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User currently offlineqantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5859 posts, RR: 40
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

I am looking at heading to the Island in October and wanting some tips on places to stay, having read the reviews on the Sonesta, I can safely say that I will not be staying there. Does anyone have any suggestions? airport proximity is not really an issue as I am going there to do as little as possible!

thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineAI121 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-France/Airbus-A340-313X/1828840/L/

Check above photo. I am pretty sure you can't find any other hotel/resort that provides such awesome view from the pool. I am planning vacationing there too, but I have read mixed reviews about SXM so lets us know how your trip goes.



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User currently offlineqantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5859 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

I know about that place and from the reviews I have read it seems best to avoid it.


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12597 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

I too would be interested.

My company makes us take the week between Xmas and New Years off, and I'm looking at the Carribean as a place to go.

And given the aviation tie ins, the residual Dutch influences and perhaps a chance at a bit of hedonism, St. Maarten has some appeal.

I haven't started reading any reviews yet.

I suppose I'd start with the standard references (Fodor's, Frommer's, etc) and work out from there.



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User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

My wife and I are also looking at the end of October of early November. Trip Advisor likes Hotel L'Esplanade but from what I can tell it is not on the beach, which we prefer.

Can anyone recommend a nice place on the beach?


User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 355 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

I'm not sure what bad reviews you've had about the Sonesta, but I've stayed there everytime I've been to SXM and never had a problem with it at all. It's not a 5 star hotel and doesn't pretend to be but it's more than adequate, clean and friendly.


James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineqantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5859 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...t_Casino-St_Maarten_St_Martin.html

the reviews about the food poisoning are concerning, especially from two different sources.



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User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

I was just there at the end of March and I would put my vote in for Marys Boon. They have a website you can google. It is located on the other side of the runway from the terminal about half to 3/4's of way down the runway from the beach end. It is directly across from the first wide spot in the runway where aircraft can turn around to back taxi to the terminal. The hotel has built an observation deck on the top of the second floor of rooms and you can get great shots of aircraft taking off as they rotate or lift off within 200 yards of the deck in either direction. In the late morning till early afternoon we were at the Sunset watching the landings, then we shifted to the hotel observation deck to cover the takeoffs. Always an on shore breeze, a semi-private beach, secluded at the end of a dead end road save for a bar just beyond it, with private security guarding the gate at night. Couldn't beat the place. You'll need a rental car but you'd need that anyway if you plan on going anywhere on the island. I've included some pictures. In the one showing the pool you can see the runway through the trees.


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User currently offlineipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

If you have the cash and can afford it, Coral Beach Club is amazing. We have stayed at many amazing carribean resorts (Ritz in Cayman, PR, Grace Bay Club TCI, Atlantis, etc.), but we always return to Coral Beach Club. It's on the Dutch/French border and directly across from St. Barths. GBC is comprised of around 20 amazing, modern villas, each with a private pool and huge terrace. I would reccomend it highly!
http://www.coralbeach-club.com/



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3312 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I had no problems at the Sonesta, either. The review above is accurate. Plus, if you're doing it right, you shouldn't be spending too much time in your hotel room, anyway, and the view can't be beat.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 355 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Quoting qantas077 (Reply 6):
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...t_Casino-St_Maarten_St_Martin.html

the reviews about the food poisoning are concerning, especially from two different sources.

Ah ok, that's fair enough but I've never eaten in the hotel and only ever drank bottled water so I've not come across any issues to do with their food. When we've stayed there we usually went for breakfast down at the Sunset Bar and Grill or at the little cafe over the road from the hotel or grabbed something from the supermarket. Then as for lunch and dinner we always ate out too.



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User currently offlinemirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
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Have to also plug the Sonesta. Stayed there a few times and now at the Royal Islander Club. Both are convenient to our needs.


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User currently offlineaa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

I've been there twice, once on a cruise. I'll just say we were very mixed on the Divi Little Bay resort. The price of food was really outrageous, especially considering it was only okay. Also, I remember it being kind of secluded and taxi rides were often needed. SXM is my favorite of all the Caribbean islands, though, and not just for Maho Bay. The whole island just has a really nice feel. Enjoy your trip!

Quoting dxing (Reply 7):

Qatar at SXM?! Is that a charter flight?


User currently offlinekl838 From Netherlands Antilles, joined Oct 2010, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

One of the best resorts on the island would be the Radisson on French Saint Martin in Anse Marcel, there is also the 5 star La Samanna also on French Saint Martin, On the Dutch side, I would say Caravanserai is fine, but not sure how everything is considering the construction but is the closest to the airport besides Sonesta, Royal Palm, Divi Little Bay, and The Westin are all beach front resorts. They are all generally good, but I would say Westin is a bit far off.

Why was Qatar here? I didn't see that beauty! Look at those engines!


User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Quoting aa757first (Reply 12):
Qatar at SXM?! Is that a charter flight?
Quoting kl838 (Reply 13):
Why was Qatar here? I didn't see that beauty! Look at those engines!

It was the winner of the biggest, baddest, private jet on the island. Near as we could figure it was delivering the owner of the below pictured yacht to the island. The day before another Qatar had delivered the staff or so we were told.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/St%20Maarten/DSC05197.jpg


User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2446 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

Quoting dxing (Reply 7):

OK, I think this is the first A.net post that instantly depressed me.   



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