Great location – right on sandy Little Bay beach (although rockier than the beach at the Divi next door); very friendly service, and a casual relaxing feel. I agree with prior reviewers who say that the exterior and interior are looking a bit “tired,” and it could use a makeover, but it’s a comfortable place to stay. All the rooms have big, long balconies with beautiful ocean views, and you can sit and listen to the rolling waves.
There’s a cute little beach bar/restaurant on site, the Gingerbread, which has a nice, small wooden deck overlooking the sea, fairly reasonable prices, decent food, and happy hour drink specials 4-6.
Amenities: there’s a small pool w/ lounge chairs between the hotel and the beach; massages are available in-room; they have car rental (although they were out of cars when I was there, so they directed me to the Divi next door), a few activities, and laundry facilities (took advantage of those – get tokens at the front desk).
The room – we were in a 2 bdrm/2 bath. The kitchen was pretty small and basic w/ 2 burners (no oven), toaster oven (no microwave); no dishwasher; round dining table that seated 4; plastic table on the deck seats 3, and lounger. There was coffee maker, but no coffee. (It’s always nice when they supply at least 1 day’s worth of coffee, but I bought some chamomile tea and local lemons from the little grocery store on site; I also bought a savory chicken pastry which they get daily from a local bakery, which was delicious). The décor was “tropical” with colorful floral patterns; there was a TV in the living room; a comfortable king-sized bed in the master bedroom; the 2nd bedroom was very small – not much bigger than the bed. Bathrooms had nice showers (but only soap, no shampoo, conditioner or lotion).
Nearby – you can walk to Phillipsburg in about 20 minutes, a bit of a hike, but not too bad. But, if the cruise ships aren’t in port, there’s not much open/going on. We only found one restaurant/bar open – Toula’s, and had some bad wine and a jerk chicken quesadilla that was just ok.
Overall, it was not fancy, and could use a facelift, but it’s right on the ocean, and is very peaceful and enjoyable. At the end of our trip, we stayed at the Divi Little Bay next door. Wow. It’s in another league. (see my Divi TripAdvisor review). If we come back to St. Martin, we'd probably stay at the Divi, but there's no bad days in paradise - at the Belair, you’re still in for a relaxing beach vacation.
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Beach Philipsburg
- Hotel Belair Beach
- Belair Beach Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg