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The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Billy Folly Road No. 37A, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lawrence, NY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Just returned from 5 days at the Villas (the Villas are only a part of the resort, made up of several large buildings with 6 pools on the entire resort--some way too far to be practical). . Background: We're a middle-aged couple and brought our two children, their spouses and one baby each. We were in a one bedroom suite ant the two young couples in junior suites.We had a problem finding the entrance to the complex. Check-in was typical US style; staff cooperative and informative. Of course, timeshare presentations were pushed by the concierges, although not by desk staff. Desopite our refusal to attend, Javier and Diego were quite pleasant and free with information and directions as necessary. There was a problem getting cribs into the rooms but this was handled immediately and successfully--requiring dismantling the cribs and reassembling in the rooms. The rooms were spacious and well-appointed--not archaic in any way, with pleasant art and TVs in the living room and bedroom. The kitchens had full service for 6. Note to strictly kosher travelers: There are 2 supermarkets in reasonably close driving distance (maybe 3 minutes) which have many kosher items, including Recanati wine. Produce is best bought roadside. There are several shops and restaurants within the complex. Prices for groceries are somewhat higher than in the US. Kosher travelers: Bring your own meat and side dishes. The Peli-Deli has water, liquor and other stuff if you don't want to go to Le Gourmet Marche or Market Garden..
The Villas are not exactly beachfront although the beach is about 1 block away down a bayfront path. Towels readily available, exchanged once daily. The airport is visible across the bay and there was no plane noise to speak of. You can swim in the bay in a marked off area. Some guests snorkeled there, about 50 feet about and were amazed to see tropical fish and a grouper.
Aquatic activities were on-site, including excursions for scuba, snorkeling etc.
Pool with swim-up bar, lit at night and clean.Bartender most of the day and very cooperative. There was a lot of musical noise from a "concert" on the northern side, outside of the resort, on Sunday evening. Once in the room with balcony door closed, not a problem.
Balcony was spacious. Place was clean. Housekeeping daily, cleaned OK and left room neat.
Rent a car if you plan to explore. Distances are not far but take main roads if you don't want to go up steep mountain grades. Views are magnificent.
In short, would easily go back.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Las Vegas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Got a 2bdrm suite online 4 nights less than $800. Stayed in 312 a/b, connecting room with lots of room for kids and privacy for Mom and Dad. Great view, nice amenities including maid service and full kitchen. You'll need a car if you stay here (or most anyplace else on the island). Great snorkeling Little Bay, enjoyed Phillipsburg, Marigot and Grand Case. Will return and will stay here again. With 2 Q beds, 2 Murphy Beds, couch and Master bdrm, could sleep a big group.

Room Tip: Choose main building where reception is, great views of harbor.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed at the Villas from 8/6-811. Three of us- a one bedroom marina view suite on the 6th floor with the two murphy beds was just fine. The room was fine- a little outdated with regards to the furniture and TVS. Appliances in the kitchen too- outdated. But cleaning services came everyday and we have no other complaints about the room.

I do have complaints about the whole timeshare tour. Not sure how some folks got out of it, but I found them to be nagging and annoying. From the minute you check in, they sit you down with your "concierge" who tells you about the property and invites you to lunch. A tour that is suppose to last one hour lasts more than three. It was beneficial though, for the $100 credit and to see the timeshares because some are substantially nicer and apparently you can request to stay in those if you just want to book a vacation through the 1800 number. They are just not marina front properties, which is no biggie to me.

My next complaint is about the "free" breakfast at Alexander's. It was a joke, for the most part. The food was ok, but the options were few and the service was horrible. There was only one person working on most days and she was not in any rush. Didn't try any of the other restaurants but honestly, none looked appealing. None. You are better off going out of the resort for food.

I liked the location of the resort because it was central, but I didn't like the location of the beach. The pool was ok. So was the gym. All in all, this is a 3 star resort at best. I might stay again, but only if I stay in the renovated time share units across from the marina.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband and I just returned from our vacation at the Villas and feel there were positives and negatives.

Our villa was a renovated one-bedroom and overlooked Simpson Bay-could not have had a better view. The unit itself was well-appointed and all the amenities were great. The balcony wage huge!

Management’s response to any issues was immediate and very satisfactory-and issues there were-one with our safe taking over 2 hours to be fixed upon our arrival and one due to our getting an adjoining room which we did not request. The units are generally not well sound-proofed and we spent many nights listening to the people in the units above ours moving their chairs around, etc. There are always some ups and downs-things happen-and I am of the firm belief that it’s how issues are dealt with that’s the important thing and I can’t fault the resort for this.The concierge service was excellent.

The resort is in a prime location- good food stores and restaurants within walking distance-we had no need for a car at all.

The resort is huge and not particularly well laid-out-lots of walking up and down hills but there are a number of pools, a store on-site and a few restaurants as well-I imagine it would be a great place for families who want to cook the majority of their meals and stay on-site.

The pools looked dirty all the time-no crystal clear water for sure and the beach has brown, shelly sand-we were surprised by this because we have been to St. Maarten 9 years in a row and this was by far our least favorite beach. The beach and a lot of the pool areas and building also look worn and old- the beach chairs, etc. They are renovating though so perhaps this will be remedied soon.

We felt that we were at a huge mega all-inclusive resort-which is what we were hoping to get away from- but vacations are what you make them and we had a great vacation none-the-less.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great room for a family with kids. We had a one bedroom suite on the first floor and it was super spacious. A bog kitchen with everything in it, even a dishwasher, big bedroom with perfect sleep quality bed, big bathroom and in the living room 2 separate beds, hidden in the closet. Just perfect. We had a great terrace which was overlooking Simpson Bay. Every morning we drove to a French bakery where we bought croissants and baguette and had breakfast at this great
porch! When you have a room on the first floor you need to keep in mind you can't switch clothes without closing the curtains, since everybody who is going to the pool walks across your terrace and looks in your room. For the 4 days we were here, I didn't mind.

I didn't rate this hotel 5 stars since they had some points of improvement:

Housekeeping: At check in they told us daily housekeeping. Since they didn't shoe up the first day I called with front desk and it seems to be housekeeping is coming every three days. Not convenient for us, with two teenage girls and only 6 towels in the room. After a little complaining my side the front desk clerk put me on the daily list. 5 minutes later the housekeeping manager called me they where to busy to clean our room! I hang up and called Front desk who solved the problem instantly. The next day, no housekeeping, so I called front desk. In the evening housekeeping came, but seem to be very grumpy about cleaning our room.

Security guard: One day we came back from the French bakery and saw a security guard sitting on our porch talking with the gardener, while our girls were sleeping in the living room which is next to the porch. Of course they didn't sleep any more by hearing the men talk. This was very very rude!

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon in St. Maarten. The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is a great place to stay! We had a master suite for a week and I'm glad we went that way. The place was spacious and well equipped. It was great having a full kitchen as it can get extremely expensive eating out for multiple meals a day. The view from our balcony over Simpson Bay was absolutely incredible. The property was extremely well kept and the staff was beyond nice. It's within walking distance to several beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, docks, and cab stands (but we recommend renting a car wherever you stay on the island). My biggest issue was that we often had issues getting an elevator to our room. There was only one elevator that serviced our tower and it was just big enough to fit 4 people in without feeling violated. At times when the maids were busy, it was a challenge to get on one as nobody could fit on with a maid and a cart. And being that we were on the 7th floor, we didn't care to take the steps often. However, that wasn't enough to keep us from going back.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I went in July with my mother then went back with my husband and children in march. We stayed in the new building for the first time. The facilities are fantastic. The pools are clean and perfect and the staff is first rate. Our room was always clean with plenty of towels. The staff is first rate. Having Pedro Sanchez there taking care of you is like having your own personal
Concierge. He will do anything within his power to make your stay wonderful. We can't wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Billy Folly Road No. 37A, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, your island hideaway with spacious Caribbean villas for luxury living. The ocean views are incredible and the resort has pools, restaurants and a water sports center. More fine restaurants and stores are just a short walk away in Simpson Bay. This resort is the perfect base for exploring St. Maarten, an island with Caribbean, French and Dutch ambiance. The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is ideally positioned on the beach, midway between the island's most popular night spots and shopping ... more   less 
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