St. Maarten, the popular cruise ship port with both Dutch and French colonial roots, has developed a reputation as the “Vegas of the Caribbean” for its high-end restaurants, bustling casinos and world-class nightlife. This is the sort of place where, if you’re lucky, you just might spot Drake at the club for Ladies’ Night or P. Diddy leading a late-night conga line from the blackjack tables to the bar.
Sadly, the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017 meant most of the island was off limits to tourists for more than a year—but now St. Maarten is back and it’s better than ever. For the ultimate all-inclusive honeymoon experience, book a stay at the adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort on the island’s “Dutch side.” Overlooking breathtaking Maho Bay, this luxurious all-suite resort features three gorgeous pools, four bars, two restaurants and essential vacation amenities such as 24-hour room service. Guests also have full access to all the services, facilities and—most importantly—the beachfront at neighbouring Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, where you can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of soaking up the sun while watching planes fly into the seaside airport.—J.O.
Plane-spotting is a popular pastime on Maho Beach. Watch the sun set from Sonesta Ocean Point’s cliffside Edge infinity pool.