When we arrived, the view through the living room into the rear sliding glass doors was amazing BUT your dream vacation stops there. My guess is that this was THE place in the 70's to go for your St. Martin vacation, but is considered outdated and lacking many modern ammenities by today's standards.
When we arrived, we couldn't figure out why each room had flashlights-more on that later. When you walk in, there's a lobby area that has no roof, so the rain and mosquitos are able to access the entire villa. Each bedroom has screens that are broken and have gaps, so the mosquitos love to sneak through the holes and bite you at night.
Probably one of the worst parts of the Beachside Villas is the location. You are literally 50 yards from some of the largest airplanes on earth. From about 7a-11p, the airplanes are screaming...and I mean screaming every 10 minutes or so. It's one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. The entire villa would shake and you could barely hear the other person talking in the room. The cable TV would even go out when some of the larger planes flew in. So, don't expect to sleep or get any naps throughout the entire day. We were so desperate to get some naps in during the day, we went to nearby beaches to escape the pounding noise.
Each room had AC, but the common areas didn't. The villa has a rustic vintage kitchen and sink with no dishwasher, so you are left to srubbing dishes if you want to eat in your villa multiple times during the day.
When we arrived back one night from trying to escape the constant airplane noise, the entire property was without power. It was really strange because neighboring properties did have power. So, the security guard (I hesitate to call him a security guard)-guy with a billy club-walked us to our villa with a flashlight. We then went to our rooms at 7p with no electricity and no AC. That's where the flashlights come in. They must have frequent power outages here because the flashlights in each room seemed to be a permanent addition.
No resort activities, rusting facades, and peeling paint on the beach side topped off this unforgettable vacation.
Stay away from this place and enjoy your St. Martin in peace and relaxation at a different hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Beachside Villas Hotel Simpson Bay
- Beachside Villas St Martin / St Maarten/Simpson Bay