Stayed at this "resort" on the Dutch side of St. Maarten and I'll have to say that part of my hesitance to rate it any higher may be impacted by the fact that many things in St. Maarten seem to have never recovered from Hurricane Louis in 1995.
First, signage to the resort is non-existent from the main street, but the directions provided on the website seem adequate. The studio apartment-like rooms have refrigerators, great A/C, room safes, tables with chairs, and a bistro table with two chairs on each covered patio. There is a pool with new lounge chairs with a bar adjacent to the pool overlooking the lagoon toward the French side.
Like other reviewers, there seems to be on going work on the facilities. We saw great improvements to the grounds while we were there (trimming plants, cleaning up palm trees, etc). I rated it as a 'hidden gem' simply because it is - or will be. GREAT location away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos. Great views of the French side overlooking the lagoon. Nice ocean breezes all day and night. Staff is friendly but can be non-approachable at times.
A few things to note about St. Maarten in general: Water pressure on the entire island comes and goes - as does electricity. Accommodations at The Summir Resort were nice if your standards aren't too high. It was great for us since we're hardly ever in the room anyway. The roads on the Dutch side are horrible - much better on the French side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful, clean, quiet property with a spectacular view overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Close to the best beaches, restaurants and nightlife on the island but tucked away with lots of privacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summit Hotel Cupecoy Bay
- Summit Cupecoy Bay
- Cupecoy Bay Summit
- The Summit Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Cupecoy Bay