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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

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Dear Guests, We are pleased to welcome you to the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, with its totally unbeatable location on one of the best white sand beaches in Sint Maarten. As you settle into your room, please take the time to leaf through the pages of Art Book, a luxury customized publication that takes you on an armchair tour of the hotel and the island, before you set out to explore it all for yourself. The Sonesta is the perfect place to enjoy rest and relaxation as you soak up the tropical sun before cooling off in the clear aqua waters of the Caribbean Sea or diving into one of our two tropical swimming pools. Then at night enjoy the restaurants, gaming, and entertainment that sizzles after dark. All of this, and more, is reflected in Art Book, where page after page of handsome photographs invites you to discover all that this half-French, half-Dutch island has in store for you. Enjoy its many cultural flavors as you get to know the island, and we look forward to seeing you at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort again–we know you’ll be back soon. Sincerely, Armando Pizzuti General Manager 30 Luxury Art Book


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Chers hôtes, Nous sommes ravis de vous accueillir au Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, avec sa localisation absolument imbattable sur l’une des meilleures plages de sable blanc de Sint Maarten. Tandis que vous vous installez dans la chambre, prenez le temps de feuilleter les pages de l’Art Book, une édition de luxe personnalisée qui vous fait visiter l’hôtel et l’île depuis votre fauteuil, avant que vous ne vous lanciez dans son exploration toute entière par vous-même. Le Sonesta est l’endroit rêvé pour se reposer et se détendre, se gorger de soleil tropical avant de se rafraîchir dans les eaux transparentes des Caraïbes ou de plonger dans l’une de nos deux piscines tropicales. Puis d’apprécier en soirée les restaurants, jeux et spectacles qui éclairent la nuit. Tout cela, et bien plus, se reflète dans l’Art Book, où des pages et des pages de superbes photographies vous invitent à découvrir tout ce que cette île moitié française, moitié hollandaise vous réserve. Profitez bien de ses nombreuses saveurs culturelles à mesure que vous découvrez l’île, et nous espérons vous revoir au Sonesta Maho Beach Resort–nous savons que vous reviendrez bientôt. Sincèrement, Armando Pizzuti General Manager 34 Luxury Art Book


37 PARADISE ISLAND FOUND PARADISE

An anyhalf-French, other! Softhalf-Dutch, white sandwith beaches and sparkling turquoise An island unusualunlike island, a multi-cultural sophistication! waters the scene. landscapes blendsetwith Soft white sandset beaches andUnspoiled sparkling turquoise waters the contemporary scene, where architecture and traditional cottages. Beachfront villas and hotels invitedays youon to you are free to relax and enjoy the best that life has to offer. Lazy relax the andbeach, enjoy the of luxury. deliciouswith afternoon the beach, happy an lap afternoon sail,Acocktails friends,onsuperb sunsets, and hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars like diamonds constellations lighting up the night sky. A lovely island paradise! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it? UNE ÎLE PARADISIAQUE Une île peu ordinaire, moitié française, moitié hollandaise avec une An island unlike any other! Soft white sandest beaches turquoise sophistication multiculturelle! Le décor planté:and de sparkling douces plages de waters setetthe scene. blend withetcontemporary sable blanc des eaux Unspoiled d’un bleu landscapes turquoise étincelante vous pourrez architecture traditional cottages. hotelssur invite you to vous relaxerand et jouir du meilleur que Beachfront la vie peutvillas offrir.and Paresser la plage, relax lap of luxury. A delicious afternoon onamis, the beach, happy faire and de laenjoy voilethe l’après-midi, prendre un verre avec des de superbes hour with friends, fierydes sunsets to write home about, and starsde likeladiamonds couchers de soleil, constellations qui illuminent le ciel nuit. Une in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic ravissante île paradisiaque! meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it?


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51 ROOMS PERFECT PLEASURES

An island unlike any other! Soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise If you’re looking for a moment of luxuriousness, this is the place! We offer waters set the scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary the highest degree of perfection with attention to detail, the finest furnishings, architecture and traditional cottages. Beachfront villas and hotels invite you to and every little luxury you can imagine. Our ideal accommodations and relax and enjoy the lap of luxury. A delicious afternoon on the beach, happy superb surroundings embrace you in a tropical wonderland, your home hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars like diamonds away from home! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it? PLAISIRS PARFAITS Si vous êtes en quête d’un moment de vie dans le luxe, vous êtes au bon An endroit! island unlike other! sand beaches and sparkling Nousany offrons le Soft plus white haut degré de perfection avec une turquoise attention waters set the scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary pour les détails, les plus beaux meubles, et chaque petit luxe que vous architecture and imaginer. traditionalNotre cottages. Beachfrontidéal villasetand hotelssuperbe invite you to pouvez hébergement le cadre vous relax and enjoy the lap luxury. A delicious afternoon the beach, happy transporte au milieu d’unofpays tropical merveilleux, votreonmaison quand vous hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars like diamonds êtes de chez vous! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it?


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51 59 ROOMS RELAX TO THE MAX

An island anyenvironment other! Soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise Relax in theunlike luxurious of a tropical spa. Abandon your body and waters set the scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary soul to treatments using ancient techniques and aromatic oils. Treat yourself architecture traditional cottages. Beachfront villas and body hotelsscrub. invite you to to a relaxingand massage, a rejuvenating facial, and a tonic It’s the relax the away lap of your luxury. A delicious on the beach, happy best and wayenjoy to wash daily stress andafternoon get into the mood for the best hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars vacation like diamonds ever! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad found it? DÉTENDEZ-VOUS AUyou MAXIMUM

Détendez-vous dans le cadre luxueux d’une station thermale tropicale. Abandonnez-vous âme à des traitements des techniques An island unlike any corps other! et Soft white sand beaches utilisant and sparkling turquoise anciennes et the desscene. huiles Unspoiled aromatiques. Offrez-vous un with massage exfoliant waters set landscapes blend contemporary relaxant, unand massage facial rajeunissant et un villas tonique le corps. C’est architecture traditional cottages. Beachfront andpour hotels invite you to la meilleure façon de vous débarrasser de votre stress quotidien et de vous relax and enjoy the lap of luxury. A delicious afternoon on the beach, happy dans l’ambiance pour les meilleures vacances quelike vous n’aurez hourmettre with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars diamonds jamais eues! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it?


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51 63 ROOMS CULINARY DELIGHTS

An island unlike any other! Soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise Enjoy creative recipes created by leading chefs, with their fusion of culinary waters set the scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary styles, blending regional produce with an international array of products architecture and traditional cottages. Beachfront villas and hotels invite you to imported for your delectable pleasure. From a romantic dinner for two, or relax and enjoy the lap of luxury. A delicious afternoon on the beach, happy a large table to share with family and friends, what better way to enjoy the hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars like diamonds ambiance of the island! in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it? DÉLICES CULINAIRES Profitez de recettes créatives créées par de grands chefs, avec des An island any other! Soft white beaches and sparkling stylesunlike culinaires fusionnés, alliantsand produits régionaux avec uneturquoise gamme waters set de theproduits scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary internationale importés pour de délectables plaisirs. Du dîner architecture andpour traditional Beachfront villas and hotels inviteetyou to romantique deux àcottages. la grande table à partager avec famille amis, relax and enjoy the lap of quoi luxury. delicious the beach,de happy deAmieux pourafternoon profiter deonl’ambiance l’île! hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars like diamonds in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it?


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51 73 NIGHTLIFE ROOMS

After dinner, the legendary nightlife of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino comes alive. Enjoy our popular street show most evenings as we get you in the mood to dance; try your luck in the Casino Royale; dance the night away at the new Tantra Nightclub; or enjoy a cocktail at an An island unlike any other! Soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise outdoor cafe. waters set the scene. Unspoiled landscapes blend with contemporary There’s also assortment of lateBeachfront night restaurants, shops and boutiques architecture and an traditional cottages. villas and hotels invite you to open to 11 p.m., and a redesigned promenade that bustles with activity relax and enjoy the lap of luxury. A delicious afternoon on the beach, happy throughout the evening. This is the nightlife capital of St. Maarten - certainly hour with friends, fiery sunsets to write home about, and stars likedestination! diamonds a memorable in the sky. Saint Barth is the perfect island paradise…where barefoot chic meets the height of elegance. Aren’t you glad you found it? VIE NOCTURNE Après le dîner, la légendaire vie nocturne du Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino s’active. Profitez de notre populaire spectacle de rue presque tous les soirs pour vous donner envie de danser ; tentez votre chance au Casino Royale ; dansez toute la nuit dans le nouveau Tantra Nightclub ; ou appréciez un cocktail en terrasse d’un café. Il y a aussi tout un assortiment de restaurants servant jusque tard le soir, de magasins et de boutiques ouverts jusqu’à 23h, et une promenade rémaénagée qui bourdonne d’activité tout au long de la soirée. C’est la capitale de la vie nocturne de St. Maarten – sans aucun doute une destination inoubliable! Luxury Art Book

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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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