Four-Star Resort with Private Townhouses Overlooking Marina
The newly built Coral Beach Club is a fine work of modern architecture: from afar, the beachside complex looks like a cluster of neatly stacked, stark white cubes. Up close, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to the design—tiered balconies, intersecting terraces, and ultramodern gazebos. There are a dozen or so villas along the beach and seven townhouses right next door, facing a picturesque marina.
From the private terrace of your own two-story townhouse, you can watch the sailboats as they coast into Oyster Bay Marina. The fully equipped, supersleek kitchen is perfectly suitable for light snacks or banquet meals with Saint Martin’s Council of Ministers. The kitchen shares an open configuration with the living room, a light-filled space with contemporary, cream-colored furnishings. Upstairs, the chic master and guest bedrooms feature Japanese-style platform beds and open directly onto private patios over the marina.
From the townhouse front door, you’re only a few steps from the soft sands of Dawn Beach and the onsite Big Fish Seafood Grill & Hurricane Bar.
Saint Martin: Island Paradise with Split Cultural Heritage
Located in the northern Caribbean, the 37-square-mile island of Saint Martin has been peacefully shared by the French and the Dutch for more than 350 years, giving the island two very distinct yet harmonious personalities. On the Dutch side, to the south, crowds gravitate toward the neon-lit clubs and the live-music bars at Simpson Bay; when those establishments close, revelers make their way to the 24-hour casinos (Coral Beach Club is located on the Dutch side). The French portion to the north is more secluded and less developed. It has some gorgeous beaches, and the emphasis here is on relaxation.
You can get an understanding of Saint Martin's blend of cultural influences when you consider its restaurant scene; there are more than 400 eateries on the island. Many travelers praise the authentic French cuisine and fine wines at Grand Case Beach Club on the French side, known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. Casual barbecue restaurants, known as lolos, are located along the beach and serve up spicy shrimp, ribs, chicken, and heaping helpings of side dishes complemented by guava-berry rum. The quieter Back Street, on the Dutch side, is lined with some authentic Chinese eateries that are typically inexpensive.
Both parts of the island share crystal-clear bays filled with palatial coral structures and tropical fish. Take a guided snorkeling trip to Pinel Island, or to Creole Rock to see reef-ringed boulders. Deep-sea fishing charters send anglers out in search of marlin, blackfin tuna, and wahoo.
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