Second time in St. Maarten first time at Royal Palm been to several other islands. Booked expedia 1300.00 one week. 2 bedroom (I think they are all oceanview) two adults two teens. Checked in courteous and helpful 20 seconds , very nice clean room but was located a bit too close to pool bar area and we wanted a quieter balcony. I asked at the front desk and the young man had me in a replacement room in about 20 seconds flat and told me to come and see him anytime if I have a problem.
Long story short... almost all ID , 4 passports, one I phone and some cash, clothes were stolen while we were OFF THIS Resort at Mullet bay beach (ten minutes away) while on route to French side to possibly ferry to Anguilla (passports needed). Our rental car door lock was broken into at Mullet Bay Beach while we were snorkelling for an hour at 12 noon, car parked in middle of lot with people everywhere.
ALL staff at this resort regardless of time or shift were all extremely helpful. Without their help I am sure we would have missed our flight home. Endless help with free phone calls, messages, finding numbers, computer use, reassurance and genuine concern from all staff was given to us for the length of our stay. Thank you to all at the Royal Palm. I wish I could remember all your names as you remembered mine as we passed in the hall or parking lot and you asked how I was doing or if I needed anything. Thank you for your genuine concern and help. I would definitely return to your resort and seek the Diamond name in my other travels also.
We lost our items on Tuesday and had emergency travel documents in hand by Saturday in time for sunday flight. Many thanks also to Pierre (Consulate of Canada in Sint. Maarten) and Arlene at High Commission of Canada in Barbados
Emergency travel papers from Canadian Government are not easily obtained while in another country and you cannot fly without them. No you as a Canadian cannot use a police report to board an aircraft destined for Canada or elsewhere or use a copy of a passport or other ID to fly. Travel Papers about 100$ cash per person and about 4- 5 days, Passport photos must be taken at photo shop, Identification must be presented to Canadian Government through your consular (even if your id was stolen), photo copies are sometimes accepted, (I had to get friends to go to my house at home to retrieve and scan and send copies of documents and ID) Anyway, protect your passports at all times. Don't assume there is a system in place that would prevent you from being stuck in a foreign country for weeks , costing you thousands extra. I used to think this.
Don't leave anything in any car that you don't want to lose. Half the cars in St. Maarten have the locks screwdrivered. Look at them when you get a rental car. They are always broken into. The economic turmoil has changed the world including in St. Maarten. Keep your belongings with you and always have one person looking after the items if you are at the beach. Petty thieves are common.
Anyway enough negative, back to the Royal Palm Beach Resort. Very nice beach. A couple of jewelry vendors are allowed on the beach by the resort and a couple ladies that do wonderful massages (so my wife says).
Snorkelling pretty good right out front along rocks, lots of colorful fish and the odd skate.
Fishing, bring your shore/ surf gear. Lots of fishing along rocks on ocean or river side near bridge (comes from the large lagoon) sea bass, snapper, Rays, sharks, and who knows what else . There are some barbecues along beach for grilling your catch.
Rooms, very spacious , well air conditioned, great balcony, huge kitchen, 3 flatscreens, large showers. Small elevators and only two at centre of building so it is a bit of a walk if you are at the end units , but you cant have everything. Sliding doors to balcony enter from master or from living room ( the door are heavy duty framing and are a bit of a chore to open because of weight)
Security, parking gated and manned in off hours. Didn't here of any problems while at resort. They have a security person.
Grounds are kept very nice, always some painting, trimming, cleaning, washing going on in the early morning.
Eats, try Toppers bar (awesome seafood fingerfood) just down the street or Vesna Taverna over bridge short walk (vesna is first place open for miles with coffee and breakfast at 530am primerib awesome)
didn't try the hotel restaurant but heard from the Candy Store owner in Phillipsburg that the all you can eat ribs on sundays are amazing.
Despite what happened to us , you should rent a car for a few days at least and see it all. Alamo over the bridge, short walk 140.00 $ for a few days , including insurance