---------------------------- "Connecting You with Paradise!"
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.
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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----------------------------------------------- A POEM
------------------------------- “Reflections” an original oil by Sir Roland Richardson
-------------------------------- Stepping Stones
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
Painting by Sir Roland Richardson
St. Martin, FWI
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.
Like 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.
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, with 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
Jewels by Love - a fifth generation jeweler with a legacy of excellence!
With 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.||Each 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!|
|The 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.
||A:Because no one in the entire Caribbean knows and loves 'Haute Horlogerie' more than Love Mahtani does!
Q: Why have they entrusted Jewels by Love with a combined watchmaking history of nearly 1500 years?
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!
---------------- Jewels by Love is unique in the following ways:
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.
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.
"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."
AQUA 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 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.
-------------------------------- Aqua Mania Adventures
------------------------------ Pelican Resort Marina, St. Maarten, N.A.
----------------- For reservations, call 011.599.544.2640, Fax: 011.599.544.2476.
---- Visit: www.stmaarten-activities.com Visit: www.diveadventures-sxm.com
-------------------------------- Featured Restaurant
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.
Robert 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.Welcome to the Holland House Beach Hotel
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.
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 many 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.
Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar at Holland House Beach Hotel
Villa of the Month
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.
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!
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.
What's Happening in Paradise?
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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
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
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.