My wife and I have stayed here twice now (both times in July). I will preface this review by stating that this is a different kind of vacation experience than you may be used to. This is NOT a resort. No one will wait on you. You blend your own frozen concoctions and at times, must even take out the trash. However, if you want a secluded piece of beachfront heaven, you must forego some of these amenities. In fact, it was fun playing bartender and having everything you need right there ON THE BEACH! You can also save some $$ this way. Renting a villa, although cool and fun, has pro's and con's just like everything in life. So, I'll briefly give you a summary of each (my perspective) and you can shuffle these points around (pro or con) based on your own individual preferences.
Pro's: Owners are very pleasant to work with, prices in low season are a good value, tropical garden at entrance is well maintained and very nice, pool on beach, privacy, night security, right on the beach (no walking to bathroom or to blender), airport runway makes for great viewing (also a con), gas grill and fully equipped kitchen (all necessities provided), covered porch with the best ocean views possible, beach toys provided, proximity to nightlife at Maho, daily maid service (except Weds.).
Con's: Airport noise starts early, no air conditioning in living room and kitchen (gets real hot!), ants in kitchen (what do you expect when you are on the beach?), beach toys can be old/broke, t.v. reception is poor, security gate is annoying & useless (you'll see), service is spotty. We actually checked ourselves in the 2nd visit here because our flight was delayed (arrived at Beachside at like 6:30 PM) and the onsite mgr had to catch a ferry home to Anguilla or something. We thought this was particularly rude but not typical of beachside etiquette.
Overall, this place is what you make of it. We go with great friends and have fun in our "private beachfront enclave." We bring drink recipes and blend up, enjoy french pastries for bfast, swim in seclusion, grill up, crank some tunes, venture out to amazing restaurants and for casino action at night, and really just chill. Of course, you will need to rent a car and go food shopping. You will also need to spray the ants daily and contend with the airport noise (only bad for back bedroom). The worst part is not having air conditioning in the common areas (living rm and kitchen). Don't be fooled, the breeze is nonexistent for the most part during the heat of the day so it will not save you. We made frequent dips in the water.
For us, the pro's far surpassed the con's and we enjoyed this type of vacation. One day we will return. What are you looking for in your vacation?
- Also Known As:
- Beachside Villas Hotel Simpson Bay
- Beachside Villas St Martin / St Maarten/Simpson Bay