Sunny St. Maarten is a haven for vacation seekers with its beautiful turquoise water and friendly people. Its Dutch heritage adds a splash of culture to a vacation that many other islands cannot match. Once in paradise, it can be hard to decide where to stay, but luckily, there are hotels and resorts at all price points. Even better, you can redeem those hard-earned hotel loyalty points for a free stay and save your money for watersport activities, decadent dining or a duty-free shopping spree.
While you can always use flexible credit card points like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards points to pay for any hotel or residence, if you’re looking for where to redeem hotel points specifically, these are some of the top options for saving cash when visiting St. Maarten.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Close to famous Maho Beach (and with one of the most prized vantage points to watch planes famously descend above the shore), Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa offers value-packed, all-inclusive rates that help you get the most bang for your buck (well, points). It is a favorite for families thanks to its pools, beach area and numerous restaurants. A redemption night requires 40,000 points per night.
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, an even more upscale property on the beach, costs 50,000 Sonesta Travel Pass points for a free redemption night. As an all-suite, adults-only property, this is a quieter spot that is especially appealing to romance-seeking couples.
Atrium Beach Resort and Spa St Maarten a Ramada by Wyndham
Wyndham Rewards members can redeem 30,000 points for a stay at the beachfront Atrium Beach Resort and Spa St Maarten a Ramada by Wyndham. It has its own spa and casino for those that enjoy onsite entertainment, but is also within close driving distance of great shopping and offsite dining. The rooms here come with kitchen facilities making them a favorite of families.
Port de Plaisance Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
For 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points, you can find yourself sleeping on a private island with its own marina just off the shores of St. Maarten. Port de Plaisance Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is close to the French-Dutch border and has two outdoor pools, seven tennis courts and access to the beach.
Homes & Villas by Marriott International
One of the best kept secrets in travel is redeeming your hotel points for a villa or private home. Much like Airbnb, these are private luxury residences that feature amenities like kitchens, private pools, multiple bedrooms and living areas. Best of all, you can redeem (or earn) Marriott Bonvoy points for a stay. There are quite a few on the island providing more flexibility and choice for families or couples traveling together. A hotel room is great, but having a whole house to yourself is simply amazing.
With more than a dozen options on St. Maarten, your Marriott Bonvoy points just got even more valuable. Points rates for a two-bedroom condo start at around 50,000 points per night while a three-bedroom home starts at around 100,000 points per night. When you consider the redemption cost for a room at many properties, this is a startlingly rich way to maximize value from your hotel points and have the most spacious accommodations during your vacation.