Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you're planning a trip with the kids and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our top picks for families in St. Martin, and get inspired!
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.
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.
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.