Welcome Aboard – Smitten Kitten at St. Martin Simpson Bay.

Even though we arrived in St. Martin a few days early, our first night on the Smitten Kitten Catamaran was Saturday, the 16 of November.  One would think that it would be cold in November but the weather was a balmy 80F average during the day, the water around 83-85F, and the nights in the high 60’s to low 70’s.  Perfect for the snow dwellers or even for us desert dwellers from hot Arizona.


The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below is not my image.  Stop at this Official Website for St. Martin.  There you can learn a lot about the island and exciting events, activities, hotels, island life, etc.  St. Martin and the nearby islands have been one of our favorite vacation destinations and as you will see in future posts it’s evident why.


First rule of thumb, off with the shoes and you hardly see them the rest of the holiday.  Drop the minimal number of bags in your

Arial of St. Martin

cabin.  Don’t over pack as this is a 4 cabin Catamaran with limited storage.  All you need is swim suits, a few wraps, shorts, light tops, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For some of the gents a hat would be a very good idea to stop the burn on the top.

We were greeted by our hosts Jenny and Stuart with a splendid happy hour set up a waiting for our 5:00pm arrival on board with along with our good friends, Fred and Basia.  This was a special trip and adventure as Basia was celebrating one of her “big one” birthdays but we’re not telling which one.  Stuart greeted us with a traditional island cocktail; a Rum Punch with plenty of local rum.  Dinner was a Shrimp and Couscous dish with chopped fresh vegetables.  I hadn’t thought at this time of posting about the holiday, so I’ve only one picture to share from dinner and it’s just one small piece of Jenny’s Kiwi Cheesecake.

2013-11-24T07-00-30_8I’m hoping to get recipes from Jenny to share with you.

The Cheese Cake was a creamy no bake dish with slices of local fresh kiwi.  Melt in your mouth delicious.


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    1. Thanks for the comment. There are several articles specifically about this trip and others to come.

  2. I enjoyed your write up. We will be sailing with Stuart & Jenny for the 3rd time this March. They are the consummate host and hostess. Can’t wait to get out of the frozen northeast and onto Smitten Kitten!

    1. Enjoy your trip this March. Stuart and Jenny are definitely gems. I’m going to be posting a few more articles but putting them together can take a little time. Getting ready to do Day One hopefully this week.

  3. My wife Beth and I are also alumni of a week on the Smitten Kitten, in May, 2012, with Stuart and Jenny. What a wonderful week! We had combined it with the previous week at the Atrium, for a fantastic 2-week adventure with Festiva in St. Maarten.

  4. So excited to read your review! My wife and I with two other couples from Memphis,TN got enjoy “Smitten Kitten” last March. Stuart and Jenny are the best, we enjoyed them so much and had a great trip. We commend this “bucket list” item to everyone. St. Martin is a wonderful island to enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Stuart and Jenny are great. This was our second trip with them as we go on the cruise each year. Our by far favorite vacation! There will be more stories to post but putting together the pictures/text is taking me more time than I thought. Glad you enjoyed the article. 🙂 Karen

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