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maho beach resort

Mount Hope, Canada
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maho beach resort

reviews regarding the beach at the resort are vague at best,can some tell me what this beach is really like.

thans John from Burlington ontario

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1. Re: maho beach resort

Ok just back from Sonesta Maho and its time to debunk the rumors and hearsay I've read on this site (note: I would have given it 3 stars which is what I equate as a B to B+, however this system calls three stars "neutral" and I think its slightly more positive than that).

Many complainers cite "septic smell", "no beach", "airplane noise" "jet fumes" and "club noise" as well as "rude staff", "bad food", "tough to get a drink", "poor rooms in tower overlooking noisy Maho Village". Guess what? they all have some ring of truth (except for tough to get a drink and jet fumes, don't know what they're talking about there). Guess what else? still had a ----- blast and found it to be a great value. The people who complain expect the Four Seasons for their Ramada dollar. We paid about $275 per night for two people with the all inclusive plan and you get your money's worth.

When we first got there, they did try to put us on the 9th floor in the tower with a view of the strip. I went back down to front desk, explained it was a "special occassion" (hint: do not complain or act indignant, be nice and sympathetic!) and gave the guy a 20. Next thing we're in a junior suite in the much quieter and nicer (plus the breakfast and dinner buffet is right downstairs) Ocean Terrance with an ocean view. Also mentioned "special occasion" to the concierge and they sent up complementary champagne and fruit and cheese platter. Schwiing!

Here's the "No Spin Zone" on the other complaints:

Proximity to airport: Air traffic is minimal (Saturday is busiest day), this is not JFK, only a few jumbo jets come in a day and when they do you don't know it until they're on top of you and then its over, the whole experience lasts about 3 seconds and is cool to watch. Planes taking off are much noisier, but again its over quickly and you cant hear it in your room (or at pool bar where they blast music all day).

No Beach: There is a beach in the strictest sense of the word, but it is not somewhere you would want to spend the day. There are no chairs or amenities, just a small strip of sand, upon which you will get periodically sandblasted from the jet wash - a cool experience! Better off renting a car and driving two minutes to Mullet Bay - a beautiful beach with chair/umbrella rental and a small barbecue hut which sells beers and food. Then spend the late afternoon at Maho pool area which gets pretty hopping around that time.

Septic smell: One night while walking back to room, we smelled it. That's it. Never during the day.

Food: Come on its a buffet!, 'nuff said. Its still worth it because you get breakfast every day which is eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc., can't screw that up. Lunch is at the Palms Grill, solid cheeseburgers, ribs, etc. and you get one dinner at their premier restaurant, the Point and one dinner at one of the many restaurants in Maho Village. Initially they told us you had to stay 7 nights for that, but again, just be nice and they'll give you the vouchers. Its no skin off their nose. My advice, pay for a couple of nice dinners (Try Temptation - excellent!) and the AI plan is still worth it for the amount of booze you'll consume alone.

Staff: There was one rude woman (heavy set, braids) at the breakfast buffet, for some reason she didn't like me (although we were one of the few who tipped everywhere), Alex at the lobby bar, very nice as are the bartenders at the pool bar and most of the staff.

do's and don'ts":

1. Do get the All Inclusive

2. Don't eat dinner at the buffet more than twice

3. Do ask for Match play coupons at the front desk, you get as many as you want

4. Do ask for an upgrade to the Ocean Terrace suites (invent a special occasion)

5. Do get a shot of Myers dark rum along with your Pina Colada (or BBC), then proceed to pour it in said Colada. The Coladas are not strong enough

6. Do rent a car and explore the island, drive to Mullet Bay, Orient Beach, Friars Bay (at Friars Bay, take hiking path to goregous secluded beach straight out of Blue Lagoon), Pinel Island, Marigot - Payless gave us a brand new Hyundai for 28.50 per day.

7. Do tip

8. Don't gamble at the Casino Royale, we lost every night (I know, this contradicts Number 3)

9. Don't get a pool raft at 7:00 am and leave it under your chair while you disappear for four hours - very uncool and their raft to guest ratio is like 200 to 1.

In sum, if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway, cough up the dough and stay at La Samanna or L'esplenade or better yet, Cap Jaluca on Anguilla. If you like a clean, nicely appointed resort in the heart of it all with a lively pool scene (games, guy on microphone, music, requisite older drunk chicks from the midwest dancing on the pool bar) this may be the place for you. Don't expect the beautiful people, this is the time-share-Americanized Dutch side. People tend to be on the cheesier side; think conventioneers with Senior Frog's tanktops. We actually enjoy both, which is why I would ultimately say stay here but rent a car.

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2. Re: maho beach resort

I want to thank cmauro for that great review ,I'm sold , you certainly helped us make our choice were packing for maho

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