Traveled to St Maarten on July 30th through August 6, 2011!
We stayed in a 2 bedroom at La Tarrasse which was clean but old and in need of an update. The staff was friendly and helpful when asked. The room was quiet once you close the sliding doors and you would not know you where 150 feet from the runway, noise was not an issue. The bedrooms have widows which overlook the hallways but the curtains kept the light out and noise from other quests walking the hallway was nonexistent. The Hotel is not located on the beach, the sister resort of Royal Islander, La Plage is located on the beach. The La Plage is more modern, at least the lobby and pool areas are and the grounds are very clean. There is security inside each resort and there was never an issue with safety while in Maho Bay and/or Simpson Bay. The grounds were clean, the pool water was blue, the hot tub was warm and clean. The hotel is minutes away from Simpson Bay which has pretty much everything you will need...including the Bada Bing Club...go figure. The A/C was great, it was actually cold, and everything inside the suite was operable. The area of Maho Bay is old with a majority of the stores closed and/or for rent. The Dutch side, where Maho Bay is located, is much friendlier than the French side. The water in Maho Bay is a little on the rough side but there are many beaches nearby that offer calm blue water for swimming. The sand is clean and there is plenty of places to relax and enjoy the people of St. Maarten. The French side uses the Euro which on any given day costs between 1.40 or more. Some of the bets beaches we found were Orient Beach....stay away from the nude side...most of the people in the nude area should not be nude. The beaches on the French side are all Tops optional with many woman choosing not to wear their tops...hurray gotta love the European way! A MUST visit is Pinel Island which is locate off Orient Beach. We found it on Friday and were leaving on Saturday, I wish we could have gone back for a 2nd visit..it was that good. It is a short ferry ride ($7.00 round trip) with the ride being about 3 minutes, there were actually people swimming from St Maarten to Pinel Island. Once you arrive on Pinel Island go to Karibuni Restaurant and make a reservation for lunch, it fills up fast. Pinel Island is small and Karibuni is located to the left of the ramp where the ferry lets you off. Please take this recommendation to heart...it is a must for anyone going to St. Maarten. As for day trips, we went to St. Barths and found some nice beaches. It is most French and it is an expensive Island that we would not recommend visiting, try Anguilla! Places to eat...Toppers on the Bay, there is a Toppers on the main strip, it's the other Toppers (on the Bay) you want to go to for dinner and/or breakfast. If you are looking for a down night and fun place to eat try Lee's in Simpson Bay...great chicken and ribs and live music, all around good time. Mario's on the Bay is very nice, the food is very good, expensive but good, the only drawback is that it is located in the middle of "Hell." You can park in front of the restaurant so you are safe once you get there. The French restaurants are located in Grand Case which is again not the most desirable neighborhood. The restaurants are located on the side of the street and cars drive by blasting good (not really) old American Rap Music, there are motorcycles, scooters and quads all over the place and apparently legal as no one was stopping the craziness. Go to Grand Case to eat on 1 night and find other places like Leyla's on the French side. Great atmosphere, large portions and friendly service. Writing this is making me sad knowing I cannot walk outside and take a swim in the beautiful blue water of St. Maarten! Enjoy your vacation....it's a nice place to visit!
- Also Known As:
- Royal Islander Club La Terrasse Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Royal Islander Hotel La Terrasse
- St Maarten Royal Islander
- Royal Islander Resort La Terrasse