Just got back from my stay in St Maarten.I strongly suggest an upgrade to the villas if possible. We had a junior suite overlooking the marina that was very nice. No problems with the room or the hotel staff. The ameneties at the resort are very played out. I know that they're remodeling and upgrading, and the 4-5 restaurants should be included in the upgrade. This place is sprawling,and each different area has it's own pool. Some larger than others. Our pool was decent size with a swim up bar. Unfortunately there were a few guys that were part of a wedding party, that drank to the point when they didn't know how loud they were spewing vulgarities. I'm in no way a party pooper, but it began to get uncomfortable.
The beach was a few minute walk from the room, and there is no charge for lounges and umbrellas.Definitely tip the guys though.
Probably one of the most enjoyable moments were spent first thing in the morning, on our balcony sipping iced coffee and nibbling on croissants bought within walking distance at Tastee Delite.
Whatever you do on the island... Don't Miss The Bus! One of the only decent spots in Simpson Bay is called Karakter. It's small and can get crowded, but the beach puts the one at the resort to shame, the food is spectacular( very possibly the best food spot in Simpson Bay ), and it's all served from an old bus right on the beach. It was perfect for us, as we had about 2-3 hrs to kill before our flight. I only wish I had found it days sooner.
Simpson Bay bars and restauraunts are Americanized and dumpy. I was suspicious when I could only find good breakfast spots on TripAdvisor, Frommers and Fodors in Simpson Bay. Definitely go to the next town over( Maho). it's a whole different feel. I suggest Bamboo Bernies for dinner and his sky lounge, on the rooftop.
If I come back to the island, I'll stay on the french side. It's a bit run down but it's got personality and some of the best eating spots on the island right on Grand Casse Blvd. If you get there on Tuesdays, they have what they call Harmony. It's a cultural parade with music and dancing on Grand Casse Blvd, and the local artists and vendors line the blvd selling their goods. I'd highly recommend the women making the home made churned ice cream. her coconut ice cream was a killer! The best!
Oh, one last thing. Stop at Serafina cafe in Marigot( french side) for a salad and an iced coffee with fresh whipped cream. Yummy!
- 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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