This was my second stay at Esmeralda and will continue to return! The deluxe rooms are well worth the small additional fee - close to the beach, etc. Having a small market within walking distance was nice, rum and groceries readily available! L'Astrolabe, the restaurant on the property, was excellent for dinner and reasonable with regard to the euro-dollar exchange rate. The beach is, of course, over the top! Very quiet on one end and busy at the other - something for everyone. Early morning walks on the beach were a perfect start to everyday! From the friendly staff to the villa style accommodations to Orient Beach, this was yet another perfect week in St. Martin!
On the plus side, the staff was super friendly and helpful. The room was large and clean. It was very quiet where we stayed, yet very easy to access the beach and nearby shops. On the down side, we had a bit of difficulty finding the resort at first, since it was not mentioned on any of the signs until you entered the village to which it belonged. Also wi-fi, while free, did not provide a strong signal unless you were right on top of the main office. We were also able to get a free breakfast every morning, however it only included bread, fruit salad, juice, and coffee. Eggs, cereal, or yogurt were all available at extra cost. And while our room was more than satisfactory (we booked a villa with pool view), I would advise against paying for an ocean view as we couldn't identify any such villa.
Great location with a very short walk to the best beach on the Island. We rented a car in advance to be able to freely travel from the French to Dutch side.....roads can be bumpy but navigable. Food quality was excellent and diverse from road side grills to fancy French. Be sure to ask in advance what the dollar to euro rate is and when in doubt use a credit card (you should get a fair exchange).