We spent our first 4 nights on the Dutch side and the next 5 nights at Grand Case Beach Club. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. We liked the more laid back feel on the French side compared with the Dutch side. Grand Case was an excellent location when it comes to all the great food nearby! We loved Le Tastevin (went there twice). We were only a 10-15 minute drive from Orient Beach. If you come to St. Martin, rent a car! It's really inexpensive (booked on Kayak.com) and a great way to see the island. Not nearly as hard to get around as I thought it would be. As a preview to my comments below we loved this place for location, it's quite/calm beach, value for an ocean view room, and proximity to great restaurants. Also, the grounds were very beautiful. The actual rooms and restaurant were average to good.
With regards to the hotel, the grounds were the best part. Very beautiful sea grapes provide shade to beach chairs which are just steps away from the rooms. We booked an oceanfront suite and had an awesome view of the ocean from our balcony. The staff was very friendly. No king beds were available at check in, but by night 3 one became available and they switched us immediately. The staff even moved our luggage to the new room while we were out for the day. We did not use the kitchenette so can't speak to it. I should note that we initially stayed in room 111 and there were ants and the A/C did not work very well. I don't know why I didn't complain about it earlier (as I said we ended up moving to a king bedroom later which had a GREAT A/C unit and NO bugs). I guess I unwisely assumed this was the state of all the rooms. We were much more impressed with the hotel overall after our room change.
The Sunset cafe had good food, but I preferred going to the other restaurants in Grand Case. There was only one waiter one night when they had 20% off on lobster and it took 45 min's to get our check. However, the service was excellent before that. Maybe this was a fluke. It was slow season and although we never went to the Sunset Cafe again, it never looked as busy the other nights. We did the free breakfast (pastries, french bread, coffee, orange juice) every morning and enjoyed it. Service was excellent each morning.
The beach is not large but was by no means very crowded (although it was low season). There is some really good snorkeling off the rocks right next to our beach! We bought our own snorkel equipment before leaving on our trip (cheaper if you use it a lot). I recommend buying a disposable cooler at a local grocery store and bring your own beer to any of the beaches you visit. It was a very acceptable practice everywhere we went.
My only negative thing to say is that the rooms were just average to good. I think we were spoiled by what appeared to be BRAND NEW rooms at Princess Heights. However, Princess Heights is not right on the beach and Grand Case Beach Club is, making it a good value.
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