We've been to St. Martin about 8 times over the last 5 years. The last 3 trips were with a child. St. Martin is definitely not a child oriented island, not to say there isn't a lot to do with kids, there is but it depends on the group you're with. We've stayed at the summet 5 out of the 8 times but I think we're done staying there. This year we did not get a timeshare/condo room, just a regular room which we have stayed in before. With a child, you definitely need a kitchen so that I will blame on my travel agent. The difference between the regular rooms and the timeshare rooms is night and day. We've been in both over the years and I forgot how shabby the regular rooms are. Who would put dark wall to wall carpeting in a caribbean hotel room? There were burn marks on the floor (everyone smokes so I wasn't surprised) and the color - designed to hide dirt - made the room seem very small. The room was actually large but packed with so much furniture, we had to move some of it out to the deck and into the closet! We had 2 double beds, 2 desks, a daybed and a dresser, 3 chairs and a minifridge! The bathroom was fine except for the large crack running across the tub which meant my 2 yr old had to take a shower which was fine but a little disappointing for him.
The restaurant is great for breakfast, closed for lunch and very limited menu for dinner. Most nights it's one dish - pizza, burgers or lasagna depending on what night of the week it is. I will say, they have the best pizza on the island so far from what I've tasted. The couple that run the kissing fish bar & cafe are awesome, they're the main reason we keep going back. I don't care much for any of the other staff, I actually don't think anyone's said more than 3 words to us any time we've been there.
No kiddie pool but the shallow end is very shallow so that's fine and no beach access so if you're looking to stay within walking distance to a beach, this isn't the place. The other problem we had was the location. There is simply nothing left nearby. The small strip mall is gone that had a superette market and laundromat, Citrus market is now gone so if you need to buy anything, you have to go into Maho. The resort doesn't even have a little shop - we ended up using the one at the Sapphire. The soda machine didn't work either while we were there. I ended up buying several bottles of water/soda/juice at the bar and keeping them in the minifridge.
Overall, for the price it wasn't bad but I've stayed in much better in St. Martin and probably will not go back just because I've grown up and outgrown this place. Great for young adults and singles who are looking for a "spring break" type of atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful, clean, quiet property with a spectacular view overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Close to the best beaches, restaurants and nightlife on the island but tucked away with lots of privacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summit Hotel Cupecoy Bay
- Summit Cupecoy Bay
- Cupecoy Bay Summit
- The Summit Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Cupecoy Bay