St. Martin - French West Indies

Hurricane Irma - September 2017

Club Orient  is closed until further notice and the staff has been dismissed due to damage from Hurricane Irma 2017.   The website remains active for now. See explanation and background  posted in the website at:     www.cluborient.com         

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See the official St. Martin Tourist Office website here.  

This report focuses more on lodging and dining options in St Martin OTHER than Club Orient itself.   Several restaurants as well as the commercial center are open for business in the center of Orient Beach.

See the official St. Martin Tourist Office site (French side).

A more complete report on Club Orient is available here
And another complete report on St Martin's Garden Villas is here

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Resort Overview

St. Martin/St. Maarten boasts more nude friendly beach opportunities to enjoy yourself than virtually any other Caribbean island, even comparing favorably with its larger competitor, Jamaica. A small island, roughly 5 x 8 miles, St. Martin can be traversed in an hour or two by car, but getting through Marigot on the French side or Philipsburg on the Dutch side can be a challenge due to traffic.

Even though nudity is allegedly unlawful in some areas of the island, many parts of St. Martin, on both the Dutch and French side, are nude-friendly mainly because, as my villa rental friend, Xavier, says: "we just don't care!" Which is true.   Photo Courtesy Alamanda Resort located on Orient Beach.

ALERT: Here is an old comment (but still an applicable warning) from a former Club Orient manager about nudity on Orient Beach:  One of the most erroneously repeated statements has been that if you wish to walk without clothes past the rocks (north end of Club Orient property line), all you have to do is make sure you're finished by 8:00 AM. The Gendarmes were out in force and ticketed 17 people for being nude beyond Club Orient boundary…..at 7:00 AM. The government has required Club Orient to place a sign at end of Club Orient's beach stating that, "Nudity beyond this point is illegal and violators are subject to penalties." So if you still wish to take your morning stroll in the buff, be aware that the Gendarmes are enforcing this rule and you could be stopped and fined.

See also Drone Shots of Orient Beach, courtesy Travelwithdrone.com                   See numerous other Google images of Orient Beach here.

There are numerous beaches to choose from for nude beachcombing and sunbathing including Cupecoy Beach, Long Baie and Baie Rouge on the west side to Orient Beach on the east. We like them all for different reasons.

There are terrific villas and guest houses on or near the western beaches and great hotels and resorts on or adjacent to Orient Beach on the French east side. Here are some properties to consider in the Orient Bay area:

Club Orient Nudist Resort--south end of Orient Bay   This resort is closed  until further notice due to damage suffered from Hurricane Irma in 2017.   Failure to collect payments from the French insurance company has delayed rebuilding and reopening.

Gardenvilla

Garden Villas - Just off the main road at the round about headed from the Orient Beach zone towards Grand Case....about 5-10 minutes from Orient Beach itself.    Resort includes five(5) wonderful private patio villas, 3 of which have Jacuzzis plus the main compound has a wonderful pool, (see photo here).  Each villa is a fully equipped apartment with bedroom, bath, full kitchen, patio, some with Jacuzzi, living area and amenities.

A French couple, Lydia & Lionel from Britanny, own the resort and are a delight to be around.  They know where to go, what to do, how to get where ever you're going and have lots of ideas about how to spend your time on St. Martin.  Ask them for tips about Orient Beach and Anse Marcel near their property for great dining.

You can see more of this property in the Castaways website for:  Garden Villas in St. Martin

Esmeralda Resort - north end of Orient Bay A really fine, upscale quality resort, with each guesthouse containing 3-4 private bedrooms built around its own pool is just a few yards from Orient Beach. You can rent a room or the entire guesthouse. With 54 total rooms, this charming place gives you more of a plantation feel that a resort hotel. It is NOT a nudist resort but topless sunbathing is possible and Orient Beach is steps away. The Astrolab restaurant is beautifully appointed and the grounds are well maintained. Rates can vary from $150-$250+/person/night but seasonal specials often offer 7 nights for the price of 5. Rates do not include meals.

Green Cay - Opening still in question due to damage from Hurricane Irma.  Central section of Orient Bay Just up the hill from St. Tropez and near Esmeralda, it is similarly located up the hill from Orient Beach and priced like Esmeralda with beautiful grounds and nicely appointed like its neighbor.  The 16 separate villas have a private plunge pools.

Club Fantastico (just above Orient Beach) Open and operating. This private 6-bedroom villa is owned by an entrepreneur from New Jersey and is managed daily by a caretaker or a host couple. The villa is located up the hill immediately above the commercial shops in the middle of Orient Beach, a short walk if you don't have a car...about 10-15 minutes. The property operates as a B & B with a twist. Although breakfast is served daily, there is open bar service included for 24 hour libations with alcohol and beer included. This is a great set up for folks who want a pool and a bit more privacy than being on the beach. Plus, it's great for 2 or 3 couples to visit together where you have a separate bedroom and bath while enjoying the common areas and pool. See the photo album of shots at the villa which includes a freshwater pool overlooking Orient Bay plus a large hot tub, dining area and BBQ you can use.

Cap Caraibes Hotel - Opening still in question due to damage from Hurricane Irma.  Near St. Tropez and south of Esmeralda. Cap Caraibes is a 35 room hotel with independent suites faces Orient Beach. Garden View rooms open to the pool area. Ocean View rooms have private terraces; Third floor suites include views of the entire bay with the islands of Green Cay, Tintamarre and Pinel on the horizon. Rates range from $150-$200+ per night, subject to change without notice.   Opening still in question due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

These three properties below are open for business but are not nudist resorts.  NOTE:  Although historically, Orient Beach has seen nude use, it's not now designated for nude use.   When Club Orient (nudist resort) was open, the beach front at the resort on the south end was approved for nude use.  Before you drop your drawers, check with your hotel about nude etiquette and nude use on Orient Beach on the south end.
Book On Line:  Esmeralda  Faces Orient Beach.   Esmeralda's Coco Beach bar is on Orient Beach.
 


Book On Line:  Alamanda
   
Faces Orient Beach