Rating: 3.5 (unfortunately, Trip Advisor doesn't allow half ratings).
My family and I stayed at the Caravanserai Beach Resort for one week. One of my family members recently purchased a time share through Hilton Grand Vacations. This was our first experience using the time share. In our group there were six adults and two children, so we booked one 2-bedroom condo and one studio apartment.
After reading some of the reviews, I had really low expectations. However, Keeping in mind this is more of a time share resort and not a full service hotel, I was pleasantly surprised.
When we went to our rooms, it looked and smelled like it had just been cleaned. The rooms were updated. The kitchen in the two bedroom condo was equipped with all the basics cutlery and dishes that you need as well as other utensils/appliances such as a kettle, oven, dishwasher, microwave, stove, fridge, coffee maker etc. There was also a washing machine and dryer. The studio apartment only had a kitchenette, that included a coffee machine and mini fridge.
The staff were courteous. I wouldn't say they were overly friendly but courteous and well mannered. They also provide you with beach towels, that you pick up and drop off each day.
The location is right beside the airport. However, I didn't have a problem with noise from the airplanes at night. (That being said, I'm not a light sleeper). We had a nice view as well that looked out over the ocean and the pool, and also allowed you to see the planes coming in for landing.
The landmark Sunset Beach Bar and a casino right outside the resort. I never went to the casino, so I cannot comment on it. However, we frequently at a the Sunset Beach Bar in the evenings. The food was really good and fairly reasonable. During the day it is packed with tourists hanging around to watch the large planes come in or to "get blown" by the large planes that are taking off.
The only real disappointment for me with the Caravanserai is that there is not fitness centre on site and because of where the hotel is situated, it is difficult to go for runs/walks. However, it gave me an excuse not to exercise for a week, which of course I secretly love.
All in all, I had a good time and would stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Caravanserai Beach Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Caravanserai Beach Hotel
- Hotel Caravanserai Beach
- Caravanserai Beach
- Caravanserai Beach Resort St Maarten-St Martin, Caribbean
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