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Summary


Pros

  • In St. Maarten’s Maho Village with Direct access to Maho Beach
  • Vibrant location in one of the island’s primary entertainment hubs
  • Lagoon-shaped outdoor pool with rock and waterfall features
  • Biggest casino on the island
  • Five on-site restaurants, some with outdoor seating and/or ocean views
  • Rooms have furnished balconies and minibars
  • Some suites have separate living areas with sofa beds
  • Spa with beauty and relaxation treatments plus fitness center
  • Kids’ club includes a fun indoor play area and supervised activities
  • Day passes available for the resort’s adults-only sister property, Sonesta Great Bay
  • Flexible indoor and outdoor meeting rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Decor needs an update
  • Food at on-site restaurants is reportedly average
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is a three-and-a-half-pearl hotel located in St. Maarten’s Maho Village. With 395 guest rooms, it’s the biggest all-inclusive property on the island and features the extensive array of dining and activity options travelers would expect from a resort this size. The resort offers easy access to the island’s largest casino and one of its trendiest night clubs, along with a touristy beach where visitors often clamor to get a glimpse of jumbo jets landing at the nearby airport. This resort is big on entertainment, but offers little in the way of local charm. Guests looking for a tranquil vacation might consider the more secluded Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa instead.

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Scene

High-energy resort with nice landscaping but characterless decor

Guests have access to the buzzing, touristy Maho Beach (shared with other area resorts) at this high-energy resort

Sonesta Maho sits on nicely landscaped grounds and some of its restaurants offer ocean views, but overall it's a bland resort. The facilities and rooms are largely dark and dull, although the resort is addressing this issue, an renovations should be completed by the end of 2017. The resort attracts a diverse crowd of families, couples of all ages, and groups, including conference attendees. Its animated atmosphere suits rowdy kids and partiers equally well. This boisterous ambiance is ideal for guests who like to be in the middle of the action, but those seeking a relaxing getaway might find it too hectic.

Location

Lively location in Maho Village, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars

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Sonesta Maho is located on the Dutch side of the island, a four-minute drive from Princess Juliana International Airport. It's in the heart of Maho Village, one of St. Maarten’s main hubs for entertainment and nightlife and home to around 40 duty-free shops. The resort faces a touristy promenade that encompasses the hotel’s affiliated casino as well as Tantra Nightclub, which is popular with tourists and locals alike. The resort features direct access to busy Maho Beach as well, where low-flying planes en route to/from the airport offer unusual photo ops. Mullet Bay Beach -- a quieter alternative to Maho -- can be reached in 15 minutes on foot.

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Rooms

Dated rooms with private balconies with pool, ocean, or island views

The Premier Island View Room incorporates somewhat dated decor elements, such as tile flooring, drab bed runners, and clunky teak furniture

Guest rooms at Sonesta Maho could use a refresh (and one is actually taking place throughout 2016). The teak furniture is clunky, while gold bed runners and matching curtains look drab. All rooms include small dining tables and work desks, along with flat-screen TVs. Heavy cabinets hold coffeemakers and minibars stocked with soft drinks, bottled water, and beer. Three full-size bottles of liquor are also provided in certain room categories. Some suites have separate living areas with sofa beds. Furnished balconies offer views of the island and nearby golf course, the hotel’s pool, or the ocean. Run-of-the-mill bathrooms have black granite countertops and round sinks plus walk-in showers or shower/tub combos, some with jets. Many also offer rainfall showerheads.

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Features

Pool with swim-up bar, direct access to buzzing Maho Beach, and five dining venues

Oasis, the main pool area includes arched bridges, a cool waterfall feature, and a swim-up bar with submerged seating

With five restaurants, a spa, a casino, a beach, a pool, and a regular line-up of activities, this resort offers enough to keep most guests occupied on-site. The hotel’s main pool, Oasis, includes a few arched bridges and an attractive waterfall feature. The pool has a swim-up bar with submerged in-pool seating, in addition to a dry seating area on the deck. Pleasant greenery and rock walls surround the deck, and there are plenty of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. There's also a shallow rectangular kids’ pool on one side of the main pool. 

The hotel’s Casino Royale is located just across the street, next door to St. Maarten’s most popular nightclub, Tantra. The island’s largest casino, it features 21 gaming tables, and over 400 slot machines. The hotel’s main buffet restaurant -- Ocean Terrace Restaurant -- is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a cheerful interior with pastel-striped booths and wooden flooring. Its breezy outdoor terrace is shared with Pizzeria Napoli restaurant. Other dining options include open-air Palms Grill, which offers lunch and dinner in the high season. There's also the Point, an a la carte Italian restaurant with wonderful ocean views and an outdoor stone bar area. The hotel’s Ascot Pub & Sports Bar is located a short walk from the main part of the property, across from the casino.

The hotel offers direct access to Maho Beach, a small but beautiful stretch of golden sand, though it's shared with a number of other hotels and resorts and thus can get crowded. Planes fly low over the beach as they approach (or depart from) nearby Princess Juliana International Airport, an unusual attraction that draws regular hoards of tourists. 

The hotel’s Serenity Spa offers a range of massages, facials, scrubs, manicures, and pedicures. Some treatments incorporate local ingredients, such as the guavaberry and sugar body scrub. The average-sized fitness center features weight-training machines, free weights, and cardio equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals. Sonesta also offers a bright kids’ club with colorful climbing equipment, a ball pit, and other games. Aimed at children from 3 to 12 years old, the kids’ club includes supervised activities within this indoor play area as well as out at the pool and the beach.

A regular line-up of activities and events is organized on-site, including water aerobics, beach volleyball, live music, and themed dinner nights. Guests also receive free day passes for Sonesta Maho’s sister resort, Sonesta Great Bay. For business travelers, there's a huge amount of event space for rent, ranging from small meeting rooms to large banquet halls. These spaces are practical, but like the hotel’s other facilities, somewhat past-their-prime. Wedding planning services are also available. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and self-parking is offered on-site for a surcharge. 

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Kids Club
Casino
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Casino
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Golf Course
Located on the Beach
Pool
Spa
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
1 Rhine Road, Maho, Caribbean
Phone (599) 545-2115
Room Types
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Island/Garden View Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Pool/Ocean View Guest Room
  • Premier Island View Room
  • Premier Ocean View Room
  • Supersaver Guest Room

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