This is a wonderful place to spend a vacation.
First, as other reviewers have confirmed, this villa is exactly as described, and the photos portray it accurately, with one exception: the photos can't compare to the stunning views of Orient Bay, wide enough to include both sunrises and sunsets (when we were there in February).
Other than the views, my favorite part of the villa was the pool. It has bench-type steps/seats for sitting and having a drink or where children can stand and play (supervised, of course). The pool is warmed by the sun through most of the day; part of the deck area is covered for those who prefer shade. The deck has plenty of lounge chairs and other comfortable seating for relaxing. The pool is deep enough and long enough to swim short lengths (widths?). A pool alarm is provided for children's safety.
We also loved the large sliding glass doors that open the living area, dining area, and kitchen to the outside. With the front door and kitchen windows open, a delicious breeze blows through, making air conditioning unnecessary (although it is available in the living area and all bedrooms).
The bed mattresses are quite firm, which may not be to everyone's taste. Like the rest of the villa, the bedrooms are whimsically decorated. The large master bedroom has two glass doors and a wide patio-style door opening onto the deck and the beautiful bay view.
The ensuite bathroom in the master bedroom provides somewhat less privacy than North Americans may be used to, being separated from the bedroom by a wall that doesn't reach the ceiling. A little judicious scheduling worked for us, however. Note that this reduction of privacy doesn't exist with the other bathroom in the villa, the one shared by the other two bedrooms, as that bathroom's WC is a separate, private room.
The kitchen is equipped well enough for most casual cooking. Marion, the villa's charming owner, assured us that anything we felt was missing from the kitchen would be provided. The pantry area adjacent to the kitchen includes a small washing machine; clothes are dried on an outside rack.
Cul-de-sac is a quiet rural/residential part of Saint Martin. A convenience store and a few restaurants are within walking distance (I can especially recommend Pancho Villa). Cul-de-sac is almost as far away from the airport as it could be, yet is still only a half-hour drive away (depending on the traffic and time of day, of course). Saint Martin is small enough that everything on the island is accessible via a reasonably short drive. Like all of Saint Martin, the Cul-de-sac area is quite hilly. You can walk to the Pinel Island ferry dock. There is a small, generally empty beach also within walking distance of the villa, although if you like your sand to be clean of seaweed you might prefer to drive to one of the many more popular public beaches in Saint Martin. At the end of Rue de Grand Caye, near the garbage dump, is the entrance to the Red Rock trail, a littoral path running all the way to Anse Marcel. Although the trail is quite rugged in places, it does afford some beautiful views and is well worth the effort.
We all enjoyed our two-week stay very much. Marion popped in from time to time to make sure everything was going well. One evening during an area-wide power failure, she came over to make sure we were ok and to find candles for us. We're looking forward to coming back.
Marion was a gracious host and provided all the information we needed to enjoy our vacation. The house is exactly as you see it, but better in person. The location is perfect; esp when going to Pinel Island and close by beaches. Thank you for the hospitality and I would certainly return once I'm in St Martin again.
I visited this villa in mid April with my husband, baby and relatives and since my return, I have been daydreaming about my return. I had a fabulous time in St. Martin. This villa was amazing. Great location, modern, clean, and well kept with access to all that is required. The villa is also very safe and secure with an alarm system for both the home and pool. Marion, the owner, is so very kind, accommodating, and very available to help with anything. I would strongly recommend this villa, as it will not disappoint.
Our family had a fantastic vacation is St. Maarten only made more incredible by our choice to stay at this villa. The Villa offered our group- 4 adults and 3 children- ample, clean space and a beautiful view of the ocean. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to do some light cooking. Add to that a gorgeous deck that is really an outdoor extension of the indoor living space and a private pool with a built in alarm system which provided an extra level of safety for our kids and we couldn't ask for anymore- except a longer stay there!
The villa was close to the dock for Pinel Island- by far our favourite beach- and there were good restaurants nearby. Having a rental car was necessary but we wouldn't have chosen to stay along a main road and sacrifice the serenity and privacy this location provided. Marion, the owner, was a great host- thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!
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I am an avid trip advisor user who was extremely pleased with the accomodations. Marion was an excellent host and essentially acted as a concierge for anything you may need. The villa is stunning with a great view, beautiful finishes and quiet and private location.
The villa is actually better than the listing and is stocked with all the essentials to make sure your comfortable at all times.
There is no question that I will stay here again the next time I'm in St. Martin.
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