A naturist resort is one where the guests who stay do not wear clothing. These people are sometimes known as nudists or naturists. They are also just people who enjoy the sun & surf without swimsuits.
Club Orient, located on Orient Beach, is one such naturist resort. Like regular resorts, Club Orient has rooms, a restaurant, bar, activities, and a fantastic beach. The difference is Club Orient is also clothes free throughout!
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Orient Beach is heaven! If you’ve never visited this beach, it’s a must-do in the near future. The sand is fine, the water is so clear that you can see your toes, the sun is hot, and the fish are numerous and friendly. For an excellent beach & a great place to get a tan, this is the beach for you!
The stretch of Orient Beach in front of Club Orient is a clothing optional one. Here, you can sunbathe nude or wear a suit. The resort does provide security, and charges for non-guests to use the resort’s lounge chairs and umbrellas, so you don’t have to worry about people stopping & staring at you.
Accommodations at Club Orient Resort
Club Orient itself is quite large, with about 125 studios, mini-suites and garden & beach chalets. Each of these rooms has a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen with all the utensils and appliances you’ll need. Add to these your personal items and groceries, and you’re all set for a great naturist vacation!
The studios accommodate 2 people, although if you’re staying for an extended period, you may wish to stay in a mini-suite or chalet. Mini-suites and chalets have a sitting room, whereas the studios are all one big room. The best rooms, in my opinion, are the chalets. The Beachfront chalets are just a short walk from the beach, and have a separate living / sitting area with couch, coffee table, etc. These chalets are great for families, 2 couples or groups.
Club Orient Activities
If you’re simply looking for a quiet vacation in the sun, this is a great place to relax. The resort has a fitness room in addition to massage facilities. There are also 2 tennis courts and a waters ports area. The fitness room and tennis courts are free. Massage and water sports are additional.
The water sports shop is located at the end of the beach, just past the restaurants. Here you can rent snorkeling gear, sailboats and catamarans to take you to and from Orient Bay islands, or just wander around in the ocean. There is a shallow reef that is ideal for snorkeling off the beach.
If you need a bit more excitement, rent a car or take a taxi around the island. Taxi fares on St. Martin are regulated by the government. If you want to go directly from the resort to an attraction, there is a set fee. However, if you want to hire a taxi for the day, the price is negotiable. Both car rental and taxis can be arranged at the front desk.
If you need to stay connected, Club Orient offers a computer and Internet access. Just let the front desk know you want to use it, and you can surf, check email and write all the letters and business proposals you need.
Food & Dining at Club Orient
For dining, the resort has everything you need. Meals at the restaurant, Papagayo, can be charged to your account, or you can pick up a few items at the food market (located in the same building as the front desk). Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered daily in the restaurant. If you want a bit of variety, there are several restaurants on the far end of the beach. While these are within walking distance — about 1 1/2 miles — you may want to take a taxi. There is a bar inside the restaurant, open even when food service is not available. Clothing is not required here, although it is open to the general public.
L’Orientique, the boutique / food market, has all kinds of food, drinks, souvenirs, and clothing. It is almost like a general store, offering fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, fresh bread and pastries, wine, liquor, soft drinks, drugstore items, beachwear, logo merchandise, local art, posters, postcards and other souvenirs. If you forget anything — from inflatable rafts to water shoes — you’ll most likely find it here. The prices are pretty comparable to what you’d find in a convenience store, and they accept cash, credit cards and traveler’s checks.