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Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2  - Two bunk beds for the kids
Bedroom 2
blue living room
vue on the balcony
living room
Terrasse
terrace
tv place
SHOWER ROOM
Outdoor Pool
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, St Martin / St Maarten

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Amy R
North Hartland
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Adorable Place; Exactly as Described”
Reviewed 10 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We rented this adorable villa with our two teenage kids for a Caribbean Christmas Vacation. The beginning of our vacation didn't start off so well. The owners were out of town while we were there and their friend Benedicte was to meet us at the Avis office. First, we thought Benedicte was a man (this is not so!) and also, we thought the Avis office was at the airport. So you can imagine our surprise when we arrive and no one is there to meet us. We ran around the airport trying to find Benedicte. After 45 minutes we decided to go get our car, and there SHE WAS! She was waiting there to greet us! So the AVIS OFFICE is NOT in the airport! After we figured this out, it was smooth sailing from there. She escorted us to the villa and gave us a run down on things to do. The place is exactly as described and pictured.

Here are my thoughts:
The upstairs is very inviting but there isn't a lot of comfortable seating. The daybed was used as a bed at night for our daughter. The bug net was necessary if you are going to keep the double doors open during the day!
The outside seating is comfortable. The kids loved the hammock.
The crabs are so much fun to watch outside!!
The TV is ALL IN FRENCH. We did NOT find one station that was english. NO DVD player.
There was 2 pool noodles on the porch for your use.
They have lots of books and magazines to read.
They have a cooler with ice packs in the freezer to use to go to the beach.
Teapot and Coffeemaker there (coffee pot uses round generic coffee filters.
Internet works but is slow.
They have two drying racks on the porch but no dryer.
The washing machine was 1/3 of my normal washing machine.
Only place to blow dry hair was upstairs in living room (unless you bring an extension cord).
Normal "american" outlets
I thought our queen bed was very hard although my husband liked it.
In order to gain access to the kids room you have to go through the "master" bedroom. Lack of privacy for the parents (just want you to be warned!!
They have a safe for you to use.
Gated community. In order to obtain access to this area, you need a key card to get into the parking area. Once in we felt safe. The neighborhood around it, isn't so nice.

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
extension cord
soap/shampoo
trash bags (there was a few there but not enough for our stay)
bug spray
beach bag (bring a garbage bag in your beach bag in case it starts to down pour, you can keep your stuff dry).
blow dryer
windex wipes (these would had been perfect on the beach when the salt water sprayed onto our sunglasses).
ketchup/mustard/mayo packets (if will only need a little bit; was wasteful to buy a whole bottle of each for one meal)
any spices (put in old tic tac bottles) you may want.
I brought a bunch of snacks with us. Food is expensive here!
If I had young children, I'd be concerned they might fall down the stairs. If your child can climb stairs without difficulty, this is fine but if you have to hold their hand, I wouldn't do it.
Shower makes whole bathroom wet (they have a squeegie for you to use on the floor).

Suggestions for the villa:
small laundry basket (was hard to get clothes out of washer without it falling onto the ground)
measuring cups (I couldn't find any).
long lighter to light the stove
DVD player
English channels on tv
bug spray
Dish cloths
garbage bags

You will have to buy:
toilet paper
paper towels

I hope this helps you decide if this is the right place for you. We would rent here again. We felt safe which is very important.
Next time I book anything, I will make sure I have a phone number of someone I can contact and the actual address of the villa.

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Liked best: The upstairs living area and deck
Liked least: bathroom always wet from the shower.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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KikeTovar
Pereira, Colombia
1 review
“All was excellent. St Maarten is unique.”
Reviewed 17 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Go!! For tomorrow is later. Near there supermarket, and drugs. The Maho Beach is near in car too. Near there Dominican food, no is so expensive.

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Liked best: The access road
Liked least: Have me go
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Chantilly France
Reviewed 1 July 2013 for a stay in August 2012

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SarahWyer
England
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great base for exploring St Martin”
Reviewed 2 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
4
people found this review helpful

The service & care we received from Valerie & Philippe was first class, from the airport pick up to the drop off. It was all very easy. We hired a car through Philippe who works for Avis which worked brilliantly.

The villa has everything you need. Remember to pay in cash on arrival. Beach towels, hair dryer ....all here !

Best thing was hiring sunbeds from driftwood bar on maho beach ..opp end from sunset bar

Enjoy !!

Glad

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Reviewed 24 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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