La Samanna Luxury Resort & Spa by Orient-Express

Finding the best hotel in St. Martin is easy. La Samanna is the only truly great hotel on the island and is at the same time an Orient-Express property.

My experience in La Samanna started with a warm welcome from the receptionist in the relatively small lobby. After a drink I was escorted to the room. I stayed in a Orleans Suite and while it had out-dated parts it was very nice. A large outdoor balcony area with amazing views was the highlight. A renovation has been funded and it’s desperately needed in parts of the hotel, especially the lobby and the floors.

The service was not the best I’ve seen from Orient-Express, but still very good. A lot of staff have worked there for many years and knows how to take care of you. The food was excellent. I had the best table in the restaurant with a break taking view. Chef Wallez Vincent did an amazing tasting menu which I can’t recommend enough. The facilities needs an update as well, but the hotel is aware of that.

Overall a great Orient-Express experience and close to the best Caribbean resorts.

My opinion: Great experience.