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By Kim on 06,13 2017 at 07:35


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Review #17790193 “Villa Pinel waterfront , private beach just in front Pinel Island /St Martin ”

Wonderful stay at Villa Pinel
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a very enjoyable stay at Villa Pinel. Veronique was great to work and very responsive to questions / concerns before and during our stay. The photos represent the villa well and the property is nicely maintained. I never grew tired of the view of the bay! The A/C in the bedrooms worked great and the beds were comfortable. I was impressed by how well stocked the kitchen was with dishware, glasses (all kinds!), and silverware. Lots of bowls, pans / pots, utensils, and decent knives for cooking too! A good array of spices and pantry staples in the cabinet. It was very easy and fun to stay in and cook dinner! It was very easy livin' at Villla Pinel!

Reviewer location
Cincinnati, OH
Date of arrival
May 26, 2017

By Jason on 03,08 2017 at 09:04


Review #16988505 “Villa Pinel waterfront , private beach just in front Pinel Island /St Martin ”

Fantastic!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a very enjoyable week at Villa Pinel. We've rented many places in many locations over the year, and this villa is far an away the best stocked, maintained and presented we have experienced. Everything you need is there for you - it is a good kitchen for making a nice dinner, and the gas BBQ is in like new condition. Anything we could think of was close at hand.
The view is absolutely stunning -the pictures do not do it justice! Our children really enjoyed the pool, which is large and was always refreshing.
We took day trips in our car to many of the popular locations on the island (you will want a car) but enjoyed most the lazy days where we simply kayaked to Pinel Island in the morning and enjoyed the service at Karibuni. Pinel Island is a very special spot.
Veronique is running a very professional operation, it is like checking in to a boutique hotel, but the space is all yours. We will be back.

Date of arrival
February 25, 2017

By REX on 02,21 2017 at 07:33



Review #16892045 “Villa Pinel waterfront , private beach just in front Pinel Island /St Martin ”

PERFECT Family Getaway!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Wow! This villa was everything we hoped for and more! Veronique was wonderful to work with leading up to our vacation as well as while we were there. The villa was perfect for the 7 of us and the view was absolutely incredible! The location was perfect and we loved going into Grand Case and Orient Bay for dinners. We loved using the kayaks and went over to Pinel Island 3 times during our stay (the beach was one of our favorite)! Veronique also helped put us in touch with Chef Jerome who cooked one of the best meals I have ever had on our last night in the villa. We cannot wait to be back one day soon and would highly recommend this villa for anyone considering visting SXM.

Date of arrival
January 14, 2017

By Rex on 02,15 2017 at 07:51



Review #16841760 “Villa Pinel waterfront , private beach just in front Pinel Island /St Martin ”

Everything we hoped it would be... and more!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Four couples shared Villa Pinel and we had a fabulous time. Veronique delivered on every representation made in the listing. Nothing was overstated. The Villa itself is even more beautiful than the photos portray. The bedrooms and living space were roomy and comfortable, and the amenities(kayaks, grill, maid service, kitchen provisions , towels, etc.) were plentiful. On the rare occasion that something we desired wasn't readily available, Veronique was immediately accessible to assist.
The Villa's location is outstanding. It is a little off the beaten path, so it would be relaxing for those who want to enjoy a little solitude. Our group was looking for activity and good food and drink, however, and remarkable boating, paddling, hiking, climbing, snorkeling and other activities were at our doorstep in the Reserve area and Pinel Island. Extraordinary restaurants were available at nearby Grand Case and Orient, but our favorite meal of the trip was an impromptu lunch prepared and enjoyed on the Villa porch when we acquired a beautiful Mahi from Veronique's son, a fisherman who docks his boat at the water's edge.
I had some reservations about mosquitos based upon reviews I had read before our trip, but they were not an issue for us at all during our trip.
We rarely return to the same vacation location twice, but I am sure that we will make an exception for Villa Pinel. It was an outstanding experience.

Date of arrival
February 7, 2017

By Véronique on 01,24 2017 at 19:02

Review #16720652 “Villa Pinel waterfront , private beach just in front Pinel Island /St Martin ”

Breathtakingly beautiful spot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is an extraordinary place to stay. We had a 10 day stay in Villa Pinel, and from the outset were awestruck by the view and the accommodations.

Pros:
-Veronique is very prompt to respond and was always helpful with her suggestions and recommendations.
-The Villa itself is well designed, with good-sized bedrooms, comfortable beds and a terrific patio. Guests have use of 3 kayaks, which were used daily to paddle in the bay and out to Pinel for snorkeling.
-The view looks out onto Petite Clef and Pinel Island, dotted with moored sailboats. You could sit for hours on the patio and never tire of the scenery, or take it in from the beautiful infinity pool.
-The Villa is located in Cul de Sac, near markets (such as the well-stocked Cocci market), and Grand Case, which offers up great dining options.

Cons:
-Having to leave.

Staying here, I'd recommend renting a car to get around and it'd otherwise be a good walk to the markets. While some reviews refer to mosquitoes, we found this to be a non-issue, in part because there was a steady gentle ocean breeze. Very highly recommended!

Date of arrival
December 21, 2016
By Dan Mathews on 11,04 2014 at 19:44

Review #9557650 “Best view on St. Martin”
This home was the best rental we could have ever found. It is very well appointed with all the cookware and glasses one would expect in their own home. The views of the Cul de Sac Bay Area are phenomenal especially from the infinity pool with a cold one in hand. You have use of kayaks to make your daily trip to Pinel for sand, sun and food. We all loved it. As fabulous as the villa is the thing that pushes it over the top is your hostess, Veronique. She and her husband live next door and are willing to assist with dining reservations, babysitters (ask for Bamboo) and whatever you can dream up.
Last comment, we had our whole family including a 2 yr old grandson on the trip, one major concern in booking any villa was his safety around a pool. It was a great relief to find out that the pool is well designed with limited access. It made us all much more at ease with him wandering around with no danger of him falling into the water.
We cannot say enough about wonderful Villa Pinel.

By Melissa on 12,13 2013 at 07:37

Amazing home, breath-taking view

Villa Pinel is an amazing vacation get away! Veronique was so helpful from the time we first contacted her - she responded to all of our questions prior to the trip, coordinated our arrival, gave easy to follow directions to the Villa, was available for questions throughout our stay, and had some wonderful treats for us when we arrived. The villa was perfect: the location was beautiful, the setting relaxing, and we had everything we needed. There were snorkeling masks, fins, life jackets, pool/beach toys, beach chairs, towels, and best of all, the kayaks. We kayaked to Pinel Island on two different occasions and it was fantastic! The water is so calm in the cove that it made for an easy ride - we even had kids (18 months - 11 yrs) with us. We also enjoyed our "stay-home" days. The water was shallow and calm so that it was safe for the older kids to snorkel, paddle-board, and kayak nearby. I highly recommend Villa Pinel for so many reasons!
By Greane Lane on 04,16 2013 at 08:36


To All ....our stay at Villa Pinel April 2013

We found the Villa Pinel website after trawling through houses for lease in St Martin.

Little did we know at the time ....we had hit the jackpot!!
The website is no exaggeration on the actual experience
Villa Pinel is fitted out with all you require for relaxing free holiday,beer fridge, wine fridge, Nespresso coffee machine plus all you need if you want to cook!!

Why St Martin...we knew it was direct non stop flight from Paris ...so it suited our family get together from , Australia, Singapore and London.

And we knew that the French side of St Martin was the better half to stay?

From day one of our inquiry Veronique was charming and full of helpfully information

Villa Pinel with 4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms was perfect for our family reunion, of 4 adults, and 3 children.

The casual relaxed setting could'nt have been better, with us spending most of each day just in and out of the pool with our grandchildren.

Shopping was close by ...so essentials such as food, beer and wine were easy to replace!

Veronique welcomed us to Villa Pinel and had supplied as requested our first night's dinner,as Veronique had informed us the shops were closed for Easter.

Veronique supplied us with recommendations for our seagoing boat full day trip around St Martin and for our special in house dine-in night ...all cooked and served by a Oliver theFrench Chef.

On day 2 Veronique gave us a huge whole Dordoro, (Mahi Mahi) ,caught by her husband, for us to BBQ...it was fantastic and such a special treat. The whole family enjoyed the fresh fish!

We can thoroughly recommend to anyone Villa Pinel and all the help Veronique gave us in making our holiday hassle free.

Graeme & Barbara Lane
Sydney Australia

By Nicole on 02,05 2013 at 11:32

Oh How I Miss Villa Pinel

My husband and I and our friends (2 other couples from LA and NY respectively) just returned from spending a week at Villa Pinel. It was absolutely lovely and we had an amazing and incredibly relaxing vacation. The villa is beautiful and well appointed. The location is perfect and the ability to kayak (and even swim) to Pinel Island was amazing. It is true that the master bedroom boasts an en-suite toilet while the other two rooms do not but each room has it's perk. The common space is ideal and the indoor/outdoor feel of the entire villa makes everything feel like a tropical paradise. The villa is accurately reflected in the photos advertised - if not even better in person. The property is incredibly clean and well maintained and has everything you need and more. Veronique is a top-notch hostess and prepared little surprises for us which made us feel incredibly welcome and at home. If I have one constructive though, it would be to have a slight upgrade to the linens and towels. They are nice but could be better in order to live up to the high quality of the rest of the villa's amenities. I hope that we will return again soon.
By Karine on 11,18 2012 at 13:02

Villa Pinel, une très bonne adresse pour passer de merveilleuses vacances. C'est une villa très agréable avec tout le confort nécessaire et une magnifique vue, quel bonheur de pouvoir admirer ce paysage dés le lever du soleil. Petit plus, le service de ménage qui vous permet de profiter pleinement de votre séjour.Véronique est une personne charmante et de très bon conseil, je la remercie encore pour son accueil et sa gentillesse. Nous garderons un très bon souvenir de nos vacances à Saint Martin.
By Lenja on 11,08 2012 at 09:36

VRBO REVIEW
Extraordinary Getaway
Guest: Love SXM!! (New York, NY)
Date of Stay: 01/24/12 Review Submitted: 02/06/12

Villa Pinel is one of a kind. Starting with incredible views and an incredible owner, I would recommend this property to a couple who wants a one of a kind romantic weekend, or to a family who wants an intimate getaway. Veronique goes out of her way from before you arrive until the time that you leave to make sure that everything is just perfect and that you have anything you need. The best thing is the privacy. You have your own private home in a wonderfully private community. From the house you can take a kayak to an incredibly enchanting place, Pinel Island, for the best grilled lobster you'll ever have, (and I'm from New York). If you don't feel like kayaking, Veronique will arrange for a water taxi to take you over to this little bit of paradise. The calm of Villa Pinel allows you to relax- and if you want the hustle and bustle of Orient Bay, it's only a few minutes away by car; as is the Hope Estate for groceries, and the dining capital of St Martin, Grand Case, is only 8 minutes away. This home away from home is a one of a kind find. If you're looking for a villa in the Orient Bay/Cul de Sac areas, this is the one you'll want you'll regret not renting!

Recommended for:Sightseeing, romantic getaway.