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Villa Review: Vista do Mar, Tortola

My 44th birthday was here. Something that was not to be taken lightly. I had already decided on the destination: the BVI and Tortola was going to be my home base. All I needed next was to book an epic accommodation. I was looking for safety, privacy, tranquility and comfort. What I found was Vista do Mar, a villa that met all my needs and more.

St. Maarten/St. Martin – a local’s guide to the friendly island

If you are planning a trip to or you are about to travel or move to St. Maarten/Saint Martin, this article will prove quite useful to you.

You most probably already researched Instagram extensively for cool spots to visit, you may have even Googled the island for fun facts and must-sees and do’s. By now you know the island is known for its famous “airport beach” and that it is part Dutch and part French.

But I am here to give you the local scoop (in an as honestly as possible way) on my beloved St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Hotel Review: L’Esplanade Hotel St. Martin

L’Esplanade hotel sits on a hill overlooking the village and bay of Grand Case. It is a property I have always admired from afar and finally, on a sunny February day and on an invitation from the hotel owner, I got to drive through the gates. My husband and I were both excited to see what it would be like up close. We were about to enjoy another staycation on French St Martin, and this time we would be calling L’Esplanade our home for a few days.

Travel Highlights of 2018

Who would have thought at the beginning of this year that I would have visited as many destinations as I did?

2018 started a bit bleak. January of this year was just 4 months after Irma ripped us a new one and as much as it saddened me, it looked like there would be no immediate travel plans to be made. Like everyone else here, we too took a financial blow because of the hurricane. Getting back on your feet after an ordeal like that takes money.

But I trust in the universe and am a firm believer that you can change your current status quo by speaking the things you want the most into existence. So, I pleaded with the universe, I visualized it and I spoke travel into my existence.