A Luxurious Caribbean Escape

By Norah Bradford

It’s time to pack your bags to discover the magnificent beauty of a tropical island with luxurious style at La Samanna in St. Martin, the French West Indies. 

Indulge during your visit at the property perched beside one of the most spectacular beaches in the French West Indies. Surrounded by crystal clear waters that lap the sand, La Samanna is a dazzling destination for those who seek romance and tranquility. Blending island glamour with a captivating cosmopolitan scene, this is a resort to be noticed, and a long weekend from New York guarantees the opportunity to recharge your cell phone battery and your own.  

La Samanna is an inviting haven that charms the senses. Unwind and soak up the views as you are greeted by staff who proudly honor the annual title of being a resort amongst the region’s top ten hotels. The property is led by one of the brightest shining stars in the hospitality industry, General Manager Eleonore Astier-Petin.  

Located near Marigot and its harbor on one side and near Juliana Airport in Maho on the other, arrivals and transfers are easily accomplished with no hassle. A less than 10-minute transfer from the airport has you inside the sanctuary that La Samanna represents. The dream wellness break begins when you step inside the legendary lobby. With an open-air design, the Caribbean Sea is framed before your eyes and coupled with the fresh air and ocean, lays a template for what is set to be a holiday created to make beautiful memories. 

Accommodation focuses on relaxation. There are 83 rooms and suites. Elegant and spacious villas, cottages, and quarters offer framed-to-floor ceiling windows with French doors open to breezy balconies. Sink into a chic suite that reflects sea life’s hypnotic shapes and colors. Some rooms even showcase private plunge pools and hot tubs to be enjoyed.  

A day at the resort is nothing short of remarkable. Activities for the adventure seeker are plentiful, with water sports, tennis courts, and swimming pools—all of which contrast with hectic city life. Gaze into the stunning horizon at the freeform infinity pool adjacent to a beach bar. Tropical gardens with sweet-smelling flowers and verdant plants await you as well. 

Head to the spa nearby, where you can have an alfresco massage or relax as you are lulled by the sound of running water from a stream and birds singing. The spa uses all high-end products sourced from Europe—including Paoma—known for its natural ingredients and technologically advanced compounds.

The range of treatments at the spa will help you detox from the pace of City life and allow guests to renew for the next season living life in high-tempo Manhattan. Start the trip with the “Just Arrived” body scrub and massage. The “Sun Preparation” experience helps your body adjust to enjoying the Caribbean sunshine. “Just Leaving” is a unique pre-departure treatment that combines a facial with cranial reflexology to preserve your energy levels for the trip home and to hit the ground running.  

Explore the island, take a day cruise, relax on the stunning stretch of private beach, and enjoy sipping your complimentary Champagne as you overlook Baie Longue’s mile-long white sands.  

When the sun sets, take a shopping break at the on-site store, where you can find beachwear and fine jewelry for your thrilling night out.  

A sumptuous meal awaits you at the resort, where you can find alfresco lunches to sophisticated dining. Eat with delight with the freshest local catch at famed Marcel Ravin’s breezy L’Oursin Restaurant, or sample rare vintages in the candlelit coziness of La Cave, the Wine Cellar. Then, for a romantic evening out, dine at the beachside eatery La Spiaggia, which transforms into a tempting trattoria setting as the moon illuminates the ocean. 

Let the adventure whisk you into island life as you dip your toes into this dream resort, the sparkling gem of the Caribbean.  

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