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Very Good 2370 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Plenty of privacy (even during high season) thanks to the property being spread of over 18 acres
  • Prompt, friendly service
  • It has the largest infinity pool on the island

What To Know

  • Resort is off the beaten path; a short cab ride is necessary to visit sights and restaurants
  • WiFi is free but can be spotty?
  • Suitable for both couples and families with children

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sprawling and secluded resort on the beach, with two restaurants, a marina and St. Martin’s largest infinity pool

The Look

Cheerful, contemporary Caribbean. Arrive via private shuttle service from the airport at the breezy grand entrance, and you find a comfortable lobby you’ll actually want to lounge around in (bonus: The hotel bar is in the lobby too). Situated on 18 acres in a secluded cove of Anse Marcel National Nature Reserve, the resort includes a full marina, two restaurants and the island’s largest infinity pool.

Bed and Bath

Pick between courtyard or marina view guest room — either way, rooms are spacious, bright and decorated in beach-inspired hues. Suites have a separate living room with a sleeper sofa; rooms facing the marina are quietest. All accommodations are equipped with Nespresso machines and flat-screen televisions. Bathrooms are simple but thoughtfully designed and come stocked with Anne Semonin bath products.

Beyond

The resort offers four restaurants and one bar. Head to Krystal for fusion, L’Île for steak and international cuisine, La Mer for fine French dining, or casual eatery Le Marché for a breakfast buffet, including a particularly delicious homemade pain au chocolat, as well as low-key dinner fare. Head to Le Lobby Bar afterward for a planter’s punch. The resort also offers a “guest enrichment” program, in which visitors can choose from cooking courses with the hotel’s executive chef, practice their French or do a tasting of local rums. Adults with kids in tow will also appreciate the kids club, which offers arts and crafts, pool games and more to keep little ones entertained.

In the Area

Grand Case is St. Martin’s main dining area, and classic French cooking is the star. Head to Le Tastevin and order magret de canard, a juicy seared duck breast. During the day, head to Pinel, a tiny, picturesque island with just three restaurants and no full-­time residents, to swim, surf and dine. It’s just a 10-­minute boat ride back to the resort — and once you return, unwind with a treatment at the resort’s spa, set right on the beach.

How to Get There

Riu Palace St Martin All Inclusive
Anse Marcel
Anse Marcel, 97056 Saint Martin

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2370 Reviews
nice but not 5 star!
Reviewed 3 months ago

i don"t agree with the ratings that it's a 41/2 or 5 stars. My family and i stayed there for 12 days. It was clean and well kept. food needs seasoning but the guys from the entertainment staff are funny, friendly and wonderful!
Melinda from the bar was very friendly, kind, and helpful. Also,the kids has fun with Margarita and the staff from kids club. i would definitely return there to vacation again!

Not Up to Par
Reviewed 3 months ago

This Riu Palace was not up to the level one would expect from a "Palace" Riu. That being said, it is sadly closed due to the hurricane that hit St. Martin. It had a beautiful view of the ocean and was in a lovely cove with a marina next to it. We had some of our best catamaran trips from that marina. The resort itself was quiet and relaxing but the food was not appealing, and the pool was being repaired while we were there. However, it was the only all inclusive on the French side of the island when we were there, so we enjoyed it anyway.

The best "All Girls Trip"
Reviewed 6 months ago

This was the first time I've ever gone on an All Girls Trip with friends and it was the best trip ever. The resort was spacious and so beautiful. I know there was a loss with the hurricane and I pray they will be able to restore it so I can visit with my family. I enjoyed every bit of this trip and loved the island.

BEAUTIFUL view not comparable to other Riu Palaces
Reviewed 6 months ago

If you are use to the amenities of the Riu Palace properties this one has only been Riu Palace since about year ago, staff is mostly the same and they are not use to being all inclusive.
Beautiful views.
NO swim up pool bar, they do carry drinks from beach bar to pool!
NOTHING like normal Riu Palace, are not AT ALL up to Riu Palace standards yet!

First Trip to St Maarten
Reviewed 6 months ago

These comments are all based before the hurricanes having hit the island. The hotel was about a fifty minute drive from the airport and was located on the French side of the island. After weaving in and out of traffic and up some steep hills we saw the resort in the valley below. It looked amazing and fairly private in its own cove. The hotel was purchased by RIU so the hotel was a bit older and not built the same as many Palace hotels are now. Still it had charm and had more a feel of quiet and calm than a party resort. The grounds where full of beautiful gardens and walkways. The rooms were nice but not what I have found at most RIU Palace hotels. The food was good with a large selection of items. We particularly enjoyed the lobby bar in the evening with Pepe and Pepo the bar tenders. There were three other restaurants within short walking distance as well as some nice gift shops. Also a marina was right beside the hotel that offered a variety of activities. The beach was great and we saw sea turtles at times. Ten minutes away is a small town full of dining opportunities that is a must try. There is also a small island just five minutes away that offers a boat taxi to and let’s you have a day away, also well worth the effort. I would advice renting a car since the taxi service was pricey. Easy to drive the island and explore the many spots to see.