My wife and I spent the week of June 15th -June 22 at the Belair Beach Club. We are timeshare owners and read a great deal before we arrived so we feel our expectations were in line with the service and quality that we received from the Belair.
From day one with our pick up at the airport by Starlite Car rental through to our last day lounging on the beach awaiting our catamaran charter we received friendly service with a smile and laugh or two ..
We emailed "Jody's Store" ahead of our trip and arranged to have our room stocked with some staples for the week . Milk, cereal, cheese, eggs, fruit, beer, bottled water, diet pepsi ...more beer :) etc. (Note: the prices are high. We spent about $300 bucks. An apple cost $3 USD and a case of Carib was $24 USD). But we didn't do this to save money, we did it for convenience and it was done beautifully , Thanks Jodi's staff! It was great to walk in the room. drop our bags and twist off the top of that first cold beer on the balcony. The staples lasted the whole week and we really enjoyed not having to go figure out where the nearest grocery store was located.
We rented our car from Starlite which is headquartered at the Belair . We were picked up at the airport and driven to the Belair. At the end of our stay at the Belair they gave us a ride to the Marina where we caught our sail charter. I got the little Isuzu I10 which is basically a roller-skate with an engine and found it was all we needed. Remember.... what Americans call a driveway the Caribbean calls a highway. You want something small and nimble and speed is not an issue . If ever reach 45 mph (73kph) on a small Caribbean island, you are probably getting ready to see your life flash before your eyes. One day we had a tire that was low on air and they repaired it with no problems. Another day we left a light on in the car and drained the battery. Our fault totally. "No Problem Man",,,, they gave us another car to use while they charged it up . Thanks Kevin! :)
We stayed in room #317 . The room was clean and roomy and the view from the room was great. All appliances and plumbing worked as expected, although the hot water was not as hot as my wife likes!
The first thing to do when you get to the beach is to find the "Fish Hat Guy". He will reserve your chairs and umbrella for your stay and he is also the guy that issues daily beach towels.
The Gingerbread Bread is the bar/restaurant/sporting news outlet located on the resort. Rufus was our bartender and happy hour maestro. Brenda and Myrtle also work there and ensure good service and a very friendly experience. Best meal at the Gingerbread was the pan fried grouper on seafood night and the ribs on BBQ night. Happy hour starts at 4pm daily, 2 for 1 specials till 6. They ring a bell at 4 and everyone comes running!
We planned to skip all orientations and timeshare activites simply because we have been traveling with our timeshare for years and we have been through many pitches. I will say this, no one ever asked to make a presentation. We were waiting, we were prepared to be polite and say "thanks, but no thanks"... but no one ever mentioned timeshares. This sold me on RCI and the Belair more than anything else . They just "let us be" and enjoy ourselves....many thanks !!
Activities : We are active......we snorkel, hike and tour. But on this trip we used the Belair as a base to explore the island. We would ramble about to a different beach or beach bar every morning. Our number one activity at the Belair was reading on the beach and propping our feet up during happy hour. There are Jet ski rentals in between the Belair and the Divi . We watched many folks blasting off on their new favorite toy :). While talking to fellow guests we learned that the diving in front of the Divi is awesome. There is a sunken submarine and a sunken helicopter and an aquatics center there where you can rent snorkeling gear.
Best place to eat near the Belair: Pineapple Pete's. The Lobster thermador is awesome.
We also enjoyed "Cheri's" in Maho which has a floor show that is a hoot, good food and cold beer.
Favorite beaches : Mullet Bay (and Sandy's Snack shack ( it think )) , Dawn Beach ( in front of the Westin ) and Maho ( near the airport ) Orient Beach for the adventurous adult and La Galleon for family oriented beach life (very shallow).
The Belair is not the St.Regis or La Sammana. If you go there with the intention of being "served" constantly then you will have a negative experience. Howver If you go to the Belair with a smile you will get one in return. It is clean and "homey", the views are awesome, and "Caribbean time"" is the regimen. And we would definitely return.
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