For couples looking for that secluded getaway, the romantic La Samanna beachfront resort on the French side of St. Martin presents an ideal Caribbean destination enveloped by 55 acres of gardens full of flowering bushes, hedges and bougainvillea, with cliff-top views of the turquoise sea. At this Mediterranean-style resort, ranked in 2004 by Travel & Leisure 500 as one of the top 10 Caribbean hotels, guests wanting outdoor activities can ski, kayak, surf, sail, snorkel, play tennis on three outdoor courts, and day-trip to nearby islands. Couples can rent the resort's 37-foot powerboat for romantic sunset cruises, and sample the vibrant restaurants, clubs and shops of Marigot, the capital of the French side, and Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side.
At this resort, a hillside pool with sundeck and bar supplies swimming to the sound of a gentle three-tier waterfall. Nearby, in a tropical atmosphere set by terra-cotta tile floors, rattan chairs and sea views, the La Samanna Restaurant provides lunches on salmon confit, lobster, whole fish, herb omelet and other French delicacies, and dinners of lobster bisque with potato gnocchi and pesto; roast lamb and polenta; calamari ravioli; crayfish fricassée; and halibut with Béarnaise sauce. Guest can at the resort's spa, with aromatic oil and shiatsu massages, French body polishes, salt glows, "sunburn rescues" and a fitness center.
81 air-conditioned guestrooms provide an informal Caribbean ambience accentuated by cream- colored walls, tropical-color fabrics, terra-cotta tile floors, fresh flowers, and mahogany, rattan and bamboo furniture. Amenities include satellite TVs, complimentary videos, private terraces or patios, ceiling fans, safes and L'Occitane bath amenities.
La Samanna offers the secluded atmosphere desired in a Caribbean resort, a major retreat for celebrities. La Samanna's staff returns the favor with complimentary bottles of local rum upon checkout. Resort Fee Charged at hotel / condo.
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