We checked in June 21, we were an hour early, but our room was ready, they were quick and we were greeted with champagne. Then you're off to the activity desk where you can opt in for the timeshare schpeel. I own several and don't mind doing the presentation…always like to see what a new property has to offer! Everyone at concierge was nice except for one lady…I'm assuming when the other reviewers mentioned them being rude, it was probably her. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and I'm hoping she was just too dry/sarcastic-trying-to-be-funny-but-not-quite-pulling-it-off for the older set. Stick with the guys, they were great! I traded my Marriott in thru II and we had a very nice 2 bedroom (not a lock off) 2332, overlooking Dawn Beach. Our room matched the one they showed us on the timeshare tour, so I'm assuming that means it was part of the most recent renovations. Lovely blues and greens, a/c worked great and the kitchen had everything you needed…we even found some citronella candles for the balcony…nice touch! -on that note, bring your skeeter repellent, they are not swarming or anything, but there are a few thirsty ones hanging out. I bought UltraThon from amazon in a 2oz tube…the only day I got bit was the day I forgot to put it on. Anyway, no elevator in this building, but 3 flights of stairs were worth the view! We were directly over Beau Beaus restaurant and yes you could hear the music, but most of the nights we sat out on our balcony with a nightcap and enjoyed the show! Only one night was annoying and I think that was just because we were super tired and wanted to go to sleep before they were done…which was usually 9 or 10pm. I heeded the other reviewers warnings about lumpy pillows and stuffed one from home into my suitcase…glad I did! Their's weren't horrible, but I had the extra room and it made me happy. If I had to find one other negative thing to say, it is that the water pressure was quite light. Oh well, I wasn't there for a beauty contest and just let my hair frizz out like it wanted to anyway!
The infinity pool was nice, a shallow side for the kiddos and a deeper side for the adults. We never had trouble getting 2 chairs together with an umbrella. Bar & restrooms were nearby and Wanda The Wonderful was also providing poolside service. We had a small walk to the pool are, but the beach was accessable from our building…They raked up the seaweed every day and there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas down there as well. It was pretty breezy last week, so we never sat up shop on the beach, but did walk it several times.
We rented a car from the airport…navigating wasn't too difficult, and it probably came out cheaper than to take taxis everywhere anyway. We got a "compact SUV," which sounded a little questionable, but turned out to be great, it was a small Dihatsu and was perfect for the tiny parking places, or lack thereof, all over the island. Don't go for anything full-sized or bigger, those poor guys were having a helluva time parking. And may I suggest getting the insurance? We hit our door on various things several times and also a giant rock that popped up out of no where! (I swear!) It was also nice to be able to drive to other beaches and also the restaurants on the french side. We stopped at a grocery store in Phillipsburg and stocked up on booze, snacks, water, sodas etc. There is the Pier Grocery walking distance from OBBR, but it is quite overpriced and not a whole lot of selection. We also drove over and took the ferry to St. Barth's from the french side. That was an "ok" experience….I'm glad to got to see it, probably won't go back on another day trip, though. The ferry ride took about 40 mins, I know I get seasick so I took a couple dramamines and was fine…my traveling companion, not so much. He was pretty green by the time we got there an then was miserable the whole day. Not much to do in the marina area, just the requisite Hermes and other vastly expensive shops and a couple restaurants. We walked (technically hiked!) to Shell Beach…that was NOT worth the effort. Now bored with 5 more hours to kill, we took a 10 minute, 20 euro ($30) cab ride to St. Jean…had cocktails at The Sand Bar at Eden Rock. I guess this is the place the celebs go and you'd need rock star money to stay here…4 cocktails were over $140!! yeowza. The staff there were all very friendly, but they were the only ones on the whole island. Very uppity, and I can't say rude, because no one even spoke to us for them to be rude to us! I like to buy jewelry as my souvenir and we went into several shops. One lady looked up at me, made eye contact, I said Hello and she just looked back down at her phone. Bonjour? how am I supposed to spend money when you can't even say hello? Everyone on St. Maarten and at OBBR were super friendly, you pass people they all said Hello, smiled…guess we got spoiled those first couple days.
Anyway, to sum it up…When I travel, I'm always looking to check another new country off my list. Rarely do I return somewhere unless I absolutely loved it. You'll never find me at a Motel 6, sometimes I go all out Ritz Carlton, but usually I stick with Marriott's level of hotel. I'm deeply embedded in their cult and I love my timeshares (2 Marriotts, a Wyndham, PBSB in Cabo and Tradewinds). As of Tuesday, I have gotten rid of my Wyndham and now own at OBBR!…that's how much I enjoyed this little island and this wonderful resort. just saying. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just south of the amicable French/Dutch divide, Oyster Bay Beach Resort awaits. Perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean ocean and Oyster Pond Marina is paradise found. With breathtaking ocean views, white sand beach and countless amenities Oyster Bay Beach Resort and its sister properties, Mainsail, Spinnaker and the Lighthouse serve as your escape from the every day. Find adventure, serenity and the fullness of life at our island resort. Make Oyster Bay your next stop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oyster Bay Beach Hotel Oyster Pond
- Oyster Bay Beach Philipsburg