La Samanna

    St. Martin's La Samanna is more exclusive than ever, thanks to several recent additions and enhancements that include a beachside infinity pool surrounded by plush white sofas. On the beach, five new cabanas offer lounge chairs, daybeds, Champagne service, loaner iPod minis, and baskets of L’Occitane skin products. If you choose to lunch in a cabana, a strapping beach boy will sprint up from the sand and return with bowls of the restaurant’s gazpacho. Accommodations The Baie Rouge, which has an octagonal terrace and private entrance, and the Baie Royale, with an outdoor shower and plunge pool, are the standouts among the resort’s 50 suites. Also available are six three-bedroom villas and 25 ocean-view rooms. Recreation Swimming in two pools, snorkeling off the resort’s beach, waterskiing, sailing, and scuba diving. Dining Seafood from chef Torsten Rumprecht in the open-air restaurant. Worthy Diversion Paddle from the resort’s beach into Baie Longue, one of the island’s finest bays, in a clear-bottom kayak. Rates Ocean-view rooms are $950, suites with plunge pools $2,050. The Baie Rouge and Baie Royale suites are $2,000 and $2,700, respectively.

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