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“First time in St. Maarten - Stayed at Oyster Bay” 4 of 5 stars
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Oyster Bay Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Emerald Merit Rd 10, Oyster Pond 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“First time in St. Maarten - Stayed at Oyster Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Loved St. Maarten and will definitely return. Stayed at Oyster Bay in an Ocean View Studio Suite. It was reasonably priced but then we were just before prime time (Nov 3-Nov 10). Nicely appointed room, good room service (put your door tag out early or room may not be cleaned until late pm). Lacked for nothing (even a blender for own smoothies) + a superb view! Staff were all friendly. Nice infinity pool. Hot tub could have been renamed a "luke warm" tub.

Dining was terrific with both good food and prompt, pleasant service. Nice blend of fine dining to more authentic local cuisine. All restaurants were an easy walk from the lobby area. Small grocery store a 5 min walk away.

The WiFi in the lobby area was fine for our purposes and it was nice you could print your boarding passes from the lobby PCs.

Be prepared for what we felt were excessive additional fees. This added an additional whopping 20% to the room cost (service charge @ 15% and Govt tax @ 5%). This must have been in the very fine print. At least no "BS" government extortion "exit" taxes as in many other countries! Want to get home? Pay us first!


We're not looking for a time share and wanted to stay off their radar (still got stuck in the Westin offering though). We decided to avoid the morning "get acquainted" meeting and just did our own thing. Rented a car and got to see much of the island.

The only things we really longed for (listening OBBR?), was some nice entertainment. The pool side "local" music was repetitive and for the most part not appropriate for the guest demographics. Also, a piano bar and some night time fun would have been nice. A pool table would also be a bonus but they would probably have to put this in the time share "closing" room.

Room Tip: This would be nice however you are not permitted to select your own room. If an option, I would go...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Oyster Bay has lovely accommodations, a fantastic pool, a beach and daily activities. Staff is very helpful and friendly and there are daily activities for guests. There is a restaurant serving three meals a day and a bar with daily happy hour. Many units have an ocean view and recent renovations were done very well. The Indulgence Spa is fantastic!

Room Tip: There are some rooms with a lot of stairs so make sure to request a lower room if that is a concern...
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  • Stayed October 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My father in-law is a long time owner at OBBR (purchased pre-construction in the 90's). We upgraded from a 1BR to a 2BR, as we were traveling with another couple. Requested in advance an upper level floor by Beau Beau's overlooking Dawn Beach. Upon arrival, we received exactly the type of unit we asked for. Great 3rd floor unit with an awesome beach view. Only a few steps from our building to the beach. Overall a great location in the resort - not too far from the pool or the entrance to the resort where there are several restaurants and a small store for groceries. They have the best warm fresh baked croissants - the chocolate ones are a favorite, but you have to get there early - between 7-8am or they will run out!
Our unit was nicely decorated and very clean. The daily housekeeping service was great. Thank you Rose Laura. Did encounter a problem with the air conditioning when we first arrived - the living room a/c was not working. A maintenance man arrived within 15 minutes of a call and had the air working shortly after. The front desk staff were awesome - especially Juan and the lady that worked with him in the evenings. Both very friendly and helpful - answering questions, finding Windex for us to clean our rental car window, directions, restaurant recommendations, etc. Activities staff were helpful in arranging our sunset champagne cruise with Eagle Tours this was a very nice outing. Guards/front gate staff were great in making sure we were contacted when we had a local guest come visit us one afternoon. The happy hour 2 for 1 drinks from 4-6pm were great, as were the Manager's Party and Farewell Party. Did a tour and owners update with Julie, who came to check on us in our unit shortly after we arrived and brought us a complimentary bottle of wine. Pool was awesome - best pool view on the island, I'm sure! Beach was nice - no significant seaweed and Evans and staff kept it clean and set us up with lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels each day. Had a great breakfast buffet in Infinity's. We had lunch at the Westin, Beau Beau's, Mr. Busby's, Island Pizza - all were good. Really enjoyed the pizza - nice thin crust. Had dinners at Daniel's by the Sea twice, Chesterfields and the Greenhouse in Philipsburg, Izzi's, Pineapple Pete's and Skip Jack's in Simpson Bay. All were good and the Venezuelan Bien me Sabe cake at Pineapple Pete's is awesome. Free WiFi in the lobby/courtyard area was a nice addition since our visit last year. This was particularly important with a number of guests checking on family and property in the path of Hurricane Sandy. This was our 5th stay on St. Maarten and 2nd at OBBR. We really enjoyed our week both times and hope to return in the future. It's a great place with friendly staff and guests.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Georgia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

They invited us to this resort hoping that we buy time share here. We received room in the only building which does not have ocean view, the resort manager was rude and impolite – we thought we are listening to a sales pitch of a mafia boss. The beach is nice but with sea grass. This is definitely not a family resort – I would say that average age of guests was 55.

Room Tip: Almost all buildings have ocean view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is was my second visit to OBBR and SXM both times visited during the month of October. It is a lovely place with very relaxing views of the Atlantic. Both visits I stayed in an ocean view suite. The suite was nicely decorated, well furnished and clean. The pool is awesome with great views!!! and you meet the most FUN people there !!!! A shout out to David and Edith who provided excellent service during the evening hours at the bar. Also enjoyed dinner at Beau Beau's with a wonderful friendly staff. The entire staff is pleasant and ready to serve your every need! IF you rent a car, I HIGHLY recommend investing ($20) in a street guide (purchased at airport) as the maps from the rental car agency are not that detailed. If you are an adventurer, you will need a map to find the awesome beaches on SXM. Also, I recommend spending a night or at least a day trip to Anguilla. We took the ferry over (need passport!) spent one night and enjoyed 2 of the most pristine beaches!! Shoal Bay and Meads Bay! Well worth the trip!!!! Thanks OBBR for yet another awesome time!!

Room Tip: Ocean View is lovely for sunrise and early morning coffee on your lanai!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

this a bit of a odd resort. very small pool for the size, the studio's are extremely small and furnature a bit dated. my studio, the room was under repair, yet, was given to me by the front desk; mirror on the floor as was the hair dryernthat was supposed to be attached to the wall. a huge spot on the celing was patched over and unpainted. apparently maintenence forgot to tell the front desk they hadnt completed in the room. never the less, i stayed but was called by management to ask if i wanted to change rooms as the maintenence guy who came to room when i called reported to them what i encountered. they hung the mirror and hair dryer the next day. the shape of the resort leaves some buildings facing other buildings vs the ocean or marina. the beach is off to the side of the prioerty, dawn beach. overall a odd vibe to the place. check in was much easier than checkout. long line with only 2 people at desk. i gave up and left trying to use their sppedy checkout box, was interrupted and paperwork kinda snatched from me by a semi flusterd front desk person; probably due to the long line. this part of the island is on the dutch-french border. not alot nearby, there are some restaraunts. better have a car or deep pockets for cab fare. at night, the road is very dark leading to this part of the island. they do have a front gate with ample security guards there.

Room Tip: ask for room on the water, not one of the buildings inback of them, and a high floor. but, no eleva...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Overall, our stay at the resort is fantastic.

Loads of activities to do for the week.

There's one grocery within the premises (although items are a bit pricey).

Wifi access inside the room didn't work despite paying $50 for a week's access. Had to refund what we paid for. So we needed to hangout at the lobby for internet access.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Emerald Merit Rd 10, Oyster Pond 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Oyster Pond
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oyster Bay Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just south of the amicable French/Dutch divide, Oyster Bay Beach Resort awaits. Perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean ocean and Oyster Pond Marina is paradise found. With breathtaking ocean views, white sand beach and countless amenities Oyster Bay Beach Resort and its sister properties, Mainsail, Spinnaker and the Lighthouse serve as your escape from the every day. Find adventure, serenity and the fullness of life at our island resort. Make Oyster Bay your next stop. ... more   less 
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