La Samanna: The Sanctuary of St. Martin

Words by Belmond Editors

La Samanna: The Sanctuary of St. Martin

View from the cool stone lobby with undulating ceiling, chandelier and pool, out to sea where a boat floats in the blue.

Perched above Baie Longue, La Samanna is a place where elegance and tranquillity mingle in perfect harmony. Step inside our legendary hotel, in the heart of Terres Basses.

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE a more idyllic retreat than La Samanna. Perched above Baie Longue, St Martin’s most spectacular beach, this cluster of stylish rooms and villas is as inviting as the crystal clear waters they overlook. They’re a place where elegance and tranquility mingle in perfect harmony. Whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs conjure the rustic charm of the Mediterranean, while waves softly lapping against the shore below sing a song of paradise. 

Your stay at La Samanna will calm and rejuvenate both body and soul. Meditate in our lush tropical gardens at sunbreak or turn to our resident yoga teacher, who’ll guide you through a relaxing morning flow. 

Slip into an otherworldly realm of relaxation at our al fresco spa where only the most luxurious French products are used. Our two pools are ideal for a cooling dip, before sinking into a hammock as the Caribbean’s unspoiled environment captures your heart. 

With sugar-white sands and aquamarine waters, Baie Longue is the jewel in St Martin’s sparkling crown. Explore the coastline by kayak or pick up a snorkel and bob below the water’s surface. Refuel at the LaPlaj where our chef makes the most of market-fresh, local ingredients. And finally, if the sun becomes too much, retire to one of our luxury cabanas. Each is fitted with internet, personal showers and sun loungers. 

Our beachside L'Oursin Restaurant is among the West Indies’ finest. Here, enjoy traditional French cuisine with a bold Caribbean accent before exploring La Cave, a 15,000-bottle cellar and a must for wine connoisseurs. It’s the ideal spot for private dinners, with an expert chef who can curate a personal tasting menu and wine flight. 

Come sunset, the Caribbean sky transforms into a watercolor of pinks, purples and gold. Luckily, each one of our rooms—whether it’s a beachfront suite or three-bedroom cottage—has ocean views, so you’ll never miss nature’s most magnificent show. 


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