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The dual-governed island of St Martin and St Maarten is incredible, with beautiful beaches, mountainous walks, animated bars, clubs and casinos and incredible restaurants, not to mention glorious sunshine and duty free shopping. With all things considered, there simply are few places in the world which offer a more favourable business trip destination than St Maarten-St Martin. Boredom is simply an impossible emotion to experience when visiting the island.
Unfortunately business trips are often short and sweet so you’ll need to have a plan in place to ensure you make the most of your time there. While clubs and casinos may not be to everyone’s taste, you’re sure to want to visit some of the outstanding restaurants in the area. We’ve developed a quick guide to the five best restaurants to consider dining at if travelling for business in St Maarten-St Martin.
Stunning views, contemporary French cuisine with a hint of Caribbean flavour and an open air setting with a cool ocean breeze tickling through - that’s exactly what’s on offer at Restaurant at La Samanna resort in St Maarten-St Martin. If you want to indulge in a truly luxurious dining experience while visiting the island, make this restaurant a must-visit.
With an assortment of dishes like seared scallop, pan seared foie gras, braised veal cheeks and a lobster sampling menu coupled with their award-winning wine cellar makes Restaurant at La Samanna one of the top restaurants on the island. We highly recommended it for meeting and dining with potential business partners and clients as it is sure to impress.
If you’re keen to sample some authentic, new-style Caribbean cuisine during your short business trip, you’ll need to make a visit to Temptation a definite priority. The kitchen is headed by Chef Dino Jagtiani, a well-celebrated chef who has established quite a name for himself. The breath-taking menu includes a number of unusual dishes such as Seared Foie Gras PB&J with melted peanut butter and homemade port wine-fig jelly and their infamous Reef ‘n’ Beef dish with garlic sautéed lobster tail and hoisin-braised beef short ribs.
Widely regarded by many travellers, particularly business travellers, as THE best restaurant on the island, Bistrot Caraibes offers the perfect casual dining experience. This petite French restaurant is internationally renowned for its excellent standard of food so ensure to book well in advance. The casual setting makes the restaurant a great choice for informal business meetings with the menu a direct complement. These guys simply elevate French cooking to a fine art, with every single dish exquisitely well-presented and full of savoury, tasty flavours.
From the house special of Lobster Thermidor to the frequently recommended grilled rack of lamb to the Crème Brulee for dessert, it’s no exaggeration to say that this little restaurant may provide one of the best dining experiences you’ve ever had.
Out of the hundreds of different eateries on the island, La Villa Restaurant is certainly one of those “golden finds”. Located in the heart of Grand Case village, the menu consists of a bounty of flavours from the Caribbean islands blended with the fine art of French cooking. If you’re keen to sample as many fine eateries as possible without racking up a huge tab, you’ll love La Villa Restaurant.
Business travellers are consistently amazed at the incredibly affordable options on their menu especially as the quality of the dishes are outstanding and the service makes you feel at home. At the very least you need to drop into La Villa Restaurant for lunch during your business trip.
For a true taste of paradise during your business trip to St Maarten-St Martin, La Cigale Restaurant has it all. Situated just beside the lagoon in Baie Nettlé, you could not ask for a more tranquil, idyllic setting. Dining on the beach under coconut palm trees and canopies is an experience you’ll never forget.
Most importantly, La Cigale offers total gourmet heaven. We’re talking mouth-watering options like ravioli of lobster with wild mushrooms and foie gras poached in a delicious lobster bisque and house-smoked gravlax and salmon garnished with a garlic cream sauce. Top it all off with their signature ginger ice cream and pineapple – a true taste of the Caribbean.
Is your mouth-watering yet? We know ours are reminiscing over some of the best diningexperiences we’ve ever had. St Maarten-St Martin is simply a haven of fine dining and authentic eateries. You are certainly in for a real treat if travelling there for business. With so many options to choose from, we hope this guide helps you to seek out the most amazing, authentic restaurants the island has to offer business travellers.