Royal Palm Beach Resort
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... the massive amplifiers which drive the mountains of speakers strapped down with thick webbing onto the
front.... with another mountain also facing the back. Just so the dancers can ‘hear’ the musical beat. Well I have to tell you, you’d have to be on another planet not to hear this enormous cacophony of sound. And then just when you’d think it couldn’t get any louder.......... ...
... dingy and scooted away. Presumably to do some shopping. A few steps towards the doors and I honestly had to take a second look. There she was, the yacht in question, dragging her anchor, and already nearly half way towards crashing into other yachts tethered to the dock in our complex. I raced to the front gate where I spoke hurriedly to security. Steve (our regular guard) asked me to dash across the water to the lagoon master and inform him. Getting our ...
... wind angle keeping the boat moving fast. A typical Navigator Donna report to Helmsman Dave: "You’re 4 yards good to windward above the lay line to the mark." It was definitely a team effort.
We hit the finish line off Philipsburg among the Bareboat 2 class – despite their one hour head start - at 15:09:05 for an elapsed time of 03:59:05. After sailing back to Simpson Bay to anchor for the night, we went ashore to the ...
... classes were each grouped into two sub-divisions and assigned to one of two “starting circles”, A or B. This permitted two simultaneously run starting lines for each race – located a mile or two apart – in order to get all 200+ boats in the 16 classes started in half the time – each class getting its own start.
The Starting Circles consisted of a committee boat and a nearby inflatable buoy set perpendicular ...
... me off at the round-about near Tuto’s house and it was just about 1:00, so I decided to wait a few minutes just in case. Not but a few minutes later, I hear “Queen of Zamunda!” Tuto was with his friend driving by in a pick up truck. (Did I mention that he calls me Queen of Zamunda? I guess it has something to do with me being from America, as that name is from the movie Coming to America – I don’t know exactly, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!