Atrium Resort & Spa by Festiva Resorts
Travel Blogs from Simpson Bay
Thursday 11th April - Thursday 18th April
Thursday was both a sad day affter leaving a place we both loved so much but also an insane day as we ended up on what felt like a private flight to Anguilla, because no one else had booked the flight. After a ferry ride over to St.Maarten and an interesting bus ride (we forgot to get off at the right stop to change bus and ended up having a bunch of locals all working together to get us to ...
... be a two boat race for the win in our class between Pas de Deux and Team Organizational Restructuring (barring breakdowns or poor performances). If they beat us in Race 3, by even one place, we would end up with a tie score and they would win the regatta on the tie breaker, having beaten us two out of three races. If we beat them, we win the class…
We didn’t stay ashore very long in Marigot as we were all exhausted ...
... an exotic 63-foot trimaran that looked more like a Klingon war bird. In addition to the Multihull 1 class, the A classes included other flat-out monohull racing machines like Le Penquin, the winner of the Velux 5 Oceans single handed around the world race, skippered by Brad Van Liew; and skippers like Bouwe Bekking, five times around the world veteran sailing Antelope, a 46-foot Grand Soleil. There were also big expensive boats that are as ...
... which he would pass us again. He was ahead of us at the western tip of the island where the course turned back upwind to the finish. But was he far enough ahead since his rating was higher? (0.954 vs our 0.948) Now he wasn’t buried in our dirty air upwind and was able to stretch out his lead a little more. He was first at the finish with an elapsed time of 3:43:56 and we were 5:52 behind him. On corrected time we ended up in ...
... this would not be prudent given the north swell.
Except for the "stocking the freezer" part (we caught no fish) our plan worked perfectly and 108nm from Soper's Hole, BVI and 20 hours 45 minutes later, we arrived safely in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten at 0745 February 14th. We motored and motor sailed the first 8 hours as described in very light winds. Then we spent much of the rest of the time trying to keep the boat from going too fast ...
How has this lodge rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Atrium Resort & Spa by Festiva Resorts Simpson Bay
Loved the Atrium
We just spent a week at the Atrium and we were very pleased with everything from the moment we stepped inside the lobby. The location is excellent, being in Simpson Bay and next door to an excellent restaurant, Indiana Jones. The bartender there was amazing!
There is a small grocery within walking distance is you prefer to make your own meals but the local restaurants are so wonderful! We really liked Halseys for dinner and the Veranda for breakfast. We usually ate lunch at Indiana's, as it is right on the beach.
Overall, we had a wonderful vacation and will return to the Atrium.
Excellent, friendly, quiet resort
Spent 1 week in Sept. 04 - very satisfied. I liked Atrium's location on the island - it's almost equally distanced from Philipsburg, Marigot, and the Airport / Maho area, which made for a short trips to any of these areas. The resort is located right on the beach, rooms are nicely equipped and very clean. Fully equipped kitchennette is an opportunity for some to save on your meals. Staff is very friendly and helpful. There's a beach bar and a restaurant right next to the hotel building. This resort is not very big, but you can find almost everything (a casino, deli, gift shop, pharmacy, a dozen of restaurants) withing 3-5 min walking distance. The timeshare salespeople are absolutely transparent and never bother you if you wish not to be bothered. Each and every request was handled quickly and efficiently. Checkin and checkout took less than 5 minutes.
The beach is good, but not spectacular (keep in mind that there are 30+ other beaches on the island, most within 20 min driving time.)
The overall experience was much better than I could hope for. I can't wait to go back!
Loved St. Martin - but not happy at the Atrium Resort
We exchanged through a timeshare into the Atrium Resort June 12-19th and were very disappointed in the resort, and surprised at the 2004 Gold Crown Status.
During our stay, the onsite restaurant was under renovation and wasn't open our entire stay. It didn't appear to be opening anytime soon. The pool was small, and the Jacuzzi was an above ground model found in middle class American homes (not at resorts) - which was broken for 6 of the 7 days. The noise level at the pool was loud due to the renovations.
The first unit they assigned us was already occupied. We were staying in a Studio - part of a lock-off. don't think the occupants were actually using the bed but there was a newspaper and used towels and soap in the bathroom. I had to actually go inquire before the staff figured out their mistake and told us to hurry out of that room. They offered no help to relocate us to our correct room.
This room was okay and luckily empty, but had a terrible view and curtains that did not block out the 5 AM sunrise. We are early risers, but sunshine in your eyes at 5 am was a little much. The room was very clean and most everything was in working order, but I thought overall it was outdated for a Gold Crown Resort. The room deadbolt wouldn't secure the room, but luckily there were security guards on the property with multiple security cameras and we had no issues with vandalism or break-ins.
The elevators in the resort looked like they were decorated in the 70's and worked about as well. There were signs posted with maximum occupancy of 4, and postings that if the elevator stopped working not to panic - just push the call button (I assumed it broke down often). One of the two elevators stopped working for at least a day. Although the studio room was very clean, as was the workout room (equipped with relatively new equipment),it was disgusting that there was a giant dead rat in the parking garage entry way for 2 days, and no one bothered to scoop it up. There are video camera's that monitor the entry way, and the employees use that garage, so the fact nothing was done about the dead carcass was very disappointing.
Normally I am not a complainer, but after we saw other "Gold Crown" properties on St. Martin, which were much more impressive, its confusing that this property is classified with the same rating.
Stay here only if you are desparate or not picky about the hotel. The hotel is centrally located between Marigot or Phillipsburg, but I personally think the island is small enough - anyplace would be convenient, and I'll opt for a better resort next time......
Great location ... will return
Spent the week of June 5 '04 there. This is a great location ... facilities are clean ... staff helpfull ... passed on the time share "invites" and never was approached (nice change from other places).
There are a half dozen resturants within two blocks that are execllant. Must do breakfast: Zee Best, just across the main road near pharmacy. Best dinner (price, quality, etc) is Bannas (left from entrance toward airport). Best romatic, great attomsphere is Sarasoa (may not be spelled right) also next to pharmacy. Also good, Pinapple Pete's and Lee's. All within walking distance.
Must do activity: Pinel Islannd. Two resturants there ... tried both ... wife said best salads she has ever had. Take cash ... no credit cards at Pinel ... ferry costs US $5 ... chairs and umbralla $15. Many sites say you get the ferry at Grand Case ... not exactly ... you drive past Grand Case (stay on main road, don't go into town) toward Orient Bay ... a mile or so past town there is a sign where you turn left. First ferry leaves sometime between 9-10 am ... (island time ... seems to depend on the crowd and mood of the "captain").
Repeat: Zee Best for breakfast ... almond corrisants are fantastic ("French food ... without the attitude"). Danny also has a location at Marrigot.
Mistake: Went to Phillispburg on a Wed or Thursday. Don't do it. Cruise ships are docked normally Tue-Wed-Thr ... go any day but mid week.
I think I got a few pics from plane of the Atrium ... if interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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A Peaceful Resort
My wife & I honeymooned in St. Maarten, our first trip to the island. We loved it & enjoyed our stay at the Atrium. The room was kept clean, the views from either side of the building are great, and the staff was friendly. I especially appreciate it more after reading the awful reviews of the Wyndham Sapphire...I actually wanted to check that place out b/c of its location, but not so much now. The Atrium's only fault is that it sits next to a man-made beach as opposed to the real thing. No biggie though - just drive over to Orient Beach for the day!
Loved the Atrium
The Atrium is an outstanding Resort. I, an ten (10) of my very best friends have stayed at the Atrium Resort for the Past four years. I can Speak for myself and friends an say, The resort has Professional and Very Friendly staff. We would not stay at any other resort.
Atrium in Simpson Bay was nice....we will return
My wife stayed at the Atrium for 1 week last October and had a great time. The interior check-in area was being renovated and the outside was in good condition. Upon check-in the older black lady/manager was the only person who was not polite/friendly, and seemed "too busy" to really give us any information. Other staff seemed very nice. Mike, who was a host (timeshare sales, etc.) was very informative and hospitable to everyone. The outside area (beach, bar, etc.) was very nice and we could have stayed in that location for the entire week. No need to travel here and there. During this timeframe the Baseball Playoffs.(Yanks/Sox) were shown on the screened TV at night and we had a great time. The bartender from Holland was great. If you have time, go to the daylong boat excursion to St. Barts---which includes 2 hours snorkeling at the 5 islands. My son is thinking about going to the Atrium/St. Maarten next year.
Great vacation exprerience
It was my first time on Sint Maarten and I really had a great time. Me, my wife and two kids: 10 and 2 years old had the best vacation so far we ever dream about. We have met a vonderful young family form Italy.
Kids were busy playing together while giving adults a little break.
Great people, nice food. I would love to come back again.
It's the best!
We have been going to The Atrium for the past 7 years. Everyone that has come down with us ends up buying a unit. We just took two daughters and their families down with us in June 03 and they have not stopped talking about it !! They had one of the best vacations they have ever experienced. The hotel staff is the best. They are the friendliest people you will ever find on foreign soil. The rooms and accomodations were airy, clean and spotless in every way. The manager, Jillian, works very hard at keeping this resort up to par. She and her staff have done a great job. The beach accomodations and the surrounding area restaurants are great. We listen to other people vacationing on the island and hear the horror stories about their accomodations. It makes me wonder why people put up with it , when there is a great hotel like The Atrium. After we got back, one of my daughter's friends with three children visited The Atrium. They did not want to come home when their week was up. They have been all over the Caribbean, but this was by far the best vacation they have ever had. They could not thank us enough for sending them there. Everyone should experience this great hotel, then they will surely know the "Friendly Island " is for real !
Great friendly island
what a great time we had we stayed at the atrium resort great people not an unfriendly person on the island tha place is just so peaceful and beautiful and not to for get duty free. just can't say enough i can't wait to go back