Just 11 miles away from the international airport, and 6 miles away from Marigot, the French side main town, the Hotel Marquis is perched on top of a hill overlooking the Anse Marcel cove. With only 17 rooms and suites, Hotel Marquis offers a stress-free and relaxing environment. Temperatures average 74F in the Dry season from December to May, and an average of 81F in the Wet season from June to November. When threatened by a hurricane strike, one should expect a 2-day displacement from evacuation to safe return. A vast selection of shops, galleries and boutiques makes this port of call a hot stop for cruise-loosened shoppers. The prices are in dollars here, too, so there are no surprises at the register.
Perched on a hillside overlooking Anse Marcel Cove, the hotel does not have a proper restaurant but does work in partnership with all the cove restaurants. In each one of them, you can sign your bill so it can be charged directly to your room. Stillness, intimacy and personalized service . Make your own menu with the treatments of your choice or opt for one of their day care. Antillean Restaurant with Creole specialties: grilled chicken, curry goat, curry conch, chicken sate (peanut sauce), shrimp scampi, Mahi-Mahi, fresh red snapper, banana chocolate cake, moderately priced. Homemade rum punches, prepared by well known native chef Carl.
The drive offers some breathtaking panoramic views that you won’t want to have missed to take on picture. A short walk from the parking at the entrance of Anse Marcel will take you to this fabulous beach that is facing the northeast coast of Anguilla. This is not the location for people that want a lot of action (long drive from the nightlife of the dutch side) but the beaches on the French side are more beautiful. The hotel manager Bernard was very good to us and even provided decongestants when we had none and informed us of local tours and restaurants that were amazing. There is a walk to the beach, but to be honest that beach is nothing compared to Orient Beach which is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. I would recommend renting a car and heading to Orient.
Within 5 minutes drive there are 4 golf courses (discounts with preferred tee times), horseback riding and diving. Three restaurants on the property range from casual beach dining to eclectic New Caribbean cuisine. Anse Marcel is a pleasant, upscale beach for couples and families. In addition to having to drive everywhere but to dinner, this was the biggest surprise for us. Not only are the two ATMs each a 10-15min drive away, but all of the restaurants expect cash tips (no line on the credit slip for tips) so you go through cash very quickly.
Many guests are attracted to the great shopping, restaurants and casinos the island has to offer. Martin villa renters will find they can enjoy both sides of the island no matter the location of your rental. Nonetheless, there are planty of places to stay and plenty of restaurants in the area and as the photo on the right shows, one of the prettiest little harbors on the island. That’s Little Cay and Pinel, great for laid back sunbathing and snorkeling. King size bed and an amazing view of the ocean, Anguilla Island and the marina. Room with sofa bed or cathedral ceiling are available on request.
C Le Restaurant offers appetizers and lunch during the day and transforms into a gourmet French/Caribbean restaurant and lounge in the evenings. Guests can also enjoy breakfast and dinner at Le March, our market-style bistro eatery featuring a brick oven pizza rotisserie. There are several mountains with the tallest being Pic Paradis (424 m/1400 ft) on the French side. St Maarten was never an island with lush vegetation, which is due to a lack of rain and rivers. La Veranda serves French and Creole dishes for lunch and gourmet cuisine for dinner. It also has a beach bar.