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Reviewed 6 February 2010

May '09 was our 2nd trip to St. Maarten and Belair Beach Hotel. Both trips were wonderful - rooms spotless - great views.
Very quiet - great for a good getaway for relaxing and "chilling".
Favorite thing about Belair was the Grasshopper staff. We've gotten to know Heidi as well as Rufus the owner. As soon as arrive we go straight to the Grasshopper to say hello - like "best friends" week. Food is great and very reasonable. Several visitors from Divi came over to Grasshopper to eat because the food was so much better.

It took our second visit to get much "cordiality" from the front desk - they were never rude but just didn't go out of their way. But after our second visit would talk with Beulah a lot - either at the desk or in the Grasshopper when she was taking her break.

Definitely need a car to enjoy everything. Taxis are expensive but we met Carlton on our first visit and he took us wherever we needed to go on our second trip - very reasonable. Belair has his information if you need to be taken somewhere.

AND, we're going back this May 2010 and, of course, staying at the Belair.
Counting the days until we get there!

Our favorite restaurant is Tutta Pasta - hidden away in Simpson Bay Yacht Club area. Very small so reservations are recommended. The best Italian we have had since going there. We actually ate there twice while we were there.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

We stayed at the Belair Beach Hotel for a week in early December through a timeshare swap via RCI. There were 2 couples. The unit we had was on the first floor, 30 steps from the water. Beautiful location. The unit was clean and the staff was friendly.

There is a weekly orientation Monday mornings, with information on everything to do on the island. Lorna, th activities lady, is wonderful. We booked 3 trips through her desk - a dinner sunset cruise, a snorkel trip on Garfield, and zip-lining. We ate breakfasts at the restaurant there (the Gingerbread) - delicious food for very reasonable prices, and nice service staff. Monday night is a cocktail party at the pool (free) followed by a good barbeque for less than $20/person.

Be aware that the 2nd bedroom is really small.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

We stayed here 14 November to the 21st. There were five of us so the one bedroom was a bit small but it worked. The beach is great and Lorna at the activities desk was knowledgeable and friendly! There was free wi-fi even though they say it cost $35 a week, we did not get billed! The place is older but it is kept up well and we would definitely stay here again if we ever return to St. Maarten.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank MARKAYDALE
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Reviewed 22 November 2009

We just got back from st. Martin and as usual had a great time. We stayed at the Belair and I must say we loved it. It is in great need of upgrading and a good paint job. The lobby is not lush. Now you may ask why did I love it? Well for one thing the 25 foot wide sliding doors that even when they are closed make you feel like you are outside with the most amazing view of the ocean. It was also very well equipped. We had a two bedroom (that is all they have) with two bathrooms. My husband had one bathroom and I had the other. The staff is great and helpful. The location of this resort is great. You are 5 minutes from Philipsburg and 15 minutes to the Simpson Bay area.
When you are in St. Martin definitely go to Sunset Beach and watch the planes come in right over your head. I would definitely go back to the unattractive Belair Beach resort.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

We were a little concerned with exchanging this time of year and although the US weather report was 50% rain daily we had sunny 85-90 temperature everyday. The first day there was a shower for about an hour but that was it, The resort is typical island so if you're expecting Hilton accommodations stay home. The rooms were very clean. Be aware the second bedroom is very SMALL but manageable. There are only two stove top burners, no oven, no dishwasher. We did stir fry and fresh grouper which was great. Our two bedroom unit was ten feet from the beach on the ground floor. The Hotel did have elevator problems, but we requested a ground floor unit knowing this from past reviews. The beach is on the small side and would be a problem with the number of guests in season. It was only 60% occupied. When you get there and go for your beach towels have the attendant label your beach chairs with your room number and length of stay The water was very warm and the bottom sandy, no rocks. Beautiful views. The prices in the grocery stores were a pleasant surprise. We come from Long Island, New York so your idea of reasonable might be different. Take basic condiments with you. Liquor is VERY cheap.
A car is a must. We did the whole island the first day and decided what to go back to. The French side had great restaurants (Le California in Grand Case) and the food on the Dutch side was also good( Green House in Philipsburg and Pineapple Pete's just outside of town.
A ton of jewelry stores in Philipsburg. We went into several and finally bought a beautiful ring at Infinity. They were not pushy compared to the other stores and bargained. They all serve beer or wine while you shop. This is where the cruise ships dock and is only 10 minutes from the resort. Parking is LIMITED everywhere. Taxis are expensive. We would recommend going to the lot behind the Green House restaurant. It's $1 per hour and worth it.
Not much in the way of good snorkeling either off the beaches or on a tour. The resort has a snorkeling tour that takes only 10 people vs the big boats. We did this and it was a lot of fun. There were 4 stops including Pinel Island. We did not go to Saba, Anquilla or St. Bart's because it was off season and many shops would be closed and the ferry schedule was limited.
We liked Marigot. They have an outdoor market on Wed and Fri. That's where we bought the fresh grouper. They fillet it for you and you can shop at the market nearby and pick it up when you're done. You do have to go early because the fish area closes around 11:30. Grand Case is small and the restaurants open at 5pm off season. Be careful driving at night as the roads are not that good. Dawn Beach is beautiful but rough water for snorkeling.
The Casinos can be skipped. Nothing like home.
We arrived on Saturday afternoon along with three other planes. It took about an hour to get through customs. Going home was easy. The airport is only a couple of years old.
Check out Maho beach when the planes fly in.
All in all we enjoyed our week and if you're not expecting the Ritz you'll have a good time.

Anne and Paul Kraehling
Southold, New York

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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