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Royal Islander Club, La Plage & La Terrasse
- Address: Rhine Road #1, Maho St. Maarten-St. Martin
- Phone: 721-545-2388
- Fax: 721-545-2585
Ratings & Reviews
Fun convenient hotel on the Dutch side of the island. Close to casinos, restaurants. It's an informal family friendly place. It's by the airport so you can stand by the fence at the end of the runway for added excitement. There is shopping within walking distance. The units have full kitchens and the beautiful pool overlooks the beach.
First time staying here. We were in rooms 4204/4205. Our rooms were very clean and had everything you needed. This resort is right next to the airport but for us was not a problem. The pool and beach areas are very nice and well maintained. Plenty of restaurants in the area so you could eat somewhere different everyday and all within walking distance. Grocery store right across the street with anything you might need. My only complaint is that they want to charge you $50 a week for wi fi per phone. That being said I would still be willing to stay here on future trips.
The Royal Islander was built in 1986...and literally hasn't been updated since. If Vintage '80s architecture, style, and ambiance is your thing, than this is the place for you. The entire property feels dated and old. Speaking of old, the overwhelming majority of guests (80%) are 65yo+ in age. There were a plethora of canes, walkers and wheelchairs throughout the facility. The hotel caters to its clientele as well, scheduling daily senior activities such as morning walks and afternoon bingo (which was packed in attendance). There is no fitness center either. The location is in Maho Bay which, paradoxical to the hotel, seems to be the party center of St. Martin. Maho is where to go for the casinos and strip clubs on the island. Think run down strip malls with empty store fronts, boom-boom music, and Bud Light. The only good restaurant we found in Maho was a French place called Le Moulin Fou. Most of the food is cheap beachy fried fish/French fries and Mexican. The poolside restaurant at Royal Islander was extremely unappetizing. My fiancé had a turkey sandwich and the meat was of such poor quality that it was visibly disgusting to even look at. The "beach" at the hotel is almost nonexistent. There is a tiny strip of sand of variable diameter based on the tide and waves. At times it was nonexistent. It was interesting watching the planes land, which are extremely close and loud. The pool is huge, but again, very dated. The "hot tub" looks like it was purchased at Walmart and set up as a free standing structure with home built wooden steps to it. We were given the room by a distant relative who had a time share and found out we were going to St. Martin. So we decided to check out early and relocate to a different part of the island (Grand Case) that more suited our tastes and expectations. The elderly lady checking out in front of us was also leaving early...not because she was unsatisfied...but because her husband had fallen and broken his hip which required surgery. We kept wondering how the hotel remained in business without any updates...and how they received so many 4 and 5 star reviews on a site like this...because it was literally one of the most depressing places we have ever stayed. We compared rates and they were fairly similar to other places on the island. It wasn't like it was a huge discount. Our best guess was that it was built 30 years ago and was higher end for the island at the time. People also bought into time shares in the beginning as well. Couples and families must have continued to come back year after year, and have thus aged along with the property. It's probably a combination of happy old memories of the Royal Islander of yesteryear, having made friends there in similar situations to return to each year, being financially locked into a time share, not knowing what else is out there, and being too old to care about most of the things the majority of younger people would look for in a Caribbean vacation. My advice to anyone under 65 or anyone of any age looking for a quintessential Caribbean vacation in St. Martin is to stay far, far away from the Royal Islander.
Love this place have going for years, yes it needs to be updated but I'm always very comfortable here. Clean rooms and property always well maintained. Close to restarants and casino right across street. Watch planes land from beach.
We have two timeshares in this place and we LOVE it. We love the island, the food, the people, and the amazing views. We could change it up and go somewhere else, but we choose St. Martin EVERY SINGLE YEAR, and so it will be for a looooong time!
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