The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Despite there being an on-site casino, the Westin at Dawn Beach is probably the most kid-friendly hotel on the island. Not only does the Westin boast the nicest pool in St. Martin, but it has a great kids' club, as well as several restaurants with some kid-friendly options. The Westin Kids' Club, for ages four to 12, features on-site arts and crafts activities, as well as day trips around the island. The concierge can arrange babysitting services.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
By far the biggest resort in St. Maarten, this 534-room behemoth is a veritable village with two towers, two pools, three restaurants, four tennis courts, the island's largest casino, direct beach access, and a 40-boutique shopping center. A great choice for families, it features a kids' program for children four to 12, with activities such as bingo, sandcastle building, and arts and crafts. But older kids will have plenty to do, as well; the hotel sets up pool volleyball, ping pong tables, and non-motorized water sports for guests.
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Set along a winding road on the edge of Great Bay, the highlight of the 257-room Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino is the breathtaking coastal views from the restaurants, pool deck, lobby, and most guest rooms. The resort often attracts families -- parents enjoy the casino while kids flock to the two great pools, the beach (with an extensive water-sports center), and the activities' areas (the hotel has tennis courts, a shuffleboard, and a ping pong table, to name a few). A full roster of activities including beach/nature walks and volleyball competitions are available, and the resort also features a kids' club.