Traveler Ratings of Esmeralda Resort
A St Martin, Orient Bay Hotel
Beach Lover's Paradise
This is a past prime hotel. But, if you can get past that need for 5 star status, Esmerelda offers the best spot on the best beach in St.Martin. The rooms are clean and well maintained and the staff makes a significant effort to please. Although it's 5 minutes from great restaurants, there is really no reason to leave the property if you're really lazy. The continental breakfast, The Coco Beach Restaurant and Astrolabe all offer food ranging from good to excellent, but, don't skip Gran Case. Great value. We return annually. By Beach Bum Foodie from New York on 2/19/2013 for a stay in 2/1/2013
5 of 5 Stars
– You have been so awesome. I would recommend people contact you for all future St Martin reservations. You have made this an extremely pleasant experience. Suzanne... Feb 2013
Had a Very Nice Experience
I took my father on this trip to celebrate his 75th b'day. i think he had as nice a time as i. the island is lovely and friendly. the resort was beautiful and the staff very accommodating and professional. the only problem we had was there was no water for a full day and that was due to a break in the line that was fixed by evening. the deluxe room was spacious and close to the beach. the reservation center was easy to deal with and very personable. i dealt with Joanne and would go through her again. she was prompt with returning my emails or calls and very informative. By lg from saratv on 2/18/2013 for a stay in 2/1/2013
5 of 5 Stars - They don't do anything wrong.
After hearing about Esmeralda for several years, we gave it a try. No problems! Good breakfast, close to the beach, excellent beach at Coco with great service thanks to Ty. The rooms are just as advertised. By James and Vickie from Bloomsburg, PA on 2/18/2013 for a stay in 2/1/2013
Another great week at the Esmeralda
We spent another wonderful and relaxing time at the Esmeralda. We've stayed 5 or 6 times in the past 10 years and Have always enjoyed it . They have just finished a renovation so the whole place seems brighter. We prefer the 1 story units at the Esmeralda rather than the 2 or multistory units at other places. None of the units have ocean views so we stay in the least expensive ones and I've been very pleased. The whole place is very relaxed and casual. There are always beach chairs and umbrellas available so it's not necessary to get up early to reserve a place. The food is superb at the on site restaurant the astrolabe and the beachfront restaurant is never crowded. St Matin is our favorite vacation spot in the Caribbean and the Esmeralda is our favorite hotel on St. Martin By Very satisfied customer from Carmel,IN on 2/7/2013 for a stay in 1/1/2013
Great weather, nice room, beautiful beach, good food and great service
We visited St. Martin for the 6th time this past January and we have always stayed at Esmeralda. This years visit was the best yet. The recent facelift was very noticeable. Additionally, there are numerous very good restaurants near by.
We enjoyed it so much that we booked next years stay before we left. By John M. from Chesapeake, Va. on 2/7/2013 for a stay in 1/1/2013
Very enjoyable, well furnished place to stay convenient to great
Esmeralda villas with a separate pool for each villa were a pleasant surprise. Resort is well maintained and very convenient to a short stroll down the paved path to Orient Beach. Food can be charged to the room at most of the beach bar/restaurants and complimentary lounge chairs are available from the two closest beach restaurants (Waikiki was our favorite). Beach is great for water sports or just relaxing. Beach bar/restaurants close in the late afternoon, but Esmeralda has its own restaurant for dinner or the Orient Village a block away has a number of restaurants. During the day, the food at Andy and Cheryl's on the beach is great. By Jotum from Knoxville, TN on 1/27/2013 for a stay in 1/1/2013
Rated: 4 of 5 Stars - Relaxing!
I enjoyed the stay, everyone was helpful, the service was wonderful. · By Hotlocks from Delafield on 1/25/2013 for a stay in 1/1/2013
We cannot wait to come back to Esmeralda!!!
This was our first stay at Esmeralda ~ but it will not be our last. We loved this resort. The villas were great! Very convenient access to CoCo Beach and loved the fact that we could just carry the room card with us to be able to go to the beach without cash and get served at 10 restaurants/bars and even purchase things at some shops!
The staff was very friendly and very helpful! It was our first time staying on the island and they helped us out with some driving directions and other things we needed.
You have to eat at L'Astrolabe Restaurant which is right there at Esmeralda. It was the best food we have ever had ~ ever! We ate there 5 nights. The people there were so great ~ Caroline, Amine, Tom & his wife were all so friendly! The atmosphere is so elegant and beautiful.
Ty our Beach Boy at CoCo Beach was so wonderful! Each day he'd get us chairs and drinks and he was so friendly every day! The beach is 1.8 miles long and beautiful turquoise water. We walked the beach every day.
I would absolutely recommend that you stay at this resort. We are very happy we chose Esmeralda and we'll definitely go there again!
By Jackie and Bob from Cleveland, Ohio on 12/17/2012 for a stay in 12/1/2012
We like this place
After hearing about Esmeralda for several years, we gave it a try. No problems! Good breakfast, close to the beach, excellent beach at Coco with great service thanks to Ty. The rooms are just as advertised. Ron - June 5, 2012
This was our third vacation on St. Martin and the second stay at Esmeralda. We loved the pool, beach, and Coco Beach Bar with Beach Boy service. All the staff were very pleasant and very helpful when something was needed. May 2012
Can't Wait To Go Back
We were here on our honeymoon and loved our 10 night stay. All staff we very accomadating. Our air conditioner went out the first day, we contacted the front desk and with in a few minutes we had someone at our room to check it out. It couldn't be fixed right away so they moved us to the room next door. All this was done in minutes. Very fast, no waiting. The beach is gorgeous and I think the best on the island. Beach bar staff very friendly made you feel welcome. The resort is within walking distance to several restaurants. We would definatley come back.Apr 2012
Thank you, Thank you!! Dear Ted,
We had a wonderful time Dec 10-Dec16 at Esmeralda. Room 466 was superb!! Thank you for arranging it for us. Astrolabe's breakfast's were spectacular, especially the homemade croissants, made fresh each morning. We followed your advice and our best meal all week was at Le Ti' Provençal
Much better than Il Nettuno. La Ti' Provencale's ambiance is the best, as is their wait staff, and menu. The seafood was most unusual. We had Parrot Fish, which was new for us, and will now be our gold standard of seafood dinners. We split our orders, and the restaurant was most accommodating and presented the split orders on separate plates, each made fancy with all their culinary touches.
Weather was great. Peak experience was riding horses bare-back in the surf. Tell everyone they should go to Bayside Stables. It's under new management and the two women running it are working hard to ensure that customers have a great experience, which we did. The guide takes photos of the riders in the surf, which makes for a memorable photo emblematic of the vacation. - Robert M
Going Back Again & Again
There is something about Esmeralda that brings us back time and time again, it’s just a wonderful getaway.
A Unique Experience
This resort is unique in its design--private pools for each unit of four rooms instead of large pools. The beach is a short walk away. The restaurants/bars are outstanding, as is the service. I highly recommend this Caribbean gem. Be sure to include at least one night dining in one of the fine restaurants in Grand Case.
This is a beautiful secluded tropical resort. The staff are responsive to requests without being intrusive. It is a restful and relaxing vacation.
Beautiful location, excellent restaurant, friendly staff
Laid Back Location
The Esmeralda is a comfortable spot steps from the famous Orient beach on the French side of St Martin. What it lacks in amenities it makes up for in simple comfort. This was our second time there and did not disappoint the staff makes you feel like you’re at home and the proximity to the beach and the beach bars/restaurants is a luxury. If you are looking for fancy and big you’re at the wrong place, if you’re looking for cozy and comfortable not many compete. Dinners in Grand Case are a must.
After staying at the Esmeralda 4 times I can’t believe the negative comments I have read on some review sites. My wife & I both love this place. We are not 5 star hotel nuts, so this relaxed atmosphere suits us just fine. We both agree that not a lot of time is spent in our rooms, so what this hotel has to offer is just great with us. We were just there in Nov. and the weather was tremendous, as was the food and shopping. I must say that on our 1st trip it took us 15-20 seconds to get used to the clothing optional attitude of the beach, but it’s really no big deal. The restaurant at the hotel is great as are the beach restaurants. What a good vacation is all about is relaxing & enjoying yourself. When choosing a hotel on St. Martin, look at the big picture. You’re in Paradise. We’ll be back in 2 years to stay once again at the Esmeralda. Rent a car, don’t be afraid of the local drivers and explore. We found great shops just by making a wrong turn.