St. Maarten

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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.

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