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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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Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Oyster Pond
Chesapeake, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The view is worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stayed a week at Simpson Bay and had one extra day so we went to Dawn's Beach and Oyster Bay. What an unexpected surprise. Although the room was small, it was clean and had a great view. The beach was beautiful and bar service was available from Busby's bar. The endless pool is a must see.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Toomsboro, Georgia, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My review for this resort would get 5 stars if we were just rating the staff. They are very accommodating, sweet, wonderful people. They go out of their way to help you and to serve you. Unbelievable staff! The resort itself is gorgeous. The pool is pristine, the rest.is fabulous. So why only 4 stars? The unit we had was pretty but definitely showed some wear. The cabinets were peeling and we had problems with ants. Which the resort staff took care of before we could ever say anything. The major problem with this resort is the Sales Staff! They are relentless and were quite frankly, getting on our nerves. They did provide free bottles of wine, that was wonderful, but the salesman would not take NO for an answer. I think the resort would be better suited if they asked you if you were interested and if you said NO, leave you be. Other than night, it was a wonderful trip.

Room Tip: We had a Marina view, which was fine with us. We were quite entertained with the Iguanas on a daily...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

My husband and I have visited every year in our own condo viewing the water on the top floor with a fixed week since the unit was built. The remodeling this year only made it nicer. We have
owned time shares for 25 plus years. This is our favorite one of four resorts. We relax, walk, shop for jewelry, clothes and especially love the food choices. We tried 4 different restaurants
this April. The food around Dawn Beach is great. Since we come from the West Coast, it is a
long trip, but well worth the time. We particularly love the weather which is better than home and consistant every year. We have never traded Oyster Bay for anyother place! We reommend that you enjoy the resort people and the pleasure of the surroundings. Service is wonderful!

Room Tip: We have had the same top corner unit for 20 plus years. We enjoy it very much.
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We booked the Oyster Bay Beach Resort for our daughter and her new husband's honeymoon. All of the pre-trip communication and customer service was fantastic, and they have indicated the place is grea...minus a little sun burn!

This was great for my wife and I because we wanted their review so we could book a trip for ourselves.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Our in-laws gave us a time share to use her over our honeymoon in April-May. We ended up with a ocean view room on the second floor that also overlooked the pool area. The rooms were very nice and clean. The kitchen was more modern that i was expecting. The kitchens are fully equipped with ice makers, dishwashers, microwave, stove/oven, etc and come with everything from plates to silverware to cups/wine glasses. We had a living room, dining room and kitchen with an open floor plan and then a separate bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom was accessible from the kitchen also. The living room and bedroom had ceiling fans and balconies which were really nice. There is also two AC units (one for the bedroom and one for living room). The bathroom also comes fully equipped with amenities like soap, shampoo, conditioner and hairdryers. The bathroom had dual sinks, whirlpool tub and stand up showers. The beds are a bit hard and definitely bring you own pillows if you can because they are bit lumpy.

The property had two bars and two restaurants on it. One of the bars, offers beach service. The beach is at the end of the resort and a short walk. The beach is pretty but definitely not the best beach we saw. There was some rocks in the water and seaweed on the beach. There were plenty of chairs and umbrellas though. There are complimentary cold towels and water in the lobby by the main pool, bar and restaurant. They had lots of activities to offer. Also on the same grounds but in different party of the property was a grocery store, pizza shop, and three more restaurants. There is also a small marina behind the grocery store and Restaurant where you catch Captain Alan's snorkeling trips from which i recommend. The restaurant offers seats right on the dock over the water. When we were there it was carnival so they had some staff issues, but the place was nice and food was good. All the restaurants have great service until you get your food and then they are a bit slow. The Big Fish is a pretty restaurant which is all white with plenty of outside, open air seating. They have a pretty bar area too. My favorite restaurant was Mr. Busby's which is right on the beach under some trees. Good food and good views. There is also a large pool and hot tub right near the center of the property with infinity views of the ocean, rocks and St. Bart.

The drawbacks are most places are cash only so definitely bring cash. The Dutch side takes US dollars while the French side takes Euros, but will do the conversion for you as will St. Bart which is also French. The hotel and hotel restaurants/bars definitely allow you to put everything on the room if you want. We stocked up with drinks (beer, liquor, sodas) and breakfast food and snacks from the grocery store the day we arrived and used those quite a bit. Beau, Beau's beach bar is right on property and services the beach. It offers $9-10 buckets of Coronitas (10 oz Coronas) which is nice. The most popular beers are Presidente (Dominican Republic), Carib (Trinidad and Tobago), Corona, and Dutch beers like Heineken and Amstel Bright. You can get some others from the grocery store and I went for the Guinness Foreign Extra for some more malt and hops. There are no American or English style beers like Pale Ales or India Pale Ale's, but with the heat the lagers and Pilsners go down nicely. They also offer espresso and cappuccino's via a Lilly machine in the grocery store, otherwise you are down to regular coffee.

The only other drawback was the towel service at the resort. They are very strict with the towels. They give you two in your room when you check in, but have no place to exchange the towels at the beach or pool. You have to leave them on the floor of your room for the cleaning service to exchange them which is later in the day. If you leave your towels at the beach or pool, make sure you get them back. They will not exchange your towels without the old ones or give you new ones in the room without the old ones on the floor. If you hang up the old ones in your room to dry they also will not exchange them. If you leave them at the pool or beach and do not have them for checkout, they say they charge you $30 a piece. Not sure if that is true, but the towel thing is definitely annoying. They should have an exchange at the pool, front desk and beach. I took to finding the cleaning people in the morning and exchanging out the towels with them on the way to the beach or pool. The cleaning staff are really nice about it.

Overall the place is really nice and the staff are great. They offer lots of activities and options on the property or near the property if you want to just stay in the area. If you want to explore, they have lots of options right from the hotel via the marinas, rental cars or properties. The clientele seems to be a bit older though. We are in our 30's and there was only two other couples there that were close to our age. The property offered several activities including movies by the pool, a welcome reception with free drinks/apps, music and other events like karaoke and bingo (yes bingo, like i said we were the only ones in our 30's). Overall i would recommend it over an inclusive and relaxing stay. You never really have to leave the property area and if you want to take a short trip across the pond your restaurant and travel options double! Did not see a spa onsite, but they did offer services. I did not try or see room service but all the restaurants had carry out.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The staff is always friendly and helpful when it comes to giving directions around the island or calling around town to make reservations. There are plenty of activities at the resort to keep you busy . Vincent is always friendly and very personable year after year. Meal options are always affordable and great quality! I love my home away from home and the staff treats us like family year after year!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Massachusetts
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

My husband and I spent 1 week there April 6-13th. We can't say enough good things about this place and we hated to leave. We are not timeshare owners so we just rented a room for our stay... Having stayed on the island, and in that area already, we were very familiar with the location and the drive there from the airport. We did rent a car from Unity Car Rental and a car is a must so you can explore the other wonderful beaches on this island. There was always plenty of free parking at the resort.... Check In was fast & easy as was Check Out since we did it the evening before to avoid the crowds the next am and preprinted our boarding passes for our flight in their office. The Staff in Reception was always friendly and helpful. We were never pressured or bothered by the Timeshare Sales Staff. This place offers ice cold water and cold face clothes, scented with Almond for goodness sake, in the lobby all day long every day. That was so appreciated after returning from day trips..... Our room was on the second floor right off the Courtyard and it was wonderful. When we opened the door for the 1st time and saw the view through the balcony doors I said "WOW!". Nice 1st impression. We had a huge double closet, with free use of the in-room safe, large bureau, nightstand and chair. Extra pillows were in the closet along with a standard-size iron board, iron and plenty of coat hangers. There was a king-sized bed, mattress was a little hard but oh well, seperate area with toilet & shower that had a foot rest sticking out from the wall so gals can shave their legs without having to bend completely over and have water run into their noses!. There was an area between the bedroom and toilet/shower area where there was a double vanity. In that area was also a dorm-sized frig, coffee maker, plates/cups/glasses/silverware for 4 and a microwave. We had plenty of fresh towels as needed and large beach towels are swapped out daily if you leave the used ones on the floor in your room. AC, ceiling fan and balcony doors/screens worked great.... Our room was kept very clean and was done by very early afternoon every day. We did leave a tip each am for the Maid, as they work hard, and a little kindness goes a long way there.. Our view from the balcony was breath taking! We overlooked the pool/ocean and, although we looked down on the outside seating area for the restaurant, we were never bothered by any noise from the Infinity restaurant or lobby bar area. We enjoyed wonderful breezes all of the time. We loved sitting out on our balcony having a cocktail before going for dinner... Only "issue" that we encountered was when we finally turned the huge flat screen TV on and it didn't work. We called the lobby and a new one was installed in less than 25 minutes. That was easy... The grounds were very clean and well maintained. There are colorful flowers all over. There is a marina which runs along the walkway/parking area and it is very scenic... There is a bar in the lobby area and the gent & gal who worked the lobby bar most days were very nice and provided fast service. We always tipped them since they were usually very busy but always had smiles on their faces. There was usually some sort of action going on over there and there was a very comfortable sitting area where the breezes flow through and you can smell/hear the ocean. There was a band there one night and on the Friday before we left, there was a "going away" party for the guests and there is a band performing in the Courtyard. I was told by a Timeshare owner that they do this all of the time... The pool was amazing and was lit up beautifully at night. There was none of that "fly out of bed at the crack of dawn to reserve a lounge chair" pressure as there were always avaialble lounge chairs around the pool. The infinity edge was great as was the hot tube.... There were two restaurants on the premises. The Infinity Restaurant is fancier and located near the lobby. We ate there once and enjoyed our meal and did not find it too pricey. The other was our favorite Beau Beaus near the beach. Why you may wonder? The food was good, prices were very reasonable but what made it so great was the staff, atmoshere and various nightly entertainment. We were well taken care of by waitstaff Vincent & Terry during the day and by Dianne, from Trinidad & Tobago, during the evening. The bar tenders Alex and Allan were great. Those people could not do enough for us. They all earned every tip that we gave. Nothing like sitting at one of the tables there in the am sipping coffee & tea, that Terry & Vincent would put on just for us, while we watched the day get going & enjoyed the breezes. Nirvana! Beau Beaus is situated right along the ocean/beach area and it has a covered area but no sides so it is essentially open air. It was heaven. At both bars, everyday from 4p-6p is Happy Hour where you get 2:1 drinks. We took advantage of that!.... Dawn Beach is my favorite beach as it has crystal clear "glass" water, soft sand and breezes. The beach area near the resort was raked each day. While naturally there was some sea weed, we did not have a problem with it at all. It was minimal. Dawn Beach is not too secluded or too busy. There is a reef off shore where you can snorkle. The resort provides lounge chairs/umbrellas free to guests. There is a cluster of them right next to the steps from the resort but we always chose to stoll a little further along the beach to where they had more set ups past Mr. Busby's and in front of the white condo rentals. All you had to do was tell the attendant that you were a guest or show him your hotel beach towel and he would immediately set some up for you on the odd chance that they were all taken. From there, you can see St. Barth's and, on the really clear days, St. Kitts. Here's the best part-beach service! We suggest that, when heading through Beau Beau's to the beach, let the staff know that you may/would like service at some point & they will come find you, get your order and return with it! Of course a little tipping goes a real long way. After all, it is hot in the sun. We got to the point where we would give Terry our lunch order/time on our way to the beach and she would just appear a few hours later with everything as requested on time. Talk about becoming spoiled.... There is a spa, gym and small guest laundry on site, none of which we used, and a small gift shop with hats, sun glasses, etc should you need anything. Right outside of the resort, easily within walking distance, is a convenience store and some very good restaurants should you want to "leave" the resort or try something different. Island Pizza is good and very reasonably priced should you want to "cut back on spending" one night or two. Should you want casino action, you can take a jaunt to the nearby Westin and gamble there.... The area all around is hilly and you can see all of the villas located in the hills. It looks great at night when they light up... The location of the resort is a little out of the way so, if you want non stop action and entertainment constantly, then you will have to travel, either by rental car, bus or taxi to other locations. We are in our 40's, however, and we were never bored. The resort is located right next to the French/Dutch border so you can head either way and get to other beaches in a short amount of time. If getting a rental car, just know that, while they drive on the right as we do, many drivers drive crazy! The round abouts, especially the one near the supermarket Grande Marche, can be scary so be forewarned... We have stayed on this island 4 times now in the past 6yrs and we have never felt unsafe with just using reasonable caution & common sense. Don't leave anything in your car or locked in the trunk when out traveling around. We felt completely safe, however, while on the resort and there was Security walking around every night... We traveled to Maho Beach to sit at the Sunset Bar & Grill to watch the planes come in so low for their landings. That place has a beach area and is always lively with music, etc going on and the food there is not bad. We also went to Mullet Bay were we ate the delicious grilled ribs and drank Guava Berry Coladas that were cheap and strong from Rosie's. We took the Ferry out of Marigot to Anguilla for a day trip. Should you feel the need to leave the resort, all of these activities, and many others, are only 30-40min away by car so don't let the resorts location scare you from staying there... Now the down side of St. Martin: the stray animal population. If you are an animal lover like we are, it can be depressing. When making the commute to the resort, and driving to other places, you will see sad cases. Someone even dumped a dog at the resort and he was still there while we were there. I tried to get near to him to bring him home to the US but the poor creature was too afraid of people. If you do go to St. Martin, and you are an animal lover, consider buying bags of dry dog/cat food and bottled water and carry it with you in lg zip lock bags when going out. All of the animals that we fed appeared to be happy for the food with wagging tails. Many were skittish, not all, but none were ever aggressive. If you should want to help while there, consider getting directions to the Chervise (? spelling) Animal Shelter on the French side (the only one on the island) and make a small donation or stop at the Animal Care Center next to the KFC and do the same. While not as bad as it is on the island of Puerto Rico (yet), this situation is what is making us consider not returning to St. Martin again since the stray population appears to have grown since when we were there just 2yr ago. The resort, beach & staff were great however so, anyone considering going, will have to factor in that sad fact about the dogs & cats then decide....

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 #3 of 4 hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oyster Bay Beach Resort 3*
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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