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St. Maarten/St. Martin accommodations range from modern megaresorts such as the Radisson and the Westin St. Maarten to condos and small inns. On the Dutch side many hotels cater to groups, and although that's also true to some extent on the French side, you can find a larger collection of intimate accommodations there. Off-season rates (April through the beginning of December) can be as little as half the high-season rates.
Time-share properties are scattered around the island, mostly on the Dutch side. There's no reason to buy a share, as these condos are rented out whenever the owners are not in residence. If you stay in one, be prepared for a sales pitch. Most rent by the night, but there's often substantial savings if you secure a weekly rate. Not all offer daily maid service, so make sure to ask before you book. As some properties are undergoing renovations at this writing, be sure to ask about construction conditions, and in any case, ask for a recently renovated unit.
Villas are a great lodging option, especially for families who don't need to keep the kids occupied, or groups of friends who just like hanging out together. Since these are for the most part freestanding houses, their greatest advantage is privacy. These properties are scattered throughout the island, often in gated communities or on secluded roads. Some have bare-bones furnishings, whereas others are over-the-top luxurious, with gyms, theaters, game rooms, and several different pools. There are private chefs, gardeners, maids, and other staffers to care for both the villa and its occupants.
Villas are secured through rental companies. They offer properties with weekly prices that range from reasonable to more than many people make in a year. Check around, as prices for the same property vary from agent to agent. Because of the economy, many villas are now offered by the night rather than by the week, so it's often possible to book for less than a full week's stay. Rental companies usually provide airport transfers and concierge service, and for an extra fee will even stock your refrigerator.
French Caribbean International. French Caribbean International offers rental properties on the French side of the island. 800/322–2223 in the U.S. www.frenchcaribbean.com.
Island Hideaways. Island Hideaways, the island's oldest rental company, rents villas on both sides. 800/832–2302 in the U.S.; 703/378–7840. www.islandhideaways.com.
Island Properties. Island Properties has properties scattered around the island. 62 Welfare Rd., Simpson Bay. 599/544–4580; 866/978–5852 in the U.S. www.remaxislandproperties.com.
Jennifer's Vacation Villas. Jennifer's Vacation Villas rents villas on both sides of the island. Plaza Del Lago, Simpson Bay Yacht Club, Simpson Bay. 631/546–7345 in New York; 721/544–3107 in St. Maarten. www.jennifersvacationvillas.com.
Pierrescaraïbes. Pierrescaraïbes, owned by American Leslie Reed, has been renting and selling upscale St. Martin villas to satisfied clients for more than a decade. The company's well-designed Web site makes it easy to get a sense of the first-rate properties available in all sizes and prices. The company is associated with Christies Great Estates. Plaza Caraibes, rue Kennedy, Bldg. A, Marigot, 97150. 590/51–02–85 in St. Martin. www.pierrescaraibes.com.
Villas of Distinction. Villas of Distinction is one of the oldest villa-rental companies on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. Check their website for special deals. 800/289–0900 in the U.S. www.villasofdistinction.com.
WIMCO. WIMCO has more hotel, villa, apartment, and condo listings in the Caribbean than just about anyone else. 401/849–8012 in Rhode Island; 866/449–1553 in the U.S. www.wimco.com.
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