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What We Love

  • The all-inclusive basis, including meals, drinks and snacks, plus a daily refreshed minibar
  • The access to food, drinks and activities at the two nearby Sonesta resorts
  • The incredibly striking design of this truly unique and beautiful property

What To Know

  • Leave the kids at home; this is an adults-only retreat
  • All suites have a private balcony and ocean views
  • Dinner at the on-site Azul Restaurant is a must

Amenities

  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Unique island getaway at a beautifully designed, award-winning resort for adults, with a suite and luxurious, all-inclusive board

The Lowdown

The sky’s the limit at this striking, adults-only, all-inclusive luxury World Travel Award winner in the island’s sought-after Maho Village. Sonesta Ocean Point Resort takes care of everything – from the good times to the gratuities – so you can focus on enjoying this hip hotspot, known for its nightlife, restaurants, casinos, island adventure and beaches. Every suite is spacious retreat with a private balcony, stunning ocean views and custom designer furnishings, while everything from meals to the minibar to welcome champagne also comes with the package. Your itinerary will quickly grow as long as the hotel’s list of included perks, since you get what amounts to an all-access pass to the two sister resorts, as well. Among these three properties are nearly a dozen restaurants and bars, three pools, tennis courts, golf, casinos, a spa and more. In the daytime, you’ll be invited to play billiards and board games; and in the evening, there are theme parties to attend. But don’t let your schedule fill up completely, or you’ll miss the chance to watch the planes famously descend directly over sunny Maho Beach.

In the Area

St. Maarten is a tiny island full of culture, cuisine and Caribbean fun. The entertainment hub of this little paradise is Maho Village. Shopping, casinos, nightlife, restaurants – this is the place to be if you’re looking for island excitement. But it’s not all high-stakes gaming and late-night dancing; Maho’s equally known for its relaxing white-sand beaches and activity options, meaning lots of quality time in the tropical outdoors. It’s also the home to Maho Beach, which is the famous plane-spotting destination where you can actually watch the jets descend to the five-minutes-away airport while lounging on your towel or working on your tan.

How to Get There

Sonesta Ocean Point All Inclusive Resort
1A Rhine Rd.
Lowlands, Netherlands Antilles

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1469 Reviews
Extremely Extremely Disappointed
Reviewed 3 days ago

This trip was book several months ago for my husband’s milestone birthday. While I knew the island was devastated by the hurricane i had no idea they would be major construction going on post reopening. What was supposed to be a wonderful experience has been terrible. There are only two fully opened restaurants the Palm and Azul. The food has been terrible at both as well as repetitive. We walk around starving. The room service selection is far worst. The only edible food as been the pizza which we have to eat 3times a day. Today we will have to go off the property and find and pay for good food. While the people who work here are very nice and service is served with a smile, the resort is just reopening(which I didn’t know) so the staff has limited to no information. I tried to book an excursion however the rep was so confused did not have all of the information and admitted that we were his first customers and he had never booked an excursion on his own. We did not want to be an experiment. I requested recognition of my husband’s birthday well in a advance the room was not upgraded or decorated or anything. I told them again that his birthday was 3/16 and they brought balloons and cake slices 3 days in advance, why I don’t know!!!! There is nothing to do and no real activities. I paid a lot of money to make my husband’s birthday special and I am 100% disappointed.

Extremely disappointed
Reviewed 4 days ago

I booked this vacation to celebrate my wedding anniversary. This resort IS NOT adult only. Sister property 500 yards is family style and kids are onsite alot at ocean point.
After booking i was e cited and humbled to learn my husband choose to retired after 21 yrs in USNavy. I requested several times(3) at the front desk and sent 3 emails while on property for a special recognition but my request was never fulfilled. We also requested a room upgrade which I know theres no guarantee but we learned at least 4 other ppl we befriended were granted random upgrades.
This property states its 5star...maybe 3star but definitely NOT 5star. Lots of construction still in progress even after calling ahead in Feb I was told construction was complete. Only 2 full restaurants onsite with the same menus items only changing every 2days. Overall extremely disappointed with this property!

Almost There...
Reviewed 6 days ago

We traveled February 23 - 27th. The Sonesta Ocean Point Resort (adult only) was 90% finished. The check in was in a regular room and small, so if there are multiple guest checking in/out it can get crowded and you may have to wait outdoors. The food wasn't great at all besides burgers and fries. If you're looking for a resort with pool and beach, this isn't it. You have to walk a bit of distance to get to the beach and the sand/beach area is very limited. I can only imagine how crowded it with be when the main hotel that host children will be.

You have to walk past all the construction of the main hotel which didn't look close to being finished and is an eye score, to get to the Ocean Point. It wasn't the best perception to give upon arrival. We had a junior swim out suite that's not semi-private at all. Any and everyone walking by can see it. The shower door inside the room was hard to slide open and close. There was also a lot of remnants from construction, like plaster and paint, on the steps and bottom of the swim out suite pools.There was one evening when the power/electricity flickered on and off. Kind of scary.

The staff is well aware of their shortcomings and definitely make up for it. They are all very nice, full of energy, accommodating. The drinks were great! Besides the time at dinner when my husbands glass broke from the bottom rum punch was all over his pants.

The pictures online are a little misleading as far as luxury, but the view is amazing. The island is really working to rebuild. I'd be happy to see it again once it's complete and fully functioning again.

Beautiful hotel! Sunset butler suite, but can't see the sunset!
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second time at Sonesta Ocean Point. We decided to upgrade to a Sunset Butler Suite. (Room 228)The suites are beautiful, and we were greeted immediately upon our arrival and taken to our room without having to check in at the desk. This was very impressive! The views are amazing, we overlooked the Edge pool and can see the water as well. My only complaint was that the actual sunsets were blocked by the Azul building! There is construction going on at Sonesta Maho, but we were warned about it, and it wasn't terrible. We enjoyed walking to the casino, it's very close. The service was very good, but not sure it was worth the extra for the "butler". They leave you a designated phone that didn't always work. The breakfasts at Azul were wonderful. The dinners were not impressive. The food selection and taste were just ok. We will definitely return. We love the location and it was very clean. Everyone was very friendly. It's a beautiful property. Just a reminder, it is right next to an airport, so if you don't enjoy watching (and listening) to the planes like we do, then you should reconsider.

Rebuilding and Coming Back Strong
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Sonesta Ocean Point for a week in February as part of a larger group event. This was our first trip to the island and we really loved it and would be thrilled to return one day. The most important thing to remember if you are planning a trip to St. Maarten in the near future is that the island is still putting all the pieces back in place after Hurricane Irma in 2017. Travelling to the island is a great way to inject money back into the local tourism economy that so desperately needs that investment right now. Remind yourselves that not everything is going to be perfect, shiny and beautiful...there is a long road back for St. Maarten. But although evidence of Mother Nature's assault on the island is still visible and real, the spirit of the island and the people is there to enjoy.

I believe we arrived at Sonesta Ocean Point during what could be referred to as a "soft opening". Honestly, my first impression, while thrilled to be there, was that the hotel really wasn't ready to be operational for guests yet. There is a lot of ongoing construction that yu just can't avoid - especially since this isn't a sprawling all inclusive the likes of which you would find in Mexico's Maya Riviera. This is a regular-sized hotel and you can't avoid the rebuild. When we first arrived the 120 of us on the trip were checking in at tables set up outside as the main lobby was just a shell.

Being someone who values my sleep and peace and quiet over noise and chaos I was initially discouraged by the construction sounds and the planes landing at Princess Juliana Airport. Both seemed pretty invasive that first afternoon.

But despite our room directly facing the full rebuild of the tower next door - I was never disturbed by noise with the doors to the patio closed. I could slightly hear the larger jets taking off at the airport and the construction noise was a non-issue in the room. I'm not sure what kind of sound-proofing magic the crews utilized when re-erecting the hotel, but I'm really sensitive to noise - especially at night- and it didn't bother me at all. I always have a white-noise/nature sounds app on my phone in case of disruptions, and I used it just in case, but I frequently slept in until after 10 am with little disruption from the crews a stone's throw from my bed.

You get used to the planes and the activity associated with them at Maho Beach, and after a couple days it's actually pretty enjoyable to watch, and again, they really aren't an issue in the room except for the occasional extra noisy take off. If you are a plane-spotter and you're into aviation, this hotel and Maho Beach will be a lot of fun for you.

The rooms are brand new and really nice. Ours was huge, nicely decorated, have a big patio with great views and aside from a couple little quirks that you'd find in any new build - or old hotel (ex: bathroom fan wouldn't turn off) we had no complaints about our sleeping quarters.

There's two pools on this (the adult side) of the hotel, both are small in comparison to large resort pools, but are beautifully built and well-kept. They were always fairly quiet when we were there but I'm not sure that the hotel was all that full besides our large group.

There are a few different options for dining on-site and all have a gorgeous atmosphere with views that were fully maximized. The restaurants on the point have spectacular views of the ocean, the boats going by, the planes appearing from the heat haze over the sea and the islands in the distance. This is a truly gorgeous location for a hotel.

The staff at Sonesta Ocean Point are amazing. Everyone was so friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be back to work and excited about the progress their hotel was making. Everyone at the hotel was truly making the best out of the cards they were dealt and they all made the experience relaxed and fun. There's such an air of optimism at the hotel and across the island, which is wonderful to experience when you contrast it with the devastation that is evident everywhere you go. I found a lot of beauty in the juxtaposition of the descruction and the rebuilds, the trauma and the hope. The people of St. Maarten and the Sonesta Ocean Point are so friendly and upbeat, their positivity was infectious and it made the rebuild inconveinances seem like minor blips on an otherwise beautiful, sunny day.

I would definitely reccommend this hotel. It may seem like a bummer to use your hard-earned vacation dollars to stay at a hotel under construction and on an island that still has a long way back to former glory, but I'm confident in saying you'll be glad you chose to invest your money and time on St. Maarten. The people and the island have so much to offer. If you put your expectations aside and come with an open mind I think you'll be wishing you didn't have to go home.

And things are changing so fast. One week later when we were checking out, that empty shell was a fully-functioning, gorgeous new lobby full of guests, suitcases and smiling staff. It was like it had been there all along.