The captivating island of St Martin, or St Maarten, flaunts a wonderful Franco-Dutch flair, creating a vast range of experiences to suit every taste.
The Dutch side of the island is livelier, boasting more casinos, nightclubs and resorts, whereas the French part is more elegant and fashionable, with a distinctly continental atmosphere. With this unique clash of cultures, a luxury holiday to St Martin makes for a fantastically rare experience.
The island boasts a total of 37 picturesque beaches, which range from lively resort beaches to secluded coves. Honeymooners might like to go in search of the miniscule but beautiful Lovers' Beach, so called because its cozy shores can only accommodate two people at a time!
Elsewhere, inviting blue lagoons and verdant mountain ranges contribute to the abundant natural beauty of this place. To take in some unbelievable vistas, head up to the island’s highest point, Pic du Paradis, or Paradise Peak, where you’ll find two observation areas atop a lush tropical forest.
For something a little bit different, be sure to check out the Butterfly Farm – it really is spectacular - or head to Saint Maarten Park; the Caribbean's largest zoo.
The multi-cultural nature of St Martin is reflected in its diverse and delicious cuisine. Boasting many gourmet restaurants and endless charming cafes, you could come back again and again and still have new culinary delights to sample!
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Flight duration: 8 hours 40 minutes (direct to Antigua) with onward connection by charter, taking approximately 45 minutes
Currency: Euro (although the US Dollar is widely accepted)
Language: French and Dutch (but English is spoken almost everywhere)
Visa information: All citizens of the European Union must have a valid passport.