Surprised they had the money to pay to get on that list, as those things are most often 'pay to play' situations. Interesting it doesn't cite terribly good reasons in support of their conclusion.. The rooms are colorful and they are on the beach. Big deal. There are several other small hotels even on SXM, that are much better than El Zafiro, in my opinion. How about Beachside? How about Horny Toad? How about LE PETIT?? Le Petit is routinely agreed to be one of the best hotels on SXM.