My husband and I visited St. Martin in 1999 and stayed at another property. Several people talked about the restaurant at Mary's Boon so we went and had a wonderful time. We booked a catamaran trip from August 17 through 24 of this year, so we flew in a day early and stayed at Mary's Boon overnight.
When we arrived our room was ready and we were shown to it. It was directly on the beach with a fantastic view. Unfortunately the blinds didn't work so we had to step out to enjoy it. The decor was dated but the room itself was clean and adequate, so we dropped our stuff and went to get a drink and a bite to eat at the beach bar.
The woman behind the bar was very friendly, but when I asked what was her specialty she said she was not a bartender. She handed me a drink list, then said she couldn't make make most of the drinks because the owners didn't stock the ingredients. My husband asked about a pina colada and was told the blender didn't work. After a couple of failed attempts we finally got some guavaberry rum on the rocks while we looked through the food menu.
While we were deciding there was a brief rain shower and some guests who were on the beach came in out of the rain. They ordered beers and a daiquiri, which was made in the blender we were told didn't work. We ordered food, which was so nondescript I don't remember what either of us had and I can't find a menu online to jog my memory. The one thing that did stand out is it was incredibly bland. I rarely salt anything and I had to add a lot to make my food taste like something.
After lunch I went back to our room to shower and take a nap. This is when I found the surprise step in the bathroom between the door and the sink, which I tripped over and crashed into the sink. Whoever designed that bathroom should be forced to use it for the rest of his life. The water in the shower barely trickled out of the shower head, making taking a shower incredibly difficult. The shower was plumbed through the kitchenette and it wasn't vented properly so I could hear a loud "glug glug" as it made its way out.
Mary's Boon isn't located near anything so your choices for dining are very limited unless you take a taxi. We opted to eat at the restaurant on property since we both remembered enjoying it previously. Like the beach bar, the food was very bland. I had a Greek salad, which was made properly but it needed salt and the dressing needed lemon. For a main course we ordered a nightly special of Caribbean lobster thermidor topped with sauteed mushrooms. When it arrived it was overcooked lobster in a mushroom cream sauce. It was tasty and similar to what was described, but not what we expected.
The service was dreadful. The waitress brought my appetizer, then it was a long wait before she brought my husband's. I could see into the bar and she was chatting with people she seemed to know while we waited for our food. This happened again with our main courses even though we had the same thing -- they were halves of the same lobster, even -- and they had to have been plated at the same time. I ordered a second glass of wine, which I never got despite asking twice. She did manage to bring us a second bottle of water, but left the empty one on our table to blow over and rattle around on the floor until I picked it up.
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