NEWS FLASH...  as of October 10, 2017


On Sept 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma delivered a horrific punch to St Martin/St Maarten.  The north-eastern side of the island, where the strongest force winds are typically experienced in a hurricane, was severely damaged and/or destroyed.  Unfortunately, Orient Bay was one of the hardest hit areas of the island with battering winds of up to 185 mph.  The accompanying surge of sea water, sand and debris went almost as far back as the base of the mountain effectively covering the entire village area. 

All the restaurants and shops along the beach were completely obliterated, including Coco’s Beach Club and Bikini Beach Bar.  The residential buildings and hotels along the beach were severely damaged. Cafe Plantation opened on October 6, 2017.  Please click here for videos of Irma's damage to Orient Bay.

Hotel La Plantation sustained wind damage to several of its villas however, due to its elevated position relative to the beach, the storm surge did not make its way through the grounds.  Currently, La Plantation is hosting some of the French Military who are there to help with maintaining order and clean up on the French side of the island.  At this point in time the insurance inspectors are still assessing the damage and tallying estimates of the cost to make repairs, but rest assured, La Plantation will be restored and will continue to be the favorite hideaway to its many loyal, and much appreciated guests.

The current estimated date for receiving guests at several of the hotels in Orient Bay, including La Plantation (assuming all goes smoothly with getting permits, building materials, and laborers, etc.), is April 1, 2018, however, this date is subject to change in either direction depending on the speed of recovery. 

Please note that he resort will only start accepting guests when there are restaurants and beach chairs with service for its guests.  2018 may not see full recovery, but Orient Bay will still be a magical, relaxing place to vacation, and in fact, a visit before the crowds are back may prove to be an exceedingly enjoyable experience!

The good news is the resilient, energetic business owners and residents of SXM who rely on tourism as their sole source of income, are united in the goal of getting things back to “better than” normal ASAP!  The island has been in hyper cleaning mode (with help from Military) for weeks and every day gets better. There are about 60 restaurants open in the Cupecoy and Simpson Bay areas, and Princess Julianna is accepting limited commercial flights as of Oct 10, 2017!

We are firmly convinced that St Martin will be better than ever before!  It will be a safer, cleaner, more modern destination, but maintain its Caribbean charm and reputation as “the Friendly Island”!  Please contact us around December for a more accurate assessment for vacation possibilities in Orient Bay or other areas of the island.




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 Located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of the Caribbean island of St Martin, and in the heart of beautiful Orient Bay Village, you'll discover lovely HOTEL LA PLANTATION.This picturesque plantation style resort has been voted "One of the best small hotels in the Caribbean" by Caribbean Travel & Life readers.  It is located just a short stroll through tropical gardens to St Martin's most popular, award winning, animated Orient Beach.  This gorgeous stretch of white, soft sand and turquoise waters is lined with restaurants, bars, and all of the water sports one can imagine!  In short, fun, Fun, FUN!!

LA PLANTATION unites French West Indian charm with the comfort of modern amenities and personalized service, and features its fantastic gourmet restaurant "Cafe Plantation". This tropical oasis is one of the top St Martin hotels.  All accommodations of this hotel in St Martin are spacious, well maintained, and boast large terraces over looking Orient Bay Village and the Caribbean Sea beyond. Upper level suites and studios benefit from panoramic views over the bay and the surrounding Islands.   

Seventeen charming colonial style villas are nestled amidst 7.5 acres of lush tropical landscaping.  Each fully equipped villa comprises 1 Suite with full living room and kitchen, plus a separate bedroom, and 2 large connecting Studios with kitchenettes.  The studios are on either side of the suite and they may be rented separately or combined into a 2 or 3 bedroom villa for large families and groups.  All suites and studios are tastefully decorated in warm Caribbean colors featuring hand painted murals and freezes, batik art and original art work.



ORIENT BEACH is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent, talked about beaches in the Caribbean and proudly boasts its title: "The ST TROPEZ of the Caribbean".  Some have said "Orient Beach is one of the rare copies which beats the original....."  1.3 miles (just over 2 kilometers) of white, soft, coral sand beach is protected in part by a coral reef and the small Islands of Green Cay, Pinel, and Tintammarre.

The constant cooling trade winds and light wave action provide excellent swimming, snorkeling, and sailing conditions. A naturalist resort is located towards the southern end of the beach.  Check out what visitors are saying about Orient Beach!

On the main boulevard leading to the beach, discover the Village d'Orient...  Tap Five for all your grocery requirements, Jerome Rivaud Haird Salon and Beauty Institute, a snack bar and Ice Cream/Gelato parlour,   a news stand, tobacco shop, and a few clothing and souvenir boutiques, not to mention the 20+ great restaurantsThe well known and much enjoyed "5 Stars of Orient Beach" are our full service beachfront restaurants offering everything from snacks to gorgeous salads; burgers to full course entrees, all of which can be served to you while lounging on your comfortable chaise ...  Oh, and let's not forget those cool tropical cocktails to wash everything down with!  In addition to the 5 Stars, the Orient Bay Village offers a wide range of dining experiences from around the globe - Fine French cuisine at Côté Plage, delicious pizzas at Le Piment, Tex Mex at the Rocking Chair & flavors of the Orient at the Thai Chi Restaurant. The Chapel restaurant & Bar is open late into the night, the perfect spot for the after diner drink or dance.....

OTHER ORIENT BEACH HOTELS ... La Plantation Resort in St Martin offers studio, 1, 2 & 3 BR suites just a short walk from the beach.  We can assist with comparisons, rates and reservations at the other Orient Beach hotels.  These include the Caraibe Beach Hotel, Alamanda Resort, Esmeralda Resort, Caribbean Princess Condos,  L'Hoste Hotel, Palm Court Hotel, & Green Cay Villas

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