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Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
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Green Bay
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49 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Tapas and Restaurant Awesome Food and View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

My wife and I have been coming to St Maarten for 3 years, we stay on Simpson Bay Beach. We have walked past Mary Boon's every year, but never stopped in because we thought it was only for the guests at their beach houses. It is open and we have been missing out! Great tapas and service. Live jazz/blue music on the beach, great sunset. Nice way to spend a few hours.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

We recently visited Mary's Boon in November 2011 for our 12-day Honeymoon. We rented the one-bedroom condo which included a well stocked full kitchen. The condo was on the first floor, just steps from the amazing beach. Our room was maintained daily by the friendly staff with attention to details, such as making sure all the sand was swept out. The condo included clean linens, extra pillows and plenty of towels. The TV stations were limited, however we weren’t on vacation to watch. The AC kept us cool and comfortable.

The beach at Mary’s Boon is very nice with many beach chairs and umbrella service upon request. The hotel also offered beach towels on the honor system. We used the small swimming pool once and it was nice, but preferred the calm ocean waters. We planned in advance to bring a small rolling cooler so we could have drinks on the beach. The hotel has an large ice machine, so we were able to pick up drinks at the grocery store for much less than the bars.

We ate dinner one night at Mary’s Boon and it was delicious. The food was fresh, well prepared and was very good. The restaurant and bar are open air and offer a great view across Simpson Bay. We visited the bar several times as well and everything was tasty. You can also go onto the top of the one building to watch the airplanes taking off. You could hear the airplanes, however they did not bother us much. We actually enjoyed watching them come and go.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Since this is a small resort they know who all the guest are, especially if you are staying for a longer period of time. There are two doggies, Molly and Stripe, hanging around to greet the guests. The hotel is located within minutes to all conveniences, but far enough away from busy Simpson Bay. I would recommend visiting Karakter next door as well, the crab cakes are amazing.

Room Tip: There are three condo's available through a private owner who rents them out and we had a good e...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Mary's Boon last March for one night while connecting to our flight home. My review is a bit dated and things may have changed, but from recent reviews it appears not. I think there is a fair variation in the types of rooms available. We had a beach front studio room (225 USD with AAA discount) which was on the beach and part of a row of several. The only windows were at the end of the long narrow room next to the door. The furniture was mismatched and really tired looking (motel quality) and the appliances had rust around the bottom of them. There was not a lot of natural light in the room. The TV was rather old and required a visit from the guy at the front desk to get it working properly with the satellite. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was also dated and the shower not too appealing. Overall the room had the impression of a tired, dark motel room. There are at least a few rooms below ground in the basement of one of the buildings - these are the cheapest, so beware what you book. I did not see the interior of these, but there would be little light down there. Other rooms may be finished to a totally different standard since I think some are privately owned and rented by the hotel.

The beach in front of the hotel is filled with beautiful white powder sand and nice beds or chairs for lounging in the sun or shade. The water is nice and clear, but does drop off quickly - at least it did then. That can change with the sand shifting as a result of storms. You can walk about a km at least in either direction on the beach.

The hotel is situated right behind the runway for the airport so if you like to watch the airliners taking off and landing, just walk out on the beach a bit and you have a great view. The flights end before late night so they aren't a problem overnight usually.

The hotel is set in quite a bit from the main road so it is a fair walk (maybe 15-20 min) out to the main road through Simpson Bay and the restaurant and shops area. I wouldn't walk this area to and from the main road alone at night.

Staff at the front desk were very helpful and friendly and let us store our bags for awhile when we checked out. The restaurant was ok. We ate breakfast there and found our waitress a bit inattentive and testy.

The pool was extremely small and set in bushes near the entrance to the hotel. It was not too appealing.

Overall, I think if our room was representative of the rest of the hotel, I think you can do better along even the same beach strip, for the same price. If you want peace and quiet (from airplanes) this is not the best place for you either. My recommendation is to look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Don't choose a room in the basement.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

We'd been throwing around a possible trip to SXM for a while, as it was on my "bucket list" to see the famous beach at the end of the runway. Looked at a few places on both the French and Dutch side, then agreed to go to Mary's Boon for it's proximity to the beach and Sunset Bar. Are we ever glad we stayed here, even happier once we saw where the other places we'd talked about were located.

It's a small place, only about 40 rooms. Sure, it's an older property, yet well maintained, clean and everything you may need is within walking distance, I loved the fact that Mary's Boon is not one of those sterile, impersonal megasized chain hotels! Raul, the owner, is blessed to have such wonderful staff. Lemuel, Elena and Melvin really made us feel like we were at home, even though we had never been there before. John kept the beach (best on the Dutch side) spotlessly clean, not a scrap of rubbish to be found around there. Have lovely Lisa at the bar make you a wildberry mojito, guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Friendly dogs Molly and Stripe, and Moonglow the cat are around to say hi to anyone who may be missing their four legged friends back home.

We stayed in a studio loft (2nd floor), which had a fully equipped kitchen with everything we needed, but I got the feeling that if there were something missing, I could have asked Carmen and she would have found it for me.

If you are looking for a calm and caring place to be yourself, this is it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dallas
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

I did not stay at the hotel, but I stayed at a privately-owned condo within the hotel. I really like the location, and the beach was very nice and you are right on it. Parking is adequate, and secured. I can't say enough about the staff. Every one was very friendly, and friendly cat & dog came with the resort!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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51 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

I had a beachfront room for seven nights with 2 colonial single beds.

The room is good, spacious. Housekeeping was good.

Pro's:
- space
- beach
- kitchenette in the room
- friendly staff
- location (airplanes are not the frequent)

Con:
- micedroppings in the bathroom every morning
- tv did not work

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

Great place great atmosphere .... loved being so close to the airport and the runway but far enough away for it to be peaceful beach was great and pretty private no crowds the staff was friendly and helpful can wait to go back !!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa

Property: Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa
Address: 117 Simpson Bay Road | St Maarten, Simpson Bay 00000, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO MARY'S BOON BEACH HOTEL & SPA - recently under new management since November 2012 and now busy updating the entire property and rooms. Please note that many of the room photo's you see online have not yet been updated to show the new rooms. The owners and staff of Mary's Boon Beach Hotel & Spa invite you to experience the magic of our historic hotel on the beautiful island of St. Maarten. A true Caribbean style hotel with all the compforts you expect and in operation since the early 70's. This intimately run St. Maarten Small Hotel is tucked away from the crowds, earning Mary's Boon the soubriquet, "St Maarten's Little Secret". Located on a beautiful three-mile beach Mary's Boon is conveniently near to the action. Great shopping, dining, night life and outdoor activities can be found close by, while affording guests a private haven to return to at the end of each day.If all you want to do is to while away hours in the sun, then Mary's Boon has all the elements to ensure a relaxing break away from the bustle of everyday life. The Hotel offers several types of accommodations, from the very budget minded economy rooms to 1 bedroom beachfront suites and amenities include The Tides Restaurant, bar service is from morning to late evening, and a swimming pool is just step away from your room. The winner of many awards and just voted "BEST HOTEL" in 2013 by the readers of the St Maarten Daily Herald Paper! Lovely tropical gardens and all situated on one of the islands' best beaches. Mary's Boon, a classic Caribbean destination, provides a unique Island experience that has something for everyone! It's the NEW Mary's Boon! ... more   less 
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Mary`s Boon Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
Marys Boon Beach Plantation Hotel
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