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Belmond La Samanna Villas

One of the most distinguished addresses in the Caribbean, Belmond La Samanna Villas offer the ultimate in luxurious Caribbean accommodations and services. Residential in feel, but private and exclusive [ ... ]

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort

Perched on a palm-dotted promontory and surrounded by Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond is St. Maarten's most private and distinctive hideaway - Oyster Bay Beach Resort. Like St. Maarten - a beautiful island that [ ... ]

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Porto Cupecoy

Perfectly situated on the Dutch/French border of internationally acclaimed Sint Maarten, Porto Cupecoy is redefining resort living with an inspiring style, an unassuming elegance, and a wealth of amenities [ ... ]

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Lee's Roadside Grill

Lee’s Roadside Grill opened for the first time in 1997 and it has now grown into a thriving must visit open air restaurant. Located in Simpson Bay on the lagoon, Lee’s Roadside Grill offers a totally [ ... ]

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L'Oursin Restaurant at Belmond La Samanna Resort

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The Infinity Restaurant

The finest, most delectable international cuisine is just steps away from your room at Infinity Restaurant, located across from our open courtyard. Ocean views, outdoor dining on our elegant terrace, [ ... ]

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Caribbean Gems

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Dawn Beach

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Orient Beach

French Side - Atlantic Ocean
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January 2012 Newsletter

 



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---------------------------- "Connecting You with Paradise!"


Dear Friends,

It is now 2012, so, blow those horns. We are going to celebrate and as the song says, "Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music" for we should be dancing. It is now 15 years that I am writing these newsletters and you are still reading them. And, that's great!
Indeed, the first StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletter was created May 1, 1997. It was a hard-copy written on an old Compaq computer, printed on an old Xerox machine and delivered to your door via snail-mail by the US Post Office. It was an eight page monthly and all the subscribers were based in the USA. At the time, it was virtually the only dedicated St. Maarten/St. Martin newsletter singing the praises of our little island. Since that first issue, we have come a long way.

Our first e-newsletter was written on our website on October 1, 2004. What a blessing! It is written and posted on our website for subscribers and tourists to read. Far less work than the hard copy. Each issue features several island businesses and provides valuable information about this gem of an island to satisfy the needs of subscribers and tourists. Today, issues of the StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletter are read by suscribers and tourists from 174 countries around the world, which is extraordinary that's the magic of the Internet!
So, let's blow those horns and be thankful for the things we value most, namely families, friends and good health. If in addition, we have a job that keeps us happy and a planned vacation this year then let's rejoice. Remember, St. Maarten/St. Martin will always be there for you. Meanwhile, we'll continue to keep you informed and "Connected to Paradise."

Happy New Year to all and Peace on Earth!
Regards,
Sam Fusco
President/Publisher
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. MaartenHospitality & Trade Association's
Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism

Featured in this issue:
1. Poem: Very Happy Holidays! by Laura Richardson
2. Featured Hotel: Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa, St. Martin
3. Featured Shop: Blooming Baskets by Lisa
4. Special Feature: Sally's Cottage in Grand Case by the Villa Lady
5. Featured Activity: Passaat Classic Schooner
6. Featured Restaurant: Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse
7. Villa of the Month: Villa La Perla Bianca by Carimo Luxury Villas
8. Wine Cellar: Sweet Dreams by Jean Rich
9. What's Happening in Paradise?

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------------------------ Very Happy Holidays!


 
Red and Green, though opposites,
unite in one fine goal,
uplifting many joyful hearts,
while joining many souls.

We treasure Noel's yuletides,
green trees with big red bows,
and share with love true nature's best,
Flamboyants all aglow!

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Best wishes always,
Roland, Laura and Radiance Richardson
St. Martin, French West Indies

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www.rolandrichardson.com

Featured Hotel


 


Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa, St. Martin

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A blend of Caribbean character with French Flair!

 

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, recently announced that Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin, reopened its doors on Dec. 15th, 2011. The property was closed in May to undergo a renovation in excess of USD 10 million, strengthening the hotel’s position as the leading upper-upscale resort on the French side of the island.
The Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin is a premier 18-acre resort property in French St. Martin, offering guests 1,600 feet of beachfront in Anse Marcel, and an exclusive water taxi service between the airport and resort marina. The property features 63 suites and 189 guestrooms; a 7,000 square foot ballroom; a full-service spa (Le Spa) and fitness center. There are three on-site dining venues, including complimentary full breakfast buffet at Le Marché, a wide selection of the region’s finest rums and tapas at Le Lobby Bar, and world-class cuisine and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea at C Le Restaurant.

Off the main house is a veranda with breathtaking views of the Caribbean and a French-inspired Great Lawn flanked by formal gardens and royal palms that extend from the entrance down to the 14,200 square foot signature swimming pool with a zero-sand beach entry and a vanishing edge overlooking the waters of Anse Marcel and the Caribbean Sea.

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Key Upgrades to the property include replacing the air conditioning and domestic hot water systems with new state-of-the-art systems to ensure an overall improved guest experience. The property’s spacious accommodations that showcase contemporary Euro-Caribbean furnishings were completely re-carpeted and marina suite rooms were converted to tile floorings. The 7,000 square foot ballroom features upgraded air conditioning and lighting and sound systems, and the wooden floors have been redone. The resort gardens were also landscaped and feature enhanced lighting. The breakfast buffet at Le Marché has been upgraded and will now offer additional breakfast items including hot and cold selections which will vary daily. Guests will also now be able to enjoy snacks and beverages poolside at the resort’s new pool bar, which will offer a new cocktail menu and expanded wine list.


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In addition to property improvements, guests will benefit from a higher level of customer service including faster check-in and check-out. During the seven month renovation period, over 170 employees remained on payroll and received close to 500 hours of training to provide an elevated level of hospitality service, in keeping with the Radisson brand’s Yes I Can! service philosophy and 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee.
“We value the support of our guests and employees during this past year and look forward to sharing the many new property enhancements with them. The enhanced meeting facilities and overall guest experience at the property will strongly reinforce the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin as the premier destination for your next stay in the Caribbean,” said Jean-marc Jalbert, general manager, Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin.
Special seasonal promotional rates start at USD 185 for Guest Rooms and USD 355 for Marina Suites. Please visit our website at: www.radissonblu.com/resort-stmartin for additional information.

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Known among the yachting community as one of the safest and picturesque harbors in the Lesser Antilles, the proximity of Radisson Marina at Anse Marcel gives boaters a preview of the new Radisson BLU Resort St Martin. Nestled in a naturally protected cove on the north side of St. Martin, the charmingly chic French territory offers island-hoppers a peaceful getaway. The marina is located at 18º07'N 63º02'W on GPS.

Radisson BLU Resort Marina & Spa, St. Martin has partnered with Temenos Golf Course on neighboring island Anguilla to offer its guests an unparalleled Caribbean golf experience. The resort, located on the northwest coast of the French side of St. Martin, can reserve preferred tee times and arrange for private boat transfer to the Greg Norman-designed championship-caliber course. Visit our website for additional information.


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St. Martin, Anse Marcel, St. Martin, F.W.I.
--------------------- For reservations or additional information, please telephone (800) 333.3333
------------------------ Please visit us at: www.radissonblu.com/resort-stmartin

Featured Shop

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Not Your Mother’s "Pocketbook."

Offered in a rainbow of sizes and colors, Blooming Baskets by Lisa are definitely not your mother’s flowered pocketbooks.
All “Blooming Baskets by Lisa” floral handbags are individually designed and hand-made here on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. No two are ever perfectly identical – so you’ll not enter a room and encounter that dreadful situation.
They’re also infinitely fashionable. Equally at home when you’re wearing jeans to a picnic or elegant couture to a wedding… or, at the Academy Awards, should you be nominated or spend time with Hollywood friends.
Welcome to the world of Blooming Baskets by Lisa. Here, you’ll learn how we make them… the many places where you can use them… you’ll see our collection… and you’ll be able to order your very own handmade purse as well.

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About Blooming Baskets!
In 1993, Lisa and Michele, two sisters from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, moved to St. Martin in the Caribbean. In 2000, they opened a handbag boutique which sold designer American handbags. Inspired by the kaleidoscope of flowers that populate the St. Martin countryside, in 2002, they took ordinary straw and raffia bags and put them on steroids. The result: colorful, whimsical new bags adorned with gorgeous silk flowers.
Blooming Baskets by Lisa, an entirely new class of “handbag” that defies traditional description, had been born. The response was immediate and overwhelming. Lisa and Michele’s signature flowered Baskets already are being sold throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You’ll see Blooming Baskets by Lisa carried by the “rich and famous” on islands like the exclusive St. Barts and Anguilla. Go anywhere with a Blooming Basket, and watch heads turn for a closer look.
Lisa designs the Baskets at home on her terrace with the Caribbean Sea, sun, breezes, and flowers as her constant inspirations. Michele runs day-to-day operations. Learn how we make our Baskets. Then… start some excitement with your own colorful whimsical Blooming Basket by Lisa!

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How We Make Them!
Blooming Baskets by Lisa come in four sizes – mini, small, medium, and large; and, because of their strength and durability, our large Baskets are often packed to the hilt and taken to the beach. “Smaller” baskets, which are not really small, go everywhere. Underneath, Blooming Baskets are hand-constructed of high-quality, long-wearing raffia, a natural product obtained from the fronds of the raffia palm. Our raffia is wrapped or covered in long-wearing straw custom-woven for us and sewn for high durability. Our baskets are made individually. Dyes are hand-mixed, with no pre-set recipe; consequently, “purple” on one basket invariably looks a bit different from “purple” on another. Of course, all our dyes are formulated to resist fading.
Since Mother Nature has created an infinite variety of real flowers, we follow suit with all our silk flowers. From Exotic lilies to stunning roses to huge, colorful daisies and many other varieties in countless colors, Mother Nature is faithfully recreated in silk for Blooming Baskets by Lisa.

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Our Collection!
A couple of heads-up
First, we never create exactly the same Blooming Basket by Lisa twice. So when you order one of our beautiful floral handbags, know that your bag will be unique. The flowers (in color, design, and placement) and the precise bag color will differ, if ever so slightly, from our photos. You’re a unique person. So, your Blooming Basket will be unique, too.
Second, our floral handbags themselves change. Some colors disappear, others are introduced, and the combinations of flowers and dyes change.
So, if you see something that catches your eye today, grab it. It may be gone forever next time you look.
“Blooming Baskets by Lisa” offers baskets in four sizes and many flowers and flower colors. And of course, there are many Basket colors.
The Results speak for themselves.
No, they sing more than speak. And, you will absolutely love the melody!
 
For additional information, please contact us at:
Blooming Baskets by Lisa
Marina Village of Porto Cupecoy, Sint Maarten Tel: 1-721-586-7055 or 1-721-522-6668
Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us at: www.bloomingbasketsbylisa.com

Special Feature
Sally’s Cottage in Grand Case
 
Hi Sam. We have a new project that we are working on for this coming season. We now represent a lovely cottage on the beach in Grand Case and are in the process of remodeling and furnishing it. It is a 2 bedroom 2 bath house in the village of Grand Case with parking. It has a living room, kitchen, back porch and front porch. The owner is renovating it as we speak and we expect to take it over and furnish it this month. We do not have any interior photos yet but I can show you the wonderful beach in back of the house which is wide and lovely and the front porch.
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The house is located on Grand Case Boulevard in the heart of the restaurant district and is next to La California Restaurant. The view of the bay, Creole Rock and the island of Anguilla in the distance are spectacular. Here is the front of the house. Nothing has been done to the house in these photos but lots of good things are being put in and it will be a wonderful choice for 2 couples or just one. The bedrooms will be air conditioned and have queen beds. That is my husband in front of the house.
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The rate is $325 a night plus tax for 4 people. (10% tax) The weekly rate will be $2,100 plus tax. The rate for 2 people is $225 a night and $1,500 a week plus tax. We are excited about furnishing this little charmer and we think our clients will be very happy with it. Maid service twice a week included. It will be ready for rentals starting January 15th and we already have several weeks filled for the season.
For reservations or questions about Villalady properties, please telephone Roberta Valins at 1.800.338.4552 EST. Remember to contact Roberta for all your Vacation Rentals in St. Maarten or visit www.villalady.com or www.stmaartenvillavacations.com

Featured Activity





 

Passaat Classic Schooner
 

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St.Maarten’s Classic Sailing Experience

 

Passaat, Dutch for “Tradewinds” is a gaff rigged schooner built in 1911 in Holland. She has an interesting history thatPassaatPeople-R continues to build sailing in the turquoise blue Caribbean waters of St.Maarten & Saint Martin. Pieter Bakker, the captain owner, and his partner Mirian Ebbers would love to invite you for a day sail, sunset or dinner cruise along the beautiful coast of St.Maarten & Saint Martin. Once aboard you will learn more about Passaat’s history taking you back to a time when schooners grazed the waters of the world.

Key words for Passaat are sailing & relaxing. The only music aboard is the wind in the sails and water against the hull. There is never a crowd on Passaat as Pieter and Mirian like to get to know their guests personally; and, with a 100ft. in length, there is lots of personal space aboard.

Passaat offers 3 different cruises during the week and also on weekends.
Lunch & Swim Cruise
Join us for a half day cruise from 11am to 4pm.
Sail on the comfortable & spacious classic schooner along the South West coast of St.Maarten. 
The wind in the sails and the water against the hull is the music accompanying you on this trip. 
Swim & snorkel in turquoise waters of a calm bay. 
A gourmet Caribbean lunch is served at our shaded table on the foredeck.PassaatSunset-R Lunch is a choice between a nice Mahi Mahi filet or chicken filet, with Mango Sauce, salad, rice, plantain & bread. Our snacks typically are banana or coconut cake and fresh fruits. The open bar is available to you all day long and the choices are wine, beer, rum punch, various sodas and water of course. Snooze on the aft deck sailing back to “home port.”

Sunset Cruise
Think all shades of yellow, orange and almost red or is it pink and it is not a rum punch! A typical sunset in the Caribbean… How better to enjoy this true moment of splendor on Passaat, sipping on a cocktail, enjoying the peace of the Caribbean Sea whilst hugging the shore of the island of St.Maarten/Saint Martin.
Dinner Cruise
Whilst the sun is setting Passaat takes you on sail. Cruising along the South West island’s shores, enjoying your aperitif she will be your escort for an unforgettable evening.
A Caribbean 3- course Dinner will be served aboard upon return in port whilst at anchor. After a nice mixed salad, gourmet Mahi Mahi filet or chicken curry will be served and you get to sample our famous home-made coconut cream pie for dessert. If you have any dietary requirements or allergies please let us know and we will try to accommodate you. After a joyous evening under star scattered skies the tender will take you back ashore. Look for the shooting star and make a wish!
Profiles
PassaatSteering-RPieter Bakker, the Captain & Owner of Passaat, has been sailing in the Caribbean for the last 19 years. He started his sailing career more than 32 years ago in the Netherlands, sailing his own ship on the waters around Holland and the IJsselmeer. After he delivered his first boat to the Caribbean he got hooked to sailing in the Tradewinds. With his broad experience and knowledge of the Caribbean waters, every sail is guaranteed to be an enjoyable one.

Mirian Ebbers, his partner, has lived in the Caribbean for the last 15 years. From 1999 to 2007 she was the organizing director of the famous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. With her hotel degree, background in the service industry, and love for cooking, Mirian feels right at home on Passaat and will do everything in her power to make your stay aboard a great one.
Recently, Peiter and Mirian also acquired a nice 26ft. rebuilt navy launch. Passaat Too is nice for a Simpson Bay Lagoon day sail, a private sunset cruise or exploring the secluded beaches of the island for an hour or a day.

Passaat Classic Schooner is located in Simpson Bay, just outside the bridge in the bay. When you book a cruise on Passaat we will pick you up by tender at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club in Simpson Bay, which is located next to the Simpson Bay Bridge opposite the Royal Palm Resort. For information and/or reservations for day sails or other cruises, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at: (011) 599.580.3301. You can also visit our website at: www.sailholiday.com


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Now Offering Free Wine With Dinner!

Click Here for Coupon.

Welcome to Peg Leg Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood Emporium, Tapas Bar, Dessert Bar, and All Around Good-Time Place-To-Be.
Being voted St. Maarten’s best steakhouse has its limitations. Besides our extraordinarily tender USDATheNewPubR grain-fed beef, we offer a spectrum of spectacular seafood specialties, daringly decadent desserts, super soups and salads, and a huge appetizer menu that even the most devoted “tapas” fan would trade her tutu for.

Vegetarians get a choice of scrupulously fresh salads here, lots of strictly vegetarian appetizers, plus a delightful “Pasta Primavera” -- fettuccine and vegetables. Great lunch menu, too!
Welcome to Peg Leg, the St. Maarten / St. Martin place to go for steaks, seafood, appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, and old-fashioned fun. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Our hours are 11:30am to 11pm Monday through Saturday, and 4pm-11pm Sunday. All major credit cards accepted.
We're now located to the right of the main Casino entrance at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort, off the Union Road on the Dutch Side near the French border. Little traffic, lots of parking, and lots of great food. Click "Finding Us" (top, left) if you don't know the area.
 
Visit us soon!
ShawnWithCustomersRAfter visiting the island many times, in 2002, Jack and Linda Parker decided to make the move to St. Maarten. They loved the ambiance, the nightlife, the blue-green sea, warming sun, and the life-style. But, as happy as they were, they missed those great Arizona steaks. "We enjoyed great steaks in Arizona," Jack says, "and we intended to enjoy them in St. Maarten, even if we had to open our own restaurant to do it. There's nothing like a steak that cuts like butter and tastes like heaven."

Shortly thereafter, Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse was born and quickly established a following of local folks and tourists who heard about it through "word-of-mouth." People came for the Grade A steaks, the New York styled deli sandwiches, the succulent fresh-caught lobsters and the fun-filled casual environment. Over the months and years, the popularity of the restaurant has grown evidenced by recognition that in January 2006, Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse was once again voted and selected as the "Best Steakhouse on the Island."

"We think we offer the best food on the island, whether you’re looking for steaks, seafood, vegetarian selections, or late-night desserts. Or you can simply enjoy our selection of beers from around the world."

NewYorkStripRToday, Linda Parker and her son, Don, manage Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse which keeps them busy. For the record, there is lots of parking (something you couldn't find in Simpson Bay) and lots of table space. The popularity of the restaurant has resulted in expanding the terrace room adding 11 new tables with 44 new seats which is perfect for hosting large groups and private parties. Still the same excellent food, the same reasonable prices, friendly waiters and a mouth-watering double-cut bone-in ribeye steak that is bigger and better than ever. Entertainment is on Wednesday with "Cover to Cover" and Friday with the "Island Drifters" from 7-10pm and there is usually a good crowd of tourists and island folks eating well and enjoying themselves. If you're visiting St. Maarten, put the Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse restaurant on your list of things to do.
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-------- For reservations, tel: 1.480.794.1883 or 1.721.544.5859
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Villa of the Month

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Paradise found - Creativity at his best! When it seems there could be no more to absorb, the new La Perla Bianca comes into play. A unique, elegant, modern, private one bedroom, big living and generous bathroom villa within all your dreams. Located on Baie Rouge Beach with a private sand beach and all desired equipment. Design concept with Philippe Starck captures the eye. If you can go there, a treasure in the Caribbean with respect of nature.

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Villa Details

Property Location
Baie Rouge Beach - Terres-Basses, St. Martin
Staff
Gardener
Housekeeper
Pool
Swimming Pool

Number of Bedrooms: One (1)

Bedroom Description
The bedroom features a king size bed, air conditioning & ceiling fan. It opens to the living area.

Living Room Description
Very Contemporary - Design concept with Philippe Starck
Plasma TV, DVD, Satellite, Stereo Tape/CD

Number of Bathrooms: One (1)
Private very large bathroom with shower

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Amenities
• Air-conditioned bedroom
• Air-conditioned living area
• Bar-B-Q Gaz
• Beachfront
• CD player
• Ceiling fans
• DVD player
• Electric Gate
• Fridge
• Hair Dryer
• Internet Access
• Microwave
• Safe
• Satellite TV
• Stereo
• Stove
• TV
• Voltage 110/220
• Washer / Dryer

Other Amenities
• To Marigot: 10 min. drive
• To Nearest Grocery Store: 5 min. drive
• To Beach: A few steps out of the door

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Rates:
Low Season 2011---- Christmas 2011----- High Season 2012 ---- Low Season 2012
$7,000 -------------- $11,000 -------------- $7,500 ------------------------$7,000
-------------------------- Weekly - Rental rates are subject to 8% VAT
--------------------- Christmas/New Year - special rates & conditions apply
-------------------------------- Rates subject to change without notice


------------------------- Carimo Real Estate & Villa Rentals
--------- For reservations or information, email Carole Matthew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Telephone Toll Free US/CANADA: 877-215-0519, International: 1-646-415-7784 or 1-646-416-6830
To view our complete selection of villa rentals and sales, please visit us at: www.carimo.com


The Wine Cellar
by
Jean Rich




Sweet Dreams!
 
 
Just as a sparkling diamond gem begins as a lump of coal, wine diamonds are precious sweet wines and may have their beginnings as moldy grapes-but different grapes and different processes depending on Tradition.

Traditional sweet wines begin in Bordeaux as moldy grapes. Not just any mold-- "botrytis cinerea," the organism viticulturists lovingly called the "noble rot." It works its magic when the organism pierces the skin of the grape and pulls water and nutrients from the grape, leaving behind higher concentrations of sugars, fruit acids and minerals. Thus the grape's juice is more concentrated. This process is encouraged in Bordeaux to elevate the most famous and most valuable sweet wines, the Sauternes. Less well known, but equally enjoyable, and comparably a bargain, are the sweet wines called Pacherenc from the southwest of France. Similarly, Vouvray and Alsace areas of France develop sweet wines as do other countries: Germany, Italy, Australia and the USA, all thanks to the noble rot. But it's quite fascinating how many different ways wine makers have devised to make wine to be, or go with, dessert.

Wine making in partnership with botrytis is a very risky and labor-intensive process. Because Mother Nature is fickle, this will not occur every year. The vineyard must be left with the grapes on the stems long after the normal harvests while the botrytis infection does its work, a process which becomes a verb in California wine-speak ("Botrysized wine"). The difference BottleOfRedbetween garbage and ambrosia is whether nature provides a dry period after the wet one when the grapes are infected. During this time the wine makers and farmers pray that the rains won't come to dilute the juices and that the birds and other animals won't pick the ripening fruit before the harvesters can choose the fruit at exactly the right moment of sugar strength to take it to the wine cellar. Seasoned pickers go through the vines choosing the grapes, one-by-one, in the desired state of maturity and rot which the farmers have learned to recognize over centuries of experience, will yield wine with a deep yellow color and honeyed sweetness with an aroma of honeysuckle. Then, because the Botrytis also makes a substance that kills yeast and impairs fermentation, the wine makers may have to stay up all night nurturing the yeast to be sure that the alcoholic fermentation continues through to the wine product.

The Alsace region of France, and nearby in Germany make some sweet wines in a different way. They will leave certain grapes on the vine till the end of the harvest, taking a chance on other help from Mother Nature. These are the "late harvest" (vendange tardive in French) sweet wines in which the grapes have dehydrated, literally shriveled, during their length of time on the vine such that their sugar content is raised without the action of Botrytis. Another method is common in the Niagara region of the USA and Canada in which the ice crystals of early winter frosts perform the same function as the tendrils of the botrytis mold, puncturing the grapes' skins which allows dehydration of the grapes, and resulting in their sugars being concentrated. These are called "ice wines" in English; Eisweins in German. Finally the Italians make their sweet wine (amarone) from fruit dehydrated after the harvest. This is perhaps the way sweet wines were made in Biblical times. The grapes are allowed to dry like raisins on straw palettes, or special trays, and then fermented for many months to make a sweet wine from the dried fruit.
In Hungary and Eastern Europe, there is another technique used in production of the Tokai, the sweet wines of this region. The wine makers make a base wine of grapes that are not infected with the noble rot separately; grapes with high sugar content are made into a paste which is added to the base wine in proportions defined long ago by tradition and in measures corresponding to antique jars (puttonyos) to sweeten it.

Another process called "mutage" involves adding alcoholic spirits to the fermenting 'must.' These unctuous, sweet wines such as Banyuls and Rivesaltes are designated "vin doux naturel." This process is that more famous in production of Port in Portugal.

Other sweet wines are made in the Mediterranean coastal areas, Provence and the southern central and eastern coastal region of France by putting the red wines in large glass "demi-johns" which are buried in the ground, leaving the neck and top exposed, and they allow them to bake in the summer sun and ferment joyously. The wines from Mas Amiel are delicious with chocolates and chocolate desserts (when looking for these sweets request a Maury Mas Amiel for a real treat).

Sweet wines are not usually cloying because the acidity of the wine balances the sweetness. Once tasted, they leave the wine lover with a memory that never fades. A wine-lover's dreams of the night before Christmas will not be filled with bon-bons, rather with an anticipation of having these traditional sweet wines with their Christmas and New Year gourmet fare. Most gastronomic festivals in France will begin and end the year with a sweet wine to accompany one of the elements of their feast, most often the savory foie gras at the beginning, or as a "digestif" at the end with a sweet, or nut dish, or a rich, creamy cheese like a Roquefort that practically sings with a sweet wine. These wines are often called dessert wines, but that is a limited description. Yes, you can drink them for dessert, but they are also appreciated as an aperitif, to "open the palette." So they become the beginning or the ending and certainly will leave you with sweet dreams.

When in the West Indies, you can find great values in sweet wines from the lesser-appreciated areas of France like the south west, the Pacherenc wines of Alan Brumont who was named 'winemaker of the decade.' Vini’s Vino Wine & Spirit Boutique carries this wine in a very reasonable price range so it's easy to have sweet dreams on your vacation in paradise.
Sources:
BelMar Restaurant, Grill – Seafood – Wine Bar, Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten for the finest steaks, lobster and seafood. Tel: 1.721.544.2614 Visit: www.belmarrestaurant-sxm.com

Vini’s Vino Wine & Spirit Boutique, #105 Puerto Del Sol Plaza, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten across from Topper’s Restaurant. Its wine bar features a professional sommelier that will assist you in appreciating wines and offers free wine tastings on Thursday evenings. Bring your friends for an interesting evening! Tel: 1.721.544.4526 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Contributor Author Jean Rich has lived in Sint Maarten for more than 20 years since she retired from cancer research. She explores her passion for wine, dining and people at BelMar Restaurant & Wine Bar on Pelican Key, Simpson Bay; and Vini’s Vino Wine & Spirits Boutique. Its wine bar features wine experiences and offers for sale the benefits of the Sommelier's efforts to bring fine wine values to its clientele.


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If you have not been to the Oyster Bay Beach Resort in Oyster Pond in a while we have the perfect excuse for you to go there. We have rejuvenated Beau Beau’s Restaurant menu with some very nice and exiting new dishes in case the view of gorgeous Dawn Beach is not enough for you. In addition, we have the best deal in town pre-happy hour from 3:30 to 4:00 pm .25 cents Coronitas… yes you read right .25 US. Cents. If that is not good enough, try the all day $1 Corona specials. Come on down! Or call us at 543-6040 if you have any questions. Editor's Note: Beau Beau's is now under the supervision of renowned worldwide restaurateur, Mr. Spartaco Sargentoni.

Jewels by Love has just created a new website and it is spectacular. I spent an hour viewing dozens of incredible watches from Patek Philippe, Brequet. Vacheron Constantin and Ulysse Nardin to name a few of these prestigious brands. They give you the time, but above all, the watches presented on the website are works of art. With complex mechanisms and functions, they are made with great care by the world's greatest watchmakeres using the most noble of materials. All their watches are heirlooms to be worn and admired and to be treasured for generations. Don't take my word for it! Visit www.jewelsbylove.com and see for yourself. Jewels by Love stores are the 6th generation in an illustrious line of traditional jewelers and diamond mavens dating back to the 1800s. Locations at: 7 Rue du General de Gaulle, Marigot and 3 Frontstreet, Philipsburg, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: (1) 917.546.0902.

Tessa Mc Kay from the Reservation Department at Bleu Emeraude Residences emailed to inform us that as of December 22nd, 2012 a daily breakfast will now be offered with no additional charge to room rates. Bleu Emeraude is the new luxury resort located on beautiful Grand Case beach within easy walking distance to some of the finest restaurants on St. Martin. For reservations or additional information, please visit the website at www.bleuemeraude.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tropicana Casino will have their $10,000 Blazing Bingo event on Friday, 12/30/11 at 2:am. It will be the largest ever Bingo Cash Guaranteed Prize offered by a Casino in St Maarten, we expect more than 1000 people to be at the Tropicana on the night! Melvin Hodge the renown local singer will be performing at Tropicana live on stage every Saturday during January from 10:00pm-2:00am, I am sure many of your subscribers would love to come and hear him sing his beautiful melodies. Also coming soon Russian Dance Show....and we have a Free International Buffet served on Friday and Saturday evenings during January.

Esmeralda Resort, Orient Bay, St. Martin has just completed a $2.5 million dollar renovation. Every one of their villas has been freshly painted with soothing, pastel shades and where necessary, roofs have been replaced. Additionally, the pool furniture has been replaced at all 17 villas. All kitchenettes in superior and deluxe rooms have been completely redesigned. Each has new countertops and the old appliances have been replaced with a new coffee pot, microwave oven and mini-fridge. The interiors of all 65 rooms in the villas have been painted, new air conditioners, closet doors, electric hurricane shutters, telephones and brighter lamps have been installed. For more information contact Esmeralda Resort’s USA Sales Office: 800.622.7836 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zhaveri Jewelers - January 2012
Has great deals on Diamond Earrings, Pendants and Rings.
Prices starting at $99. Hurry! Offer valid till 31st Jan 2012.
For more information contact us at:
Tel: 1-877-ZHAVERI or 1-917-438-9291. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Maarten is poised to set a new cruise passenger record with the logging of some 1.6 million for the Year. Although cruise passenger and crew spending has dipped in recent years due to the global financial crisis, the country has continued to be a preferred destination for visitors and the cruise lines. The cruise arrival figure for the year stood at 1,416,830 cruise passengers at the end of November, a 159,297 or 12.7 percent increase on the projection. Compared to the same period in 2010, there was an increase in cruise passenger arrivals of eight per cent, according to figures from the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies. There were 501 cruise ship calls up to and including November. The cruise arrival figure for November was 183,152 with a total of 68 cruise ship calls, eight more than in the same month last year. For December, the projected arrival figure is 206,340.

Summit Resort Hotel announced last week that it has been awarded the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort property designation by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange. A selected number of RCI affiliated resorts meet RCI's requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. These resorts have attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience as measured by RCI. "The Summit is proud to have earned RCI's prestigious Gold Crown Resort designation and full credit goes to all of our employees who strive to ensure that the needs of each guest are fully met," said Bruce Jakubovitz, owner of the hotel. "As a family-run business in St. Maarten for the past 38 years, we appreciate when guests reward us with positive feedback that leads to an award like this." "RCI's Resort Recognition Programme helps ensure that our RCI affiliated resorts adhere to RCI's standards for accommodations, hospitality and member experience," said RCI president Gordon Gurnik. "We are thrilled to recognise those who have attained this designation and continue to work to offer top vacation destinations to our 3.7 million members worldwide."

Finally, there is activity going on by the old La Belle Creole Resort property. Two restaurants are being constructed on Baie Nettle beach between La Belle Creole and the Ma Ti Beach Restaurant by Orient Bay developer Mr. Norbert Luftman. In addition, a pretty large area of land has been cleared supposedly for villa development. However, it’s reported that a building permit for villas had not yet been granted. Mr. Luftman developed Orient Beach in the early 90s and made it into one of the Caribbean’s most popular beaches with the construction of restaurants Kon Tiki, Kakao, Waikiki, Bikini, and Coco, known as the “Five Stars.” We’ll keep you posted.


Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence
La Samanna Resort & Spa is pleased to announce that Le Réservé Restaurant has been presented with the Wine Spectator’s 2010 “Best of Award of Excellence,” which is given to restaurants that offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.

The magazine’s second-tier award was presented to only 778 winners worldwide, giving special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the “Award of Excellence.” “We continue to expand our diverse wine collection at Le Réservé, one we believe already constitutes one of the best in the Caribbean,” said Head Sommelier Christian Mirande. The handpicked wine selection at Le Réservé has been honored by Wine Spectator for “The Best Award of Excellence” since 2007. To learn more about the wines that we serve and our head sommelier please visit our wine cellar.

St. Maarten's Dialing code 1-721 went into effect September 30, 2011. The Bureau Telecommunication & Post St. Maarten (BTPSXM) announced on Monday that the use of St. Maarten’s new dialing code 1-721 will commence as of September 30. Calls to St. Maarten using either 00-599 or 1-721 will be processed regularly during a “permissive dialing period” which will run until September 30, 2012. Callers using -599 will be advised that the dialing code has changed and the new code should be used. The mandatory dialing period will commence on September 30, 2012, and remain in effect until March 31, 2013. During this period calls to St. Maarten using 00-599 will not be processed and callers will be advised to dial 1-721 for calls to St. Maarten. The use of country code 00599 will be discontinued for St. Maarten on September 30th, 2012.


The StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletters are e-published bimonthly by Steeple Associates, Inc., 5201 Warrens Way, Wanaque, NJ 07465. For Questions or Comments, telephone: 973.835.0600 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Publisher: Sam Fusco. Editorial Consultant: Marilyn Fusco. Sales and Marketing: Barbara Fusco. Contributing Correspondents: Jean Rich, Laura Richardson, & Antoine Mignot.
 

November 2011 Newsletter





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Dear Friends,

Next week, Barbara and I are going to StMaarten/StMartin. I can't wait! I'm looking forward to this trip with as much anticipation as if I were a first time traveler. I'm excited about seeing our island friends, acquaintances and business clients. To have lunch, dinner or just to sit around and find out what's new in their lives. To reminisce and tell tales of years past. To remember old friends who are gone. To laugh about past beach parties and barbeques with friends and their friends and families. One party comes to mind a few years ago on the beach in Grand Case. The cousin of a friend of ours arrived, grabbed a beer as he kissed Barbara on both cheeks and strongly shook my hand while loudly proclaiming to the gathering, "When I heard there was a party at Aunt Rosey's house (82 years old), I knew the Fusco's were on island." That's the way it is with StMaarten / StMartin islanders. When you become their friend, their friends and family become your friends and family. 

We're also looking forward to seeing the island - our island, our home. The island was fortunate this year. The hurricanes this season passed the island without doing any considerable damage, but they did drop lots and lots of rain. So, the island, hillsides and valleys should be pretty green with lovely vegetation and magnificent flowers. The fish in the sea should be in abundance and will bring many smiles to the faces of the fishermen. I'm anxious to see what new businesses have sprung to life and, sadly, to hear which businesses are no longer viable. I wonder what new buildings have been built and hope to see others newly painted and the renovations in some of my favorite hotels and restaurants. I also look forward to meeting new people who have settled on the island, opened a new business, and look to the future with great expectations.  I wish them the greatest good fortune!

The only thing the island needs is you!

Regards,
Sam Fusco
President/Publisher
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. MaartenHospitality & Trade Association's
Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism


Featured in this issue:
1. A Spectacular Offer?
2. Win Our Dream Vacation for Two
3. Poem:  Little Girls & Little Boys by Laura Richardson
4. Featured Hotel: Bleu Emeraude Residence
5. Featured Shop: Roland Richardson Gallery
6. Featured Activity: La Samanna's Spa
7. Featured Restaurant: La Cave Restaurant
8. Villa of the Month: Villa Mango by Pierres Caraibes
9. What's Happening in Paradise?


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How about Five (5) Days/Four (4) Nights in a magnificent three bedroom villa with your own private pool and incredible views of the Caribbean Sea plus the amenities of a five star resort including breakfast each morning? Look at the photo above. One of those villas will be yours for five magnificent days! Bring your family or friends!

La Samanna Villas: One of the most distinguished addresses in the Caribbean now offers the ultimate in luxury Caribbean villa accommodations and services. Residential in feel, but private and exclusive in nature, the La Samanna Villas in St Martin offer a simple elegance, exquisitely designed for the discerning Caribbean luxury traveler.

Featuring over 4600 square feet of exclusive villa space, private wrap-around infinity pools, generous villa living quarters, breathtaking Caribbean ocean views, master bedrooms with alcoves and oversized private terraces, the Villas at La Samanna in the Caribbean are palatial yet comfortable and laid back, with a true Caribbean spirit. Each villa with three bedroom suites embraces six guests in refined luxury.

Take this opportunity to rent the ultimate luxury real estate in St. Maarten, The Villas at La Samanna. A New Legend. For decades, the world’s jet-setting tastemakers have flocked to La Samanna. Its singular pedigree as the Caribbean’s most idyllic hideaway is legendary. La Samanna, from Orient-Express, five star resort services available worldwide.

This magnificent villa is available exclusively from www.StMaarten.org for a Five (5) Days/Four (4) Nights rental between November 1, 2011 and December 21, 2012. We are offering these nights at an incredible discount - 50% off Rack Rate.The rack rate is $2,000 per night during low season and $3,000 per night during high season. This offer is good for travel through December 21, 2012 based on availability excluding Christmas, New Years and Presidents' Week. La Samanna is closed during September and October for maintenance and staff vacations. Please email Sam Fusco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 001.973.835.0600 with any questions.


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Radiance
"Radiance In The Garden"

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-- Little Girls & Little Boys  



The world belongs

to little girls

whose hair cascade

in curls and lashes flutter

like butterflies

around their radiant eyes.

The world’s a toy

to little boys

who nimbly run

and jump and roll

chased by the sun

in brilliant fun.

The world is a flower

in a young girl’s hand

with magical powers

like a soft-petaled wand

that flows on her command.

The world is a treasure

to dragon-flying boys

whose fearless feats are

measured in quantum

leaps of endless joy.

It’s not without a trip,

a tear, a fall,

or rip, by chance,

but little girls and little boys

know how to dance

the dance.

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With many years,

I still defy the drying skin

that tries to hide

the youth within.

I realize that it is a stream

that passes through

the cocoon’s dream

to bathe

and be reborn again,

and infinitely again.

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Poem by Laura Richardson

Painting by Sir Roland Richardson, St. Martin, FWI
www.rolandrichardson.com

 

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 443-982-0683
 


Featured Hotel

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A Luxurious Residence on Grand Case Beach!

Bleu Emeraudes a new luxury resort located on beautiful GrandCase beach on the island of Saint-Martin, just north of the West Indies. Our outstanding facilities and an exceptional setting on the island make Bleu Emeraude a real paradise for travelers looking for gastronomy and a range of StudioUnit-Routdoor activities, all within easy walking distance. Each apartment has been specially designed to offer our guests tranquility and exceptional views of the Caribbean Sea and Anguilla Island on the horizon. We have top-of-the-range amenities and our services include: Direct access to the Beach, complete with sun loungers, umbrellas, and other equipment, indoors and outdoors parking, wi-fi Internet access, daily housekeeping...

THE STUDIO APARTMENT [2 persons]
On the ground floor or the first floor, the 45m² Studio apartment has private terrace and 2 deskchairsin front of the Caribbean Sea. Inside, the comfortable and clear bedroom is equipped with a "King size" bed and witha satellite TV flat screen, DVD, hi-fi players with Ipod station. The shower-room is fitted out with a big shower with toilet area and hair-dryer. The Kitchen is functional and completely equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a dining room area. The modern and light decoration will give you a comfortable feeling during your stay.

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT [2 up to 4 persons]
Located on the ground floor or on the first or second floor, the 80m² one bedroom apartment consists of a living room with Kitchen counter, a double room with a big bathroom MasterBedroom-Rand a private terrace with two deckchairs facing the Caribbean Sea. The bedroom has a "Queen sized" bed 160x200 cm, storage space and a satellite TV flat screen. The living room is equipped with a high-quality convertible sofa 160x200 cm, a satellite TV flat screen, DVD, andhi-fi players with Ipod station. The kitchen is functional and completely equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher and washing machine. The shower-room has a large shower, toilet area, and hairdryer.  

Note: The one bedroom apartments on the second floor are slightly smaller, as they are situated under the roof. The terrace is not covered. One of these two apartments has an additional sofa bed and can hold up to 6 persons.

TWO BEDROOMS APARTMENT [4 up to 6 persons]
On the second floor, the two bedroom apartment of 120 m² is completely facing the Caribbean Sea and the beach. It consists of a living room with Kitchen counter, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a big opened terrace with table, chairs and deckchairs. The large living room is equipped with a comfortable "King size" 180x200 cm convertible sofa, with satellite TV flat screen, DVD, andhi-fi players with Ipod station. Both equipped with TV flat screen, the bedrooms look out onto the sea and have access to the big private terrace. The Master bedroom has a 2x2 m canopy bed and shower-room and dressing room.

SERVICES
Reception open every day.
Secure underground parking lot.
Elevator with ramp for wheelchair access.
Continental breakfast service (see conditions).
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Private terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Air conditioning in living room and bedrooms.
Fully furnished, with nice decor.
Safe.
Flat-screen TV in living room and bedrooms (includes satellite and Canal + stations).
DVD player, Hi-fi with CD player and iPod docking station.
Free Wi-Fi access.

Fully-equipped kitchen.
Microwave + traditional oven.
Standard coffee machine or Nespresso® machine, and toaster.
Refrigerator and freezer.
Dishwasher.
Bathroom with hair dryer.
Bed-linen, bath and beach towels.
Washing machine.
Iron and ironing board.
Property with sea views. Beach with sun loungers --- and sun umbrellas.
Clear, unobstructed sea views.
Nearest beach: Grand Case.

Menu for a delicious vacation in your Saint Martin apartment!
Do you have an appetite for a delicious Caribbean vacation in Saint Martin? Apartments from the Bleu EmeraudeResidence are the best place to stay if you want to savor everything the island has to offer. Get prepared for a tasty meal. Here is the menu:

BER-Balcony-RStarter: What about a refreshing swim? All Saint Martin apartments at the Bleu EmeraudeResidence have direct access to the Grand Case beach. The climate in Saint Martin is always perfect (from 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer). No more than five degrees separate the air temperature from the ocean temperature (and inside the apartment you'll enjoy the air conditioning in the living room and bedrooms). Or... Have a sweet rest on the deckchairs of your private terrace. It's overlooking the Caribbean Sea with an exceptionally dreamy view of the translucent water.

Main course: Are you packed full of vitamins and protein? Try one of the many sports Saint Martin offers: hiking, horseback riding, tennis, kayaking, windsurfing... Or... To spice up your day, try the Treetop Adventure Park of Saint Martin. High above a centuries-old forest reserve, you'll experience the thrill of suspended bridges and swinging ropes.

Dessert: After an exhilarating day, go rest in your Bleu Emeraude Residence of Saint Martin. Apartments are specifically designed for your pleasure: modern and comfortable design, "king-size" beds, satellite TV, spacious shower room and fully-equipped kitchen. Everything is there to help you relax and enjoy your Saint Martin vacation. Or... Have a cocktail of fun. Try one of the night-clubs or casinos of Saint Martin. The apartments of the Bleu EmeraudeResidence are very close so it won't take long to get there. Also located near supermarkets, Grand Case Village, 2 km from Grand Case Airport and only 16 km from Princess Juliana International Airport.

Bleu Emeraude Residence, On Grand Case Beach, St. Martin, F.W.I.
For reservations, Tel: Xavier Morel at 011.590.590.87.27.71, Fax: 011.590.590.87.27.63
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Please visit us at: www.bleuemeraude.com.

 

Featured Shops


Roland Richardson Gallery


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Dedicated to the art of "PleinAir" Impressionism, Sir Roland Richardson's paintings of his Caribbean homeland have become true symbols of the region's beauty and rich culture. Sir Richardson's "Plein Air" creations, always accomplished on location, from living subjects, joyfully communicate the natural wonder andhistory of his native Caribbean, specifically the island of St. Martin, where the 66-year-old artist was born.

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Sir Richardson's paintings emanate the glorious light that bathes our verdant landscape. His portraits speak the soul of a whole community, young and old, their work, their introspection. His turquoise seascapes roll in rhythmic waves while fruits and flowers on their vine, or bundled in bouquets, transform their moment's beauty to ever-lasting brilliance through the energy of light and color.

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An on-going exhibit of Sir Roland Richardson's work is featured at a beautifully restored 19th century Creole townhouse in Marigot, St. Martin, at #6 rue de la Republique, where nature abounds with the colors of the Caribbean. Visitors are invited to tour the historic home & concealed courtyard garden, rich with indigenous beauty and history, including stone-laid walls and soldiers barracks dating back to the court of Louis XVI, before the French Revolution of 1789.

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Born on the islandof St. Martin, Sir Roland Richardson is emerging internationally as a leading artist in the School of Caribbean Art, offering a unique view of his native West Indian culture as a "Plein Air" Impressionist. His mastery of multiple mediums including painting on location in oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing in charcoal and extensive fine print-making is rapidly earning the recognition and respect of art collectors andappreciators worldwide. Painting for over 45 years, Sir Richardson's work has been exhibited extensively aroundthe globe. His list of patrons include the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Romare Bearden, Martha Graham, Harry Belafonte, Susan Lucci, former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke andthe Getty family among many others. Sir Roland Richardson was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2007 for his lifelong artistic contribution to his community. He has also received a Life-time Achievement award from the French Government for his work.

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Sir Roland Richardson

#6 rue de la Republique, Marigot, St. Martin 97150
(up the street from Marigot Harbor by the French Pharmacie)
Island Tel from the USA: 011.590.590.87.32.24 - Magic Jack USA-based Tel: 443.982.0683
Hours: 10am to 6pm Daily except Sunday

To visit Roland's complete artwork,
go to: www.rolandrichardson.com 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Portrait photos: Laura Richardson
Artwork Copyright © 2011 Sir Roland Richardson


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La Samanna Spa



Explore Our Spa

At La Samanna Spa we offer a wide range of world-class massages and spa treatments to pamper you from head to toe. Discover the healing power of the sea through our luxurious Physiodermie and St. Barth product lines and let us nurture you. We can customize any of our treatments to fit your special needs. And, at your request, we will gladly and discreetly extend sound advice for integrating a healthier lifestyle for you to take back home. La Samanna Spa team hopes that our talent, dedication and hospitality will help make your stay at La Samanna the ultimate vacation. Open daily 9am - 7pm.  For more information or details on how to book your treatment, please contact us: Tel. 011.590.590.87.65.69 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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La Samanna Spa,
St. Martin, F.W.I. 
For reservations, tel: 011.590.590.87.65.69 or 590.87.64.00
Please visit us at: http://www.lasamanna.com/web/omar/spa_st_martin.jsp
or  Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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La Cave Restaurant at La Samanna



 Experience – Wine tasting – Cocktails

Only one table…

…Make it your table for one night in the exclusive La Cave at La Samanna


Perfect for a private celebration, business dinner, or just to enjoy life… La Cave offers to our guests a completely different dining experience. Sit among some of the finest wines in the world, experience the finest cuisine of our Chef René Bajeux, one of the best Caribbean chefs, complimented by elegant and attentive service.

Private Dining
This is a great opportunity to enjoy a private dinner in our Restaurant La Cave, surrounded by over 12,000 of our very special wines. A five course or a nine course menu will be served with a wine paired with each course by our Head Wine Waiter.

Exclusive Dinner
Enjoy a special dinner featuring some of the very best vintages from exceptional wine appellations including: Bollinger, Dom Pérignon, Cheval Blanc, La Bourgogne, “Parfums du Sud”, USA.

Wine Tasting
Traveling through the world, guided by our expert Sommelier, you will discover the hidden secrets of the wine accompanied by a selection of fruits and French matured cheese.

Rum Tasting
Pearl of the Tropics, pride of each island, Rums will deliver their secrets and characteristics through a journey tasting around the Caribbean. Mignardises, selected by Chef René Bajeux, will enhance your experience.

Cocktail Party
La Cave is perfect for a soirée, an intimate meeting of like minded people surrounded by one of the finest wine collections in the Caribbean. La Cave can accommodate a cocktail party with canapés or fine French cheeses for a party of ten to twenty-five guests.

“La Table du Sommelier”
In the typical atmosphere of La Cave Restaurant, once a week, 10 lucky guests, not one more, will have the privilege to share an exclusive dinner at La Table du Sommelier in La Cave. Every week, Chef René will create a tasting menu, paired perfectly with the expertise of Christian, our Head Sommelier. You may not know each other yet… but this is all about the experience of La Table du Sommelier: enjoying fine cuisine, exclusive wine, and conviviality. 

Your eyes, your nose, your "papilles" (taste buds): your taste becomes attentive, sensitive, and while smelling and tasting such wine or such alcohol, you discover a new treasure and a new pleasure...

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----------------------- Best of Award of Excellence Wine Spectator 2007
-------------------------- Award of Excellence Wine Spectator 2006
---------------------- Best Wine List of the Caribbean Gault & Millau 2007

La Cave Restaurant at La Samanna, St. Martin, F.W.I. 
For reservations, tel:1.800.854.2252 or 011.590.590.87.64.00
Please visit us at: http://www.lasamanna.com/web/omar/wine_cellar.jsp 
or  Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Villa of the Month 

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With its sweeping sunrise views of the ocean from Tintamarre round to St Barts, Villa Mango is the ideal vacation getaway. Comprising three, well appointed equal bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a newly built smaller bedroom with bathroom and private deck with view. The well designed spacious and airy living space and covered terrace dining area open out to a large sun deck around the private pool, this fabulously renovated property boasts air conditioning throughout. Conveniently located in the gated residential area of Orient Bay with its plentiful beach bars, restaurants and water sports, and only a short walk from restaurants, shops and the famous ‘St Tropez of the Caribbean’, Villa Mango has all the ingredients for a great vacation.

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Villa Details

Property Location
Orient Bay, St. Martin

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Staff
• Gardener
• House keeper
• Pool Person

Pool
• Swimming Pool

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Number of Bedrooms: 3+1

Bedrooms Description
The three bedrooms have king size beds, one bedroom has a queen size bed. All bedrooms have bathtubs and or showers, hair dryers, TVs, phones, TV & DVD, air conditioning and ceiling fans.

Living Room Description
Contemporary and comfortable Furniture, cable TV, DVD & CDs, phones and ceiling fan.

Bathrooms Description (4)
Private Bathrooms with Showers or Bathtubs
Number of Bathrooms: 2 and 1/2

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Amenities
• Air-conditioning throughout the villa
• CD player
• Ceiling fans
• DVD player
• Electric Gate
• Fridge
• Hair Dryer
• Hi-Speed Internet Access
• Microwave
• Safe
• BBQ
• Satellite TV
• Stereo
• Stove
• TV
• Voltage 110/220
• Washer / Dryer
• No Smoking

Other Amenities
• To Marigot: 11 min. drive
• To Nearest Grocery Store: 2 min. drive
• To Beach: 3 min. drive Long Bay.

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Rates:

High Season, Dec. 15, 2011 - Apr 14, 2012
Two Bedrooms $5,200 - Three Bedrooms $5,300 - Four Bedrooms $5,400

Low Season, Apr 15 - Dec 14, 2012
Two Bedrooms $3,700 - Three Bedrooms $3,800 - Four Bedrooms $3,900

Xmas Rates 2011
$7,900

All rates are per week in US $ and subject to an 8% Government Tax & Service
2012 Early Bird Booking Special (EBB): 5% discount
Applicable for travel throughout the high and low season 2012.
7 night minimum stay. Bookings MUST be made by 14 Dec 2011.
All rates categories. Does not include Thanksgiving or Easter



Pierres Caraibes Real Estate

For reservations or information, contact Lisa Desbiens at
Tel: 011.590.590.51.02.85, Cell: 011.590.690.33.90.22, Fax: 011.590.590.51.02.45 or
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view our complete selection of
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What's Happening in Paradise?

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Jewels by Love has just created a new website and it is spectacular. I spent an hour viewing dozens of incredible watches from Patek Philippe, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin and Ulysse Nardin to name a few of these prestigious brands. They give you the time, but above all, the watches presented on the website are works of art. With complex mechanisms and functions, they are made with great care by the world’s greatest watchmakers using the most noble of materials. All their watches are heirlooms to be worn and admired and to be treasured for generations. Don’t take my word for it! Visit www.jewelsbylove.com and see for yourself. 

Jewels by Love stores are the 5th generation in an illustrious line of traditional jewelers and diamond mavens dating back to the 1800s. Locations at: 7 Rue du General de Gaulle, Marigot and 3 Frontstreet, Philipsburg, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Tel: (1) 917.546.0902

St. Maarten's Carnival 2012 is a comin' soon! It will be held on April 19th to May 2nd, 2012. If you haven't been on island during Carnival, start making your planning now! You don't want to miss it. It's drama. It's comedy. It's fun. It's entertainment. It's unforgettable. The costumes worn by parade participants are fantastic and incredible. Bring your spouse. Bring your children. Bring your friends. You dance and sing and drink and eat the nights (and days) away. Did I mention that Carnival is a St. Maarten historical event? Come on down to St. Maarten for Carnival. It's a blast!!

Jean-Marc Jalbert appointed General Manager, Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin. “Jean-Marc joins the spectacular resort with rich experience across Europe and the United States, including Sofitel, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and independent Relais & Châteaux properties,” says Javier Rosenberg, Vice President, Owned and Managed Operations, Carlson Hotels, Americas. “Jean-Marc’s most recent experience includes more than eight years with Sofitel Luxury Hotels & Resorts in a number of properties and capacities, including General Manager and Vice President of Food and Beverage for the Americas.”

“I’m very excited to be joining the resort team and establishing the Radisson Blu brand in the Caribbean. When completed, our current renovation will position us at the top end of St Martin’s hotel inventory. We can’t wait to showcase our new products, services and amenities when we begin to welcome back customers in mid December 2011!” said Jalbert.

Jean-Marc received a bachelor’s degree in Food & Beverage and Hotel Management from lycee Hotelier Paul Valery in Menton, France. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish. Jean-marc is also an advisory board member for Hotel F&B Executive Magazine.

As the season quickly approaches, there are several re-openings to report: after staff vacations and annual maintenance, La Samanna Resort & Spa will re-open on November 2nd; Lee's Roadside Grill, the ever popular restaurant in Simpson Bay re-opened on October 15th; Pizza Galley who boasts the "Best Pizza" on St. Maarten (with my blessing) re-opened on October 15th; Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin will open in mid December after extensive renovations; Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse on the terrace at Princess Casino Port de Plaisance Resort who serves some of the "Best Steaks" on island will re-open on November 1st; Saratoga Restaurant (one of my favorite restaurants) re-opened October 17th to begin their 22nd season. Congratulations to Chef/Owner, John Jackson.

Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse at Port de Plaisance Resort is sponsoring an event to benefit the French Side Animal Shelter, I Love My Island Dog Association. 10% of of all gross proceeds from the opening day will go to help the shelter. They will also have a jar at the bar until November 15th for those who want to donate but couldn't make the opening day event. By the way, the Pub is featuring a Thanksgiving Day Buffet starting at 5:30pm which will include a complete meal with delightful desserts. Luncheon platters will be available from 12 noon until 3pm. Stop by and enjoy the day!

La Samanna Renovation Over the past four decades, the panoramic views of Baie Longue have enticed guests from around the world to visit La Samanna – one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts. La Samanna intends to strengthen their commitment to presenting guests with an elegant and luxurious resort experience with an extensive renovation project.  

When guests arrive at La Samanna this fall, they will discover enhanced accommodations across the property. 60% of all the suites, rooms and villas have been completely renovated influenced by the Mediterranean style of La Samanna. Furniture, pillows and other materials have also been replaced in graceful and light colors reflecting the Caribbean Sky and Sea. The renovation work started in early September and will be completed in time for the resort’s re-opening on November 2, 2011. Please click here to watch the video to hear La Samanna General Manager Pascal Deyrolle chat about the recent renovations.

Dive Adventures has a sunset cruise/dinner in conjuction with The Stone Restaurant on Thursday nights. $70 per person which includes Lambada Coastal Sunset Sail, with drinks and snacks, and a sumptuous dinner at The Stone Restaurant as we arrive back at the marina with menu choices of Cajun Marinated Tiger Shrimp, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, and Surf and Turf to name a few. The Sunset Sail leaves Simpson Bay Resort Marina providing an unforgettable sightseeing sailing slowly along the coast to Long Bay into the setting sun. For reservations, tel. 1.721.544.2640 or 544.2631.

Special Offer:
Reserve your room at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and FREE DINNER at Infinity Restaurant is on us! How to redeem this offer: At check-in, be our guest and enjoy our fine wine with lunch or dinner, for two adults, ordered from Infinity’s regular menu. Offer valid only for online bookings. Must present a copy of this offer at check-in to qualify. Print out a copy of this offer. NO CASH VALUE.

Mention Code: StMaarten.org Promo.
Offer valid any day of the week.
Valid for Redemption: August 24, 2011 – Nov. 30, 2011
For reservations, please telephone: 1.866.978.0212

Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Emerald Merit Rd 10, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten.St. Martin
Visit us at: www.OBBR.com - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tropicana Casino offers Special Mega Bingo Prizes on December 2, 2011 and December 30, 2011 with guaranteed payouts of $5,000 and $10,000. Tropicana Princess Casino is situated on the unmatched Caribbean shores of St. Maarten. It is only two miles away from Princess Juliana International Airport and serves its customer base with 297 slot machines between 2pm and 4am. Tropicana Casino also has nightly progressive jackpot bingo which you can win up to $15,000. Casino provides unlimited free drinks and nightly buffet for players. You can enjoy gambling in Tropicana Princess Casino for as little as 1 cent to a dollar with the video slot and reel machines. You can enjoy the most select casino games such as "King Kong Cash" "Lucky Lady's Charm" "Hot Shots" "Instant Winner" "Alfastreet Roulette" and "Zeus" in the casino. For information, please telephone 721 - 544 5654.

The Special Mega Bingo Prizes will be at the following times:
Friday, December 02, 2011 : @12 am $1000 - @1 am $1000 - @2 am $5000
Friday, December 30, 2011 : @12 am $1000 - @1 am $1000 - @2 am @10000  (New Years Eve Promotion) free drinks, food and live entertainment....

Saratoga Restaurant, located in the Simpson Bay Yacht Club, has a new website which features a digital tour and a Menus section which will soon be updated... Please keep in mind that our menu changes often and will feature a selection of Raw Bar items this coming weekend... Also, we will begin our monthly Wine Paring Experience beginning in early November... For reservations, tel. 011.599.544.2421, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.sxmsaratoga.com

Oyster Bay Resort Sees ‘No Off Season’
The crowded courtyard of Oyster Bay Beach Resort at the close of its annual Owners’ Appreciation Month last week was a testament of the timeshare property not subscribing to the notion of an “off season.” Resort Director of Sales and Marketing Paolo LoCastro said Oyster Bay doesn’t understand what off season means because September saw timeshare owner’s filling the rooms.  The resort held a close Dinner that paid homage to the theme - “The Roaring 20s” with women Dressed up as flappers and men as gangster types. Two of the notable faces to grace the resort’s red carpet were Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Health, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Cornelius De Weever. The prime minister said St. Maarten was grateful that the resort’s timeshare owners opt to spend time here in the off season, giving an extra boost to the resort and the country. “St. Maarten is truly blessed. We give the best to our guests and their return shows confidence in our people and country.” LoCastro commended resort staff and management for their efforts in showing appreciation to the owners, saying that it’s that dedication that made the resort “one of the most successful resorts” in the country.

Hotel L'Esplanade in Grand Case, which wins Trip Advisor Awards and World Travel Awards almost every year, has freshly renovated their four Oversized Lofts. They boast granite floors, modern kitchens with granite counter tops, very modern slate rain showers, etc... They are also in the final stage of hanging towel bars, etc... For reservations, tel. 011.590.590.87.06.55 or Toll Free: 866.596.8365 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us at: www.lesplanade.com.

St. Maarten has a new telephone area code.
After much talk, St. Maarten has become part of the North American Telephone Numbers Plan. The new area code is 721. Under the old system, you had to dial 011.599.542.2176 to reach Caribbean Gems. But, now, with the new 10 digit system, you can dial 1.721.542.2176 to reach Caribbean Gems. The new area code 721 replaces the old 599 area code. This new system which went into effect on September 30th, 2011, makes it much easier for people in North America and the Caribbean to call St. Maarten. There is a one year transition period until September 30, 2012 during which either the new area code or the old will connect your call; but, after September 2012, the 599 area code will be phased out. This is another step to upgrade St. Maarten's telecommunications with the rest of the world.    

SHTA To Support Heineken Regatta With $5000 Contribution

Last week, the SHTA met with the organizers of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to discuss plans for the 2012 event and SHTA’s contribution. During this meeting, The SHTA again confirmed its long term commitment to the regatta and made a financial contribution of US$5,000. The SHTA also committed to assist with finding accommodations, when needed, for the guest judges, jury members and media flying in from abroad to take part in the Regatta.  The St.Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has been a proud sponsor of the St. MaartenHeineken Regatta for more than 10 years. The SHTA is the largest private business representative on the island, representing close to 150 companies. Organizers of the regatta said they are very appreciative of having the SHTA as one of their sponsors, as the association is comprised of many of the islands hotels as its members. The SHTA lends a hand at assisting the Regatta with working together withthe many hotels on the island to assure that the guests and hotels are as involved in the event as much as possible.   “The SHTA recognizes the importance of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for St. Maartenas it is marketed worldwide and attracts many visitors from abroad. The economical Impact of this event should not be underestimated,” a release from the regatta organizers read.

Select Yachts NV has moved! They are now located by Mooi Restaurant in the new Puerta del Sol complex on the 1st level upstairs, unit #17. Select Yachts will be soon celebrating their 10th year as THE St Maarten yacht charter specialists. All phones and contacts remain the same, local phones are (1-721) 544-4100 or US VOIP at 1-954-246-3815. Check them out on line www.selectyachts.net or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paris Texas re-opens !
Same great food and drink. Kiss ass margaritas and awesome fajitas.
New staff and lots of fun! Dinner 5pm till 11pm - closed Mondays

Bikini Beach re-opens "all the way" for breakfast , lunch and dinner November 1st
Same fun people. Lots of authentic Thai specialties from chef Air.
Thai buffet every Thursday night from Nov 10th.

New renovated boutique staffed by Betty (ex La Playa)!
This year !!!!!!!!!!!!  Noodlekini Snack bar $1 = 1 €  !!!!!!!!!!!!! open 9-5 daily, gourmet hotdogs, pasta bowls, quesadillas and wraps featuring Rum Jumbie drinks.

BUDA BAR re-opens and "takes back the beach" on Sundays with classic beach DJ  parties on October 23rd. All that is missing is you.

Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence
La Samanna Resort & Spa is pleased to announce that Le Réservé Restaurant has been presented with the Wine Spectator’s 2010 “Best of Award of Excellence,” which is given to restaurants that offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions. The magazine’s second-tier award was presented to only 778 winners worldwide, giving special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the “Award of Excellence.”

“We continue to expand our diverse wine collection at Le Réservé, one we believe already constitutes one of the best in the Caribbean,” said Head Sommelier Christian Mirande. The handpicked wine selection at Le Réservé has been honored by Wine Spectator for “The Best Award of Excellence” since 2007. To learn more about the wines that we serve and our head sommelier please visit our wine cellar

Annual Fete de la Cuisine to Feature Six Michelin Star Chefs
The annual gastronomic event - Fête de la Cuisine – will again feature prominent Michelin star chefs with local culinary masters for an array of activities to delight and satisfy the palate from November 4 to 12. The fête is organised by Top Promotion Foundation in collaboration with the Dutch Alliance Gastronomique from whose membership the six top chefs with at least one Michelin star each will be drawn.    The visiting chefs will be welcomed with early cocktails at Sunset Bar and Grill  on November 4, followed  by their attendance at the  Boardwalk Fest, Organised  by St. Maarten Harbour  Group of Companies and  the Tourist Bureau. Henri Brookson of Top Promotion said Fête de la Cuisine will host a guavaberry and potato pudding contest during the Boardwalk Fest. There will also be an Italian evening in the tent “Bella Italia,” with gourmet foods and fine wines from Italy. The tent will be on the beach, across from Holland House Beach Hotel. The opening cocktail and Dinner party of Fête de la Cuisine will take place at Holland House Beach Hotel on November 5, with the visiting chefs teaming up with the hotel chef to create a four-course signature dinner.

St. Maarten now has its First Marine Park
Located two miles outside Great Bay, Man of War Shoal Marine Park, the island's first marine park, has officially become a protected marine area. Home to most of the islands's sea species and, based on research, possessing the most significant ecosystem left on the island in terms of coral reefs and sea grasses, the area was selected to be listed as a protected area. This adds to the island's tourism product, where diving is a popular activity for tourists. Management of the marine park was handed over to St. Maarten Nature Foundation during the signing at Captain Hodge Wharf. Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets explained, "Most of our sea species, like dolphins, whales, turtles, all call the marine park their home. That's why it is important that we have this management agreement not only to police, but also research what is going on within the marine park."

Sonesta Resorts Announce New Weekly Italian Charter
Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten announced on October 18th its new charter partnership with Italian tour operator Eden Viaggi as a result of a joint effort with the St. MaartenTourist Bureau.  Eden Viaggi will launch a year round direct flight from Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on December 18, once per week every Sunday. The flight will be operated by Alitalia on its A330 aircraft offering a total capacity of 277 persons, including 20 Magnifica business class seats. The flight initially will make a stop in La Romana, Dominican Republic, but soon it will be dedicated solely to St. Maarten. Packages will be on sale as of November 1. “The partnership with Eden Viaggi was generated from our participation in ITB Berlin 2011, the largest travel tourism trade show to support the European market,” said Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino General Manager Juan Fernandez, who spearheaded the deal. “We look forward to our new partnership as a major boost to our resorts and the economy of St. Maarten.”

Million Passenger Mark reached in July
St. Maarten reached and surpassed its millionth passenger for the year in July, the earliest this milestone has been clocked in the ten consecutive years the country has hosted a million or more passengers. The total cruise passenger arrival number for this year stood at 1,047,134 as of July 31. This year’s projected cruise arrivals are tagged at 1,463,873 cruise passengers. July with 18 cruise calls, one more than June, saw the arrival of 76,375 cruise passengers, an increase of 19,775 passengers over the month’s projection of 55,611. Despite the number of arrivals for July being lower than that of the same month in 2010, a 16.8 per cent decrease, the millionth passenger mark was reached a month earlier than last year.

JetBlue Daily San Juan Flight on track for November Start
JetBlue St.Maarten General Manager Marc Boasman said on Wednesday that preparations are on schedule for the airline’s inaugural flight on the St. Maarten-San Juan route. The daily flights will commence on November 17, utilizing the Embraer 190 aircraft, which seats 100 passengers. Ticket sales began on June 17, with fares as low as US $150 roundtrip, which includes all taxes.  “With our tremendous growth in SJU [San Juan, ed.] and us now being the largest carrier operating there, this service presents many opportunities for our visiting tourists and local population alike.


The StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletters are e-published bimonthly by Steeple Associates, Inc., 5201 Warrens Way, Wanaque, NJ 07465. For Questions or Comments, telephone: 973.835.0600 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Publisher: Sam Fusco. Editorial Consultant: Marilyn Fusco. Sales and Marketing: Barbara Fusco. Contributing Correspondents: Jean Rich, Laura Richardson and Antoine Mignot.


September 2011 Newsletter



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---------------------------- "Connecting You with Paradise!"


Dear Friends,

In September 1995, Hurricane Luis, a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 135 mph struck StMaarten/StMartin and its neighboring islands. Luis virtually hovered over the island for 24 to 36 hours pounding it with fierce winds and dumping 6.5 inches of rain on the land. Of the $3.5 billion in damages across the nine neighboring islands, $1.5 billion occurred on StMaarten/StMartin. Of the 19 deaths attributed to Luis, 2 were on the French side and seven drowned on the Dutch side. A large and powerful hurricane, Luis was slow moving at 6 to 9 mph. But in its wake, it damaged or destroyed 90% of the houses in Grand Case. Damage was extensive in Marigot, French Quarter and Philipsburg where 70% of the city was decimated by the storm. Of the 1,500 boats (including sailboats, small yachts, dingys, row boats, etc.) sheltered in Simpson Bay Lagoon, nearly 1,300 or 85% were sunken or run aground. In November of that year, when Barbara and I arrived on island, we saw hundreds of polls of different heights standing up in the water of Simpson Bay Lagoon. We asked a local friend what they were and he replied, "They are the upper masts of the sunken sailboats!" It took 18 months to clear all of those sunken boats from the lagoon.

Last week, after passing through North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Delaware, Hurricane Irene paid a visit to the New York Metro area. With winds of 110 mph, this Category 2 - 3 hurricane was reason for people to be concerned, especially since the NYC/NJ metro area hadn't had a major hurricane in decades. That wasn't something that we paid much attention to because hurricanes usually strike in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico or the southern United States. Well, on Saturday night and most  of Sunday morning, after being downgraded to a Category 1, Irene did hit us in Northern New Jersey and New York City, mostly dumping inches and inches of rain on us, up to 17 inches in some areas. But by Sunday noon time, it was gone and we had sunshine the rest of the day. So, we thought Irene was a bust. But, then the reports started coming in: nine rivers in New Jersey - a state that floods during regular rain days - were overflowing their banks. Trees were down all over the state and thousands of people were without power. Then worse news was reported. Hurricane Irene went north through Connecticut, New York State, Vermont and the other New England states on its way to Canada. New York and Vermont were devastated. The rain became torrents of rivers; houses, cars and trailer homes were floating away down these rivers and there was a lose of life in every state. Then the estimates started coming in - $10 billion in damages and 46 people dead at last count including the destruction in North Carolina. As it turns out, Hurricane Irene lived up to her advance billing as a dangerous terrible storm - almost 600 miles in width - that created terror, spread it around encircling many good people with her wrath. 

In the future, let us remember that when the sun is shining on us on our side of the street, it may be raining on someone on the opposite side. Irene makes us realize the importance of our families and the immeasurable value of every moment spent with them.

Our prayers go out to those who have been affected by the storm. 

Regards,
Sam Fusco
President/Publisher
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. MaartenHospitality & Trade Association's
Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism

Featured in this issue:
1. Poem: Stepping Stones by Laura Richardson
2. Featured Hotel: Oyster Bay Beach Resort
3. Featured Shop: Jewels by Love
4. Featured Chef: Chef Raymond Kaper of Ocean Lounge Restaurant
5. Featured Activity: Aqua Mania Adventures
6. Featured Restaurant: Ocean Lounge at Holland House Beach Hotel
7. Villa of the Month: The Villa Lady
8. What's Happening in Paradise?


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La Samanna Villas: One of the most distinguished addresses in the Caribbean now offers the ultimate in luxury CarLivingRoom448x274ibbean villa accommodations and services. Residential in feel, but private and exclusive in nature, the La Samanna Villas in St Martin offer a simple elegance, exquisitely designed for the discerning Caribbean luxury traveler.

Featuring over 4600 square feet of exclusive villa space, private wraparound infinity pools, generous villa living quarters, breathtaking Caribbean ocean views, master bedrooms with alcoves and oversized private terraces, the Villas at La Samanna in the Caribbean are palatial yet comfortable and laid back, with a true Caribbean spirit. Each villa with three bedroom suites embraces six guests in refined luxury.

Take this opportunity to rent the ultimate luxury real estate in St. Maarten, The Villas at La Samanna. A New Legend. For decades, the world’s jet-setting tastemakers have flocked to La Samanna. Its singular pedigree as the Caribbean’s most idyllic hideaway is legendary. Now a new chapter is being written, one that a fortunate few can call home. La Samanna Villas. Grand. Oceanfront. La Samanna, from Orient-Express, five star resort services available at will.

This magnificent villa is available for a Five (5) Days/Four (4) Nights rental between November 2nd, 2011 and August 31th, 2012. We are selling these four nights at 50% off rack rate. That rack rate is $2000 per night low season and $3000 per night high season. Email Sam Fusco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.


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I’ll tell you a secret

that’s real as the day

though I doubt you’ll believe

what I’ve come here to say.
  

Is this a story,

or are these things real?

You be the judge of

the mysteries revealed…
 

I’ve peace and great pleasure

that steady my bones

when I think of the

magical stepping stones.
 

I was tired and worried

and lost one grey day,

when I felt the ground move

in a very strange way.
 

Confused in my heart,

wondering which way to go,

I could sense a solution

beginning to show.


Ahead rose a path,

without a sound,

of round stepping stones

rising up from the ground.
 

One step at a time

is their only true pace.

You can choose where to turn

and it isn’t a race.
 

Sometimes the step’s long

with pauses between,

but the footing is strong

and their teaching is keen.
 

Now this was the first of

their many return,

whenever I need

something special to learn. 


Faith and good patience

have new meaning today,

for those magical stones

always help lead the way. 
 

By Laura Richardson, June 2010

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Painting by Sir Roland Richardson
St. Martin, FWI
www.rolandrichardson.com


Featured Hotel


 

 

 

 

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Oyster Pond, St. Maarten, N.A.


Where Everyone Knows Your Name!

 

Perched on a palm-dotted promontory and surrounded by Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond is St. Maarten's most private and distinctive hideaway - Oyster Bay Beach Resort.

OBBRPoolViewRLike St. Maarten - a beautiful island that embraces its dual Dutch and French ancestry - Oyster Bay truly offers the best of both worlds. A step back in time to unspoiled Caribbean beauty, with a nod to modern amenities that pamper your desires.

Nestled among the coves and curves of the pristine, mile-long Dawn Beach, the Resort is located on one of the island's most stunning landscapes. From the moment you arrive through Oyster Bay's private secured entry and gatehouse, you will feel your cares slip away as you immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience. 

Most of the 178 units - comprised of two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units, all with private balconies - sit directly above the ocean or beach, with the rest overlooking the peaceful marina and tropical gardens. Just steps away from your room is our magnificent oceanfront infinity pool, whose gently curving edges drop dramatically above the sea. Relaxing in our whirlpool, you have an unobstructed view of St. Barths Island, visible across a 10-mile expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. From the aroma of sumptuous oceanfront meals at our gourmet restaurants and delectable hors d'oeuvres at our classy deckside VIP cocktail parties to the spectacle of sight and sound offered by our very own King Beau Beau, the island's most cherished and talented performer, everything here is designed to delight your senses.OBBRLivingRmKitchR

At Oyster Bay, you can embrace adventure through fun on-site activities - or just find your own special place to sink into serenity. And there are no limits to what you can see and do elsewhere on the island. We are just minutes away from the hottest nightlife and shopping found in Philipsburg; the famous Orient Beach; and Grand Case, the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. With the help of our friendly activity desk staff, you can plan any number of extraordinary excursions. Take a closer look at Oyster Bay and discover why this is where you want to be.

To Be or Not to Be... A Timeshare Owner?

You have probably heard about timeshare ownership for years. You may have heard that such reputable large hotel chains as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Disney are deeply involved in the timeshare industry. You probably know someone – perhaps a relative, friend or neighbor – who is a timeshare owner.

Maybe now it’s time that you found out for yourself what timeshare ownership is all about. Whether younger or older, CoupleToastingRwith or without children, single or married, most people benefit from the enjoyment of timeshare ownership. What are the advantages?

HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING

When you own a timeshare at Oyster Bay Beach Resort, it’s like the song from the old television show, "Cheers" – everyone knows your name. From the front desk receptionist and staff members to the sales specialists and Resort Manager, everyone at Oyster Bay Beach Resort understands that you are spending your hard-earned money in exchange for the guarantee of vacations like no other. As an owner, you will enjoy the respect, service and appreciation you deserve. Becoming an owner at Oyster Bay Beach Resort means more than just picking a vacation spot; it’s choosing a way of life that’s all about relaxation, freedom and peace of mind. For more information about how to become an owner, please call our sales office at 1-866-978-0213 Ext. 3882.


Oyster Bay Beach Resort,
Emerald Merit Road #10, St. Maarten, N.A.
For Hotel Reservations only (Toll Free) 1-866-978-0212 — front desk
For Membership Reservations (Toll Free) 1-888-784-6688
Please visit our web site at: www.obbr.com. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Featured Shops



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Jewels by Love - a fifth generation jeweler with a legacy of excellence!

patek-2With roots dating back to the 1800s, the present owners of the eponymous Jewels by Love stores are the 5th generation in an illustrious line of traditional jewelers and diamond mavens. With consistently uncompromising standards over decades, the family's reputation spread, as their name became the benchmark for Quality, Prestige, Integrity and Value.

A testament to their success came in the mid 80's with the granting of Official Agent Status by the World's Finest Watchmakers. The most Prestigious and Exclusive Watch Brands now represented by Jewels by Love include such venerable names as:

Patek Philippe | Breguet | Vacheron Constantin | A. Lange & Sohne
IWC Schaffhausen | Jaeger-LeCoultre | Ulysse Nardin | Hublot
Today, the exquisite works of jewelry art found on display at their Marigot and Philipsburg stores are largely designed in-house and individually handcrafted by artisans in the world's finest jewelry centers. Using only the highest caliber materials, Jewels by Love offers a splendid collection of meticulously selected, masterfully cut diamonds and other gems, loose or set, predominantly in 18 carat gold and platinum. patek-1Each and every piece from the House of Jewels by Love comes infused with their inimitable history, drama, and glamour. Moreover, they specialize in Ideal Cut GIA Certified Diamonds. There are diamonds, and then there are diamonds from the House of Jewels by Love!
vacheron-1The team at Jewels by Love is passionate and well trained and will equip you with the knowledge you need when making a significant purchase of timepieces, diamonds or jewelry. Upon the purchase of a fine timepiece from Jewels by Love, you inherit history. Being the trustee of such revered names that have a combined history of superlative watch making of nearly 1,500 years is no mean responsibility and it provokes two questions:

Q: Why have the world's greatest watch-makers chosen Jewels by Love as their Official Agent?
With their passion for excellence, a flawless reputation and integrity beyond reproach, you are guaranteed to find your future heirloom at Jewels by Love.
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A:Because no one in the entire Caribbean knows and loves 'Haute Horlogerie' more than Love Mahtani does!
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Q: Why have they entrusted Jewels by Love with a combined watchmaking history of nearly 1500 years?
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A: Because the owners of the eponymous Jewels by Love stores are the 5th generation in an illustrious line of watch and diamond professionals whose knowledge, integrity and reputation are unmatched by any other jeweler in the Caribbean!



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Jewels by Love Mahtani operate two centrally located stores
on Saint Martin and Sint Maarten:

MARIGOT
- 7, Rue du General de Gaulle
(590) 590 872-550 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHILIPSBURG - 3 Front Street
(599) 542-6808 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come visit Jewels by Love and enjoy Duty Free Shopping
of the World's finest Jewelry and Watches!
 

---------------- Jewels by Love is unique in the following ways:

* All our jewelry is designed in-house.
*All our jewelry is hand-crafted as opposed to manufactured on an assembly line giving each piece a one-of-a-kind personality.
* All our jewelry is made in Europe by the finest craftsmen as opposed to being mass produced cheaply in the Far East.
* All our jewelry proudly bears our signature.
* All our diamonds are cut and polished in Belgium by master cutters for maximum brilliance as opposed to being cut and polished for maximum weight in sweat shops in the Far East.
* All our certified diamonds are GIA Certified to guarantee unbiased and indisputable grades.
* We are Authorized dealers for the World's Finest Watches.  

 
NOTE FOR SHOPPERS:

At Jewels by Love the Euro/Dollar exchange rate does not affect our pricing, because ALL our prices are in US$ on BOTH sides of the island. The cost on ALL our watches, diamonds and jewelry is the same on BOTH, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. ALL Jewels by Love jewels and watches are sold at the SAME $ PRICE Duty Free and Tax Free on both sides of the island.  


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Featured Chef



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Chef Raymond Kaper

Ocean Lounge @ Holland House Beach Hotel 

Born in a small town in the north of Holland close to the capital of Amsterdam, Raymond knew after attending primary school what his future career should look like. As a young child he developed a deep passion for flavors, structures and interest for cooking. Raymond began his culinary career as a trainee at the prestigious and leading Michelin star crowned Intercontinental “Amstel Hotel” in Amsterdam at restaurant La Rive. 

After 2 years of training with Master-Chef Edwin Kats, Raymond wanted to broaden his culinary skills and went to work for the Dylan Hotel as a Junior Sous Chef. There he learned to be more creative and developed a deeper knowledge of combining flavors. After The Dylan, Raymond worked as a Sous Chef at the renowned Country Hotel “Duin and Kruidberg” and after a year he decided it was time to see more of the world and make good use of his knowledge and skills. He travelled to the Caribbean to expand his cooking style which developed into an interesting and eclectic European – Caribbean Style ( EUROBEAN)

Today he pleases his guests at the Ocean Lounge Restaurant and Bar located in the Holland House Beach Hotel on St. Maarten as the Executive Chef and works with a young local team of cooks. One of his signature dishes is the Rouleau of Spring Chicken whit black truffle, anis mushrooms beetroot and sauce of Madera or the Ocean Dish with stirred fried squid stuffed with Saba lobster, grilled U10 scallop, soya marinated tuna, smoked eel, tempura of soft shell crab, puffed rice and vinaigrette from bleu Curacao, lime and extra virgin olive oil.

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The newly-renovated restaurant and bar at the Holland House features a beautiful hardwood deck overlooking the ocean and the boardwalk where many locals and tourists go to relax at night, when the cool Caribbean breeze soothes away a day at work or a perfect day on the beach. Dedon outdoor furniture with plush cushions, combined with the service-minded staff, gives you that special VIP feeling. Come visit the Ocean Lounge Restaurant and enjoy an evening of innovative creations from Chef Raymond Kaper - For reservations, please visit our website at www.hhbh.com to use our computerized reservation system. Telephone 011.599.542.2572, Fax: 011.599.542.4673 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 Featured Activity



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"Imagine a one stop vacation shop. A place that could offer departures
to all destinations for daytrips, all the toys for water sports and
combine a professional and well established dive center to round off the package."



AquaManiaStartpageAQUA MANIA Adventures is such a company, with over 20 years experience in the customer service industry and friendly and reliable staff. These are the people to help you plan an unforgettable vacation. St. Maarten is uniquely surrounded by four beautiful islands - The French Jewel "St. Barts," the Unspoiled Dutch Queen, "Saba," and the two British sisters, "Anguilla and Prickly Pear Cay." Each day a new country and culture, and exciting opportunities to explore and enjoy.

Aqua Mania Adventures has a great new addition to its list of toys, activities and fun. "PLAYSTATION 4 KIDS." It is the brainchild of owner Mike Yates and lends some much needed entertainment on island for kids. "Playstation" is a converted catamaran that hosts swings, slides, monkey bars, paddles boats and a floating trampoline. I've personally seen it and it looks like a lot of fun. It presents quite a sight out there in Simpson Bay. Playstation operates daily from 9.30am to 5pm. The cost is $15 pp for 3 hours of play and kids 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Playstation is also available for Birthday parties and various Kid's functions including our new "Survivor Trip," "Gilligan's Island," "Kid's Lagoon Cruise" or a semi submarine.

Strategically located at Pelican Marina in Simpson Bay, AQUA MANIA Adventures offers "Edge I & II" - High Speed ferries to St. Barts, the only constant service to Saba. State of the art sail cats, "Lambada and Tango,"offer the best means to travel to pristine white beaches and the aquamarine waters surrounding Anguilla and Prickly Pear. Great snorkeling at these destinations and local restaurants provide a tasty BBQ lunch. Lambada's crew is legendary for a guaranteed good time.

If you prefer a half day sightseeing and snorkeling combo, Sand Dollar is a popular outing with departures twice daily. Captain Alex is a dedicated and amusing companion for the three hour trip, and snorkeling at Creole Rock caters to the experienced and novice alike. This is a trip to christen that new gear or knock the cobwebs out of the trusted antiques.

St. Barts
St Barts is aptly called "The Jewel of the Caribbean". Just 45 minutes from Pelican Marina with the "Edge" ferries. Depart at 9 am to arrive in Gustavia Harbour, the hub of activity. Check in 8 am!

Sidewalk cafes offer crepes and croissants for breakfast, car rentals meet the boat, the taxi stand is a few feet away, and boutiques are open for business. This exceptional island has white sandy beaches, good snorkeling, great restaurants and a unique shell museum. A day guaranteed to entertain with sights and delights. Lunch can be had at a local burger shack, or fine dining at one of the exclusive hotels, your choice, beachside. Many of the shops in Gustavia may close over the lunch time period, so we recommend shopping in the morning.

Taxi tours can be arranged upon arrival at Gustavia. Prices vary depending how many people in a group. Afterwards a stop at St Jean Beach for shopping, beaching and lunch, and then return to Gustavia with a short time to spare for shopping before the ferry departs. Check in for the boat is at 3.45pm, for departure at 4pm. Arrival at Pelican at approximately 4.45pm.

St Barts also has some great scuba diving. Little pinnacles, reefs and wrecks are abundant with marine life and local dive shops are attentive. Dive trips can be arranged with St Barts Plongee or Plongee Caraibes. St. Maarten is also a great dive destination. The outlying wreck and reef sites offer fantastic dives and excellent photo opportunities. For the average diver whose partner or family do not dive, here is where St. Maarten excels. Plenty of beaches, snorkeling, activities, shopping and day trips to keep everyone entertained while the divers go about the pleasure of diving. Waters are warm and inviting, and the marine life is aboundant. Moray eels, turtle and southern stingray are common sightings - and frog fish and jaw fish are a treat to find. Dive Adventures chooses dive sites the morning of the dive, to ensure the best decision is made for that day's weather and sea conditions. 


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----------------- For reservations, call 011.599.544.2640, Fax: 011.599.544.2476. 
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Welcome to the Ocean Lounge for Fine Dining

The newly-renovated restaurant and bar at the Holland House is the Ocean Lounge Restaurant and Bar, which features a beautiful hardwood deck overlooking the ocean and the boardwalk where many locals go to relax at night, when the cool Caribbean breeze soothes away a day at work or a perfect day on the beach. Dedon outdoor furniture with plush cushions, combined with the service-minded staff, gives you that special VIP feeling.

TheHotelRRobert van Herpen and Chef Raymond Kaper, both from Holland, guarantee an enjoyable breakfast, tasty lunch or delightful dinner experience. Raymond began his culinary career as a trainee at the prestigious and leading Michelin star crowned Intercontinental “Amstel Hotel” in Amsterdam at restaurant La Rive. 

After 2 years of training with Master-Chef Edwin Kats, Raymond wanted to broaden his culinary skills and went to work for the Dylan Hotel as a Junior Sous Chef. There he learned to be more creative and developed a deeper knowledge of combining flavors. After The Dylan, Raymond worked as a Sous Chef a the renowned Country Hotel “Duin and Kruidberg” and after a year he decided it was time to see more of the world and make good use of his knowledge and skills. He travelled to the Caribbean to expand his cooking style which developed into an interesting and eclectic European – Caribbean Style (EUROBEAN)

Chef Raymond works with local products from the Islands as well as fresh seafood and produce flown in twice weekly from Europe and the USA to create innovative and imaginative dishes. He leads a local team of young cooks and has set new standards and heights in casual dining on the Island. His counterparts on the waiters' side are the ever-smiling Lucia, who supervises breakfast and lunch, and the famous Jesse who oversees the dinner service and has already acquired a very loyal clientele.

Parking for dinner is available from 7 PM till 12 midnight. It's across the street from the Hotel behind Joe's Jewelry. You enter the lot via Back Street and will see a parking assistant and a Holland House banner. Parking is free of charge and exclusive for diners at our Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar. 

Welcome to the Holland House Beach Hotel

The Hotel is located on Great Bay beach and offers 54 guest rooms and suites. Beachside rooms offer magnificent views of the blue Caribbean, surrounding islands, and azure skies. All rooms have just been refurbished and redesigned by renowned architect Johannes Zingerlee and French Indies Design from St. Barths, bringing a European chic and Caribbean flair. The Hotel is also in the middle of the duty-free shopping area of Philipsburg with shops such as Cartier and Little Switzerland, Colombian emeralds and many electronic, clothing and local artifact shops.

All 54 restyled guest rooms and suites will be a pleasant surprise for those looking for a perfect hotel with BeachSeaViewRmany work and play options. All rooms offer flat screen televisions and movie programming, the newest trend in hospitality TV, and luxurious bathroom amenities complement the wellness package.

The European Contemporary and modern Caribbean feel of the rooms provide guests with style and comfort. The Holland House Experience™ bedding has been uniquely designed, a comfort concept created by design and sleep specialists using individual coil spring mattresses and Think Plush pillow-top padding finished with crisp, white Egyptian cotton sheets, duvets and blankets for the ultimate in pampering, even at night.

The 4 Junior Suites are beautifully appointed. Their studio style provides a sleeping and living area. Located on the first floor, overlooking Great Bay, their extended terrace offers a fantastic view of the beach. With all the amenities of the Beach Front Deluxe, the Junior Suite offers superior comfort during your stay at the Hotel.

In addition, our friendly and attentive professional staff will assist you with your needs and answer any questions about the Hotel, arrange car rentals, excursions to other islands, and point you to intimate and romantic Caribbean restaurants. They will also be happy to assist you with important island information, reconfirming your flight and arranging a taxi service. Come visit us! We look forward to making your special day an outstanding one!



 Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar
at Holland House Beach Hotel
 FrontStreet #43, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.For reservations, visit us at www.hhbh.com to use our computerized reservation system.Telephone 011.599.542.2572, Fax: 011.599.542.4673 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Villa of the Month 


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A never to be forgotten experience will be cocktails or dinner at Casa Boco, watching tropical sunsets over the glistening water of Burgeaux Bay. The views of the sunset are magnificent and different every evening. This tastefully decorated, upscale St. Maarten villa sits directly on the waterfront of sparkling Burgeaux Bay. Casa Boco serves up all the necessities and comfort that a weary traveler could hope for. This property is one of the most sought after accommodations on the popular Dutch side of St. Maarten and includes a private swimming pool and a 100 foot oceanfront foot deck. The main house showcases a huge combo kitchen and living area for a whole crowd of relaxed vacationers to hang out in. The open plan living room features telephone, Cable TV, DVD, and stereo amenities. The villa offers now also wireless or hard Internet connections. Adjacent to the sitting area is the breakfast table, integrated to the modern, fully equipped kitchen. It includes all modern appliances, dinnerware, and cookware, along with the very convenient washer and dryer.

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Casa Boco is a spacious oceanfront villa on Burgeaux Bay on the Dutch side of the island. It offers all the comfort and privacy of a finely appointed vacation home. Complete with a fresh water swimming pool, the villa is at footsteps only from the public walkway to Maho Beach.

The Casa Boco complex includes a three bedroom main house along with two studio apartments within the villa guest house. Guests can rent a single studio for 1-2 people, the three bedroom main house for 2-6 people, or the entire five-bedroom, five-bath Caribbean villa estate suitable for up to 10 people. Just a few luxury Caribbean villas sit on this unspoiled St. Maarten beach. Book early to get your space at this very popular area of Sint Maarten! 

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The two studios each have their own waterfront patio. A main gate is used for entrance to the property, however each of the studios does have its own entrance and patio with direct view of the sparking Caribbean Sea. The two studios and the main house have full use of the large pool and deck. The covered dining living area is for the use of the main house only unless the entire villa is rented by the same party. 

Both of the Casa Boco Studios are located in the guest house and are available as individual rental units. They are perfect for couples or singles looking for an escape from the ordinary. The studio rentals are complete witha small kitchenette, private bath and TV. Coffee maker, microwave, cooktops, pots, dishes and other necessities make this a very comfortable complete studio apartment.

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The shores of lovely Burgeaux Bay on St. Maarten's Dutch side are home to magnificent Casa Boco Villa. Mullet and Maho beaches are a short distance from this one of a kind villa. For the discriminating Caribbean traveler, this property offers a wonderful Caribbean vacation experience not soon to be forgotten. This villa is perfect for a family or a group of friends to get together and enjoy exquisite oceanfront living offering sublime views of the brilliant turquoise Caribbean Sea! Casa Boco is the perfect house for up to five couples. The studio apartments have their own entrance and private terrace. The large covered terrace is part of the main house. The main house or the efficiencies can be rented separately. For great choices in vacation rentals, please visit us at www.villalady.com where you can click on the villa names or photos for a guaranteed wonderful choice of properties. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 1.800.338.4552 or 718.464.0769.



What's Happening in Paradise?

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Special Offer:
Reserve your room at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and FREE DINNER at Infinity Restaurant is on us!
How to redeem this offer: At check-in, be our guest and enjoy our fine wine with lunch or dinner, for two adults, ordered from Infinity’s regular menu. Offer valid only for online bookings. Must present a copy of this offer at check-in to qualify. Print out a copy of this offer. NO CASH VALUE.

Mention Code: StMaarten.org Promo.
Offer valid any day of the week.
Valid for Redemption: August 24, 2011 – Nov. 30, 2011
For reservations, please telephone: 1.866.978.0212

Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Emerald Merit Rd 10, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten.St. Martin
Visit us at: www.OBBR.com - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RadissonBlu Resort Marina & Spa, St. Martin Pre-Sale 2012 Rates
Enjoy great savings, along with daily European Breakfast Buffet at the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina & Spa, offering a perfect destination to relax and rejuvenate. There is something about this island getaway that makes one want to revisit this tranquil place again and again.

The 2012 Pre-Opening Sale rates start from 138 Euros, allowing guests to stay a little longer or to become "a regular" guest in 2012. Travel Dates: January 1st - December 15th, 2012.

Book by October 31st, 2011 and enjoy: 40% off selected room categories; Daily European Breakfast Buffet for two adults; and, Complimentary guest activities. 

Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence
La Samanna Resort & Spa is pleased to announce that Le Réservé Restaurant has been presented with the Wine Spectator’s 2010 “Best of Award of Excellence,” which is given to restaurants that offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.

The magazine’s second-tier award was presented to only 778 winners worldwide, giving special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the “Award of Excellence.”

“We continue to expand our diverse wine collection at Le Réservé, one we believe already constitutes one of the best in the Caribbean,” said Head Sommelier Christian Mirande. The handpicked wine selection at Le Réservé has been honored by Wine Spectator for “The Best Award of Excellence” since 2007. To learn more about the wines that we serve and our head sommelier please visit our wine cellar

September & October 2011 Special at Coral Beach Club - 30% Discount off the rates for stays of 3 nights or more! Certain restrictions may apply. Not combinable with any other promotional offer.

Tel: Toll Free USA (866) 978-7278 or Direct (599) 543-6306
Website: www.coralbeach-club.com E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sonesta, Sunwing team up for charter flights from Canada
Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten has partnered with Sunwing to debut new vacation packages starting November 6. Operating year-round, charter flights will fly to St. Maarten from Toronto and Montreal in Canada and will feature all-inclusive stays at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino.

Winair Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Management and staff of Winair celebrated the 50th anniversary of the airline last month with emphasis on Winair's spotless safety record, commitment to the future of the airline and reflections on the persons who dared to believe that the small airline could work. Winair has 14 local pilots, out of 22 and thanked the community, past and present employees, vendors, strategic partners and valued customers for going through these 50 years.

St. Maarten now has its First Marine Park
Located two miles outside Great Bay, Man of War Shoal Marine Park, the island's first marine park, has officially become a protected marine area. Home to most of the islands's sea species and, based on research, possessing the most significant ecosystem left on the island in terms of coral reefs and sea grasses, the area was selected to be listed as a protected area. This adds to the island's tourism product, where diving is a popular activity for tourists. Management of the marine park was handed over to St. Maarten Nature Foundation during the signing at Captain Hodge Wharf. Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets explained, "Most of our sea species, like dolphins, whales, turtles, all call the marine park their home. That's why it is important that we have this management agreement not only to police, but also research what is going on within the marine park."

St. Maarten's Dialing code 1-721 goes into effect September 30th 
The Bureau Telecommunication & Post St. Maarten (BTPSXM) announced on Monday that the use of St. Maarten’s new dialing code 1-721 will commence as of September 30.   Calls to St. Maarten using either 00-599 or 1-721 will be processed regularly during a “permissive dialing period” which will run until September 30, 2012. Callers using -599 will be advised that the dialing code has changed and the new code should be used.   The mandatory dialing period will commence on September 30, 2012, and remain in effect until March 31, 2013. During this period calls to St. Maarten using 00-599 will not be processed and callers will be advised to dial 1-721 for calls to St. Maarten.  The use of country code 00599 will be discontinued for St. Maarten,

Million Passenger Mark reached in July
St. Maarten reached and surpassed its millionth passenger for the year in July, the earliest this milestone has been clocked in the ten consecutive years the country has hosted a million or more passengers. The total cruise passenger arrival number for this year stood at 1,047,134 as of July 31. This year’s projected cruise arrivals are tagged at 1,463,873 cruise passengers. July with 18 cruise calls, one more than June, saw the arrival of 76,375 cruise passengers, an increase of 19,775 passengers over the month’s projection of 55,611. Despite the number of arrivals for July being lower than that of the same month in 2010, a 16.8 per cent decrease, the millionth passenger mark was reached a month earlier than last year.

JetBlue Daily San Juan Flight on track for November Start
JetBlue St.Maarten General Manager Marc Boasman said on Wednesday that preparations are on schedule for the airline’s inaugural flight on the St. Maarten-San Juan route. The daily flights will commence on November 17, utilizing the Embraer 190 aircraft, which seats 100 passengers. Ticket sales began on June 17, with fares as low as US $150 roundtrip, which includes all taxes.  “With our tremendous growth in SJU [San Juan, ed.], and us now being the largest carrier operating there, this service presents many opportunities for our visiting tourists and local population alike.

Princess Casino is doing it again! A Monthly Raffle!

After Las Vegas, we had a trip for two including air travel and three night stay in New York one of the most popular states in the world, which was won by Mr. Patrick Exantus one of the lucky winners of our monthly raffles. Like many other players, Mr. Patrick Exantus is a member of our Princess Winners Club and thanks to his card he accumulates points each time he plays, which also gives him access to raffle tickets to participate in our nightly raffles.

Everyone of age, in possession of a valid Identification card is welcome to be a member of our Winners Club, everyday at 13:00pm (1pm). By the way, don't forget we also have Spin to Win up the $1,000 from Monday to Thursdays. You can also try our FREE round-trip water shuttle from Turtle Tours in Simpson Bay to Princess Port de Plaisance Casino. Conditions apply. Contact Turtle Tours at www.turtletours-sxm.com or tel: 011.599.556.1560.

The next raffle, our lucky winner will be sent for an unforgettable stay at Princess Casino Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo). Drawing: September 3rd, 2011 right here at Princess Port de Plaisance at midnight. Follow us on face book at "Princess Port de Plaisance" for all the VIP details on what's happening on the St. Maarten Casino circuit. 

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten has announced Armando Pizzuti as new General Manager, effective immediately. A well-traveled and exemplary hotelier, Mr. Pizzuti brings more than 30 years of experience in hotel and restaurant management in the United States, Italy and Caribbean islands, including Jamaica and Antigua.

"I am thrilled to continue my Caribbean journey with Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino," Mr. Pizzuti says. "Leading the resort team, I aspire to encourage their creativity, inspiration and passion for hospitality. This will be the key component in promoting the overall guest experience." As personal recipient of the Prestigious 5 Star Diamond Award, Mr. Pizzuti promises to maintain his "Sterling Service" in the hospitality industry in all departments of Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, ranging from resort upkeep, service and dining, to societal contributions.

Most recently, Mr. Pizzuti served in high-ranking positions for major hotel chains in Montego Bay, Jamaica and Antigua. Notably towards the beginning of his career, he pre-opened and operated a five million-dollar Italian restaurant at Walt Disney's Grand Floridian Beach Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mr. Pizzuti began his career in 1980 as a Maitre' D for A Touch of Italy in Andover, Kansas. He attended Kansas University studying Business Administration and graduated with an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Porto Cupecoy's Summer Concert Series Finale was a huge success. Orange Grove's last stop on their Caribbean tour rocked the Plaza all night long, with over 400 cheering fans! Guests were able to take in the atmosphere while enjoying the restaurants with both indoor and outdoor seating directly along the Plaza. The energy was high for the entire night from both the crowd and the band who was looking forward to “rocking out for all their island people.” Attendees could be found dancing and cheering, with calls for "encore,” which Orange Grove was happy to oblige. With their smooth mix of reggae classics, modern hits and contemporary edge, Orange Grove has proven, once again, to be one of the biggest and best bands today!

Jeffrey Sochrin "Soc" of Island 92, acted as the evening's MC, keeping the night flowing and keeping the energy high. The Summer Concert Series finale concert has, yet again, shown that Porto Cupecoy is the place to be and is by far the best outdoor venue on the island. Orange Grove's performance was the perfect note on which to finish the series. For more details, visit www.portocupecoy.com or the Arts in the Plaza Facebook page


The StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletters are e-published bimonthly by Steeple Associates, Inc., 5201 Warrens Way, Wanaque, NJ 07465. For Questions or Comments, telephone: 973.835.0600 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Publisher: Sam Fusco. Editorial Consultant: Marilyn Fusco. Sales and Marketing: Barbara Fusco. Contributing Correspondents: Jean Rich, Laura Richardson, & Antoine Mignot.