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13 Best Resorts in Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)

Written by Carri Wilbanks and Becca Blond
Aug 12, 2021

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Divided between the Dutch St. Maarten on one side and the French overseas collectivity of St. Martin, this island in the southern Caribbean is a popular tourist destination and offers a range of resorts for all budgets and styles of travelers. Whether you choose to stay on the French or Dutch side of the island, you’ll find everything from adults-only, luxury all-inclusive resorts to family-friendly properties with lodging in villas or large suites.

On the Dutch side, the capital city is Philipsburg, which is home to bright-colored, colonial-style buildings that are home to many shops and restaurants. On the French side, Grand Case is the main village, and there are a number of resorts located along the beach on either side of the bay. Below are our picks for the best resorts in St. Martin/St. Maarten.

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1. La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin

Photo Source: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin
Photo Source: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin

The most luxe resort on the island, La Samanna is a beautiful property set on 55 acres atop a rocky ledge that looks down on a beautiful white-sand beach with the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond it.

Choose from luxe rooms, suites, or villas. All are well-appointed and colorfully decorated. Villas have private infinity pools and full kitchens. Some of the suites boast plunge pools on rooftop sundecks.

Amenities here are plentiful. There is a freeform infinity pool facing the sea; cabanas on the private stretch of beach for guests to use; and two restaurants serving fresh, local cuisine and international favorites. Guests can also take out kayaks and snorkeling gear for free, while island activities can be arranged for a fee. There is a spa on-site.

Address: Baie Longue, Terres Basses 97064 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin

2. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten

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Photo Source: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa

On the Dutch side of the island, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa is the largest all-inclusive property on St. Maarten. Located on the southwest coast, the 5-star resort sits on 10 acres of beachfront property and has more than 400 rooms and suites. The hotel is family-friendly and has a number of amenities geared towards children, including a kids’ pool with a water park, as well as a kids’ club with activities.

Amenities include a private beach, a large swimming pool with waterslides, a fitness center, and full-service spa. For dining, there are five restaurants included in your rate plus a pizzeria and café.

Address: 1 Rhine Road, Maho 02458, St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa

3. Le Petit Hotel, St. Martin

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Photo Source: Le Petit Hotel

Le Petit Hotel has a great location on the beach at Grand Case Bay. The luxury, small, family-run property boasts gorgeous views of the turquoise sea and mountains juxtaposed with white-sand beaches and swaying palms. The service and attention to detail here is impeccable, and a barefoot elegant vibe presides throughout.

Accommodation is stylishly appointed. Expect comfy beds draped in designer Frette linens, Balinese furniture, and marble baths. Each also features a full kitchen that can be stocked upon request for your arrival.

Amenities include direct beach access with sun loungers and umbrellas. There is also excellent snorkeling right in front of the hotel. There is also a swimming pool, a restaurant serving a complimentary breakfast, and an excellent concierge on the grounds.

Address: 248 Boulevard de Grand Case St. Martin, Grand Case 97150 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Le Petit Hotel

4. Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, St. Maarten

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Photo Source: Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

If you’re looking for a top honeymoon spot on St. Maarten, then head to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort. The property is adults only, as well as all-inclusive, so you won’t have to worry about anything but romance on your vacation. Set on Maho Beach overlooking the bay on the island’s westernmost tip, adjacent to the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Sonesta Ocean Point offers all-suite accommodation in a luxe “resort within a resort” setting.

There are three swimming pools here, including one with a zero-entry, cliffside beach. Guests also have access to three restaurants, 24-hour room service, butler service in some of the suite categories, and a fitness center.

Address: 1A Rhine Road, Maho St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

5. Hotel L’Esplanade, St. Martin

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Photo Source: Hotel L’Esplanade

In Grande Case on the French side of St. Martin, Hotel L’Esplanade is set on a lush hillside above the beach. The boutique property is located just a five-minute walk from the village’s world-famous “restaurant row.”

Accommodation is in studios, lofts, and one-bedroom suites, many with pitched, wood-roof ceilings and stunning views from floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Balinese furniture pairs with rich French fabrics for a wonderful rustic elegant Caribbean ambience throughout. All 24 rooms come with ocean views and a private terrace.

Amenities here include beach access with sun loungers and umbrellas. There is also a swimming pool with a shallow-entry end. Work out in the fitness room, take a yoga class, or book some pampering time at their luxe full-service spa.

Address: Les Panoramique de Grand Case Stick Hill, Grand Case 97150 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Hotel L’Esplanade

6. Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten

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Photo Source: Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Near Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the island, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort has a number of different room configurations. Choose from rooms with king or double beds and a balcony; one-bedroom suites; studio apartments, some of which have Jacuzzi tubs; or one-bedroom casitas. These come with full kitchens and sleeper sofas.

Amenities include four restaurants, as well as a shopping service if you want to cook in your casita. There are three swimming pools, a fitness center, and a spa on the grounds. Day trips and water sports adventures around the island can also be arranged.

Address: Little Bay Road, Philipsburg St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

7. Oyster Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten

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Photo Source: Oyster Bay Beach Resort

Oyster Bay Beach Resort is located just south of the French/Dutch border on the Dutch side of the island and is one of four properties owned by the same company. This is a great choice if you like snorkeling or diving, as the resort sits on a white-sand beach overlooking a coral reef.

The property is family friendly, with entertainment for children and interconnected rooms available. Amenities include a restaurant, an infinity pool, and a full-service spa. There is often evening entertainment. All sorts of day trip activities can be arranged.

Address: 10 Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond, St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Oyster Bay Beach Resort

8. Esmeralda Resort, St. Martin

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Photo Source: Esmeralda Resort

Located on the white-sand beach at Orient Bay on the French side of the island, Esmeralda Resort is a boutique luxury property. There are just 65 rooms and suites, which sprawl across the resort’s beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.

Amenities here include a fine dining restaurant, L’Astrolabe, which serves French Creole fare. Guests also have access to more than 12 other restaurants in the Orient Bay development. There is a swimming pool and spa on-site.

If you are traveling with a dog, the hotel is pet friendly.

Address: B.p. 5141, Orient Bay 97071 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Esmeralda Resort

9. Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin

Photo Source: Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa
Photo Source: Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa

Located on the Dutch side of the island, Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa is set on a hillside facing Simpson Bay, one of the most popular parts of Sint Maarten. The resort has a Mediterranean vibe throughout, with lovely hibiscus and bougainvillea gardens along with five swimming pools and a private beach for guests.

Catering to families and couples alike, the property offers a choice of 272 spacious and well-appointed suites that range from junior studios to three-bedroom units. There are also 83 villas, with amenities like kitchenettes, the largest of which can sleep up to six people.

There are multiple amenities on-site making Simpson Bay a great destination property. Choose from a number of dining options, including a Mexican restaurant, another serving everything from pizza to sushi, a gourmet bistro, and a coffee shop. A new steakhouse is set to open soon.

Water sports can also be arranged. If you need a little pampering head to the spa with a full range of treatments.

Address: Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa

10. Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa, St. Martin

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Photo Source: Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa

On the French side of the island in Anse Marcel, Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, adults-only luxury property that is only a few years old. It has a romantic ambience throughout. There are 258 suites done up in stylish, locally influenced decor, which offer mountain, marina, or ocean views. Some have swim-out access.

The resort is pet friendly, if you are traveling with a dog. Amenities include beach access with sun loungers, as well as a swimming pool and hot tub, four restaurants (included in your rate), and 24-hour room service. There are also daily activities, access to nearby golf courses, and a posh spa (extra fee) on-site.

Address: Rue de l'Anse Marcel, Anse Marcel 97150 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa

11. Hommage Hotel & Residences, St. Martin

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Photo Source: Hommage Hotel & Residences

Located near beautiful Baie Rouge and Baie aux Prunes beaches, Hommage Hotel & Residences in St. Martin is also just a few miles from Juliana International Airport. The hotel has nearly 150 rooms with either sea, lagoon, or garden views. The decor includes warm-colored walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and rainfall showers in the bathrooms.

The hotel is set on its own private white-sand beach. There is a water sports facility here, as well as an infinity swimming pool. For meals try Lilly’s Cafe on-site, which serves French bistro fare. One of the top amenities, however, is the garden area with art pieces spread throughout.

Address: Route des Terres Basses, Baie Nettle 97150 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Hommage Hotel & Residences

12. Hotel La Plantation, St. Maarten

Photo Source: Hotel La Plantation
Photo Source: Hotel La Plantation

Located about a five-minute walk from beautiful Orient Bay Beach, Hotel La Plantation is also within walking distance of the shops and restaurants at Orient Village. The hotel is a good choice if you are looking for a quieter vacation spot removed a bit from the beach restaurants that can get noisy.

It features studios and suites with French doors opening onto furnished balconies. These come with kitchenettes and are spacious and colorful.

If you are traveling with a dog, the hotel is pet friendly. Amenities include an open-air restaurant, a pool with sun loungers, and tennis courts.

Address: C5 Parc de La Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Hotel La Plantation

13. Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin

Photo Source: Grand Case Beach Club
Photo Source: Grand Case Beach Club

Located on the beach just outside the village of Grand Case on the island’s French side, Grand Case Beach Club is a stylish, good-value resort. Choose from studios or one- or two-bedroom apartments that all come with full kitchens. The resort is family friendly, and kids stay free here. The apartments with loft bedrooms and sleeper sofas in the living rooms work great for families.

Spend your days chilling on one of Grand Case’s two private beaches with sun loungers and umbrellas and food service to your chair. More chairs surround the swimming pool.

Other amenities include a restaurant, fitness room, water sports center, and massage services. The continental breakfast is also complimentary.

Address: 21 rue de Petite Plage, Grand Case 97150 St. Martin/St. Maarten

Accommodation: Grand Case Beach Club

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