PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Oct. 11, 2011) - St. Maarten lures travelers to the "Friendly Island" with the launch of its "Plaay to Staay" promotion affording vacationers up to 25% off nightly rates at participating hotels as well as $50 "Island Spending Credit" per room, per night, to be used at select restaurants, casinos, car rentals, shops, spas and attractions.
The following offers are valid on bookings (minimum three-night stay) made now through Nov 10, 2011 for travel Dec. 15, 2011 through March 31, 2012. An overview of all hotel specials is available on the St. Maarten Hotel Association's website http://www.visitstmaarten.com/hotel-specials
Bookings can be done through the VisitStMaarten Call Center 1-800-309-2005, participating tour operators and directly with the hotel. For more information about the "Plaay to Staay" specials, call 1-800-309-2005.
Hotels participating in the "Plaay to Staay" promotion and sample offers are as follows (rates are per room, per night, based on double occupancy):
Oyster Bay Beach Resort - Oyster Bay Beach Resort is a family resort nestled among the coves and curves of the pristine, mile-long Dawn Beach. Winter Promotion offer: 25% off nightly rates and $50 "Island Spending Credit" per room, per night, for travel Jan. 2 - 31, 2012; Mar. 1 - April 30, 2012. Rates start at $140 per night.
Turquoise Shell Inn - Turquoise Shell Inn is a 10-room inn located in the heart of Old Simpson Bay just steps away from Simpson Bay Beach. Winter Promotion offer: 15% off nightly rates based on availability. Rates start at $145 per night.
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino - Sonesta Great Bay is an all-inclusive family resort overlooking beautiful Great Bay Harbor and a short 10-minute walk from the exciting capital of Philipsburg. Winter Promotion offer: up to 25% off nightly rates and $50 "Island Spending Credit" per room, per night. Rates start at $225 per night.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort - Sonesta Maho is an all-inclusive resort set on 10 acres of lush, beachfront property that offers a variety of accommodations in the upbeat Maho area in the heart of the nightlife. Winter Promotion offer: up to 25% off nightly rates and $50 "Island Spending Credit" per room, per night. Rates start at $225 per night.
Princess Heights - Princess Heights is a family-operated, boutique condo hotel offering spacious studios and suites featuring balconies with ocean views in the Dawn Beach area. Winter Promotion offer: 20% off nightly rates and $50 "Island Spending Credit" per room, per night. Rates in a deluxe one-bedroom suite start at $280 per night and $360 in a two-bedroom suite (blackout dates Dec. 19, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012; Mar. 1 - 8, 2012; April 1 - 9, 2012).
Belair Beach Club - Belair Beach Club located on Little Bay Beach is an all-suite, oceanfront resort that combines hotel, timeshare and condominium facilities. Winter Promotion offer: 25% off nightly rates, two 30-minute jet-ski rentals and two one-hour massages in-suite. Offer valid on a minimum five-night stay. Rates start at $329 per night.
"Island Spending Credit" can be used at the following participating retailers:
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 fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year 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 many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.
Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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