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Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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“Simpson Bay Resort Villas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I stayed at this resort in Sept. after Labor Day 2012 and this is my second time at this resort. They placed me in the "b" section of the villas. Check-in was quick and the receptionist was kind of pleasant and friendly, otherwise, the stay was great. My studio room was clean and for the 4 days I stayed I had a cleaning lady. Simpson Bay resort is near restaurants and bars. Not impressed with the Buccaneer Restaurant & Bar down the hill from the resort. If you want to eat local food (carib) check out the restaurants near the fish market over the bridge in town. It is walking distance and the prices is reasonable and good. The beaches
is unbelieveable beautiful. The Greenhouse is also down the road near the Buccaneer, food and drinks are good. Try their happy hour from 4:30 to 7 PM. St. Maarten is the way to go.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

just simply and awesome island, we stayed at the villas and the accomodations are fantastic, the cleaning people just give them a tip and you will have the most wonderful stay. The beach beautiful, eating breakfast at our balcony with simpson bay as background was just simply breath taking. We travel around the island and found some soul food in Phillipsburg at a very reasonable price how about $8 per person all you can eat, everywhere in the island you will find 2 X 1 happy hours, we visited maho beach and the reggae club just awesome, we also visited orient beach facing the Atlantic Ocean on the French side just gorgeous, we did not have one dull time. We snorkle twice, we jet ski, we banana boat. We dance all nite at a club by the beach really the background to your dancing was the actual beach so if you get drunk you can go take a swim and get well, we travel from 08/04/2012 until 08/11/2012 and it really hurt having to leave this island. We miss you all in Sint Marteen, but you found love from Fort Worth, Texas. Ray, Gaby and Nicky

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Simpson Bay is perfectly located ... 5 minutes from the airport and a 10 minute walk to some of the best restaurants on the island. Keep in mind, however, that the walk is up and down some killer hills! There is construction going on (they apparently do work on Sunday morning at 8 AM in St. Maarten), but we stayed in a room that had not yet been updated and it was still great. The hotel offers tons of activities so if you're around, definitely check out water aerobics and bingo. It's a fun way to spend some time at the resort itself. Our only complaints: we wish there was a guide or map in the room with the locations of restaurants and shops off the property. Also, the bed was incredibly uncomfortable. We're in our 20s, yet woke up each morning barely able to get out of bed with back pain. Overall, a great vacation location!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

My husband and I own 2 weeks at the villas and have been coming to Simpson Bay (formerly ) the Pelican for 9 years. We love the resort, the beach, the people and all of the restaurants within walking distance of the resort. Some restaurants we love are Lee's, Izzi's, The Greenhouse, the Boathouse, skipjacks and Jimbos. The Stone restaurant, right on thr property has a very unique dining experience..all food is served on a hot stone..awesome.. There is also a 15% discount on Tuesdays for guests of the resort. There is a free bus ride to Phillipsburg every Wednesday and Friday and a trip to marigot via a small boat across the bay is only 15.00 round trip. We have always found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The beach water is so calm and I just take my raft and float the day away. A secret gem is Alexanders', which is right above the Bon Apetite restaurant. All of the food is awesome and the prices are very reasonable...4 of us ate for $45.00.. The casino is small but alot of fun. The dealers are friendly and funny. We actually won!! I would reccomend Simpson Bay for anyone who wants a relaxing vacation....I love St. Marten and even though we just got back, we are alreday counting down to next year..

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Located in beautiful Simpson bay 5 min approx. from airport. Taxis readily available.
The resort is older, but they are in the process of renovating. August 2012 there was construction (mainly renovations to the older buildings) going on but it was isolated enough whereby it did not take away from or impede our vacation.
The resort is on a steep hill so if you have mobility issues it's a major consideration.
The resort has a narrow public road running through the middle of it. The traffic is light but enough where you do need to look before crossing the street.
There is a 50.00 timeshare tax, which you should budget for and will be charged at the end of your stay.
The beach and the pools are beautiful and well maintained with bars at all those locations. The beaches are technically public but the chairs, palapas, and umbrellas are property of the resort. Get their early if you want a good spot. The resort's beach staff is readily available to help with chairs and are worth tipping. There is a floating “ play structure” owned by Aquamania in the water which has slides, and swings but it is a paid activity. However, I guess because it was low season they didn't have staff at the structure so most guests just swam out and played on it anyway. Kayaks are available for use for you to take out into the water and it's worth the try in these calm waters. The first hour is free. Personally, we think the kayaks and play structure should be offered as a free amenity all the time.
If you trade into this place from your existing timeshare, using RCI or Interval, you will most likely NOT be put in the lower units near/on the beach but rather high on the hill. A current owner told us this and was supported by the fact that we requested the F building way in advance, with D as a second choice and we still ended up at the top. You can upgrade to their premium building, “the Villas” but that will cost you several hundred dollars EXTRA depending on the unit. A 2 bedroom upgrade was $595. We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit for our timeshare week and a 4 person studio for one night. Both in B building. 2.5 star room in our opinion.
The 2 bedroom is spacious. 2 baths, 2 bedrooms, a shared kitchen and dining/living area.
"Studio 4" as they call it sleeps four comfortably with a king bed and pull out couch. We were impressed with the layout because it has sliding paneled doors to separate the bed from the living area adding privacy when sleeping 4. Both units have a balcony or patio area, outdated wicker furniture, and is well-worn, dated but functional. A major plus was that there was plenty of storage space, something we found lacking in other timeshare trades.
The biggest negative was the cleanliness. I would say its towel clean. A deep cleaning is very much needed and we suspect a mold issue. We came back with a cold/sore throat, we think it was due to the air quality in the unit. The lower part of our 2 bedroom unit had a strong musty smell which took days to get rid of. We did encounter a roach or two, but they were dead.
WIFI is excellent with a strong signal in outdoor areas and weaker in rooms due to cement walls. Water from tap is safe to drink but has a different taste to it so we bought bottled water from the grocery stores and used that. There are some planned activities on site, such as movie night on the beach on Wednesday, bingo by the pool, and water aerobics. The kids really enjoyed watching the movie and being able to jump in the pool if they wanted.

The staff is great, very friendly, but the concierge doesn’t know anything. You would ask her a question, she would pick up the phone call someone and then hand you the phone so you could direct your questions to them. She had no recommendations on what to do or where to eat. No menus were available for reviewing or activity brochures (other than aquamania) were provided. The gym is nice and in the Villas, their newer building, but it will cost you 55 dollars for the week for a couple.

The Aqua marina is where you book your sea excursions (sailing, snorkeling, etc.) on site which is convenient and privately owned. Meaning you can't charge it to the room. We did the 3 hours snorkeling tour which was really like 2 and a half hours, but it was nice, on a small motor boat and soft drinks and light snack was provided. The snorkeling was great at Creole rock on the French side.
There are several restaurants on property where you can eat, but like Aquamania they are all privately owned, so you cannot charge your meal back to your hotel room. There is also a small deli/grocery on site where you can get incidentals but we recommended just walking a little bit more down the road to the market next to Burger King for more selection and slightly cheaper. (The only amenities you can charge to your room are the beach/pool bars and the gym.)
There are several restaurants with a wide range of food/budget choices within an easy 10 minute walk. Unless you plan on exploring the island, there is no need for a car. Most restaurants take MasterCard but AMEX is rarely accepted on the island. The only places that don’t take plastic are mainly the beach bars where cash is king. We paid in cash for the taxis to and from the airport. Did not have a problem cashing travel checks.
Restaurants we recommend (all within walking distance):
Jimbos: Tex mex, excellent ribs plus something called Mexican Sheppard's pie.
The Boathouse: salads, sandwiches, fish, meat, excellent, best meal all week. Drink prices are cheap too.
The Taste Factory: great for desserts. After 5 pm, you buy 2 desserts get the third free. We went there twice.
The Buccaneer Beach bar: Right outside resort property, great food, great atmosphere, on the beach, only takes cash. Go on Fridays and Sundays when they light the fire on the beach. This is a popular spot for locals.
Lees: Great food, Tuesday is 3 dollar Cuervo Margaritas!!!
Carousel: good for ice cream.
Just Okay:
Bon Appetite: On site, a little pricy for what you got but good food, serves all three meals. Most expensive meal we had all week.
Toppers: food okay, not worth the money for what you got.
Pineapple Pete’s: food okay, would not go back.
La Bamba: on the beach, just okay food. It was a "you get what you pay for" moment. Worth going to for just drinks and hanging on the beach at night.

We rented a car for one day, to explore some other beaches. You can rent one at the resort at a discount. It's enough to get around but a navigator to help the driver is recommended since streets are not marked well. We recommend Maho beach to watch the planes land and Mullet Bay which is beautiful. Both are on the Dutch side and within a 15 min drive from the resort. We went to Grand Case, which is nice but not worth the drive or hype to the French side for us. If you want chairs you have to eat at the restaurant on that part of the beach. I do hear the food is outstanding and cheap but since we are not big on eating midday, this was lost on us. We drove through Marigot but it was in the morning, off season, and most of the shops were closed. On top of that parking was extremely difficult so we did not stop.

Mosquitos!!! This is an island issue in general. We mostly got bit in the evening and they are especially abundant near any plant or tree and under restaurant tables. The oil based repellant they sell locally works very well but put it on outside because the citronella smell is very strong and lingers.

Would we go back to this resort? Yes, we don’t have a problem with mobility and are not 5 star people. But before we go back we would probably want to sample another location on the island.

Room Tip: Go for a least a one bedroom. The studios seem to have the most issues.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

If I have any advice it is to upgrade to the villas for a small price of I think $400 but well well worth it! We upgraded after reading reviews and were so happy we did! I believe all villas are ocean views and are very roomy.... the pool here at the villas was super nice with a pool bar... We loved the beach, although you do have to walk a bit to get there it was well worth it!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I just got back from a weeks stay at the Simpson Bay Resort. After reading reviews on TA, we werent sure what to expect. We booked through my in-laws timeshare (Interval) and once we arrived and were given our room (in the M building) we instantly knew we were going to upgrade to the villas. The older rooms (we were given effeciency with full kitchen) are very dated and the $450 to upgrade was absolutely worth it! We got a much nicer room with an awesome view of the pool and ocean. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, pots, wine glasses, etc.. The resort gym was pretty nice, new equipment, however, there was an unexpected fee of $10 perday/ per couple or $55 for the week. The resort itself is OK,we would give it a 3.5 out of 5 at best. The villas are nice and not a far walk from the beach. Resort does not have ANY entertainment, but there is plenty of bars/restaurants/and even a lounge within walking distance. Resort staff are friendly and helpful and were happy to give recommendations on things to do and places to go.

RESTAURANTS: Bon Appetit on the property- great coffee and pastries, nice staff. The Stone on property- We heard wonderful things about this restaurant and we were not impressed at all. My husband and I both ordered a steak that was overcooked. Pricey and not worth the $$. Grilled Carribean Flavors- walking distance from the resort- DELICIOUS. Best curry goat ever!!! Skipjacks and Lees Roadside grill- next to Carribean flavors- both very, very good. Live band at Lees and Skipjacks little more $$$ but good!!! For those looking for late night food- ABus located at the mall/movie theater next to the resort - open very late, cheap, and good. There is so much good food withing walking distance. Food was one of my favorite parts of the trip. DELICIOUS =)

NIGHTLIFE- Prive is located next to the Market Garden near the resort. Its a hookah bar/lounge. We went there twice. Nice if you just want to have a few drinks and listen to music. Not too crowded. Nice view. Bliss- In Maho, nice club. Miami feel. Great music. Def recommend. Tantra- OK. Nice club, ok music. Lots of younger kids though. (We are 30) La Bamba- Tuesday nights- FUN FUN. Latin music, live band.

THINGS TO DO- Unfortunately, we did have some bad weather durng our vacation thanks to Tropical Storm Ernesto, so we didnt get around to doing everything we wanted but here are just a few of our top recommendations:

Pinel Island- a MUST SEE. Interesting ride getting there, but definitely worth the trip. You have to take a short ferry to the island ($7 round trip). BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL.

Prickly Pear- We booked a day trip through Aquamania on the TAngo ($95 pp). Fun day. Gorgeous beach, delicious lunch, and fun crew. My only complaint would be that we would have loved more time on the island. Day went by too fast.

Good Life Spa- On the day with the worst weather, my hubby and I made a spa day out of it. We purchased the couples bliss package and forgot all about the bad weather. We had Veronika and Gabriel for our masseuses and thought they were wonderful. Best massage I've ever had! Very romantic package complete with couples bubble bath and champagne. Definitey recommend to any couples looking for a romantic time during your vacation!!!!!!

Overall, this was a wonderful vacation. Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is in a perfect location. Friendly island, beautiful beaches, and great food. We would absolutely come back to this resort, but would only stay in the villas.

Room Tip: Villas are the way to go. Rent a car and drive around the island. The steep hills are an adventure!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is ideally positioned on the beach, midway between the island's most popular night spots and shopping. Fine Restaurants abound to tempt your pallet, jewelry stores to browse through plus a car rental conveniently located in the lobby and an activity center makes it easy to plan excursions to dive/snorkel spots along with a variety of water sports. ... more   less 
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