Hotels in St..Maarten/St. Martin

Jul 25th, 2002, 08:42 AM
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Hotels in St..Maarten/St. Martin

My son and his wife are planning a trip to St. Maarten/St.Martin in January 2003. They are wondering what would be a great all inclusive hotel? It has been a number of years since I actually vacationed on the island although I have visited on various cruises.

Please provide any information. Thanks.
 
Jul 25th, 2002, 08:52 AM
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If they want an AI...(although there are not a lot to choose from), consider...The Maho, Mont Vernon, or Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino.

The Maho is in a built up area of the Dutch side, on the beach, with lots of nightlife around the resort.

Mont Vernon is located on the hill, overlooking Orient Beach (St. Martin's famous clothing optional), on the French Side.

Great Bay, is located on the one end of downtown Philipsburg, on the Dutch side, and is on the beach, a short walk into town with duty free shopping, and tiny shops.

I love the island despite the many negative responses on this site...don't listen to the comments about the crime...it's really not that bad..just be aware of your surroundings and be cautious at night....same as you would if you were at home in a large city (Toronto for example).
 
Jul 25th, 2002, 11:46 AM
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Spent my honeymoon (5 years ago) at Great Bay. We too had a blast on this island despite all the negative posts found on this board. It was a really nice hotel and did have a meal plan. We did not get the meal plan though because St. Maarten/Martin has a lot of great food. It was a good location because you could walk right into Philipsburg. If you choose this hotel, make sure you get a room on the beach side. The mountain view was not very appealing.

This Island is not really big on the AI's like Couples, Sandals etc.
 
Jul 25th, 2002, 06:27 PM
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My husband and I have been going to St.Martin for 20 years. Although we stayed on the Dutch side once, we now only stay on the French side of the island. Great hotels: Hotel Beach Plaza, Nettle Bay Beach Club, Mercure Simson, L'Hoste which is a 2 minute walk from Orient Beach. We would nver go all inclusive to this island as there are too many great (and reasonable) places to eat from the lolos in Grand Case to the cafes on the waterfront and the brasseries in the Marina Royale. I would advise renting a car (several picups right at the airport) so you can check out all the beachesaie Rouge, Cupecoy, Mullet Bay, Dawn Beach and of course Orient. Orient has 2 sides divided by Pedro"s Beach Bar. To one side is the clothing optional...no radios, cameras...and on tne other you would think you were on the Riviera. We found taking French francs and now the Euro was cheaper than US dollars (we're Cnd).
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 04:45 AM
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We always prefer the French side over the Dutch, but if you are looking specifically for AI's, then the Dutch side is where you would want to search.

Perhaps, as Linda said, they might enjoy the French side more. Grand Case Beach Club might lean a bit more towards the AI side. Grand Case is a nice, relaxing, quiet, romantic area with some of the most fabulous restaurants on SXM at your fingertips. It's also close to Marigot, Orient and other places they might enjoy visiting.

Good luck and let us know what they decide.


 
Jul 26th, 2002, 04:49 AM
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I forgot to mention that the Dutch side, unfortunately, does have more crime than the French side. However, you just have to be careful as you would in ANY major city in the world.
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 06:47 AM
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Statia are you sure about your facts on crime??? Word is Marigot and the Marina is having a heck of a time dealing with crime, pick pocketers, purse snatchers, etc. and the french beaches also have more of a problem with trunks being brokern into?? There are some problems in Phillipsburg, but nothing like mariot and the marina - please correct if I am wrong - thanks
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 08:16 AM
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Crime:

I didn't state that the French side has no crime, just less.

Yes, you are right in that the French side is beginning to have more crime than it used to, but the Dutch side still surpasses it...at least according the Daily Herald newspaper headlines I read every morning.

I always stay on the French side (about once a month or so) and still don't hear about problems like they have in Phillipsburg.

I don't know if you've ever tried to rent a car in SXM, but if you are staying in Phillipsburg, they won't rent to you most of the time (due to car thefts). I've also had friends who have been robbed and beaten in Phillipsburg. Thank goodness I have never had a single incident anywhere on SXM myself (knock on wood).

I hope that the gendarmes clean up the French side, and fast, but I'd still prefer that area over the Dutch side...statistically speaking in regards to crime.

As I said before.....SXM is just like any other major city, you have to watch your back and be careful, that's all. I wouldn't let it detour me from going, though...it's not THAT bad...yet.
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 08:22 AM
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Statia - the Daily Herald is a Dutch side paper? Have you read the paper on the french side, how does it compare?? Just curious, thanks
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 08:25 AM
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Crime:

The Daily Herald is published on the Dutch side, but serves all the local islands and reports on both Dutch and French SXM, as well as Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis. It's our main local newspaper in this area.

I also wanted to add that some people DO prefer the Dutch side (Phillipsburg in particular) and that's a personal preference. It's just not my own preference, that's all. Everyone enjoys different areas.

 
Jul 31st, 2002, 08:15 PM
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Hotel Mont Vernon is no longer all-inclusive. I stayed there a few weeks ago. This hotel reopened in Dec 2001? or Jan 2002? but not as all-inclusive. Had good food at Boo Boo Jams restaurant next door on beach.
 
Aug 1st, 2002, 03:13 AM
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Thanks everyone for your prompt responses and information. I will let you know what they decide and provide a trip report when they return.
 

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