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09. Mar, 2011

St Maarten hotels – Mullet Bay

St Maarten hotels – Mullet Bay

A popular destination for surfers and snorkellers, Mullet Bay is a large beach with gorgeous white sands and a fringe of tall palm trees. It borders the only island golf course. Mullet Bay

Mullet Bay’s charm is that it has something for everyone: its admirers range from surfers and sun worshippers to families and couples. A picturesque setting, there are a number of snack bars located conveniently close by, as well as a wealth of shaded areas for when you need a rest from the sun.

Mullet Bay also offers attractions for families and fun-lovers, such as volleyball and live music.

Close by is the Mullet Bay Restaurant, offering friendly service and affordable prices.

09. Mar, 2011

St Maarten hotels – Cul-de-Sac

St Maarten hotels – Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-SacCul-de-Sac is a beautiful beach on St Maarten’s northeastern coast, oft-visited by small boats travelling to offshore islets Tintamarre and Pinel Island. North of Orient Bay Beach, and overlooked by the mayor’s colonial mansion on green, verdant hills, Cul-de-Sac is truly picturesque.

The Paradise Inn is a conveniently located hotel and guest house complex with amenities, just 15 minutes away from the airport.

18. Jan, 2011

St Maarten hotels – Marigot

St Maarten hotels – Marigot

Originally a fishing village, Marigot is the capital of St Maarten’s French side. Delightfully French in atmosphere and spirit, the city is small (only four streets wide) and cosy.

Marigot is home to Fort St. Louis, sitting on a hill overlooking its stunning bay – the fort itself was built by King Louis XVI during his reign. The fort is open to visitors 24/7, with informative signs to explain related historical events. Marigot Bay itself has been described by novelist James A Michener as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean”.

Marigot

Marigot Beach Club - St Maarten

Marigot also boasts a bustling open-air market every Wednesday and Saturday, in which bargains on just about everything you can think of can be scouted out, from coconuts and avocados to paintings and arts and crafts. But if you’re more interested in luxury goods, the southern end of Marigot also offers a selection of stores selling designer fashion and jewelry, all free of tax.

The luxury Marigot Bay Hotel boasts an eco-friendly approach to your vacation, as well as a spa, fine dining and bars by the harbour.

Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort, meanwhile, offers studios and villas, along with a freshwater pool and a range of activities from diving to organized tours and even a new casino.

18. Jan, 2011

St Maarten hotels – Baie Nettle

St Maarten hotels – Baie Nettle
Baie Nettle

Baie Nettle - St Maarten

A long stretch of calm beach on the French side of the Simpson’s Bay Lagoon, Baie Nettle has only become a vacation destination in the past twenty years. With its flat, placid waters the beach is a prime spot for watersports like skiing.

Baie Nettle offers the convenience of Layla’s Beach Bar, boasting a delicious French menu with fresh catches every day and frozen drinks.

The Nettle Bay Beach Club offers four swimming pools, three tennis courts and close proximity to local restaurants and stunning views.

18. Jan, 2011

St Maarten hotels – Cupecoy Beach

St Maarten hotels – Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy Beach, a small, clothing-optional beach, can be found at the southwest corner of St Maarten. The beach is home to unusually calm waters and spectacular rock formations.

Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy Beach - St Maarten

A relatively quiet location, Cupecoy Beach’s white sands are backed by limestone cliffs. Cupecoy Beach is also renowned for its welcoming attitude towards LGBT travellers. The far end of the beach is clothing-optional, and has become a popular meeting location for nudists.

The pull for many of Cupecoy Beach’s visitors is not only the mellow atmosphere but the beach’s personality; though the Caribbean is home to many other secluded beaches, none can boast such a unique appearance.

Nearby is the pictured Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club and Resort, a large hotel offering spa treatments, golf and a choice of two swimming pools.

24. Nov, 2010

St Maarten Hotels – Philipsburg

St Maarten Hotels – Philipsburg
Philipsburg

Philipsburg view

Situated on a narrow stretch of land between Green Bay and Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg is the capital of St Maarten.  Steeped in history you’d be forgiven for not being aware Christoper Columbus discovered Philipsburg in 1493 (well actually it was already an Arawak settlement before he made the discovery). As for the name – well in 1763 John Philips, a Scottish captain the Dutch Navy founded Philipsburg (the clue being in his name). Philipsburg which then became a focal point for international trade.

Good news for shoppers – the main shopping district Front Steet is the heart of the city. Additionally the port is home to many cruise liners.

As for the St Maarten All Inclusive experience – well you’re in luck.

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort situated on Little Bay road offers that All inclusive experience. More information on our St Maarten Resorts page. Regarding going all inclusive, there is usually a minimum stay for an all inclusive trip to the Divi (usually 7 nights). Additionally, check the small print as surcharges do apply to certain menu items. Overall if you’re after an all inclusive experience then certainly the Divi should be considered.

18. Nov, 2010

St Maarten Hotels – Anse Marcel

St Maarten Hotels – Anse Marcel

Surrounded by hills with a wonderful white beach Anse Marcel may well be a top candidate for that St Maarten All Inclusive experience. Situated on the French side (Northern area of St Martin) Anse Marcel is a quieter destination then others.  Very close to Grand Case – so there will be plenty to do. The Marina at Anse Marcel offers fishing expeditions and leisure charters.

Additionally Anse Marcel is home to the Radisson Blu Resort Marina and Spa. Good news if you want to book with a well known/familiar hotel chain. There are not many well established hotels on the island – so if you like things to be as you’d expect then the Radisson surely would be a consideration.  If however, you’re after a more authentic St Maarten All Inclusive experience then it may not be for you.

Anse Marcel

Anse Marcel - St Martin

08. Nov, 2010

St Maarten Hotels – Orient Bay

St Maarten Hotels – Orient Bay
Orient Bay

Orient Bay

Situated on the French side of the island (East side) Orient Bay is home to one of the finest beaches on the Carribbean, if not the world, two miles of white sand – what more could you ask for? Orient Beach is the most busiest and liveliest beach on the Island. The Bay is also home to a nude beach – so if you’re easily offended (or easily pleased) this may or may not be the right place for you. Club Orient is the Islands only naturist resort at the southern part of the beach.

The bay has been recognised as a marine reserve. Snorkeling here is out of this world (literally). With several tiny islands near to the coast (such as Green Kay, Little Key and Pinel Islet) there’s further opportunities for would be snorkeling.

As for a St Maarten all inclusive experience, you may be disappointed in Orient Bay. Most hotels will be in the 3 star region, with breakfast being the only meal served. Our recommendation for a hotel (non all inclusive) would be the Alamanda. On the plus side there are some wonderful restaurants very close the hotel.

Above all not exactly the All Inclusive experience more a self serve experience. Still with such a picturesque beach you may not need anything else.

03. Nov, 2010

St Maarten Hotels – Oyster Pond

St Maarten Hotels – Oyster Pond
St Maarten All Inclusive - Oyster Bay Resort

Oyster Bay Resort

Oyster Pond is situated in on the border between St Maarten and St Martin. Situated on the East of the Island, Oyster Pond is a wonderful marina. Great hotels, great restaurants. You can even catch a ferry to Barth. Perfect if you’re a sailor!

But what’s that I hear you say? You want to know about the hotels in Oyster Pond? Well good news! There are some wonderful hotels. As well as many villas. But standards can vary so be warned. Such places to reside may not fit the bill for that St Maarten all inclusive experience. However, if Oyster Pond is the place for you then we would recommend the following for that St Maarten all inclusive experience.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort – Perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean Ocean and Oyster Pond Marina the Oyster Bay Marina is the place to stay within Oyster Pond. The Oyster Bay Beach Resort does cater for special packages so good news if you want to go all inclusive.

If you really like Oyster Pond there’s even an opportunity to puchase real estate within the vicinity of the resort. After just one visit many have been smitten by the beauty and character of Oyster Pond.

See the map below for layout of the resort.

St Maarten All Inclusive - Oyster Bay Beach Resort

Map of Oyster Bay Beach Resort

25. Oct, 2010

St Maarten Hotels – Simpson Bay

St Maarten Hotels – Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay

If you’re contemplating a stay within St Maarten then you may well have considered Simpson Bay as an ideal location for your vacation. Simpson Bay is situated close to Princess Juliana Airport this lagoon has something for everyone (plane spotters included). The stretch of beach at simpson bay runs from the Royal Palm Beach Club to Beacon Hill.

There are some great places to stay at Simpson Bay. Including resorts, hotels and even villas. With one of the longest beaches with the least development on the island it may fit your bill perfectly. A word of warning though there may well be stretches of beach close to Princess Juliana Airport that will definitely have some low flying planes in the horizon from time to time.

Additionally, a further word of caution, the hotels within Simpson Bay are on average 3 star. So you most likely will not get that St Maarten All Inclusive experience here in Simpson Bay. However, there are great beaches and it’s the home of a wonderful Marina.

The marina can accommodate up to 180 vessels. With concierge services available the best place for the possibility of an all inclusive experience within Simpson Bay may well be the marina (boat not included).

We would recommend: The Royal Palm Beach Resort – more self service then all inclusive but nevertheless the villas on offer are very welcoming, and are set to a reasonably high standard.

Simpson Bay is a very popular area with a whole host of shops, restaurants, casinos, and even movie theatres! There’s something for everyone (including jewellery shops if you’re feeling generous). And lets not forget that wonderful beach!

Here’s a little video showing you Simpson Bay in all its wonder: