La Samanna by Orient-Express in St. Martin completed the first phase of an $8 million redo. Fifty of the property’s 83 air-conditioned guestrooms, suites and cottages were renovated with new furniture and upgraded bathrooms, soft furnishings and artwork.
All suites feature TVs with DVD players, L'Occitane bath amenities and fresh flowers; two- and three-bedroom cottages are equipped with kitchenettes, as well.
The second phase, set to begin in August, will include upgrades to the main building lobby, restaurants, lobby bar, public areas and beach furniture. The property will remain open during the renovation.
Nightly rates range from $995, double, for an oceanview room to $9,500 for a four-bedroom villa. All rates include breakfast; kids under 12 stay free in their parents’ room.
The hotel closes seasonally from Sept. 1 through Nov. 1.