Sweeping Ocean Views and Buzzing Nightspots in the Heart of Maho Bay
Included in all options:
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
- Unlimited international and domestic premium beer and spirits, fruit drinks, and soft drinks
- Mini bar refreshed daily with soft drinks and bottled water
- All taxes and gratuities
The view from St. Maarten’s west coast is most dramatic around dinnertime, when the sun dips below the Caribbean horizon—a sweeping, peach-hued sky that’s uninterrupted save for a few sailboats. 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. It’s one of several picture-perfect settings at the all-inclusive resort, which occupies 10 beachfront acres.
You can enjoy some of the best vistas from the privacy of your room’s pool/ocean-view balcony or at the resort’s other onsite dining venues. The Point serves fresh seafood and a wide selection of wines in a tropical-garden setting, while cooks at the more casual Palms Grill prepare barbecue alongside the beach. The Ascot Pub & Sports Bar features casual English pub fare and more than a dozen high-definition TVs.
The palm-shaded swimming pool is one of the resort’s social hubs. A wooden footbridge spans the water, just a few strokes away from a fully stocked swim-up bar. For indoor fun, take a stroll to Casino Royale, where you can try your luck at 400 slot machines or play craps, blackjack, poker, and roulette. The party continues into the wee hours at Tantra nightclub across the street, where DJs spin Latin, reggae, and R&B beats next to a swirling dance floor.
St. Maarten: Scenic Shorelines, Lively Nightlife, and Boutique Shopping
The island of St. Maarten, located just south of Anguilla in the Caribbean, was ranked on the U.S. News & World Report list of the Best Islands in the World for its “soaring mountains and beautiful shorelines.” This gorgeous topography has been peacefully shared by the French and the Dutch for more than 350 years, giving the island two very distinct yet harmonious personalities. Both parts of the island, however, feature crystal-clear bays filled with fascinating coral structures and tropical fish. On the French side, it’s worth taking a guided snorkeling trip through Creole Rock, which has a collection of boulders encircled by reefs. Dolphins, eagle rays, and barracudas are frequently spotted here.
The Dutch side is known for its quiet beaches and lively nightlife. Casual barbecue restaurants known as lolos line the shore; they serve up heaping portions of creole ribs and rice alongside guava-berry rum. The bars of Simpson Bay are filled with live music and neon lights, and when those close, locals and visitors alike keep the party going at 24-hour casinos.
Maho Village—also on the Dutch side—has its fair share of casinos as well. Nightclubs here host steel-drum bands and oceanfront bonfire parties late into the night. At the Maho Promenade, situated in the center of town, 40 duty-free boutiques sell fine jewelry, watches, and handsome handicrafts. Most shops, cafés, and restaurants stay open until 11 p.m., so you can enjoy a nightcap amid open-air patios as musicians and dancers perform nearby.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? The best airport to fly in/out of is Princess Juliana International Airport in Saint Martin (airport code: SXM) Travel time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 10 minutes one-way and costs around $10 one-way depending upon the number of travelers.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The standard occupancy of the pool-ocean view sky tower room is 2 adults; however if you purchase option 3 or 4, two kids ages 0-6, or one kid age 0-6 and one age 0-12 can stay.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Timeshares are common in Caribbean and so are the sales pitches that accompany them. You may be asked at hotel check-in if you are interested in attending sales presentation. If you don’t want to attend, simply decline and you won’t be approached again. If you decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? No additional resort credits are offered with this deal.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Dinner reservations are not required at any restaurant; however, a dress code of smart casual attire is required at The Point Restaurant.