Sep 2, 2016

A review of the Riu Palace St Martin

6 reasons to love the Riu Palace St Martin

A look at the Riu Palace

A look at the Riu Palace

Having just spent 7 glorious days in St Martin, I have a new found love – the Riu Palace St Martin.

I was excited to explore this captivating island for the first time, shared equally by the Dutch and the French for close to 350 years.

I was not sure what to expect of this small all-inclusive resort with 258 rooms, located on the French side. But I was impressed!

A view of the luxurious lobby

A view of the luxurious lobby

Here are the top 6 things that stood out to me:

1.The Beach! What a stunning beach, with a quiet cove and calm waters. The resort offers a wide variety of water activities, such as kayaking, boarding and snorkeling at no charge. And for adventure seekers, wave runners and fly boarding is available at a cost.

2. The selection of food was so varied, with a buffet and 3 a la carte options. I loved the seafood, especially the mussels, and all was perfectly paired with a variety of wines.

Crystal clear water at the beach

Crystal clear water at the beach

3. The rooms were luxurious, and beds co comfy, and extremely clean, complete with a  bar, furnished balcony or terrace, plus oversized bathrooms

4. The staff was extremely friendly, starting with the manager Mr Fancisco Benito, to the on-site wedding planner Tanya, to the front desk staff, wait staff and housekeepers. We were always greeted by a smile and a willing hand.

The pool is a must-see

The pool is a must-see

5. There is a general feeling of relaxation here in part due to the design of the buildings. Being low rise with only 3 floors, the Riu Palace has a colonial feel, complete with white shutters. The resort is sprawling and surrounded with lush vegetation and glorious flowers. I felt I was truly on a tranquil vacation

6. During the day the pool is fabulous for a swim and pool aerobics. At night, the infinity pool is the best place to watch the stunning sunsets.


The sunset over the Caribbean

The sunset over the Caribbean

If you are planning a wedding, this resort  offers all you could hope for. It comes with a kids club, dedicated wedding planner and gorgeous ceremony locations.

As for a family vacations, this is a must see.

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