Caravanserai Beach Resort
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... kids Carla & Alex. (Shouldn't call them kids really, because they were young adults.) The entire crew were (mad) Captain Frank and his wife Lynne.
Captain Frank was another South African, and as mad and as brilliant as you could get. All he was interested in was making sure we all had an absolutely brilliant time. And no questions asked!
"Today," he said, "we're going to have a mud bath..... on Tintamare!"
We men on board looked at him! That was me, Alex ...
... deep. I only needed to walk out a few feet before I was in over my head. Dave took some photographs of me messing about in the water but he missed the bit where I was watching a plane land and a huge wave crashed over my head, dragging me onto the beach and filling my swim suit, ears, nose and mouth with the lovely powdery sand. I STILL have not got all the sand off of me even as I am typing this. I think I should explain now ...
... in the water since I could see. I don't know why actually seeing a shark before I'm chomped to bits actually makes me feel better, but somehow I do feel better when I can see what's going on around me. Anyway, obviously I did not get eaten by sharks.
The snorkeling here wasn't impressive, but the views from the beach were. It was a lot of fun to swim around in the warm water. The group we were with were made up of a bunch of couples so we got to talk to a few of them. ...
Oh, I saw some sights on the beach, I can tell you. Check out the photos below!
Back on the ship I showered off all the sand, I really hate that part of going on the beach. Then I decided to take stock of my tat. Naughty ...
... stations check everything from the exhaust emissions to..... tyre pressures... and well; I can’t really remember everything, but the list runs into at least fifty or sixty’s things, of which quite a few will be totally superfluous. And each single one can fail your car. In fact, I’ve just checked up on the internet apparently, at least a third of the thirty million cars tested each year fail on their first attempt. And the ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Caravanserai Beach Resort St. Maarten/St. Martin
Resort was very nice, beautiful veiw of the Carribean Sea. Room had one large bedroom, two baths, and full kitchen. Three pools. Casino was had been closed for a while. No beach to speak of but a nice one about a 200yd walk. Watching the planes at the Sunset Bar (cheap food, drink) was an afternoon must. Watching 757's land 50 above your head was neat. Casinos, resturants, shopping within walking distance. No rental car needed, ride the bus for $1. Given the time of year, a lot of shops and resturantes were closed. Good water sports selection.
Negatives - noise from the bar until 4am was annoying. Being hawked by the timeshare sellers was annoying, especially the ones at the Atrim, who were down right rude.
Unbelievably good - not pure excellence, but not far from it! We stayed in an oceanview balcony suite....it really was the best accomodations in the house (217). We had 3 views of the ocean, 2 baths and a wonderful small kitchen. Only negatives were that our A/C conked out mid-week in the back room so we slept in the den (fold-out couch), the casino was out of business (so many others, though, nearby) and Bliss was closed as the owners were on vacation. You have to hit the Sunset Beach Bar as larger planes are coming in or leaving - especially leaving. There are folks that will hang on to the fence as a 747 is leaving and are literally lifted off of their feet. Also, recommend going to the morning meeting they offer - you will get a 2 for 1 on something (the "big" prize). Yeah, they are trying to sell timeshares and excursions, but it is still time well spent. I would highly recommend this place - especially if you get our room (and the A/C is fixed!) I can only imagine how nice the experience would have been if every single thing had been "perfect." We LOVED it!!!!
My boyfriend and I have stayed at the Caravanserai the last 2 years. I'd stayed at the Pelican a number of times before that. We are a couple in our late twenties (me)/early thirties (him). We are somewhat active, but tend not to party late into the night. Also, we are relatively low maintainence in terms of our accommodations -- we just want clean rooms with a decent view.
I have read your reviews and they could not be further from the truth. We visit St Martin every year and stay at The Caravanserai Resort every year. It is fabulous. It is RIGHT on the water, literally. We have an ocean front room with a two balconies, one of which displays a panoramic view of the ocean that is absolutely amazing. We have a full kitchen and two full bathrooms. The resort itself offers ample entertainment and dining choices. Bamboo Bernie's is a fun place to eat a quick meal or to have fresh sushi. On Wednesday nights, it is ladies night -- it is THE spot to be on the whole island on ladie's night. Bliss is a beautiful restaurant and club as well. The Sunset Beach Bar was voted the number one beach bar in the entire carribean by several different publications -- it is the perfect place to go and watch the sunset after being at the beach all day. Come on -- the island is 37 square miles. Rent a car and drive yourself somewhere, for God's sake. The island is the culinary capital of the world -- drive on over to the french side and eat at one of many, many gormet restaurants nightly. The Boathouse on the Dutch side serves an amazing Grilled Lobster.....Cheri's Cafe (walking distance from the resort) has a nightly entertainment show that should not be missed. This island has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. Rent a car and drive to them! Orient offers everything you could ever want in a beach, Mullet offers crystal clear and calm waters with powder sand, Cupecoy is perfect to sit and watch the sunset, Baie Longue is breathtakingly beautiful -- a great place to walk with somebody you love, Baie Rouge is fun for lounging and tackling the surf, Dawn beach offers fabulous snorkeling, Friar's Bay has a great little restaurant to lunch at -- you should rent a little kayak and row over to Happy Bay which is secluded and naturally beautiful as well. The shopping in Phillipsburg is an experience all in itself. When you visit a place that is this amazing -- you have to explore it and see it all. That is what vacation is about. Otherwise I suggest you go to someplace like Jamaica and stay trapped in your all inclusive little world.
1st Trip Loved it!!!!!!
We stayed in a 1 bedroom ocean-view room that was great. Very clean with a full size kitchen. No I couldn't walk right to the beach from my patio,but I could walk 3 min. to Maho Beach. Yes the airport is right there,but that is part of the fun. Staff is friendly and make sure you talk to Bob in guest services. We will be back. Email me I would be glad to answer questions. Do rent a car and explore. There is a new Express Mart 4 minutes away. Make sure you eat Etna ice cream made on the island!!! Bring suncreen and have a blast!!
We stayed in a Garden view room for 7 nights.
If you go to St Maarten for the plane spotting, this is the place to stay. The location is literally right on Maho Beach, the closest hotel to the famous beach which is right at the threshold to SXM's runway.
The hotel is nice and clean. Our room was a basic hotel room. I have stayed in top of the line resorts in the USA and some bottom of the line hotels as well (business travel). This hotel is in the middle. I had no problems with the airplane noise at all - could barely hear it.
12/04/03 thru 12/11/03. The staff at Caravanserai Beach Resort was pleasant and helpfull. Our 1bdrm was cleaned daily with fresh towels and toiletries. We were disappointed that the resort does not have it's own beach, but there are beaches within walking distance. The best part of this location is it's proximity to the airport runway and the Sunset Beach Bar. Drink Caribs and watch the big jets and island hoppers land and takeoff less than 100 yards from your bar stool. Also a great place to party and meet new friends. The downside is the noise. Don't stay here if the jet noise will bother you, it's all day long. Also the music starts at 8:00PM and doesn't stop until 3-4 AM. The constant pounding will keep you awake all night. Stay away from Bernies Restaurant (on site), the service is unbelievebly bad in both the restaurant and bar as well.
Loved the Caravanserai Beach Resort
We just returned from St. Martin on March 19, 2003. I can't say enough good things about the Caravanserai Resort. It has a very Caribbean look and feel. The location is perfect, only a half mile from the airport. The beach is fine although there was an undertow. There is another good beach just up the road. The Dolphin Casino is right on the property and the payoffs are pretty good. I played for 4 hours for 7 evenings and only lost about $3 per hour. The penny machines were great fun. We loved Breakfast on the Beach each morning and Grand Cafe for evening meals as well as The Boathouse....all in all a great week highly recommended to any traveler.