New in '22: St. Maarten
The charismatic, ever-cultural island nation of St. Maarten welcomes travelers with nature-immersive, wellness and cultural experiences galore. The beloved, Dutch-owned destination lends itself to both quintessential island vibes and cosmopolitan flair, allowing for everyone - from the snorkeler to the art fanatic, the beach enthusiast to the foodie, and more — to find their place under the sun.
Those looking to visit should plan for a jam-packed itinerary of fun, as 2022 is set to revive some of the dearly missed adventures on the island. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the legendary Heineken Regatta is set for a comeback this March, once again welcoming pro sailors from all corners of the world. Hang out poolside at the ever-so-swanky Navy Beach, a premiere yachting destination that opened on island in January 2022 complete with gourmet dining, an expansive pool deck and a rooftop bar overlooking the super yacht marinas, tennis court and more.
The newly-constructed SXM Padel Club debuted two state-of-the-art padel tennis courts and two pétanque courts. This puts the island on-par with other sporting destinations, as padel is ramping up to be the fastest-growing racket sport in the world. Post-workout, head to the nearby Dutch Blonde Beer Garden, home to the island’s first ever craft beer, for an ice cold brew, and check out their new escape rooms — also the first on the island.
Be sure to set some time to roam Phillipsburg’s new murals. In conjunction with the Be The Change Foundation, SXM’s art scene bubbled to the surface when 12 local artists painted colorful imagery around town in an effort to make the island a culture capital.
Retreat back to the Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel, where a brand new 98-room wing will begin welcoming guests in February 2022 as part of Divi’s “Oceans” brand, which includes all ocean-facing rooms and suites and enhanced amenities, such as VIP check-in, a personal concierge, and room-only or all-inclusive booking options.