Belmond la samanna is an award-winning secluded haven offering luxury, elegance, relaxation, and enjoyment on the french side of st. Martin. The resort offers an enviable beachfront location with stunning views of the caribbean sea. Belmond la samanna is located on baie longue, a private white sand beach reserved exclusively for resort guests, providing several opportunities for ocean recreation, water sports, diving and boating. The central part of the island has a hill chain with dry forests covering its tops and slopes, and there are trails for hiking or horseback riding. Both sides of the island offer a variety of stores, shops, malls, and boutiques selling duty-free products at low prices. French st. Martin is known for its rich french and caribbean cuisine, while dutch sint maarten is known for its vibrant nightlife, gaming casinos and jewelry shops. Belmond la samanna is continually ranked among the top 10 hotels in the caribbean, bermuda and the bahamas for its exemplary quality and service. Recreation, water sports facilities and services are outstanding and include kayaking, tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing, jet skiing, wake boarding, wave runners, charter boats, island tours, sailing, deep-sea fishing and sightseeing. The resort offers superb french and caribbean cuisine. La reserve restaurant has opulent, open-air dining with panoramic views, while la cave wine cellar offers one of the most extensive wine collections in the caribbean. Room service is available 24 hours daily. The resort features a full-service spa with an extensive range of treatments along with a full service beauty salon. Other facilities at the resort include a beautiful fitness center surrounded by glass and bougainvillea, two outdoor swimming pools, meeting and event facilities and services perfect for exclusive meetings, social functions and weddings. Outdoor venues include the ivory sand beach, lush gardens overlooking the ocean and the pool terrace with panoramic views of the caribbean sea. Belmond la samanna offers 83 guestrooms and suites located on 55 acres of breathtaking beachfront, each featuring an extraordinary view of the caribbean sea. Gracefully designed and elegantly appointed with the most luxurious of furnishings, all rooms and suites evoke a french spirit with a caribbean soul. All rooms and suites come with private terrace or patio, air conditioning, ceiling fans, direct dial telephones, voice mail, cable tv with news and movie channels, dvd player, personal safe, exclusive bath amenities, large desk, dual voltage and open signature wardrobe closet. Some rooms and suites offer connecting rooms, cd player, kitchen area, fax machine, separate living room, separate bath and shower and rainforest showerhead. Many offer access to a furnished rooftop solarium and/or private plunge pool.