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As midpriced chain hotels go, Radisson Blu properties land at the top of the heap, and a stay at the St. Martin location, while pricier than most, satisfies in any number of ways. First of all, the resort feels off the beaten track, nestled inside a crescent cove and framed by the lush hills of the Anse Marcel National Nature Reserve (with hiking trails even). The level, landscaped grounds provide plenty of room (18 acres) to stretch out and play—ideal for families with high-energy kids. It's the only resort on island that has direct access to a full-service marina, and it also has the largest freshwater pool on St. Martin/St. Maarten, a beauty that stretches and weaves and even has a faux sand beach. The main restaurant, Le C, can be surprisingly accomplished, and a number of water-sports excursions leave straight from the 150-slip marina. The only area that lags is the lodgings themselves. Modestly outfitted rooms and suites are pleasant enough, painted in sunny tropical hues, but most are set back from the sea and overlook the courtyard. Tip: If you’re heading directly to the resort from the airport, we highly recommend springing for the water shuttle (roundtrip $156 adult; $104 children 5–12) ride from the airport. It's a relaxing and scenic 30-minute trip, a decompressing tonic after a long plane ride.