With over 200 new restaurants already operational and almost 40 more on the way, a 30% flight routes increase from 2018, and stay-over arrivals up 144% over 2018 year to date, St. Martin is coming back as an even more effervescent culinary destination following 2017’s hurricane devastation.

Belmond La Samanna sits on the French side of the island – crisp white villas are dotted along the coast of Baie Longue’s mile-long white sands. Reopening for the season on November 8, the property embraces its French savoir faire more than ever with its seaside restaurant, L’Oursin, serving fresh seafood and French cuisine. A treasured piece of the property that withstands the weather and remains true to its history is the La Cave Wine Cellar, which was built in 1972, two stories below sea level. As the largest private wine cellar in the Caribbean, 12,000 bottles of wine and champagne can be found, including 150 varieties of Bordeaux and the property’s own private label.

Photo: Belmond La Samanna, Saint-Martin