September 10, 2012
All the luxury and simple elegance you would expect from French St. Martin, Terres Basses is an oasis of secluded beaches and exclusive villas. A mostly residential community located on the western end of the island, this a perfect getaway from the tourist hustle and bustle, while still being just a few minutes drive from the fine dining, nightclubs, shopping, and casinos of Cupecoy, Maho, and Marigot. Lush rolling hills along Simpson Bay Lagoon offers stunning views as your gaze tumbles out and down to the white sandy beaches of Plum Bay, Bay Rouge, and Bay Longue.
Plum Bay is a secluded beach (Villa) that offers a chance for some privacy, especially on weekdays. The calm water and tranquil scenery compliment what most agree is one of the most romantic beaches on the island.
Bay Rouge is another of St. Martin’s intimate and quiet beaches, though it is serviced by a beach bar and restaurant. It gets its name from the pinkish hue of its almost deserted sandy beach as you walk west from the entrance. Surrounded by the Bird Cliffs to the west and Devil’s Hole on the east, the scene can only be enhanced by a clear view of neighboring Anguilla across the sea. The usually calm waters also offer excellent snorkeling where swimmers can pass through an underwater cave amongst endless tropical fish and perhaps a turtle or an eagle ray.
Bay Longue, as its name suggests, epitomizes the Caribbean fantasy of a long, white, sandy beach where the brilliant turquoise waters lap uninterrupted in a slow easy rhythm. It is also home to La Samanna, Terre Basses’ 5 star resort, which has boasted guests such as Robert De Niro and Jackie Onassis. An intimate paradise for sun-worshippers, beach walkers, and swimmers alike, Bay Longue is a secluded playground for the rich and famous as well as those few lucky enough to stumble upon its sands.
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