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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, St Martin / St Maarten

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AlToronto
Toronto
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7 reviews
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“Peaceful Enclave”
Reviewed 2 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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As someone who normally attends all inclusvie resorts, this was a move away from our normal travel patterns and I must say, given the option, the benefits of your own "place" as opposed to bedroom... was wonderful. This was a very nicely decorated and outfitted condo, with very comfortable living accomodations with a nice view of the sunset from the top balcony. Down side is, you are not right on the beach... but it is a mere 150 walk to it, it has a small wading pool, so if you want a swim up bar and somewhere do swim laps, it won't work. However, the unit is nicely outfitted with plastic wine glasses to enjoy a morning or sunset soak together. This area of the bay is fairly rocky and not the nicest for swimming, so we spent most of your time at other beaches. It is a great spot for a romantic midnight stroll under the moonlight though. We had a 1 bedroom unit which had a king sized bed, nice sized bedroom and walk in shower. The booking process was very convenient online and Garo was very helpful with any questions I had. There was someone there to meet us when we arrived to supplied us with the keys, a tour and instructions on how everything operated. Check out was simple... just leave the keys and exit... no hassle and no line ups to contend with.

We had our breakfasts on the patio next to the pool which is nicely landscaped and very private.It is a gated complex so there are few people around apart from the odd guest. The difference in not having to eat with 1500 other people every meal, sit around a pool crammed with hundreds and needing to function on a schedule made this by far one of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. We would definitely choose this option of accomodation over the box hotels again. There is no phone, so if you need to make calls, I would by a local phone to use while there. The complex has wireless, but after trying for an hour to get it connected the first day, realized I could only get a strong enough signal on the balcony, which was fine for when we needed it.

If considering this, it is worth noting that you need a car. There are amenities within a short walking distance such as a small grocery store, piano bar, several nice restaurants, boutiques, and outdoor patio pubs, but if you want to visit the French side of the island your only option would be local bus or taxi. Beware of rental car scams and do your homework and car inspectons carefully. The location in Simpson's Bay is close to the airport and within 30 min of most other points on the island.

We were also very surprised at what it cost us for food. Restaurants are very reasonable on the Dutch side, you need to be careful on the French... check the menu prices first. Grocery store food is definitely more expensive than Canada, but with what you save on wine, it easily offsets the price difference. This is definitely a thumbs up.

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Liked best: Peaceful quiet surroundings
Liked least: Beach was not swimmable in the immediate area.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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ilovenyc1...
New York City, New York
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“awesome condo in simpson bay”
Reviewed 12 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013

This place is amazing. I just came back from a 5 day trip with my GF. At the time of booking I was a little reluctant because it was $50~ more expensive than another hotel in Simpson Bay but glad we chose this place. The development has a handful of condo's and it is very quiet. We had a loft style unit with full kitchen which was very spacious.

The location is ideal - an easy walk down to the main street where you can go to bars, restaurants or book an excursion.

The place is new and very clean, the apartment came with everything we needed from kitchen supplies to towels (shower & beach).

The property manager as well as the owner of the unit were responsive to emails or questions we had prior to and during our stay.

We rented a car and parking was easy on the property. If you are visiting St Maarten/St Martin I would definitely recommend renting a car if you want to see a lot of the island.

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Liked best: clean and modern unit
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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VA
Reviewed 29 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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Hoofheart...
Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Top of the "bill"”
Reviewed 4 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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We are seasoned vacation renters and have had mixed results on previous rentals without one meeting our expectations, however, we now have number one! The property looks just the same as it does on the photos, new, clean, modern comfortable and quiet. Well stocked kitchen, comfortable bed, WiFi, big TV stereo etc. The grounds are well maintained by friendly maintenance staff. It is gated so very secure. Although not an difficult walk to town, a car is probably recommended. We didn't bother but there were times when we felt it would have been an advantage. Close enough to the bars and restaurants but far enough away to get peace and quiet. Garo the owner and Ila the property manager are excellent, very helpful if/when needed. I would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone. Contact me if you needed and further information about this poperty.

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Liked best: Cleanliness, peace and quite and modern
Liked least: The walk to town, but not a huge downside
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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New York
Reviewed 10 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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FL
Reviewed 6 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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valeanna
Moscow, Russia
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22 reviews
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“great welcome, great stay and great spot”
Reviewed 20 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
1
person found this review helpful

Here we found what we were looking for: very well maintained property, clean, confortable and safe. It looks just like on the photos provided on tripadvisor, you've got everything you need, it's very well furbished - it's just a pleasure to be inside (large LCD, wi-fi working also outside the building - can enjoy by the pool, air conditioning). It's as well a pleasure to be outside - the condo is situated in a small private area where only those who live in can get. This private area is not too big to give impression of a large vacation rental territory, but contains maybe around 10 condos like this, so that you feel there are some people around. It's not a beachfront one, but you can reach beach by foot if you want. We did that the first day, but then travelled to a new beach every day using the rented car. You can also reach some bars and a food shop by foot if required. From those we really liked the Bon Appetit cafe. It's not a Grande Case one, but you might be impressed by their Creme Brulee and not only. We also liked the area around Blue Pelican Villas - it looked and felt quite safe. The property manager and his representative on the island were very helpful before and during the time of our stay and provided us with all the useful information we could think of. The representative even helped us to figure out some visa questions - we were trying to understand if we could go to St. Barth with our passports (not US citizens).
Only 2 small inconveniences. First, no heavy curtains in the bedroom, so the light came in quite early. I'm sure they would have quickly put them on at least taking those from downstairs, but we didn't ask - this made us leave for the beach earlier, which is good. Second, no large mirror to see yourself full length, kind of a bit annoying for 2 girls...

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Liked best: we got exactly what we expected based on photos and info from manager
Travelling group: With Friends
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