Great location. Cute property
Nice place. Clean. Walking distance to small shoppping area, and the beach (Bikini Beach). Just a general worming not related to this property: a lot of mosquitoes in St Martin this year. You have to take mosquito release with you or buy in the stores of St Martin. Just talk to locals. Overall: great vacation!
Stan P. Jan 2017
Beautiful house beautiful location! The owners are great! Pierre met us at the house when we arrived. Natacha was working so she could be there for the check in but made a special trip over to introduce her self and to make sure everything was ok. The house is beautiful and very well kept. It’s a couple minute walk to orient beach, restaurants, a few shops and my favorite macaroon bakery. We would highly recommend staying here you won’t be disappointed!
TripAdvisor user Jul 2016
A very good stay and Mandala
Prior to arrival useful general information on property and area was provided. Natacha received me at the property and explained everything very well. The house, property and swimming pool were clean and in good order. When an issue occurred with an AC unit, it was looked after immediately. Arrangements for departure were also simple and convenient.
Berda from Nevada, USA May 2016
Home and location were both perfect for our group of ten! Plenty of room for kids to play and adults to relax. Short walk to bakery for daily baguettes and croissants. Beach was beautiful and only a five minute walk. As stated by others, owners are incredible and sincere in making your vacation enjoyable! Thank you
GoGriffs, Buffalo, NY, USA Mar 2016
Great experience in great location
We had an excellent time! Eight of us– in our 30s/40s, stayed for about a week and we really enjoyed the Villa. Short walk to food, supplies & the beach made it a great location for us. No need to leave the area–We enjoyed the pool and took full advantage of the BBQ & fully equipped kitchen. The owners were very easy to deal with–accessible, responsive, accommodating & pleasant. Thank you N & P! The villa is well appointed and has some gorgeous furniture & decor from Thailand. We would recommend without hesitation and may very well go right back next year.
Bill A., New York, NY Mar 2016
A wonderful stay!
Stayed in November 2015 — We had a wonderful time here. The house was spacious enough for our extended family, very well set up, an easy walk to the village and the beach and Natacha was a delightful host. Highly recommended!
Fatijah C. Feb 2016
A beautiful vacation with balmy breezes and warm weather.
Stayed in January 2016 — We had a beautiful vacation in a beautiful home by the sea. Short walk to the beach and village filled with small shops including restaurants and morning breakfast places with good food and wonderful french coffee and croissants. The home was everything we wanted it to be and fit our family of 5 grown children with spouses and mom. We enjoyed seeing the island, but if you didn’t want to you didn’t have to leave Orient Bay. The girls found the pool to be a favorite and they were also at the beach a lot of the time. The house was very easy to live in with spaces for everyone to do their own thing. The girls said they took too many clothes and everyone is looking forward to going back.
Shirley F. Feb 2016
Villa Mandela, the place at Orient Beach!
There were 8 of us, and the layout of 3 rooms with large king beds and 2 rooms with two smaller beds worked out perfectly. We all know sometimes the pictures for vacation rentals do not depict accurately on the web site, this one absolutely does! This villa is beautiful, it is very well maintained. Natacha and Pierre, the owners, were a joy to deal with. Any questions I had, were quickly answered. The location is awesome, it is less than 5 minute walk from the beach. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance. Try La Table d’Antoine, or La Voile Blanche, but there are many more! I highly recommend this property!
Raisa K., Seattle, Washington Mar 2015
Stayed in April 2015 — This villa was truly perfect for us. We had a total of 4 adults and 2 children, 5 and 3. The proximity to beautiful Orient Beach and the local shops and restaurants was just great. This was our second stay at this villa. Natacha was accommodating and helpful during our stay. Pool was great for afternoon relax time. Grand Case world-renowned restaurants were a short drive. We will certainly be back.
Ryan W. Apr 2015
Fabulous 50th Anniversary Celebration
Stayed in March 2015 — What a wonderful villa to stay in while we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with our two daughters and their families. Since we live in different parts of the USA it was so great to come together at Villa Mandala, just a 6 minute walk from the sea. Our days were spent on the beach, visiting the island and savoring French cuisine. The pool was a nice place to slide into after a long hot day sunning, surfing or shopping. The 5 bedrooms and 4 baths were perfect for our family of 9 and the kitchen and living space is modern and comfortable. I would not hesitate to return for Natasha is a gracious host and so easy to deal with as you make your reservations. There is a modern grocery store just two minutes north of the villa on the way to Grand Case and we found everything we needed and more for the meals that we cooked for ourselves. When we wanted to eat out there were at least 7 places around the plaza on the way to the beach, 5 minutes away, all offering European and Asian meals. There was never a concern for safety as the villa is protected by gates and heavy doors and there is a safe to lock up valuables. We were relaxed, comfortable and extremely happy the whole week!
Karen Rosasco Apr 2015
Wonderful property 5 minutes from the beach
Stayed in February 2015 — We visited with a group of 10 adults. The villa is spacious, modern, and comfortable with a beautiful pool. Its a close walk to many great restaurants / bars / etc. Natasha was wonderful… one of our group members left speakers there and she mailed it back to the U.S. Overall it was a wonderful vacation and would stay there again.
Group of 10 Apr 2015
Just like being home
Stayed in April 2014 — Very comfortable place, walking distance to the beach for most people, nice beach bar there by the sea. Breathtaking water. Lots of dining options. Very clean comfortable Villa in quiet neighborhood. Wish we had stayed 10 days instead of seven. We’ve already confirmed the villa for a 10 day vacay in October 2014, and looking to go again in April 2015, so that should say it all.
Definite value for the money. The only thing I wish was that there was 5 bathrooms, 2 couples had to share a bathroom. But we knew upfront it was 5 beds and four baths. The listing was accurate concerning the amenities. Television is mostly in French, so toss the remote away unless you can understand it. We cooked a lot at the villa, groceries on the French side are very expensive ($4.50 for four hot dog buns, 8.49+ for 10 oz of bacon). We had better luck grocery shopping in Phillipsburg, prices and selection were better than the French side (brand names we were used to), about a 10 -15 minute drive from the villa. Nice little boutique at wai ki ki beach not far from the villa, stop in say Hi to Jenifer, tell her Richie, Bobbie and Pete sent you. The only reason I rated this Villa 4 Stars and not 5, is because there probably are other properties that are better, but we were very satisfied with the value which does deserve 5 stars.
Family from USA May 2014
Great property, perfect location.
Stayed in March 2014 — Had a group of 9 friends aged about 28 through 42 for 10 days from March 3 2014 through the 13th. The place has 5 bedrooms: 1 – Ground level by pool with large bed, seating area, and shower/toilet. 2 – Ground level by pool with bed (queen i think), shower/toilet, and a washing machine. 3 – 2nd floor with large bed, large bathroom/shower, opens to balcony. 4 and 5 are on 2nd floor and both have 2 small beds. There is a shower and small toilet room to share among these bedrooms.
The place was very clean and every room has air conditioning. The location is PERFECT, it’s on the beach side of the Orient Bay area (the other side of the main highway goes up a giant hill and would be a pain to walk across). There is security at the entrance to the Orient Bay area, which is nice, the guys were there 24/7 checking cars coming in and out. The property is about a 5 minute walk to the beach, we spent a LOT of time at a place called Sun Beach for beach chairs, drinks, and awesome food.
During our stay, the Internet connection went out due to some construction in the area, but the owners graciously hooked us up with a friend who took us out on a nice boat ride as compensation (even though it was not their fault). One thing to note for north American tourists, there is a maid service but it is not like being in a hotel or condo property. The maid did a load of laundry and tidied up just a little bit, but expect to have loads of laundry going for bath and beach towels; I am not sure if the linens on the beds were refreshed during our stay, but maybe they were. Either way it was no big deal. Also, for the ladies, there are hairdryers in the bathrooms, so don’t bother lugging one down and trying to use a power transformer. My girlfriend’s hair iron worked just fine when plugged into my power transformer which was only 200 W. Most other electronics worked OK with just a European plug adapter (not an actual transformer, but i wouldn’t risk it).
Overall we would certainly stay here again, this is a great location and property!
Group of 9 Mar 2014
Five Star Rating
Stayed in February 2014 — Beyond our expectations! Pierre and Natacha are perfect hosts in a perfect place. Orient Bay is an ideal location and there are so many great places to eat and things to do less that 20 minutes from Villa Mandala. Easy access to grocery stores and ATMs. Pleasant and accommodating people at Bikini Beach with reasonable prices and all necessary amenities less that 5 minutes to great beach. Thank you so much for a great vacation.
Happy guests Feb 2014
Minutes to beach… very nice!
Stayed in November 2013 — Recently, my family along with close friends of ours travelled to St. Maartens to Orient Bay. We stayed at Villa Mandala for one week and extremely enjoyed our well kept and updated villa. Natacha the owner was there to meet us upon arrival with our keys and gave us a small tour. There are 5 bedrooms 3 with queen beds and 2 with twin beds which only kids can sleep in. They are small. Perfect for families travelling with small children. Two bedrooms are downstairs outside on pool level. you can not access them from inside the house. The other three bedrooms are in house. There is a large porch with large table that can seat up to 10 people for dinners and entertaining. We enjoyed all our meals when staying at the Villa for non restaurant nights. The kitchen is updated with a gas stove as well nas a full size fridge. There is also a dishwasher which was handy for saving time to do other things lijke go to the beach. The pool is clean and spacious for kids to play and adults to chill.Convient outdoor shower when you have just come from the beach to rinse off and a gate to villa to help with privacy. The approximate time to get to beach from Villa is less than 10 min. Very easy. There is also a small outdoor square consisting of 4-5 restaurants ranging from French cuisine to Italian to fusions. Le Pimento was very good and carries a very large menu. Orient Beach was very nice and there is a charge for beach chair and umbrella rentals for the day. Try to wager a deal with places running rentals. Sometimes they will work something out with you and maybe even throw a free beverage in with the deal. Sand is like brown sugar, water is turquoise and warm. We enjoyed travelling everyday in our car rental because everything was within a 20 min drive. Marigot, Grand Case and Philipsburg. We had a wonderful time. Thank You Natacha!
Kitchener family Dec 2013
Excellent location and great villa
Stayed in March 2013 — Great villa, very spacious and minutes away from Orient Beach. I went here with a group of (graduate) classmates and we were happy with the villa. The twin beds rooms are def. for children/teenagers and I would say it is ideal for 6 adults (two per bed). The rooms were very spacious, and Natacha was really helpful!
Would def. stay here again… great experience
Giselle, Gescot, USA Apr 2013
Stayed in March 2013 — Came here with a group of classmates (graduate school) for spring break. Loved that it was near Orient Beach. The rooms were nice but fair warning the twin rooms are def. for kids. The villa was really nice, high end, and spacious. Good for 6 adults (2 per bed).
Gescot, New York City Apr 2013
Stayed in November 2012 — We’ve stayed in Villa Mandala twice. The first time for one week and the second time for two weeks. The villa was immaculate and was filled with many extra amenities. It is very close to the beach, a five minute walk to be exact.I would say that a couple of the best features in this rental are the amenities, the spacious accommodations, the location and the privacy. Also, it is very easy to reach from Princess Juliana Airport and is very close to Grand Case. It is also in a very safe location due to the gated community. The owners, Pierre and Natacha are two of the friendliest people in St Martin. They addressed any problems promptly. I already booked two weeks for next year. WE LOVE VILLA MANDALA, NATACHA AND PIERRE.. Joyce and Dean
Joyce and Dean Mar 2013
Amazing place, amazing vacation!
Stayed in March 2013 — This villa was the perfect resting place for our large extended family vacation. Short walk to best beach in St Martin, nice neighbourhood for walking/jogging, restaurants and shops close by if you do not want to rent a car for excursions that are further away. Grand Case is about a 10 minute ride by car, so you could always get a taxi if you want a night or two out of the Orient Beach neighbourhood. The villa was really clean, really well equiped, and easy to find. We can’t thank Natacha enough for her generous hospitality and welcoming smile. Mille merci!!!
RB from Canada Mar 2013
Early December stay
Stayed in December 2012 — Villa Mandala was a great place to stay. Large, clean place with a wonderful kitchen and a pool. The balcony with the table outside was also nice. The house is located a short walk from the beach, which was perfect. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends, Villa Mandala was perfect for our needs as a group of 10. Also Natacha was great to work with.
Julie M. Jan 2013
Wish I owned this place!
Stayed in November 2012 — We just returned from 10 days in St. Maarten staying at Villa Mandala. I would definitely stay here again. Just as advertised – a spectacular villa and great location! Our party only had 4 people (after a few cancellations), but there is plenty of room for more without feeling crowded.
The newly renovated kitchen has all the latest appliances – very very nice – you will not lack anything for preparing meals! Less than a 5 minute walk to the beautiful beach – 2 grocery stores very close (although a rental car may be necessary if you choose to go anywhere beyond the immediate location).
Very safe location. Laying by the pool is perfect – eating outside on the long dining table was great every morning. WiFi available (although it was difficult to pick up in the downstairs bedrooms at times). No doors on the showers is interesting – may be a French thing that Americans may not be accustomed to. If you are not eating out, you will need to buy provisions to stock the place for your desired length of stay.
Highly recommended – and would definitely stay here again!
Keith (email provided on request)
Keith (USA) Nov 2012
Stayed in April 2012 — Very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay very much. Everything was wonderful. Owners were super nice and accommodating. The villa was extremely secure, never had to worry about leaving valuables while we went to the beach. Orient Beach was only a 7 minute walk. We rented the car as well and it was perfect for navigating some of those tight spots in Grand Case and Marigot. I would highly recommend the villa.
Happy guests Jun 2012
Stayed in April 2012 — Spent one week in this lovely house. Wonderful time, great location and Natacha was an very nice host. Only a 4-5 minute walk to Orient Beach. Grand Case with many restaurants is 10 minutes away by car and it is an easy drive to Phillipsburg. There is no view of the water from the house but otherwise a great place to stay. Would highly recommend staying here.
Tom (Cleveland, OH) Apr 2012
Perfect house in an ideal location
Stayed in February 2012 — My family and I just returned from our week long vacation in St. Martin and we are so pleased that we chose to stay at Villa Mandala. The house was very clean, well maintained and had all the amenities we could ask for. We were six adults, one teenager and three children and we had plenty of room in the house and surrounding pool area that we never felt too crowded. All the room are beautifully decorated and the house looks like it has just been completely updated. The location of the house is perfect as well. It is about a 5 minute walk to Orient Beach and a 5 minute drive to a super kid friendly beach with great snorkeling. The small village at Orient Beach has a bakery, small grocery store, pharmacy, ice cream shop and several really good restaurants and bars. We walked down to the bakery every morning to get fresh bread and croissants which were sooooo good. Natacha was a pleasure to meet and she was very easy to communicate with during our planning. If we plan another visit to St. Martin I would not hesitate to stay at Villa Mandala again. Thanks Natacha for a fantastic week!!!!
Amy G. from Lafayette, CO, USA Mar 2012
Stayed in April 2011 — I just spent a week in this villa and have to admit it was fabulous! The living room/dining area is soo open and perfect for a large family/group. The kitchen was just redone and has all the latest amenities one would need. Beautiful! The rooms are great and everything is immaculate. The long table on the patio was perfect for group breakfast/lunches.. while overlooking the pool. There’s wireless and you are only a 7-8 min walk from beach and main strip. The owner was super sweet and extremely accommodating.. The photos here do not do it justice.. If I ever go back to Orient Bay, I’ll def be getting this villa again. Highly recommended.
Brigitte from New York, NY May 2011