In terms of accommodation, Saint-Martin has an offer so diverse that it is suitable for all types of travelers and all budgets. From a night in a chain or charm hotel, to seasonal rentals, guest houses, or seasonal renting of a luxury villa, large families, explorers or bashful lovers will certainly find accommodation that suits their expectations.
Following a change of legal rules regarding tourism, the Collectivité of St. Martin undertook a reform of the classification of tourism related accommodation to enhance the range of services offered by institutions of the island.
After the adoption of specific ranking criteria for hotels and seasonal rentals, specific ranking criteria for accommodation establishments commonly called "Guest-House" wer established and adopted.
A guesthouse is:
• generally an average size, smaller than hotels and with a limited number of rooms
• accommodation based on a interaction with a local landlord and valued as such
• reduced services around basics: breakfast, cleaning, linen and towels change
• rooms that meet the basic standards
• a streamlined operational form
• an "alternative" form of accommodation to more classical or traditional products
• simple accommodation catering to the medium-range economic segment (which varies according to the destination)
This product focuses on:
• A room,
• A check-in lobby
• A living area / common lounge
The aim is official recognition of this type of accommodation as a major component of Saint-Martin’s accomodation, a clarification of the definition of that term while improving the product itself.
Established in 2011, this new "saint-Martin" standard is operational since the beginning of 2015. Indeed, all classified establishments were audited last January, guaranteeing the correlation between product reality and number of stars.
Born in the southwest of France, Serge Gouloumès began his career locally before travelling to Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and California.
The opening of the five star hotel Le Mas Candille gave Serge Gouloumès the opportunity to demonstrate his knowledge of gastronomy, where he became Executive Chef.. His hard work, creativity and perseverance came to fruition in 2005 when he was awarded a Michelin star.
Over the years, Serge Gouloumès’ cuisine has become a journey around the world, with accents from the South, the East and Asia.
He knows, with the elegance of each plate, the artistic harmony required to adapt his cuisine to the customers’ expectations.
Discover how gastronomy is a real passion for our Signature Chef in La Samanna at Trellis Restaurant and La Cave.
Last May, RIU Hotels & Resorts replaced Radisson St-Martin Marina & Spa, a luxurious hotel in the French part of the island with a 45 million dollar investment. The hotel has 252 rooms, an exceptional seafront location at an exclusive cove in Anse Marcel with wonderful white sand and turquoise waters.
The Riu Palace St. Martin boasts several restaurants, bars, swimming pools, sports and water activities, a mini-club for the little ones, a complete spa and marina, as well as dream-like places to hold events and weddings.
Among the choices that led the chain to come to Saint-Martin, are the idyllic landscapes that make up the dreams of travelers from around the world. Its beautiful beaches, its mild climate and the friendliness of its people have made it a popular international destination. The location of the island that places Saint-Martin as an essential stopover for cruise ships and yachting in the Caribbean. The wide variety of restaurants, hotels and high-end activities. The beauty and richness of its underwater world which also make it a veritable paradise for diving enthusiasts.
After many renovations and improvements in recent months, the Mercure St Martin Marina & Spa is now a four star hotel!
All rooms have been completely renovated and now offer modern furniture in a comfortable setting. The pool takes on an air of a lounge with large four poster beds and the beach will soon be remodeled to offer hotel guests a relaxation area and a center dedicated to water sports.
At the heart of the Lesser Antilles, St. Martin has the distinction of being the smallest island in the world to be divided between two sovereign powers, France and Holland. One will easily find the ingredients for a dream vacation, a stay made of sweetness, warmth and diversity. Bright sunshine, endless sandy beaches, sports activities within luxuriant nature, a rich cultural heritage due to the mix of American influence, French etiquette and Creole tradition, spicy flavors, an undeniable taste for partying ... so many facets that make St. Martin one of the most attractive islands of the Caribbean.
In 2014, the charming island of St. Martin welcomed 2.8 million visitors, including 700,000 by air and more than 2.2 million cruise passengers.