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St. Martin - French West Indies

Club Orient  is closed until further notice and the staff has been dismissed due to damage from Hurricane Irma 2017.      

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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 on Orient Beach are open for business in the center of Orient Beach.

Content of the report is not guaranteed since infrastructure and facilities change as re-building continues from storms in 2017.

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

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

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Shop or Book On Line:  See below

Resort Overview

St. Martin/St. Maarten is 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, some parts of St. Martin, on both the Dutch and French side, may nude-friendly beaches. and accommodations  ALERT: Check the local situation before you drop your drawers at a public beach since you never know when a gendarme may show up and issue a citation to you/  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.

Orient Beach status: Says the owner of the Garden Villas: Almost all restaurants are open. More choices of good places than people have time to try each one during vacation! Anse Marcel beach restaurant (where we ate together)has opened since last December.And Kontiki and Kakao, the 2 most famous beach restaurants of Orient bay are better than ever! A lot of places sold and then bought to open new restaurants.

NOTE:  Some material used is prior to the 2017 hurricane season.  See this resource On Line at: Drone Shots of Orient Beach, by Travelwithdrone.com

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 villas and guest houses on or near the western beaches and 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.  It was reported failure to collect payments from the French insurance company caused the closure.

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 -  Central section of Orient Bay near St. Tropez and Esmeralda, it is similarly located up the hill from Orient Beach and priced like Esmeralda with beautiful grounds and nicely appointed like its neighbor.  Some of the villas have a private plunge pools.

Club Fantastico (just above Orient Beach)  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.  If you don't have a car...the walk (downhill) is 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 each has 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.

Caraibes Beach Hotel -  Near St. Tropez and south of Esmeralda. Caraibes Hotel features independent suites facing 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.

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