Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa
144 Oyster Pond Rd.
Phone: (599) 543 6700
On our recent, much needed, trip to the Caribbean, we planned to visit two islands, St. Maarten and Anguilla. Our flight from JFK didn’t arrive in St. Maarten until 4:30 or so, and based on the rumored “horrible traffic” on St. Maarten we didn’t want to risk trying to make it to the Anguilla ferry in Marigot before it stopped running for the day so we had planned ahead to spend our first night on St. Maarten and THEN go to Anguilla the next day for our 3 nights there.
The room we booked for our first night on St. Maarten was at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. This hotel is on the Dutch side of the island but very close to the border to the French side. The Dutch side of the island can be pretty crazy and congested (and can have VERY VERY bad traffic at times), but the Westin is nestled on an out of the way hill miles from the craziness. This resort sits right on Dawn Beach — there is no crossing roads or following meandering goat paths to get to the beach. We opened the veranda door in our room and here’s the view:
Ahh, what a way to start a trip. This is the sort of view I had been longing for!
The room itself was very similar to another Westin’s room that I stayed in a few months ago in Washington DC. The furnishings are contemporary traditional with a very comforable cloud of a bed and a spacious & bright (and quite large) bathroom.
The resort also had a spa, a small casino area with lots of slot machines, and a hot tub and infinity pool (both of which overlook the beach). On site, the Westin has 2 restaurants. We only ate at one of the restaurants– the more casual one called Ocean. We stayed at the Westin on a Wednesday night and every Wednesday night Ocean had a Pirate Night Seafood Buffet. I am not a huge buffet fan but this one was very good. There were huge platters of crab claws, shrimp, various seafood salads, soup, a BBQ /carving station and a ton of different desserts. Imagine pictures here that I took of the food but that my computer decided should no longer exist. *sigh* At first I was frightened by the “Pirate” in the buffet’s name…it gave me visions of waiters running around in pirate costumes hamming it up with lots of “Arrrr”s. The waiters (fortunately, IMO) were wearing black t-shirts that mentioned pirate night but there was no one dressed up like Captain Jack Sparrow….there WAS live entertainment though out on the covered patio where we were sitting. There was a steel drum band playing a mix of holiday music and pop favorites and then later in the evening there was a bit of a floor show with a fire dancer, a man walking on coals, and a small troupe of dancers. All in all the buffet was worth the $38 per person price tag. My husband was very impressed by the whole thing.
In the mornings, Ocean has a breakfast buffet which we also took advantage of the next morning. The breakfast buffet included an omelete station, assorted pastries, fresh fruit, eggs benedict, and other hot breakfast items. I wasn’t as impressed with the breakfast buffet as I had been with the seafood buffet. I did enjoy eating breakfast out on the patio with a view of the pool and the beach.
I give the Westin Dawn Beach Resort 4 out of 5 mangoes. I would stay there again if I returned to St. Maarten.