Portofino aims to please with a Northern Italian menu and postcard-perfect views of the water Photo Credit @SonestaHotels


Bring Your Appetite to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (April 2022) – On the southernmost point of Sint Maarten overlooking  Maho Bay, adults-only, all-inclusive Sonesta Ocean Point Resort announces the debut of Portofino restaurant, offering a modern interpretation of classic Northern Italian specialties. Portofino is one of three chic, open-air restaurants exclusive to Ocean Point guests including the signature Azul Restaurant and Bluefin Restaurant + Bar.  Executive Chef Francisco Almonte and the culinary team continually strive to elevate and redefine the all-inclusive dining experience. From the use of vibrant seasonal and local ingredients and gorgeous modern presentation to capturing authentic international flavors and distinctive tastes of the Caribbean, every detail is thoughtfully showcased throughout all the resort’s gastronomic including 24-hour, in-room dining.

Ravioli at the new Portofino is nirvana for foodies and fans of Italian cuisine Photo Credit Sonesta Sint Maarten

Portofino offers intimate al fresco dining for guests overlooking azure waters, reminiscent of a charming Italian coastal village evoking nostalgia and romance, but in a distinctively sultry Caribbean setting. Highlighting a fresh take on Italian classics, example menu items include Carpaccio di Manzo, thinly sliced raw beef tenderloin with parmesan, arugula in a lemon vinaigrette to start, and as a main, Tagliatelle Frutti di Mare with scallops, calamari, shrimp and black mussels cooked in white wine and Napolitano sauce, immersing guests in la Cucina Italiana. Portofino is open for dinner only with an à la carte, five-course menu on select evenings throughout the week.

Azul Restaurant has become known for its sleek, signature architectural stature perched at the edge of a cliff overlooking Maho Bay featuring muted whitewashed interiors offset by pops of cerulean blue. The captivating atmosphere reflects the Mediterranean-inspired menu offering a range of tastes and dietary options from gluten-free and vegan like the Roasted, Honey Orange Glaze Duck Leg with red cabbage in a red wine reduction and Vegetable Paella cooked in Saffron, all made with seasonal ingredients and fresh vegetables. Azul Restaurant is open for breakfast every morning and offers daily changing menus for lunch and dinner.

Azul Restaurant and the Edge Pool are spectacualar at night Photo Credit Sonesta Sint Maarten

Bluefin Restaurant + Bar is located above Azul Restaurant boasting the best front-row views of the Caribbean Sea, neighboring islands, and Sint Maarten’s famed golden hour. This convivial venue serves a variety of casual light bites in the afternoon like hummus and pita, BBQ chicken wings and nachos complemented with a list of refreshing libations. For dinner, the venue embraces a healthy, poke-inspired culinary concept. Guests can start with Chili Shrimp Ragout Spring Rolls then choose from a variety of poke bowls like the specialty Crispy Chicken with Avocado Aoili, Soy Tuna or Teriyaki Salmon bowls, and build your own with a variety of proteins, toppings and bases including cauliflower rice or quinoa, all using sustainably sourced fish and fresh ingredients. Bluefin Restaurant + Bar is open for light bites and dinner on select nights.

All restaurants and in-room dining serve a variety of handcrafted cocktails and house wines by the glass, with a variety of options available from the Manager’s international wine list for an additional charge and an in-house sommelier available to offer wine pairing recommendations. The food and beverage program at the heart of Sonesta Ocean Point Resort continues to provide guests with a refined, relaxing, and unforgettable vacation experience.

For more information or resort bookings please call 800-SONESTA (223-0757), email: reservations@sonestastmaarten.com, contact your preferred travel advisor or visit www.sonesta.com/oceanpoint. Follow Sonesta Ocean Point Resort on Instagram @oceanpointresort and Facebook @oceanpointresortsxm, and download the Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten application on app on iOS or Android for more details.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a peaceful upscale adults-only all-inclusive vacation choice Photo Credit @bethbierema

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort embraces a contemporary Caribbean style, offering an adults-only, all-inclusive vacation experience while bringing style, luxury and outstanding service to Sint Maarten. Set in the most spectacular location with breathtaking views over Maho Bay, the 130 all-suite luxurious yet sustainable “resort within a resort” sits on the westernmost point of the island and features three  exclusive pools  including The Edge Pool with a zero-entry cliffside beach, four bars and three restaurants including the signature Azul restaurant and other resort amenities such as 24-hour room service and state-of-the-art fitness center complemented by exemplary service from personalized concierges and Butler service in the top 25 suite categories —all culminating in one of the most uniquely designed resorts in Sint Maarten and the entire Caribbean. Apart from the exclusive amenities at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, guest have full access to all services and facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa with five additional restaurants and bars, Serenity Spa with sauna and steam room, tour desk, Casino Royale and more than 24,000 square feet of meeting and conference facilities.