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Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Reviewed 21 May 2012 via mobile

We were at the resort May 12th to May 19th (engaged couple). We reserved a car ahead of time (Unity/ very good). The resort is about 10 minutes from the airport. The resort requires a $250 deposit, so make sure your credit card is aware you are going out of the country. I had to make a collect call to Citibank To allow charges. The resort only takes Visa or MasterCard. Our room was in the B building on the 3rd floor. We had a spectacular view of the bay from our balcony. Room was spacious but outdated. Maid service is only once a week. Lots on towels in the closet. Good safe in the room. Queen size pull out sofa was uncomfortable to sit on, so I ceratinly would not recommend sleeping on it. TVs in bedroom and living room are small (19 inch). There are some hills, so if you difficulties walking I wouldn't recommend this resort. Never had a problem securing a spot on the beach (we went at 8 or 9 am). The beach is nice but a bit on the small side. The only reservations I would have is the possible closing down secondary to legal issues. I wouldn't go back until that is settled. Rumor has it that Hard Rock may be buying the resort. Also, there is a $50 government fee for the week and a $7 voluntary donation (to beautiful the island). Check in is 4 pm and check out is 10 am. We drove around the island with our luggage in our trunk, and we had no problems. Hope this helps!

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Reviewed 3 May 2012

This was our second stay at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. The price for the room was quite good. The staff is cold & non-caring, We were not aware that there was no maid service on a daily basis and when we contacted the main desk, they were rude. The location is very good; near the airport and the" Americanville" restaurants. The views are generally quite good and the rooms themselves are spacious. As long as you understand that the staff is sub-parr, and you don't have great expectations for maid service, I still would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Steve2600
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We spent a week here very nice condos beach a five minute walk great beach plenty of restaurants within walking distance. We did not rent a car chose to take local buses great way to travel went to the famous airport on St Martin Sat at the Sunset Beach Bar it was fun watching the airplanes coming in over the beach and all the people

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Sandie65
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We were in the B building facing the ocean on the second floor and it had a spectacular view. The rooms smelled so fresh and clean too. Our patio was about 20x15 which was more than enough for quiet get-togethers with some other friendly guests and gorgeous views of the sunsets. Our pool was clean and conveniently close to our room. There are several pools on the landscaped grounds.
We had a small medical emergency and the hotel sent their free hotel shuttle bus to pick us up. We thought they would take us to the reception area to pick up a taxi, instead, the shuttle driver Antoine took us directly to the hospital and WAITED for us and drove us back. They didn't have to do this and it was so much appreciated. We'll never forget our driver, Antoine who showed so much concern. In fact, ALL of the staff we encountered were so friendly and kind. The restaurants at the resort are very good but a special shout out to The Stone and Bon Appetit. There is also a small bakery behind Bon Appetit
that has a woman with golden hands that makes the most delicious croissants, french bread and to die for pastries. What a special treat!
Day cruises to St. Barths,Marigot,Sabo and Phillipsburg are readily available at the resort dock. We didn't use the Scuba tour but our neighbors went frequently and loved them. All these trips are very well organized.
This was our first time to St. Maarten and we can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: This resort has been around awhile so it would be wise to request the remodeled suites.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Carolynor
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

April 15, 2012
Our family of four just returned LAST NIGHT from St. Maarten and had an amazing time.

Tips on Simpson Bay Resort and Marina - Pay for the upgrade to the Villas (believe we paid around $450/wk above our RCI time share exchange rate) and it was well worth it. Had a 2 bedroom on the 5th floor with a view of the bay/marina. It is supposedly a few years old with all granite in the kitchens/baths, large bathrooms/kitchens, large balconies overlooking the bay (2 separate balconies) and huge rooms/comfy beds.

Car: Highly recommend you get a car. Some people say you don't need it but it was awesome as you can explore the entire island and EVERY beach on the island is like a new vacation. (some surrounded by green mountains, some surrounded by cliffs, some were long stretches of beach with tons of activity/people and others were just smaller coves...just stunning).

Beaches:
Loved Mullet Bay (beautiful and a cliff on one end where you can hike and take panoramic pictures). Heard the locals love it here. (heard from our bartender at Simpson Bay)
Loved Dawn Beach (crystal clear water and great for snorkeling); the Westin is located on Dawn beach.
Loved Cupecoy Beach. Tucked away and surrounded by huge cliffs and caves. Just cool to see and explore.
Enjoyed Friar's Beach (snorkeling), Baie Rouge, and Orient Beach (partial nudity).
Enjoyed Mojo Beach for the experience of the jets flying above.
Enjoyed day at Pinel Island ($7/pp ferry ride) and 2 restaurants on island; other half is uninhabited.
Enjoyed Anquilla snorkeling trip via catamaran via Aqua Mania.

Restaurants: Favorites were Pineapple Petes (crab stuffed grouper, fish and chips), Skipjacks (everything!) and French Bakery in Simpson Bay near Fed Ex (La Succiere or something like that). Also enjoyed Greenhouse and Cafe on the Bay for $5/appetizers and $3 martinis during happy hour such as shrimp tempura, calamari, etc. Loved the Carousel ice cream/gelato place in Simpson Bay...also enjoyed Rosie's Shack on Mullet Bay where you could get a plate of chicken, rice with red beans and fried plaintains for $7. Food was awesome. Look for happy hour deals or early bird specials to help with the costs. We had a full kitchen so ate breakfast in or just ventured out for late lunch/early dinner depending on where we were for the day (there's a grocery store right by Burger King..)

Excursions: 1) 2.5 hr sunset cruise on a 65' catamaran for $15/pp via Aqua Mania on Mon night including your Rum punch (great way to see the different beaches from the water and just relaxing), 2) Snorkeling trip to Anguilla (actually snorkled at Prickly Pear) and had lunch in Anguilla (9-5pm) - fun trip & boat ride and 3) Pinel Island (you can go for an hour or a day as there is a ferry that leaves every 30 min. ($7/pp round trip). My husband loved it...I personally would love to see all the beaches versus just spend a day in one place.

Other Tips at Simpson Bay: Take advantage of free kayaks (something fun to do with the kids); Also bought fishing poles so the kids could enjoy or even fish from the kayaks. Bring a cooler if you can so you can pack food/drinks and take with you if you decide to explore the beaches for the day.

Had a great time. Will go back in a few years!

Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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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: ₹ 6,815 - ₹ 20,510 (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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