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“Hidden, Peaceful place in the sun”
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Belair Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband and I recently returned from our second stay at Belair Beach Hotel on the Dutch side of St. Martin which is just a mile away from Phillipsburg down town shopping. We stayed on the 4th floor each time, but this year our two bedroom unit had new very comfortable mattress and pillows. The unit which has a full size fridge, top stove, microwave and a wide screen TV was very clean and appeared to have been recently painted. This is not a 4 or 5 star resort, but if you're looking for great views of the beautiful ocean, watching cruise ships entering Phillipsburg, lots of relaxation, white soft sandy beach just a stone throw from your room, and warm turquoise water great for swimming, this is the place for you. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Cheers to Susan, the manager, for for adopting a couple of pets and paying for them to be spayed and neutered!!
One suggestion is to take "Off" mosquito spray for yourself if you sit out on the large balcony at night to enjoy the the beautiful sunset, ambience of the night and the sounds of the ocean.
The Grand Marche' grocery store, where there is a great selection of food, wine, and beer is about 5 minutes away. There is also a small convenient store called Jody's on the first floor of hotel where you can buy snacks, drinks and beer.
This hotel is definitely a hidden peaceful place in the sun !!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed at the Belair on a timeshare exchange. We were already very well acquainted with the island, so while I thought it was a central location, I would have preferred to be on the French side. This is still the case, but as far as a Dutch side location, it was great. Very easy to get to Simpson Bay, Cole Bay, P'Burg, etc, but not loud or right on the highway or anything like that. The staff was genuine and accommodating, and we didn't get any hard sell of the timeshare as sometimes can happen. The beach was lovely - not very wide, but not crowded at all and very pretty. The Divi next door seemed much more crowded, loud, touristy, and unappealing in general, in part because it is much bigger. Not a ton of amenities, but we weren't looking for that at all. The room was great - all rooms face out to the ocean and have balconies or a deck (on the 1st floor). A little outdated, but absolutely immaculate and perfectly functional. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Erika C
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a great location right on a 2 mile beach with only 2 resorts sharing the beach. Located on Little Bay (next to Great Bay where Philipsburg and cruise ships are located) Easily walkable into town if you are in half decent shape. Main floor units are walkout to the beach however all units face the beach directly. there is a mini-mart right in the hotel (and the hotel next door) restaurant (serves great conch fritters and calamari and Monday night BBQ but not the best decor). There is a pool and laundry facilities. Units have a small kitchen but it is all you really need. There is a car rental agency located at the hotel (Star-Lite car rental) that give great rates to hotel guests (ask for Kevin as he will treat you right) and they are very accomodating (they will even pick you up at the airport with your car so you save the taxi fee to the resort)
If you want serious R & R then this beach is for you as it is quiet and beautiful. Hotel is a bit dated but we all get that way as we age!!!

Room Tip: If you have kids, try and get a main floor walk out. They have little foot wash taps outside the do...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Michael D
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I have Been going to St.Maarten since 1985 We Love Everything about the Belair it has wonderful Views, Easy Access to pool & Beach all the Amenities of Home and More.
This is what keeps us coming back year after year, Oh, did I mention St.Maarten is Called "The Friendly Island"!!!!, all of the Years we have been coming to Belair there has Never Been an Incident of any Kind ,to Us this is a 5 Star Gold Crown Resort and we Love it , To us Belair is Our Family and Our Home.
Kenny & Andrea Crawford

Room Tip: The Upper Floors Offer a Better Picture Opportunity
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank kenny c
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have stayed several places on Saint Maarten over the last three visits and I had the most fun here. This is one of the first beach resorts built between Phillipsburg and Simpson Bay on the Dutch side. From the road above, a row of Battlements on the roof makes this resort look like the top of a castle.

The front desk staff and security guards are very friendly and enjoy a good joke or two. Four of us stayed in a two bedroom suite that had a full size refrigerator and stove, plus a nice size living room and balcony. We were on the second floor but they have a new Otis elevator if you are too tired to clime the stairs.

There are many planed get-to-gathers during the week in the bar/dining area. All you can eat jerk chicken was my favorite which included a steel drum band. Nothing strange about the breakfast here. I ordered Bacon, Eggs and Country potatoes with toast. Good Coffee.

This Small Bay beach is perfect for sunning because it faces South and it's not too windy. The French side of the Island faces East, the Atlantic and it's windy. Unlike most places I've stayed, the beach staff will put your name on your beach chairs and umbrella to keep them yours.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the Ocean. You get the best view from the seconf floor.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

I am staying here for two weeks and the Bel-Air is great and you will even find a great car rental the Starliter car rental here at the hotel We were picked up at the airport and we got a brand new car to drive. All the Starlite staff are very friendly. I strongly recommend them if you are planning to stay at the Bel-Air.
The Bel-Air is very easy to access by car compared to the Divi Little Bay next door. I know because I have stayed there two years ago.

The Bel-Air have good and very clean accommodation. They do even the dishes if you leave dishes to be cleaned. No need to run in the morning to reserve a chair, because you will have a designated chair for the the time you will stay at the Bel-Air. You have a good size kitchen if you like to do little cooking and even a blender to mix your drinks.
I have been to Cuba several times and a couple of times in Dominican Republic, but only the Bel-Air gives you an exceptional ocean view that is breathtaking when you walk in your suite. You know a decor can be improved, but the view cannot.

Worth mentioning: there is 4 floors and the hotel is equipped with an elevator. This place is perfect for seniors and for every body else who wants a quiet place with a beautiful beach. The beach is very kid friendly.
I have 1 more week to go here and I will tell you the rest in another posting.

Room Tip: All suites are ocean front!!!! Exceptional. I have noticed that people with little children prefer t...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Francolady
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

That being said...the Belair is not what timeshare owners are perhaps accustomed to in the last 15 years. It is very very clean, very useable . Customer service was just passable. No friendly island feel...not warm and friendly. Fancy is not always required but a warm welcome and a smile is a must
for us. Taxi service was horrible...even if you called the desk 20 minutes ahead of time expect to wait 45 more!
Would we return? For the view YES but only IF we
remembered how unimportant the other issues were to us.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank edrstaffer
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Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range: $239 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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