“This elegant grande dame and her more intimate little sister ooze history, comfort and style in chic Saint Martin, with leafy, rose-speckled gardens”
Rooms in both buildings are large with high ceilings and big windows, and their names - La Reine, Le Roy, Milady, Buckingham - hint at the level of grandeur you can expect. Those in La Baronnie have antique woodwork, metres of period-style fabric and deep-pile rugs to give you that lord-of-the-manor feel; those in Bien-Etre are generally more rustic, with tongue-and-groove panelling and pastel colours. Most have queensize or twin beds, with triples and family rooms sleeping 4 also available.
Our favourite room in La Baronnie was Madame de Sévigne, a Superior Room with opulent 18th-century style and wonderfully verdant views. The turret room, Tour des Amis, was our least favourite: the space is tight, there are steep stairs and the décor is very simple, though it's the only room with a view to the sea. The less expensive courtyard rooms are also lovely, but you trade the terrific green view for a cobblestone one. These are Family Rooms, some ideal for a couple with a child, others sleeping 4 in a double bed and bunk beds.
In Bien-Etre we particularly liked Le Loft, a Luxe Room with glorious garden views, a bright interior and ample space for lounging around. Also especially appealing is the romantic Pavilion Princesse, another Luxe Room, which has a four-poster bed and is hidden away in the garden. We stayed in a Superior Family Room, Rose de Parme - beautiful in a restrained, almost English country house way, with cream walls and fabulous pink toile soft furnishings. It has 1 double bed and 2 singles (all deliciously comfortable), the latter set back in a sweet curtained recess to give more privacy.
Bathrooms throughout are decently sized and well-equipped, but not extravagant. Most have showers only; all have hairdryers. There's no air conditioning, but the proximity to the sea keeps the temperatures from getting too sultry.
Breakfast is served buffet-style in the dining room or, weather-permitting, in the gardens. It's a traditional, simple French spread: croissants and jam, fresh bread, cheese, ham, eggs, fruit, coffee and fresh orange juice. Paper napkins have replaced linen ones - unfortunate but understandable, since on-premise laundering uses so much water.
Tea time in the garden, or anytime for that matter, is very relaxing and comes with biscuits, if you ask. There's no room service, but each room has a minibar with soft drinks and you can order coffee throughout the day; there's also a bar for wine and evening aperitifs.
No other meals are served, but there are plenty of restaurants in lively Saint Martin. Good recommendations include Bistro du Marin for lunch, La Sarassin St Martin for delicious galettes, and Le Serghi for dinner. All are located near the harbour, just a short stroll away.
The décor is not the most child-friendly, but kids of all ages are welcome. Parents had their children on quite a tight rein when we visited, but this might change during family holiday time (mid-July to September).
A variety of Family and Superior Family Rooms with combinations of double, single and bunk beds are on offer, baby cots and extra beds are available on request, and babysitting can be arranged.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
No under 18s are allowed to use the spa facilities.