Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten is a collection of two stunning oceanfront, all-inclusive properties — the fun-for-all-ages Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa and the luxury, all suites adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.
Located minutes from the airport, beaches, nightlife, shopping and Casino Royale — the largest gaming emporium and theatre on the island featuring slots, tables, sporting events and FREE weekly shows with guest comedian entertainers from the US, Vegas and cruise circuits — Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten sits at the heart of the duo-nation island’s entertainment district Maho Village.
A destination within a destination, both resorts boast spacious accommodations, a variety of dining options and bars, multiple pools, an array of indoor and outdoor wedding, events and meeting venues, state-of-the-art fitness centers with active and well-being programs, Serenity Spa, and lively entertainment. Coupled with upgrades, celebration packages, and unparalleled service, an unforgettable vacation experience awaits @sonestahotels
Finest Playa Mujeres – Everything a Family Could Ask For
Junior suites with private pools, waterslides, ice cream bars, children’s pool with slides and a playground to kids’ clubs for different ages, a game room, kids’ theater, daycare center, mini-disco, and kids’ spa areas.
At Finest Playa Mujeres, luxury and enjoyment for the whole family is the theme that is well carried through all the resort’s facilities.
Aqua Bar (swim-up bar that caters to families) – on the opposite side is adults-only bar
The kids’ club was a truly impressive area, with different levels of programming for various age groups. So many kids were taking part in different activities, and the kids’ facilities were so entertaining, I could see why this area would easily be a favorite spot for any child/teen (I kind of wanted to get on the water slides myself!)
During our inspection, the kids’ club staff dramatically appeared aboard a pirate ship and rushed ashore in a play attack on the beach, giving everyone an idea of the types of children-play-interaction they include at the kid’s activities. (We liked that the kid’s clubs differentiated by age groups: (Mini Club for kids 0-6 – for kids under 2 parents are required to attend children under 2 years in the water), Maxi Club for 7-11, and Teen Club for 12-16 years). Each area offers specialized programs and indoor areas that cater to each age range. There are also two pools just for kids – a paddling pool for the infants and a pool with water slides and play structures for older kids as below).
The zipline and climbing wall at the children’s/teen’s play area are truly great, and there are video games to and supervised snorkeling near the beach. There’s also a great kids plaza, the mini spa was a treat for those Mom’s and Dad’s that like their kinds to have a bit of pampering too! Finally a mini theatre with dedicated family fun movies to round out the array of family-centric activities.
The Finest Club Family Suite accommodates a family of five comfortably, with a king bed for the parents and two singles for the kids in their own separate bedroom. Think of these accommodations as more like your own private apartment than a hotel room. The rooms follow a clean, IKEA-like simplicity, with well-appointed bathrooms, and double vanities.
At Finest Playa Mujeres, the family vacations focus on Quality Time for the family as a whole, while also allowing for parents to have some downtime, if they choose.
While guests don’t usually spend a great deal of their vacation in their suites, the rooms were definitely of a size that a family of up to 5 persons, definitely wouldn’t feel cramped. Finest Playa Mujeres junior suites are a minimum 800 sq. ft., and family suites feature a separate bedroom with two beds, giving everyone enough space.
There are rooms with private pools for just your family, and others with swim-up area from the main pool, and a hammock to lounge in. Both were sumptuous and relaxing.
Private plunge pool rooms at Finest Playa Mujeres
Swim-up rooms at Finest Playa Mujeres
For parents, alone time constitutes the myriad of options for adults while the kids are having a ball. That could be relaxing by the pool or beach bar – with waiter service included – or taking advantage of a wide variety of watersport options. It could be enjoying a premium brand cocktail, or being pampered with a luxurious spa treatment.
Spa Treatments and Day Spa Services offered by the “One Spa” by Finest Playa Mujeres range from simple mani/pedi treatments to full day passes to the full hydrotherapy area where you’ll immerse yourself in tranquility and renewal through a guided experience that harnesses the healing powers of water.
Children’s Spa services at Finest Playa Mujeres
Section of the Hydrotherapy Spa at One Spa – Finest Playa Mujeres
Finest Playa Mujeres offers together-time options like family-friendly spa treatments, live entertainment and group classes as varied as cooking and introductory scuba. There are lovely palapa sun loungers and beds (thatched palm-covered, airy structures as below) for couples or families to enjoy and wile away the day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Finest Resort and would highly recommend this property to any family looking for a laid-back, upscale stay.
These days, everyone seems to be overworked. No matter how much work we do, there seems to be no end to the onslaught of tasks filling our days. People call our offices pleading, “get me out of here, I need to de-stress! So, it o it comes as no surprise that many people continue to appreciate the totally uncomplicated nature of the All Inclusive Vacation package. Choose your resort, pay your fee, get on the plane and head off for a week or two of blissfully stress-free (usually) vacation time. We all deserve it!
We like to refer to All Inclusive Vacations as the Perfect ‘Stress Vacuum!’ (Can I copyright that?)
The biggest decisions to be made once at the All Inclusive Resorts are:
– what time should we eat
– which restaurant should we choose each day/night
– should we take excursions off resort to see some of the local culture, and history?!
Ok, ok! These are not really the most stressful decisions any of us has had to make in life!
As world travelers, we fully realize that there are travel styles and trips that fit every traveller’s different needs at different times. Families with small children require family-oriented properties or a vacation pace that allows the child to wander, at their own pace. Naturally family-oriented travel caters to a very different clientele than adult’s only resorts, or adventure travel vacations.
The same goes for the All Inclusive Resort vacation – it fills a specific need. Sometimes we want a very relaxed pace, and truly zen-like vacation, while other times we crave full in-depth immersion into every aspect of a new and unique destination’s culture.
You can wake up at 6am and run the beach or get your daily workout in, before you commence a day of reading on the beach, or wake up at 11am and JUST nip to the restaurant in time for a late breakfast.
Or you can sleep in. Ahhhh sleeping in! Almost every mother’s dream vacation!!
Ahhh the restorative properties of a proper amount of sleep.
That’s the beauty of the All Inclusive Vacations – your time is truly your own! For the duration of your stay, you’re not waking up early to scrape ice off the wind-shield (yes, we do love Canada, and its cold weather), nor are you having to allow your car extra time to heat up before driving to work.
An important and noticeable change that’s evident from the original pre-packaged, one size fits all All-Inclusive packages, is that there are now many different types of All Inclusive Resorts to choose from.
Resort properties now offer top-notch, ‘gourmet-inclusive’ ultra-luxury properties which run well over $1000/night, to multi-generational family resorts, where both the elderly members of your extended family, as well as toddler’s and young teens alike, can each find something to do that is interesting. As well, there will always be your more basic “sun and beach and meals” type all-inclusive quick & easy resorts, which tend to run anywhere from $700-900/7 nights (budget) to $1500-$2000/7 nights (moderate to up-scale resorts).
There remains something for everyone’s budget within the realm of All Inclusive vacation packages. And the ultra-all-inclusive luxury resorts are truly some of the best properties I’ve seen and experienced in my life in terms of stellar properties, amenities, stylishness, amazing food choices and services.
So…isn’t it time to start planning YOUR Stress Vacuum vacation?
We’ve been to many resorts and destinations in the Caribbean, and the around the world (did you know there are All-Inclusive resorts in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and more?!) We can give you some great recommendations!