A Truly Memorable Vacation
We recently returned from a wonderful week in St. Maarten with our 4 sons (age 10-21). It was our first time visiting this amazing island and we all absolutely loved it! We chose SM as we had read about the great beaches, food, wine, and to experience some French and Dutch culture. We were so lucky to stay at Villa Bougainvillea! It is complete luxury - a beautiful, extremely spacious home, with gorgeous décor, amazing views over Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond, a spectacular pool area, many choices of outdoor sitting areas, top of the line appliances, and deluxe amenities (big screen TV, elevator, sound system, fitness room, etc). We found everything to be “as said” by the other reviewers. It’s in a very nice, upscale area and we felt very safe. Bob, the owner, was very responsive and extremely helpful and informative, not only regarding the Villa and rental, but also about our trip to the island in general. James, the manager, who met us at the airport to guide us to the home, was efficient with the intro to the home/ instructions. He was available throughout our stay by a cell phone which was provided. To summarize regarding this amazing villa, I think, like another reviewer, that we are all “spoiled forever”. We would definitely recommend it to family and friends.
We also loved the island itself! Early on we took a “preview scenic loop” around the entire island and during the week spent time at some of the 37 beaches -each unique, all awesome. At Dawn Beach (closest, very laid back) we hung out at Mr. Busby’s, boys rented skim and boogie boards. At famous, but busier, Orient beach, rented chairs at the beach bar, Waikiki one day (pricier, but more room) and reserved chairs with Natalie at Aloha another (great price, great food!). Also spent an afternoon at gorgeous Baie Rouge - our boys enjoyed the huge waves (be careful!) and some enjoyed massages on the beach. Also went Mullet Bay beach – beautiful! Water was calm and gorgeous! We also checked out the beaches at Grand Case, Cupecoy, and Maho. We spent time in Philipsburg, walked the Boardwalk, shopped on Front Street. In Marigot – visited the outdoor market, luxury stores, had amazing pastries at La Sucriere. For dinners, we can recommend Le Pressoir in Grand Case (amazing!), Chesterfields in Philipsburg (fun, delicious!), Canoa in Oyster Pond (“best steak ever” per my son) and we enjoyed pizza from Island Pizza and Mama’s. All fantastic. Also enjoyed a few meals prepared in the awesome Villa B kitche
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