|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sitting on the beautiful beach of Grand Case, Sea Shell Apartment looks over the Caribbean and Anguilla island. The two level apartment is in a perfect location for a couple to enjoy a romantic escape right on the waterfront. Walk into Grand Case along the beach for gourmet restaurants, beach bars and nightlife. The interior is furnished to a very high standard and has a cinema/lounge area with flat screen TV, DVD & DVD library, dimmer lighting throughout the apartment, air-conditioning & ceiling fans on both levels. The limed solid oak /granite kitchen enables you to enjoy meals at 'home' when you prefer just to be alone together. The dining area also has a comfortable teak day bed to relax and enjoy the stunning views. Upstairs, the light and airy bedroom (with reading area) has a king sized bed with top quality mattress and 100% cotton top grade linen, also benefits from Caribbean sea views. Plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. Beautiful his 'n' her shower rooms, one on each level.
Sitting on the beach: Seashell sits on the sand of Grand Case Bay towards the quieter southern end, close by to Le Petit Hotel. It is about a five minute walk into the village from here along the beach. The exotic sea birds (frigates, pelicans, egrets) catch fish straight ahead and are a fabulous sight to see. Yellow sugar birds (les sucriers) and hummingbirds visit the interior garden daily. We will happily recommend where we like to eat and give directions to deserted beaches, preferred beach clubs, etc. Our manager can arrange additional services such as laundry, flowers and grocery delivery, to be paid locally. Our guests have confirmed to us this is a very special place for two people to come and experience French Caribbean beach life, escape the winter and relax. This is a perfect location to arrange side trips to Saba for scuba diving and to enjoy island hopping to nearby islands Anguilla or St Barth's.
Water Sports Activities: Water skiing and wake boarding in the bay, snorkeling straight from your 'back yard' as just to the left there is a small reef or we can help you arrange a trip over to Creole Rock (national marine reserve in the bay) where you might catch sight of rays, starfish and turtles. Dedicated activity specialist for water sports, boat trips/charters/fishing trips available (who can also communicate by email to make arrangements before your arrival). Paragliding, kite-surfing and surf boarding are available at Orient/Galion beach, which is about a seven minute car ride away.
We were just at this beautiful apartment in February. The view is spectacular from the kitchen and the bedroom. It had everything you needed plus extra's. There is no noise from the street all you hear is the ocean. Its within walking distance to the restaurants and stores. The apartment is very nicely decorated and Jeanie who takes care of the apartment was very helpful and always there for us. It certainly is a glimpse of paradise!!
The photos are what sold me! The photos are real to life. The ocean beach is right there in front of the apartment. It is very bright and beautifully decorated and appointed. It is very clean and maintained. The manager was friendly and took good care of us. We had to wait a while at the car rental office to get the car. But when we got the car and got our keys to the apartment things went very smoothly! We love French restaurants and there are many fine ones about 3/4 mile away to walk to. Parking is hard and it's often better to pay in US cash at the expensive restaurants. Otherwise everything was perfect for us.
The property was stunning. The pictures don't do it justice. The condo had all of the comforts of home and many upgrades throughout. The owner was incredibly helpful with all of our questions both before and during the trip. She gave us great advice on where to eat and what to do. Grand Case itself was the perfect mix of relaxation, amazing views, and laid back atmosphere along with many high end restaurants. We walked the beach every morning to local bakeries, spent a lot of time snorkeling (equipment was provided with rental), and in the afternoon enjoyed cocktails at many of the close by beach front bars. We would definitely consider renting this beautiful condo again!
The most relaxing holiday we have ever had! The apartment really is right on the beach and being able to wake up to that view of the sea every morning is an unforgettable experience. The apartment is very well equipped with everything you could want/need for your stay. We spent days laying on the beach and swimming in the sea and every evening wandered down the beach and sampled one of the wonderful array of restaurants just a 10 minute walk away. We didn't venture any further around the island as there was everything we needed so close by. So peaceful and relaxing, even at Easter weekend there was still only 20 people on the beach!
What an amazing experience! It started with an effortless booking with Sally (owner) and then she provided tips and suggestions for what to do including drivers and restaurants. We used most of them and it only made our time in Grand Case that much better.
Having never been to Grand Case my boyfriend and I did not know what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Seashell and greeted by Jeanine (property manager). The apartment was spotless and comfortable. Being right on the beach was perfect for us as we are beach bums. We loved being able to go outside and swim first thing without having to pack anything up! We appreciated all the little things: coffee already in the unit, beach chairs for our use, beach towels (large and small) and it was also nice to have a contact on island should anything be an issue. We spent happy hour on the rooftop deck watching the sunset and seeing Grand Case light up with the colors was unbelievable. What a gorgeous setting!
We loved that we could walk down the beach to the town for lunch, dinner or shopping which we did often. The Rainbow Cafe was our favorite lunch spot on the beach. The seafood is super fresh - I had the best grouper. We also really enjoyed Calmos Cafe and actually went there for 2 different nights of live music - Sunday and Thursday. Definitely make reservations. Calmos was recommended by Sally (owner) and it was wonderful.
All I can say is go to Grand Case! It's a welcoming, beautiful town with wonderful people and my boyfriend and I cannot wait to go back next year and stay at Seashell.
If I could give this vacation more than 5 stars, I would. Working with Sally was a joy. Although I only know her through our e-mails, I feel like she is a friend. It was obvious that she wants her guests to fully enjoy their vacation. She was quick to respond to my e-mails and before we left, she sent an extensive list of recommendations for excursions, restaurants, transportation, etc. Jeanine was the contact person in Grand Case and she was also very nice and so helpful. They don't call this the "friendly island" for nothing!
The condo itself is even more beautiful than the pictures show. It is right on the ocean and the views are breathtaking. There are floor to ceiling windows on the first floor, but our favorite spot was the balcony upstairs which had 2 lounge chairs and a table with 2 chairs for dining outside. The condo was stocked with most everything you'd need - beach bags, hats, snorkeling gear, etc. We really didn't do any cooking, although the kitchen was fully equipped. The restaurants in Grand Case are too good to be missed! A week wasn't long enough to sample everything! There is also a bakery close by, which is what we did for breakfast several days. There are a few small grocery stores within walking distance which carry most of the essentials, but you may have to travel a little further if you plan to cook big meals.
We didn't rent a car and found we could walk most everywhere, either on the beach or down Grand Case Blvd. We did one catamaran excursion through "Funseaker", which was excellent. We were there mainly to relax and get away from the winter weather so we had no problem spending the week primarily in Grand Case. Marigot is a short bus ride away and taxis seemed to be readily available if you want to venture out of Grand Case for the day. We brought both euros and dollars with us, although most places accepted either. The restaurant bills usually had the amount due in both euros and dollars and it was up to us to decide which we wanted to use.The exchange rate is very good right now so, although some restaurants did a 1:1 conversion when paying cash, using the credit card wasn't that much more expensive.
Although we'd been to St. Martin before, we'd never spent any time on the French side. After this trip, I can assure you we'll be back - hopefully staying in this lovely condo again! Thank you Sally & Ian for sharing your beautiful home with us!
On the north west French side of Saint Martin you will find Grand Case, known as the 'Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean'. It is a quaint Creole fishing village which is situated on a long sandy bay facing Anguilla island. Sea Shell Apartment is privately owned and has an excellent manager who will advise and try to look after your every comfort, taking care not to intrude on your privacy. Take a wonderful five minute walk down the beach to the sleepy-by-day beach bars for a cocktail and view the beautiful boats on the bay and in the evening enjoy the 'joie de vivre' which gives this village a unique atmosphere of the French Caribbean. Already popular with those in the know - especially the yachting community, it is fast becoming one of the preferred vacation destinations on the island. Well situated to visit other places of interest, i.e., Ile Pinel (5 min ferry ride), Orient Bay, Friars Bay, Baie Rouge, etc. Daily ferries to Anguilla or St. Barth's from Marigot Marina (10mins by car).
Other Activities: 18 hole Golf Course at Maho - 20 minutes
Gratuity for Housekeeper: Usually between $50 - 100, at the guests discretion.
Internet & US TV channels are included for high season.
We require a deposit of 50% to reserve with final payment 60 days before arrival. If for any reason guests have to cancel we are only able to refund providing we re-let the same dates less an administration fee of $100.00
50% deposit on reservation and final 50% due 60 days before arrival. Payment is by international wire, easily arranged. The owner recommends travel insurance to cover all eventualities in case of cancellation.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.