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28 Bd de Grand Case, Grand Case 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
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#3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Case
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The secret of Le Shambala Luxury Lodge & Gourmet Restaurant is tucked away inside its exclusive seaside location in the heart of Grand Case, a former fishing village. Le Shambala offers romantic and gourmet stays in an exceptional setting with direct access to a white sand beach edged by turquoise waters and a terrace of its gourmet restaurant or Sand Bar, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Caribbean Sea.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian
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Ken L wrote a review Nov 2018
Delta, Canada189 contributions96 helpful votes
This is my second attempt at writing a review on this place. We had arrived from a wonderful week on Anguilla, from a great spot. We were treated like royalty there. However, at Le Shambala we were very let down. We had pre-paid for our stay, in a room with its own private courtyard and plunge pool. Looked pretty good once we got into the room and space. But the pool didn't look cleaned. We contacted management and they said sorry, no pool service or cleaning until at least tomorrow. On second day I grabbed a net and did some clean up myself as the pool needed it badly ... and the pool was finally serviced on the third day. Note to readers ... the main pool shown in their feature photo, in front of the ocean, is not cleaned at all ... looks like a frog pond once you are there. False advertising in our opinion. We moved two wicker chairs out onto our patio from inside the room to laze by our own plunge pool. When we returned later that afternoon we had a very unpleasant and rude letter left by management warning us not to move indoor furniture onto our patio ... it was wicker ... we did not see the problem ... but thought the tone of the letter was very bad for a host. My wife got very ill after eating some undercooked shrimp made at the Le Shambala bar. We told the bar server that we needed a new batch made, but he said that's how the cook makes them. That evening we went through all our toilet paper supplies. The next day, we went searching for anyone to help us retrieve additional toilet paper, but found a couple of notes on gates that no staff would be on hand that whole day ( probably a Sunday ). We found that strange that the place had absolutely nobody there all day and all night... including no cleaners nor security. Weird. We decided on day five of our 8 day stay here to move to another place. We found it unfriendly, terrible service, and rude management. We found a place down near Orient Beach, moved our stuff there, and found it extremely better. So I wrote a Trip Advisor negative review on Le Shambala, posted it, and immediately went back to Le Shambala to try to get a refund on our prepaid stay. I was hoping for 3 day refund, but would have lived with one night refund. When I arrived I had security come over to me immediately, and guide me to the bar to meet with the owner / manager. I informed her we were checking out this morning after the poor hospitality, the lack of staff on hand, the lack of even toilet paper, and the bad shrimp served to my wife that made her ill. She told me we owed about $100 on our bar tab, including the meal my wife got sick on, and refused any refund. She also had her security guy go out and chain up my rental car so I could not leave. I was informed it is illegal to abandon a room with no luggage left there ... even though the room was prepaid long before our arrival, and we effectively should still be able to use the room for the next three days. I was threatened by her telling me she would call the police if I did not pay the 100 bar bill tab, as well as immediately remove the Trip Advisor review. I wanted at least two nights room refund at this point ... or I would keep the keys to the room until my official check out date. I went outside to check if my rental car truly was chained up, and it certainly was ... chained and locked to the building. Eventually, under threat ...including physical threat by her security dude ... we came to an understanding that if I erased the trip advisor review, they would refund my credit card for one nights stay and no bar bill tab would be owed. With us having our rental car chained up, and the threat of police possibility messing up at least a day of our trip ... I worked on erasing the trip advisor review ( not easy I must say). I was treated in the most rude manner through this whole affair. When I went outside, I still had to remove the chains off the car myself ( lock was opened by this time ) ... but I noticed the security guy get in his jeep. I then exited Grand Case, and then noticed the security guy and his jeep following me. I had to run evasive tactics for a half hour before I believed we lost him. This was scary, we were concerned if he did successfully follow us, we would get roughed up at our new location, so we were anxious the rest of our trip. The owner and manager of this falsely advertised place should not be in the hospitality industry. She is rude, uncaring, and most unfriendly ... and does not know how to operate even a AIRBB. Avoid this place !
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Date of stay: February 2018
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CGasca wrote a review Sep 2017
Louisville, Kentucky2 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I checked in, and were happy with the suite. We had reserved the Saba Suite, and it is lovely. After a long day of travel, we were happy to snuggle up in the comfy bed. However, just a few short hours later, the mattress was literally leaking water onto the floor. We had no choice but to sit up for the rest of the night, as there are no staff on the premises, and we had no contact information for the owners. In the morning we alerted the staff as to what had occurred, and that we needed assistance immediately. They contacted the owners, who did not arrive on the premises until almost noon. The female owner arrived, and was extremely rude, even to the point of accusing one of us of wetting the bed. It was clear what had occurred- there was something spilled onto the mattress, and someone had washed it off, assuming that the mattress was dry after a period of time. When we laid on the mattress, it acted like a sponge that's dry on the outside, but the liquid wicked up and began to drain. It did not smell of urine, and I shudder to think of what it may have been. It was a miserable night, and we ended up wasting the entire morning waiting on the owners. I demanded that we be compensated the night, but the female owner continued to belittle us, and acted put out by our request. In the end, we were compensated, but it was handled so poorly, and we were so insulted by the way in which we were treated, that I would never recommend this property to anyone. In fact, when I mentioned that I was going to be writing a poor review, the owner began to taunt us as "Americans, always threatening us to write a bad review", and this was said with contempt.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Aust537 wrote a review Jul 2017
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
My husband and I stayed at Le Shambala last week and were very impressed with the location, rooms and overall quality of this wonderful boutique resort. We also dined at the restaurant, food was delicious and both thoroughly enjoyed our meals that were of an extremely high standard. In an area were there are a lot of dining options we found Le Shambala to be a stand out. Great bar to watch the sun go down. highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JenniJohn-MrCarib wrote a review Jul 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom60 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed in the Saba garden suite. It is a good size and private. The suite which consisted of a large room with a huge comfy king sized bed, two fitted wardrobes, good sized television, plus table and chairs, was well furnished and clean.The bathroom has two washbasins and was really stylish when it was originally done, but it did feel like it needed a bit of tlc. The shower fitting was damaged/faulty and needed fixing, but there was not anyone around to report it to. At breakfast on our first morning the person serving us did not look happy to be working. He did not explain anything about the menu or converse with us in any way. He looked like a sullen student that had been forced to work for the holidays. Despite this the continental breakfast was fine. There was another employee who I remember from my last visit who was really helpful and on the ball. There is a sign advising the restaurant is closed on Mondays. It is actually closed on Sundays, or it was whilst we were there. There were absolutely no staff around after breakfast on the Sunday we were there. This was the day of the worst storm the island had seen for a while. We did not know if there were other guests in the hotel and there was no information about who to contact in an emergency. I think this information is essential and should always be available to guests. All things considered we did feel a little let down after this stay. It was not as good as our previous stay three years ago, but we would go back because we still think it is one of the best places to stay in Grand Case.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Room Tip: Try to get a suite with a pool. It costs more but it's worth it.
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benstull01 wrote a review Jun 2017
Champlain, New York4 contributions
We had a wonderful stay at Le Shambala. The property is beautiful – with a modern chic style. Our room come with a private pool and garden. The breakfast was very good. The location is perfect for walking to all the restaurants and bars of Grand Case. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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CaribbeanSt Martin / St MaartenSaint-MartinGrand Case
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Frequently Asked Questions about Le Shambala
Which popular attractions are close to Le Shambala?
Nearby attractions include Tijon Perfume Creation Experiences (0.2 km), MerSea (0.5 km), and Art Of St Maarten (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Le Shambala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Le Shambala?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Le Shambala?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Le Shambala?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Le Shambala?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistrot Caraibes, La Villa Restaurant, and L'Auberge Gourmande.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Le Shambala?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Le Shambala?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Russian.
Are there any historical sites close to Le Shambala?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Amsterdam (10.0 km) and Wallblake House (11.6 km).