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just back-wonderful time-review of trip

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just back-wonderful time-review of trip

We stayed at the pelican B building b352--we had a loooong walk up the hill, but they provided vans to take you if you didn't want to walk. (like carrying groceries). Our unit was a corner unit 1 bedroom and did have airconditioning in the bedroom & living room. We didn't know other units did not have it until we spoke to others. We had a wonderful balcony with a table, 4 chairs & a lounge chair. We had a wonderful view and a great sunset. The rsort is not 5 stars. It needs lots of work, but the Royal Resorts (from Cancun) have taken it over and trying to update & fix it up. We had some maintenence issues - moldy smell & mold on the bedroom ceiling--but we called & someone came pretty quickly and bleached the ceiling & spayed. The next day, the smell was almost gone & by day 3 it was fine. We had some little ants on the counter, but maintence was there within 5 minutes after our call with ant spray, and left the can. The room decor is very outdated - green wicker furniture & cabinets---but it is very spacious and the maid did a wonderful job cleaning the unit. She even left us a flower bouquet with fresh flowers and greens she picked from the gardens.

We went to Toppers restaurant 2 times. Wonderful steaks, and the stuffed Mahi Mahi with crabmeat was fabulous. We ate at Pineapple petes - had the Rack of Lamb --yummy...melted in your mouth. Don't miss the red piano bar --Tammy T is fantastic. The casino was pretty empty most of the time at the tables especially, but the dealers were friendly at the roulette table, and the drink girl was around non-stop.

We did the "beach hopping" tour thru the pelican - $15 per person--went to 2 beaches, had about 4 hours at Orient beach...wonderful...we rented a beach chair & umbrella & had 2 pina colada's for $16. Don't go when the cruise ships are there, the prices go up & the crowds are awful. We had lunch at the Lo-Lo's - $8 rack of ribs & 3 sides ...OMG

what a deal!! --- We went to Marigot and took back French pastries to our villa (for dinner)

as we were so full from a large lunch...great trip--worth every penny!

We ate that the beach bar at the pelican during the day several times, and went to the orientation on Monday & the "get together" at the marina pool at night for complementary drinks & snacks--very nice.

We went to Phillipsburg on the free shuttle, and I got into trouble at D&G jewlers. I went for a gold anklet, but ended up with not ony the ankle bracelet, but a chocolate & white diamond/14k gold ring....oh boy...didn't see that coming! We bought a battery charger for our camera at Boolchangs, and souveniers at Rima's...(ended up not getting my charge card back) but when I got back to my room, I realized this and started to panic, retraced my steps & called Rima's - spoke with Nick and he had the charge & kept it for me--which I went back several days later & he had it for me. Good thing he was trust worthy.

All in all, we had a wonderful time, great weather and friendly people....I recommend the Pelican and St Maarten.

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1. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

Sounds like you really enjoyed yourselves! I think the trip for $15.00 is a steal! You got to get around and didn't have to worry about parking or drinking & driving. Very smart!

Thanks for sharing.

Contessa

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We really had a good time...with a bit of TLC the Pelican can be a wonderful resort.

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3. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

What a nice upbeat trip report. Thank you so much for contributing. A lot of people who have never been to the island don't realize that St. Maarten is not really about "the resort" but the island as a whole. It's an island that insists you go out and enjoy everything it has to offer rather than sit around and be bored. And you take the good with the not so good and make lemonade. Looks like you did just that and had a great time.

And that $15/pp beach trip sounds absolutely wonderful! Where did you sign up for this and at what time did it leave to go around the island? Tell us more!!! I would do this trip if it can be for anyone and not just Pelican residents.

Thank you again and welcome home.

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4. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

I believe you have to stay at the pelican, but....

we signed up at the concierge office next to the casino. we had to give our name & pay cash...so maybe others can go.

It goes 2x during the week.

I believe Tues & Thursday

$15 --- pick up at 9:15 leaves at 9:30 - goes to Galeon beach 1st-few minutes for pic's...then Orient beach - about 4 hours, '

then to Grand case - LO LO's for lunch (which you pay for)

$8 ribs & 3 sides, $10 ribs, chicken & 3 sides....YUMMMY

Then to Marigot for a quick stop at a bakery for pastries, and back to

the resort, ...suppose to get back about 4:30 but we arrived a bit earlier.

It was a wonderful day & I highly recommend it!

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5. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

Thank you soooo much for the info. We'll definitely look into this. I doubt that they would turn us away. The more the merrier... :)

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6. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

We have done that trip each year that we go to Pelican and it never grows old. Definitely a great tour for the price.

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7. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

thanks for the great report! we have friends who own about 12 weeks at various "royal" resorts in mexico and they are always listed as premium resorts. actual reviews for royal resorts also seem to be very good. hopefully only better things are in store for the pelican under this management.

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8. Re: just back-wonderful time-review of trip

I am still curious, is that $15 beach tour available for non-pelican guests?

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