Luxury Studio, Beach/Pool/Kitchenette, from $495 wk. $85 a Day Wifi, Star Wars
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Orient Bay studio description
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The property was formerly a hotel (Hotel Mont Vernon) before being sold off as private apartments. We have completely renovated and upgraded our apartments so everything is new and finished with Hollywood style. With king bed, WiFi in every apartment, microwave, coffee pot, stove top, toaster, kettle, sofa bed, TV, DVD's and player, CD player, safe, and even a hair-drier. WE SPEAK ENGLISH AND LIVE ON SITE! So you can find us if you need us to solve a problem or give advice. What more could you ask for $495.00 to $795.00 a week? (taxes included)
Situated in private gardens adjacent to a spectacular beach, our 3 apartments are the perfect blend of ECONOMY and LUXURY. Ideal for a couple's romantic getaway, laze on the beach all day (a one minute stroll away), or swim in the HUGE pool, or play tennis, or just snuggle in our exotic king sized bed. For STAR WARS fans there is the added bonus... the owner built creatures for the Classic Trilogy and every booking includes a FREE autographed photo of him building Yoda for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! (Search Google for 'Nick, Yoda, St Martin' and see what comes up. Nick made 50 movies)
Because we provide high quality for low cost, our THREE identical apartments are heavily booked for popular months. We manage 3 other apartments in the same complex and OUR CALENDAR INDICATES THAT WE ARE BOOKED ONLY WHEN ALL APARTMENTS ARE FULL.
ADJOINING APARTMENT: communicating door can open up to accommodate larger groups of family or friends. They are one floor above ground level for added security and the grounds are patrolled by private security 24/7.
A stroll down the beach are shops and restaurants (half a mile) or we offer an economic hire car so you can explore the island. A sofa bed is available in one apartment for a child or third person.
Taxi's know the location known as Hotel Mont Vernon and we meet you at the former reception building. We have an arrangement with a car hire company at a very competitive price. They will pick you up from our location.
The apartments are located on hillside beside the beach. it is a short, pleasant, leisurely walk through private gardens (maybe 2 minutes) but not really suitable for wheelchairs or people with limited mobility.
Orient Bay aka Orient Beach aka Baie Orientale is St Martin's finest. Its a truly majestic setting with the mountains rising up all around and the islands of Green Key, Tintamarre and Pinel just off shore. The bay sweeps around an East facing blue water cove that is 2 miles long. A white powdered sand beach is protected from the Atlantic waves by a coral reef, and the sea bottom has a very gradual slope. The area has been recognized as a marine reserve, and I'm told that the snorkeling in the marine park is very good. ??The center of the beach is very developed. It is the most popular and the busiest beach on the island. Lined with tiki huts, colorful beach chairs and restaurants. There is a lot of action with many water sports facilities including parasailing, waterskiing and boat hire. Kite surfers often use this beach and its rolling waves are good for body surfing too. Here you will also find shops and restaurants, some with live bands on busy nights. You can stroll in the surf and view sun-worshippers in all shapes and sizes passing by. Strains of Salsa, Bachata, or Merengue music waft over you from the bars that dot the beach.??
The Bay is said to be made up of five beaches... Kontiki, Kakao, Bikini Beach, Waikiki and Coco Beach. But these names are used to define parts of one glorious sandy strip by referring to the nearest beach bar. In fact, Orient Bay boasts numerous restaurants, bars, shops and hotels along the beach.??At the farthest (Southern) end of the beach is Club Orient, the island´s only naturist resort. Clothing is optional in front of the Orient Club. In fact. nudity is considered permissible throughout the beach but not common at our end (a mile from Club Orient) except for early morning walkers around 8.00 am. ??We are at the QUIET NORTHERN END OF THE BEACH.
We have a fabulous pool beside the sea and Boo Boo Jam beach bar is about 200 meters away. There is a pizzeria, launderette and grocery on site and Grand Case, heralded as 'the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean' is about a mile away by road.
Keywords: Studio Apartment
- 400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Car Optional
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
- King size beds (1) All studios have king sized beds plus SINGLE sofa bed, Baby Cribs (1) Small crib with one set of bedding and bumper suitable for an infant (36x24 inch), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) one apartment has a 3 seat sofa converts to small single bed. Might accommodate two SMALL children. One at each end. The other has a full sofa bed which can accomodate two....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
We provide one set of linens and towels for the week. There is a laundamat on site where they will wash them if you wish or you can request extra for $25 to cover staff to wash and iron them....moreless
- Washing Machine:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite / Cable:
- Music Library:
- DVD Player
- Mobile Phone:
Location & View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Coin Laundry
- Outlet Shopping
- Gambling Casinos
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Adjacent to spectacular Orient Beach. Beach bars, restaurants and watersports are a stroll away along St. Martin's most celebrated beach. Also nearby is horse riding, a butterfly farm and rum factory. One mile to Grand Case, a village of restaurants described as the culenary capital of the Caribbean....moreless
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Home away from home!
Home away from home!
We just returned from our wonderful vacation in St. Martin! The main reason it was so awesome was our beautiful studio we rented from Nick & Gloria. The studio was exactly as the listing described, and was very clean and well taken care of. Besides having everything the listing said it would have there were also a few extra things in the room left by previous guest (books, sunscreen, alcohol) which were nice to find. We absolutely love Gloria, she was very helpful from the beginning. She booked our car rental for us, and our taxi from the airport to the studio. After we arrived she talked with us about the various activities and restaurants we should visit while on the island, which was very helpful. We loved the Butterfly farm which is very close to where we stayed. She also recommended Pineapple Pete's which was our favorite restaurant we went to while on the island. I think the best perk of staying with Nick & Gloria was going to there museum in Philipsburg. Nick has done some amazing work and we were thrilled to visit the museum for free since we were guests of theirs. We loved Nick's artwork so much we had to bring home a few pieces for our house. I would recommend staying at Nick & Gloria's studio if you want a place that has all the comforts of home but on a beautiful island! We cant wait to plan our next trip to St. Martin and we most definitely plan on staying here again!
- Guest Elizabeth D.
- Date of stay 11/18/13
- Review Submitted 12/01/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Place to be!!! Best Holiday ever!
Place to be!!! Best Holiday ever!
We had a Real Nice Holiday in this Apartment! It was the best Holiday we ever had! We come back soon :-) The weather is always Perfect and the Restaurants around this Place are all really tasty! We had a Lot of Good conversations with the owners! He is the Yoda Guy and worked in a Lot Hollywood Movies! Interesting to Hear how they were made! Trank u for the Nice Holiday and Service! The Appartement was absolutely clean and really Big enough!! See you soon :-) Best regards Armin
- Guest Manwithshoe (Germany)
- Date of stay 08/22/13
- Review Submitted 10/05/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, pet owners, people with disabilities, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks Armin. Come back soon! Nick
Didn't want to come home!!!
Didn't want to come home!!!
Renting from Nick & Gloria was a great decision! From my 1st contact with them, they responded very quickly every time I emailed them. The apartment was exactly as described & more. We love Orient Bay, & enjoyed our time. We used Gloria's driver Irving & he was at the airport waiting for us. He let us stop at the grocery store (which I highly recommend). If you do not use Irving & get your own car...I would highly advise not leaving your luggage in the car alone, we met a family that had everything stolen while shopping! The walk from the apartment was down a nice rocky walkway, no problems, about a 5 minute walk to the beach. You are on the very end & if you wish to go to the restaurants & bars on the beach its @ a 15 minute walk which we enjoyed every day. Being a VRBO owner as well, I greatly appreciate their desire to ensure our trip to St. Martin was spectacular & it was..already planning a return trip! Thanks again Gloria & Nick & my son loved his signed postcard from "The Yoda Guy!!"
- Guest Cheryl H. (-)
- Date of stay 06/24/13
- Review Submitted 07/02/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Having visited St Martin over 10 times, this was our first stay on the French side. I can safely say, we will be returning time and time again to the French side and specifically to this unit. Gloria was very accommodating and a wealth of information! Nick was pretty cool too. His museum in downtown Phillipsburg is a must see! The unit was clean, well represented in the photos, and situated in a very nice location. Within a short walk, we were at what I consider the most stunning beach on the island full of activities. Parking can be a bit of a chore if you tend to be "night owls" as we were but nothing drastic. Although we rarely used it, the pool is beautiful!! Nice morning pastry shop just down the street was a pleasant surprize. All in all I would say this was a nice change from the big box timeshare hotels and we sure hope we can find availability here many times more!! Thanks Gloria and Nick!!
- Guest Reviewer (Salinas Ca.)
- Date of stay 05/17/13
- Review Submitted 06/05/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank YOU guys. We are here when you're ready to come back. Nick
I was a little worried when I saw the affordable price of the studio, but when we arrived everything was exactly as described. It was the perfect size for a couple who wanted to spend the day exploring. It was a five minute walk to the most spectacular blue water you will ever see. We rented a car for the week from a company through Gloria and did not regret it for a second. It make searching the island a breeze. I highly recommend renting a car. The studio was perfectly clean and very quiet. Gloria, I need to find out the brand of sheets you use. I haven't had a better sleep in years. The kitchen was perfectly equipped for a small breakfast or lunch before heading out. We are definitely planning on coming back!!!
- Guest Jen H.
- Date of stay 04/06/13
- Review Submitted 04/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: "exactly as described" Isn't that how it should be? THANKS for the review. SEE YOU IN ST MARTIN! Nick
We can't think of enough great things to say. It was our first trip to the island and Gloria was a wonderful source of information about getting around the island. The room was more than we expected, clean, roomy and full of amenities. The location was just a short walk to wonderful beaches. It was far enough from the hustle and bustle of the towns, but close enough to all the places we wanted to see. They arranged transportation for us, which was one less thing we needed to worry about. We highly recommend this property and Gloria and Nick. They made the experience all the more enjoyable.
- Guest Lisha B.
- Date of stay 04/09/13
- Review Submitted 04/16/13
Owner response: Guests like you make it easy to be a good host. regards Nick
THIRD STAY WITH NICK AND GLORIA!!! This is one of the best finds on orient beach,we have stayed with nick and gloria three times and always been a great experience. Stuido is just as pictured,coffee,welcome basket and very well stock Gloria is a phone call away to help you with anything you need. .We spend our time on orient beach ( at le string a very cute beach bar with very freindly people who take good care of you!) it is one of the most beauitful beaches we have ever been on. Thanks Nick and Gloria plan to return again next year.
- Guest MARY GILLESPIE (ACWORTH GA)
- Date of stay 03/16/13
- Review Submitted 03/29/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: See you next year!
Beautiful affordable condo with caring owners in St. Martin. TOTALLY SAFE!!!!
Beautiful affordable condo with caring owners in St. Martin. TOTALLY SAFE!!!!
We just came back from our lovely vacation in St. Martin yesterday. We are so happy that we made the choice of coming to VRBO and found this wonderful deal. We also own a condo in Wells Beach Maine and rent, so we know exactly what we are looking for… Immaculate premises, caring owners who speak English, cooking facilities, all linens provided, and most of all safety. Well every one of these was met with five stars. The condo is actually much bigger than depicted in the photos. Plenty of closet space, bureaus, cleaning supplies… The owners Nick and Gloria live in another condo in this complex which was very important to us. They were only a phone call away if we had any questions. Gloria was extremely helpful, gave us tips before arriving, and gave us a wonderful orientation to the Mont Vernon complex. We loved the fact that we could cook in the unit, if we so desired. We did stock up on groceries on the Dutch Grande Marche and made quick breakfast and sometimes lunch in the unit. The room was immaculate. Small fridge, two burner stove, microwave, toaster and all cooking pans, plates… We had the balcony doors open when we were there, the ocean breeze would ventilate and keep the place cool and the sound of the ocean waves at night made a perfect beach atmosphere every single minute of our stay. We felt very safe leaving our things there every time we would leave the unit. There is security 24 hours a day. The beach was about a 1 minute walk depending how fast or slow you walk. There are steps you climb to get down to the beach. The pool was beautiful and very clean. Also, the unit it's close to every thing; A 7 minute easy drive to Grand Case and you can walk during the day on the beach to restaurants for breakfast and lunch. We are already saving to come back to this exact unit. Thank you Nick and especially Gloria for making this one of the best vacations we have ever taken.
- Guest Christie (Connecticut)
- Date of stay 03/07/13
- Review Submitted 03/16/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: You are welcome guys. We enjoyed having you here. But if you want one of the apartments WE own in high season, be sure to book early. We are already (march 2013) getting significant bookings for 2014. SEE YOU IN ST MAARTEN! Nick & Gloria
Relaxation in Paradise
Relaxation in Paradise
If you want a nice, quiet place to stay, then this is it. Price is right. Nick and Gloria are exceptional hosts. This was to be a business retreat and I was able to relax with the sound of the waves just a short walk away. If you are looking for a quiet getaway, then this is the place. Close to grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, water sports. You name it. It's close by. If you want a loud and noisy vacation, then stay on the Dutch side. For me, it could not have been better. I will be back. Thank you Nick and Gloria. You are the BEST!
- Guest Greg (San Antonio, TX)
- Date of stay 01/07/13
- Review Submitted 02/24/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: THANK YOU Greg & Erin. Look forward to having you back!
Of 5 trips to SXM, this was the best!!
Of 5 trips to SXM, this was the best!!
Karen and I arrived and were met at the airport by Gloria's "pet" cabbie, who stopped to allow us to get some groceries, before taking us to what would be home for the next 15days> The unit was better than described or reviewed, and was clean and in great repair. As others have said, this complex has lots of walking and stairs, and wouldn't be suitable for mobility challenged folks. The unit was well supplied, had indoor and outdoor furnishings, and all the essentials for our stay. Gloria was always a quick email or call away to answer questions, or give directions to great eating spots, and there are hundreds within a 15 min drive. A car is really reccomended, as cabs are not easy to in the quiet gated community, and in St Martin, rates double later in the evening. The beach is very quiet at this end, much nicer than the center strip, where bus loads of cruise ship passengers get dropped to spend the day, but if the bustle is what you like, it's a 10 min walk down the beach! Great little store on site, all the essentials, and dollar or euro is accepted everywhere you go. It's a condo, not a resort, so be prepared to look after your own garbage, luggage etc. Quiet, great views, great pool area, and the beach! it's all about the beach! We'll be back, or as the islanders say, " soon come"
- Guest laurie b.
- Date of stay 02/06/13
- Review Submitted 02/22/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Dec 23 - Mar 31 .. from $ 145/night .. $795/week .. MINIMUM 5 nights. Apr 01 - 30 .. from $ 125/night .. $695/week .. MINIMUM 5 nights. May 1 - Aug 30 .. from $ 100/night .. from $550/week .. MINIMUM 4 nights. SPECIAL! Sep 01 - Oct 31 .. from $ 95/night .. $495/week .. MINIMUM 4 night. Oct 1 - Dec 22 2011 .. from $ 100/night .. $550/week .. MINIMUM 4 nights. PRICES QUOTED = 1-2 ADULTS & 1 child. $15 a day for each extra occupant. Prior to reservation: subject to change without notice.
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- Nearest Ferry: to Pinel Island at 1 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Orient Beach at 150 Metres
- Nearest Restaurant: Boo Boo Jam at 100 Metres
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: In many ways we are a normal happy couple, eager to please our guests, eager to provide an above average apartment at a lower than average price. But it's impossible to describe ourselves without mentioning that we have an international following too. We are probably best known because Nick was a key contributor to the creation of Yoda for Star Wars. But Nick made 53 movies, (Superman, Highlander, Krull etc) and there is little that we can tell you that you won't find by simply putting 'Nick Maley' or 'Gloria Maley' or YodaGuy' into google. There you'll discover that Nick is also a renowned international artist, that we are listed on Yahoo as a 'famous married couple', that a lot of our past guests like to sing our praises (as you will see if you read our guestbook too), and that Nick has a following on Twitter / StarWarsYodaGuy. If you really want to know more you should check out the websites 'AboutNickMaley' and 'thatYodaGuy'. But the best way to know us is to come stay at one of our apartments or visit us at our Philipsburg art gallery and movie museum.
Why the Owner Chose Orient Bay:
St Martin/St Maarten stands out in the islands for several reasons... (i) there is more to do here. (ii) the governments spend more to upgrade the tourist product all the time. (iii) The restaurants are plentiful and VERY good. (iv) The duty free shopping is the best in the Caribbean. All these reasons add up to more tourists than other islands and so it is an ideal place for us to set up our apartments.
The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
They ask us to describe unique benefits guests enjoy while staying at our property. Unique is hard. There are other apartments close to the beach. There are other apartments with every amenity we can think of too. There are other apartments that have great style and other apartments that are a great price. MAYBE there are other apartments that provide shampoo and paper towels, beach towels and all the nicities that most owners forget. But all of these things combined... PLUS we have the highest number of 5 ***** reviews of any studio apartment in Orient Bay... PLUS staying with a Star Wars personality... now that's unique.
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romantic king sized bed. Cozy place to curl up with a loved one.
You have use of our superb pool, refurbished in 2011 and 2013
stylish kitchenette saves money on breakfast & lunch
view from the hilltop looks over Orient Bay to St Barts
...steps lead down to the beach and pool. 1.5 minute walk.
It is a glorious beach. This is the view from the beach to Pinel Island
Nick (apt owner) redesigned the pool area in 2011. New pool liner fitted 2013
Apt owners Nick & Gloria live onsite. Nick, 'that Yoda Guy', worked on Star Wars
Nick & other team members & Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina creatures they created
Our guests get a free autographed photo and free admission to the movie exhibit
fabulous duty free shopping in Philipsburg, jewelry, electronics and more.
These are large studios with lounge area and balcony or patio
we are at the quiet end of St Martin's best beach, Orient Bay. 1+ mile of sand.
lounge/TV area 9309. Tasteful tropical style design by a Star Wars personality.
refurbished bathroom. Simple elegance.
stroll through our private gardens, with security personnel on site 24/7.
You can stroll the beach to bars, watersports and restaurants
snorkeling at Pinel Island. Ferry to the island is 1 mile away. Great day out.
Designer refurbished studio apt 9309.
Photo from 1978. Nick was part of a team building Yoda, Chewbacca & many more.
Nick is invited by Lucasfilm & Official Pix to sign autographs at Celebration VI
St Martin is famous for spectacular landings at Dutch side international Airport
superior apt 9322. What you see is what you get. Quality & friendly service
beautiful, peaceful view across the lagoon to the mountains
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