Location, location, location. The Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, a beach resort on the Caribbean island of St. Martin in the French West Indies, has plenty of it. The island is divided in two: a Dutch side (Sint Maarten) and a French side, St. Martin. The Radisson Blu St. Martin sits on 18 beachfront acres on the French side of the island. but travel between the two requires no passport control.
Radisson Blu St. Martin is the island's most luxurious property and attracts a high-end clientele. Approximately 60% of the resort's guests are from North America, mostly from the Northeast. A quarter of the resort's guests travel from France. Many guests are honeymoon couples.
Radisson Blu St. Martin offers a marina, a 1,600-foot stretch of white-sand beach, a small spa, and a tremendous pool. The resort is close to Grand Case, a neighborhood whose restaurants and cafes draw locals and tourists.
Radisson Blu St. Martin is within easy reach of Pinel Island, a popular kayaking and snorkeling site. A 20-minute taxi ride brings guests to the town of Marigot, known for its duty-free shops and twice-weekly market.
For travelers landing at St. Martin's Princess Juliana International Airport, the Radisson Blu operates a water taxi service that shuttles travelers to the resort. This takes minutes, versus approximately 40 by car.
Radisson Blu St. Martin is owned and operated by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, usually known in the U.S. for their midscale hotels. The Blu brand, on the other hand, is Radisson's relatively new luxury label. Radisson Blu on St. Martin, a former plain-jane Radisson, was renovated and upgraded in 2012 to become the brand's first Radisson Blu in the Caribbean.