Sweeping Ocean Views and Buzzing Nightspots in the Heart of Maho Bay
Views from the west coast of St. Maarten are most dramatic at the dinner hour as the sun dips below the Caribbean horizon, a sweeping, peach-hued skyline uninterrupted save for a few sailboat masts. There are few better seats for this nightly show than at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino's Ocean Terrace Restaurant, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery with patio tables overlooking the water. Additional onsite restaurants pair delightful dishes with tranquil views: The Point Restaurant features fresh seafood and a wide selection of wines in a tropical garden setting, and the casual Palms Grill serves up barbecue and salads alongside the beach.
You can enjoy some of the best vistas from the privacy of your pool/ocean-view balconies. In deference to the natural splendor outside, rooms are simply furnished with cream-colored wood furniture, a king-size bed or two full-size beds, and tropical bedspreads in red, gold, and blue.
The palm-shaded swimming pool serves as one of the resort's social hubs. A wooden footbridge spans the water, just a few strokes away from the fully stocked swim-up bar. For a livelier atmosphere, take a stroll into Casino Royale, one of the largest casinos on the island. You can wager your $20 resort credit at any of the 400 slot machines or try your luck at craps, blackjack, poker, and roulette. The resort's Tantra nightclub keeps the party going into the wee hours with DJs spinning Latin, reggae, and R&B beats next to a swirling dance floor.
St. Maarten: Tropical Paradise with Vibrant Nightlife
There's no shortage of opportunities for outdoor adventure in this sliver of Caribbean splendor. Staffers at the hotel's activities desk can help to organize an array of memorable outings, including parasail flights, kayak or waverunner tours, deep-sea fishing, and leisurely horseback rides through wooded mountains.
At the Maho Promenade, situated in the center of Maho Village, 40 duty-free boutiques sell fine jewelry, watches, and handsome handicrafts. Arguably the nightlife capital of St. Maarten, Maho Village hums with excitement after dark, especially when the Casino Royale dancers take to the streets to light up the night with sassy Caribbean dance moves. Most shops, cafés, and restaurants stay open until 11 p.m., allowing travelers to enjoy their nightcaps on warm, open-air patios surrounded by a soundtrack of music and revelry.