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Belmond La Samanna sits on St. Martin's finest beach, surrounded by picture perfect Caribbean water. It's one of only eight resorts to be profiled as "Best Resorts in the World for Wine" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine because of the ease of sourcing fine wines in French territory and unique oceanview wine cellar, La Cave. The resort is consistently ranked among the top retreats in the Caribbean. Swimming pools, beach cabanas, tennis, sunset cruises and al fresco massages will relax your body and mind. This destination is also family-friendly, with a plethora of activities for children to do while you melt your cares away on the beach.
Twice a week, yoga sessions are held at the Rendezvous Pavilion. The name of the game is Power Vinyasa, although more gentle modalities are available as well. All levels of ability are encouraged.
At the Water Sports Cabana at La Samanna, you can snorkel, paddleboard, rent gear such as kayaks and Hobie cats and more. Head into the waters of Baie Longue and beyond to discover a beautiful aquatic world.
A private boat that can host up to six passengers will take you on a four-hour deep sea adventure beyond the reef. The fee for rental includes your very own captain as well as fuel and fishing equipment.
Charter a private luxury vessel for a full- or half-day trip or island transfers. A captain will chart your course while you delight in an open bar and air conditioning. From catamarans to sailboats, there's something for everyone.
Pull up a stool at Sunset Beach Bar, order a drink and watch planes headed to Princess Juliana Airport fly right overhead. Most exciting are the jumbo jets arriving from Europe. Check the flight schedule on the nearby surfboard.
St. Martin is the only 100% duty-free Caribbean island. Local boutiques carry high-end designer brands such as Cartier and Chanel but it's just as easy to find locally-made clothing and artisanal jewelry.
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At every Belmond property, you'll find exceptional service, fine dining and luxe accommodations that reflect the unique charm and aesthetic of their destination. The Belmond brand also actively supports environmental, educational and sustainability efforts of the local communities its properties call home.
You won't have a hard time finding a beautiful place to play and relax. The island of St. Martin boasts 37 breathtaking, white sand beaches. If you want to get off the sand, your group can enjoy diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing or kitesurfing.
The French town of Marigot has a long history of sugar cane production and many buildings still have their 19th-century facades. Today, it's a headquarters of the sous préfecture (administration area) for both St. Martin and neighboring St. Barths.
The 15% charge you may see on some receipts is a service charge. As this fee has already been included in the bill, additional tips are neither standard nor expected. The charge should be clearly visible, so you won't need to guess if it has already been applied.
Sir Roland Richardson is known as the "Father of Caribbean Impressionism" and has dedicated his life to capturing the beauty of his native island. You will see his multiple works of art in oil, watercolor, charcoal and more in various places around La Samanna.
St. Martin is widely known for its wide variety of shopping options. Shopping is duty-free on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The best values are premium liquors and wines, which you will need to check in your luggage to return home.
St. Martin epitomizes the Caribbean climate with an abundant supply of sunny days and clear blue skies. The mild weather means that, no matter when you visit, you'll most likely have ideal conditions for windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing and more. While August through November is generally the rainiest time, storms are infrequent and pass quickly, lingering just long enough to help bring the island's lush vegetation to its most brilliant state.