We heard about Le Belle Creole, an abandoned resort that is located just about a mile from our anchorage. We decided that another field day ashore was what we needed so we went exploring.
The 26-acre peninsula point was selected in the early 1980’s as the Island’s premier resort location by Hilton Worldwide. The 5 star resort opened in 1985 and operated as a Conrad Hilton International Resort. It consisted of 162 rooms within 22 buildings that totaled 190,000 square feet. You can walk through several of the buildings and see the remains of fountains and pools on the property. Le Belle Creole was closed following a hurricane strike in 1995 and never reopened. There is a man made lagoon on the ocean and a separate island with what’s left of a bridge that leads you to it.
It is really depressing to see it like this and you can just imagine that this place must have really been something special, especially back in 1985. The property is currently for sale and St. Martin hopes that somebody will purchase it and redevelop the area. Until such time, the Iguana’s call it home.