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“Tropical Oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten

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The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   144 Oyster Pond Road, Oyster Pond, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Oyster Pond
New York City, New York
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16 hotel reviews
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“Tropical Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I loved this resort! From the seamless check-in to the beautiful premises, it was amazing. Some people might be put-off by the timeshare offices and salespeople on the ground floor, but once you say " no thank you" they pretty much leave you alone. We did go on a timeshare tour and the properties are definitely gorgeous. The concierge and staff are really excellent at this resort. We had an issue getting tickets on our own for an excursion and people made calls constantly and were not only able to secure tickets for us, they made sure that the operators waited for us! We were celebrating a birthday and they helped to make it special -- wine, cheese plate, fruit platter, and cake surprise in our room! We stayed in a suite with a double balcony and the views were spectacular from every angle. The casino is cool and the bartenders make excellent drinks. The restaurants on-site are delicious. Overall, I was most impressed with the people. They clearly pride themselves on service and it shows! We recommend it to anyone visiting the island!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Centreville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What ISN'T wonderful about this resort? A room with a view, breakfast with a view, a wonderful pool, white sandy beaches, not TOO many children. Our corner room was clean and perfectly kept with a beautiful view over-looking pool and ocean. We ate breakfast every morning outside, did some shopping, spent the afternoon on the beach, then experienced fabulous local dining all over the island.

Room Tip: I don't believe there is a bad room in the resort.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We spent a week at this resort and absolutely loved it. The building and grounds, pool and beach included, were beautiful and well maintained. Lots of great restaurants on the resort and nearby and tons of things to do. We plan on returning and highly recommend this destination to all.

Room Tip: Ocean view is the way to go.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stayed at the Dawn Beach Club (DBC) in late June, early July. The timeshare is adjacent to the Westin Resort, and at the time we stayed there check-in was at the Westin front desk. By now, check-in is probably at the timeshare's offices. The timeshare may have been at one time a Westin timeshare, but it is not any longer. However, the rooms are gorgeous and have all of the Westin amenities. We were originally put in a low floor room where we had a view of, well, an air conditioner. After discussing the situation with the DBC manager, he was able to give us a top floor room with a view. The rooms have everything including a full kitchen and are beautiful. The room could easily sleep eight to ten. A group of six adults would each have their own private room. We ate lunch at the pool bar once, and found the food good and reasonably priced. We walked to Mr. Busby's for lunch, or the Oyster Bay Report's small convenience store for coffee most mornings. The beach is beautiful in front of the resort and all the way down the beach to the Oyster Bay Resort. To get to the other end of the beach you must climb a small group of rocks and wear tennis or reef shoes. No flip-flops. It's worth the walk. The resort is isolated (a good thing) and a bit of a drive from the airport or anywhere because of the topography. You will need a car, and GPS on the island is a must. The Dawn Beach Club is a great place to stay when visiting St. Maarten. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: You must get a room on a high floor to get a view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We arrived at the check in desk with our luggage, 2 carry on bags and a large wheeled bag. We were bumped from our ocean view room to an ocean front room. We had hoped to be overlooking the pool. The desk clerk checked us in and gave us directions to our room. There was no bell hop and we had to haul our own luggage down four very long hallways. The hallways smelled musty. When we arrived at our room we noticed damage to the door, it looked like someone had kicked the door in and the damage was not completely repaired.

Entering the room it smelled musty. There was carpeting on the floor. I have never stayed in a hotel in SXM with carpeting, they have all had tile. The carpet was damp for our whole stay. The room and the bath were very dimly lit, low wattage bulbs to reduce cost. There was mold in the shower and around the tub. I ran hot water into the sink to shave with and the water was brown. The cold water was clear. I ran the hot water for a long time and it never cleared up.

Although we had an ocean front room we could not get to the beach from the patio because of a waist high wall across the patio and bushes planted on the other side of the wall. We had to walk over 500 feet through the musty hallways to get to the pool or beach. On our third day we had left the room very early in the morning and didn't return till after 4:00 PM and our room hadn't been made up yet. We called for room service and they made up our room. However, we were late for dinner, not only from the late room service, but we couldn't lock the door to our room so we had to wait for maintenance to come and put a fresh battery in the lock.

US Airways has this rated as a four star hotel. No way!! I'll give it two stars and I would never stay here again. Try one of the privately owned boutique hotels on the French side.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stayed in a timeshare on the Westin Dawn Beach property, and could not have had a better vacation. All the staff, especially Kenneth, the food and beverage manager; Kevin, and all the servers by the pool; Sergio in the casino, and Josephine at the desk, were all so pleasant, and helpful. They made this family vacation one of our all time favorites.
The pool and beach are beautiful and our room was perfect. We will defintiley be coming back to stay at the resort.
Although it is off the beaten path, we rented a car and were able to come and go as we pleased. We did day trips to Orient Beach, Phillipsburg, Maho and Mullet Bay, and Sunset Beach. We also ate out for dinner every night....mostly heading to Grand Case. The island is very easy to navigate, and we enjoyed the freedom of having a car.
We love St. Maarten and we love the Westin.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My 30th birthday present was spending a week with just my husband and myself. We stayed at this amazing resort for 4 days before traveling to our next location!!! If you are interested in staying at this location you need to contact Jennifer at The Tropical Travelers. She was able to book this amazing resort for us, not once, but twice and our room had amazing views of both the beautiful pool and the powder white beach! Westin has all the amenities you could ask for, with an ideal location!! I would definitely go back to the Westin Dawn Beach!!!! Thank you Jennifer at The Tropical Travelers for a wonderful vacation:)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daniel B, General Manager at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear PCDCM,

Thank you for staying with us at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa in St. Maarten. We are happy that were able to celebrate your birthday with us.

I am glad that you had an enjoyable vacation and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,

Daniel Beddor
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Address: 144 Oyster Pond Road, Oyster Pond, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Oyster Pond
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten 4*
Number of rooms: 311
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten offers guests a true getaway. Scuba dive, take a ferry to Anguilla for the day, or just relax. ... more   less 
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