Belmond La Samanna

Saint Martin

Caribbean beaches with a Mediterranean feel in a secluded beach resort.

It might be one of the top ten hotels in the Caribbean, but there’s something decidedly Mediterranean about La Samanna. You’ll see it in the whitewashed adobe walls, and you’ll taste it in the fresh seafood cooked the French way at the Trellis restaurant.

La Samanna sits at the tip of Baie Longue beach, which we’d argue is the most beautiful on St Martin. Stroll along the uncrowded white sand, or head to the beach bar to sip cocktails while the sun sets and you’ll see why guests come back year after year.

The crowd at La Samanna is mostly couples, but children are welcome too. The hotel offers a kids camp and nanny service, and there are safety features (like alarm bracelets for little ones who stray too close to the pool). So you’ll have nothing to worry about as you recline on a bamboo beach cabana, and order another round from your own private waiter.

All of the rooms are light and airy, with suites, cottages and villas to choose from. Our pick are the top-level cliffside rooms, where you’ll find private cabanas and plunge pools. And if you’re celebrating, be sure to book La Cave, and have a private meal in the cavernous, candlelit wine cellar.

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Belmond La Samanna is located on one of the best spots on the island and is around ten minutes by car from the international airport.