PHILIPSBURG:--- The Largest Gaming Emporium and Duo of All-Inclusive Resorts on the Friendly Island— The Family-Focused Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, Casino Royale, and the Adults-Only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort — Received the Prestigious Award for Best Practices
On Friday, November 27th, Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten, the largest duo of all-inclusive resorts, which includes the family-focused Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa and the adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, and the largest gaming emporium Casino Royale, received a Platinum SafeSeal recognition of best practices in protecting its customers against COVID19.
SafeSeal is an immediately recognizable emblem for companies that are verified that they adhere to strict cleanliness and hygiene guidelines to counter the COVID19 pandemic. SafeSeal standards have been devised by medical and occupational safety professionals. Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten obtained the Platinum seal in the categories hotel, restaurant, and casino.
Before obtaining its Platinum Seal, Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten invested much effort into adapting to the challenges presented by the pandemic. All properties belonging to the resort are protected by an antimicrobial product, MicroShield 360. This product leaves a residual coating after every spray. The coating protects the guest continuously in between cleanings. It is EPA and FDA approved product that forms a covalent bond to all surface types. This is part of their PureCare sanitation program.
In addition, hygiene protocols are also in place for excursions as well. Tour operators serving the guests through its Nexus excursion desk have been asked to adhere to strict requirements.
SafeSeal’s methods and practices have been used to grant acknowledgment of best COVID19 prevention practices to approximately 1,700 companies in the Caribbean. For Sint Maarten, the checklists of requirements per sector have been validated to the published governmental guidelines on sintmaartengov.org, among other often more detailed parameters.
Vice President of Resort Operations and General Manager Mr. Jamie Lee is elated that the hotel company passed the Platinum SafeSeal certification, in various disciplines. “We can’t stress enough that our Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten team are putting all efforts into mitigating any risk at our properties. Emblems like SafeSeal help spread the word about proper guidelines being adhered to in the hospitality industry. In addition, it is worthwhile realizing for tourists that Sint Maarten has year-round warm temperatures with most activities taking place in open-air areas.”
"On behalf of the entire team, we are extremely proud that Casino Royale has received this prestigious award,” says Vice President Casino Operations and Maho Group Security Mr. Sergio Porcasi. “The safety of our players and members is paramount, and we look forward to welcoming them with the utmost confidence in our highest hygienic measures.”
Many tourists have over the past months enjoyed a flawless stay at both Sonesta Resorts in Sint Maarten and enjoyed Casino Royale’s membership program. Mr. Lee and Mr. Porcasi encourage more visitors to come back to their beloved ‘Friendly Island,’ as Sint Maarten is affectionately known, and Mr. Lee states further “Our Island is easily accessible from many major airports on the East Coast of the United States; we are ready to receive our guests again – in the most responsible way possible.”
By highlighting best practice companies, supporting organizations Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau, the Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association and occupational health company Medwork want to spread the word that Sint Maarten is making its best effort to be a safe destination. More information can be found at shta.com/safeseal or at stmaartenentry.com.