The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten  

Oyster Pond, St. Martin/St. Maarten

St. Martin (or St. Maarten, depending on whether you find yourself on the French or Dutch side of the island) is known for its pristine beaches with crystal clear waters -- on all sides of the isle. Here are some of our favorite hotel beaches:

The coastline at the Westin is beautiful and serene -- if sometimes crowded during busier months -- and from here, the views of the resort's facade are markedly more elegant than those of its front side. Only 100 yards from the pool, switching between the two is an easy affair, and comfortable cabanas provide the perfect spot to relax at both.

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