I'll admit, I was a bit nervous about staying here after reading some of the reviews....but not to worry.
This is a nice, quiet place with friendly staff and decent location.
Agreed, this is not the RITZ and it is a bit dated but it is clean, the people are quite nice, the food is good and we would return.
We shopped at the grocery store (not the one onsite) although it had most things you would need for convenience.
We got water, beer, coffee and breakfast food to cook in our room before heading out for a day of diving.
We did enjoy going to the bar (very friendly staff) but we also packed a cooler and brought beers from our room and hung out in the lounge chairs by the beach. They can be reserved for you but it's not a perfect system. You are supposed to get a chair for the week and it's the same but it wasn't as smooth as one would think. All and all, they do the work for you and find you a spot.
There are not many kids here. It is more of an older crowd and empty nesters - no kids, screaming and running about - I loved it! If you want a 5 star hotel, this is not the place but if you did your research, you would know that in advance. Renting a car is a must but it's pretty reasonable. You are close to Philipsburg, Simpson Bay and the airport is about a 15 minute drive.
You are right on the water so thats a big plus. You can walk over to the Divi but I was semi-impressed. Some reviews said that was the better place and people wished they'd stayed there...not sure why. Okay, it is bigger but big deal. The Belair was just fine and we would stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Beach Philipsburg
- Hotel Belair Beach
- Belair Beach Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg