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About St Martin

The smallest sea island in the world to be divided between two nations, gorgeous St Martin sits south of Anguilla, and is a brilliant beach destination, as well as a fun choice for foodies and history buffs. The southern part of the island, Sint Maarten, is Dutch, and known for its top-notch shopping and lively cruise ship crowds. French Saint Martin, to the north, is more tranquil, chic and food-focused. There are fabulous accommodation options on both sides of the border, ranging from simple guesthouses to luxurious resorts. Many of the best places to stay in St Martin are perched on its spectacular white sands, but some of our favourite hideaways sit inland, tucked amidst leafy gardens.

Sint Maarten’s capital, Philipsburg, is well worth a wander and boasts some intriguing colonial-era architecture. Buzzing Simpson’s Bay, on the other hand, offers excellent shopping, clubs and casinos, as well as marinas for smaller vessels. Some of the best eateries on the island are in Marigot, the French capital, and in trendy Grand Case. Expect a wonderful fusion of European, African and Creole dishes featuring fresh local produce — dining in St Martin is a real treat!

For hiking and outdoorsy adventuring, try Loterie Farm, the scenic surroundings of 400-year-old Fort Amsterdam, the Parrotte Ville Bird Sanctuary and Pinel Island. There’s sailing, wind-surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving to try, too. St Martin’s glorious beaches encircle much of the island — spend your days beach-hopping, sunbathing, sandcastle-building and striving to pick your favourite stretch of sand.

Whether you choose to unwind on the northern beaches or party the night away in the south, the best places to stay in St Martin promise an ideal base to rest and recharge in a very special corner of the Caribbean.

The Best Places to Stay in St Martin

For 5 Star Luxury

  • Belmond La Samanna promises a sumptuous Saint Martin holiday in one of the Caribbean's most luxurious hotels. Choose from a collection of glamorous suites and three- to four-bedroom villas facing the ocean at Baie Longue, and spend your days unwinding at the spa, out on the water as a family, or enjoying exceptional cuisine at L’Oursin. Gorgeous.
  • Coral Beach Club is an indulgent, all-villa resort on the island's east coast. Expect cool, contemporary interiors, space for families or groups, and private pools overlooking the ocean. The chic beach club is a stand-out, as are the seafood eatery and the watersports facilities. A 5 star treat.

For Families or Groups

  • Esmeralda is a family-friendly beach hotel on beautiful Orient Bay. Spacious rooms face the ocean or the large swimming pool, and many offer additional beds for children as well as private kitchens. There's an appealing Caribbean feel to the prints and furniture. With friendly staff, multiple restaurants and easy beach access, this is a fun family choice.
  • Hotel La Plantation promises a sophisticated stay in stylish rooms and suites set within colonial-style buildings in lush gardens. Multi-room villas are ideal for families, there are heaps of watersports at nearby Orient Beach, and the food is particularly good. For classic Caribbean luxury with family and friends.
  • La Playa Orient Bay is a fabulous beach hotel with 56 recently-renovated rooms and suites featuring bold colours and a fresh, airy feel. Sofa beds create space for little ones. Kids will love the big swimming pool, beach access and fun food truck. Expect superb fresh seafood, too. An indulgent beach base.
  • Divi Little Bay Beach Resort is a large seaside property on its own peninsula. With three restaurants, a soothing spa, three swimming pools — one just for kids — and a gorgeous stretch of beach, this is an idyllic family holiday choice.
  • La Vista Beach Resort promises a quaint beach base in Pelican Key. The 18 studios and two-bedroom apartments are ideal for families or groups who can book multiple apartments, and the vibe is intimate and laid-back. There's an onsite swimming pool, as well as plenty to do in the area.
  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort sits close to the eastern border between the Dutch and French sides of the island. Book a suite or studio — some have fully-equipped kitchens and balconies with BBQs — and enjoy access to myriad resort-style facilities for guests of all ages. A large, lively resort with an onsite nightclub.

For Couples

  • L'Esplanade has a reputation as one of the Caribbean's top boutique hotels, and it's a wonderfully romantic choice for a couples' escape. The 24 elegant suites, lofts and studios feature Brazilian carved woodwork, Balinese pieces and French linens, as well as boasting lovely sea-facing balconies. Unwind with a yoga class at Ti Temple or a massage a Ti Spa. A real gem.
  • Sol e Luna is an intimate little hotel with three rooms and three suites, tucked just inland of Orient Bay. The vibe is tranquil and the big draw is the gourmet restaurant, which is popular with both Saint Martin locals and visitors. A hip couples' pick.
  • Orient Beach Hotel sits right on the white sands of Orient Bay, and all 35 suites boast beautiful ocean views. A fun couples' beach pick, this property has a swish, sophisticated feel with lots of natural rattan and pops of blue. There are plenty of good eateries within walking distance.
  • LTC Hotel boasts a lively restaurant and cocktail bar on picturesque Grand Case Beach. There are also nine indulgent suites, perfect for foodie couples eager to base themselves on the beach. Small and stylish.
  • Sonesta Ocean Point Resort offers an adults-only, all-inclusive beach stay in Simpson Bay. Pick this place for the extensive resort facilities — including three pools, a spa, watersports and three restaurants — as well as the lively party feel. Also a romantic honeymoon choice.
  • Holland House is a chic historic hotel set right on the beach in Philipsburg. Some rooms and suites have space for families, but the vibe is more grown up. Highlights include the ocean lounge and the superb gourmet restaurant, which has a famously good wine list. For foodies and sociable couples keen to explore the city and the beach.

For a Tropical Hideaway

  • Le Karibuni has eight suites and two larger villas, hidden amidst leafy gardens at Cul de Sac Bay, overlooking Pinel Island. Pick this place for the elegant interiors and the chance to relax with family and friends in one of the villas, or as a couple in a deluxe suite — some of which have private jacuzzis or plunge pools. The hotel's top-notch eatery is just across the water on Pinel Island, where you can swim and sunbathe before feasting on delectable dishes. A tropical haven.

For Great Value

  • Hevea Hotel offers teb big and bright rooms in a restored Creole house, just 20 metres from the beach in Saint Martin's Grand Case. Stay in this relaxed guesthouse for a warm welcome and great rates. The sun-drenched terrace is a lovely spot to kick back.
  • Bleu Emeraude has just 11 contemporary studios and one-bedroom suites facing the sea at trendy Grand Case. The two-bedroom suite is ideal for families. Expect simple, chic blue-and-white interiors, self-catering facilities and ocean views. The added independence is great for longer trips at a very reasonable rate.
  • Mary's Boon has been a popular Sint Maarten hideaway since the 1970s. Cosy suites and studios offer self-catering options suitable for those on a budget, whilst the Simpson Bay setting ensures a great choice of nearby restaurants. Plus, you're steps from the sand!
  • The Pasanggrahan Hotel is a cheerful Philipsburg guesthouse with attractive heritage interiors. Larger rooms and suites offer plenty of space for families. The oldest hotel on the island, it's right on the beach, very affordable and a brilliant choice for history buffs. Charming.
  • The Horny Toad features just eight simple apartments on picturesque Sint Maarten's Simpson Bay Beach. A great value property in a striking location, close to bars, eateries and activities aplenty. The daily happy hour is a fun way to mingle with fellow guests. Intimate and family-run.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly into Princess Juliana Airport, in Dutch Sint Maarten, and travel to your hotel by bus or taxi. Most hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • You'll find lots to explore by road on both sides of the island! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Balmy temperatures average between 25 - 28°C throughout the year, with the peak season lasting from December to mid-April. Be prepared for showers if you visit during the rainy hurricane season (June to November). To beat the crowds and make the most of great deals, time your trip for May or June, before the rains begin to fall in earnest.
  • Note that much of the island sustained damage by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, and recovery in ongoing.

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Best Hotels in St Martin

  • Hevea Hotel Saint Martin, St Martin 10 rooms from £62

    Value chic  -  Beautiful contemporary bedrooms at bargain prices.
    Fishing  -  Deep sea fishing is an exciting adventure and the migration period of large fish is awaited with much anticipation every year.
    Sailing  -  St Maarten is one of the Caribbean’s leading sailing spots.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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    A hotel for the budget minded traveller who appreciates contemporary style and being close to the beach. Large bright rooms, some more romantic than others decked out in light woods and all white bedding. Lovely sun deck and a short walk from the great beach below. See More

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  • Pasanggrahan Hotel Philipsburg, St Martin 35 rooms from £78

    Families  -  The penthouse has three bedrooms and a panoramic view from the rooftop.
    Fishing  -  The hotel provides deep sea fishing escapades.
    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    A cheerful and historical guesthouse directly on the beachfront makes an ideal spot for a family, groups of friends, or those on a budget. A range of rooms, suites, and a penthouse (3 bedrooms) have kitchens, balconies, and panoramic views. Steak and seafood restaurant and fishing trips. See More

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  • Horny Toad St Martin 8 rooms from £101

    Quirky  -  A small, unpretentious spot with an excellent reputation.
    Value chic  -  Superb value for money
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A small unpretentious collection of apartments directly on the beach. Each unit has its own kitchen, living area, and you can walk directly out of your door onto the beach. No eating options available, but ideal for a couple or family who want to do their own thing. Excellent value. See More

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  • Hotel La Plantation St Martin 52 rooms from £112

    Families  -  2 bedrooms villas are ideal spots for families.
    Restaurant  -  Four excellent restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Butterfly Farm.
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
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    An excellent four star hotel suited to families, foodies, and beach goers alike. Charming rooms, suites, and two-bedrooms villas, all with their own kitchens. Swimming pool, romantic poolside terrace, and plenty of restaurants to choose from on the beachfront or directly on the beach. See More

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  • Mary's Boon St Martin 36 rooms from £121

    Value chic
    On the beach  -  Simpson Bay.
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    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A very good beach option for those who enjoy sophisticated interiors. Rooms and suites are boutique with four poster beds, colourful walls, and patios facing the sea. Swimming pool, excellent restaurant & small spa. Direct access to the beach. Ideal for couples and families. Superb value for money. See More

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  • Holland House Philipsburg, St Martin 55 rooms from £133

    Views  -  Fabulous bay views.
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Cyrus Wathey Square, Philipsburg Courthouse, and Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit.
    Restaurant  -  Ocean front restaurant serving European and Caribbean dishes.
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    A lively spot with great amenities and stunning views over the bay below. Contemporary chic rooms have all the mod cons and in-room massages. Large wine cellar, pool, bar and restaurant, and easy walking distance to the town's main attractions. A good choice for a family. See More

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  • Esmeralda St Martin from £140

    Foodies  -  The Astrolabe specialises in French cuisine, and the beachfront restaurant serves International food.
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    A beachside hotel for those who appreciate a bit of boutique chic. Luxurious rooms, suites, and spacious condos, all with kitchens, white washed walls, and romantic furnishings. Large central pool, fine dining French restaurant, beach restaurant and direct access to the beach. See More

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  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort St Martin 190 rooms from £152

    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Beau Beau is a lively night spot at the hotel.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Plenty of Caribbean character and luxurious living on a lively beach resort. Chic rooms, suites, and penthouses have fully equipped kitchens, BBQs and balconies. Swimming pools in tropical settings, ocean vistas, spa and beauty centre, restaurant, and laid back romance. See More

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  • Bleu Emeraude St Martin 11 rooms from £182

    Views  -  Views over the Caribbean Sea to Anguilla
    Sights nearby  -  Paradise Peak.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    A contemporary chic set up with all the mod cons makes for an ideal base for a family beach holiday. Rooms and two bedroom suites all in white have DVD players, iPod docking stations, kitchens, and living areas. A short walk out of the hotel onto the beach. Ideally located for beach life. See More

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  • Divi Little Bay Beach resort St Martin 265 rooms from £168

    Outstanding location  -  Set on a peninsula of its own with unrivalled beach access and seaviews.
    Beach Life  -  Swimming pools, beaches, and ocean views.
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    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A large and attractive beach hotel with all the amenities on a pretty peninsula; ideal for families and beach goers. Contemporary chic rooms, suites, and family rooms in creams and pastels, three pools (one for kids), three restaurants, a spa, and easy access to the beach. See More

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  • La Vista Beach Resort Simpson Bay, St Martin 18 rooms from £176

    Views  -  Fantastic seaviews from all angles.
    On the beach  -  Overlooks the crystal waters of Lay Bay.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    A good value beach resort for those on a budget. A collection of studio and two-room apartments have kitchens, balconies, and sea views. A short walk directly onto the beach or to the large swimming pool. Close to all the restaurants and activities around. An ideal base for families or couples. See More

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  • Orient Beach Hotel Saint Martin 35 rooms from £191

    Beach Life  -  Idyllic 3.5 mile Orient Bay beach is considered one of the island's very best with white sand, great swimming and coral reef
    Total relaxation  -  There's no need to leave this slice of paradise; laid-back dining, buzzing beach clubs, and watersports are steps away
    Views  -  While all rooms face the ocean, Luxury Ocean Junior Suites, located on the top floor of the property, offer the best views
    Restaurant  -  The bay is home to four beachside restaurants offering relaxed outdoor dining. Breakfast is served at Kko Beach
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    Deluxe sea-facing suites located directly on Orient Bay's stunning white sand beach. Spacious and contemporary rooms with colourful decor all come with balconies and kitchenettes. Stretch is home to restaurants, bars and beach clubs meaning you can simply relax or party all day. A fly'n'flop break. See More

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  • Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Maho Reef, Sint Maarten 130 rooms from £203

    Honeymoons  -  Spoiling honeymoon packages include stay in Sunset Butler Suite, champagne on arrival, couples massage & private romantic dinner
    Swimming Pool  -  Swim in three amazing pools: cliffside man-made 'beach' Edge Pool, Point Pool with cabanas & semi-private swim-out room pools
    Romantic Break  -  Adult-only, cliff-top dining, outdoor tubs and indulging spa treatments make this perfect for couple's holidays
    Business meetings  -  The largest meeting and convention space on Sint Maarten can host events for up to 700 people
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    Modern adult-only all-inclusive property set within a larger luxury beachfront resort. Designed for spoiling vacations, enjoy sea-facing pools, outdoor dining, alfresco spa treatments & balconies with sunset views - there's no reason to leave the resort. Fab for those after competitive packages. See More

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  • L'Esplanade, St Martin St Martin 23 rooms from £207

    Luxury  -  An oasis of tranquility with amazing ocean views and impeccable attention to detail.
    Honeymoons  -  A dreamy spot with chic interiors, wonderful views, and a romantic atmosphere.
    Views  -  Stunning ocean views and rooftop vistas.
    Beach Life
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels , Fodors

    A dreamy little spot and a hidden gem with boutique interiors and varying accommodation. Rooms, lofts, and a two-bedroom villa (with its own infinity pool) with romantic furnishings, a laid back atmosphere, and sea views. Tennis and squash courts on site. Delightfully unpretentious. See More

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  • Sol e Luna Grand Case, Saint Martin 6 rooms from £208

    Good wine list  -  Wine-lovers will appreciate the expansive cellar, home to hundreds of upscale French wines. Tastings take place once a month
    Beach Life  -  Perfect beach break base: venture out to Cul-de-Sac and all Grand Case beaches in a matter of minutes on foot or by car
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy A blend of Provencal & Creole cooking washed down with fine wines in a plush & atmospheric indoor/outdoor setting
    Romantic Break  -  Four-poster beds draped with tropical netting, candle-lit restaurant and a grown-up vibe make this ideal for couples
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    Boutique guesthouse with chic decor, an intimate feel and small sundeck pools just a stroll from the beach. Romantic individually designed rooms blend French and tropical touches. Known for its upmarket French restaurant and wine cellar, this is the place for eating, drinking and sleeping in style. See More

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  • Le Karibuni Cul de Sac, Saint Martin 6 rooms from £220

    Romantic Break  -  Private plunge pools, outdoor showers, sunrise sea-view terraces and Robinson Crusoe restaurant make for romantic breaks
    Groups  -  3 and 6 bedroom villas offer a plush base for groups of friends; villa guests can enjoy private boat trips to the island
    Beach Life  -  Although not located on the beach, a combination of unparalleled sea views and private beach club are a winner
    Restaurant  -  Sail or kayak to the hotel's beach-shack style restaurant on Pinel Island and dine on freshly caught lobster
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    An upmarket boutique hotel set across a main house and pool villas. Tropical modernist decor with lush surroundings manages to be both cool and cosy. All rooms have terraces with epic sea views while having to kayak to the restaurant & beach club on a nearby island is a quirky touch. A chic stay. See More

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  • LTC Hotel partenaire le temps des cerises jeans Grand Case, Saint Martin 9 rooms from £231

    Beach Life  -  Grand Case Beach is considered one of the best on the islands due to endless white sand and water ideal for swimming
    Romantic Break  -  Designed with couples in mind, suites set the tone for a romantic stay; end perfect days with stunning sunsets
    Views  -  Views of Grand Case beach and turquoise water are everywhere; from the shower, bed and balcony
    Rooms with balcony/terrace  -  Glass balconies facing the beach give the impression you're floating on the water's edge
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    Intimate boutique hotel located on Grand Case Beach. Sexy open-plan suites with a contemporary nautical theme come with uninterrupted sea views and glass balconies. Walk to nearby eateries or dine on-site in the happening restaurant with beach bar vibes. A fab tropical base for couples. See More

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  • La Playa Orient Bay Orient Bay, Saint Martin 56 rooms from £399

    Beach Life  -  Idyllic stretch of white sand and dazzling turqouise sea is epitome of Caribbean paradise. Calm water is perfect for swimming
    Walking distance restaurants  -  Orient Bay offers range of laid-back eateries along stretch of white sand. Walk into the village for more options
    Families  -  Spacious living area and two bathrooms make the Executive Suite a good option for families or groups of friends
    Restaurant  -  Outdoor restaurant serves American food with French & Creole touches. Bar, vintage food truck and Bedouin tent add extra options
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    Contemporary all-suite beach resort on picture-perfect Orient Bay. Spacious suites with a fresh feel, high ceilings, blonde wood furnishings & colourful decor feature garden & Caribbean Sea views. Rotate between the al fresco restaurant, enormous pool & beach club. A classic choice for beach breaks. See More

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  • Belmond La Samanna Marigot, St Martin 83 rooms from £453

    5* Luxury  -  One of the top 10 Caribbean hotels.
    Beach Life
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    The piece de resistance on the French side of St Martin. Luxury for the scrupulous traveller, the honeymooner, a family, or friends. Uber chic rooms, suites, and 3/4 bedroom villas, have all white walls, marble bathrooms and all the mod cons. Three fantastic restaurants, spa, and private beach. See More

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  • Coral Beach Club Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten 21 rooms from £515

    Private villas  -  Certain 3 and 4 bedroom villas are located on the beachfront while 2 - 3 bedroom options overlook it. Marina Lofts face the pond
    Families  -  The entire family can relax in private setting with multiple bedrooms, babysitting, maid service, chefs & children's activities
    Views  -  On the sunrise side of the island, views over the Atlantic Ocean and palm-fringed white sand beach take some beating
    Beach Life  -  Nestled between Oyster Pond and Dawn Beach, Coral Beach Club offers pristine and secluded white sand beach paradise
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    Five-star all-villa beach resort situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Oyster Pond. Contemporary self-catered units with a range of bedrooms all come with private pools and sea-facing terraces. In addition to a deluxe beach club, enjoy seafood restaurant and watersports. Ideal for family breaks. See More

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