The Villas at Simpson Bay is part of the wider Simpson Bay Resort (formerly Pelican Resort), and is the newest section. The older section is rather dated, and does not command the views that the "villas" command. In reality, the rooms are hotel/timeshare condo suites, not stand alone villas. They overlook Simpson Bay and beach, so from your room (whether 1 bedroom or 2) you will have amazing views of the sea, the beach, the boats/yachts coming in an out of the lagoon, and of airplanes upon takeoff. I have stayed at this hotel a few times and have not heard any external noise (whether music or airplanes) once the doors are closed. I did however notice on the last occasion that when the bedroom doors are opened you can hear distinct sounds from the adjoining suite.
That said, the rooms are nicely appointed, the bathrooms are clean and functional. There is a separate vanity area with seating, and a separate kitchenette area also (standard facilities for timeshare type resorts). The rooms are sufficiently spacious. I find that there is no consistency however with the beds. You may get a comfortable or a relatively uncomfortable bed depending on which room you get - its the luck of the draw! My last hotel stay i happened upon rather uncomfortable beds - both beds in the room suffering the same flaw of being overused!
I did not bother to call the frontdesk, as service is far from stellar at this hotel. From check-in to check-out, the staff consistently gives the impression that they have no reason to be cheerful or even cordial. In my experience, they greet you perfunctorily and do their jobs, and that's that. Nothing extra. Nothing more. But you step into the room, enjoy the space and the views and the service (or lack) becomes a distant memory.
The hotel is within walking distance to the many restaurants in Simpson Bay (whether fastfood or slow), to cinemas, casinos and supermarkets. Its also very convenient for one night stopovers particularly if you have early connections at the airport which is a 7 minutes drive away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, your island hideaway with spacious Caribbean villas for luxury living. The ocean views are incredible and the resort has pools, restaurants and a water sports center. More fine restaurants and stores are just a short walk away in Simpson Bay. This resort is the perfect base for exploring St. Maarten, an island with Caribbean, French and Dutch ambiance. A privileged waterfront setting, with unparalleled location on the shore of Simpson Bay, Enjoy the best views of the Caribbean from your elegant, fully furnished and equipped Caribbean villa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Villas At Simpson Bay Resort & Marina St. Maarten-St. Martin