Amidst winding gardens of hibiscus, bougainvillea and coconut groves, this Spanish, mission-style resort provides intimate accommodations in a laid-back setting overlooking Orient Bay. Stroll along the white-sand beach, dine in one of the appealing restaurants, swim amidst the charming pools and then return to villa-style guestrooms for some rest and relaxation.


French St Martin - Beach
Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles Juliana (SXM) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1992
Last Renovation: 2007
Accessible rooms: 2
Floors: 1
Total rooms: 65


Resort Details

Onsite Dining

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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating 473 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great stay

    My teenage daughter and I really enjoyed our recent stay at Esmeralda. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We always had good service. The room was HUGE! The continental breakfast was lovely and sufficient. The negatives: we had NO A/C the first night. I thought I was going to die. We didn't have any working Wifi in our room either. The next day our A/C still wasn't working. Maintenance came right away and turned out our breaker inexplicably tripped. It did it twice more (but then I knew what the problem was and had to fix the breaker myself) and after that it was fine. I'd rather thought some amount would have been deducted from our bill because it was miserable! But there was no consideration given. And, while our room was lovely, it was quite a hike from the beach but I guess the exercise was good, notwithstanding the heat! Taxis are just ridiculously expensive (which is not the fault of the resort of course), but you can't really walk anywhere for dinner, so it would probably be advisable to have a car.

    Aug 12, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very nice resort

    Great service & friendly staff. Huge room with kitchenette & terrace. There are 4 rooms in each building & has its own pool surrounded by secure clear glass & lounge chairs. Restaurant is amazing at the resort services breakfast included & dinner. Beach is a short distance walking & hotel has free cards for the chairs & umbrellas. On the beach are 3 separate beach bars & restaurants with chairs & umbrellas. Kontiki beach has amazing food.

    Jul 29, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice first trip to St Martin

    The Esmeralda was probably just what I expected it to be after doing a lot of research online of places to stay while visiting St Martin. I understood going in that they are still in the process of recovering from Hurricane Irma. The service at the hotel was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. The few small issues we had during our stay were immediately addressed. We stayed in a large suite (421). Overall the resort was nice, but it did not wow me. For the most part the room was clean, although I felt that the bathroom floor was a bit dirty in the corners and around the legs of the vanity. On the grounds of the resort we felt very safe, but we were discouraged by locals about walking to and from the village restaurants in the evenings. During the day safety was not a concern at all. We walked to Orient Beach each morning on the path from the resort property. Of the 3 restaurants currently open on the beach, we really liked "Kontiki". This is one of the places that is partnered with Esmeralda to offer free beach chairs and umbrella. The food at Kontiki was by far the best of the 3 options. Each day after a few drinks we walked down to the nude section of Orient Beach just for the experience. Orient Beach is beautiful, with a fun vibe. We were there during low season, so the crowds were small. Beach towels were provided by the hotel for a $60 deposit, we thought that was a bit extreme, but we were happy to have towels provided. The restaurant at the resort, Astrolabe, was outstanding. We ate there each morning for breakfast and 2 times for dinner. We were very impressed with both dinners. My only complain about the restaurant is they insist that you order your whole meal at once rather than allowing you to order starters first followed by entree orders after as needed.

    Jul 02, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    comfortable and clean hotel on Saint Martin

    Pros: - Through a tour operator we have received a good price of around EUR 160 a night; - Rooms are clean and pretty large; - We were upgraded for free to an ocean view room; Other guests have told us that President Macron has been sleeping in the same building last year; - The area is secluded and protected by a private security firm; - While the hotel and beach restaurants are quite pricey, a number of local eateries exist in the nearby town (eg Good Morning) with average French prices; - Renting a beach chair at three different places at Orient Bay beach is included; Cons: - This is not the fault of the hotel: Orient Bay beach is sadely infested by a lot of sea weed (Sargassum); the western beaches of Sint Maarten have been less affected; - US-Americans primarily stay in this place; They are quite loud; It explains also why the hotel wanted to see our credit card at check-in (everything was prepaid through a tour operator); As average Europeans we are in no need of ordering champagne at the beach and getting it charged to our room; We dont do that; We recommend the hotel to stop this credit card nonsense with their European guests;

    Jun 15, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    beautifull little paradise

    used to go to Riu all included but this place is destroyed so we went to esmeralda resort, the place is beautifull, kind of little cottage with private pool, the staffs are simply polite always ready to help and advised, very clean , thanks to gastien, audrey and Anne which were very nice to us. just beside a wonderfull lillte french aera with restaurants bars and grocery, very warm and friendly place.

    Jun 04, 2019