St. Maarten is the smallest Island in the world to be shared by two sovereign governments-namely the Dutch and French. The Dutch side, with Philipsburg as its capital occupies the southern 17 square miles of this 37-square-mile island; St. Martin, a French dependency, occupies the northern half. The dual nationality adds variety to this most unique of island gems in the Caribbean Sea, in the Antilles. Both Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin have maintained a peaceful coexistence for over 350 years, the longest of any two bordering nations. The two territories have enjoyed harmonious relations through their history and have shared the prosperity of many years without dispute. The Treaty of Concordia executed on March 23rd 1648 established this coexistence and has the unique distinction of being the oldest Treaty still in force today.
St Maarten is truly unique as it is home to distinct cultures, the French and the Dutch.
Although both sides share claim to wonderful beaches, underwater delights and great duty and tax-free shopping with an abundance of upscale designer boutiques and jewelry shops, each side has special pleasures awaiting the visitor. The island is also known as the Gourmet Capital of Caribbean. There is a complete range of first class restaurants to satisfy all. Trendy and hip discos, clubs, bars and casinos make it also one of the most exciting places to party in the Caribbean. St Maarten is a fabulous mix of French, Dutch and Caribbean charm and hospitality.
Located on famous Cupecoy Beach in Saint Maarten, the Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club & Resort boasts beautiful Ocean and Beachfront views from your private terrace or balcony. The secluded beach is a prime spot for swimming, snorkeling and watersports. Opportunities abound for day sails to nearby islands, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, shopping, casinos and the best dining in the Caribbean. Situated on the Dutch Side, and just minutes from the French Side, the Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club & Resort is only miles from Princess Juliana International Airport.