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Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Reviewed 14 April 2012

Wonderful resort but lots of polotics at this place, it has been around a long time, recently changed names due to issues with old owners and courts. Currently being maneged by Royal Resorts which is a capable organization in my oppinion (been to their resorts in Mexico). Beyond the politics this place has so so much potential. Many units are in great shape but others need updating and repair. There did not seem to be much rym nor reason with regard to this as the good, the bad and the ugly existed in the same buildings. I am sure that the buildings which have been completely renovated contain all nice units, and I can tell you that the newer buildings in the front are incredible (where check in is located). Regarding the service, it was great, friendly staff, and if you have any significant complaints see MARCEL, one of the managers. He saved the day getting us into a very nice unit. Made turning "60" less painful!!! Thanks Marcel. So much to see and do in St Maarten. Best tour: Sunset / dinner combo on the Passat; Best restaurant: Le Moulin Rou (The Crazy Windmill), second to this the Lottery Farm restaurant. Best deal / ribs in Grand Casa at "Talk of the Town"; best beach: Orient; best overall experience the Lottery Farm - Zip line, restaurant, swim area, and views from pic paradise. Hope we get back there in 2014 for a 2 week stint - one of my favorite islands. We are to visit the island via a cruz in January 2013 - Zip line EXTREME here I come!!!!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

This complex is the best place to stay if you are on the Dutch side of the island. It's only a short drive from the airport and if you rent a car from Tropicana Car Rental's, they will come pick you up at the airport. The resort is very convenient to restaurants ( Lee's, Topper's, Skip Jacks) and to grocery stores and Burger King. The landscaping on the resort was beautiful. I didn't smell any sewage. I did smell a lot of jasmine and other flowers that were blooming everywhere. I had a great time there and couldn't find anything negative about the place.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We made the trip to St. Maarten for the first time with 3 adults and a teenager. My friend cashed in a timeshare option so we could have two rooms. Simpson Bay Resort is convenient to the airport, and there are lots of restaurants, bars and a very nice grocery store within walking distant. But there is a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere about the property. It was not overly crowded even though it was Spring Break; we were always able to get lounge chairs and umbrellas at the beach and get seated at restaurants. There is a convenience store, several bars and restaurants on site so you never have to leave. The view is over Simpson Bay and the ocean so you can sit and watch yacht and sailboat traffic all day and stay for the terrific sunsets.
Our room was clean and spacious. We had a fully appointed kitchen area and were able to fix lunches and several dinners in the room. Our patio on the second floor had a spectacular view and was the perfect spot for breakfast. We did have a non-functioning blowdryer that was never replaced despite several calls. Otherwise, perfect for couples or families.
The stores and restaurants on site are no more expensive than out on town. There are plenty of pools and the beach is wonderful. In the evening, people were fishing off the jetty. Be sure to stop in Toppers on the Beach for your sunset cocktail!
This was definitely an older crowd at this resort - age 50 and up - and very few kids and teenagers. There were not a lot of activities available but they did have live music at the beach or one of the pools several times a week.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely return to this resort.

Room Tip: We were placed in Bouganvillia building facing the Bay and had the absolute best views. Ask for the...
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The villa's at Simpson Bay are very nice units, with a great view of the water. Unfortunately you have a frequent smell that makes being on the balcony unappealing. The smell is sewage. We cannot believe that no one else writes about this. The resort and the rooms are really nice, our room is one of the cleanest we've ever stayed in and the staff was great.
The island is very sad and dirty. The sewage smell is everywhere some places like Friar Bay Beach it is so bad you cannot stay on the beach. We will not return to this island, the only saving grace to this vacation was the Simpson Bay Resort.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Wonderful place, we really enjoyed our week long stay. Staff was amazing and couldn't have been more fun. You'll see us back there next year.

***MAKE SURE you get a balcony room facing the water, on the water. Our upgraded room was wonderful, but we visited a number of other rooms that were small, smelly and terrible with no view at the resort that would not have been nearly as much fun.

- We had a large 2 br place with three beds overlooking the bay and the pool. View was amazing. Balcony was great. 2 Trundle beds were small but did the job, master bedroom with queen bed was wonderful. The kitchen didn't have enough pots and pans to really do much but were great for small meals. There's a grocery store conveniently just down the street.
-Walls are really thin and you can hear EVERYTHING in the conjoining room. If we were to do it again we would rent the third room as well just to make things easier.
- Room and our building were always clean.
- Beaches and pools were small but great.
- Staff could not have been more stellar (especially our good friend, YouTube sensation Adrian from Boston).
- We found that Aquamania was a little overrated but very conventient
- As long as you're careful at night, you can walk to a number of decent restaurants and bars. The bars and casino on-site are terrible but fun to have right there.
- Recommend renting a car (very cheap) to get around the island. Makes for great day trips exploring outside of the bay, which is only a very isolated portion of the experiences you can have on this island.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

Address: Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay, St Martin / St Maarten
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Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range: ₹ 7,055 - ₹ 12,687 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 342
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a hillside overlooking Simpson Bay, one of the most popular spots on St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a peaceful Mediterranean-style holiday village offering comfortable suites and all the services guests could possibly need during their Caribbean vacation. With a sheltered private beach, five pools and colorful gardens full of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Allamanda, Simpson Bay Beach Resort & Marina is a captivating island hideaway where you can enjoy the best family vacation ever. A varied activity program, tennis courts, a spa, water sports, dining and evening entertainment make it a favorite with visitors of all ages. ... more   less 
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