La Samanna by Orient-Express, a beach-front resort in St. Martin, French West Indies, has announced the completion of its first phase of two seasonal updates. This Caribbean resort has introduced new room designs that are said to “bring the hotel back to its elegance and original splendor.” The two phase project will total approximately $8 million, and will be completed by the end of 2012.
In the first phase of the project, 50 of the property’s 83 air-conditioned guestrooms, suites and cottages were renovated with a new design concept that included new furniture, bathrooms, kitchenettes, floors, waterproofing, electrical and plumbing. Headed by Canadian firm Project 360, the design direction incorporated visions of the property’s original roots from its inception in 1972 with traditional whites with soft Mediterranean hued accents.
Each room now features original artwork by local artists, which depict scenes or locations in St. Martin and the Caribbean. Etchings from Caribbean artist Sir Roland Richardson, the property’s resident artist, hang in each room, and Richardson’s oil paintings adorn the walls of the property’s suites. In addition, artist Antoine Chapon, a 25-year resident of the island, is represented by his watercolor prints that reflect the local Caribbean culture.
Accommodations at the resort include traditional guestrooms, one- two- and three-bedroom suites, and three-bedroom cottages all with living rooms, dining areas and private terraces or balconies that open onto the beach. All suites feature television, DVD player, bathrobes, hairdryers, L'Occitane bath amenities, and fresh flowers. Two and three-bedroom cottages feature kitchens.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a collection of luxury hotels and travel adventures. Today, the Orient-Express brand has 49 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 24 countries.