"Riu Palace in St. Martin"
This is a very unique hotel, secluded but not isolated, exclusive but not pretentious. It can only appeal to a small section of mass travelers, and has the potential to disappoint many others. What it offers is a great sandy beach, and a secluded bay. Access is only possible via a very steep hill (really steep, unless you live in San Francisco and you know about hills) and there is literally nothing in the location except the resort, a couple of other small restaurants, a water sports facility.. and that's about it. There are lots of things that the resort will need to fix, as it transitions from being Radisson Blue, including putting up a sign.... there is no Riu sign on the building, and you only know it is the Riu,, because there is nothing else. Food is acceptable, with buffet being the best option as the a-la carte restaurants are at best mediocre (either because of food or because of service). We had a marina suite, a true suite (not a junior one) which was excellent, with great view, well stocked bar, liquor dispenser and very convenient. Wifi was working well throughout and parking was free. But besides beach and pool activities, there is not much else to do, with resort entertainment being almost non-existent. This is not a mega-resort, definitely not a Riu Palace, but we had a great time because it offered us exactly what we were looking for: peaceful relaxation in a resort setting.
Traveller from New York