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Dear Friends, With a history reaching back through the centuries, the dual island of Sint Maarten/Sint Martin has developed into a cosmopolitan Caribbean retreat. Its guests range from an international band of sailors who enjoy its many marinas and nautical activities to those simply seeking to relax under the tropical sun. There are lots of things to do and explore while you are here, and Art Book is your perfect tour guide to both the French and Dutch side of the island, with its combination of sophistication and simplicity. A taste of Europe with a Caribbean twist! Please enjoy Art Book, and let it show you the secret beauty of the island. There’s a lot for you to discover and we’re pleased to be along for the ride. Sincerely, Bruno Ackenine Publisher

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Dear Friends, With a history reaching back through the centuries, the dual island of Sint Maarten/Sint Martin has developed into a cosmopolitan Caribbean retreat. Its guests range from an international band of sailors who enjoy its many marinas and nautical activities to those simply seeking to relax under the tropical sun. There are lots of things to do and explore while you are here, and Art Book is your perfect tour guide to both the French and Dutch side of the island, with its combination of sophistication and simplicity. A taste of Europe with a Caribbean twist! Please enjoy Art Book, and let it show you the secret beauty of the island. There’s a lot for you to discover and we’re pleased to be along for the ride. Sincerely, Bruno Ackenine Publisher

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LUXURY ART BOOK UNE publication editee par Freecom Luxury Art Book directeur de la publication Bruno Ackenine direction artistique Elyse Ranart directrice des opérations Victoria Gomez Flevaris redaction Ellen Lampert-Greaux conception graphique Victoria Gomez Flevaris photographe Claudio Napolitano STYLISTe Iris Buchman

Photographie contribution Laurent Benoît Harry Brejat Pierre Carreau Hendi Diana Rosemond Gréaux Gérald Tessier Stephen Thompson Comité du Tourisme publicite luxuryartbook@gmail.com Un merci tout special a l’office du tourisme de St Barthelemy pour l’utilisation de leurs magnifiques photos. Freecom LUXURY ART BOOK luxuryartbook@gmail.com www.luxuryartbook.com © Reproduction of any part of this publication is prohibited without the express written permission of the publisher.

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Dear Guests, Welcome to the Radisson Blu Resort, a French-influenced retreat set on 18 luxurious acres in the secluded cove of Anse Marcel’s National Nature Reserve, with a spa, refreshing infinity pool, and PADI diving courses, along with chic boutique shopping and fine dining. All of which is reflected in this premiere edition of Art Book, created especially for Radisson Blu. While relaxing in your room, and enjoying our attention to detail, take a moment to browse through the handsome pages of Art Book and savor the beautiful images of the hotel and the island. It’s a great way to get an advanced taste of everything you’ll want to explore once you get settled in. Enjoy your stay, and we hope to see you again at Radisson Blu sometime very soon. Sincerely, Jean-Marc Jalbert General Manager 30 Luxury Art Book


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Chers hôtes, Bienvenue au Radisson Blu Resort, une retraite d’influence française dont les 7 hectares de luxe se situent dans la crique reculée de la Réserve Naturelle Nationale de l’Anse Marcel, et possédant un spa, une piscine à débordement rafraîchissante et proposant des cours de plongée PADI, ainsi que des boutiques chic et des dîners gastronomiques. Tout ceci se retrouve dans cette édition haut de gamme de l’Art Book, créée spécialement pour le Radisson Blu. Pendant que vous vous détendrez dans votre chambre et que vous apprécierez notre souci des détails, prenez le temps de parcourir les superbes pages de l’Art Book et de vous délecter des superbes images de l’hôtel et de l’île. C’est une très bonne manière d’avoir un avant-goût de tout ce que vous voudrez explorer une fois que vous serez installé. Profitez bien de votre séjour, et nous espérons vous revoir très bientôt au Radisson Blu. Sincèrement, Jean-Marc Jalbert General Manager 34 Luxury Art Book


37 ISLAND PARADISE

An unusual island, half-French, half-Dutch, with a multi-cultural sophistication! Soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters set the scene, where you are free to relax and enjoy the best that life has to offer. Lazy days on the beach, an afternoon sail, cocktails with friends, superb sunsets, and constellations lighting up the night sky. A lovely island paradise! UNE ÎLE PARADISIAQUE Une île peu ordinaire, moitié française, moitié hollandaise avec une sophistication multiculturelle! Le décor est planté: de douces plages de sable blanc et des eaux d’un bleu turquoise étincelante et vous pourrez vous relaxer et jouir du meilleur que la vie peut offrir. Paresser sur la plage, faire de la voile l’après-midi, prendre un verre avec des amis, de superbes couchers de soleil, des constellations qui illuminent le ciel de la nuit. Une ravissante île paradisiaque!


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49 PERFECT PLEASURES

If you’re looking for a moment of luxuriousness, this is the place! We offer the highest degree of perfection with attention to detail, the finest furnishings, and every little luxury you can imagine. Our ideal accommodations and superb surroundings embrace you in a tropical wonderland, your home away from home! PLAISIRS PARFAITS Si vous êtes en quête d’un moment de vie dans le luxe, vous êtes au bon endroit! Nous offrons le plus haut degré de perfection avec une attention pour les détails, les plus beaux meubles, et chaque petit luxe que vous pouvez imaginer. Notre hébergement idéal et le cadre superbe vous transporte au milieu d’un pays tropical merveilleux, votre maison quand vous êtes de chez vous!


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52 MARINA SUITES Adjacent to the Marina, experience a unique stay with beautiful Marina views. These suites are ideal for travelers with boats docked at the marina or for those who enjoy something different. All Marina Suites have a dedicated parlor with queen size sleeper sofa, two balconies or terraces - one with Marina views.


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ANSEL MARCEL SUITES

For guests who demand nothing but the best, the resort’s Anse Marcel suite is the ultimate in island luxury. From the private front terrace with sweeping views of the marina to the inviting master bedroom, the suite optimizes opulence in a Caribbean setting. After a long day of sightseeing, relax in the five-fixture bathtub with different nozzles to provide an invigorating, massage-effect shower. The suite expands to become a two- or three-bedroom suite ideal for large families and incentive groups.


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63 RELAX TO THE MAX

Relax in the luxurious environment of a tropical spa. Abandon your body and soul to treatments using ancient techniques and aromatic oils. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, a rejuvenating facial, and a tonic body scrub. It’s the best way to wash away your daily stress and get into the mood for the best vacation ever! DÉTENDEZ-VOUS AU MAXIMUM Détendez-vous dans le cadre luxueux d’une station thermale tropicale. Abandonnez-vous corps et âme à des traitements utilisant des techniques anciennes et des huiles aromatiques. Offrez-vous un massage exfoliant relaxant, un massage facial rajeunissant et un tonique pour le corps. C’est la meilleure façon de vous débarrasser de votre stress quotidien et de vous mettre dans l’ambiance pour les meilleures vacances que vous n’aurez jamais eues!


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67 CULINARY DELIGHTS

Enjoy creative recipes created by leading chefs, with their fusion of culinary styles, blending regional produce with an international array of products imported for your delectable pleasure. From a romantic dinner for two, or a large table to share with family and friends, what better way to enjoy the ambiance of the island! DÉLICES CULINAIRES Profitez de recettes créatives créées par de grands chefs, avec des styles culinaires fusionnés, alliant produits régionaux avec une gamme internationale de produits importés pour de délectables plaisirs. Du dîner romantique pour deux à la grande table à partager avec famille et amis, quoi de mieux pour profiter de l’ambiance de l’île!


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79 SEASCAPES Shimmering ocean views. Incredible shades of turquoise and sun-kissed aqua. Long stretches of soft, powdery sand. Rocky shores and hidden coves. An island paradise embraced by the sea. An underwater world to explore. Dive in and expect the unexpected!


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95 TOURISM Take advantage of all that this multi-faceted island has to offer. Explore the highways and byways on the French and Dutch side, from the shops in Philipsburg to the charm of Marigot. Family fun, solo adventures, romantic getaways.

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103 PORT OF CALL The nautical gateway to the Caribbean. Magnificent marinas. The lure of fabulous ships, from the polished wood of classic sailboats to the epitome of high-tech on the world’s most extraordinary mega-yachts. Hoist the sails and set out at dawn. Or simply relax on deck, a rum punch in hand. A marriage of the high seas and the tropical sun!

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113 SHOOTING FOR THE STARS

Stephen Thompson is a transplanted Irishman who has lived in Sint Maarten since 1970, when he made his first visit to the island and never left. Owner of the Guavaberry Emporium—purveryors of a popular local rum liquor—in Philipsburg, Thompson is also an avid photographer who is seldom without a camera, often a Canon 5D2. His photographs range from people to pets (he has five dogs who are happy to pose whenever they are asked). He also loves astronomy and is a dedicated stargazer who takes heavenly images of the skies at night.

From his home in Pointe Blanche, Thompson can see inside the harbor of Gustavia in Saint Barth, which often serves as the background for his images of the stars, grounding the photographs and giving them a specific location. His celestial images are long time exposures, some of which show the curvature of the earth beneath the skies. They also show how the earth is spinning in relation to the stars, as pinpoints of light in the sky become divergent lines. The best photos are taken on the clearest nights, without a single cloud to spoil the view, and a maximum contrast between the sky and the stars. The only light pollution Thompson allows in these images is that of Gustavia, where the haze of light over the town localizes his images, and makes them a part of the magic that is Saint Barth. Luxury Art Book

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121 AFTER DARK The sun has barely set when the island comes alive for the night. Catch the beat of jazz, soul, blues, rock ��€™n’ roll, Motown, R&B, reggae, calypso, soca, and steel bands that reverberate in this international melting pot of music. Go clubbing and dance the night away, party until the wee hours, or enjoy a cool cocktail in this hot island ambiance.


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129 GOURMET EXPERIENCE Looking for someplace to eat? This is an island of restaurants and bistros offering everything from fresh grilled local lobster and barbeques on the beach to fine French dining. The catch of the day and West Indian spices are on the menu along with a dash of international sophistication.

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