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Beachside Villas
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We just returned from our third trip to Villa #14 at Beachside Villas. This time it was my retirement trip and we were lucky enough to stay for three weeks. When we arrived, we wondered why it took us so long to return. It is amazing to be just steps from the beach and have the waves lull us to sleep each night. (You can't get that in a highrise!) When I read some of the reviews, it was interesting to read the complaints. I don't think it is listed as a resort full of amenities and activities. The writers should have done their homework if that is what they wanted. We wanted to be close to the water and that is what we got even if ( God forbid we had to wash our dishes!) As for the planes, we never got tired of watching them land and take off and I don't remember having to stop a conversation or loosing sleep because of them. The second week there, our daughters arrived in our villa and our friends came to villa #13. This was our friends first time here and they fell in love with it also.We loved our cookouts together.The staff is the best ever, always willing to help with anything. When you stay at a resort, the staff doesn't even know you. It was nice to have personal contact. Being here during the slow season, we usually had the pool to ourselves and walked the beach every day and saw only four or five people. One of our favorite places to eat, was Karacters, right down the beach where we ate delicious gourmet food with our toes in the sand. There are also many other delicious places to eat to choose from. A rental car is a must. If you want your amenities, activities, crowds and elevators to the beach, go elsewhere, but if you want a beautiful home on the beach looking at white sand and beautiful water steps away....this is the place to go. We will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

When we arrived, the view through the living room into the rear sliding glass doors was amazing BUT your dream vacation stops there. My guess is that this was THE place in the 70's to go for your St. Martin vacation, but is considered outdated and lacking many modern ammenities by today's standards.

When we arrived, we couldn't figure out why each room had flashlights-more on that later. When you walk in, there's a lobby area that has no roof, so the rain and mosquitos are able to access the entire villa. Each bedroom has screens that are broken and have gaps, so the mosquitos love to sneak through the holes and bite you at night.

Probably one of the worst parts of the Beachside Villas is the location. You are literally 50 yards from some of the largest airplanes on earth. From about 7a-11p, the airplanes are screaming...and I mean screaming every 10 minutes or so. It's one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. The entire villa would shake and you could barely hear the other person talking in the room. The cable TV would even go out when some of the larger planes flew in. So, don't expect to sleep or get any naps throughout the entire day. We were so desperate to get some naps in during the day, we went to nearby beaches to escape the pounding noise.

Each room had AC, but the common areas didn't. The villa has a rustic vintage kitchen and sink with no dishwasher, so you are left to srubbing dishes if you want to eat in your villa multiple times during the day.

When we arrived back one night from trying to escape the constant airplane noise, the entire property was without power. It was really strange because neighboring properties did have power. So, the security guard (I hesitate to call him a security guard)-guy with a billy club-walked us to our villa with a flashlight. We then went to our rooms at 7p with no electricity and no AC. That's where the flashlights come in. They must have frequent power outages here because the flashlights in each room seemed to be a permanent addition.

No resort activities, rusting facades, and peeling paint on the beach side topped off this unforgettable vacation.

Stay away from this place and enjoy your St. Martin in peace and relaxation at a different hotel.

Room Tip: They all have the same view of the loud airport runway and beautiful ocean. It's the best of bo...
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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank w0rldtraveler2000
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We spent 2 weeks at Beachside villas and had possibly the best vacation of our lives. We have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. This was our favorite vacation. The villa was perfect for two couples. It was clean, well cared for and the owners and staff couldnt have been nicer. Yes, you are absolutely at the airport but flights stop when it gets dark and start around 8 in the morning. We enjoyed watching the huge jumbo jets land and take off as we floated in the pool.
Cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Cambridge61
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

-You must know that these villas are literally right next to the airport runway. Our view from the bedroom window was the planes on the runway. St Maarten's airport is the second busiest in the Caribbean (behind Puerto Rico's) and there are planes coming in and out from 7am-11pm very frequently. This means you can sleep between 11p-7am. No more than 8 hrs of sleep, which isn't my definition of relaxation.
-There are also birds that start screaming at 6am. So, between the plane engines absolutely roaring outside your window and shaking the house when they take off, it's difficult to sleep and relax.
-I would absolutely never stay here again. In fact, we almost switched after the first day, but it was all prepaid. We were so desparate for sleep, we were almost willing to pay anything to escape the runway noise. My wife and I were concerned about all of the jet fuel fumes that we could smell coming through the windows that didn't fully close in our bedroom
-The windows and screen doors didn't fully close, which meant we were constantly swatting mosquitoes.
-No air conditioning except for the bedrooms. Additionally, only 2/3 of the rooms had working a/c.
-The only redeeming quality of this place is the view of the ocean. You walk down the stairs from your deck and it is 5 feet away.
-They claimed to have wifi. Ours never worked, but we were able to access the owners' villa's wifi (villa #6). Very strange that the owners' worked but ours did not.
-The power went out one night. This meant trying to fall asleep with extreme heat and humidity, in complete darkness with jet fumes wafting in from the windows that you had to open

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We stayed at Beachside Villa. I found it in the travel section of the paper and called. It was 8 of us and we had 2 sidebyside 2 bed room villas. We met Yolanda. Her staff was wonderful---very helpful as was some of the other guess that we met. The villas were well kept and the water was so calming and the planes (what planes) did not bother us at all. Lets not forget the cab drivers, especially Glenn. Everyone was so nice and helpful. until next time.
villa 1 villa 2
Cinda Lenora
Theresa Tonya
Angela Alfreda
Sandra Faye

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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5  Thank pomp-pomp
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

I happened upon the Beachside Villas while on-line and requested a brochure. The brochure was invaluable in providing information on the villas plus local restaurants, excursions, car rental procedures etc. Arrival at the villas was quick - it is right beside the airport which did not bother us (it was a bit noisy on the "streetside" of the units - not a big deal). The villas were large, spotless and the view from the porch of Simpson Bay was breathtaking. The staff members were great and informative concerning their island. Food in restaurants was similarly priced to Canada and good quality. We rented a car which is a necessity. It easy to navigate the island. Do Not hesitate to vacation here - I hope to be a repeat guest now that I have found what I think is the best spot on the island for sand, sun and beautiful ocean blue water. Excellent vacation location

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Hornette123
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

After reading all the reviews we decided to roll the dice and book these villas mainly because of A) the price and B) location on the beach. There are some things you must know before you book these villas.
The price was very reasonable for 2 families traveling together, sharing a 2 BR villa. You are living on the caribbean, the water is your back yard. This was amazing. The view was incredible and having small children, it was wonderful to just walk onto the beach and then be able to wash them off with the outdoor shower. I read past reviews that the water could be rough, and it was definitely rougher than any other place in the caribbean I have been. I expected my kids to be able to walk into the sea and be able to play. Not happening. And we live on the jersey shore, my kids are used to waves, and this was rough for them. No biggie though, my kids do enjoy waves, it was just not what I was expecting from the Caribbean.
One HUGE issue for us was the lack of air conditioning in the villas. Only the bedrooms are air conditioned. We were sooooo hot it was awful. Our kids were not able to watch TV in the living room because sweat was literally pouring off of them. This was really hard for us. Perhaps if you don't have kids and you are just hanging out on the back deck (which was gorgous by the way) maybe this wouldn't be an issue. I spoke to other guests on the beach and mentioned this and they all said that they were repeat guests and it did not bother them. So maybe it was just us? I don't know, but if you are an air conditioning person, this may be hard for you.
One other issue is the airport. It is literally in the front of the resort. We personally enjoyed the view, especially if you travel up the road to the Sunset Grill, an amazing beach bar RIGHT where the planes land. It was voted #3 best beach bar in the world. Pretty amazing! But it is loud, and other reviewers have noted that after a few days you don't hear it anymore-NOT TRUE! You hear it, but we didn't mind it. But I could see where someone would.
Marvlyn is excellent, she was a big help. Housekeeping was hit or miss, some days were cleaner than others. It wasn't really a big deal. St Maarten is an amazing island with so much to do, I would highly recommend it. For us, the biggest issue was the lack of ac. It would probably be the reason why we would not return to the Beachside Villas. Which is a shame, because for the price, you are getting a great deal. But we would highly recommend the villas, just with a little forewarning!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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5  Thank katelyng
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Address: 40 White Sands Rd, Simpson Bay, St Martin / St Maarten
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Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Simpson Bay
Price Range: $165 - $425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Beachside Villas Hotel Simpson Bay
Beachside Villas St Martin / St Maarten/Simpson Bay

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