Couples return year after year to celebrate their anniversary, to toast the bartenders who remember their favorite drink and to applaud the front desk staff when they book dinner reservations at a romantic bistro on the adjacent Grand Case restaurant row. Tried and true, word of mouth is the best recommendation at the Grand Case Beach Club in French St. Martin.
A little French and a little English, it’s no surprise the hotel boasts a forty-five percent repeat visitor rate with loyal guests coming from all over the world including the USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Holland and the neighboring islands of Anguilla, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe and Martinique. “The USA remains our major market,” says Jean Francois Billot, financial manager, “but due to increased flights from certain cities we are now seeing more guests from as far away as Montana”.
Working at the property for seventeen years, Jean Francois or “Bill” as he is known around town, is also an eternal romantic extolling the virtues of a wedding in the Caribbean. “We encourage romance especially at the hotel,” he smiles, “we have at least one wedding a month from an intimate ceremony on the beach to a grand celebration.”
Whether in the Sunset Café, barefoot on the sugar white sands of Petite Plage or high atop the sea in the hillside gazebo, weddings are pure paradise at the GCBC. With decades of experience, the staff will gladly arrange all wedding details from the legal paperwork and ceremony details to the menu for the rehearsal dinner and gorgeous tropical flower arrangements at the reception.
Back by popular demand, “Honeymoon Magic” is a great package for honeymooners and vow- renewal takers. Chockablock with amenities from non-motorized water sports to a delectable breakfast each morning, the package also tempts with a picnic basket pour deux, one day car rental and a souvenir beach bag. Rates per couple start at $560.00 for three nights and $1,220.00 for a seven-night stay through October 31 and $665.00 and $1,465.00 from November 1 – December 22.
Take a Bow
- TripAdvisor awarded GCBC the 2012 Certificate of Excellence.
- Apple Vacations bestowed its “Golden Apple” to GCBC in recognition of “highly favourable” ratings by travelers.
- For the fourth consecutive year, GCBC earned a spot on Expedia’s “Insiders’ Select List”
- Orbitz recognized the resort with its “Best In Stay” award.
The Little Extras
- Couples are treated to a bottle of wine on arrival.
- A delightful Continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
- A gratis shot of homemade coconut rum after dinner hits the spot.
- For a light dessert that also looks pretty, the pineapple Carpaccio marinated in ginger is a winner.
- Every room has a balcony or patio with kitchenettes ideal for whipping up a midnight snack.
- Fabian at the Creole Rock Water Sports kiosk fluffs up the cushion on your sun lounger as you enjoy a dip in the sea.
Watching the Weather
In the unlikely event of a hurricane, a plan is in place for guests whose honeymoon is either cancelled or cut short due to the wrath of Mother Nature. If an official evacuation is ordered, couples receive a complimentary stay for the same number of nights.
This means if newlyweds are booked for seven nights and must evacuate after four, there will be no penalty for the three unused nights and a voucher will be given for a seven night future stay. If a hurricane warning is issued for the island of St. Martin, the resort will waive the cancellation penalty and either refund the full deposit or change the reservation to a future date.