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suzduell Aug 13th, 2010 12:20 PM

Hotels in Sint Maarten/St. Martin
We are beginning the process of planning a big 20th anniversary trip next June. We went to Anguilla for our honeymoon, and will be renting a small villa there for one week. On both ends of that week, we would like to stay a few nights on St. Maarten/Martin. Our idea is to stay on the french side first and then the dutch side afterward. We are hoping to find places to stay/eat, that will give us a true "french" and "dutch" sense of the island. We have only been to the island en route to Anguilla, and would appreciate any suggestions and tips. Thank you!

Barbara1 Aug 15th, 2010 08:54 AM

on the French side I would recommend Le Petit Hotel or L'esplanade in Grand case

Grand case Beach Club is nice too.

St. Maarten is actually quite small so you could stay on one side and see the whole island.

The Dutch side is more Americanized. There is not much of a Dutch feel to it.
you might like Mary's Boon Hotel though

suzduell Aug 17th, 2010 10:42 AM

Thanks Barbara! We had gotten those two recommendations on the french side from other folks - so they must be great!

We had looked into Mary's Boon for the last trip, but then canceled staying on St. Maarten at all..

THanks again!

stmartinguy Aug 29th, 2010 02:00 PM

i would recommend the aera of nettle bay:

- it is on french and there are several good restaurant in walking distance.
- the deutsche side is not far
- maho and its night life only 5 minutes away
- you have rental villas so you check out the following offerings in the area
- you can drive to marigot (5 minutes if no traffic) and lots of great restaurants

travelenthusiast Aug 30th, 2010 04:51 PM

We liked both the Alamanda and Esmeralda for the Orient beach experience on the French side. It's a fun beach like no other. You'll be close enough to drive to all of the great restaurants in Grand Case.

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