Wonderful staff and breakfast (continental style with fresh croissants, baguette, fruit salad, yogurt, etc. by pool). OK room, large but no easy chair or couch, Direct access to pool (small but seemed very clean). Gated parking was good. Walk to beach, about 5 min, and some arrangement for beach chair if wanted, we did not use. Restaurants nearby in Village seemed good, maybe not great. The grounds are very grown in with palms and greenery, which is great, but unless wind is up, becomes a bit warm and stuffy. Orient Beach area is far form Margot and airport, so car or rather expensive cab ride needed. With car, easy to get to Grand Case or even Philipsburg. Beach area is very sports driven, fun to watch, many swimmers. Room had cooking area, so if you wanted to make lunch or simple dinner it is possible. There is a modest store in village. We picnicked a couple times. Problem is finding hotel, since Google map is wrong. Need to toke Orient Beach Hotels exit.
Traveller from Chicago
Surrounded by palms, banana, and mango trees, this St. Maarten hotel is near Orient Beach, and a 20-minute drive from …More
Great access to the beach with a wonderful location right in the middle of Orient Bay. Staff was friendly and responsive. Rooms were "basic hotel" with all tile floors. Awesome location within walking distance to the "village" which had a wonderful mix of restaurants. Would recommend renting vehicle for any intra-island excursions - taxi prices are high
We enjoyed this location because we were centrally located in the Orient Bay village.
Our Villa offered a beautiful view from the deck and private pool area. We were able to be as
active or lazy as we chose. We enjoyed meals in our Villa as well as many of the Orient Beach village
restaurants Le Pimente,Le Tableau Antoine etc. which were a short walk away. Grande Case and
Ile Pinel are also very close for exploring
Deborah from middlefield ct
Located on the French side of the island, these resort-style villas with private pools are a 5 minute walk to the beach.One- …More
We loved our stay at Idolem Residence! We travel several times a year and this was one of the nicest places we've stayed. Beautiful setting,very spacious and well maintained. Rather hard to find but Pablo was gracious enough to stay late and wait for us to show up. Recommend getting good driving directions before arriving as street signs are few. Remember you are on the French side so no English TV and taking dual wattage hair appliances are suggested. Would stay here again and highly recommend!
For a slice of St. Tropez in the Caribbean, go to the beach at Orient Bay. Known locally as Orient Beach, this white-sand getaway stretches for more than a mile and has a clothing-optional section at one end. Take the 3-minute ferry ride to Pinel Island, where calm waters make for good snorkeling and safe swimming.
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