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Thank you for the 'non-terrible' posts on St. Martin

Thank you for the 'non-terrible' posts on St. Martin

Jan 18th, 2003, 11:57 AM
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Debbie
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Thank you for the 'non-terrible' posts on St. Martin

Although I usually discount the nasty and negative St. Martin (and any other for that matter) posts, a lot of the negatives were sticking in my mind when we booked our trip to stay in the all inclusive Hotel Mont Vernon. (and, please no comments on how we shouldn't do ai here - we want and like to do ai AND our pkg includes 4 days per week car rental, 4 dinners per week off the resort in Grand Case & Marigot and 1 dinner per week at a casino on the Dutch side). It's only a 3 star but several posts on a scuba diving message board indicated that the rooms were clean and comfortable so good 'nuff for us. We have booked an ocean view and we're going to be right on Orient Beach. So how bad can this be - especially as it's costing us the same as two weeks all inclusive on the Mayan Riveria.
For some reason St. Martin does get picked on something fierce on this message board but we decided on it and have even gone on to arrange an overnighter to Saba (and actually looking forward to the experience of landing on Saba). We leave next Saturday and I'll tell you it was nice to finally read a series of positive posts.
 
Jan 18th, 2003, 01:04 PM
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Debbie,

Have a wonderful time on your trip. I have family who have stayed at Mont Vernon and loved it. And, you will adore the charming island of Saba, as well.

Have fun!
 
Jan 18th, 2003, 07:50 PM
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Are you the same Debbie who posted a few months ago asking about Mont Vernon and scuba diving? Enjoy your vacation; we were in St.Martin just 2 weeks ago and had a fabulous time as usual and in 6 weeks we get to go back again. Orient Beach was as beautiful as always though in a few places (by Kontiki and the Papagayo restaurant) the water was level was much higher; usually there were 3 or 4 rows of beach chairs but this time there was barely room for 1 row. A new restaurant in Marigot is worth trying; we had 2 memorable dinners at Le Plongeoir (which incidentally means diver). It's located just around the curve from the new West Indies Mall on the harbourfront in Marigot by the new marina. It was a good thing we made reservations as we saw people turned away. I can especially recommend the Asian plate and the Camembert au Four as appetizers and the Bravette (sp?) a steak rolled around cheese. Each time we were there we were the only tourists so perhaps it hasn't been "discovered" yet. If you're in the mood for a new bathing suit check out HIP UP ; just outside the marina in Marigot...great suits and beach pants, dresses. Also bought my soaps at L'Occitane (Marina and West Indies Mall). Another new shop selling items from Provence...tablecloths, napkins, bread baskets, ...2nd floor in the West Indies Mall. To all those people who write such negative posts...hope they find an island they like and leave SXM for the rest of us!!!
 
Jan 18th, 2003, 10:04 PM
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There was a trip report recently on the www2.gobeach.com/sxm board from someone who did the Mt. Vernon AI package and was very pleased with it. There is also some good info on the www.traveltalkonline.com board.

I hope you enjoy your visit. St. Martin is far from perfect, but has much to offer. Try to visit some of the other beaches. Dawn, Rouge, Friars, Plum, Long, and Mullet come to mind.

I would like to read your trip report and, in particular, hear a comparison between St. Martin and the Mayan Riveria. We are thinking about going to Playa del Carmen next winter.


 
Jan 19th, 2003, 10:12 AM
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Linda: yes, the same one - as mentioned after reading some reports on a scuba message board and connecting with a dive shop close by the HMV, my husband is all set up and raring to go. I will write down this Plongieor restaurant and keep it in mind..don't know if the package of meals off the resort are at any particular places. Will also have to check on the Hip Up place (as long as it's not only for skinny gorgeous types) as you've mentioned it many times. After our week in Cuba at the end of Nov, I'm looking forward to some shopping!!!!
Anon: I can tell you up front that I won't be comparing the two...Mexico is so much different from the 'islands' that it's not a matter of comparing them, it's just enjoying them for what they each have to offer. As Linda loves St. Martin, we love the Mayan Riveria and Cozumel - but I would never attempt to compare two places that so many people like for different things. If you are interested, please check www.mts.net~eissner/ - it's Ursula's Mexico Page for trip reports on the RIU, Iberostar and many other places in this area. Or email me direct...we've stayed at Iberostar Paraiso, the RIU Yucatan and the Iberostar Cozumel in our many trips to this area.
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 12:40 PM
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We've been to SXM three times and love it. It is not the only island we have been to, have done several and Hawaii. We stay in condos whenever we travel so I can't say about hotels, but the island is improving roads and is actually better now than five years ago. The French side is getting built up, but I still love it. Food is great and not expensive if you live in the Boston suburbs and drinks are cheap in my opinion. Yes, there are probably more beautiful islands and more exotic and those with more beautiful beaches, but SXM has a little of ALL of it with locals who are not all in poverty, either. You'll have a great time, don't worry.
 
Jan 20th, 2003, 07:31 AM
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Have a great time Debbie! And no, HIP UP is not just for the skinny; I'm mid-50's and average weight and I find something every time I go. You can buy tops and bottoms separately too.
 
Jan 20th, 2003, 09:31 AM
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Hi Lynda - one more question if I may...we have an overnighter to Saba planned as I mentioned. Not sure what's the better thing to do, ie. use the rental to get to the airport with the convenience of it being there when we get back and head back to HMV or to cab it. Is there safe/cheap parking at the airport - or just as cheap to cab it to the airport from HMV?
 
Jan 20th, 2003, 10:20 AM
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You can park cheaply in the lot at the airport, and I think it's rather safe at night. However, I'd let the rental company know you are doing this since a few of them don't like their cars overnighted in areas other than your hotel.

 
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