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Westin - some help please!

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Westin - some help please!

Hello all,

I am thinking of booking a trip to St Maarten next month for myself and my wife. I have seen the Westin are doing a promotion for $119 per room/night, which seems like excellent value, so I think we are going to stay there for part of our stay (then head to Marigot/Grand Case, for a bit more nightlife). Having never been to St Maarten, I have got a few questions, which I would really appreciate some help with:

1) What are the approximate costs of drinks and breakfast/lunch/dinner at the Westin?

2) What is the approximate cost of spa treatments at the Westin?

3) I understand there are a few restaurants close by - do you have to get taxi to them and how expensive are they?

4) How much do taxi's cost to say Marigot, Grand Case and Philipsburg?

5) Is it worth hiring a car when at the Westin and what is the best place to get one?

Thank you in advance for your help - I am fairly clueless about St Maarten, so I really appreciate your help.

Kind Regards,

Tom

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1. Re: Westin - some help please!

Can't help much with the Westin, but I have to say that if you are going to Marigot or Grand Case for the nightlife, you will be sorely dissapointed!

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2. Re: Westin - some help please!

You must rent a car. We did ours from the internet and they picked us up at the airport We got ours in May for $145.00 a week. There are so many great places to eat, why eat at the Westin? If you must eat at Dawn Beach, go to Mr. Busby's for lunch (at night it changes to Daniels by the Sea).

Have a great time

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3. Re: Westin - some help please!

Tom,

You must rent a car and explore the island. If the Westin is giving you such a great rate I would stay there the entire trip and explore the island and the night life by car. Breakfast out seems a bit high if you need to do a sit down, however the pastries are amazing on this island, so just grab a few with your coffee and you are good. Drinks are most expensive on Orient beach, less expensive at the smaller beaches, same for lunch. Dinner can range from $50 for two upto $300 for two depending on the wine and if you are fine dining or casual. We actually had our best nightlife at an impromptu gathering at Mary Boones, not exactly a nightlife spot until you make it one! This is an amazing island, but beware, it is addictive:)

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4. Re: Westin - some help please!

I just returned from the Westin. You can read my long review posted on this forum dated 10/13-10/20

Everything is VERY expensive...breakfast is $48 for 2 people, dinner is a good $100, did not do the spa. All of the restaurants neat the Westin were in my opinion very expensive. Daniels by the sea was good, and near by, dinner for around $70 without booze. We rented a car for the week so did not use a taxi.

Personally having just returned from a stay at the Westin 4 days ago, I would not recommend St. Maarten. I have been all over the Caribbean and think there are much better places to spend a vacation.

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I don't know about staying at the Westin, especially if you're looking for nightlife. I haven't stayed there but have a good friend who came back from a week there about a month ago. They said it was expensive to eat in the area. Now you also have to remember that it now gets dark much earlier so you will be traveling in the dark where ever you go and back. St Maarten in the Westin area is a bit remote and only if you are going to stay in the area at night a good place to be. Simpson bay is a much better place to stay if someone is looking for nightlife as there are many places to enjoy yourself without a long drive in the dark. I love St Maarten and dining on the island is GREAT, but driving is one of the real problems the island has. The roads are all one lane each way, for the most part fairly dark and hard to get around as a newbie. What most people who give advice don't stop and think about most of the time is that if you are new to the island travel at night can be a real journey. As I said Simpson Bay is the best place for someone going to the island for the first time. Reason I say this is that there are so many restaurants, bars and casinos to go to you don't have to travel long distances in the dark. It is also much more lit up at night. You have all day on your first visit to snoop around the island and find new places to go on your next visit. I hope I've given some informative info here and hope some of the others here with lots of island experience will speak up and guide you. I'll end this with, of course this is my thoughts and we all know everyone has there own idea on good and bad. I think if you read through the forum here you will probably find hundreds of people who love the island for every one who dislikes it. I love St Maarten and am looking forward to January 6th and my next visit. I hope you go and enjoy your vacation.

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6. Re: Westin - some help please!

SXM is a great vacation spot with plenty of things to do and see. Maragote and Grand Case are not known for nightlife. Head to maho and Simpson Bay.

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