Just got back from spending 5 wonderful days at the Belair. Most people stay the week but I wanted to use my Jet Blue passes. The hotel is directly on the beach with every room having an Ocean View. Gated security made me feel extremely safe. Like others have posted this is not an upper end Luxury resort but a home away from home. Place is immaculate and some of the rooms are being renovated. Many of the staff at the hotel have been there for more than 10 years. Every employee greeted us and smiled. Plenty of room to store your clothes with many drawers and closets. Kitchen is basic with large fridge, 2 burner cook top, toaster oven and microwave. Lots of utensils, pans and storage containers. Pool is on the smaller side but kids were having a great time in it. Gingerbread Cafe is very reasonable and we ate there 3 nights for dinner. Monday BBQ night was only 17 a person for adults and I think 10 for kids. Ribs were delicious and home made potato salad was awesome. Make sure to make reservations for it. I liked the staff and the Cafe as well. Lobster was great on another night costing approximately 30 dollars or so. Only had one breakfast there and it was 6.50 for 2 eggs, bacon, sausage and toast. Washers and dryers(2 for the entire place located on the 4th floor for a charge of 2.50 for washer and the same for dryer with soap 1.50 charge tokens available at the desk) Did a load before I left and make sure that you go in the morning early if you don't want to wait.
Cabs are very expensive and regulated by the government. The set price from the airport to the hotel was 15 dollars for 2 people and increases for each additonal person. Very reasonable. We paid 8 dollars each way to get into Phillipsburg. Nice shopping on the boardwalk and ate at the Green Lantern for an appetizer and Happy hour. New restaurant Fusion was very good and staff and owner were very friendly.
Took a cab to Marigot and took the Ferry over to Anguilla. Ferry costs 40 round trip per person including taxes. Make sure to bring a passport. Cab fare to Shoal Bay was a whopping 22 each way for 2 people. Anguilla is breathtaking. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for 10 dollars and ate at Elodias for lunch. Staff really nice, food okay. Lunch was 10 for a hamburger and fries. Look for the yellow umbrellas on the end. Make sure that you look at the return ferry schedule. Water a bit choppy and not for the queasy. Used an Internet Cafe right across from the Ferry in Marigot for 2 dollars for 15 minutes of internet access.
Rented a phone from the Queen of St Maarten located in the Palm Resort right on the way from the airport. You can easily have the cab driver stop there and run into pick up the phone. I spent a lot 80 for the week but it really beats paying for the calls from the room. They drop off the phone to your hotel for an additonal 5 dollar charge. Very happy with them
Dined out for dinner only twice off the property. Went to Simpson Bay to The Boat House for Lobster Special of $36 dollars for a delicious broiled lobster with salad and fries. Staff was really great and service during slow season was quick. Cab fare is 12 dollars for 2 each way. Check with Lorna at the activities desk and she will give you a ten percent off coupon. Fusion right in Phillipsburg was reasonable with most entrees $28 dollars on average each.
Lorna from the activities desk has lived in St Maarten a long time. Many enjoyed the Garfield for a snorkel tour that they said was very reasonable and awesome.
I recommend using Roy for cabs as the hotel desk will get a hold of him and he is extremely professional, reliable and will be there as promised. We used him to go back to the airport and he was even early waiting for us. We would go to dinner and he would returned as promised at a given time.
To sum it up this place is worth going back to. Certainly not upscale but served our needs well.
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Beach Philipsburg
- Hotel Belair Beach
- Belair Beach Hotel St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg