PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Nov. 30, 2009) – As a result of the overwhelming positive consumer response, the island-wide SensAAtional St. MAArten Savings (http://www.VisitStMaarten.com) winter promotion has been extended with the booking deadline now Dec. 31, 2009. This will allow travelers to take advantage of discounts of up to 25% off nightly room rates at select hotels, plus $50 per day credit, per room booked, in the form of "SXM Bucks" to be used at participating restaurants, casinos, car rentals, shops, spas and attractions, resulting in up to $1,700 in savings on a one-week vacation.
Offer valid on bookings made by Dec. 31, 2009 for a minimum of four nights, for travel Dec. 1, 2009 through April 15, 2010.
"In the current economic climate, travelers are looking for added-value when planning their next vacation," said Frans Richardson, Commissioner of Tourism & Economic Affairs, Aviation and Sports for St. Maarten. "With SXM bucks, visitors have the ability to earn money during their stay so that they can enjoy many of the island local establishments."
SensAAtional St. MAArten Savings participating hotels include Belair Beach Hotel, Coral Beach Club, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Princess Heights, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and Wyndham Sapphire Beach Resort. Horizon View Beach Hotel, Joshua Rose Guest House and Turquoise Shell Inn are participating in the promotion with up to 25% off rates only.
Guests will receive the $50 "SXM Bucks" upon arrival based on the number of days they are staying. "SXM Bucks" can be redeemed up to one year from date of issue. The variety of booking discounts are valid at select hotels for travel through Dec. 1, 2009 through April 15, 2010. Certain restrictions apply.
The $50 "SXM Bucks" per day spending credit can be used at the following retailers:
For more information about the SensAAtional St. MAArten Savings, "SXM Bucks," and participating hotels visit http://www.VisitStMaarten.com.
St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion that keeps “food lovers” returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone.
Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden. The historically-pivotal Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where a treaty and harmonious peace was forged between the island’s two cultures more then 350 years ago, provide other unique attractions.
The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping and a bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment at the island’s 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs. For water enthusiasts scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are located throughout the island, which boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites such as the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten’s waters in 1801.
Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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