St. Maarten - St. Martin

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St. Martin, we say Sint. Maarten- Something to Suit Every Style…Also known as SXM, this dual island nation is governed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France with open borders and collaboration. If you’ve heard of Maho Beach hang on to your hats and enjoy a Plane Spotter tour or take a helicopter tour at the Northern tip of the island. Nightlife, casinos, shopping and fine dining a way to unwind after all the excitement of the Caribbean sea.

This island has an electric assortment of accommodations from uber – exclusive and all- inclusive to cozy and charming and everything in between. Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club & Resort at Cupecoy offers deluxe digs and you will find that Oyster Bay Beach resorts and its sister properties, Mainsail, Spinnaker and the opulent new Lighthouse, also accommodate with class. All-inclusives include Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and two Sonesta properties, one in Maho and one overlooking Great Bay Harbour. And the new Porto Cupecoy-a gated, white glove marina village has ultra-luxurious vacation residences and new designer duty-free shopping mall. Also fairly recent is the lovely Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. For time share options, the Pelican key area has the most choices, including the new Pelican Marina Resort & Residences with Mediterranean-inspired promenade of shops and restaurants overlooking Simpson Bay. In fact, the entire area has become a timeshare community unto itself with beaches casinos, markets and more. But once in a while you come across a spot that’s so welcoming that you truly feel like one of the family, and La Vista Resort-tucked away up on a hillside overlooking Pelican Key- is such a retreat. The welcoming vibe is due to the fact of that this is a family run resort and the owners are always on site to accommodate you. The entire enclave gives off a cottage country vibe and some lovely little wooden cabin accommodations an islands rarity- make it even more lovely. Originally built with the amazing vista as the focus, every room has a breathtaking view overlooking the channel, a very popular route for everything from sailing crafts to mega-cruise ships on their way to Great Bay Habour, so you’ll often see something spectacular on the waves. Also, two glorious infinity pools spill out onto the horizon, one hillside and one beach front. Serving the resort is the Hideaway Bar and Restaurant, an intimate poolside dining nook specializing in romantic candlelit dinners. Though only a short walk from Pelican Key’s village, “it feels like miles from the hustle and bustle of a “tourist” resort. It’s the islands’ best kept secret!

Article courtesy of Susan Campbell