Just back from Saint Maarten (Sept. 8-15, 2012), my wife and I had a great time.
The resort is older but from what I saw very well maintained. We had a one bedroom over-looking Simpson Bay (room 7-522). It was spotless. The unit was supplied with a very comfortable bed and was extremely well air conditioned. Of the several resorts we have previously stayed at our initial reception at the Flamingo was extremely up-lifting. The folks behind the desk made us feel very very welcomed and appeared to be happy we were there. The cheerful attitude never waned throughout the week. All of the unit's amenities functioned perfectly during the week.
Just to back up for a second, our arrival to the airport terminal and transfer by taxi ($6.00 per person) also went smoothly. It seems if you go to the far left side of the immigration line one is processed more quickly. I am not sure if those agents worked faster than the others or the configuration of booths provides more opportunityto be processed.
Location:The location for us could not be better. Simpson Bay is dense with reastaurants, water recreation options (day sails, water taxies to Marigot and Philipsburg, snorkle outtings, dinner cruises, sunset cruises (aka BOOZE CRUISE), high speed cruises to St. Barts, Anquilla, etc., jet ski rentals, sailing lessons, and power boat rentals. I am sure I left something out but there is an awful lot of options. There is the Peli Deli nearby for emergency rations and within .5 miles there is a larger super market with more options. The resorts pool is very nice. It has the infinity affect and is a constant 3 meters or so in depth. While the beach really provides a spectactular ocean view and is always walk in warm it always appears a bit cloudy (as do the beaches at the adjacent resorts (Royal Palm and Simpson Bay Resort). If the water was as clear as other beaches (Karaktor Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, Little Bay, Great Bay, etc) this resort would be perfect. As it is, I did not hear one complaint during the week about anything the resort had to offer.
This week we visited Karaktor Beach three times; once later in the day to enjoy the beach and have dinner; and twice we spent the first half of the day enjoying the beach and lunching. We took the high speed catamaran to St. Barts and also an open catamaran snorkling to Prickly Pear. Tuesday evening was Salsa Night at the Lambada Bar and Restaurant. We had a few beers did a fair amount of salsa dancing with who seemed to be mostly locals. We did not return to the Lambada but noticed that there are dances also on Friday and Sunday nights.
We ate at Lee's our first night of the week. Lee's also has live music almost every night and people do take advantage of the dance floor. The food portions are generous and compared with other restaurants is reasonbly priced.
To get to a few places on the French side a car or taxi is needed (Pinel Island, Grand Case, Orient Beach) . For the vast majority of locations local buses do the job just fine. Short trips (staying with Simpson Bay is $1.00, Simpson Bay to Maho is $1.50. $2.00 gets you to Philipsburgh, you can get to Marigot (with one bus change) for $3.50. We love the "Friendly Island" and have never had a bad second while on it. Enjoy! Oops, I almost forgot. The Royal Palm is a sister resort and you can use their fitness center. It has free weights a yoga/pilates room, treadmills, and a few Cybex Arc Trainers. You can walk (10 minutes) or take the courtesy van. Your room key or a pass from the front desk will get you in. September falls within the hurricane season. We had mild showers and one day the surf had 3-5 foot waves no hurricanes. The island was not crowded at all. Some restaurants were closed during this time in "low" season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful white sand, sparkling blue waters, sunny skies - where else can you find all of this but in Saint Martin/Saint Maarten in the Caribbean? When you stay at Flamingo Beach Resort, you will have all of this, and more. Here you can have the most relaxing vacation of your life, or enjoy some of the many outdoor adventures in the area. If you love water sports, you can go windsurfing, swimming and snorkeling. See the scenery on horseback, or go for a hike along the many trails. You will never be bored while you are staying here, unless of course you simply want to sit back and do nothing, which you are more than welcome to do. Just imagine spending a week or longer just lying around on the beautiful beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Philipsburg
- Flamingo Beach Resort St Maarten
- Hotel Flamingo Beach
- Sunterra Flamingo Beach Resort
- Flamingo Beach Resort St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg