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Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Long Island, NY
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Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Going to Sonesta Maho in March '05 for 6 days. This will be our fourth time (Orient Bch 2x and GCBC once) but our first time on the Dutch side. We usually enjoy the food, culture, etc. of the French side vs. the time share, cruise ship, crass American commercialism of the Dutch side. Nevertheless, since we are only going for a short time and dont plan on renting a car, we figured, lets do a real resort, center of it all, all inclusive don't have to think, spend or travel if we don't want to trip this time. Now for the questions for anyone who's stayed there recently:

1. How bad is the beach? I hear it comes and goes. is it here now? was that included in supposed 20 mil in improvements?

2. How bad is airport? Some reviews make it sound like the JFK Ramada. How many 747s could possibly land in a day? A few would be amusing, every 5 min. would drive me nuts.

3. Gonna do a day trip - which is better: Anguilla or Prickly Pear. We haven't done either, only been to Pinel Island twice.

Any other things we should know/be prepared for @ Sonesta Maho (Don't bother with slow/rude staff comments because that is really person specific - both staff and guest).

Thanks for any input!

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1. Re: Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Hi, I am staying at La Terrasse in a few weeks (just down the street from Sonesta) and will then stay a week on the French side, too, so I'll give you a run down and comparison when I get back. Happy travels, Nicci

Long Island, NY
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2. Re: Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Thanks! I'd really appreciate it

Long Island, NY
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3. Re: Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

anybody?

montreal, Quebec
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4. Re: Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Nicci,When are you going? December?

Cambridge, MA
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5. Re: Some Questions re: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

I haven't stayed at the Sonesta so I can't answer specific questions about the resort for you (other than the gym and spa). I have stayed at the Caravanserai, just down the road and literally right next to the airport. I haven't found it to be a problem with the planes. Even though we don't tend to stick around the hotel much, we did spend quite a bit of time at the beach at Mullet Bay, which is directly under the flight path also -- I didn't think it was any big deal. Its certainly not every 5 minutes that giant jetliners are flying in or out. I don't think you should worry about it.

I have been to Prickly Pear, but not Anguilla. As long as the current isn't too strong, the snorkeling at Prickly Pear is pretty good. The ride there and back is sort of a booze-cruise atmosphere, and the lunch provided as part of the package is so-so. Although the boat is a catameran (sp?), they generally use the engine to power the boat instead of sailing -- I found that to be a little disappointing.

If you choose Anguilla, I'd love to hear how it is as its the only day trip we haven't done yet.