With a marvelous Caribbean topography that sits equally steeped in French and Dutch Culture, St. Martin features all the essential ingredients of a traditional island getaway. Discerning travelers looking for a luxury vacation experience has long sough out Saint Martin for its classic tropical beauty, breadth of impressive and distinctive cultural offerings, and vast collection of exclusive villas and sun-dappled private vacation homes. From romantic bungalows to deluxe family accommodations, these luxury villa rentals suit any kind of St. Martin holiday.
The divide between the French and Dutch influence is palpable across the Caribbean Island. Saint Martin hums with the daytime activities of its many luxury beach resorts and luxury villa rentals to book, bustling nightclubs that keep party-goers abuzz with entertainment well past the midnight hours, and animated casinos that appeal to risky vacationers willing to participate in exhilarating gambling competitions. Meanwhile, Saint-Martin offers a more laidback and carefree spirit for leisurely days beneath the sun, punctuated by refined French culture, high-end boutiques, and gastronomical delights, as well as its fair share of private vacation homes. Nevertheless, the two divisions enjoy one extremely important common denominator; both feature world-class island surroundings underscored by its famous white-sand beaches and the aquamarine Caribbean Sea waters.
Philipsburg – the Dutch side’s capital – is a staple St. Martin experience. Heavily frequented by passing cruise ships due to its highly commercial nature and duty-free shops, Philipsburg offers endless daytime activities to satisfy consumer-minded tourists. Head to Front Street to find a gamut of popular duty-free stores, or spend an afternoon imbibing at a string of colorful beachfront bars before heading away from the hustle and bustle back to your luxury villa rental or nearby private vacation home. Golf enthusiasts will delight in visiting the Dutch Side’s Mullet Bay for first-class golf course excursions, and a trip to Simpson Bay will please vacationers in search of crystalline waters and ocean daytime activities. Numerous luxury resorts and hotels have taken advantage of Simpson Bay’s idyllic scenery, but guests seeking a more private experience can easily find luxury villa rentals around here as well.
The French influence is evident on Saint-Martin; throughout the island, tourists will witness notes of European heritage in both its vibrant culture offerings and brilliant aesthetics. The region is lined in gorgeous seafront towns reminiscent of charming Mediterranean fishing villages, appointed with a series of brightly colored houses that overlook a postcard-worthy vista of sailboats bobbing across crystal-clear Caribbean Sea waters. Guests seeking the serenity and tranquility underscored by this picturesque scenery will find a number of private vacation homes to rent, many of which offer exquisite waterfront views from their expansive terraces. No matter where you choose to vacation, a trip to Marigot is a must for any visitor of Saint Martin. As the island’s capital, Marigot features a tangible French influence, with lovely boulangeries that tantalize the senses with their wealth of baked goods, and local produce markets that feature a vibrant array of fresh fruits and vegetables – the perfect St. Martin morning outing. This main town still maintains aesthetics that underscore its origins as a fishing village, featuring classic gingerbread-style houses and private vacation homes that exude a traditional Caribbean aesthetic. The chic shops and wonderful restaurants in Marigot remain consistent with demonstrable French influence, showcasing the classic blue-and-white-striped awnings and other aesthetics inspired by the French Riviera.
Saint-Martin also holds a worthy reputation as the Caribbean’s coveted dining capital, featuring a diverse mélange of gustatory choices that intermingles both French and Caribbean culinary traditions. A visit to the town of Grand Case on the French side will prove that you don’t have to travel to France to taste coveted French cuisine. In fact, this charming town is renowned as the Caribbean’s gourmet capital. Affluent travelers often reserve a table at a Grand Case restaurant sooner than booking their luxury villa rentals, eager to spend an evening indulging in gastronomical delights at upmarket restaurants. These upscale dining establishments offer five-course meals and high-end service, providing hours of top-notch culinary experience framed by magnificent vistas of sand and sea.
Of course, it’s easy to spend a day at the beach in Saint Martin, known for its expansive white sand shorelines and turquoise Caribbean Sea. Private vacation homes and luxury villa rentals are scattered across the island’s thirty-seven beaches, offering an exclusive oceanfront setting for affluent travelers desiring the authentic island retreat. Those looking for relaxed and leisurely days sandwiched between sun and sea enjoy renting private vacation homes nearby Maho Bay Beach on St. Martin’s southwest coast or the Dutch side’s Mullet Bay Beach, while Orient Bay Beach is a popular spot for those seeking the high life. Here affluent travelers enjoy a landscape so beautiful it has been dubbed “the Saint Tropez of the Caribbean,” and it is not uncommon to spot celebrity sightings on its pristine sands. Meanwhile, Dawn Beach is another Dutch-side favorite, and features world-class snorkeling sites. Across St. Martin, discerning travelers can find a host of watersport facilities for launching aquatic daytime activities including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and ailing.
Planning to visit Saint-Martin soon? From relaxed days at Mullet Bay Beach and snorkeling sites on Beach, to wonderful meals in Grand Case and duty-free shopping in Phillipsburg, the luxury vacation experience here will please affluent travelers wishing to experience a refined Caribbean getaway. Select from Villaway’s luxury villa rentals and a classic holiday to a famous Caribbean vacation destination.