We have travelled to many spots in the Caribbean, but we always head back to Saint Martin La Plantation. The staff are fantastic and so helpful. The suites are generous and incredibly spacious with a full kitchen which is essential for cooking easy meals back at home. And it feels more like a home because you are in a bungalow with a wide porch with room for tables and chairs, rather than in a high rise. Even the studios are great - we stayed in them many times. One of the best deals is their relationship with the beach bars on orient beach - no extra cost for chairs and umbrellas - which can easily run an extra $20 USD a day. The beach is a short 5 min walk away, but since we travel with two small kids we just drive the rental car to the beach. A huge US Supermarket is a 5 min drive away, and their are smaller shops in the village to buy food in walking distance. The pool is great - the kids favorite part. Breakfast is also good (though I like the boiled egg option they previously had, but I suspect it became too messy) There is no better place for families in Saint Martin. Go for dinner in Grand Case - Brasserie des Iles or to the Lolos for BBQ delicious crab farcie and fish - about 5 min drive away. If you like loud hotels and casinos the Dutch side may be better for you.