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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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