Sweeping Ocean Views and Buzzing Nightspots in the Heart of Maho Bay
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 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 Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino - Sint Maarten, located along 10 beachfront acres.
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, one king bed or two full beds, and tropical bedspreads in red, gold, and blue. In addition to Ocean Terrance Restaurant, the resort’s other onsite dining establishments pair delightful dishes with tranquil views: The Point Restaurant serves fresh seafood and a wide selection of wines in a tropical garden setting, and cooks at the more-casual Palms Grill barbecue meat and toss salads alongside the beach.
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 a livelier atmosphere, take a stroll to Casino Royale, one of the island’s largest casinos. 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 party continues into the wee hours at the resort's Tantra nightclub, where DJs spin Latin, reggae, and R&B beats next to a swirling dance floor.
St. Maarten: Tropical Paradise with Vibrant Nightlife
Located just south of Anguilla in the Caribbean, the island of St. Maarten was ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Islands in the World for its “soaring mountains and cream-colored shorelines.” The island is split between the French northern half and the Dutch south, with the resort located just below the border in Dutch St. Maarten. From here, the hotel’s activities desk can help to organize several memorable outings, including parasail flights, kayak or waverunner tours, deep-sea fishing, and leisurely horseback rides through wooded mountains.
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. At the Maho Promenade, situated in the center of Maho Village, 40 duty-free boutiques sell fine jewelry, watches, and handsome handicrafts. 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.