Hello from St. Maarten!
Traveling has always been one of my favorite pastimes, and with every country, I continue to be in awe of the incredible beauty that exists in the world. I have watched the sun rise and set every opportunity I get, yet the sunset from the Belmond La Samanna Hotel still took my breath away every day.
I stayed on the island for just three days, which was just enough to explore the terrain and learn about the country from the people living on the ground. If you are not familiar with St. Maarten, it is a very tiny island separated into two distinct parts: The Dutch side and the French side, reflective of a colonial legacy. Despite their close proximity the Dutch and French side, they have very strikingly different personalities.
The French side is well known for having some of the best restaurants on the Island. If you are a foodie, you will definitely want to be on this side of the country. It is also where the best beaches are. The French side almost exclusively uses Euro and the dominant language is French.
The Dutch side has all the night life extravagance, with a nice selection of sensational clubs, bars, discos and casinos. It feels more like America here. Unlike on the French side, on the Dutch side you will find lots of fast food chains, the dollar is widely accepted and everyone speaks English.
I stayed at the Belond La Semmana Hotel and it was perfect. The hotel sits facing the perfectly blue Caribbean Sea, lined with a perfectly soft sand and a perfect view from nearly every room on the garden paradise. The staff was gracious and attentive and the food was delightful. A noteworthy hidden gem that you should certainly check out is the La Semanna Boutique shop, located just across from the concierges. Pretty soon you will also be able to access a selection of Kyu By Kesi merchandise here.
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