Review of Villa
Submitted: April 1, 2011
Stayed: March 2011
I found there were good and bad things about this Villa. First the good. The villa was extremely clean and well maintained. It did have good views of the ocean. The owners were very nice and responded to emails and phone calls promply. (Very Expensive to call the island from USA). I liked the bathrooms and showers. The deck was large and had a nice view. The property manager Patricia was a sweatheart and extremely helpful. There was good parking and it was a gated community so we felt very safe. It was close to pinnel island and Orient beach, both of which are absolutely beautiful.
Now the bad. I thought the villa was little on the expensive side. It is very much more suited for people from France than the USA. There are 100 Television stations and three are in English. The outlets are NOT compatible with american outlets and there was only one adapter which didn't work very well. The French Side is much more expensive than the Dutch side when using US Dollars. The first morning I was woken up at about 6 am by a barking dog in the house directly next door. The housecleaner was non-personable and did not even emply the dishwasher. I thought it would have been nice if the owners actually personally greeted us when we arrived. However the person they sent was very nice. They recommended a car rental place which we later found out cost about double the going rate for a car rental. The mosquitos were horrible ! I know this is a problem on the island and no fault of the owners but I felt I had to mention it. Made enjoying the nice deck difficult. The lounge chairs were very uncomfortable on the deck. The place is nice, don't get me wrong, but fancy photography made me feel like I was going to be staying in the playboy mansion with an olympic sized swimming pool. The pool was a little small, however it was clean and well maitained.
All in all we had a good stay. Just pointing out the good and bad. I would reccomend this place someone from Eurpoe, especially France, but probably not someone from USA.
Owner's Response: Surprising review ! We Henri and Dominique are very surprised by such comments .
Saint Martin French side is a French island : TV is french ( !) , electricity is french , plugs are french .Saint Martin is a foreign country. Aside of that we try our best to have American Guest feel the most comfortable way we can : There are english channel , we provide adaptators ( 2, ok we will add 2 more) , we have a DVD player . This side of the island , compared to the dutch side , is much nicer and preserved from intense developpement . Restaurant are much better , beaches are nicer and undevelopped ( french law forbids construction on the beach ) . High quality makes that’s true the french side a little bit more expensive , but so much nicer and charming .
Regarding the « details » , we are very surprised as well : We were not on the island to greet them , so we had a manager welcoming them and staying at there disposal 24 hours /day for any question. The housecleaner is a lovely Lady from Dominica at our service with mutual respect for 3 years.
The pool is 23 ft per 15 ft , not olympic , not small but good sized for a 3 double bedrooms villa as it appears on the photos. The Lounge chairs are « Royal Botania » , one of the most luxury brand for outdoor furnitures . The villa is in the carribean ,by the beach , there are some mosquitoes at sunset , a little bit of repellent , screens on the windows and air conditionning keep them away .
They reserved a car throught Banana Location at 480 $/week , Kia 4X4 Sportage 2011 , all taxes , 2 drivers , insurance full ,free drive direct to the villa . You don’t find in saint Martin better price from serious renters. We advice this renter because he offers an excellent service , but of course guests rent from whoever they want ..
We love our Villa , we love Saint Martin french side for his beauty and his diversity . We try our very best to have the guest from any nationality feel the best during their stay in « Coté Mer »
Helpful votes: 4/10
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