. We ate there three nights and each one was superb. Best ever. And then there is Eleanore Astier-Petin, the new General Manager. She looks after every detail to assure a great stay!! From reservations to the overall operations of the resort, she has made the re-opening of La Samanna very successful. Her friendliness to greet us by name added a special touch and she truly seems to enjoy Paradise as much as her returning guests do! It was a wonderful stay at this world class resort and we made return reservations before leaving the resort. It was great to be back in Paradise!!!
If you can imagine living the jet set life of a multi millionaire, this would be in your kind of place. It is on the French side of St Marten, 15 minutes from the airport. We stayed in one of the houses overlooking the Caribbean. Everything was perfect! The home was massive with its four bedrooms but tons of space. It had very clean lines and lots of white and marble. The top floor had two master bedrooms both with a breathtaking view on the balcony. The lower level had two large rooms attached. Cooling was a little bit of a problem I was told. Ample outdoor furniture was everywhere and that is where you wanted to stay. The pool, patio furniture, tables and yard and view made it a perfect paradise. We had visitors each day of these giant lizards. They tell you dont feed them. We just photographed them resting on the rocks but 2 times in the day, there’s 20 of them easily feeding on the grass. The resort is smaller and gated but with a spa, a pool, and a pool restaurant. I didn’t use the spa but all of my friends raved on it. I shopped at their two stores buying a great pair of Tom Ford sunglasses and several pool dresses. It was priced as expected. The restaurant had covered white couch set ups and lots of covered tables with fans. The food was always delicious. The drinks were solid but the only thing I believe could use some improvement. Needs more flavor for an $18 a specialty drink. Beach service was top notch and took great care of our group setting up comfortable chairs and umbrellas. Tip them well! We ate at the fine dining restaurant one night and the duck was amazing. My friend’s prawns were not. Nothing’s perfect but glad my food was amazing. The gentleman assigned to take care of us was Stephens and he was fantastic! Great personality and nice to work with. He arranged rides to the restaurant excisions, groceries, and a boat trip we took. This location could not be more beautiful and the water more blue. I highly recommend Belmond La Sammana to anyone looking for a tropical paradise.