We just returned from our fourth visit to St. Maarten. We love the island itself, but were quite disappointed with The Ocean Club. I can't speak for the villas since we rented a studio, but I would not recommend that anyone stay here and my husband and I can't fathom why anyone would want to own a week here. The unit is sorely in need of repair/updating. Plaster was cracking and falling from the window, the screen on the slider had so many holes that we couldn't leave the door open for fear of having a load of bugs inside the unit, there is NO OVEN. I was told there would be an oven - there is a TOASTER OVEN...not the same thing to say the least. The refrigerator didn't work, the milk we purchased spoiled and we ended up putting everything in the freezer as our frig. As others have stated at this complex, there is no real AC and you can't leave it on all day because they make a point of telling you they will charge you if they find that you removed your room key from the AC key. So, every day we got back to a room that was 85 degrees and didn't cool until the next morning, when it was time to leave for the day! They also have a note in the room that they will charge you $100 each time they have to clean sand in your room! The TV had less channels than I get at home with my basic service - all you get are the networks and CNN. There is no VCR or DVD...you can rent a VCR but it costs $5/per movie. The amenities are sorely lacking for a timeshare facility. The office closes at 5pm, the studios have no safe in the room so you have to get a safe deposit box at the desk but make sure you're back by 5pm before they close. There is no internet in the room - only in the lobby with your own laptop which they charge you to use ($45/week) and again, you have to be there before 5pm. They have one pool and a snack bar and that's it. I saw no activities happening, no sign of any sales staff or any staff except the two ladies at the desk. The website mentions a spa, but who knows where that was, because it wasn't evident while we were there.
We have always stayed at Flamingo Beach and loved the Simpson Bay area with all the activities and all the activities that the resort has to offer, plus many more amenities. Additionally, I have read here that Cupecoy isn't a gay beach, but you could have fooled me. Every night from our room we could see the cars swarming in on the dirt paths for their "rendevous." Granted, some were just going to see the sunset, but the majority of the folks in the cars and walking were males. When we walked to the beach all we saw were nude men and in fact, one of them was sort of walking around "signaling" for action from other men that were standing above looking down. I would never bring my kids to this resort for that reason - you can't really walk on the beach and feel comfortable. The only time I saw non-males on the beach was at the far right hand side where it was completely nude and there were older couples, but I would definitely say that this is the gay spot.
If you want to rent a timeshare, check out the ones in Simpson Bay. Flamingo is great, there's Pelican, Atrium, Royal Palm, etc. If you want peace and quiet and complete solitude with no extras, the Ocean Club would do the trick. We're not big spenders, but when I go to the Caribbean, I do like to have the comforts of home and felt at the Ocean Club that I had the basics, if that. All in all, quite disappointing - I would not stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- The Ocean Club Hotel Cupecoy Bay
- The Ocean Club St Martin / St Maarten/Cupecoy Bay