We thought this was a great place! Our studio unit was very comfortably sized for two adults. It included a full kitchen/utensils. The bathroom was reasonably sized with a hairdryer and we had plenty of towels in the closet for the week. From our front patio we could step out onto the beach or the bar/restaurant. That may not be for everyone, but we are in our mid-late twenties and thought it was great!
Everything in our room was clean and the new cabinetry was nice. There was a tv in the bedroom/kitchen and then another one in the sitting area. We didn't watch it much, but they show NYC area news. The bed would be my only complaint...very firm mattress, but it was king sized.
They had two beach areas and a pool. No hot tub. Both areas were nice and clean with access to either a small bar or the restaurant. The beach had little, shaded hut umbrellas and those were popular. People seemed to reserve them early. We stayed on the resort for two days when we were feeling lazy, but the rest of the time we checked out the AWESOME beaches on the island...way better than the one on the resort. And this is coming from a Florida girl who lives 20 minutes from the beach.
The front desk staff was always helpful with directions and suggestions, but I found the bar staff to be the most helpful. The Peli Deli was really convenient to shop at for water, snacks,etc.
Toppers by the Sea was the eatery at the Flamingo. It is a necessary evil... The food is nothing special, but it is convenient...I urge you not to spend your money on food there. It like a tropical themed pancake house or Denny's that has a mahi mahi sandwich on the menu. They serve american style breakfast and have specials at night. They also have entertainment....we randomly saw a local dance troupe perform CATS from our patio one night. Actually, the dance troupe was the best quality compared to the dude singing one night and karaoke another night. The bar and wait staff were awesome, but the owner(s) showed little tact while we were there on a couple occasions.
The resort was in the midst of renovating, but it did not impact our stay at all. It was never loud or inconvenient. Mostly painting or pressure cleaning..no biggie for us.
We rented a car because we wanted to explore on our own terms. It was an adventure, but totally worth it! The Flamingo did offer shuttles on certain days to the popular tourist spots such as Philipsburg and Marigot.
I highly recommend you check out the little eatery above the french bakery (near the Peli Deli and Red Piano). It was one of our best and most affordable meals...seriously GREAT food. The breakfast at the french bakery is pretty good, but if you go down to the main road you should check out Zee Best Bakery. Great french pastries and breakfast-lunch stuff. Pineapple Pete's and GreenHouse were our worst meals...I will be reviewing them separately on this site.
For fun, we went to Orient Beach and loved it. We also checked out Pinel Island and I wished I had ordered lobster there. They go out to a lobster trap right there in the bay and cook it up for you, then bring it to you on your beach chair. We sat at one of the hut/tables and had a great goat cheese salad and delicious grilled mahi. Pinel had some very good snorkeling, too. Bay Rouge was a more secluded and quiet beach, but had the chair/umbrella rental for $15. It also had awesome snorkeling. We had our best mahi mahi and strawberry daquiri at the first little shack there....I'm not kidding--the best of both!
We also booked a sunset sail/dinner cruise from the resort on the Tango. If I could do it again, I would have done just the drinks-snacks cruise and then ate at the little place above the french bakery by the Flamingo. The cruise was pretty and not too crowded, but that could be due to the time of year.
Random tips--beach shacks have the best food, but you will need cash and it will probably be a 1.3 exchange from Euros to dollars (we never went somewhere that didn't accept dollars). If you rent a car, watch for potholes and speed bumps. Most importantly, keep an open mind...you are not in Kansas, Oaklahoma, NYC, or LA anymore...it is an island full of great people, chill out and enjoy. Don't propagate the ugly american stigma! If they don't have Bud Light...settle for Coors or be really adventurous and have Carib! Carib is my new favorite beer! Way better than corona IMO!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful white sand, sparkling blue waters, sunny skies - where else can you find all of this but in Saint Martin/Saint Maarten in the Caribbean? When you stay at Flamingo Beach Resort, you will have all of this, and more. Here you can have the most relaxing vacation of your life, or enjoy some of the many outdoor adventures in the area. If you love water sports, you can go windsurfing, swimming and snorkeling. See the scenery on horseback, or go for a hike along the many trails. You will never be bored while you are staying here, unless of course you simply want to sit back and do nothing, which you are more than welcome to do. Just imagine spending a week or longer just lying around on the beautiful beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Philipsburg
- Flamingo Beach Resort St Maarten
- Hotel Flamingo Beach
- Sunterra Flamingo Beach Resort
- Flamingo Beach Resort St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg