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Reviewed 26 July 2011

This was probably the best value place we stayed in during our entire trip - certainly if you are staying 5 days or more you can get a great deal, enabling us to rent one of the more spacious rooms (unit 18) complete with large balcony with fan, kitchenette, nice bathroom with good shower, big bed, air con. The only downside is that you have to remember it is not a hotel, so reception is not staffed all the time. Carine was very helpful and friendly when she was there, but frequently wasn't around - this is not criticism, just information so others know what to expect. So the pre-ordering of pastries for breakfast wasn't always possible for example. She did give us a telephone number for emergencies, but I didn't consider the fact that I needed beach towels an emergency - so plan ahead and ask while you can! Mind you we were not there in peak season so I imagine it is less of an issue when busy (I think there were only 2 or 3 other units occupied while we were there).

Weather was very hot and humid while we were there and lots of mosquitoes - insect repellent essential. Of all the places we visited in the Caribbean (Saba, Dominica, St Barths), St Martin was definitely the worst for this. But it's the Caribbean so you have to expect it.

Plenty of places to eat locally, though the buffet at Capt Oliver's was a bit overpriced unless you are the sort of person who has many helpings. Dinghy Dock Bar nice and laid back, food nothing special but reasonable and plentiful. Good pizza at Mama Pizza but don't try to eat an entire one yourself!

Recommend a day trip to St Barths direct from Capt Oliver's and the trip to Ile Pinet from Cul de Sac, both of which are really interesting places. Snorkelling is great, but watch out for the sea urchins, which although not toxic leave spines that don't come out for weeks!

Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
4  Thank alchemilla
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Reviewed 3 April 2011

We just got back from our annual two weeks in St Martin and had another great experience at Les Balcons. We have been staying there for several years and would highly recommend it. The place is in a beautiful location overlooking Oyster Pond and an easy drive to the beaches, restaurants and sights of both the Ducth and French sides.. Orient is only 10-15 minutes away. There are also several places nearby for good meals including Mama's Pizza just down the road a bit for an excellent cheap meal.
The best part of staying at Les Balcons is Carine and David who are very warm and welcoming hosts and have become good friends over the years.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

The bungalow we stayed in was roomy, quaint and cozy ; it and had a great balcony with an excellent view of Oyster Bay Harbor. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking meals-including a grill on the deck. Just a short walk away were restuarants and a small grocery with fresh pastries for breakfast. We highly recommend staying at Les Balcons - the owners are friendly and very accommodating. It's just a short drive to the beaches. If we come back we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

One of the best small hotels in all of St Martin. Very laid back, peaceful, great views of Oyster Pond. Also one of the most affordable places you will find. We get an upper bungalow, with a great breeze. Fresh French Pastries delivered daily to the hotel. David and Carine, the managers do whatever they can to accomodate you. It is centrally located so you are not far from some of the most popular areas on the Island. Try it, you won't be disappointed. We are booked for next year.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

Just got back from a week's stay at Les Balcons. The previous reviews were right on. It is quiet and restful. You are close to many attractions, but you have to be prepared to drive everywhere you go. Yes, it can get a little stifling if there's no breeze and you'll have to deal with mosquitos at night. Are only problems were the service and housekeeping. We stayed a week and only had maid service one day. And, while the owners were happy to answer any question you might have, they weren't always around.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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