Sensational St. Martin

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It's early yet, though, and for now wine is far from our minds. On a leisurely stroll around the resort's grounds, we discover two pools (the newer, an infinity pool by the beach bar), yoga center, three tennis courts and spa, and also manage to sneak a peek at some other rooms. My favorite one (aside from the enormous three-bedroom "Baie Longue" suite, occupying the entire top floor) is the premium suite with rooftop cabana and private plunge pool. Everywhere we go, the moist sea air is perfumed into a salty-sweet cocktail by the abundance of tropical flowers. On a grassy outcropping among the villas is a stone semicircle embossed in the earth, which we later learn is the most popular ceremony spot for the 25 or so weddings a year the resort hosts.

To rid ourselves of our fast-paced, real-world demeanor, my wife and I head to the spa, which also houses the yoga pavillion and the only pilates studio in the Caribbean. The menu of spa services is extensive. There is not one but an impressive 11 varieties of massage available, from Swedish to Korean plus hot stones, four hands, seven chakras, and an energetic Chinese technique involving hot sticks made of dry herbs. The treatment rooms open to a tropical courtyard with outdoor showers, and lying on the treatment table, I can hear birds whooping across the tops of the palm trees.

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