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. Because the resort is so spread out, this is the place to come if you crave quiet seclusion, although you'll have plenty of things to keep you active and busy, from private boat charters to kayaking and snorkeling to yoga and Pilates instruction. La Samanna caters to families with a kids' camp ($75/per day) and nanny service. Rooms range from doubles to suites to multi-bedroom villas armed to the teeth with personal concierges, infinity pools, and rooftop terraces with Baie Longue views. Most every room, no matter the size, has its own private ocean-view terrace. The resort's signature restaurant, Trellis, is an al fresco aerie overlooking the beach. It's an ultra-pampering place and assuredly très cher , but you do get what you pay for in terms of service, amenities, and high-end style. Closed Sep 1 to Nov 1.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
St. Maarten/St. Martin› Hotel
Belmond La Samanna
Baie Longue, St. Martin
Our Rating Neighborhood Long Bay Phone US 800/237-1236, 590/87-64-00 Prices In season $995 double, $2,025–$5,475 suite, $9,000–$9,500 villa, off-season $515–$570 double, $800 and up suite, call about villa rates, extra person $75, children 11 and younger stay free in parent's room Units 83 Amenities 2 restaurants, 2 bars, babysitting, kids' camp, fitness center, 2 freshwater outdoor pools, room service, spa, 3 lighted tennis courts, extensive water sports equipment, full buffet breakfast, meal plans available, free Wi-Fi Web site Belmond La Samanna