We invite you to rent a week (or more) at our penthouse - Palme d'Or, on the Island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. The island, known as the Friendly Island, has a lot to offer couples or families. The vista from the penthouse is enchanting with a 330 degree radius thanks to our two separate balconies. The full-on view of the Caribbean, Cupecoy Beach, the comings and going of the finest cruise ships in the world, the best Island sunsets and four Islands within the near distance are just the start of your relaxing vacation.
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The second bedroom is furnished with new Basset furniture including a king bed, dresser and two side stands. There is a TV in the bedroom also.
The bath by the queen bedroom can be 'locked out' to provide privacy for your guests in the room as there is also access from the main hall. This was just furnished with new handmade Teak furniture in December, 2011.
A powder room is adjacent to the sunroom. The sunroom is between the two balconies and again offers the full Caribbean view, along with a reading area and the main dining table should there be the occasional rain during dinner. A computer stand and printer are placed in a corner of the dining room, and free wireless Internet service is provided throughout the Penthouse. Sliding doors allow for a breeze whenever desired.
This condominium penthouse is greater than 1,750 square feet and along with the amenities already mentioned, it has free washer/dryer access, a kitchen complete with china, flatware, glassware and standard appliances. The great room has two settees and a queen size sofa bed, a side table and lamp along with a coffee table that matches one of the settees. There is a 42' HD Flat Screen TV with a DVD player also. A game table/breakfast table is also in this large area.
The art throughout the penthouse is excellent as are the rugs in the sunroom and the great room.
The balcony off the great room also offers two chaise lounges, side table and a dining table with four chairs. A second table and 4 chairs can be set up for a larger group. A new kettle grill is situated here as well. This is where you can share 'Sundowner' cocktails as you watch the sun set over Cupecoy. Although smoking is not permitted in any part of the Tower, these two balconies do address that desire.
As our property is on the Dutch side, the electrical systems are as we know them in the US and Canada. The currency is the Dutch Guilder which is pegged to the US dollar at $1.78 to $1.00; therefore, when you are in the market, although the pricing may seem 'steep,' it is likely in Gulders that will be converted at the register. The French side of the island is tied to the Euro, and that is presently $1.00 US to the Euro at $1.32. However, many restaurants offer dollar for euro parity when paying cash, keeping in mind that they may have 'tweaked' the menu pricing some to allow them to do that.
There is a new upscale market at Porto Cupecoy, just 1/8th of a mile from The Ocean Club with a number of enjoyable restaurants.
Enclosed parking is on the ground floor with an elevator to the penthouse.
The staff at the Ocean Club reflects the small, intimate quality of the Club. Cheryl and Noreen at the front desk are always accommodating with a smile, and our personal housekeeper, Mildred, will see to your every housekeeping need.
I am a portfolio manager for UBS Financial Services, Inc. and the creator and manager of The Lambda Strategy.
My partner, Phil Dunn, a former restaurateur, caterer and currently Phil teaches cooking classes in our home town of Lexington and provides duties as a chef for tours to Ireland, Italy and Great Britain. Phil is a professional chef who has been recognized for his catering Queen Elizabeth's two visits to Lexington, KY.
Spending time with our children and their spouses and our new Grandsons in California is always great, especially when we head to Sonoma and Napa. This travel, along with cruises, art exhibits, Broadway and opera keep us active.
We are 'phasing' into retirement in 2013, and the Penthouse is the realization of one of our goals.
As I update this on 9/29/13, I am in the Sunroom overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Cupecoy Beach where recent weather brought a beautiful, long and wide sandy beach ashore!
These past twelve months have brought us many fine guests to our Penthouse, enjoying the island and respectful of our island home.
We had owned three weeks at this resort in one of the beach front Villas, and felt that this was the time to 'lock in' the best location and unit in the resort.
I have been going to SXM since 1986 and Phil began joining me in 1994 and we are especially fond of the French side - the food - the ambience - the wine - the cheese and, of course, the beaches.