Fodor's Expert Review Belmond La Samanna

Baie Longue, n/a St. Martin, St. Martin Fodor's Choice

A long stretch of pretty, white-sand beach borders this classic resort, where service is warm and professional. A complete overhaul in 2012 and new management bring it back to the top. 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. There are beachfront cabanas and a ton of activities, including one-on-one Pilates instruction and yoga in the workout facility. The serene Elysées Spa is surrounded by a lush private garden and waterfall, and treatment rooms include a private outdoor area with a shower. Add loads of waterfront activities, great tennis, two freshwater pools, and two restaurants (one on the beach, one in the main house). The hotel's 15,000-bottle wine cellar is in a class by itself, and private dinners in the cellar can be tailored to guest interests. Promotions may include meals, rental cars, and airport transfers.


  • chic decor
  • great beach
  • beach cabanas
  • convenient location
  • romantic
  • excellent spa
  • beach cabanas, convenient location
  • romantic
  • excellent spa


  • rather pricey for standard rooms
  • small pools


Family, Romantic, Service


Phones: 0590-87–64–00 | 800-854–2252-in U.S.


27 rooms, 54 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Sept. and Oct., Free breakfast

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