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On-Site St. Martin: Hotel L’Esplanade in Grand Case

On-Site St. Martin: Hotel L’Esplanade in Grand Case
Hotel L'Esplanade room
Hotel L’Esplanade room

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I love to take photos… But a funny thing happened while staying at Hotel L’Esplanade in Grande Case on my last trip to St. Martin: I took no photos of the property. It wasn’t because this small hotel is not picturesque. It was actually because I was too busy marveling at the beauty of the property and its surroundings to remember to stop and shoot anything at all! Staying here was that pleasant.

When you visit the website for Hotel L’Esplanade and take a look at the photos of the rooms, you probably won’t think they could possibly look that nice in real life, but they do! The dark wood playing off the light walls really captures that fabulous Caribbean feel. And the ceilings really are that amazingly clean and polished. The rooms really are that bright and welcoming. The view over Grand Case from the balcony really is that gorgeous – as you may have noticed from this month’s Moment of Zen video.

Hotel L'Esplanade sign in Grand Case
Hotel L’Esplanade sign in Grand Case

Of course, our stay was during the off-season, so for the first couple days we practically had the whole place to ourselves. The relative seclusion was great, except they don’t keep the poolside bar open during the off-season, forcing us to walk the pleasant path down to Restaurant Row for our evening beverages and lobster dinners. Brutal, I know, but just the thought of spending time at the bar, watching the sun set and imbibing into the evening has us already thinking that we’ll need to pay L’Esplanade a return visit soon.

Take my word for it: this is a special hotel, in a special location just outside of the place to be in Grand Case, on a very special island. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and are already plotting new stories to cover on St. Martin as an excuse for a return visit.

If you have any ideas, let us know!

Or if you’re lucky enough to be heading to St. Martin yourself, check out L’Esplanade. Here’s where you can book a stay.

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  • JezzyBelle

    I’ve been enjoying your blog and I wonder if you can help me. I’m planning our first trip for the Caribbean–we’ve found a nice window in mid-September to burn a little vacation time, but my husband and I both have expired passports so we’re trying to stick to Puerto Rico or the USVI and save ourselves a lot of anxiety.

    I’m a food writer/reviewer for a daily newspaper and I’ll want to eat well and write about it, but above all, we want beautiful, crystal-clear water. Staying on a beach would be best, but if possible, we wish to avoid resorts and big crowds. Local people or like-minded travelers would be welcome–we’re not looking to be isolated, either.

    And here’s a big deal: The only reasonable flight I’ve found so far is to San Juan. Flights to the other islands make three or four stops and pretty much take all day. So I wonder this: If I fly to San Juan, will I be able to find the sort of place I’m seeking on Puerto Rico? Even better, will I be able to get to one of the USVI by ferry? The most important question is: Where do I find the hotels on the islands that aren’t advertised on Cheap Caribbean, TravelZoo and so on?

    I’m going to keep noodling around here, and I hope I’m not imposing by asking too many questions. I’ll check back for your reply soon, and thanks in advance.

  • LOVE L’Esplanade! Peaceful, stunning, great people, walking distance to amazing restaurants on the beach.. what more is there to say. Recommend it any day!

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