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24 Hours in St. Martin/St. Maarten

Located in the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, St. Martin/St. Maarten is often referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean.

One of the smallest sea islands to be divided between two nations; the northern-side of the island – St. Martin is an overseas collective of France, with the southern-side of the island part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. These European influences seamlessly combine with local Caribbean culture, creating a cosmopolitan getaway for rock stars and green-warriors alike.

1. Luxury Retreat

Set beside St. Martin’s finest beach, Baie Longue, and lapped by the Caribbean Sea, La Samanna Resort and Spa is the ultimate in luxury. Constantly ranked among the Caribbean’s top ten hotel retreats, it is a garden paradise in which to enjoy an al fresco massage, lie in a hammock or dine in gourmet style, lulled by the waves.

For more information visit: www.lasamanna.com

2. Secret Hideaway

Love to connect with nature? Loterie Farm is a secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis on French St. Martin where you can wine, dine, climb, hike and glide over the treetop canopy. Begin your day with a guided hike through the beautiful tropical forest, and break for lunch at Loterie Farm Hidden Forest Café to sample locally grown produce. Need an adrenaline rush? Clip in and zip-line down over the trees of Pic Paradis with Fly Zone Extreme Adventure.

For more information visit: www.loteriefarm.com

3. Traditional Sailing

You can now cruise St. Martin/St. Maarten on Random Wind, a traditional, 54ft sailboat that has circumnavigated the world. Enjoy the luxuries of this beautiful boat whilst spending the day snorkelling, swimming and perfecting your back flip off the Tarzan swing. Cruises are available for a Paradise Day Sail or private charter, limited to 22 people, with food and drinks included.

For more information visit: www.randomwind.com

4. Diving Deep

Get closer to nature at the St. Maarten Marine Park. Surrounding the entire Dutch side of the island, the marine park features 28 dive sites including natural and man-made reefs and shipwrecks. These areas contain some of the last pristine marine locations, where excellent diving and breeding grounds for birds, fish and other marine life can be encountered.

For more information visit: www.naturefoundationsxm.org

5. Creative Cuisine

Located on the Boulevard de Grand Case, this unassuming traditional Creole cottage houses one of the island’s best restaurants, L’Estaminet. Serving exceptional French cuisine with an innovative and creative flair, it is the place to go for a romantic evening complete with innovative, palate-stimulating combinations.

For more information visit: www.estaminet-sxm.com

6. Exclusive Pampering

The Dior Spa, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, is located at The Cliff resort in Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten. Here you can receive luxurious hydrotherapy and aromatherapy treatments, deep tissue massages, facials and body scrubs. Spa goers also have access to the onsite pool, sauna and steam room. Incorporated into each treatment are signature Dior products known as some of the most luxurious around.

For more information visit: www.cliffsxm.com/spa

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