With Dutch influences (and a little from the French), Sint. Maarten has something unique to offer its visitors when it comes to accommodations. Travelers will find the best deals are usually in package vacations, which can be booked on both sides of the island.
What attracts most people to St. Maarten is its Dutch heritage and the wonderment of two different nations coexisting so peacefully on such a small tract of land. The Dutch side of the island is beloved for its modern ambiance, gambling, and exciting nightlife. If you like to be on the go-go-go, this side of the island is the best spot for you. If you're traveling on a budget, you'll find that there are accommodations on each side of the island in all price ranges and categories.
All-inclusive hotels are not very popular on St. Maarten, though they do exist for those who prefer o stay at them. When you stay at an all-inclusive resort, all of your needs are taken care of for one low rate. This is perfect for those on a budget, because you can pay one flat rate up front and not have to worry about pulling out your pocketbook again.
Other types of hotels, like your basic motel, are available, as are country inns and cottages, throughout St. Maarten. You may want to find a lavish suite, or you may be looking for a room that feels like home. Whatever your style, there is a place for you on the island.
St. Maarten's rental properties are gaining in popularity among tourist and vacationers. These accommodations are appealing to travelers because of the independence they offer their renters, and their homey amenities, like kitchens and large living areas. Families and large groups of travelers will find that rental villas and cottages are comfortable and can be inexpensive. These lodgings tend to be less crowded than some of the larger resorts and hotels, and tenants can enjoy a laid back atmosphere where cookouts and quiet picnics are not unusual. Timeshares are also available on the island, and are a good choice of accommodation for those who pay frequent visits to the island, or who enjoy traveling during the off-season, when the cost of renting a timeshare is at its lowest.
With such beautiful weather year-round, getting out and exploring the natural side of St. Maarten is a must. Unfortunately, there are no camp grounds on the island, and camping is in fact not permitted. Rather than camp out, you can choose to stay at an eco-friendly property, like the Turqoise Shell Inn. If you are intrigued by the concept of eco-tourism, visit our guide on the topic here.
As you plan your trip to St. Maarten, there is plenty to consider, especially when it comes to accommodations. For many, this will be the most difficult task for them. As you sit down to research where you will stay, consider your needs as well as those of those you are traveling with.
If you are traveling in a small group, or even alone, finding an affordable place to stay is easy. Larger groups tend to have a bit more difficulty, but will find it more cost effective to find a villa or a cheap hotel to rent several adjoining rooms. Some resorts specialize in suites, which may work if you have a medium sized party, with two to three rooms surrounding a common area.
The type of group you're traveling with makes a difference as well. Couples might prefer a romantic inn or a couples-only resort, while families with young children will be on the lookout for resorts that cater to their needs.
It is not uncommon for hotels to offer package deals on specialized activities. If you know you want to spend your days diving or fishing, you may be able to find a hotel that offers room, board, and a day out on the boat for one base price.
If you're staying on the island for a weekend up to a week, you can pretty much stay wherever feels comfortable. However, those planning a longer stay will likely want to look into apartment rentals or places that offer discounted rates for long stays.
Clicking through our Star Rating Guide is a great option for travelers who want to know where their preferred lodgings rank among others in St. Maarten. Regardless of how much you want to pay, you'll find a variety of star-options in each price range.
In St. Maarten, 1 Star-rated properties have the barest of furnishing and amenities, but this is just fine for visitors who treat a hotel room like a place to store their stuff, shower, and sleep. These hotels are often owned and operated by one person or a family. St. Maarten's 1 Star Properties includes Seaview Hotel and Casino, and range in price from $99 to $175(USD).
St. Maarten's 2 Star accommodations are a small step up from the 1 Stars. Functionality is still more important than luxury, but you'll likely have slightly nicer amenities, larger rooms, and perhaps an on-site restaurant. 2 Star properties tend to be locally owned, but part of a small chain. St. Maarten's 2 Star properties include Sea Palace Resort and Turquoise Shell Inn, and range in price from $150 to $650(USD).
Three Star properties are where we start to see some much nicer, but also more expensive options. These hotels have pleasing amenities and décor, are comfortable, and suitably located to either get away from it all, or be right in the middle of the tourism action. A bar, restaurant, or room service will typically be set on the property. St. Maarten's 3 Star properties include Horizon View Beach Hotel and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel, and range in price from $300 to $800 (USD).
Some of the best-cared for hotels on St. Maarten are rated with 4 stars. They are often luxurious, always comfortable and well-cared for, and staffed with a crew ready to attend to your every need. St. Maarten's 4-Star properties include Divi Little Bay Beach and Raquet Club and Holland House Beach Hotel and Club, and range in price from $350 to $1000(USD).
The top of the line, crème de la crème, best of the best, is what you'll find at a 5-Star property on St. Maarten. These properties are exemplary and extra clean, with luxe amenities and décor, and an uber-attentive staff. At this time, we do not have any 5-Star properties listed for St. Maarten.
Your hotel search is made easier here, by using our advanced hotel search tool. With this tool, you can enter in the time you'll be traveling and the amenities you're looking for. From there, we will offer you a list of hotel properties that fit your needs.
Sint Maarten has hotel options that will suit almost any kind of visitor. Choose from glitzy resorts, low-cost accommodations, and plenty more in between. Vacationers looking to enjoy an entertaining bar scene will find just that at a variety hotels around Sint Maarten. Click on the links to read more details.
One of the top picks in Sint Maarten for a variety of on-site dining options is Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. With 537 rooms and 10-acres of oceanfront property, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino is the largest resort in Saint Maarten. Despite its size (or maybe because of it), the resort truly allows guests to escape from their daily lives, with exciting activities, stage shows, spa treatments, and access to some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. The property can be found at 1 Rhine Road.
A destination located on the water's edge worth considering is Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. The suites available for guests wishing to stay at Pelican Resort Club feature your choice of sea or bay views. All units have kitchens, air conditioning, and a balcony or terrace. Guests will find them on Billy Folly Road.
Guests who are in search of good on-site dining options should check out Caravanserai Beach Resort. The properties available at Caravanserai Beach Resort include hotel rooms, condos, and timeshare units, split up amongst five buildings. Regardless of which choice of lodgings you stay in, guests have access to 24-hour security, an ocean side infinity pool, private parking, and an exercise room. They're at 2 Beacon Hill Road.
These are only a few of your options. To get more information on the standard hotels available, click here.
There are non-hotel accommodation options available, including tons of condominiums and a large variety of villa complexes. Avid beach-goers can generally expect to enjoy convenient access to the beach, as a lot of the lodgings are situated right on the shore.
Cupecoy Beach Club is one property Lowlands, in western Sint Maarten. The Club is a group of 60 privately owned and individually decorated apartments. Here, guests enjoy the privacy and tranquility that sets Cupecoy Beach Club apart from the hustle and bustle of other St. Maarten resorts. You will find them at 5 Rhine Road.
A property located on the waterfront that merits consideration is Coral Beach Club. Uniquely located in an area flanked by a lagoon on the north and the Atlantic Ocean on the south, Coral Beach Club is an intimate village where ocean meets tropics. Set on the island of St. Marteen, the ocean, mountains, white sand beaches, and vistas of neighboring islands all combine to create the ultimate vacation location. Guests can find them at 3 Emerald Merit Road.
Villas on Great Bay is another property to consider. Each villa features two bedrooms upstairs, some of which have en-suite bathrooms. There are between 1½ to 2½ bathrooms, full kitchens, a private lanai, and soft linens. Nine of the villas feature views of the Caribbean Sea, while the other two look out over the tropical gardens. You'll find them at 211 Front Street.
Luckily, there will be plenty of additional villa complexes. To read a more detailed discussion of this topic, go to this page about villa complexes within the area.
Guests who love the great outdoors should check out the one eco-tourism property in Sint Maarten. In addition to the typical accommodation choices, there is an eco-lodge.
If you are looking to find lots of tasty dining opportunities close to your accommodation, Turquoise Shell Inn is one spot to think about. Located in the heart of the village in a residential area, the inn is a small property striving to be eco-friendly and to provide personal service to each and every guest. The property is just steps away from the long expanse of Simpson Bay Beach. Here guests will enjoy the flowers in bloom and walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and other activities. The property is located at 34 Simpson Bay Road.
|Name||Type||Phone Number||Star Rating||Location||Island|
|Turquoise Shell Inn||Lodge||(721) 545-2875||
|1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Some prefer the seclusion offered by one of the rental homes. For a more comprehensive look at the individual villa rentals in Sint Maarten, see this page.
Some visitors like the reassurance of all-inclusive pricing. There are many explanations for their appeal. For instance, they let you indulge yourself without having to think about what it's all costing.
For visitors seeking some quiet alone time without the kids, think about staying at an adults-only location, like Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel. Guest rooms and suites are available to guests wishing to stay at this luxury resort, each with a choice of floor plan and view. All rooms include air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, a private balcony or terrace, plus a host of other personal use amenities. Guests will be able to find them at 19 Little Bay Road.
One place located on the water's edge you should consider is Sonesta Ocean Point. Sonesta Ocean Point has many different suite styles and sizes available, all with many included amenities such as ocean views, custom furnishings and art, flatscreen TVs, fully stocked mini-fridge, and more. Visitors can find them at 1A Rhine Road.
If interested, find out more about all-inclusive properties here.
The type of vacation you enjoy on St. Maarten is in large part thanks to the place you stay. Make sure you pick the appropriate lodgings for you, and you'll be sure to have a memorable experience.
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