The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa - St. Maarten

Three-, Four-, or Five-Night Stay for Two with Daily Rental Car at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten

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When U.S. News Travel crafted its list of the Best Islands in the World, it was looking for more than just pristine beaches—staffers sought out spots that had what they referred to as a "magical spark.” They found it on “feisty” St. Maarten, a 37-mile island surrounded by the aquamarine Caribbean Sea and filled with restaurants, nightclubs, and casinos. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is nestled between St. Maarten’s French-owned north and Dutch-owned south, atop a serene strip of beach named for its stunning sunrises.

The hotel takes advantage of its prime location on the island’s east coast. A waterfront pool faces sailboats cruising past or being slowly sucked into the horizon, and many of the 310 guest rooms overlook the ocean—and so does the fine-dining steak house, Aura. Play blackjack or slots at the onsite Vegas-style casino, or unwind with massage treatments at Hibiscus Spa before heading down to the pool for drinks at the swim-up bar. Many beaches are located close by, and you can explore the island easily with the rental car included in this getaway.

St. Maarten: Island Paradise with Split Cultural Heritage

Located in the northern Caribbean, the 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten 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 southern Dutch side, crowds gravitate toward the neon-lit clubs and live-music bars at Simpson Bay. When those establishments close, revelers make their way to the 24-hour casinos. The northern French side, meanwhile, is more secluded and less developed. It has some gorgeous beaches, and the emphasis here is on relaxation.

To get an understanding of St. Maarten's blend of cultural influences, consider its restaurant scene, which encompasses more than 400 eateries. 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—and inexpensive—Chinese eateries.

Both parts of the island boast 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.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two in an oceanfront room

Travel window: now through 12/21

  • Option 1: $659 for a three-night stay (up to a $1,322 value)
  • Option 2: $879 for a four-night stay (up to a $1,763 value)
  • Option 3: $1,099 for a five-night stay (up to a $2,204 value)

Travel window: 1/3/13–3/31/13 (peak season)

  • Option 4: $859 for a three-night stay (up to a $1,722 value)
  • Option 5: $1,139 for a four-night stay (up to a $2,296 value)
  • Option 6: $1,429 for a five-night stay (up to a $2,870 value)

Book by: 11/30/12

Included in all options:

  • Daily rental car
  • Resort fee and taxes

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Two restaurants
  • Beach
  • Casino
  • Spa facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Kids’ club

The Fine Print

  • Book by 11/30/12, or promo value expires
  • Travel by 12/21/12 or 3/31/2013 depending on option bought
  • Not valid 12/24-1/2, 1/14-1/16, 1/30-2/2, 2/15-2/24, 3/1-3/10
  • 3/person, +1 as gift
  • 3/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 16-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • All resort taxes and fees are included
  • About $25/day for rental car insurance not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Oceanfront Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 for king; 3 for two double beds
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 plus a 5% tax per night for an additional guest 18 or older; no charge for a child 17 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Resort fee includes: in-room coffee, beach and pool chairs, towels, unlimited local calls, access to health facility, and in-room safe.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 10 miles from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
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