We had the oppotunity to spend a one week stay with some friends as part of their timeshare exchange here.
Here's the 411:
Know that most of he people that work at the resort were very friendly and very kind. The check-in clerks were a little cranky.
We were given a two-bedroom unit in the Flamboyant building, after being told that we would be in the Dieffenbachia (remodeled) building. Let me say this about our room - dirty, outdated, sad, smelly (interior of kitchen cupboards was enough to make you hurl) and I really wish we had pushed for the cleaner, newer room we had been promised. The linens are clearly as old as the building, including the bed pillows. The shower water was HOT and then FREEZING and then hot again ~ it was really hard to regulate. I'm sure that is due to the age of the building. And everyone places their trash bags on the ground at the entrance to each of the sections of the builidng for pickup sometime during the day. Seems pretty unsanitary. Wood slats where there should be glass in the windows. No secuirty chain on the entry door. Maintenance workers entering with just a knock. All that being said they should really close that building until it is completely gutted. Window coverings didn't work, patio doors hard to open and close, A/C was spotty, floors are cracked with pieces missing, hair leftover from previous guests on the floor and in the shower -- we were literally walking around in our flip flops to avoid touching the floors. The bathroom floor was especially gross.
Althought the Flamboyant building is right on the beach it isn't worth the location.
Resort amenities = kinda sad too. Pool area = sparse (no attendants and no tables by the lounges - I was afraid to put a beer or a cocktail on the ground) -- the beach was dirty with cigarette butts and bits of trash. It was raked each morning but I believe more staff is needed to keep the resort up to standards ~ both for the interiors and the exteriors.
We thoroughly enjoyed the time with our family of friends but if we were to ever return to St Maarten we would choose a different "resort". I'm honestly surprised at all the rave reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a hillside overlooking Simpson Bay, one of the most popular spots on St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a peaceful Mediterranean-style holiday village offering comfortable suites and all the services guests could possibly need during their Caribbean vacation. With a sheltered private beach, five pools and colorful gardens full of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Allamanda, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a captivating island hideaway where you can enjoy the best family vacation ever. A varied activity program, tennis courts, a spa, water sports, dining and evening entertainment make it a favorite with visitors of all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Hotel Simpson Bay
- Simpson Bay Resort And Marina
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina St. Maarten-St. Martin