16 June 2012
A Private Villa by the Caribbean Sea
The island of St Martin offers two holidays in one.
One advantage of visiting the French Caribbean is that you feel you are getting two holidays for the price of one. Check into La Samanna and you can enjoy all the expected pleasures of a luxury beach resort - scuba diving, kayaks, tennis courts, two swimming pools and private cabanas that come with an ipod, sofa beds and champagne.
On top of this, though, are all the delights of la belle France. Order lunch at the poolside Grill restaurant, with a chilled glass of Pouilly-Fumé, and you could be on the Côte d'Azur.
This is Pampering PlusBook a villa at La Samanna and your personal host meets you at the airport and is on call 24/7 throughout your stay. You have your own private infinity pool, a private chef and an array of services just for you. And the plus? Book in advance and enjoy a 10% reduction on our best available rate. Read more >
Visit the La Samanna Spa, and besides a global choice of massages you can also savour beauty treatments featuring the top-of-the-range skincare products of Paris-based Sisley. Meanwhile, in the hotel's four elegant restaurants and bars, award-winning Executive Chef René Bajeux creates menus that are a stimulating mix of super-fresh Caribbean ingredients and classic French cuisine.
La Samanna is designed in an airy, Mediterranean style of whitewashed walls, terracotta tiles and colourful gardens that make the most of their ocean setting. Some have impressive roof terraces and plunge pools - perfect if you like to sunbathe or star-gaze - but for the ultimate treat consider the hotel's fabulous collection of five-star villas.
Built along the cliffs, and just a short walk from the main hotel, these come with either three of four bedrooms, making them ideal for groups of friends or families with a nanny. Five of the villas have beach views, but the real luxury here is the sense of space and privacy matched with the convenience of having all the facilities of a top class hotel on your doorstep. This way you can sit back and enjoy your personal infinity pool and butler service, yet still pop off to catch that complimentary Pilates class or sip a kir royale beneath the splendid Indian wedding tent that decorates the Bar de Champagne.
By Nigel Tisdall, an award-winning writer and editor, based in London