We decided to try a different approach for our annual time in St Barts this year by first staying a couple of
days in St Martin. Additionally, after staying at Les islets de la plage for 20 years, this year we are trying a
smaller resort called Les Ondines located on Grand Cul-de-sac.
After much research we chose a small resort called Grand Case Beach Club on the French side of St Martin.
The resort was clean and well appointed, but the main attraction was the beach and easy walking distance
to at least 20 restaurants. It turned out that the resort had an absolutely fantastic restaurant on site called
the Sunset Café, and we ended up dining there for the two days we were in St Martin. It is only a 5 minute
taxi ride to the Grand Case Airport where we took a St Barts Commuter flight to St Barts.
Raphael, from Les Ondines, met us at the airport and had arranged a rental car for us. He took care of all of
our luggage and had it in our room waiting for us. In the mean time we stopped at a couple of grocery
stores on our way to the hotel. We soon understood why all of the reviews of this resort on Tripadvisor
give them five stars!
Our room is on the second floor and is very well appointed with new appliances and furnishings. The
bathroom is spacious with double sinks, a tub and walk-in shower, as well as a water closet with both a
toilet and bidet. We have been able to leave our doors open which allows a nice breeze to move through
the unit during the day. The hotel is small with only six rooms. It has a small pool which we enjoy. For the
most part we have been content to stay at the resort while other guests are off discovering the beaches.
Our balcony is spacious and we never tire of watching the kite surfers speeding about the bay. Our kitchen
is fully equipped and we have been dining in more than on previous trips.
The bird life on this part of the island is a bit different than around the St Jean area, and I have been adding
species to my Gallery of Birds. I have gotten several great photos of an osprey, and in fact a close up of its
face has become my avatar on several bulletin boards I enjoy.
My photos from this trip are located in this Gallery.