Big and Small, St. Maarten has it All!!
Why bigger isn’t necessarily better
From my point of view a resort is classed as something like an all-inclusive without the ‘inclusive’ part – ie you get all the amenities such as pool, beach access, gym, perhaps a spa, restaurants, bars, concierge and activity services…but not all of it is included in the price of your room. Continue reading
Making Your St Maarten Accommodation Choice Easy
We’ve Worked with the Hotels in St Maarten & St Martin and Know the Managers Personally – We Know the Deals
Many St. Maarten hotels are not actually solely hotels – especially on the Dutch Side – many are also timeshare or fractional ownership and will entice you ‘take a tour’ in order to interest you in their timeshare products – some of which are excellent and we give you great information about that in the timeshare section of our Ultimate Insiders Guide to St. Maarten.
In our humble opinion, the most glamorous and glitziest hotel on the island (on the French side) is not necessarily the best value – you can have a fabulous pool, gourmet restaurant and spacious comfortable rooms for half the price if you shop wise…….. Continue reading
St Maarten Maho Beach – the Center of the Action?
With many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a casino and lot’s of flashing lights, Maho can seem a bit like a mini Vegas.
Add to that 2 major hotels and the excitement of the planes landing at the foot of Maho beach and you have quite a lot going on in an area no bigger than quarter of a square mile.
LA VISTA BEACH RESORT
Small Is Beautiful
In an age of sprawling hotel complexes, there is something indisputably appealing about the smaller, family owned and operated vacation St. Maarten resort. The personal touch, one to one contact with the staff and management and the feeling of being not just a visiting guest but part of a friendly extended family are just some of the key elements of a perfect vacation environment……. Continue reading
The Holland House Experience
In the heart of Philipsburg
St Maarten has many Hotels and many timeshare condominiums. One of the smaller and perpetually popular hotels is the Holland House Beach Hotel. With its 54 guest rooms and suites this beautiful hotel in the capital of St Maarten is earning an excellent reputation on the island.
Their location is unique – right on the beach and in the middle of the duty free shopping center of Front Street. The hotel is a boutique style, easy going, family hotel where more and more leisure travelers find their way to explore the best of St Maarten…… Continue reading
From Quaint and Cosy to Palatial
St. Maarten villa rentals are abundant and plentiful on both sides of the island. St. Martin villas are no different in their appeal to Dutch side villas but may have a little different architectural flair that can give you a sense of being on the French Riviera.
So what’s the difference between a villa and a house? Well, the term ‘villa’ originally came from ancient Rome and the definition was a large home with groups of buildings around a central courtyard. A house, on the other hand was considered a large building with many floors above that contained perhaps numerous families who were ‘housed’ together under one roof for shelter from the elements. Continue reading
The Pros and Cons of Timeshare
Why you shouldn’t believe everything you’re told
Timeshare is one of the most popular forms of vacation ownership on the island – with the majority of hotel rooms on the Dutch Side being also Timeshare or ‘fractional ownership’ – these are basically the same thing – you pay a certain amount to ensure you have the same week or weeks every year for the rest of your life in the same room with the same view – very reliable and cost-effective over the long run.
And now that Timeshare has diversified it’s product so much over the years to remain competitive, you can swap your week in Nassau for a week in St. Maarten, or Aruba or pretty much anywhere else for that matter if you fancy a change one year. Continue reading
Making Your Accommodation Choice Easy
We’ve Worked with the Hotels and Know the Managers Personally – We Know the Deals
Many of the hotels in St. Maarten are not actually solely hotels – especially on the Dutch Side – many are also timeshare or fractional ownership and will entice you ‘take a tour’ in order to interest you in their timeshare products – some of which are excellent and we will tell you about that in the timeshare section.
In our humble opinion, the most glamorous and glitziest hotel on the island (on the French side) is not necessarily the best value – you can have a fabulous pool, gourmet restaurant and spacious comfortable rooms for half the price if you shop wise.
Read on to find out more about what you should know when choosing your hotel..
St Maarten Guest Houses
Some Great Deals to be Had
In St. Maarten you can have the low budget, no frills type of accommodation many of which are located in Philipsburg or Marigot and are great easy access for shoppers or business people passing through, or you can go for the higher end guest houses located in various ‘districts’ most of which are inland with a few exceptions – which are on the beach.
Depending on the time of year you choose to come you can get a discount at a major hotel that will end up the same price as a guest house! Plus you have all the amenities such as gym, spa, sauna, pools, restaurants and bars etc. (you may even get a beautiful sea view!) Continue reading