Lovely 2 story apartment located in a beautifully manicured garden setting. We could see the sea from the balcony on the second floor. It was tastefully appointed with comfortable furniture. If you a fan of ice you are going to love having cubed/crushed ice in demand from the freezer door. No problems with drinking the water
Everything we needed was there and any questions or concerns were promptly addressed by the property manager.
My husband and I just spent a week at this lovely villa. It was beautifully furnished and exactly as described. Theresa welcomed us and immediately made us feel right at home.
Garo made the booking process effortless and was very accommodating when we needed to change the length of our stay by one day.
The villa is in a great location. Within walking distance to Simpson Bay and many restaurants, bars, shops, etc. We chose to rent a car so we could explore the island and would highly recommend doing so.
There are a number of hills to climb walking to and from Simpson Bay which I appreciated as it provided the daily exercise I like to get!
We felt very safe and comfortable at this villa, which was gated, and would highly recommend it.
Unit #2 at Blue Pelican Luxury Villas was our home away from home! Garo (the owner) answered all of my questions very quickly and gave me all the information I needed to know about the unit and the area. I asked him about decorating the villa for my boyfriend's birthday and he put me in touch with Theresa, the property manager, as she owns a party supply store in town. Theresa and I set a budget for the decorations and she decorated the unit so very nicely. It was so lovely to walk into the place with all of the decorations.
Theresa even picked us up from the airport, drove us to a pre-planned excursion (booked separately from booking the unit) the next morning, and drove us to the airport on our last day. She is an absolute darling!!! She was always available via phone and email prior to and during our stay.
The unit is clean and well stocked. My boyfriend cooks and I don't think he wanted for anything in the way of pots and pans and utensils. There was even cooking spray and sponges already there. I don't know if the unit was stocked with those two things or if other guests just left unused things there, as we did as well (such as paper towels). The unit is very comfortable and a really nice place to come home to every night.
There is a deli (you can get everything there), a souvenir shop, and a few restaurants very close by. If you don't have a car you have to walk to that area, but it is not too far away at all. If you live, work, or are familiar with New York City midtown avenues then I can equate the walk to about 2.5 avenues away. If you are not injured and don't mind walking in the heat for a "short" distance then you should do fine.
If you want to go further to the main street where there are a ton of stores and restaurants then you can walk there also, but there are a lot of inclines so "walking distance" really just depends on your ability. We did not walk to that area as I considered it too far away and because we found everything we needed from the deli and restaurants close by.
There is a beach right across the street. We opted to walk toward the deli area and entered the beach on that end where you can actually go into the water. When we went the water wasn't the clearest water we experienced in St. Maarten and there was also a lot algae. It was fine, but we only spent an hour there that day.
We love the beach in Philipsburg (we entered off of Front Street by Lizzie's and Caribbean Blend). You can rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for $10. The water is clear and the sand is white. From Unit #2 it costs $15 each way to that beach although there is a free shuttle to Philipsburg that you can catch by Bon Appetite restaurant. We never used that service so I don't know what times the shuttle runs or where it drops you off in Philipsburg.
We also loved Mullet Bay!! Again, the water was so clear and the sand so white. Again, you can rent chairs and umbrellas on that beach as well.
Back to Garo's unit..... Again, very comfortable and clean. We loved it!!! There was also wi-fi which I only had a problem with for half an hour so it wasn't a problem at all. I can't imagine people would hang out indoors the entire time, but tv was limited as far as channels. We had no problems b/c we always found something to watch, but we are not picky about what is on and we weren't indoors most of the time.
If I had to say any cons I would say that the water pressure in the shower wasn't nearly as strong as we would have liked, but they do try to be eco friendly so I understand. Also, I don't know if we just couldn't figure it out or if this is the way the shower works, but the water only steadily came out of the hand held device. The rain head shower would work only if you twisted and constantly pushed a button.
Other than that we had no complaints.
**Note: There is one full bathroom on the top floor where the bedroom is located. We didn't find this a problem, but some might mind this especially if you cannot climb stairs easily (15 steps)**
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The villa is beautiful and very quiet. The beach is just across the street and there was hardly any other people around it was great. Theresa the Manager was fabulous, she was only a phone call away. She was nice enough to pick us up and drop us off at the airport. We would stay again. There are many restaurants and several markets near by. This place is just what we needed for our trip.
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The condo was just pictured and the owner was awesome. The location was great and very secure. We had a perfect vacation staying in this condo.