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Great location with a very short walk to the best beach on the Island. We rented a car in advance to be able to freely travel from the French to Dutch side.....roads can be bumpy but navigable. Food quality was excellent and diverse from road side grills to fancy French. Be sure to ask in advance what the dollar to euro rate is and when in doubt use a credit card (you should get a fair exchange).
This was my second stay at Esmeralda and will continue to return! The deluxe rooms are well worth the small additional fee - close to the beach, etc. Having a small market within walking distance was nice, rum and groceries readily available! L'Astrolabe, the restaurant on the property, was excellent for dinner and reasonable with regard to the euro-dollar exchange rate. The beach is, of course, over the top! Very quiet on one end and busy at the other - something for everyone. Early morning walks on the beach were a perfect start to everyday! From the friendly staff to the villa style accommodations to Orient Beach, this was yet another perfect week in St. Martin!
On the plus side, the staff was super friendly and helpful. The room was large and clean. It was very quiet where we stayed, yet very easy to access the beach and nearby shops. On the down side, we had a bit of difficulty finding the resort at first, since it was not mentioned on any of the signs until you entered the village to which it belonged. Also wi-fi, while free, did not provide a strong signal unless you were right on top of the main office. We were also able to get a free breakfast every morning, however it only included bread, fruit salad, juice, and coffee. Eggs, cereal, or yogurt were all available at extra cost. And while our room was more than satisfactory (we booked a villa with pool view), I would advise against paying for an ocean view as we couldn't identify any such villa.
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Our room had a locked door to an adjacent room, it was not very soundproof. We could hear our next door neighbors and upstairs neighbors. very noisy..bread,fruit cup and juice every day,For breakfast, same every day, no variety, it was included in price. beach was beautiful but,very crowded when they bussed people bused in from cruise ships. Not a romantic get away.Extremely rude chair and umbrella man on the beach, he should be canned. friendly staff at the resort, but no one went above and beyond, even on the day the resort had a water main break, and we were without water for an entire day. A complimentary drink or dinner would have been a nice gesture,..
I just returned from a week at the Alamanda and could not be happier with this hotel and location. It has everything I look for in a vacation accomodation, cleanliness, great staff, perfect location, easy access to beach and restaurants....... the Alamanda has it all!!
The room was spectacular with a nice balcony to read and have a cocktail on. Only complaint was bed was a little soft, but I don't weigh a lot so not a big deal for me. Staff was super attentive to anything you asked for. Free Wi-fi which worked well for casual use. Breakfasts were very good and hotel is steps to the beach, the Kakao Beach bar, water sports, and a slew of restaurants in the village next door including Thai, French, and Italian cuisine. I did not want a crowded resort so this hideaway on Orient Beach was PERFECT. Arnauld, and Frank at the front desk were top notch. Beach towels every day, I locked my safe and they unlocked in minutes, printed my boarding pass...would not hesitate to go back here for a relaxing laid back stay...heaven.
Great location on Orient beach No water pressure in shower. Bedding extremely uncomfortable, mattress and pillows hard as a rock. Very slow wifi internet
Captain Oliver's is tucked away in a quiet lagoon with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. It's like being in your own little world. They have a fantastic breakfast buffet (which is complementary with the price of your room). If you do want to socialize and mingle with people all you have to do is go down to the bar or restaurant which is also part of the Resort, and they usually have some sort of live entertainment going on at the restaurant. We stay at Captain Oliver's every time we're on St. Martin, we love it!
My husband and I are in our late twenties. We stayed at Captain Oliver's for a few nights during a recent stay in St. Maarten. The rates were cheap and the hotel looked cozy. WOULD NOT GO BACK. While the sheets were clean, the room was dirty. Dirty floor, mold on the ceiling, very out of date and battered. The bed had a small hole in the side and the curtains on the door were very discolored--by dirt. I wore shoes in the room the entire time, because the floor looked gross. Don't get me wrong, we just wanted the basics as we planned to hit the beach most of the time. But, if you are looking for a clean room look elsewhere. I will say the pool and the restaurant looked very cool.
Our room was dirty. The curtains that covered the sliding glass doors were soiled on the bottom. A thick layer of dirt covered them. There was mold growing in the ceiling of our room and a small hole in the side of our bed. On a positive note, the sheets were clean. We stayed for three nights. I will also say restaurant looked nice and fun, as well as the pool. However, if cleanliness is important to you--run.
Captain Oliver's was a fantastic laid back resort. The serenity of the bungalow type rooms was perfect for a long romantic weekend! The charm of the resort and grounds made it a fun and unique place to hide out from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island. The staff were all very courteous and helpful. The location right on the border of the french and dutch side made it easy and quick to get wherever we wanted on the island. The pool may not be big or exotic or exciting, but it had character with the wall overlooking the bar! It made for some cute pictures for sure. The view from our balcony was incredible and romantic. We didn't eat at the restaurant but hopefully we'll be back and enjoy more time at the resort! If you are looking for simple charm, this is the resort for you!
The staff was French with a basic English, The location is very nice. The rooms are a little old but descent. Internet only in the looby and the musquitos were wild. ( take some spray) Overall it was a good experience for the Value. St Marteen is not a low cost location.
In general, Captain Oliver's 'Resort' was a nice place to stay at. That said, if a warm (or hot) shower is something that is important to you, skip this place. The hot water was barely a trickle and you had to keep adjusting the amount of cold water to keep the temperature reasonable. Also, the TV only had 3 English speaking channels (TNT, HBO, and Nick I think). Once in a while you could listen to CNN, but more often than not, the audio was accompanied by loud clicks making it quite annoying. Other then the TV and the shower, this is a nice place - very clean and comfortable. The staff was very nice.
I have eaten at Captain Olivers Resort many times on past visits to the island so I was familiar with the location and layout. I had an extra night at the end of my trip so I chose Captain Oliver's. Nice quiet location, no traffic, pretty views, beautifu landscaping, and good all round service with friendly staff. The room had a private balcony with a nice view of the marina. The room itself was was more like a bungalow. For the price, what an absolute value. They even threw in two welcome drinks and breakfast. We ate dinner at the reataurant and were very pleased. \n\nI would definetely consider staying here again.
If you're looking for luxury and modern amenities, this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for quaint, relaxing, old time Caribbean feel with killer views, this is just what the doctor ordered! The staff is always helpful and pleasant and ready to please. We have stayed here many times, and will continue to do so. We have stayed in many different hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, but this remains our favorite. They also have an excellent restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner, or if you'd just like to have a drink and look out into the lagoon, and enjoy the warm breeze, pull up a stool at the Iguana Bar and enjoy.
Very nice hotel with live entertainment. However, I like to walk ealy in the morning and there is no place to walk. the water taxi to the beach only runs from 9am to 3pm, that is not enough hours. there is no beach to walk to. $30.00 each way to town by taxi is a bid much. there is no regular public transportation. Excellent seafood buffet.
Captain Oliver's is a laid back sea side resort that is elegant enough without being stuffy. The staff is phenomally friendly. the property is uniquely beautiful in an old fashioned, elegant way. This is a resort where you can spend a week doing nothing or doing everything.
The hotel is surrounded by trees and feels like a residential area instead of an hotel. The restaurants and the shops on the premises were very reasonable and personable. The location is beautiful. We enjoyed being there and would stay there again. Staff was very helpful and friendly.
The room was beautiful, the best I have seen in awhile. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom and shower were fabulous! Better than the 4 star hotels I have stayed in. I had the ocean view and my terrace was 30 feet from the shoreline of a small cove. I had the sound of the ocean and wind with the view of the hills and ocean. I watched the sun and moon rise over the point. It is very Caribbean, not a groomed, resort-type hotel. The staff was very friendlly and courteous.\nSome of the room amenities could be improved. There was no information on how to call any hotel services or the front desk, no room service menu and no alarm clock. I asked for an iron and ironing-board and had to retrieve it from the front desk. The hotel listed a sushi bar, which consisted of a few Sashimi items on the main restaurant menu, not really a Sushi bar. \nThe above issues aside, I loved this hotel. I visit St. Maarten every 3 months and will stay here every time!