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“Great updated room, helpful staff, beach covered in seaweed”

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Oyster Pond
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

We arrived on a Saturday from Anguilla and what a disappointment the beach was, small & covered in seaweed. But when we got to our room, it was very nice, brand new furniture, nice linens and clean and happy. We quickly realized a rental car was a must, rented from onsite- expect $200/ week. As we explored the island and did site inspections, favorite beaches were Grand Case, orient beach (windy & wavy), and isle of Pinel.

The pool was very dirty & hot tub I barely wanted to put a toe in, by Wed. It was cleaned and the whole family spent the afternoon in it. Great happy hour 4-6 everyday, and local restaurants nothing too exciting, Busbys next door was very good as well as convent, grocery next door. Expect a request for a timeshare pitch, but it's not pushed too hard. Activities desk was very helpful and worked with me to ensure best values and experiences as I would be writing about them. FYI, many ocean-front rooms are being renovated, so we had the marina view - which was lovely.

Room Tip: Ask if your room has been renovated. Unless you don't mind the noise, I would not request pool-s...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We've stayed at Oyster Bay Beach Resort for thirteen years, usually for two weeks at a time. You can be free to explore the island by renting a car on-site or from many other sources at or near the airport or the resort Activities Desk offers many options for transportation and island exploration as well. On-site restaurants are great and there are also many near-by opportunities as well ranging from quaint French to pizza or more upscale. There is an on-site day spa that offers all services and a massage is always a great way to begin a relaxed vacation. The adjoining Dawn Beach offers free chairs and umbrellas for resort guests and relaxing strolls and, if you're so inclined, an easy way to enjoy the water world by snorkeling from the beach. Most units have been totally updated under the guidance of professional decorators and with the latest updates in amenities. A truly relaxing get-away! Check out the extensive website at http://www.oysterbaybeachresort.com/.

Room Tip: There are many ocean-facing rooms or the more tranquil marina-facing views. All the units are of co...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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9  Thank SXMfoodie612
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We've stayed here twice as a time share guests and once as a non-time share guest. We loved it all three times. We do get slightly better treatment when we are staying with our time share owners.

The staff is extremely friendly, the food is fantastic and there is always something going on. I love the view of St. Barth's from the infinity pool.

I just wish Dawn Beach would clear up, but you can't blame OBBR for Mother Nature.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Travel-a-lot-gal
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

OBBR has the potential (may have had the potential) to offer a one stop resort - however the biggest current drawback is that the beach is unusable due to knee high seaweed covering the beach and huge rafts of seaweed on the water surface. Unfortunately the resort has NOT made any effort to clean the beach or accommodate guests with either a shuttle or access to another beach - guests are left with little choice but renting a car or paying huge taxi rates to enjoy sun and sand. A huge Faux Pas!!

On site restaurants (Infinity and Beau Beau's) are tired and lack any culinary interest. A short walk away Mr. Busby's is a culinary surprise and Big Fish draws a crowd. But if you have a car - drive to Grand Casse where a french/creole fusion cuisine is sure to tantalize.

Suites were comfortable, clean and functional but need updating and capital reinvestment. Views of Oyster Pond or the Ocean are outstanding and early morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the pond was a treat. Staff was hugely accommodating and helpful with organizing off-site excursions - St. Barth's is a must! - general requests, giving directions and tips on where to go and what to see.

Overall - comfortable, but uninspiring and not on a list for a return visit.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near the lobby. Rooms on the marina side offer great relaxing views.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Sail2KW
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

We always enjoy our stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR)! It is a place where we can go to relax, read and dine in wonderful restaurants! The facilities (we have stayed in studios, 1 and 2 bd rms) and views at OBBR are more than 5 stars! The Activities Desk always has lots to do - if you wish to partake, but you can just relax and read a book by the pool or at the beach. Food and drink service in both locations is excellent. We have been going there about 10 years and always rent a car. We have been able to rent a car in St. Maarten for less money than anywhere (USA or Europe) else we have traveled. While we have seen the island many times (we always drive around once), our favorite things to do away from OBBR are eat in Grand Case's French restaurants and go to the Margot Flea Market. There are many shops in Phillipsburg and Margot, but shopping is not something we tend to do, although we have purchased beautiful jewelry. If you don't make arrangements for a car ahead of time at the airport, you can rent by the day or even week reasonably at the Activities Desk at OBBR.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
7  Thank Charles E
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Additional Information about Oyster Bay Beach Resort

Address: Emerald Merit Rd 10, Oyster Pond 97150, St Martin / St Maarten
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Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Oyster Pond
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range: ₹ 12,684 - ₹ 13,720 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oyster Bay Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 178
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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