We picked this resort for a birthday trip for a group of 5 based on good reviews and convenient location for traveling to the island without a car and were not disappointed. We booked a 2-bedroom apartment which has 2 bathrooms - a must for a large group. The master bedroom, living room and patio face the pool/beach area and have a beautiful view. The kitchen is large and well appointed including a dishwasher and a large fridge with an ice maker. There is a flat screen TV in the living room and each bedroom. The beds are very comfortable with nice bedding and pillows. The bathrooms are large. There is even an iPod dock. The apartment is large and very comfortable for a big group. We really enjoyed our stay.
The pool area is relatively small, but adequate. There water at the beach is very clear and calm. But we didn't spend much time there anyway as we explored other parts of the island during the day.
Finally, the location is great for someone without a car. There are plenty of restaurants available right across the street on the main road. It's also easy to take the local buses for only $1.50, which is much cheaper than the cabs at $5-10 per person. The buses are the same type of vans as the taxis, so there is really no difference except that the bus stops once in a while to pick up and drop off other passengers along the way. One of our buses even had a TV playing a new film.
Most nightlife is concentrated at Maho and buses stop running by 10pm. So if you want to go out a lot at night, it might make sense to stay at Maho Bay walking distance to Bliss club. Otherwise, it's $5 per person for a taxi (they charge per person).
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palm Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
- Royal Palm St Maarten
- Royal Palm Beach Club St Maarten