Island Getaway: St. Maarten

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau recently hosted a group of lifestyle bloggers and travel writers to their Caribbean oasis. The calmness of the island will soothe any soul. With a view of the Sea as well as St. Barts, it was difficult to convince me to leave the resort. But explore I did…

My first stop on the French side of St. Martin was to step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe. La Ferme des Papillons is a must-see for the silent magic and visual beauty.

The French West Indies doesn’t disappoint. For I was able to practice my second language while at the Loterie Farm. Pierre Lenoci, Chief Operating Officer of the nature reserve, graciously greeted our group and led us to the Tree Lounge where we dined in the sky of the hidden forest. Again, magical is the only word to describe this overall experience. From the dense tropical tree environment to zip lines and an adult fly zone, you will be high on life. Save room for a sip of the local Ti Punch while you bask in Mother Nature’s glory.

Still on the French side of the island, Orient Beach in known for its clothing optional following of sun bathers. The color of the Sea is as revealing as its beach goers.

When you are ready to robe yourself, the Dutch side serves up shopping at its finest. My favorite walkway was Old Street for the classic vibe and easy-breezy architecture.

Everyone I met was incredibly engaging. The vibrant vibe is palpable. I wondered where I could see a live dance or theatre performance (the dance teacher in me is ever-curious). An island guide shared that the ‘wonderful man’, who wrote plays for years and years solely for the Island of St. Maarten, passed away a few years ago. This struck me as sad yet so special…if only every township had their very own playwright! I heard the local children and actors are preparing to perform a new work, again, soon. Another perfect reason to visit this circle of land.

Image Credits: Jenny Graham

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