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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape the Crowds in French St. Martin


2. Where to Eat

The open-air dining room at Dreams.  

Have the catch of the day at Le Ti Provençal, a casual French-Caribbean restaurant near the beach in downtown Grand Case. Chef Hervé Sageot serves local fish varieties (like trigger tail, hogfish, and old wife fish) so fresh that you’ll be able to make your selection tableside before they throw it on the grill (from $34). Everything on the menu is made in-house, from the complementary olive tapenade to their classic French desserts, including a must-order mouleux au chocolat ($14).

Pretend you’re in a Burgundian wine vault at La Cave, a candlelit private dining room in La Samanna’s 12,000-bottle wine cellar. Enjoy a custom-made five-course tasting menu for two ($180 per person; book at least 24 hours in advance) prepared by chef Gil Dumoine. If you wish, head sommelier Christian Mirande will pair each of the five courses with heavy hitters (think Dom Perignon and Premier Grand Cru Chateau Cheval Blanc) from the hotel’s fantastic collection ($450 per person for wine pairing and dinner).

Spend an afternoon lunching and lounging at six-month-old Dreams, restaurateur Bruno Lemoine’s (formerly of Le Cottage) open-air, Asian-inspired restaurant overlooking pristine Nettle Bay. Order their excellent Thai-style tuna tartare ($20) or sushi (from $13 for a roll; $76 for a large sashimi/sushi combo for two) and a bottle of rosé and then head out to the beachfront chaise lounges for a few hours. The restaurant is not well marked, so keep an eye out for the small sign.

Published on May 31, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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