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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This place does it right, every time.....minutes from culinary perfection and just the most perfect views and rooms anywhere. The owners are there and readily available for suggestions on where to eat, what beach's to go to, and what places you should visit.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Eric R
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great trip to St Martin!

The staff was great, the rooms were large with great views! The area around Grand Case is great. We rented a car from the hotel (very convenient and easy) and took a few day trips. The distance to town for dinner was amazing and really gave the trip a local feel. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Classic101
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

“Experience” is the right word – this is not your average hotel stay.

Our one bedroom suite was well-appointed (including a welcome basket and pretty Bougainvillea petals throughout). It felt like home (only better) and we loved sitting on the large balcony, reading, eating, having a glass of wine, or just looking at the sweeping views and legendary sunsets.

A beautiful little path with overhanging trees leads to Grand Case Boulevard (restaurant row) and makes it easy to take an evening stroll for dinner. If strolling isn’t your thing, you can take a fun ride into town on the shuttle (a tricked out golf cart) the hotel provides. Just ask for Johnny or look for the green lights!

A secluded, heated pool and laidback pool bar is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Saint Martin or to strike up a conversation with the other guests. Everyone is so friendly – including Alaine, the bartender. In fact, we discovered people have made lifelong friends with other guests at the pool bar and come back every year at the same time to see each other. There are also plenty of little alcoves in the pool area and grounds for introverted moments.

An extraordinary feature of the hotel is the outdoor yoga studio, Ti Temple. It has a positive, inclusive vibe and guests can take yoga classes for free. Pierre was especially enlightening for me. He helped me take my practice to a new level.

There are little beaches within walking distance. Larger beaches, such as Anse Marcel and Orient Beach, are just a short drive away. We also took a day trip to Pinel Island – great snorkeling and just a quick ferry ride away. Our 11-year-old daughter loved making her own perfume at Tijon, a perfumery that’s a short walk from the hotel. She was also a fan of zip lining with the monkeys in the trees at Loterie Farms, about 20 minutes away (bring sneakers).

Thank you, Kristin, Marc and family for creating such a welcoming experience. We hope to be back again.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank evajoy1
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Had a fantastic few days in St. Martin as a couple (no kids), starting with an outstanding arrival and check-in. For a very small property, staff are highly attentive and eager to make your stay exceptional. Beautiful pool, great pool-bar (thanks go to the new bartender and server Ramona-she's fun, interesting and good with the mixing) and fantastic rooms. We stayed in a lofted room, which had good living space, well stocked kitchen and 1 1/2 bathrooms. The property is perfectly located on the hill overlooking the bay, and our private balcony gave great views of all of Grand Case. There's modest menu offerings at the pool, but no restaurant on premises. For those new to the property, stop on your way in to pick up some basic groceries - you'll be thankful for them at breakfast and snack time. The morning breakfast coffee & pastry service was very good, but we did get some eggs and had some fantastic meats/cheeses for additional proteins and snacking.

Restaurants on the main street are amazing as are the beaches - most of the places have outstanding food, even when they aren't the prettiest. Expect excellent food choices too - - -so many good things to eat. And let the folks at L'Esplanade help with reservations - it makes a difference and helps them with community relationships.

Everyone says to be prepared to walk and get some exercise. The hotel is on a hill and if you go down, you have to go up. Shuttle is available, but we enjoyed the after dinner walk - an easy, albeit dark walk gets you to/from the restaurants in the evening.

I could easily write more, but the outstanding scores given by others are representative of our experience too. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

My wife and I just spent a week at this wonderful hotel taking advantage of the summer package plan. This is our third time here and it has been a great experience each visit.
A bottle of champagne and a sweets basket greeted us, along with with a small stock of soft drinks, beer and water in the refrigerator. We were upgraded a to one bedroom suite which was more spacious than we needed, but made the our stay even more special. Complimentary wine is provided each evening at 6 in the lobby and the views from the hillside rooms are always spectacular. Our package included a rental car and transportation to and from the airport. Parking at night in Grand Case is a challenge but shuttle service to dinner is available with Johnny who is always a delight.
A lovely pool is available for hotel guests and we never found it very busy. A new addition since our last visit was pool side bar service during the summer season. Ramona, the bartender from Romania, provided fast, friendly service for drinks and snacks. L'Esplanade is a great place for couples seeking a relaxing, private time together. There is not a great deal of socializing with other guests, in fact, one rarely sees them. Grand Case provides many great choices for dining, including World Class French Cuisine, Casual Seaside Bar/Restaurants and the even more casual Lolos, local Caribbean restaurants where delicious fish, ribs and chicken and wide variety of comfort food side dishes are prepared on open air grills. Hotel staff was responsive to all of our requests.

Room Tip: Stairs can be a challenge for some guests
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DRL51
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

This hotel was amazing! A great location with great staff who helped us with everything from finding a good place to eat to picking what boat tour we should do. Each morning we had a great breakfast delivered. Our room was cleaned incredibly each day. Highly highly highly recommend.

Room Tip: Rooms overlook the beach
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank brc9693
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

My wife and I just returned from this one of a kind, special boutique hotel. It was our fourth visit. We also honeymooned here. There is a reason that the hotel is filled with mostly returning guests. The setting is utterly peaceful and low key, the rooms are spacious and impeccably decorated. They scream comfortable and romantic at you from the second you walk through the door. Every room has a gorgeous view of the hills in the distance and the beautiful Caribbean waters. The Hotel is ideally located just above the small fishing village of Grand Case on the French side of the Island, where they have a Restaurant Row lining the streets with the finest restaurants in the entire Caribbean (not an exaggeration). Grand Case Beach and Le Petite Plage are two beautiful beaches within walking distance of the hotel. There are other numerous beaches you can visit nearby by car. In terms of location and ambiance, there really is no equal to this beautiful hotel. Now for the special part. The staff. From the owners Kristin and Marc down to the last employee at the property, everything is centered on the guest, in every conceivable way. Their thoughtfulness is like nothing we have ever experienced ever at any other property. Because they are a small hotel, they have the ability to provide special attention to all of their guests. Whether it is little flowers tucked all around your suite when you arrive, or a welcoming basket and cold drinks in the fridge, they have thought of everything, every little detail. And that shows through from the second you get there to the moment they tell you they can't wait to see you again. (they don't say goodbye!) There is not a single negative thing I can possibly say about this hotel in the four times I have stayed here. So, this is a special place everyone should experience at least once....and once you do, you will do it again, and again and again....you'll see.

Room Tip: Splurge on the oversized loft
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lgvillari
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Esplanade

Address: On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Martin / St Maarten
Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range: $309 - $624 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel L'Esplanade 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more   less 
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