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Woke up this morning and breakfast was delivered by 8:30am. We had to eat and shower quickly because we had the bridge tour at 9am. The bridge tour was really cool – the bridge is huge, and they have separate rooms for the safety command center. Pretty neat.
After the tour, we went to deck 15 for Rob to smoke, and we ran into my mom. We told her to grab Tish and then come to our room while we got ...
... Eventually, my feet worked and I stepped off - it only went for a short time but it was fun! John refused to take a turn. David had been on the Flow Rider 8 times during the cruise which he loved as well. It was always busy and people were always standing around watching. He found it difficult - 'no comment' he says, except for 'I was doing well by the end'.
... trip we went back to the boat, cleaned up, grabbed some food and headed back into town.
There is a water taxi that goes from the dock to town, but we opted to walk since it was only about a 20 minute walk into town. It’s a small town, and mainly there for the ships.
We wondered the shops, and went down a back alley to see some paintings which were done locally, but nothing ...
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... jumped (or should I say slid) off the gigantic boat and swam to it. Turns out, they had just moved the boat closer to the island for the picnic. When I was on the boat, the captain asked me where Joanne was. I did not see her - worried about her as I thought she had jumped into the water right after me. Turns out, shed hadn't gone in the water - but had waited for someone in a little boat to take her to the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Belair Beach Hotel Philipsburg
Nestled in Little Bay, the Belair Beach hotel is a nice relaxing place to stay. The rooms are ample and well kept. Our Housekeeper checked everyday to make sure everything was just right for us. The activities director took the time to explain all the activities and then suggested which ones were most liked that covered our interests. The small beach was ample for everyone there with beach chairs and umbrella available at no cost. We snorkeled at several places but the Little Bay Area was just as good and we just had to go out our door. As we found out later Little Bay is on several snorkeling tours lists. We sat on our ocean side balcony and watched the cruise ships passing. Everyone there was friendly and helpful.
hotel was very nice with a great view. you get a close view of all the cruise ships coming in every morning. snorkeling is about as good out front of the hotel as anywhere. the kitchen had everything you need if you desire to cook. also if you plan on going on any trips, ie deep sea fishing bring cash as most business's dont take credit cards on the island
The resort is very quiet with no nightlife except for the bar at the Divi next door. The rooms are ok. Our unit needed some attention. The lamps were falling off the wall, the balcony door lock didn't work, the thermostat didn't work either you froze or bolied, the second bedroom is tiny, the living room furniture needs updating. I typically wouldn't be so particular except for the fact that we owned 2 weeks of timeshare at this property which we have since sold. The staff is mostly helpful except for the day that it took nearly 24 hours for the hot water to get fixed in the entire hotel. The bar/restaurant is like a ghost town. If you want absolute peace and quiet with zero nightlife then this is the place for you. It is a good location geographically due to its proximity to Phillipsburg (20 minute walk during the day) and only about 20 minutes to Simpson Bay, Marigot, and the airport by car.
Couldn't believe the view!!!
My family and I went to the Belair for our annual family trip. I can't tell you enough how nice it was to get to St. Maarten and stay with some of the friendliest people around. Bruno, Jody, Dwayne, Rufus and the rest of the staff did nothing but make us feel welcome. After ten days at the Belair I felt like family and can't wait to go back next year.
Bit Dated but you'll love it ! !
Once you get past the small reception area, the rooms are very nice, if not a bit dated. Each room has a balcony overlooking the beach, so if it's sitting on the beach and enjoying the calm water then relax. The pool is very small, but the beach is why we went. Great location between Phillipsburg and Simpson Bay. Car rental is essential for getting around. Traffic is unbelieveable even in the off season. Not a place with huge amenities, but a quiet location that actually allows you to relax.
My husband and I went to the BelAir for our honeymoon in 1986 and we just loved it, the view from the room is amazing, the balcony is nice and large. there was so much to do we went scuba diving, rented a boat, rented a jeep and toured the island. We are planning a return trip with our 12 and 14 year old children this year. I cant wait!
Belair made me fall in love with St Maaren
I absulotly loved the Belair beach Hotel! Everybody there was amazingly nice and I became very good friends with the staff. They made my St Maarten trip very relaxing. After leaving I couldn't stop thinking about the island and I found myself missing all the friendly people there. If I was to go back to St. Maarten I wouldn't even think about going anywhere but there. I MISS BRUNO!
It's ok, small beach, very small pool.
Rooms very nice and roomy. Bordwalk Cafe ? Beach and pool small!
I have been going to St Maarten for over 8 years now and I can't get enough of it. We stay at the Belair (and now own 10 weeks). When we arrive, It's like coming home. Big kisses from everyone.
We just returned from our family trip to St. Maarten. Our first time in the island through an RCI exchange. We had a wonderful experience. Belair Beach is a four storey building with all 2 bedroom and 2 full bathroom suites. Every room has an extraordinary ocean view, fully equipped kitchen and comfortable dining/sitting area. Five of us felt very comfortable. The building is modest (not luxury) but very clean and everything is in good working order. There are not very many activities for the young on site: Seadoo rentals is just about the only thing. But if you are looking for a good and clean place to relax, sunbathe with great views, this is the place. All staff was very friendly and service oriented. You will need to rent a car to move around the island, which you can get right at the hotel for reasonable prices. Phillipsburg is less than 10 minutes from Belair, where you can shop til you drop. This is where all cruise ships stop so it can be a little crowded when they are in town. Simpson Bay and Maho Bay, on the Dutch side, are only 15 minutes away. Here you can find good restaurants but you'll have to be selective. Marigot and Grand Case, on the French side, are also 15 to 25 minutes away from Belair and here you will find great restaurants pretty much anywhere in these towns. It is useful to drive all around the island to get to know where everything is. It only takes a couple of hours to drive around and will give you a good idea where everything is. The Dutch side has all the casinos (12) and the French side has the best restaurants. Very easy to get around. We always felt very safe in the island and people are very friendly everywhere you go. Use common sense, just like everywhere else. We took a whole day snorkle trip and had a great time. There are several other trips and things to do, but we chose to stay in the beach during the day and go out for a good dinner at night. If you are looking for night entertainment, this is not the place to be. The most you will find is a good rerstau