The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association recently launched its travel auction site www.stmaartenauction.com to drive tourism to the destination by offering vacationers the option to bid on hotel stays and activities to create the most of a St. Maarten vacation. Beginning March 19 through April 2, 2012, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is on the bidding block with a three-day stay for two in a studio apartment with the vacation starting at $50.
This month’s deal includes hotel accommodations for two at Oyster Bay Beach Resort in a studio apartment, welcome and farewell cocktail party, two VIP tickets for the 12-metre regatta (where guests will enjoy the journey of a lifetime where they can participate and become a crew member as they are assigned positions onboard a retired racing ship for a mini-race); shopping trip courtesy of AMA Jewelers including a $50 AMA voucher, professional shopping guide, transportation to and from the hotel, unlimited beverages and raffle for a bottle of wine.
This offer is valid through Dec. 15, 2012 (blackout dates of Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve).
St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.
Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to both historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can enjoy the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities while the capital of Philipsburg offers true duty-free shopping in a bustling Caribbean city atmosphere and 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless evening entertainment.
Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport is available from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.