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
This property is first class. Its not the new glass and marble Mexican resorts, this is the type of place Hollywood elite go to get away. Property is lovely and rooms are large. Great vacation location.
We had two nights in a villa--before and after a 12 day catamaran cruise. On both occasions the service was excellent, the food was terrific and the staff was most helpful. Breakfast was part of the package and dinner was pricey but well worth it.
We are huge fans of Belmond and this was our 6th property and more importantly the start of our honeymoon....
Mathias greeted us upon arrival and his care and attention was sensational.... the hospitality and care was exceptional and we could not have felt anymore special.
I have to really say that Allan the hotels concierge is a legend... he went above & beyond to be helpful, caring and made some very great recommendations on many levels.
Our 5 nights were sensational and we loved every moment.
Caroline in the Bar was incredibly special and attentive - herself & Leo made the bar a great place to spend the evening.
Great hotel, great people and the only choice for St.Martaan