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Two weeks in St. Martin

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A November 2005 trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin by Cantin2

Towers at Mullet Bay Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Not having been to St. Martin for 5 years, a back-to-back exchange lured us there for two weeks. There's so much to do in St. Martin that we will just have to keep coming back.

Two weeks in St. Martin

Overview

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You'll more than likely take excursions, or visit beaches in the daytime—and shopping, dining, casinos, and club hopping will fill your evenings. It was incredible to be able to experience, both French and Dutch culture on the same island. The beaches are fantastic! The French side is filled with gourmet restaurants. There are many casinos, fun casual restaurants, and bars The duty-free shopping is great—you will find perfumes and jewelry on the Dutch side, and clothing on the French side The people are very friendly, and the water is nice and warm. Quick Tips: Orient Beach is an absolute must—it is the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. Enj...Read More

Port de Plaisance Resort & Casino

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Hotel | "Port de Plaisance"

Port de Plaisance Resort & Casino Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Port de Plaisance's gold crown needs some polishing, but it is still one of the better exchanges on St. Martin for it's location and spaciousness. A long, curvy road landscaped with flowering bougainvillea leads you to what once was truly a 5-star resort. It sits on a promontory in Simpson Bay, surrounded by water and beautiful yachts in the marina. The landscaping is lush, the staff pleasant, and its location equidistant between Marigot and Maho is superb. The resort is self contained and offers lots of amenities: a marina, three restaurants, a casino, a rooftop pool, children's playground, a sunning beach, spa, fitness room, tennis courts, snack bar, mini-mart, sundries shop, car rental, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2005

Port de Plaisance Resort & Casino
P.O. Box 2089
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin

Towers at Mullet Bay

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Hotel

Towers at Mullet Bay Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Best Things Nearby:Beaches are beautiful - Mullet Bay, Baie Rouge, Cupecoy Beach, Baie Longue and Plum Bay - and Orient Beach a little further away certainly deserves a visit. Shopping at the Maho area. Casinos on the Dutch Side. Ferries to St. Barth and Anguilla for a day trip.Best Things About the Resort:Quiet, spacious, clean, and well maintained resort. Beautiful freeform pool and bar overlooking Simpson Bay. Beautiful views, and the hotel is surrounded by a golf course. A short walk across to one of the best beaches. No timeshare salesmen.Resort Experience:The approach to the Towers through the defunct Mull...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Towers at Mullet Bay
Mullet Bay
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin
800-338-7777

Sol e Luna

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Restaurant

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The fact that this place was voted the most romantic restaurant on St. Martin certainly inspired us to visit. We drove by during the daytime to make a reservation—it's easier to find during the day. It's a bit away from the mainstream but worth the effort. The husband and wife team, he a chef and she a decorator, transformed a "little house" in the Cul-de-Sac area (just beyond Grand Case) into a delightfully romantic restaurant and seven-room Inn. As you approach, the candle lighting on the porch tables makes the restaurant quite inviting. We had a table for two there, surrounded by lush greenery and up-lit palm trees—the night sounds with the tree frogs and rustling leaves added to the ambi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Sol e Luna
Cul de Sac Area
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin
011-590-590-29-0856

Bistro Caraibes

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Restaurant

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One of our all-time favorites is Grand Case for many reasons. Bistro Caraibes can't offer you a water view, since it's across the street. Thibeault, the owner, and his brother personally greet you, take your order, serve your dinner, and the price is right. The small restaurant has only 12 or 15 tables, and is open to the street for interesting people watching. Ceiling fans and cross ventilation make it comfortable. You are made to feel so welcomed. Everyone is happy, and many times there is even shared conversations from one table to the next among newly made friends, sharing vacation experiences, or dining suggestions. No pretentiousness here. Candles and flowers, on white ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2006

Bistro Caraibes
81 Blvd de Grand Case.
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin
059-029-0829