We really did love it here at the Belair. We traded our RCI timeshare for 1 week in July. As other reviews stated..it is showing its age, but that doesn't take a thing away from it. The biggest complaint I have is that the rooms were musty, because it's on the ocean. The only way I could see this being rectified is by installing dehumidifiers. It isn't a "posh" hotel, but that didn't bother us. We were hardly in the room and all that we wanted and needed were supplied to us.
Pros: Right on one of the best beaches on the island. Little Bay beach is beautiful! Warm water, roomy beach, soft sand, no shells or rocks to step on, quiet, and they reserve your chairs for the week. If you are a beach person like me, this beach will get you in the zone fast. You can watch the cruise ships coming and going to Great Bay. I felt as if I had the beach to myself many times....soooo nice. No big crowds like we saw in Orient Beach and Great Bay...those were really pretty...but crowded! I hate a crowded beach...makes me insane. Little Bay was perfect....although it was off-season..maybe that's why it was quiet. Jodys Place is a nice grocery store on the property...came in handy a few times. Gingerbread Cafe was hit or miss...most of it good...the red snapper was excellent. It was nice to have somewhere to eat if you didn't feel like stepping out or cooking. Service was slow, although very friendly.The unit had plenty of storage, beds were acceptable. I have to say the little stupid things made me happy such as a retractable clothes line in the shower, a drying rack on the balcony, and ice machine in the freezer, candles for the patio and a paper at your door every morning. Everyone was very friendly.
Cons: As I said earlier...musty rooms. Oh well...we dealt with it. If you love those big lazy river type pools, you will be dissappointed. The beach is the attraction here, not the pool. Pool was very small and right outside the cafe. I never used it. The hotel is a bit far from things. We couldn't see walking into Philipsburg, road was a bit tricky, no sidewalks in some places and cars whizzing by. It's not impossible, but we just never did it. We didn't rent a car. If you do, just know ahead of time, there are many many cars on this little island! Traffic was bad at times. We opted for cabs and everywhere we went a cab was called for us..never had to wait long. Also, parking seemed to be at a premium. Simpson Bay had many good places to eat, too far to walk from the hotel. My daughter got stung by a jellyfish and a cabbie took us to the hospital for some meds and waited for us...he also went out of his way to ask an employee at the Belair for some aloe, which they cut and gave to us. All the cabbies were great people and fun to speak to...we learned a lot from them and had us laughing many times. I'm glad we didn't rent a car!
Make sure you see Lorna (activities) she is chock full of info. We booked a Lambada tour to Prickly Pear Cay (must do this if you love the beach!!!) and she found us a driver for the day named Fitz (great guy) and took us for an island tour.
I would stay here again. I also enjoyed the fact that we were not bothered by timeshare stalkers. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is a gorgeous island full of friendly happy people...hope I can see you again!
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Beach Philipsburg
- Hotel Belair Beach
- Belair Beach Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg