We first stayed here in 2003, on a relative's RCI week; we bought a timeshare that week. If you are looking for a large resort, with activities geared toward people in their 20's & 30's, this is not the place to find that.
If you are looking for a small resort, where the staff treats you like "Royal" family, and you like a quiet place to retreat to, after you've enjoyed all of the activities available nearby- then maybe you should check this out.
The restaraunt - "The Hideaway", has equisite food; there is a weekly comp'd breakfast where Al or Piet or one of the sales staff engages in friendly conversation and very low-key sales talk- NO high pressure stuff.
Al has helped me resolve a car rental problem, and took care of a trip refund for me, taking time to go to Marigot to do it (not a fun drive!).
Last year, the roof in our penthouse leaked during heavy rains, they moved us to our choice of vacant units the next day. Hopefully, they have reroofed the entire complex- it could use it.
Condition of the units- great- they refurbed the kitchens of the penthouses last year, can't speak for the rest of the units.
In 2004, we bought a 2nd week; it just seemed a better use of resources to spend more time here!
There are many resorts on this island- comparable to La Vista. One thing to check out when buying a time share- many places sell a 20-25 year lease- La Vista sells a PERPETUAL lease, for a very reasonable price. WHen you amoritize the cost over the lives of your children & grandchildren, etc., you/they are spending pennies!
If there is a downside to St Maarten, it could be said to be too crowded, horrible traffic- but that is a factor in many desirable vacation spots- it's what you make of the upside that matters.
I know we're glad we own!
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- Also Known As:
- La Vista Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- La Vista Resort St. Maarten-St. Martin/Simpson Bay