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The Villas at Simpson Bay Beach Resort & Marina
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

This was our 4th trip to St. Maarten and our second time staying at the Villas at Simpson Bay. Four years ago we shared a two bedroom unit with friends, this time a one bedroom unit for the two of us.

The main room is huge and includes two murphy beds, a full kitchen with granite, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, coffee pot, blender, toaster, etc.

The separate bedroom is very large with a nice closet, lots of drawers, huge safe, flat screen tv, doorwall out to the huge balcony, and plenty of extra towels and sheets.

The shower and toilet are in a separate room and just outside is a huge area with 2 sinks, dryer, and storage drawers.

The oversize balcony has a table, plenty of chairs, and an incredible view of the pool, bay, boats, and sunset.

Our room was thoroughly cleaned and soap, shampoo, towels, etc. were replenished daily.

The pool, swim up bar, beach, and casino are small but nice.

The manager’s cocktail party was fun and included complimentary beer, rum punch, and entertainment.

Restaurants and bars we enjoyed: Little Jerusalem, Pizza Galley, Karakter, Lal’s, Pineapple Peats, The Greenhouse, Dinghy Docks, and Lee’s.

We always rent a car so we can explore the island and visit different beaches and casinos. We paid $120 for the week, including taxes, through Payless which is very close to the villas.

We enjoyed 2 days at Orient Beach (Orange Fever and Waikiki), one at Dawn Beach (Busby’s), Maho Beach to watch the airplanes land and take off, and Karakter Beach.

I would highly recommend the Villas at Simpson Bay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank alwayz_on_vacation
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We spent four excellent nights at the hotel in late November at either end of our cruise on a sailing catamaran around the islands. The suite rooms were very comfortable and we spent splendid breakfast times on our balcony watching the pelicans swooping and diving for fish in the bay outside. The rooms and the maintenance were extremely good and the bed very comfortable. This is a lovely spot with great activity and life to watch with the boats and the sea birds.The swimming pools, shops, and the bars were excellent and the staff always friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed several great meals at the on site restaurants. The one downside was the regularly long queue at the reception desk with a lot of guests in this busy hotel looking for faster service. More slick efficient reception staff are required.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a suite with an ocean view and a balcony
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RichardT870
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I stayed here for a week while on vacation but would not do so again. The staff here are great! Helpful and informative in respects to travel, venues, restaurants, tours, etc. HOWEVER if you run out of towels or toiletries, especially at a certain hour, you're stuck. ROOMS ARE CLEANED ONLY ONCE A WEEK. AND if you would like additional cleanings, they charge $25 with a straight face. Extremely tacky.

Our toilet would not flush and kept backing up. Instead of fixing it, we were told to not put ANY tissue paper whatsoever in the bowl forcing us to have to bring the soiled tissues out into the trash bin in the hallway EACH AND EVERY TIME we used the restroom. Just gross.

As previous reviewers mentioned, the walls are paper thin and you can hear EVERTHING going on above, beside and under your room. It's like the walls are talking.

The staff have their hands tied and are unable to do anything to help, especially after hours.

I would not consider staying here again. It's not as nice as it appears.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Beyatta R
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Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay, if you dont mind that your room remain uncleaned for 3 days and before weekend you will be removed from your room because owner is coming. Not very friendly stuff in the internet corner... most unfriendly white american girl. Black are the best here. Very nice especially on the beach area. All near, reataurants, busses. We rented car for 55usd for a day, but no need, you can reach Marigot and Philipsburg taking bus nearby for 1-3usd. Very often coming. Great place to stay for a weekend not longer. The entrance from villas to tge beach a bit complicated, from 3 floor. No place to wash your foots before entering the room. A lot of pelicans on the bay. If you want you room cleaned ask it when checking in. Dont forget deposit 150usd I dont even know if will be refunded. Cheap diamonds. Tax free. Take a lot of money with you. Dinner for 2 60usd with glass of wine. Stone restaurant is the best near the pool area. In market nearby you can by everething and heat it microwave here. Views are beautiful. Try local rum Gusvaberry. Normal price 18 usd, most of the shops sell 22-29usd. Viktoria from Estonia

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

What a beautiful place to stay. We were not expecting such a gorgeous apartment to stay in. We were expecting a hotel room. It had everything including granite counter tops. It made paradise in St Maarten even more beautiful. and every room in the place overlooks the lagoon and beach. Sooo beautiful to wake up to everyday. However they didn't replace the shampoo and conditioner everyday. AND, you pay Timeshare taxes whether you like it or not. I'm sorry, I was not looking for a timeshare. I was looking for a place to stay for two weeks. But unfortunately you find that out after you are there and stuck with it. AND they add a $1 per day to your bill for some charity and you have to tell them to take it off your bill if you don;t actually want to donate to that charity!! Not cool. We ate at the Green House a lot and Loved it every time.

Room Tip: Every room is a good room because they all face the water. Just make sure you get in the NEW building. We were on a higher floor for a better view of the ocean. Some like to be close to the pool.
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2  Thank TSalter
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