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Deal Alert: 49% Off This Resort on One of the Caribbean’s Most Stunning Islands

You can save big on this fully refundable deal.

Picture this: you’re lounging on the beach with a mimosa in hand. The sun is lightly toasting your sunscreen-lathered body (you’ve checked that the sunscreen is reef-safe). You go for a swim in the ocean and watch low-flying planes from a bar. Sounds like a dream after the nightmare of 2020, right?

With an uptick in travel, the prices are soaring for summer travels, but this all-inclusive resort on St. Martin/St. Maarten, in the Caribbean, is promising an unmissable deal. Located in Maho Village, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a beachfront property with restaurants and bars, pools, a spa, a casino, and tons of other activities. For travel through December 19, you can book a three-night stay for two people in a Superior Room for $645 (discounted from $1,265) or $765 in a Premier Ocean View Room. And for travel between January 2-April 6, 2022, it’ll cost $1,050 upwards.

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But here’s the best part (apart from the huge savings): You can book it now and travel later, and even get a 100% refund if you decide not to go. Travelzoo members also get a $50 resort credit once per three-night stay.

You’ll want to spend more than three nights here because there’s just so much to do—at the resort and on the island. 

It’s an all-inclusive resort, so all meals and drinks (including cocktails at the pool bar) and activities are included. Start your day with a hearty breakfast in the al fresco Ocean Terrace Restaurant; spend the afternoon at Oasis Swim-Up Bar; savor fresh seafood at Palms Grill cooked on your table on a lava stone and enjoy sundowners at Palms Grill Bar. Parents can schedule some me-time at the Serenity Spa or Casino Royale because there’s a complimentary kids’ club and teen zone. Since it’s located in Maho Village, there’s a buzzing nightlife and shopping scene around. And of course, the famous Maho Beach, with the airport next door, so you can snap photos of the planes landing and taking off right above you. A man-made, private beach is another highlight of this 10-acre beachfront resort.

St. Martin/St. Maarten is a fascinating destination. The island has two sides: the French and the Dutch, so you get to experience multiple cultures on one trip. Its white-sand beaches are glorious and you can have a laid-back vacation chilling by the ocean and soaking up the sun. There are 37 beaches on the island. Some are more elusive than others, like Happy Bay, and fellow nudists might want to make a stop at Orient Beach. There’s also thrill to be found: hiking, ziplining, snorkeling, and sailing. Adventurers should check out the steepest zipline in the world at the Rainforest Adventures’ Rockland Estate.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island. Spend some time on this side at the capital of Sint Maarten, Philipsburg, that’s got snazzy boardwalk bars and duty-free boutiques and stores. 

The resort can arrange for tours and excursions, but you can also hire a car and explore it at your own pace. One of the recommended attractions is the historic border obelisk, where you can be in the Netherlands and France together. Street art is popping up everywhere on the island; make sure you see this colorful way of artistic expression. On the French side, capital Marigot can give you a taste of history, and for French gourmet food, pastries, and wines, keep the fishing village of Grand Case on your list.

European and Caribbean cultures come together like pieces of a puzzle at St. Martin/St. Maarten and it’s a joy to discover them one by one. 

Want to check out more refundable deals? Travelzoo has a wide collection of “Save Now Travel Later” offers for travelers. 

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