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Royal Palm Beach Resort 3.0

Simpson Bay, St. Martin/St. Maarten

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Pros

  • In Simpson Bay, on Royal Palm Beach 
  • Spacious rooms with balconies, all with ocean views
  • Spacious pool terrace with pavilion sun shades and lounge chairs
  • Casual open-air beachfront restaurant and swim-up bar
  • Spacious fitness center with modern cardio equipment and free weights
  • Activity room with a pool table and activities
  • Barbecue pits with modern grills, sinks, and picnic tables
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Front desk is open 24-hours
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Street noise can be heard from some of the rooms
  • Housekeeping only comes once a week

Bottom Line

Located on a popular tourist road, the mid-range Royal Palm Beach Resort is beachfront to Royal Palm Beach and within walking distance of Simpson Bay’s restaurants and shops. It features a spacious pool terrace, a casual open-air restaurant and swim-up bar, and a spacious fitness center. All 140 rooms are contemporary and spacious, expect to see modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, and coffeemakers. The ocean views from all the rooms are a major highlight with stunning sunsets, but housekeeping is weekly. With an activity center and barbecue pits, this is an ideal location for families. Those looking for a little more quiet might try Flamingo Beach Resort, a sister resort, for a similar price.

Editor's note: This hotel was badly damaged during Hurricane Maria and is currently closed for renovations. Check back at the end of 2018 for an updated review. 

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Scene

Spacious and laid-back resort with a lot of family-friendly features and a small social scene

The Royal Palm Beach Resort packs in plenty of island-inspired charm. The spacious open-floor plan lobby is the main hub of the hotel and leads out into a lively pool terrace and swim-up bar. The pool is bustling from morning and into the night with water activities and kids playing (especially during high season). The swim-up bar is attached to the casual and rustic, Cabana Beach Bar, which has a lively social scene at night with tourists from the area and hotel guests hanging out. Royal Palm Beach is just beyond the pool, and tends to be busy with locals. Rooms and amenities (fitness and activity centers) are spread out away from the main building, ensuring quiet. 

Location

In Simpson Bay, a seven-minute drive to Princess Juliana International Airport

The hotel is located on a well-trafficked road, Welfare Road, that leads to Princess Juliana International Airport in a seven-minute drive. As one of the main roads on the island, it receives steady traffic, but is popular for pedestrians and bicyclists. Restaurants, markets, and bars are within easy walking distance of the Royal Palm Beach Resort. The small cruise town of Philipsburg, and market town of Marigot, are 20-minute and 15-minute drives away from the hotel. The hotel is situated beachfront to the white sands of Royal Palm Beach. The more popular (and famous) Orient Bay Beach is a 35-minute drive from the hotel on the French Side of the island. For adventure seekers and nature lovers, the hiking trails and zip lines of the Loterie Farm are a 22-minute drive away from the hotel. Guests should allow at least 30 minutes of travel time to get to the smaller L’Esperance Airport on the French Side.

Rooms

Spacious and modern condos, all with balconies and stunning ocean views

The contemporary rooms range in size from one- to three-bedroom condos. Each of the bedrooms range from small to spacious and feature king or queen-size beds with blue headboards and blue bed skirts. Flat-screen TVs in each of the bedrooms and the living rooms are a particularly nice addition, while DVD players are in the living areas of all the rooms. The spacious balcony or patios are a highlight, and all feature ocean views. 

The massive rooms feature plenty of dining space with glass top dining room tables and black wicker chairs. The open-floor plan leads to a spacious living room area with colors skewing towards blue, brown, and beige with simple tile floors, contemporary blue couches, and brown wicker tables. All rooms come with massive full kitchens with modern appliances like microwaves, toasters, and coffeemakers -- as well as dishware for cooking.

Bathrooms range from moderately sized to spacious, many with jack-and-jill doors leading from the common areas into the bedrooms. Bathrooms feature standing beige tile showers, many with rainfall showerheads. All bathrooms come with plenty of towels, hairdryers, and Diamond Resort toiletries. 

Features

Beachfront family-friendly resort with a pool, swim-up bar, activities, open-air restaurant, and free Wi-Fi

Royal Palm Beach Resort's focus on a beach vacation. It's situated beachfront to the white sands of Royal Palm Beach, where there are blue lounge chairs on offer for guests. Like most beaches in St. Martin, Royal Palm Beach is open to the public, so the area can get busy during high season with locals and tourists. Just behind the beach a spacious pool terrace is located with pavilion-style sunshades and lounge chairs. The pool features a casual swim-up bar for travelers. Guests can expect to see water aerobics classes in the mornings and a busy pool into the night. 

The hotel is serviced by Cabana Beach Bar and Restaurant, situated adjacent to the pool terrace, with spectacular sunset views. The rustic restaurant is open throughout the day and is popular with tourist and guests. For travelers looking to do their own cooking, a few modern barbecue pits are set up along the beach with massive contemporary grills and a few picnic tables. The grills come with sinks and space for barbecuers to spread out. 

With plenty of activities (tie-dye, shuffleboard, and water aerobics) and an activity center with a pool table, travelers can expect to see plenty of families. A spacious fitness center is located near the activity center and offers modern cardio equipment and free weights. The front desk is open 24 hours, which is a nice extra in St. Martin. A shuttle runs between the Royal Palm and its sister resort, Flamingo Beach Resort, for guests to use both amenities. There is plenty of free parking and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Address

115 Welfare Road, Cole Bay 3035, Caribbean

Phone

(599) 544-3737

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Ocean View
  • 2 Bedroom Ocean View
  • 3 Bedroom Ocean View

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