Keeping in mind there is a difference in Island time verses the states, it was a little disappointing. Like others, we also where given a very outdated room, the upgrade was $450 (due to not being in season yet) which was worth every penny. Although we had to wait 3 hours & then the room wasn't made up. I will say the staff at the resort was very pleasant.
A couple of things I would have found helpful to know prior to going..
-Yes gratuity is added to the cost of dinner (ranging between 10 - 20% depending on the restaurant). Pineapple Pete, Valentino's Bistro, & Jimbolo were okay, Skip Jack wasn't very good at all. Fusion which is near the cinema's was very good along with the La Vernada Cafe which was on Orient beach. The Bucaneer which is located on the beach by the resort was very good, reasonable prices for both drinks & decent food.
-The small corner stores are much more reasonable in price than the big grocery store by the burger king. We paid $190 for two bags of groceries at the big store not knowing the smaller ones are almost 1/2 the price.
-Fishing my other half spent $175 and didn't catch anything, it seemed to be the theme with several other people that we chatted with all of them utilizing different boats and didn't catch anything. Only 1/2 day excursions where available unless you chartered an entire boat for $1000+
-Crime on the island is nasty, sitting on the beach minding his own business was threatened by 3 locals for his monies.
-Traffic is very congested I thought I was commuting into to Boston trying to get back to Simpson bay, I should have back tracked and gone back through the French side.
-Philipsburg - I went by ferry for $13 it was well worth it, shopping was reasonable if you negotiate your prices. The little frozen drink place by the pier was great.
-Marigot Bazara - appeared to be geared for the tourists, the same thing over and over. I didn't buy anything and picked up the gifts in Philipsburg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a hillside overlooking Simpson Bay, one of the most popular spots on St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a peaceful Mediterranean-style holiday village offering comfortable suites and all the services guests could possibly need during their Caribbean vacation. With a sheltered private beach, five pools and colorful gardens full of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Allamanda, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a captivating island hideaway where you can enjoy the best family vacation ever. A varied activity program, tennis courts, a spa, water sports, dining and evening entertainment make it a favorite with visitors of all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Hotel Simpson Bay
- Simpson Bay Resort And Marina
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina St. Maarten-St. Martin