St Martin, Saint Martin

Belmond La Samanna

Rates from (inc tax)$445.00

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Neutral and natural


Breezy Baie Longue beach

Far from the casinos and cruise ships of popular St Martin, Belmond La Samanna hotel on Baie Longue beach is a quiet oasis of whitewashed suites tucked high on a cliff, with gentle waves, lush gardens and a spectacular hilltop spa. The ocean is never far from view or mind: each room has the inky blues and coral colours of the sea, and the restaurants specialise in fresh fish brought in from the surrounding waters.

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Need to know


83, including 57 suites.


12pm, but flexible, subject to availability and a half-day rate. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $445.00, excluding tax at 19.6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD532.22), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates exclude breakfast (from $35), but include non-motorised watersports.


La Samanna Spa, set up on the hill is an immaculately tranquil space with treatment cabins surrounding a manicured courtyard. There are eight cabins, including five with outdoor space. Treatments ¬– which use luxurious European brands like Sisley and Ferme de Marie – include massages, facials and the cooling Sunburn Rescue. The hotel offers free yoga classes by the Beach Bar two days a week, with private classes or Pilates sessions available by appointment.

Hotel closed

September 1 through November 1.

At the hotel

Spa with eight treatment cabins; gardens; DVD library; tennis court; gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, mini fridge, WiFi.

Our favourite rooms

One Bedroom Beachfront Suites, set beyond the Beach Bar, have the most direct access to the sea, with coral and ink-blue fabrics that mirror the shore views. Beach Rooms in the main building are particularly spacious, with excellent views. If you book there, be sure to request a room that has been renovated.


There are two. The main pool, set by Interlude restaurant, has wrought-iron deck furniture, drinks service and lit fountains at night. The infinity pool by the Beach Bar is set against a backdrop of rocks and agave plants, with drinks service.

Packing tips

The hotel boutique stocks swimsuits, cover-ups and sunblock galore, so feel free to pack light. Apart from dinner attire for Trellis, you’ll need little more than your swimsuit.


Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome for a $150 fee. Smoking is permitted only in designated public areas.


Welcome. Teenagers will best be able to appreciate the snorkelling and water sports. The hotel has free baby cots and rollaway beds. Babysitting is available for $25 per hour, with a three-hour minimum, and there is a kids’ programme.

Best for


Recommended rooms

Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families.


 There is a kids' programme, Camp La Samanna, offered in peak season, and with 24 hours' notice. Little ones can go on treasure hunts and beach walks, make sun hats, play games and try arts and crafts; they will be supervised by an English- or Spanish-speaking nanny. Reservations are mandatory. The four-hour programme ($75) includes snacks.

Swimming pool

Children are welcome at the pool by the Beach Bar. There are no lifeguards on duty, so parents must supervise.


The casual Beach Bar is ideal for kids during the day, with a menu of sandwiches and small bites, and ample high chairs for little ones. Interlude is good for dinner, with a kids' menu and high chairs available. Children over age five are welcome at Trellis, though the kitchen cannot prepare child-friendly dishes.


Babysitters are available for a minimum of three hours, for $25 per child, per hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a spot on the terrace, which overlooks the lit beach. Tables by the pool will get a glimpse of the elegant fountains that spout at night.

Dress Code

Billowing maxi dresses, linen pants and sandals will work well at both dinner spots. By day, beachware is fine.

Hotel restaurant

There are three. The more formal Trellis has a terrace, as well as a chic dining room with dark-wood tables and mirrors set to reflect the sea and sunset. The restaurant serves what it calls ‘contemporary island dining’ with French influences that show up in dishes like steak tartare, escargots and baked heirloom tomatoes. The more casual Interlude serves al fresco breakfast and dinner on a patio overlooking the sea and the swimming pool. The menu features local seafood, including snapper and grilled lobster. The casual Beach Bar serves lunch salads and light fare a few steps from the water.

Hotel bar

Baie Longue Bar, opposite the reception desk, is an intimate space with an extensive cocktail menu – including special rum drinks – served all day. By the water, Beach Bar serves tropical daiquiris and rum punches, including the national cocktail of rum and guava. La Cave is a dimly lit European-style wine bar that is ideal for hosting a cocktail reception or hiding from hot sun.

Last orders

Trellis and Interlude serve dinner from 6.30pm until 9.45pm. Interlude serves breakfast from 7.30am until 10.30am. Beach Bar serves lunch from noon to 4pm, but is open with snacks and drinks until 9pm.

Room service

A room service menu is available 24 hours a day with options including sandwiches, pastas, burgers and sushi.


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Belmond La Samanna
PO Box 4077
Saint Martin
Saint Martin (French part)


Princess Juliana International Airport is three miles away. The airport serves New York (, Washington (, Paris (, Miami ( and other international destinations. For an added fee the hotel can arrange for a thirty-minute boat transfer across the lagoon and onto the hotel’s beach.


Car hires are available at the airport, though the drive can be winding and harrowing along one stretch. If you do choose to drive from the airport, turn left on the main island road (toward Marigot), take the first left after the French border, then look for the hotel entrance on the left.

Worth getting out of bed for

The big draw of the island is, predictably, its beaches, and La Samanna is set on one of the very best spots there is. The hotel has plenty of water sports to occupy most vacations, including snorkeling and kayaks. The waves are gently and the sand soft, but if you’d like a change, head to nearby Mullet Bay, Long Bay or Baie Rouge to spread your beach towel. The hotel can also arrange boat charters for those who’d like to fish or scuba.

In the capital town of the French side, visit the market on Wednesdays or Saturdays to see the fish market in action, with local fishermen selling their daily haul.

For a glimpse of other islands, there are daily ferries to Anguilla and St Barths.

Local restaurants

A wine connoisseur decided to create a space to showcase wine, and the foods that pair with it, at Bacchus in Grand Case. Set on Hope Estate, the space includes a 465sq m wine cellar with bottles from around the world, and a notable collection of cognacs, Armagnacs, aged rums and Ports. There is also a take-away selection and an excellent coffee programme ( +590 590 87 15 70; With spectacular sea views and a relaxed dining room, Le Tastevin in Grand Case serves French-Island cuisine for lunch and dinner, with a special tasting menu. Signatures include rum-infused foie gras pâté, duck with merlot and cocoa, and a crumble of pineapple, vanilla and coconut ( +590 590 87 55 45; Set in the Marigot marina, Le Chanteclair has harbour views and French-Caribbean dishes, with special menus just for lobster and foie gras ( +590 590 87 94 60).


Local cafés

Get a taste of local barbecue from a lolo, or barbecue shack. There are several on the water in Grand Case, which serve grilled meats on picnic tables. On the Marigot Marina, the waterfront La Belle Epoque serves salads and sandwiches for lunch. The restaurant also serves pizzas and a Creole menu, with heartier entrees at dinner ( +590 590 87 87 70;


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Anonymous review

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the St Martin and unpacked their snorkel gear and kaftans, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside La Samanna hotel…

A bright-white colonial looker on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea, La Samanna has it all: sand, sea and spectacular views.

Perched above one of the best private beaches in St Martin, the hotel’s garden-lined walkways wind down past a beachfront bar to a scattering of thatch-roofed cabanas lining the sandy shore, where guests can snorkel, sail or sit back and watch the gentle waves roll in.

Even up on the hill, the ocean is never far from mind. Rooms are situated to maximise ocean views, with oversize windows, panoramic roof decks and room decor that mimics the inky blues and bright coral colours of the beach. Naturally, the restaurants all serve the freshest seafood, focusing on fish hauled in from the nearby waters, and the bars specialise in tropical rum cocktails that taste like they were invented for sipping in the sand. It’s a Caribbean ideal at every point.

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