In Grand Case, this is the place
Submitted: January 13, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
Three things made our stay at Seashell condo one of our best vacations in years. The location was wonderful, the apartment was complete and comfortable, and the owners and their local representative were helpful, gracious and welcoming.
For our first trip to St. Martin/St. Maarten, we were unsure about which area of the island would best suit us. One of the popular guidebooks referred to Grand Case as the “best place to get away from it all”. Since getting away appealed to us, I focused on that area. It was an excellent choice. It is on the north, or French, side of the island, which is less overbuilt than the Dutch side. We found Seashell and began to process of booking our stay. When we arrived, it was exactly as promised. The building is directly on the beach and has wall-to-wall windows that open to put the water almost close enough to touch. The apartment is within a 5 minute walk (10 on the beach) to many fine restaurants, shops, a few small markets and a very good French bakery. It is 5-10 minutes by car to Marigot, the French side capital, and to Friar’s Bay and Oriental Bay beaches and Ile de Pinel, a wonderful small island accessible only by boat. Overall, we found the location of Seashell to be as close to perfect as it could be.
The apartment itself is just as pictured in the listing. It has two bathrooms, a comfortable bedroom, a modern kitchen and satellite TV. It’s elegantly decorated and beautifully furnished, with all the features presented in the listing. The view over the bay surpasses that of any waterfront location I’ve ever enjoyed.
Finally, as if an excellent location and very nice apartment weren’t enough, we had the pleasure of dealing with Sally and Ian, the owners, and their local rep, Allison. Most of my contact was with Sally, who was very helpful, recommending a local car rental firm and providing an extensive guide to local activities, beaches and restaurants. From the first contact, she seemed genuinely interested in our having an enjoyable visit. The local contact, Allison, met us at the apartment with the keys and showed us what we needed to know. She was responsive to our needs and arranged for a mid-week cleaning, which was well done.
I cannot recommend Seashell Condo highly enough. We hope to return to St. Martin for our next island vacation and would very much like to enjoy Seashell once again.
Owner's Response: Hello Ralph, Thank you for your wonderful reviews. We are delighted to hear that you have both had a fabulous time relaxing at Seashell and a little envious that we are not able to be there ourselves at the moment! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. I've emailed you the details of our fidelity bonus which I hope you will be able to enjoy on your next visit. Warm Regards, Sally
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