Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review: Best St. Maarten All-Inclusive Resort

St. Maarten/St. Martin is a beautiful Caribbean island and a great destination for couples and families alike! We wanted to stay in an all-inclusive resort and chose Sonesta Ocean Point Resort. We stayed for 6 nights in the Sunset Butler suite and had an amazing time! Keep reading for a full Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review

I was comped two nights at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and received a media rate for the additional nights in exchange for coverage, however, all opinions are my own. This site contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you.

About Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a 5-star, all-inclusive, all-suite adults-only resort in Sint Maarten. Located near Maho Beach, it sits on the edge of the westernmost point of the island and has 130 suites with incredible ocean views! 

Sonesta Ocean Point on Cliffside

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort sits adjacent to its sister property, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa which is more family-friendly. However, guests staying at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort also have access to the available restaurants and facilities at the family resort with the Stay at One, Play at Two program!

What does all-inclusive include?

“Does all-inclusive include alcohol?”… I got this question a lot, and yes it does! Here is everything included in Sonesta Ocean Point Resort’s All-Inclusive Rate:

    • Welcome drink and cold towel at check-in
    • All meals and snacks
    • Unlimited soft drinks, beer, wine, and spirits at all the onsite bars (plus room service)
    • Mini-bar drinks (restocked daily)
    • Wi-Fi in guest rooms and common areas (I was pleasantly surprised with how good the Wi-Fi was!)
    • Fitness Center
    • Concierge service
    • Pool service
    • 24-hour room service
    • Access to all available facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
    • All hotel taxes, utility, and service fees
Resort in St Maarten - Sonesta Ocean Point

What’s not included?

    • Serenity Spa services are an additional fee
    • Nexus Tours has an excursions desk located at the resort. All tours and excursions are at an additional fee
    • Tips. While not expected, they’re accepted and appreciated!

Getting to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

To get to Sint Maarten, you will fly into the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) – many major airlines fly here! From the airport, simply catch a cab outside and it’ll take you right to the front of the resort, and it’s less than a 5-minute drive.

Ps – for my Texas friends, starting in June there will now be a direct flight from DFW to SXM on American Airlines!

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review

Sonesta Ocean Point Suites

To start my Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review, we’ve got to talk about the suites! We stayed in the Sunset Butler Suite and as the name implies, we had an incredible sunset and ocean view! The rooms were nice and the bed was comfy. We had an ample size balcony that I definitely recommend you make use of, it’s so nice to sit out there with a morning coffee or mimosa.

Sunset Butler Suite
Sunset Butler Suite at Ocean Point Resort

Our suite had a giant bathtub and walk-in rainfall shower — which was the best shower I’ve ever had in a hotel! There was a separate closed room for the toilet which I always appreciate. It’s nice to be able to shower and get ready and someone can still use the toilet with privacy.

I still cannot get over this view from our balcony!!

They offer 11 types of suites, check them out here.

Butler Suites

We paid extra for the Butler Suite. Online it was advertised that they would basically handle everything for you, from booking onsite activities to arranging special requests, unpack your luggage, and many more. Dane, the butler we had on the first day was wonderful. We tried to use one of the others and didn’t find them as helpful and ended up having to book most things ourselves.

The Butler Suite also offers a bottle of wine every day in your room which was a draw for us… but in actuality, since the resort is all-inclusive, we didn’t really need it and weren’t in our room enough to drink them all!

In all fairness, we probably didn’t use the butler service as much as we could have, but it might still be a great option for you!

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review: Food and Drink

The resort has 3 à la carte restaurants and an additional five available to use at the adjacent sister property, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.

Azul Restaurant

The signature Azul Restaurant at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort was definitely our favorite! The menu changes every day for lunch and dinner and it has the BEST view! Azul sits at the edge of the cliff overlooking Maho Bay and Mullet Bay, — it’s incredible.

Azul Restaurant at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
Dinner at Azul Restaurant
Sunset at Azul Restaurant
Sonesta Ocean Point Azul Restaurant

Casa Blue

Directly above Azul is Casa Blue. They serve West Indian and Caribbean cuisine featuring light bites and drinks (we really liked the hummus). It’s a great place to grab a drink and or snack throughout the day. It also has one of the best sunset views in the place!

Casa Blue Restaurant
Casa Blue Restaurant

The Point Restaurant

We had dinner at The Point Restaurant one night and it was great as well! Our table was right on the edge and directly overlooked the water. They serve a five-course Italian menu and are only open on certain nights for dinner so I recommend planning ahead!

The Point Restaurant at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
The Point Restaurant View

Ocean Terrace

We had a buffet lunch at Ocean Terrace —  the main buffet restaurant at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. It was okay, but I definitely preferred Azul and The Point restaurants. The view was still lovely: 

Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Additional Restaurants

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort guests also have access to the restaurants at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. Although we didn’t get to try all of them, these were the others:

    • Palms Grill – offers al fresco dining with a variety of Caribbean specialties for lunch. In the evening it turns into the Lava Rock dining feature which lets you cook your own meal on individual hot volcanic stone plates! We would have loved to try this, but it’s only open on certain nights and it didn’t work with our schedule.
    • Ascot Pub + Sports Bar – offers pub fare and has lots of TVs for watching sports
    • Jing’s Kitchen – a gourmet Asian cuisine buffet
    • Napoli Pizzeria + Paninoteca
    • Maho Café – located in the Maho lobby that offers coffees, teas, pastries, etc.

Room Service at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

I highly recommend taking advantage of room service too! A lot of times I find hotel room service food isn’t as good, but that is not the case here! We loved ordering breakfast in the mornings and enjoying it out on our balcony!

Pro tip: if you want mimosas, order orange juice and a bottle of champagne instead of just the one glass 😉

Bars at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

There is no shortage of bars at the resort! Both pools have a dedicated bar service. Our favorite bar on the property was the Sunset Lounge + Bar. It has the best views on the property in my opinion! It doesn’t open till later, so I recommend grabbing a drink from another bar or room service and heading up there to watch the sunset at least once on your trip! The Sunset Lounge truly is gorgeous — even at night!

Sonesta Ocean Point Sunset Lounge
Sunset Lounge

If you’re lucky enough to have a firework show scheduled during your stay, this is THE spot to watch it from! Front row seats and an unobstructed view!

Pools at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

There are two exclusive pools at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, as well as the semi-private pool attached to the swim-out suites. The Point Pool overlooks Maho Beach and the bay and gives you a great view of the planes landing at the airport! There are also cabanas available.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review: The Point Pool

The Edge pool has its own little “beach” and was the more relaxing of the two in my opinion. It also overlooks the ocean and is right on the edge — as the name implies 😉

The Edge Pool - Sonesta Ocean Point
Edge Pool
Edge Pool at Sonesta Ocean Point

The Oasis is an additional pool at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort that is more family-friendly. We were specifically drawn to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort for its adults-only policy, so we didn’t really explore the Maho Beach side of the resort.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Beach

I had many people ask “does Sonesta Ocean Point have beach access?” and the answer is yes! It has direct access to Maho Beach. The water is beautiful and great for swimming. Just beware of the planes 😉 

Maho Beach at Sonesta Ocean Point

There’s also Mullet Bay Beach on the other side of the resort but that’s a 10-minute walk outside of the property and past Maho Village.

Amenities

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort has several other amenities in addition to the wonderful restaurants and pools.

Casino Royale has over 21,000 square feet of gaming, 400 slot machines, and bingo all day!

The Serenity Spa is located inside Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and offers a variety of spa treatments, including massages, facials, and more! There is also an outdoor massage package available at Serenity Point Gazebo which is perched on a cliff at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort with sea views.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Review: Serenity Spa

They also have a state-of-the-art fitness center, plenty of meeting and banquet space, and the ability to host weddings — how dreamy would it be getting married under this gazebo?!

Sonesta Ocean Point Gazebo

Even at night, this resort is stunning! 

Night at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

You can also book tours and excursions (operated by Nexus Tours) through the resort for an additional fee. We booked a catamaran and snorkeling tour and it was wonderful! They picked us up right outside the resort and dropped us off at the end of the day too.

Ocean Point Resort Catamaran Tour
Nexus Catamaran Sailing Tour

The packaged tours are exclusive to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort guests.

COVID Precautions

I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed with Sonesta Ocean Point Resort’s COVID precautions and safety measures. To get into St. Maarten in the first place you have to show a negative COVID test. Once we arrived at the resort, our temperatures were taken and there was ample hand sanitizer around the resort. In fact, you are required to sanitize your hands every time you enter one of the restaurants or bars. 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort also organizes your return COVID test. You simply have to go to the front desk the day before you need to get a test (usually a day or two before you check out), register, and then pay $65 each. The day of your test, you walk across the street from the resort into Maho Village and get it done real quick!

COVID procedures at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Pro Tip: Go a little before your scheduled time, the line gets pretty long but it moves quickly!

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Promo Code

For a limited time, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort has given me a promo code to share! Use code ONECHEL to save up to 50% off! All-inclusive rates start at $210 per person, per night at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and all-inclusive $128 per person, per night at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa! Welcome bubbly in your room for arrival! 

Booking instructions: To make reservations at the special rate visit our website sonesta.com/stmaarten and enter promo code ONECHEL while searching for the availability for your desired stay dates.

Traveling to St. Maarten/St. Martin - where to stay

Terms and Conditions: 4 nights minimum stay is required. Travel window: now through Sept 30, 2021. Booking window: now through June 30, 2021. For Sonesta Maho Beach Resort guests, standard children policy and discount applies to all age levels. Not combinable with $120 per person Covid-19 test resort credit. These rates are valid for individual travelers and are not combinable with any other promotion except as noted above. Rates do not apply for groups and are not eligible for any group concessions. Groups of 10 rooms or more are handled on an ad-hoc basis and must be booked via Group block and agreement; please contact sales@sonestastmaarten.com for more information.

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