We just returned from 7 days at the Royal Palm. Overall we were happy with the resort. We had a 3 BR/BA unit for 4 nights and a 2BR for 3. The 3BR was nicer overall, larger TVs, more spacious living area. Everything needed was within easy walking distance but we did rent a car for a few days from the agent in the lobby. The pool was small as others have noted, and often was over-run with children. The lobby is very non-descript - this is not a luxurious place but it was clean and comfortable. The full kitchen was well-equipped for basic cooking, with granite counters. The sleeper sofa had a thin, uncomfortable mattress, the bedroom beds/bedding were good. There were some maintenance issues - patio doors in both units were difficult to open, dishwashers needed minor repairs, external roof/sheathing visible from rooms had unrepaired damage.
The island is small with few major roads. Traffic was terrible on occasion but most of the tme not too bad. Roads are narrow and poorly marked, we saw no traffic lights at all, drivers are fearless in pulling in front of other cars in traffic. Make sure to document the dents on your rental car, we had 3 and all had body damage. The Royal Palms is very close to the airport and a short drive to Phillipsburg.
This was our 1st time to St Maarten, we enjoyed Orient Beach and Captain Alan's snorkel trip the most. The beaches were nice but in general the island was pretty trashy, poorly kept properties, run down and abandoned buildings. We never felt unsafe but were very careful about ensuring our car was locked and that nothing of value was left unattended. The french side seemed to be marginally better than the dutch - less populated and crowded. As has been noted elsewhere, there were a lot of mosquitos. We bought spray the first afternoon we were there and used it often but still came home with bites.
We've been to a few places in the caribbean, it's unlikely we would return here any time soon. The locals seemed friendly enough but service was very lackluster. Prices for food/drink were reasonable. There were some very pretty views on the island but nothing spectacular. Snorkeling was pretty good, we saw rays, turtles and some fish - but again not awesome. There were roamers on the beaches selling massages, sarongs, hats, trips and the multiple solicitations became annoying over time. The infrastructure seemed in poor condition, there were multiple power outages while we were there, poor drainage on the roads, graffiti. That said, we loved just hanging out at the beach - we did enjoy ourselves and have no regrets over the visit.
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- Royal Palm Beach Hotel
- Royal Palm Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
- Royal Palm St Maarten
- Royal Palm Beach Club St Maarten
- Royal Palm Beach Club
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