Royal Palm Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Palm Beach Resort Simpson Bay
The Royal Palm Beach Club and Resort has been my home away from home for the past 11 times that i have been to St.Martin. It is a truly excellent resort and i recommend it to anyone who shares exitement in enjoying a beautiful Island Paradise.
It was pretty awesome
The Royal Palm is a great place to be. It's right in town, with excellent resteraunts like Hot Tomatoes, and even the tiny rib joint down the street within walking distance! My family rented a 2 bdrm/2 bath unit for a week in february this past year, and it was amazing. In the past we had stayed at the Divi resort on Little bay, and the service and accomidations weren't quite up to par. But at the royal palm, everything was excellent. The pool and swim up bar are a great place to get togehter and have a good time. the beach, even though it is a bit rocky, is gorgeous, and the water is warm. You will wake up every morning to the sun shining into your room, and you have a great view across the bay. It was fun looking out and seeing the sailboats.
Quite possibly the most exciting thing is that when you open your front door at 9 a.m and 5 p.m, you are right in front of the swinging bridge, and have the oppurtunity to watch all of the big boats go through the channel to the harbor. And you are right across the street from the harbor and the Absolut floating bar. The only complaint that i have about teh resort is that we had a little trouble with our rooms, and e had to switch multiple times, making for a stressful day every so often. To anyone visitng the island, as for beaches, i strongly recomend visiting Friar's Bay, as well as Dawn Beach and Orient Bay. As for food, i recommend Hot Tomatoes, Mario's (now this is a tiny resteraunt on the french side, and you often have to book reservations months in advance), and Mr. Buzzby's beach bar. If you can find him, i STRONGLY recommend the Man Under the Tree, in Phillipsburg. Also, Cheri's Cafe in Maho is always a load of laughs. as for the shopping, Ballerina Jewelers II is a great jewelry shop, and the markets in Marigot are cool. In conclusion, St maarten is my favorite place EVER, and the royal palm is superb.
A Wonderful Honeymoon!
A friend of my husband's family owns one of the top floor penthouses at the Royal Palm. As a wedding gift he let us stay there for our honeymoon! It was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. It has been about four months since my trip and I am already longing to go back. The Royal Palm is a beautiful hotel with a very friendly staff.
My only complaint would have to be about the food. It was not bad, but it pales in comparison to the other restaurants on the island. For amazing food I recommend Hot Tomatoes, located just down the road from the hotel. Going to this island is not just a vactaion --- it is an experience of a lifetime. The food, language, culture, music, beaches, weather, the friendly people! It all made for two weeks that I will never forget. Margie, one of the bartenders at the hotel, asked my husband and I how many times we had been to the island before. I answered that it was my first visit and my husband said that it was his second. In return Margie welcomed me to St Martin and welcomed my husband home. At the time I didn't understand, but now I know that when I return to this magical island it will feel like returning home.
Had a great time.
Maybe I just like people and places, but it was fantastic--and I happened to get the flu when I arrived. But even with that setback, I had a great time. Loved every minute
Royal Palm is the Best
We really enjoy this place - 5th year. . . .It's the best.
Island was fantastic, can't wait to go back!
My husband and I just returned from St. Maarten/ St. Martin last night. Our Vacation was wonderful despite limited diving due to outer bands of Hurricane Fabian passing by. We did however get three dives in and they were remarkable. Our first dive we encountered a rare sighting of a blue shark about 4 - 5 foot long, saw some rays, spotted morays and other colorful reef fish. We went with Southern Explorers located next to the Royal Palm Beach Resort. Leroy is the owner and boat captain he also leads the dives. He also speaks english very well seeing he is originally from the states but has been operating down there for what I think he said 20 years. His knowledge of the island is unsurpassed. We highly recommend it. As for accomodations we stayed at the Royal Palm, it was wonderful although the mosquitos almost carried us away, buy some Off it will come in handy. Our favorite hangout was Hot Tomatoes, try the Banana Colada, best I've ever had. The food was fantastic as well. The owner, Gabe, was an upstanding guy. He treated us like long time friends. And the bartender, Althea, beautiful person nice as could be, makes the best Banana Colada's and Bahama Mamas ever. ( I'm going to miss her.) Did some snorkeling off Orient Beach saw a HUGE barracuda only 50 foot off shore, needless to say I swam for the shore as my husband tried chasing it down. I could go on and on but I think this will be enough to get you started. Have fun enjoy your trip.
We used a time share and stayed at the Royal PalmBeachClub, a sunterra owned resort. If you are a timeshare owner, there is a $50 timeshare tax that you must pay. There is also a safe that costs $1.00/day, and you must rent it. This resort is showing some age. There were minor problems - no washcloths, TV problem, oven and dishwasher in need of some repair. The problems were reported as requested, but nothing was ever looked into. The location is near the airport, which is ok, but not great. All rooms do have an oceanview, which was nice. However, the beach here was not very good. If visiting this island, it's best to rent a car and you need to negoitiate a good deal. Otherwise, you overpay. Beautiful beaches to go to. Food in St. Maarten was very good - a little pricey. However, on the French side, food was very expensive, and not worth it. Be prepared to see lots of topless women wherever you go, and total nudity on many beaches. This was awkward with my children! Overall, a beautiful island with great beaches. I would not go back here again since we went all around and saw it all.
Very good hotel!
I have been to St. Maarten a couple of times and it is one of my favorite islands. Although, this was the first time I stayed on the Dutch Side. it won't be the last. I didn't expect very much from this hotel and was pleasantly surprised. The room was very clean and well maintained- we had a two bedroom with kitchen and living room. The pool is very small, but since the beaches on the island are excellent..your not missing much. The service at the hotel was excellent..especially Mr. Singh, the bellhop...he was very helpful and went beyond the call of duty. One warning...the restaurant is horrible, do not eat there or order from there, in addition..the service is lousy! Fortunately, the hotel is situated in a terrific restaurant area and there are plenty of choices.
St. Maarten---Loved it!!!
This was our 1st time to St.Maarten, and would go back. We were there in Jan.2003, and went with another couple. We rented a 2 bedrm/2 bath condo @ the Royal Palm, which worked out very well. We got a great deal on the room- 7 nites for 4 @$1700!!! It was really worth it. It was great having a full kitchen & living rm. We were able to eat breakfast in the room, and packed our lunches for the beach a few days, and even cooked a spaghetti dinner one nite. Very convenient having 2 seperate bedrms with private baths. The common areas were ok- the pool was crowded and the beach was marginal. But we didnt spend much tiome @ the resort- with all the beautiful beaches to go to!!! Our favorite beach was Orient Bay- where tops are optional- hey no tan lines!!! Renting a vehicle is a must- as there is soo much to see, and easy to get around. We got one for around $50 a day. Just spend some time exploring- thats how we found the best little places to see. Cheri's cafe was entertaining and fun. Sunset Beach Bar was overcrowded, and expensive, but go and check it out. We brought a cooler and sat on the beach and watched the planes land- sunsets here are great!!! Our favorite bar was right by our condo, a tiki hut, and I cant remember the name--- it's pirate related. The owner/bartended was really nice, and is from NY. Our favorite meal was our last nite, at the Peg Leg Pub---food awesome-atmosphere was wonderul and the bartender-Martin was a great guy! We even went there for lunch which was great as well. We did a day trip overnite to St. Barts- that was an experience, and well worth the ferry ride- which made our stomaches quezy. Gotta try the guava berry coladas!!! yummm!No real complaints--- it was a great vacation!!!
Wonderful island retreat
My parents own a timeshare at the Royal Palm and I've visited 3 times, most recently in March 2002. It's a fine place to relaz and play, and still be close to the restaurants and nightlife on the busy Dutch side of St. Maarten.
Our unit was a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with a full kitchen and a spacious living room. Each room contained a king-sized bed and had a bright tropical look. Ditto for the living room. The units also contain 3 TVs (1 in each bedroom plus a large one in the living room) w/satellite hookups, although channels go in and out frequently (You are on a subtropical island!).
The Royal Palms grounds are beautiful, with giant palms towering over the porte cochere entrance. A collection of shops lines the front of the hotel, including an excellent (if a bit pricey) convenience store.
The beach is fine for lounging and staring at the opalescent Caribbean Sea, but the sand is a tad bit rocky. The poolside/beachside bar is a fun place to hang out, especially when the sun sets.
The Royal Palm is well located, not far from the airport and Phillipsburg, one of the Caribbean's duty free shopping meccas. Marigot, the French side capital, also isn't too far away, but Orient Beach and Grand Case are kind of a haul. (Remember, cabs in St. Maarten ain't cheap!).
Also, lots of good restaurants are just a short walk from the Royal Palm, including the Boathouse, the BBQ hut across the street and the Argentinian steakhouse.
Overall, it's hard to beat the Royal Palm for your Caribbean escape. St. Maarten isn't exactly a secluded getaway - it's busy, crowded and very developed. But for those looking for a Caribbean vacation with the conveniences of home, look no further.
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