A fact so charming, that it must always be mentioned: The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest landmass in the world divided by two different nations. Only 87 square kilometers and controlled by France and the Netherlands (where Dutch Sint Maarten is an independent country in the kingdom).
You will find Sint Maarten somewhat Americanized. But it is a combination of the Dutch and French side that makes the island a fantastically exciting holiday island. Independently since October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), but still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the “Dutch side” occupies about a third of the island most.
The “French side” is neither an independent state, nor a colony, it’s just … France. It is the territory of the European Union and follows France’s rules and laws more or less strictly, somewhat depending on the administrators sent from Paris.
The fact that Marigot, the capital is not a cruise port, preserves the small town feel. The French side is home to many of the “must see” places on the island: here is Pic Paradis, the highest mountain with Loterie Farm, a private nature reserve with the last rainforest. Orient Beach is without a doubt the best beach and the gourmet village of Grand Case is unique in the world with its number of first class restaurants.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
Located directly on the beach in Maho Beach, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort offers a wonderful vacation with both relaxation and activities for the whole family. The hotel has a lovely pool area nestled in the lush garden and All Inclusive is included in the price of the trip. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is run by Italians with great ambitions when it comes to food and the restaurants are really high class. If you want to pamper yourself even more, you can choose from several wonderful treatments in the hotel’s spa and if you feel like working out, there is a well-equipped gym. Just outside the hotel door you will find a large selection of shopping, restaurants and bars.
Sonesta Great Bay Beach
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Spa is perfectly located on the beach, with just a short walk along the beach to charming Philipsburg with a hefty Caribbean touch. Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers everything you need for a successful vacation. There are several attractive pools, a small casino, bars and restaurants with both à la carte and buffet meals. If you want to get active during the holidays, you can try snorkeling and water aerobics, among other things. Relax, here most things are included with a varied range in the All Inclusive program.
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort is a modern, high-standard hotel located on a private headland overlooking Philipsburg. The hotel, which is spread over a large area, offers three different pool areas and two restaurants. You can also grab a drink and a snack at the beach bar, a popular pre-dinner gathering place. Divi Little Bay Beach Resort was opened by the then Queen Juliana of Holland and to this day the Dutch royals return to Divi Little Bay Beach Resort when they visit the island.
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, a luxury All Inclusive hotel for an adult audience and for those who have high demands on accommodation and facilities. Here you are welcomed with a welcome drink on arrival and every detail is carefully thought out, from the beautiful pool area and the fancy restaurants to the exclusive lounge bar on the roof where you can watch the sun go down in the sea. Since All Inclusive is included in the price, you can indulge in enjoying and treat yourself to everything on offer, from food and activities to pleasant relaxation. Outside the hotel you also have several shops, restaurants and casino and more in Maho Beach.