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Riu Palace St Martin

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A perfect destination for travelers who want a few days of relaxation, beach and sun, offering tranquility and fun alike.



Overview
Located in the beautiful cove of Anse Marcel, Riu Palace St. Martin boasts 18 acres of lush, tropical landscape, idyllic beachfront and a spectacular infinity pool. Nestled within a natural reserve, the 258 guest rooms offer not only spectacular views, but standard luxuries such as large bedrooms, satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet throughout.

Location: Directly on the beach at Anse Marcel with direct access to the marina. 40-minute drive from airport and 35-minute drive from Golf course.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • BroadOakPS : Newtown, Connecticut
Crowded beach with limited space / chairs-umbrellas, inadequate staffing, awful front desk, excellent food

If you like the blue azure waters of the Caribbean the Riu in St Martin is not for you. Situated at a wide cove, the water is calm but cloudy. Nice view to the north of Anguilla.The resort was fully occupied resulting in a crowded beach and pool scene. We were packed in pretty tightly with the awful waking up at 6 a.m. to "save" a lounge chair / umbrella (you snooze, you lose). The staff is friendly and helpful but there is simply not enough of them. You need to search out a staff member for a glass of water, etc - not unusual to sit down for a meal and not have anyone offer you a beverage for ten minutes or more.The food was excellent, however - only dined at the buffet restaurants. The specialty restaurants require you to wait on line at approximately 6:30 pm to reserve for either the 6:30 or 8:30 seating. Despite trying twice to reserve for the later time slot, was always unsuccessful.The front desk is a disaster - old and tired looking, it is staffed by an inadequate number of personnel. Expect to wait an unacceptable length of time. Despite checking in at a reasonable hour (2:30 pm), we waited over 30 min to check in. The man behind the desk was a dour chap with a stained shirt (same shirt at the time we checked out). No smile. No warmth. No welcome beverage after a long journey. No bell staff to show us to our room or help with luggage.Once we got to the room (a suite on the marina canal) we noticed that there was no lounge furniture on the rear deck. Hoping to enjoy the quiet and canal view - we called the front desk having noticed that the other similar units had furniture. It took three days, daily phone calls, two visits to the front desk, and daily notes to housekeeping to have two chairs delivered.There are quite a few staff members who try their best. The food was better than average for an all inclusive. Unfortunately, that will be not be enough for us to return to this resort.

  • Jane M : Toronto, Canada
French, Fabulous, Fantastic

We spent our week continually commenting on how much we loved this place. The colours, the funky lobby, the friendly staff, our beautiful room overlooking the main gardens (third floor), the delicious food, the excellent bubbly, the gorgeous beach and pool. A two hour massage and facial in the spa was superb. Perfect weather. The breeze. I could go on. We were expecting a quiet scene and were so happy when the first thing we noticed was that almost everyone was reading. And that there was a bibliotheque near the pool. We were very impressed by the multilingual, gracious staff who tried everyday to make our experience the best it could be. Especially Fanny. This resort was a perfect fit for us. Yes, the trip over the mountain is a bit crazy and maybe this isn't the best choice for people expecting to do a lot of sightseeing because it is secluded. But this feature, for us, made it all that much more appealing. It was lovely to see families spending time together, couples relaxing and quite a few older couples feeling the love! You will find people who find fault with every resort. Traveling is an attitude! When you expect awesome, you find it. And we did. Thanks for a memorable holiday in paradise.

  • George K : Alexandria, United States
Great all-inclusive

We went here for our 30th wedding anniversary. Everything about the place was outstanding. Stunning location, excellent amenities, very good food (superb, for an all-inclusive). Staff was extremely friendly and helpful, room was spacious and immaculate, bed was extremely comfortable, beach was lovely. Only criticisms are very minor -- front desk had trouble providing us with an extra room key, road to hotel is a bit hair-raising in places and could use an upgrade, hotel is in a location that is fairly remote to most other attractions on the island. Overall just a terrific experience. I stayed at two other Riu Palace hotels and this one is easily the best of the three.

  • anne234 : Cambridge
Great place if you want a peaceful vacation

We like the Riu Palace hotels and weren't disappointed here. It is somewhat remote which makes it very quiet and peaceful. If you want nightlife and a town, it's not for you. The beach is amazing, beautifully sandy and perfect for those with kids. The pool looked very nice as well, we are beach people and don't use pools. And, bonus, no (gross) swim up bar where you see people sitting for hours and not getting out, if you get my drift. The buffet restaurants had great variety and were very good. Making an ice cream cone after lunch at the beach every day was perfect. Staff there are exceedingly pleasant. Would definitely go back. The nightly entertainment could use some improvement, it was pretty lame. For me, the only thing missing was an in house casino. Took a cab into Grand Case for dinner one night, which was fabulous, if you go try Oceans 82.

  • Wendy S :
Great Vacation

This is a really nice hotel for people who want to relax in a beautiful location. The place is small and in a nice secluded area, away from the casinos and hustle of the Dutch Side. If you want to take it easy and just enjoy the pool or beach this is the place for you. It is also really nice for families with small kids. It is in the middle of being transformed to the Riu standard, so it isn't perfect, but they are working on it. New facilities are beautiful, and the older ones are nice and clean. The staff are wonderful. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Mimi (!) and Mary, who were so quick and kind when my husband had a medical issue at the Steak House. They and the Assistant Manager were amazing. Rolinda - who dispenses the other kind of "medicine" from her cart by the pool was so much fun and very patient with all of us obnoxious tourists! Thanks also to Pepe at the lobby bar for looking after us so well, and to Ivan for having fun with us at show time! The food at the buffet was always very good - there is lots of choice and excellent quality. We had a great time!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 meals daily
  • 24-hour snacks and drinks (domestic beer and cocktails, selected international brands, house wine with meal)
  • Daily activities
  • Introductory to scuba lesson in the pool
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 258 rooms
  • 4 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • An expansive zero-entry free-form infinity pool
  • Private cabanas (fee)
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting facilities
  • Business centre
  • Free WiFi
  • PADI Diving/Watersports Center (fee)

Junior Suite, with balcony or terrace includes:

  • 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Satellite television
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee maker
  • In-room safe
  • Free WiFi
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bathrobes
  • 220 V
  • Garden or courtyard views
  • Maximum occupancy of 4

Superior Suite, includes same as above, with:

  • 2 Terraces - one with water view
  • Bedroom with 1 king-size bed
  • 1 double sofabed
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • Additional TV
  • Separate living area
  • Views to the marina, garden or courtyard 
  • Maximum occupancy of 4

Kids Deal - Children under 2 yrs stay and eat free. Children sleep in existing bedding and must share the room with 2 full paying adults. One adult traveling with one child, the child will then be considered an adult. A single adult traveling with 2 children, the 1st child will pay adult rate and 2nd child pays child rates.

For the Kids - Kids Club for ages 4 to 12. Babysitting available for a fee.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.


Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Palace St Martin
    Saint Martin,Saint Martin

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Hotel Riu Palace St Martin
BP 581, Anse Marcel 97056 St. Maarten-St. Martin

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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