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
Having stayed in about 10 - 15 other Belmond properties, this has to be my least favourite. On the positives the beach is nice, beautiful sea and the staff were very good.
However the property is not making the most of its pretty architecture. Furniture is very tired, have a shower and the bathroom and it turns into a slip and slide, cracked tiles, gaps in grouting. Whole place needs to be renovated. While I understand the island is recovering from Irma, cap Julica does not have any more of these problems. The final thing that was really annoying is you get charged $100 a day for just being there on top of what you have paid for your room. Feels a bit of a con, why not just put it in the upfront cost of the room!
Stayed for 2 nights before Anguilla trip.
The property and our suite were beautiful within 15 steps out the door we were on a beautiful white sand beach. The room was nicely furnished and beds were very comfortable. Two things this hotel is weak on is the food, we ate at L’oursin the pork was 75% fat, it amazes me that you can spend so much for Pork fat. Shrimp dish was good but nothing amazing. Small portions average food. Pool bar was closed due to a wedding had a $100 credit which could only be used at lobby or pool bar. Pool bar had appetizers but it was closed. Breakfast was nice with lots of choices and high quality food.
Bathroom shower looks really nice until you use it, in the Italian shower you basically stand in the middle of the bathroom and shower. The issue is after you shower your bathroom has about an inch of water on the floor, until a maid comes to clean up the water.
They also cancelled our reservation due to flight delays when it was all prepaid, my credit company had to call them to fix this because the person I spoke to on the phone had no idea what to do because the reservation was cancelled.
The entire stay is fantastic or I should say magical. The hotel is only 10-15 minute drive from the airport and located at a secluded area. From checkin to get to our room, it was easy and hassle free. We arrived earlier than the regular checkin time and were told the room was already ready for us. We were greeted with free welcome drink rum punch and cold towels. After informing us the privileges and benefits of Amex FHR, Christopher told us we were upgraded to the special Baie Rouge suite which’s more than two level upgrade. We were surprised and excited. The suite was huge: big living room, bedroom with king bed, two showers, massage tub, walking in closet, patio with beach chairs, and separate sitting area glazing the amazing ocean view. Everyone at hotel was super friendly and would great you even when walking past you. Patrica at concierge was very helpful. She booked beach chairs & lunch table at Anse Marcel beach and made several dinner reservations in Grand Case for us. Matthias from Guest service would check on from time to time if we need anything. The entire staffs at hotel have done way beyond we could even expected. I don’t know where else I can stay if I visit St. Martin again.
We only had the pleasure of staying 1 night pre cruise. Could not have been better. Stunning property, beautiful ocean views, excellent staff! Bar and restaurant services were super...would highly recommend.
The Belmond La Samanna is a true oasis! From the moment of arrival until the moment of departure, our stay was perfect. The staff is really amazing and catered to our every whim, often knowing what we needed before we did! We were upgraded to an ocean front 2 bedroom suite, just steps from the magnificent beach. The water is crystal clear and we enjoyed SUP, kayaking and floating on noodles, all included in the resort fee. Service at the beach for towels, complimentary bottled water and for ordering food and cocktails was excellent. Breakfast was complimentary for us and was outstanding and plentiful. Those french pastries!!! I'm still dreaming of them. We also ate lunch at the restaurant overlooking the beach twice. One of the lunches which featured two whole grilled fish, very fresh salad and crispy fries, was our top meal on the island. We also enjoyed cocktails and snacks at the bar in the main building. Again, the service was excellent - they went out of their way to make our daughter custom virgin cocktails each night. The included WIFI is very good and carries throughout the resort, and is even excellent on the beach. We enjoyed massages at the extremely serene spa, where birds provide the background music during your treatment. A special shout out to Allen, the concierge, who helped us arrange meals, spa treatments, and a boat rental, and also helped us find Julia, our taxi driver who ended up driving us everywhere we needed to go during the trip.
One thing to note is that while the resort is completely renovated and recovered, the island is still recovering from Hurricane Irma. The damage is still extensive and it's very sad to see. Please consider coming back to St. Martin. The island relies on tourism to survive and needs the visitors to come back and support it.