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Saskia de la Fuente-Goedar

Age:  45

Education:  High school / College

Position: Assistant Manager

I’m from:  Suriname (formerly a Dutch colony of the Netherlands, situated on North East Coast of South America)

On the island since: 1998

My favorite holiday destination:
Suriname and Aruba

My favorite drink is:
Ice cold Ginger beer / Pina Colada

My favorite spot of the island:
Board walk on the Friday evenings / Sunset beach bar on the weekends

My favorite beach is:
Maho beach, Le Gallion, Mullet Bay Beach

My favorite activity is: 
Dancing but I like going to the movies / reading / swimming

My favorite restaurant is:
Lee’s Road Side grill / the Sushi box / Bamboo Bernies / Chesterfields Restaurant

My favorite club is:
It used to be La Bamba for latin evening, but after it closed I usually go to The Harbor on Simpson Bay for Latin evening as well!


Caroline Macdonna

Age:  20 Years
Education: Associates in Accounting
Position: Front Office and Back Office
I’m from: Dominican Republic
On the island since: 11/12/2002

My favorite holiday destination:
The Caribbean, love the sun and beaches

My favorite drink is:
Has always been a cold glass of coke with lime.

My favorite spot of the island:
My favorite spot on the island is Le Galion beach, early morning the sun rises from that section and it is just beautiful. The beach is also calm, so it’s nice; I am not really a fan of rough waves.

I also enjoy being in Marigot, I like the atmosphere and the restaurants, very nice


My favorite beach is:

My favorite beach is the Le Galion beach not just because of calm waves but because I can sit and read a good book.

My favorite activity is: 
I am not much a fan of sports, but I do enjoy track (running), I also enjoy shopping in Philipsburg and Marigot with my friends.

My favorite restaurant is:
My favorite restaurants are, Pineapple Pete, Cheri’s café, and Greenhouse restaurant. I also enjoy ice cream from Carousel.


Eline van Binnendijk

Age: 19
Education: 2nd year of Facility Management at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer
Position: Front & Back Desk Agent
I’m from: Leusden, The Netherlands
On the island since: The 4th of August

My favorite holiday destination: I do not have one specific favorite holiday destination. There are many countries I have been in my life which I all admired. I like going to places with a warm climate and beautiful hotspots. In the future, I would love to travel more and explore all different countries and cultures.

My favorite drink is: I love the Sexy Geisha Cocktail at Little Bamboo, that is definitely my number one on the island. I also love Gin Tonic with lime, or the typical Caribbean Rum Punch.

My favorite spot of the island: I do not prefer one spot, since there are a lot of unique spots on the Island that are worth visiting. During the end of the afternoon, I love watching the stunning sunset at Mullet Bay. I also like being at quiet places with a beautiful view point, like the one located in Guana Bay or Pic Paradis.

My favorite Beach is: Amongst all beautiful beaches on the island, my favorite one is Plum Bay on French St. Martin. If you want to get away from it all, this is one of the most beautifully intimate and calm beaches around the island. The sand is soft and the water is really clear, which makes it a nice place to go snorkeling.

My favorite activity is: The Caribbean island has a lot of water sports. I love to go jet skiing or tubing. The fresh air and adrenaline you get on the salty ocean is amazing. Besides that, one of my most unique experiences was when I first went diving. You visit a total different milieu which makes me speechless.

My favorite restaurant is: My favorite restaurants are Gigi’s and Top Carrot. Both of them have amazing smoothies and cappuccino to start off your day with. Also the avocado and fresh fruits and vegetables make every meal fresh, which is nice in this warm climate.

My favorite club is: On Fridays, Soggy Dollar Bar is a really nice place to go to. I love the fact that it is a bar in the open air with great music and drinks. I also like going to Toppers and sing at the karaoke bar while enjoying the Toppers’ Rum.


Annika Beke

Age: 24
Education: Hotel Management, Hospitality Business School Saxion University of Applied Sciences.
Position: Front Desk Agent
I’m from: Arnhem, The Netherlands
On the island since: End of August 2017

My favorite holiday destination: Every destination that has sun, sea and a beach. I like destinations such as Spain, Italy and Croatia. But I fell in love with the Caribbean, after my first internship in Curacao and my second internship in Sint-Maarten.

My favorite drink is: I am a real wine drinker, so I especially love white wine and rose. When I go out, I prefer to drink Rum Punch.

My favorite spot of the island: I like many spots on the island, but I prefer Karakter at Simpson Bay. At the daytime you can relax on the beach with service on the beach. In the evening you can enjoy live music and a lovely dinner. I like to spend my day off at this spot.

My favorite Beach is: I like multiple beaches, but I prefer Mullet Bay the most. You can spend the whole day in the sun and after you can see the most beautiful sunset.

My favorite activity is: I like to go diving and explore the underwater world.

My favorite restaurant is: My favorite restaurant is Little Bamboo in Simpson Bay. It is a small pop-up restaurant, where you can enjoy special handmade sushi. However, I have also enjoyed a delicious dinner at Bistro Carïbes, which is located on the French side in Grand Case.

My favorite club: Soggy Dollar bar and Rhythm & Booze are my favorite clubs on the island. At Thursday’s you can enjoy the ladies’ night at Rhythm & Booze with a lot of specials for the ladies. At Fridays you can dance the whole night at Soggy Dollar bar.


Jan Vlutters

Age: 22
Education: Saxion University of Applied Science, Tourism Management.
Position: Front Desk Agent
I’m from: Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
On the island since: Since August 2th 2017.

My favorite holiday destination: Cape town / Stellenbosch, South Africa. Because of the beautiful nature and the welcoming local people.

My favorite drink is: Gin & Tonic and Jägermeister on the rocks.

My favorite spot of the island: The Simpson Bay area, because there is a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from.

My favorite Beach is: Mullet bay, I like to come here with friends to have a BBQ. My days off I mostly spend on the Simpson Bay Beach enjoying the sun and have drinks at Karakter.

My favorite activity is: At my first dive with Dive Safaris we visited a beautiful shallow reef in front of the marina. After that I found out that St. Maarten has several great diving spots to experience.

My favorite restaurant is: After the hurricane Bamboo Bernies in Maho got unfortunately destroyed. So they have opened a pop-up restaurant in Simpson Bay with the same good Japanese quality.


Jasper Kamphuis

Age: 25
Education: 2nd year of Facility Management at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer
Position: Front & Back Desk Agent
I’m from: Baak, The Netherlands
On the island since: The 4th of August

My favorite holiday destination:  My favorite holiday destination is definitely St. Maarten. I love the island because of the warm climate and the culture of the local people. St. Maarten is the perfect place to party. The beaches are also super to tan while enjoying a drink. Of course, the island is not just about partying, because you can also enjoy a beautiful walk with beautiful views and nature.

My favorite drink is: my favorite drink is a delicious gin tonic, but I also love a cold heineken while going out or on the beach. The mix drinks are almost pure so you should not drink too much.

What is your favorite spot of the island: There are a number of places on the island that you simply do not want to miss. There are a number of beaches on the Dutch side and on the French side where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Beaches such as Mullet Bay, Baie Rouge, Friars Bay and Plum bay are beaches that you have to visit. All those beaches have cozy Caribbean beach bars where you can eat and drink something.

My favorite Beach is:  The best beach for me is Friars bay. The sea is calm here and you can take super nice pictures of the sunset. In my opinion this is also the cleanest beach.

My favorite activity is:  My favorite activity on the island was the zipline at Rain Forest adventures. This is really super fun to do! You first go up with a lift all the way up the mountain and there you can enjoy the beautiful view. You can view almost the entire island of St. Maarten. Then you have to prepare yourself for the immense long descent through the valley. A great experience!

My favorite restaurant is: My favorite restaurant is Bistro Caribes at Grand Case on the French side. This is a fine-dining restaurant with really great dishes. During Christmas I ate here with my colleagues and can recommend everyone to go here too. It was delicious!

My favorite club is: My favorite club is of course every Friday Soggy Dollar Bar in Simpson Bay. This is an open-air club where the drinks flow freely and people dance to typical Caribbean music. I love the music and love to party with my friends over there.


Joris Boosten

Age: 21
Education: Higher Hotel school The Hague (Amsterdam Campus), university of applied sciences in hospitality management.
Position: Front Desk Agent
I’m from: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
On the island since: End of July 2017, just one and a half month before Hurricane Irma

My favorite holiday destination: I like to go to countries with a warm climate and with a height difference in the landscape. I dislike flat countries in a sense that I find the landscaping a bit boring. St. Maarten is a beautiful place and fits my favorite holiday destination.

My favorite drink is: There are many drinks I like but I think the drink that I like most will be Gin & Tonic, since there are so many different ways to drink it.

My favorite spot of the island: For the daytime I like to go to one of the many beaches on the island. But during the night time I love to go to Simpson Bay which has many great restaurants and bars. There are many beautiful spots on the island but I prefer the most the viewing point from the new zip line in St. Johns estate; from rainforest adventures. When the weather is clear there is an amazing view of the four neighbor’s islands; St. Barths, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Kitts.

My favorite Beach is: I like multiple beaches since there are so many of them on the island. For example Mullet bay is great for swimming since the water is so clear and the sand is really nice, Karakter for example is nice to relax and lay on a beach bed while being served with drinks and little snacks, Friars bay and Happy bay are really nice when you are looking for a real Caribbean beach like the movies. This will be my top four.

My favorite activity is: The water sports on the island are awesome. I love to go jet skiing on Great bay at Phillipsburg but also doing different kind of cruises around the island to discover the area.

My favorite restaurant is: My favorite restaurant will be The Green house, located in the Simpson Bay area. This restaurant was the first proper meal I have had after Hurricane Irma and it expended their menu ever since.


Michelle Pater

Age: 20
Education: Hotel school The Hague (The Hague Campus), University of Applied Sciences in Hospitality Management.
Position: Front Desk Agent
I’m from: Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
On the island since: End of July 2017, just one and a half month before Hurricane Irma

My favorite holiday destination: I like every country that has good weather and nice beaches, and every destination has something special. So far my favorite holiday destinations are Cyprus and Sint Maarten. My family is from the island Cyprus, so I go there yearly to visit them, and Sint Maarten has a beautiful climate and nature, and friendly people.

My favorite drink is: I prefer a Campari Tonic, but if you want to go for the typical Island drink, the Rum Punch is also really good.

My favorite spot of the island: I do not have one specific spot on the island which I prefer. I love the beaches with the white sand and crystal clear water. But I also like the viewpoints looking over the green mountains, houses and sea.

My favorite Beach is: There are a lot of beautiful beaches at Sint Maarten. I really like Plum Bay on the French side. It is a beautiful and quite beach, with clear blue water and white sand. My other favorite beach is Mullet Bay. And because I really like surfing, Le Galion is a nice beach for good waves!

My favorite activity is: I love doing water sports on the island, for example jet skiing in Philipsburg, tubing at Kimsha beach next to Buccaneer, or surfing at Le Galion or Plum bay. I also went scuba diving, which was an amazing experience! And last but not least, visiting other islands around Sint Maarten such as Anguilla and St. Barth!

My favorite restaurant is: For breakfast or lunch I really like Top Carrot in Simpson Bay. They have nice juices and healthy food. For dinner I like Little Bamboo, they mainly serve sushi, but also a lot of different dishes and the cocktails are really good! My favorite local food is definitely at Fatboy Jimmy’s, they have delicious chicken and rib meals, and the so called ‘Johnny Cake’.

My favorite club is: On Friday night, Soggy Dollar Bar is the place to be. An open air club with pop and local socca music. There are also a lot of nice bars on the island, where you can go for drinks and listen to live music, or sing a song yourself at the local karaoke bar ‘Toppers’ in Simpson Bay.