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The New Sonesta Ocean Point Resort To Debut As Premier Five-Star Property In St. Maarten

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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With a soft opening in the fall 2014, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort will be the premier five-star, all-suite property in St. Maarten, bringing a new brand of style, luxury and outstanding service to this stunning Caribbean island. Ultra-luxurious yet sustainable and set in the most spectacular location, the “resort within a resort” sits on the southernmost point of the island, adjacent to the legendary and iconic Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.

The property is the first phase of a massive redevelopment of the hospitality offerings of the famed Maho area of the island, which includes the destination’s largest casino, various high-end real estate products, retail, and the four-star Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. More than $25 million USD will be invested in total, with the creation of the 129-room resort being the high point, resulting in chic design, a stylish sensibility and every amenity today’s modern traveler has come to expect.

“Sonesta Ocean Point hails as the destination’s most exciting hospitality venture to date serving as a paragon of the luxurious, limitless, all-inclusive resort concept,” said Saro Spadaro, President and CEO of The Maho Group. “This resort was developed with a very strong vision. One that was complemented by a team of architects, project managers and stylists who worked tirelessly to create what will be one of the most sough after resorts in the entire Caribbean.”

Blending contemporary design with a Caribbean vibe, the resort evokes a chic, inviting atmosphere from the public spaces to each of the spacious accommodations ranging from the 480 square-foot Junior Suite to the lavish 2,600 square-foot Luxury Penthouse. Modena Italy’s porcelain floors play host to custom-designed furniture made with certified, plantation-farmed wood accented with northern Greek marble, while innovative lighting concepts come together for an effect that effortlessly maintains both a modern edge and the Caribbean’s laid back allure.

Exclusive to Sonesta Ocean Point guests, the resort features three pools including The Edge infinity pool with private beach on the cliff, the Swim Out pool connected to the namesake suites, and The Point Pool; three bars and lounges including the Sunset Lounge & Bar, Azul Rooftop Bar and Martin’s Bar, the contemporary lobby café and bar. Other resort amenities include the Mediterranean-influenced Azul restaurant; private concierges, 24-hour room service; an in-resort Wanderlista concept store featuring carefully-curated resort wear and accessories from around the world; and other resort exclusivities on offer such as intimate gazebos, private cabanas, dedicated open air wellness area and an on property organic garden.

Accommodations
The 129 spacious ocean view suites feature a light, fresh and invitingly warm color palette of sublime sand accented by accessories reflective of the aquamarine sea. A team of international architects and designers meticulously designed each piece of furniture, giving way to a sleek, airy, and comfortable sensibility. From the 480 square-foot Junior Suite King to the lavish 2,600 square-foot Luxury Penthouse, Sonesta Ocean Point boasts several room categories to suit any taste, including the enticing Swim Out Suites, allowing guests to relax and conveniently swim from their private terraces into a swimming pool lines the entire frontage of the resort.

All accommodations include luxurious 400-thread count cotton bedding, Modena Italy’s porcelain floor and Greek marble bathroom, rain and hand held shower heads, bathrobes and slippers, lighted make-up/shaving mirror, designer bath toiletries, flat screen TV with US and international satellite channels, free wireless internet, mobile device USB charging station, wireless connect music player, electronic in-room laptop size safe, mini-fridge stocked with premier liquor, water, beer and sodas, Lavazza espresso and hot beverage machine, and private balcony or terrace with outdoor furnishings.

Restaurants, Bars & Lounges
Sonesta Ocean Point’s signature restaurant, Azul, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing a gorgeous and inviting indoor and outdoor atmosphere reflecting the blue Caribbean Sea. The high-end Mediterranean menu, takes guests on an inventive culinary journey with creative interpretations of authentic Greek, Spanish, North African, French and Italian specialties. Chef Marc Innocenti’s dishes reflect his experience working and traveling the globe, evoking a discipline of fine standards, enviable experiences, and trendsetting presentation. Fresh vegetables from the resort’s organic garden are incorporated into the dishes, enhanced by grilled fare and seasonal ingredients, accented with exotic spices. A full à la carte buffet breakfast and lunch feature top quality products, exotic fruits and customized juices. Dinner is a full, à la carte menu and the restaurant’s wine list highlights both Mediterranean and New World wines. In room dining is available with 24-hour room service.

The oceanfront Sunset Lounge & Bar is located on top of the west end of Ocean Point offering sweeping 360-degree views of the ocean and property, a perfect spot to catch the sunset while socializing with specialty cocktails in hand.

The contemporary lobby café and bar, Martin’s Bar, features custom-designed furnishings, plantation-farmed wood accents, making this lobby bar an ideal place to unwind after traveling or to serve as a central meeting point for guests. Martin’s Bar offers a sense of place to savor the moment with a delicious morning coffee, afternoon espresso or evening cocktails.
Located atop of Azul restaurant, the Azul Rooftop Bar will open for special functions wedding reception and private events.

Resort Amenities
The three resort pools and private beach are exclusive to Sonesta Ocean Point guests. The Edge Pool, seamlessly blending into the horizon, features comfortable sun beds with cabanas and umbrellas. The Point Pool features a stone deck with beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas overlooking Maho Beach and the Swim Out Pool, which is connected to the Swim Out Suites, meanders along the frontage of the resort.

Intimate gazebos will pepper the property offering romantic nooks for dining, massages and yoga. A nursery in the rear of the resort will play host to a garden where the resort’s chef will select fresh ingredients for that day’s menu selections, while a dedicated wellness area will offer simple but intuitive massage treatments, yoga and other methods.

Embracing the art of travel through culture and style, Wanderlista curates the world's best-kept secrets for concept stores in hip outposts around the globe. At Ocean Point, the Wanderlista boutique will feature carefully-curated resort wear and accessories offering a unique shopping experience in this duty-free hub. From small, emerging designers, to soon-to-be cult brands from the UK, France, Italy, Brazil, Greece, the Middle East and beyond, the ever-changing products will offer both men and women style and substance. An advance online-shopping option will also be available so guests are able to travel without luggage and have their entire wardrobe waiting for them in their suite.

Apart from the exclusive amenities at Sonesta Ocean Point, guests have access to all services and facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino with five additional restaurants and five bars, Serenity spa, sauna, fitness center, a tour desk, four tennis courts, Casino Royale, and Tantra nightclub.

Meetings & Weddings
Located throughout a ten-acre oceanfront location, numerous venues to host weddings include the beach, a wedding gazebo overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the spectacular Azul Rooftop, exclusive to Ocean Point guests. Sonesta Ocean Point also features 24,000 square feet of renovated, eco-friendly meeting and conference facilities for business and social occasions accommodating up to 1,000 people.

The new Sonesta Ocean Point Resort continues the same smart hospitality, philosophy, stellar service, and all encompassing limitless all-inclusive offerings that its sister properties, the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and the adults-only Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, have established with its loyal and satisfied clientele from all over the world.

With the addition of Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, Sonesta further expands its collection of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests – offering a sense of place, not just a place to stay. The tranquil Caribbean vibe and picturesque settings are enhanced by the authentic hospitality that Sonesta brings to guests of each of its properties.

For more information on Sonesta Ocean Point, call 1 800-SONESTA (1-800-766-3782) or the resort’s direct number 1-721-545-3100 or www.oceanpoint.com. Follow @oceanpointsxm on Twitter, on Facebook/Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and on Instagram @oceanpointresort

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