Belmond La Samanna Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Easily the most luxurious resort in St. Martin, the 55-acre La Samanna resort brings tranquility to an otherwise tourist-filled island. Featuring two beautiful pools, an extensive wine cellar, a yoga and Pilates studio, a European-style spa, and the island's most pristine beach, this 81-room, eight-villa retreat is hard to beat. The vibe is about as fancy as it gets for St. Martin, so of course everything -- from the nightly rates to the dinners and spa treatments -- comes at a sky-high cost.
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located on picturesque Dawn Beach, the 314-room Westin has an extensive list of amenities and activities (such as the on-site casino and the lovely spa -- one of the best on the island). It features mostly ocean-view rooms (with modern extras), a beautiful double-decker infinity-edge pool, and expansive beach grounds, and its several restaurants and bars mean you never have to leave this luxurious hotel if you don't want to.