Upon arrival, we were very pleased with the property. The view was breathtaking! Well maintained and very nicely decorated, we enjoyed our week there. Palm Beach, Anguilla, Marigot and Pinel Island were all easy destinations and were very enjoyable. The restaurants were all good--we did not have a bad meal--Spiga, on the French side, and Mr. Busby's just down the hill, were our favorites.
We just got back from our honeymoon in St. Maarten. We stayed at Villa Arches, and it was simply AWESOME. The views are breathtaking. I could go on and on, but just read all the reviews. Picture yourself grilling some steaks, drinking a Carib, and looking out at that view. Enough said..................just book it!
We've stayed at the Arches three times over three years and have had the chance to explore St. Martin quite a bit.
We keep returning to the Arches for a number of reasons. First, the location and views are perfect. You can get to the busy "touristy" areas near the port and airport in 10-20 minutes, if you have some reason to go there. There are several large grocery stores within a 15 minute drive (keep in mind you are only going 35mph on small roads- the distance is very close and the drive is fairly easy). Of course, you can just go down the hill to a small grocery store with more limited selections.
What sets apart the Arches from other properties is the sense of privacy. The house is secluded and you have a grand view of the harbor and even the adjoining island of St. Barths. Yet, you can be at the french bakery or the creperie in 5 minutes. Also, if you want to avoid people, you have isolated beaches very close by but you can find a "party beach" at Orient Bay in 10 minutes. The best food in the Caribbean can be had in Grand Case, the birthplace of French nuevelle cuisine.
The house itself is well designed and the kitchen is just like you might have at home. Fully equipped so you can make as grand a meal as your vacation can stand. The house is well suited for a couple or a group and each room has its own private balcony. The only problem you might have is getting yourself out of the pool to tour the island. And if you don't- you've still spent your time well.
It was wonderful. Great location with beautiful views and warm breezes. The villa is so relaxing we had a hard time leaving and seeing other places on the island. The property is very well maintained with wonderful caretakers and gardener. The pictures and descriptions of the property are accurate. We loved hiking up and down the hill the house was on. We hiked down for pastries and french bread each morning and up the mountain in the afternoon to work it off! We loved the restaurant Big Fish right down from the villa in Oyster Pond and we made several trips to Grand Case. Loterie Farm was a great place for a hike and Pinel Island was a wonderful place to spend Christmas. Great trip with lots of fun family memories made.
The villa was just as expected and in a great location in St. Martin on the Dutch side but about a 2 minute drive and your on the French side. Great location near 6-8 different restaurants within a 3 minute drive. Big Fish, Canoa, and Mama's pizza were my favorites all near the villa.
The property was clean and well kept, and the view was beautiful. I recommend spending the day at the beach below the villa. There are plenty of chairs/umbrellas to rent and a beach bar/restaurant right on the beach. My 6 and 9 year old loved the waves for boogy boarding and myself and husband enjoyed snorkeling a little further out (although the water was quite rough the days while we were there).
We took the ferry to Anguilla one day and Pinel Island another day. They were both great, relaxing trips.
I highly recommend this villa as it is a great place for a reasonable price on a beautiful island! You will love staying here.
Loved this place. The villa is everything as described. This is a MUST DO for anyone looking for a great St. Maarten visit. We will be back and we will stay at Arches again...met and exceeded expectations. We have stayed throughout Caribbean and this is a 5 star stay for sure!
The Arches was even beyond our expectations w/ a spectacular view from the villa & pool as well. We would have been totally happy to spend the entire trip @ the villa. The accomodations were perfect for our group of 6 . The setting could not have more romantic as my daughter got engaged overlooking Oyster Bay by the pool.
All of the restaurants in Oyster Bay, only a 5 minute car ride, were superb .Our day trips to Orient Beach & numerous adjacent beaches allowed our young adults to engage in parasailing & other water sports. We even went on a snorkeling charter trip for a 1/2 day w/ Captain Alan which included swimming w/ sea turtles which was beyond description.
Put the arches on your bucket list.
We stayed at the Villa Arches in January with our extended family. If you like to get away from the hustle & bustle of busy touristy areas you have come to the right place. You will find the villa exactly as it is described, with all the space, views and amenities. The villa is clean and well maintained. We liked the two separate buildings as the master suite is separated by a swimming pool and it gives you extra privacy.
We did take advantage and walk down to the beach for some swimming, especially our 7 year old grand daughter liked that, however it is a steep walk back up. This property is ideal if you are planning a holiday with other family members or other couples. There are some steep stairs as the villa is on a hillside so it is not well suited for toddlers. All in all a great experience!
The Arches was as advertised, clean, well equipped and well maintained. It is in an ideal location in Saint Maarten, Oyster Pond, overlooking Dawn Beach. I looked forward to waking up to spectacular sunrises with the Island of St. Barts in the distance. The Arches offers a master suite in a separate house away from the main house so it was great for vacationing with my adult daughter, son-in-law and grandchild.
You look out from your hillside location in a private community to ocean views and scenic vistas. Nothing on the island is really far away including Orient Beach and Grand Case, a little village with wonderful "island" French restaurants. My wife and I would walk from the house down the hill to the beach in a matter of minutes and the walk up was a bit of a challenge, but still pleasant. A supermarket on the French side was about 20 minutes away and one on the Dutch side about the same but more traffic. Having Circumnavigated the island, it is my opinion Oyster Pond is the best St. Maarten location.