Belmond La Samanna

Baie Longue PO Box 4077 | St. Martin 97064  [SEE MAP]St. Martin  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Stunning beach, pools and grounds
Pricey cuisine

Overlooking the waves of Baie Longue from its seat in western St. Martin, Belmond La Samanna lures sun-seekers to its premises with its promise of access to some of the best sands on the island. Guests agree that the location is enviable, praising the ocean views they found outside their rooms and suites (which can be enjoyed from private balconies, terraces or – for a little extra money – plunge pools). This member of the Belmond hotels family also delights R&R-seekers with its peaceful atmosphere. Travelers praise the well-manicured grounds and beautiful pools, as well as the property's extraordinary spa treatments. After unwinding at the spa, vacationers can enjoy French-inspired cuisine and front-row sunset views at L'Oursin Restaurant. Additional on-site dining options include an alfresco breakfast eatery and a casual Caribbean-French fusion restaurant. All three dining establishments receive rave reviews from diners, although some caution that the dishes are expensive.

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Location
St. Martin
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 83 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Modern
Best For
Families, Couples

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Scorecard
  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

Rankings

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Fodor's

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A long stretch of pretty, white-sand beach borders this classic resort, where service is warm and professional. ... Seven suites are smartly designed with modern upgrades and private plunge pools on the roof; five three- and four-bedroom villas with drop-dead views, impeccable decor, and a full private staff please even the pickiest moguls.

Fodor's Choice

Frommer's

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The island's only five-star hotel enjoys 55 acres of beachfront sprawl, a scattering of whitewashed villas tracing the sublimely sugary sand of Baie Longue (Long Bay). Located close to the dividing line between French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, the Belmond (formerly known as Orient-Express) brings an international-style graciousness to the island.

Frommer's Exceptional

Travel + Leisure

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La Samanna is perfectly placed: equidistant to the nightlife on the Dutch side of St. Martin and the shopping and restaurants on the French side. Best of all, it's perched above Baie Longue, the island's most beautiful beach (made even more appealing by the recent addition of ipewood cabanas, outfitted with preprogrammed iPods and flat-screen TV's).

Oyster.com

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Easily the most luxurious resort in St. Martin, the 55-acre La Samanna resort brings tranquility to an otherwise tourist-filled island. Featuring two beautiful pools, an extensive wine cellar, a yoga and Pilates studio, a European-style spa, and the island's most pristine beach, this ... retreat is hard to beat.

AAA

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An outstanding white-sand beach fronts this upscale property, a true oasis with unique character and an emphasis on guest service. Lodgings include Mediterranean-style, multi-bedroom villas.

Other Awards

  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1160 have reviewed the Belmond La Samanna, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1160 reviews 4.5 (based on 1160 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Belmond La Samanna's accommodations range from deluxe guest rooms and suites to three- and four-bedroom villas. Each room and suite features chic French decor with understated tropical accents and top-of-the-line amenities. Deluxe Ocean View Rooms offer spacious terraces or balconies, flat-screen satellite televisions with DVD players, iHome music systems and bathrooms with rainfall showers and dual sinks. Suites come equipped with additional amenities like separate bathtubs and living rooms, while cottages include direct beach access. Villas boast infinity private pools and fully equipped kitchens.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Twin or king-sized beds in all accommodations

Standard room size400 to 420 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on the western shore of St. Martin, close to the dividing line between French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, Belmond La Samanna sits on 55 acres overlooking the island's best beach, Baie Longue. Although there is nothing within walking distance of the somewhat secluded resort, an on-site car rental desk and private car service are available for guests to visit the restaurants in nearby Grand Case.
  • Less than 3 miles northwest of Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Private airport shuttle service (fees apply); villa rates and select booking packages include round-trip airport transfers
  • Philipsburg sits about 10 miles southeast
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Belmond La Samanna's restaurants specialize in French and Caribbean fare. For casual Caribbean-French fusion small bites, there's Laplaj. At Corail, guests will find a breakfast buffet alongside casual a la carte offerings. And at L'Oursin Restaurant, diners can savor gourmet French cuisine by the beach. The property's wine cellar can be reserved for private dinners.
  • Beach bar
  • Breakfast in St. Martin package includes daily breakfast buffet for two
  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesBuffet, French, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Belmond La Samanna's 30-foot pool is located near the main building and features ocean vistas, while the smaller infinity pool sits near the beach bar. Both pools offer beverage service during the day. At the beach, travelers can reserve a bamboo beach cabana. Cabana amenities include large sofa beds, loaded iPods, wine or Champagne, skin care products and personal butlers. Complimentary nonmotorized water sports equipment includes kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie Cat sailboats and snorkeling gear.
  • Private boat charters, scuba dives and deep-sea fishing excursions can be arranged (charges apply)
  • Main pool open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; infinity pool open daily from 9:30 a.m. to sunset
  • Jet Skis and banana boats available for a fee
  • Villas offer pool alarm bracelets for children
  • Private plunge and infinity pools available in select accommodations
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

La Samanna Spa incorporates Sisley and Pure Altitude spa products into an array of treatments, including massages, body wraps and polishes, facials and manicures. Spa packages target specific needs like travel pain and stress reduction. Gender-specific packages are also available.
  • Spa open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Spa Retreat package includes $200 spa credit
  • Sunburn Rescue body treatment available for sunburn relief

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Camp La Samanna, the on-site kids club, is staffed by professional nannies and offers a variety of activities, including treasure hunts, arts and crafts and water balloon fights. Unlike other properties, this kids camp offers a family rate for up to three children, which covers activities, snacks and drinks during three-hour sessions. Older children will likely love the two swimming pools, beach and three tennis courts. Three-bedroom cottages, specialty suites and villas feature additional space, making them ideal for families.
  • French- and English-speaking nannies can be hired for children between the ages of 4 and 12 (fees apply)
  • Villas have electronic kids bracelets that alert parents when they're too close to the pool
  • Kids club ($100 for three kids for three hours)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The resort's fitness center features a wide variety of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Each exercise station is equipped with flat-screen televisions and headphones, and private training sessions can be arranged for a fee. Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes are available twice a week at the Rendezvous Pavilion. Guests have access to free nonmotorized water sports equipment, such as kayaks and paddleboards, as well. Three tennis courts, which have floodlights for night play, are also located on-site. Tennis rackets are complimentary.
  • Fitness center open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fee-based tennis lessons
  • Private fitness classes (charges apply)
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (free)
  • Motor boats (with fee)

Business

The resort offers both indoor and outdoor venues for meetings, including the Rendezvous Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 100 people. Other indoor venue options include the resort's wine cellar, restaurants and villas. Outdoor functions can be held on the pool deck or at the beach bar. The largest space is the property's main pool deck, which is ideal for events with up to 300 attendees. An on-site business center with computers and printers is also available.
  • Themed dinners and off-site activities can be arranged (charges apply)
  • Group rates for bookings of 10 or more rooms
  • Business center open 24 hours a day

Number of meeting rooms1

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Wedding

Wedding ceremonies and receptions at the property range from intimate elopements to large destination weddings. The Rendezvous Pavilion can accommodate up to 100 guests, while the main pool deck can host large celebrations with up to 300 people. The resort's restaurants are also available for receptions. Popular ceremony venues include the property's gardens (near the villas) and the beach. For a wedding with 50 or more room nights booked, the bride and groom receive a complimentary three-night anniversary stay.
  • On-site wedding planners can arrange details like catering menus, wedding cakes, flowers and photography services
  • No wedding packages

Maximum wedding guest capacity300

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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