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Best way to blow your budget? #306944
10/07/2023 10:08 AM
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If you are going to spend over your planned budget, where in St. Maarten/ St. Martin would you spend it?

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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306956
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Private villa, no contest.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306959
10/07/2023 12:12 PM
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Private charter on a luxury yacht.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306961
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I would put everything on black… jester

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306964
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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306981
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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306984
10/07/2023 10:09 PM
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Carton of cigs

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306987
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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306989
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Private jet to St. Barth's!!


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #306990
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Buy expensive champagne or something, plus have lunch at Bacchus.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307005
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Any one, or two, of these at Ocean 82 might do it... [Linked Image]

(I can't understand why the images aren't showing - but the picture is from the wine cellar at Ocean '82 and the Gran Cru wines in the image are worth over $100K :))

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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307006
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Private villa with fenced area for my 3 large dogs that I would bring on a private jet along with my dog sitter so we could still go out & about without leaving the dogs alone at the villa.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: NebraskaLori] #307009
10/08/2023 01:23 PM
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Lori--yeah, we have small dogs, not large ones, but I forgot to figure in the private jet for the trip to the villa! grin Good thought!! smile

Considering I bought 5 lottery tickets last night and got ZERO numbers on any of them, I think I probably won't have to worry about it regardless!!


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307018
10/08/2023 04:25 PM
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Private jet to SXM!




Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307024
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Bank anything over budget and spend on additional unscheduled trips to SXM later on.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307043
10/09/2023 12:06 PM
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Eat out for every meal and generously tip the servers. Donate to local charities and churches.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: MamaB] #307048
10/09/2023 01:19 PM
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MamaB--It is interesting how almost all the responses here have been totally different. Years ago, we ate out virtually every meal, usually high end meals, especially for dinner, and definitely tipped very well. These days, eating out every meal does not interest me in the slightest. It is interesting how one's wants and needs change over time. We still tip very well, regardless. I do appreciate the sentiment that one does need to share the wealth with those who are less fortunate.

Interesting topic!


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: Carol_Hill] #307051
10/09/2023 02:08 PM
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"These days, eating out every meal does not interest me in the slightest."
We are the same way now. We eat in quite often while on island. Not so much because of cost. It's so much healthier than restaurant food.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: SXMScubaman] #307052
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Scuba--I would like to say we eat in because it's healthier, but to me, it's more a matter of convenience and we just don't eat as much as we used to. Just don't want to bother to go out all the time. Not a matter of cost for us either.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: Carol_Hill] #307058
10/09/2023 05:16 PM
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When I said "eating out", I was trying to support local restaurants and staff.
(Oh- I'd also have a personal driver at my disposal)

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307059
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Buy a part of St. Martin, similar to Necker Island. Invite at least 20-30 of you. Arrange luxury transport to pick you up at your nearest private airport. Charter you in, welcome drinks(on tap) naturally, to your awaiting private villa(pool of course) with 24 hour butler, private beach and outdoor jacuzzis. Cars of your choice for your two week totally free stay, plus 200 foot yacht, just waiting to take you to Anguilla, St Barts or wherever. All outside meals paid for, but private gourmet chefs arranged at each villa for those who just wanted to do nothing and eat rather well and drink to excess, with only the finest bubbles served from huge tanks with a walking straw attached. dance

Carol. You have 4 chefs all with different french fry skills.

Haven't been around for a long time. Been quite ill with Myasthenia Gravis. In and out of hospitals here and the UK but hopefully on the way to recovery and just hope I can return next year. Good to see all the same people still enjoying SXM

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: SXMScubaman] #307061
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Going with scubaman on the charter!😆

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: JerseyPal] #307062
10/09/2023 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseyPal
Going with scubaman on the charter!😆

Welcome aboard. 👏

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: bran] #307063
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bran--good to see you here! Sorry to hear about your health issues, but hopefully you are on the way to recovery.

And thanks much for the french fry thought!!! handshake


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: Carol_Hill] #307068
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Scuba--I would like to say we eat in because it's healthier, but to me, it's more a matter of convenience and we just don't eat as much as we used to. Just don't want to bother to go out all the time. Not a matter of cost for us either.


I don’t know I could enjoy one of your trip reports without the burger or breakfast picture from BSV balcony

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: TravelHat] #307070
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Travel Hat--You know, we actually don't eat burgers very often at home, but there's something so satisfying about that burger on the deck at BSV! smile


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307075
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I hear you. It might have something to do with the company, view, and bottle of vino. Love special places and moments repeated.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307076
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I would rent the big white villa on bay rouge. Just looked it up on a rental site and its showing starting at 13218.00 a night. Sleeps 14. Its gone up considerably since I looked at it a few years ago but i remember 40000.00 a week.
Just noted that no pets allowed so ill take my beloved yellow lab and spend my fictitious money elsewhere

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: actionone] #307084
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Originally Posted by actionone
I would rent the big white villa on bay rouge. Just looked it up on a rental site and its showing starting at 13218.00 a night. Sleeps 14. Its gone up considerably since I looked at it a few years ago but i remember 40000.00 a week.
Just noted that no pets allowed so ill take my beloved yellow lab and spend my fictitious money elsewhere

If my math serves me correctly it has come DOWN considerably from 40,000 or did you put one too many 0s in there.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: SXMScubaman] #307088
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Original poster said $40,000 per WEEK. Now showing $13,000 per NIGHT.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: Carol_Hill] #307090
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Original poster said $40,000 per WEEK. Now showing $13,000 per NIGHT.

OK. I missed that.

Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307409
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Order a 4 1/2 pound live lobster and have it cooked Thermidor style. The best restaurant for this is Bistro Caribes in Grand Case. About $200 just for the lobster, but worth it.


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Private Villa with pool and caretaker in Baie Aux Prunes.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307411
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Massages at your private pool in Baie Prunes Villa.


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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307484
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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307558
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Re: Best way to blow your budget? [Re: sxmmartini] #307562
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