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“Belair Beach bliss” 4 of 5 stars
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Belair Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #5 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
Lindenhurst, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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“Belair Beach bliss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The location of this hotel makes it one of our favorites when we go to St. Maarten. Besides the fact that every unit is a suite, has a balcony and faces the ocean, and is literally right on the beach, we love its location on the island. It's only 5 to 10 mintues to Phillipsburg in one direction, 5 minutes to the grocery store, and 10 minutes or so to Simpson Bay and all the activity that goes on along the strip there. If you've never been to St. Maarten, and you are American, some things you might also be happy to know is that everyone speaks English, you don't need to change your money to their currency because the US dollar is accepted everywhere, and they drive on the same side of the road as us. We've been to islands where NONE of that is true! The only reason I don't give The Belair 5 stars is because it's one of the older and more established resorts, and not one of the newer more modern and fancy ones you may want or expect. They keep the grounds very clean, staff is friendly, food in their 1 restaurant on the water is very good, and they have simple but fun things going on all week. Their bar-b-que night with the steel band was great when we were there. Little Divi Bay is absolutely beautiful. Watching all the ships come and go from their main port in Big Divi Bay is another enjoyable sight that you'll see all week. If you have a chance to stay here, I don't think you'd regret it. And if you do, enjoy!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We try to make our home, your home away from home. Look forward to seeing you on your next vacation.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The Belair Beach Resort has a lot going for it: Located on Little Bay Beach, within walking distance to Phillipsburg, all ocean facing units, very private balconies, good restaurant, small but nice pool, reserved lounge chairs for your entire stay, well equipted kitchens, good air conditioning, good and pleasant service, and no sales pitches. Yes, the place is a bit dated and it is a time share condo place (which we were using) but we were very happy with our stay. The on site rental car and small general store (Jody's place) was handy. I would have given them a 5 star if the beach was worth it. The beach is "sandy" and has ferrous oxide (the black in black sand beaches) and a lot of silica too. I prefer pure white sand beaches derived from coral (they don't get hot in the sun). all that said, we'll return on our next trip to Saint Martins.

Room Tip: Upper floors have a better view
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
We are always happy when our guests go home happy and relaxed. The sand on the island is basically the same. The closest island that has the sand you are talking about is Anguilla. St. Maarten is centally located to many islands and you can take day trips there. Angulla is a great island to go to for the day (only a 20 minute ferry ride) and spend the day on Shoal Bay or Meades Bay. They are spectacular but you can't beat St. Maarten for shopping, touring, and of course EATING!! Have you tried one of our other 35 beaches?
See you next time.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

My wife and I went here for our 35th anniversary. Hotel is conveniently located on the BEACH!
If you are looking for high end place, this isn't it. but its CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, FRIENDLY AND SAFE! The restaurant on site is great!
Lorna at the excursion desk is the best!
Staff is on duty and keeps stuff up and well kept.
We stayed on first floor and literally walked out onto the beach in ten steps. Can't beat that.
Beach chairs and umbrellas each day. Monday night there is a party with great gifts, drinks and food! Lots of folks we met there had been coming for many years.

We will definitely go here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
You've said it all! Thank you. We look forward to seeing you next year!!
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Reston, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had been to the Belair Beach Hotel 10 years ago on our first tip to St. Martin. I guess our recollection of what it was like was as dated as the hotel.

Good things:
- Beautiful beach
- Excellent location, close to Phillipsburg, the airport, and the French side of the island
- The hotel was clean
- Good restaurant on site Gingerbread Café). Too bad the staff was indifferent AT BEST.

Bad Things:
- As I mentioned, we have been going to St. Martin for 10 years, and have never seen such an unfriendly staff.
- We had two bedrooms, unfortunately, the second bedroom wasn't even big enough to change your mind. Master bedroom was marginally adequate.
- Furnishings were the same as our first trip.

Room Tip: Not possible, all rooms are two bedroom "suites" with nothing to recommend.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are constantly renovating, updating and improving our resort. The furniture and everything in the unit has definately been changed at least once, if not more, since you were here 10 years ago but we keep the Caribbean flavor in the furnishings and atmosphere so you might think that it is the same, but it is not. If this is dated then so be it! The size of apartment was the same as it was 10 years ago well as all apartments are the same size. We have been complimented many times on the friendliness of our staff but it goes both ways. Not everyone likes the same things We are glad you enjoyed the beach and the location.
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Friendly staff, great beach and the best bbq in St. Maarten on Monday nights. Hotel is not fancy but rooms are kept very clean. The housekeeping staff does a wonderful job keeping the rooms clean. Beach chairs are assigned at the beginning of your stay which is great. Large terraces which all face the ocean. It was a tough week but someone had to do it so why not us lol.
Looking forward to a couple of weeks at Belair again soon

Room Tip: Views are better on the second floor and above. The first floor goes right onto beach so in my opini...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are so happy that you had a wonderful vacation. The majority of our staff have been here over 10 years and really care. That makes a world of difference.
We look forward to seeing you on your next vacation in St. Maarten.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had a 2 bedroom/2bath room at the Belair Beach Hotel April 20 - 27, 2013. The hotel check in was very quick & easy. The furniture is a bit outdated, but we expected that and it was fine with us. We were in Room 317 and had a gorgeous view of the ocean and were able to watch the cruise ships come in and out of port daily. We could actually see the island of Saba directly across from us. The only thing I could say that would have made this hotel a 4 or 5 star would be to get more comfortable beds. The master had a king size bed and the 2nd bedroom had a double, both were extremely uncomfortable. The furnishings are outdated, but I understand they are updating a little at a time. The café had good food and drinks. The store was very convenient (a bit expensive though). Overall, the four of us (2 couples) had a wonderful time at the Belair. I will say that out of all the beaches we visited, Little Bay was the best!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
You had many good things to say about the hotel. The only negative was the beds which is each persons individual taste. The mattresses are only 3 years old. Yet you gave us a 3? The furniture is caribbean style in bamboo and easy, just like the resort. Sorry you didn't say something to us when you were here about the bed. We might have been able to assist you. We certainly try to make everyone's experience a happy one.
We do hope that you will give us a try again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

The Belair allows you to enjoy St Maarten the way it use to be.
The only thing you overlook is the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Awake to the waves, watch as ships parade pass your terrace on the way to the harbor. The staff is friendly and really mean it when they say good morning. Your beach chair and umbrella awaits your arrival. If you are looking for all the luxury of home, the noise, the entertainment and the crowds, the Belair is not for you.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
You really have Belair Beach Hotel down pat! We are exactly as you stated. We are totalling Caribbean, decor, staff, etc. and we care about our guests. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
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Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
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Belair Beach Philipsburg
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