Depending on the season you travel, you could see a different landscape of the island St. Martin. During the months of November through April, you will experience a tropical, green landscape all over the island, much different from what you will experience between May and October when you will see a drier landscape. Secrets St. Martin Resort and Spa is located on the North side of the island, with beach views facing the island of Anguilla. Your trip from Princess Juliana International Airport will depart by taxi or shuttle and take you to the resort located north of the Grand Case village–approximately a 35 minutes ride. You will pass some destruction that remains from a direct hit by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. As with most countries, both the Dutch and French governments have had both successes and failures rebuilding the island. However, the “Friendly Island” as it’s named is truly that! The people of the island are working harder than ever to rebuild their homes and businesses and welcome visitors to the island.
As you approach the resort, you will travel up and over a narrow mountain road with the beautiful views from the top. There is a pull off area to snap a photo of the remote Anse Marcel Bay. Then your driver will go through a gated community where Secrets St. Martin sits down below in the cove.
Surrounded by private villas and another resort, Secrets St Martin is nestled on the side of the mountain. As you walk into the open-air lobby, your focus goes to a picture-perfect view of the beach. Trails on the property can lead you on a peaceful one-hour walk along the mountainside. What a way to start a morning! This particular Secrets resort has a different vibe than its counterparts located on other islands and specifically in Mexico. Unlike the other resorts, this resort in French territory follows European custom. Americans traveling to this Secrets will notice an initial welcome by staffers, yet once you are settled, you will typically be left to enjoy and not approached multiple times asking if you need anything. This is important to understand that your servers and staff are there to assist, but only when they are called upon.
Upon settling into one of the 258 beautiful rooms, you will notice an elevated feel of quiet & luxury. If entertainment such as soft piano playing, wonderful jazz music or lovely tunes by a local saxophone player is your idea of a nice evening after dinner, then this resort is for you. If you enjoy the quiet lapping of waves coming ashore with beach wait staff service, then this resort is for you. If you want to be a kid again in an all-adults resort and snorkel right on your resort beach, then this is the place to be.
I don’t want to leave without sharing the experience outside of the resort in Grand Case and Marigot, the Capital of St. Martin. Grand Case is a short taxi ride–about 10 minutes from the resort. Here you will find boutique shopping, numerous local eateries right on the beach–some even considered the best in the Caribbean. While Secrets is all inclusive, go out a day or evening and experience the local flare. You won’t be disappointed! With a venture a little farther, you’ll head out to Marigot. You will see more shopping, the marina and French Bakeries. I can’t wait to return! Hope to see you there.
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