Caribbean Tourism

Sint Maarten Accommodation

There is a 5-8% Government tax on all hotel bills and a 10-15% service charge. Some add an energy surcharge. Prices are high but package deals in summer can be good value if you are prepared to shop around. In 2000 several hotels were still closed or partly open after hurricane repairs.

Large Resort Hotels include:

LL-L Mullet Bay Resort & Casino, T52801, F54281. 600 rooms-suites, temporarily closed 1999-2000 for renovations, golf course still open, so is LL-L The Towers At Mullet Bay, casino, watersports, golf, tennis, pool, close to airport, 8 km from Philipsburg, T53069, F52147. 81 units, a/c, kitchenettes, TV, VCR etc. LL-L Cupecoy perched on a cliff above Cupecoy beach, T52086 F52243. Condo/villa resort, pool, tennis, casino. LL-L Maho Bay, T52115, F53180, 615 rooms/suites, casino, pool, tennis, 20% service charge, right by airport. LL-A Pelican Resort & Casino, on Simpson Bay, T/F42503, F42133. 5 pools, tennis etc, 342 1-2 bedroom suites, lots of facilities. LL-AL Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, T22333, F25410. 159 rooms, tennis, 2 pools, watersports. LL-AL Great Bay Beach Hotel & Casino, T22446, F23008. Convenient for Philipsburg, all resort facilities, all-inclusive packages available, activities organized, games around the pool, barbecue buffet Mon, 285 rooms-suites.

Mid-sized Hotels & Resorts include:

LL Bel Air Beach Hotel, at Little Bay, T23362, F25295. 67 1-2 bedroomed suites, tennis, pool, open air restaurant. LL-AL Holland House Beach Hotel, PO Box 393, T22572, F24673. 54 rooms downtown, most with kitchenettes, open air restaurant, on the beach, convenient. LL-AL La Vista, near Pelican. 24 suites and cottages, tennis, pool, horse riding, T43005, F43010. A-C Seaview Hotel, 45 rooms, some with showers, on Great Bay Beach, Philipsburg, casino, a/c, TV, children under 12 free, T22323, F24356. LL-L Atrium Resort, PO Box 115, Simpson Bay T42125, F42128. 87 1-2 bedroom suites, beach front restaurant, wheelchair facilities, watersports etc at the Pelican. LL-L Caravanserai, Beacon Hill Road 2, on Burgeux Bay, close to airport, T54000, F54001. Shopping mall, casino etc, 118 deluxe suites and bungalows, coffee shop, pool, tennis, whirlpool. Also on Simpson Bay, LL-C White Sands Beach Club, PO Box 3034, T54370, F52245. 11 rooms, private retreat, couples only, special deals for cash customers, all beach front units, no restaurant but several nearby. Airport runway runs parallel to this part of Simpson Bay. LL-AL Oyster Bay Beach Resort, on peninsula, T36040, F36695. 40 rooms, next to Dawn Beach in large grounds, pool, watersports, boat rental. LL-L Princess Heights, Dawn Beach, T36905, F36007. 15 luxury villas with full kitchens, pool.

Small Hotels include:

L-A Pasanggrahan Royal Inn, in Philipsburg, PO Box 151, T23588, F22885. Formerly the Governor’s home, the oldest inn, 30 rooms, pool, no children under 12, nice atmosphere. LL-A Summit Resort Hotel, PO Box 456, on hill overlooking lagoon with view of Marigot, T53702, F52615. A/c suites with king size bed and queen size sofa bed, balconies, kitchenettes, pool with view from sundeck, tennis, beach shuttle, outdoor café. LL-A Mary’s Boon, on Simpson Bay beach, T54235, F53403, 14 studios with kitchenettes, pets welcome but no children under 14. B-C Sea Breeze, 8 Welgelegen Rd, Cay Hill, T26054, F26057. 5 mins from Little Bay Beach, 30 rooms, most with kitchenette, pool, quaint residential area. B Midtown Motel, 42 Back St, T26838. Built end 1995, clean, modern, very friendly, near shops, casinos etc.


The Tourist Office has a list of apartments, villas and houses to rent weekly or monthly. The best way of finding an apartment is to look in the newspaper. There are several apartments for rent on Back St, look for signs on the houses. A studio will cost about US$400-500 per week in a good location. Apartments at Simpson Bay Beach cost US$350-500 per week.

Guesthouses On Front Street:

C-E Marcus, 7 rooms, T22419, E Seaside, 5 rooms, PO Box 72. On Back St: B-C Lucy’s, PO Box 171, T22995. 9 rooms, clean and adequate, friendly and helpful, but overpriced, no children under 6; C-E Jose’s, T22231. Prepay for 6 nights, get 7th free, 11 rooms, very basic, mosquitoes. AL-C Joshua Rose, 17 Back St, T24317, F30080. Slightly better, a/c but still mosquitoes, 14 rooms, walk to beach, Chinese Restaurant.

At Simpson Bay:

AL-B Morning Glory, 6 Roberts Drive, T/F55288. 14 apartments on beach, no credit cards. L-AL The Horny Toad, 2 Vlaun Drive, T54323, F53316, 8 studios, no children under 7, right on beach, not seriously troubled by aircraft noise, well cared for, pretty patio gardens. A-B Calypso, PO Box 65, Simpson Bay, T54233. 8 efficiency apartments.

At Pointe Blanche:

A-B Great Bay Marina, PO Box 277, T22167. 10 rooms, fridge, a/c, TV, grocery, pier facilities. AL-B Tamarind, T24359, F25391, 48 apartments with kitchenettes, swimming pool, deli.

At Cole Bay:

A-B Carl’s Unique Inn, Orange Grove, PO Box 175, T42812, F45376. 16 a/c studios and rooms including breakfast, meeting facilities, bakery and grocery downstairs. C Ernest, Bush Road 36, T22003. Swimming pool, 16 rooms, a/c, TV. B-C George’s, T45363. 10 rooms in Cole Bay, 10 rooms in Philipsburg, a/c, kitchen.

Camping: Safe but seek permission from landowner.

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