My husband and I took a last-minute trip down to St. Martin, and selected this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed!
The hotel is situated on the northernmost end of the island, which is about a 45-minute cab ride from the airport. This is the quiet side of the island (the "spring break" crowd tends to stay on the other side of the island, with the casinos and nightclubs), where there are a lot of couples and families (with well-behaved children!) on vacation.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous, and well-maintained. The property is situated in a little cove, surrounded by mountains - so it truly feels private. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Bathrooms were to US four-star hotel standards. The breakfast buffet was impressive - good selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, pastries. We didn't get to try the two restaurants at the hotel for lunch and dinner, because we weren't there long enough for lunch, and dinner on Saturday night was at one of the charming restaurants across the street - something Italian. There are three restaurants across the street; French, Italian, and seafood.
I would definitely spend time at the Radisson Blu again!
US visitors may with to note that although the beach is NOT a nude beach, some ladies do take off their bikini tops to sunbathe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Hotel The Hotel Riu Palace St. Martin, situated at the beachfront on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, is the perfect place for a dream vacation and it's ready for you to enjoy all the amenities and services RIU offers to its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin Hotel Anse Marcel
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina And Spa St. Martin
- Radisson Anse Marcel
- Anse Marcel Radisson
- Hotel Riu Palace St Martin St. Maarten-St. Martin/Anse Marcel