My husband and I spent 10 days in St. Martin. It was the first trip for us, but I can happily say it won't be the last. We absolutely loved it. The people were fantastic, the hotel was good, the food great, the weather and beaches absolute perfection and, of course, the shopping was to die for. What more could anyone ask! We stayed at Sonesta Great Bay and had a wonderful time.
I'll post a full review over the next couple of days.
Thanks to all for the wonderful advice through this forum. It certainly enhanced our vacation.