First, let me help with some of my own confusion about what these are...there are essentially two properties called Ocean Club at Cupecoy. One is the villas and the other is the apartments. The apartments are in a 5-6 story tower and the villas are more like condos that you're probably accustomed to.
We stayed at the villas (Unit 18R), a 1-br facing the pool. It's accessible through a common exterior door shared by 3 units, with 1 downstairs and the other 2 up a spiral starcase. The exterior of this unit faces the street (Rhine Road), which does have some construction noise, but it didn't bother us much. The inside wall faces a very nicely maintained pool area.
It was a good value, price-wise, but no better than we could have gotten at other properties through RCI. Also, be prepared (we were) for a $50/week resort fee and a $90 energy surcharge in addition to the cost of the unit. This is common in St. Maarten.
It was pretty spacious for a 1-BR. The balcony was huge--15'x7' and the pool view is nice. You also get a peek through the other units at the ocean.
Staff was friendly. They had done some refurbishing, although pretty uneven. For example, inside the front door of the common entrance, the fusebox had no door, the patio light was a bare bulb, and the toaster oven and microwave were VERY dated. The toaster oven had two settings--on or off, and with either the top heating element or both the top and bottom on. The microwave worked, but the controls were off-kilter (you had to press "stop" to get it to start). The 2-burner cooktop worked but looked like something from the 1950s. Refrigerator was small but worked well. Dishwasher, countertop and dishes were new.
Exterior of the unit had been freshly painted, which was nice.
Bed was a little hard but comfortable enough. Bathroom was HUGE, with a bidet and a tub that was at least 5 feet deep, plus a normal shower, double sink and toilet. Amenities were included, and maid service was good (daily).
Restaurant/bar open at the pool from 11am-9pm with daily drink specials for $4 and happy hour 5pm-630pm daily. Tuesday all-you-can-eat ribs for $12. The do room service from the restaurant.
Complimentary huge, fluffy beach towels.
A/C worked well, but remember the temps there are in Celsius and the a/c works off a remote control. Ceiling fan helps, too.
Other furnishings were very dated (sofa sleeper and loveseat). Cable tv with CNN plus CBS and NBC from NYC. Battery cover missing from the remote, but it worked.
You have a reserved parking space, which is nice, and it's actually large enough for a Hyundai Accent, if your neighbor can park straight and you pull in the outside mirrors.
Reported that the bathroom window wouldn't close, since utilities are so high there, but there was no response the entire week. We kept the bathroom door closed and scotched with a washcloth to keep it from rattling with the breezes, and we stuffed a towel under the door to keep the warmer air out.
They're trying, based on some of the other reviews, and it IS St. Maarten, so our expectations were not too high. It's not unacceptable, but if you can get another property, you'd probably be better off. We stayed at the Pelican in July 2009 and it was great (infinitesimal parking spaces notwithstanding).
- Also Known As:
- The Ocean Club Hotel Cupecoy Bay
- The Ocean Club St Maarten-St Martin/Cupecoy Bay