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Belair Beach Hotel
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

This is not a Palace Resort vacation, but it is just as good in a different way. Rooms are very clean and the amenities are perfect for chilling out, coffee on the porch watching the ships cruise the sea, snorkeling / diving, shopping and dining. Great restaurant with good enough service. Nothing comes out and grabs you like like at a nice all inclusive, except the view, but the job gets done here, and done well. Perfect for relaxing. Not for uptight people that need service now and dancing by the pool. Puts you in a relaxing state. Old ladies sitting at the bar having a "high ball" at 11:00 A.M. Highly recommended for beach lovers, people that want their name on 4 chairs and an umbrella, two-for-one drinks from 4-6, and a cab ride to a great restaurant if you don't want to be lazy and eat at the Gingerbread Cafe, Live music three times while we were there. Make sure you go the orientation meeting on Sunday, Lorna gets you to what you want. Book the van tour with Happy Harold, as he shows you everything on the island. Again, this is a beach vacation, not ping pong, volleyball and dancing activity directors.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2009

We had originally chosen the Divi Little Bay Resort through RCI, but 2 weeks before traveling we were switched to the Belair because Hurricane Omar damaged the Divi pretty bad. We were not excited when we saw a few pictures on the web, and disappointed when we entered the hotel, since it is really outdated and the building, from the outside, is not a pretty sight. We arrived at noon and there were units available but front desk staff refused to give us one for early check-in, and even worse, did not even offer hotel grounds (beach, etc) to enjoy the 3 hours we would have to wait. We asked if they could at least keep our luggage in a safe place but they were not the type of employees that would go out of their way to make an extra effort to make you comfortable. We were 4 adults and a four year old, and had to drive around -- with several pieces of luggage -- until it was check-in time. Once in the resort, and finally in the unit (2nd floor: all have ocean views) the initial experience started to fade away. Units are large, have a fully equipped kitchen and large balcony area to see amazing sunsents and just enjoy the lovely beach. Main room is spacious, king bed and bathroom is o.k. Extra bedroom is small with a full bed. The living room has a sofa bed and the mattress was one of the worse we've had!! SOOOO lumpy, we had to use the comforters from the other beds to put on top of the lumpy mattress so one of our family members could sleep. There is a large closet with extra pillows and linen so this was easily fixed every night of our 1 week stay. Air conditioning is great. We did not see bugs, roaches, etc. in our unit.
The beach is nice to look at, but sand was not powder white and this was maybe because of Hurricane Omar passing a month before, I assume. It is TINY, and you can walk the beach from end to end in 5 minutes. The pool suffered great damage and for our 4 year old there were no activities, and in fact, we only saw maybe 3-4 kids that week on the beach. There are waves...small, but for kids it can be dangerous. I read in a review that there was a lifeguard...I did see one, although I never actually saw him interested in any of the guests, but instead, saw him sitting and talking a lot with the water sports rental staff. The beach of the Divi Resort next to Belair was nicer and it was a fun walk over. It seemed the resort was closed for RCI exchange, but open to guests staying in smaller, hotel-sized units, since there were people there every day.
One of the bad things I have not mentioned yet is the way they have dirty beach towels piled up for several days on the floor near the elevators, in front of the beach. The rooms are kept spic-and-span, but grounds need a few extra touches. I like animals, but not too fond of having stray cats hanging around all areas, and you could always see them near the beach because hotel staff will leave food for them in small plates near the beach towels. They will always be there as long as there is no control over staff feeding these cats...one night I counted 7 eating at the same time.
We enjoyed other beaches more than the one in the resort because they were calmer for our toddler, including the one in dowtown phillipsburg. This one is a great option for a lot of people arriving in cruise ships in the nearby port: for $10, you can rent a beach umbrella and 2 beach chairs. $15 and they will throw in 2 bottles of Heineken. This pristine beach has a pedestrian boardwalk behind it, and behind this, you have hotels or residences, and then you have a street used by cars. This means that you can be relaxing on the beach without having cars driving by, and be in downtown Phillipsburg at the same time. There are nice, yummy restaurants with excellent options. We drove to the French side one day and went to Ilet Pinel, a small cay you can reach in 15 minutes on a boat ($7 per adult, round trip. Small kids are free). The beach here is very relaxing and there are several dining options there. We rented a large beach umbrella with 3 chairs for $15.
In summary, I would return to the Belair because of the wondeful large units and its proximity to downtown Phillipsburg, but would probably stay near the Maho area next time we go back, since the beach here is nicer and there are other fun things to do until late at night

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

We booked through RCI to stay at the Belair after our original choice had been trashed by the hurricane Omar. The Belair was also still recovering from the storms so the pool was closed, but who needs a pool with a fabulous beach right on your doorstep?? The rooms and decor are tired, the second bedroom was really, really small but the view from the balcony is to die for and the staff friendly & helpful. Accepting that you're on an island in the Caribbean goes a long way to coping with the differences in room standards and speed of service. Just chill. The ability to reserve your sun bed and umbrellas on the beach for the week was wonderful and the little restaurant served both excellent cocktails and food. There were a couple of evenings with local entertainment which was fun and finished early enough not to spoil a good nights sleep. We had a lovely week, were sad to move on and look forward to returning again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 January 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Belair Beach hotel with my sister and her husband a little more than a week after a pretty horrible hurricane passed over the island. Although there was some storm damage, the pool was closed and it looked as if it had been for some time. This was not our only problem. The entire resort is dated and very badly kept. Our room had electrical and plumbing issues and were not resolved the entire time of our stay - like the alarm clock in our room was directly wired to a receptacle. Rats - yes rats, not mice, climbed up from the drain on the balcony every night and left little gifts for us. We had to negotiate for more linens. The sewage treatment plant for the hotel is located just across from the main entrance to the hotel and you can only imagine what that smells like when it kicks up.

The staff was nice but the owners really have some work to do along with the storm damage to make this resort one that anyone would return to by choice.

Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
3  Thank Saleen392
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Reviewed 11 December 2008

We had a great vacation at the Belair. The view itself is worth a 5 star plus.This is not a luxurious hotel but very clean and the staff is very friendly. The hotel has a security guard on duty 24/7
so it's very safe. All rooms are facing the ocean with a 24 foot
balcony and the view was breath taken.. The little casual restaurant is not fancy but the food was excellent and so was the service. The hotel itself needs a little face lift but why change something good.. the condo is well furnished and yes the beds are very comfortable. The master bedroom is a nice size but the
second room is very small..but who cares it's only to sleep .
The beach is very clean and the ocean is calm great for swimming.
This was our first time in St-Marten and yes we will go back, we rented a jeep for the week that's the only way you can see the Island the houses are built in the mountains and the roads are like a spiral staircase it was fun driving and every turn was a different view.The traffic is heavy because there is only one road to get around the island so you have to be patient, we had our 6 pack with us at all times because you can drink in the vehicule. The booze is really cheap and the restaurants on the Dutch side are reasonable but on the french side it's very very expensive . Orient beach is one of the nicest beaches.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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