Pleasure. A word that has many connotations, yet, still resonates well with the human race. No matter what that words means to you, it certainly has its rightful affect on your psyche. For me this powerful word is the feeling of joy, romance, happiness, carefree, and the omission of stress. Put all those feelings together and you have a glorious trip to the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, deemed “The Friendly Island” and where this romantic guide begins.

Sint Maarten Romance Guide- How to Spice it Up in the Carribbean
Sint Maarten Romance Guide- How to Spice it Up in the Carribbean

First A Little Background on the Island

Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is such a unique jewel of the planet:

  • The Southern 40% of the island is owned by the Dutch. Its currency is the USD and capital city is Philipsburg
  • The Northern 60% of the island is owned by the French. It uses the Euro, and its capital city is Marigot
  • The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
  • The French wanted to colonize this island and the rest that lay between the British owned island of Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago. However, the Dutch were able to move in promptly in 1631.
  • Not too much later, The French and British settled on the island as well and split it with the Dutch.
  • In 1994, both the Netherlands and France signed a treaty for border control on the island to prevent illegal arrivals to the nation. However, it is yet to take effect.
  • In 2010 Sint Maarten became an equal constituent country with all the other Dutch Antilles. This gives them the same rights and opportunities as Aruba and Curacao within the Caribbean.
  • The island currently is home to 75,000 people. This is combined of both the Dutch and French sides.

Fun Fact:

Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport is world famous for its crazy runway for planes to depart and land. Photographs of clippers mere metres away have flooded the internet since its technological debut the late 90’s.

An Example of a 747 coming in for a landing at Princess Juliana Airport
An Example of a 747 coming in for a landing at Princess Juliana Airport

Romance on the Dutch Side…

Where to Stay in Maho Reef:

The Dutch side is a very vibrant and lively area of the island. There are several romantic destinations that cater to unwinding, relaxation, and ultimate luxury, while offering some exciting evening entertainment, casinos, and night life at the same time. The following accommodations will suit your romantic needs while keeping the island’s charisma at your doorstep.

1- Sonesta Ocean Point 5-Star All-inclusive

Enjoy everything from swim-up bars to suites with private pools. This delightful resort has everything a couple could want. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in a choice of either Doubles, Queen or King beds, coupled with whirlpool baths, amenities, and balconies fit for royalty. For that extra touch, butlers are available for your every need. Whether you wish a stay-in with breakfast in bed, flowers in your room, or drinks poured and waiting by the poolside, they are here to maximize your vacation experience.

The Spicy Romance Ranking: 5/5

This 5-star luxurious all-inclusive resort rates top of our list in the romance department. Enjoy such experiences as couple massages, candlelit dinners, bubble baths prepared by the on-site butlers, champagne anniversaries, room service, private tours, boutique shopping, private beach areas, and more.

This hotel is perfect for couples seeking refuge from every day stress, a sanctuary away from work, and a romantic haven to rekindle the flame. Honeymoons are particularly popular here with the inclusive activities, services, and amenities at your fingertips.

Ocean Point private pool with personal loungers! True Luxury
Ocean Point private pool with personal loungers! True Luxury.

Other inclusions with your stay here:

  • Champagne and cold towel upon arrival from the airport! After enduring your flight, a fresh towel is very welcoming.
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day in any of the resort’s restaurants
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at all the bars including the swim-ups
  • Your Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Invitations to weekly cocktail parties and other hotel events
  • Free WiFi
  • A gym, daily fitness activities, yoga and more
  • Activities including bocce, billiards, bingo for prizes, pool aerobics classes, beach activities and more
  • Live entertainment and outdoor movies
  • Passes our sister resort the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa to use their facilities
  • Casino Royale vouchers
  • All taxes included!
  • Butler service
  • Turn-down service in your room
  • Room Service

Sounds pretty fine doesn’t it?

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa – All-inclusive

The Spicy Romance Ranking: 4/5

Another incredible resort on the Dutch side! Enjoy beautiful pools, a variety of restaurant, unlimited cocktails, and a beach all to yourself. Watersports, Bingo, Yoga, classes, and many other amenities are available on site. Reserve today and choose from garden or ocean views, double, queen or king-size beds, and more.

 

Enjoy a drink with the ocean view!
Enjoy a drink with the ocean view!

 

Sunsets on Maho beach
Sunsets on Maho beach

 

The Beautiful Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
The Beautiful Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

 

Romance at its finest
Romance at its finest

Amenities here include:

  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day in any resort restaurants
  • Vouchers for local restaurants for a change of scenery and cuisine
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at all the bars
  • Invitations to weekly cocktail parties and other hotel events
  • Free WiFi
  • A gym, daily fitness activities, yoga and more
  • Activities including bocce, billiards, bingo for prizes, pool aerobics classes, beach activities and more
  • Live entertainment and outdoor movies
  • All taxes included!
  • Turn-down service in your room
  • Room Service

Right across the street from the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is the famous Casino Royale. Enjoy a complete gaming experience with slots and tables for all levels of betting. Plus, every evening the dance cast performs a street show for all the Maho visitors! Truly something to see between antes!

Casino Royale courtesy of play Maho website
Casino Royale courtesy of play Maho website

Where to Stay in Philipsburg:

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 

The Spicy Romance Ranking: 4/5

Simpsons Bay Resort
Simpsons Bay Resort

 

Simpson Bay Resort Private Beach!
Simpson Bay Resort Private Beach!

Another 5-star accommodation for those seeking the lap of luxury! With private beaches, a full list of amenities and services, and beautiful suites to rest after romancing each other all day long, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is just for you.

Simpson Bay resort courtesy of Agoda
Simpson Bay resort courtesy of Agoda

Amenities to spice up your holiday include:

  • Casino privileges
  • Karaoke evenings
  • Spa facilities
  • Gym Facilities
  • Spa services! (If that doesn’t spell romantic, I don’t know what does!)
  • Swimming pool with towel service and much more!

The Villas at Simpson Bay

The Spicy Romance Ranking: 5/5

Enjoy 5-star luxury here at the Villas! With private multi-room suites, exquisite cuisine, and incredible amenities, you will be all set for a holiday of pure romance.

Enjoy numerous amenities and watersports galore as this accommodation is rated the largest and best on the entire island for its selection.

The Villas - Courtesy of Agoda
The Villas – Courtesy of Agoda

 

The Villas - courtesy of Agoda
The Villas – courtesy of Agoda

Where to Eat on the Dutch Side….

Treat your sweetie outside of the all-inclusive resort restaurants! Here are a few suggestions for that candlelit dinner by the beach, incredible views, or entertainment sure to put you in the mood.

Sunset Beach Bar

After undergoing restoration work thanks to damage from hurricanes, the Sunset Beach Bar is a MUST to anyone staying on the Dutch side. Nowhere else will you witness the beauty of the daily sunset better than here. Famously known for its ocean views, enjoy many a cocktail as the day turns to dusk in front of your eyes.

Gorgeous Sunset from Sunset Beach Bar
Gorgeous Sunset from Sunset Beach Bar

What is is quite neat as well is it’s airplane arrival sign! As mentioned in my Fun Fact above, Maho is known for its crazy airport with planes arriving and departing with a small margin of space between the beach and wheels. See the large clippers come in at the times listed on the sign. It really is a MUST when on the island.

The Sunset Beach Bar Flight Arrival Sign
The Sunset Beach Bar Flight Arrival Sign

Cheri’s

A fun evening for everyone, enjoy a burger, traditional Caribbean fare, and other signature dishes here. Just steps away from Casino Royale, Cheri’s has been a Maho staple for frequent visitors for decades. While dining, enjoy hilarious entertainment with jokes, gags, and skits to give you a case of the giggles. After the show, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the island sound of steel drums and reggae for that perfect island ambiance.

Enjoy an evening of dancing to live Calypso music!
Enjoy an evening of dancing to live Calypso music! Photo courtesy of Cheri’s website

The Incredible Beaches…

An island so unique and special, Sint Maarten brings over 70 km of coastline and 37 beaches to its visitors. On the Dutch side enjoy the shores of the Caribbean Sea, and on the French side marvel at the Atlantic Ocean’s waves clapping against the shoals.

Unspoiled and quiet are two words to describe the award-winning beaches of this island mixed with entertainment, friendly locals, and hospitality like no other. Here are some of our favourites:

Maho Beach

The most famous of all the beaches, Maho takes the accolades for the best views and best feature of welcoming the planes to and from the airport. Watch everything from 2-seaters to large passenger planes arrive and depart. Just be aware of the sandblast warnings! Do not be a ninny and attempt to grab photos as one departs. In case you forget in the moment, signage is everywhere to remind you of the dangers.

Now that my PSA is out of the way, enjoy the glorious beach complete with umbrella, lounger and ocean views!

Maho Beach Welcoming in the Plane
Maho Beach Welcoming in the Plane

Whether you’re here for diving, surfing, wake-boarding, windsurfing or kite-surfing, or if relaxing and basking in the sun on the island’s warm golden sands is more your style, there is something for everyone in this haven of pleasure…

Mullet Bay

A beautiful little beach near the Maho Reef, Mullet Bay caters to all your relaxation needs. Rent a lounger, buy a drink and sit for the day by the sea. Mullet fish swim freely and easily near you as you enjoy a swim in it wavy bay.

Mullet Bay
Mullet Bay

Great Bay

Just steps away from gourmet restaurants and boutique shops, Great Bay Beach is located right in the heart of Philipsburg. Enjoy a relaxing time after a nice stroll through the swanky shops.

Romance at the Beach
Romance at the Beach

Day Trip to Philipsburg

Enjoy a fun day sightseeing in town!

The main town on the Dutch side of the island, Philipsburg has museums, landmarks, and wonderful Caribbean restaurants to please any visitor. In fact, cruises stop into the city to give passengers the opportunity to enjoy this side of the island as part of their vacation!

Philipsburg beach and cruise port
Philipsburg beach and cruise port

Sites to Check out while in Philipsburg:

Yoda Guy Exhibit!

Trust the force and stop in to pay Yoda a visit in this quirky little museum on the island.

Yoda Exhibit
Yoda Exhibit

Front Street

Enjoy some incredible restaurants for lunch as you head down the Boardwalk to the beach. Markets run on the weekends and buskers fill the atmosphere with fun steel drums and dancers.

The Famous Boardwalk
The Famous Front Street

Saint Martin of Tours Church

This beautiful little Catholic Church welcomes visitors for service and prayer. Stepping in to the parish, you get an immediate feel for the culture as the locals welcome you with open arms. Truly a must-visit.

Saint Martin of Tours Church
Saint Martin of Tours Church

In conclusion, St Maarten’s Dutch Side has everything for that luxurious vacation – sights, sand, shopping, and sangria. Enjoy all-inclusive relaxation and solace as you load up on the love and sizzle in your relationship. The beaches are beautiful, the food exquisite, and the people most accommodating.

Beautiful St Maarten
Beautiful St Maarten

 

The views from Ocean Point
The views from Ocean Point

 

Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten

 

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