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“Low key, family friendly”
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Belair Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Syosset, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Low key, family friendly”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We just returned from a week long stay at the Belair Beach Hotel. We traded our RCI points for a very spacious 2 bedroom place with balcony facing the ocean. The staff was wonderful. Lorna helped me with all of my questions, months before I had even arrived. Once there she directed me to some great outings and experiences. Jody was also wonderful and took family photos of everyone in attendance at the beach BBQ, and then left the prints pinned to our door. The place was clean, the beach was beautiful and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Check out their car rental prices. we rented a 4 door wrangler with soft top for a price that was better than the quotes I got from Priceline etc. Try exploring the hills of StPetersburg.
Belair is the kind of place you go to if you like spending time with your wife and family. If you are looking to all run in different directions, this might not be your best choice. I highly recommend The Belair Beach Hotel

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Crozet VA
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Sounds like my experience was very similar to everyone else's. When we checked in I was a little nervous just seeing the lobby as there is really nothing to it and as everyone said the hotel is a bit dated. The rooms while dated were very clean, our maid Tika, came in and it smelled like she bleached everything every day. We had first floor room and it was a plus, especially traveling with 3 children. The ocean and beach were 5 steps off our patio and we would have coffee on the beach each morning while watching the cruise ships coming into Philipsburg. The beach was beautiful and nowhere near as hectic or packed as the other beaches we visited while there which get overrun with cruise ships on a daily basis. When you get there reserve a chair with the towel hut and they will tag it for you for the week. Water was calm compared to other beaches as well. I really didn't think the staff was all that friendly and the servers in The Gingerbread Cafe are working on island time but it's really no different than anywhere else we visited. Eating out every night on the island can be very expensive, lunch one day for a family of 5 (1 pizza, burger, salad and 4 adult drinks was $120 on the French side at a beach bar). All the rooms have a toaster oven and 2 burners. Grocery store is a 5 minute drive but I have to say I always felt odd there especially with the baggers insisting on carrying whatever on had 30 feet out the door and then insisting on a tip.
As it is a timeshare a lot of people already know each other and it's almost like a family reunion watching them on the beach, also a bit of an older crowd. There really is nothing within walking distance of the hotel so a rental car will be helpful but if you are just going to Pburg the taxi will charge you $4 a person. You can walk to Pburg by cutting through the Divi (resort next door), it's about a 15 minute walk but not anything that you should do with young children in a stroller. Driving on the island was a bit hairy and you do drive through some rough areas but we never ran into any issues. Really did have a great experience at the Divi and I have to say while the staff seemed rude and time did start to grow on me towards the end of our week. I will be back and hopefully soon.
One last thing, the air conditioners in the room are VERY loud and made it difficult to sleep towards the start of the week. There might as well have been a jet engine in the room. Also the mosquitos were really bad the week we were there and while they supply citronella candles for the deck I would recommend bug spray. Screens on the sliding glass doors would have been nice to enjoy the evening weather while keep the bugs out and listen to the waves from inside.

Room Tip: First floor towards the Divi, no noise from the Gingerbread Cafe especially when they have entertain...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Yes, Belair Beach hotel is old and looks old. Yes, hotel personnel is not too friendly, and no shampoo in the bathroom. Yes, the second bedroom is really small ... But the view from the room is so great; the beach and water are so welcoming, that you could forgive and forget all the shortcomings, as far as the price is acceptable. And you may need a car, because hotel is not in walking distance from anywhere.

Room Tip: do not worry: all the rooms have water view
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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chicago
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

The views from this hotel are amazing. The staff is friendly and helpful. We had an amazing vacation at this lovely resort. The beach is quiet and you can find a great sandwich and cold beverage at the bar. It appears people return to this fabulous spot year after year. I can not wait to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Coconut Creek, Florida
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

This is the 8 year visiting the island during the Heineken regatta. The ocean views are great and you can actually see the boat with full sails open. Simple kitchen, big balcony and quiet beach space making a great space for 4 people in the 2 bedroom unit.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Midland, Michigan
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

My wife and I just returned from our third visit to St. Martin and the Belair Beach Hotel. The staff is excellent and everyone is friendly and has a smile on their face. The rooms may be older, but they are very clean and accomondating and exceeds all of our needs. We don't go to the island to sit in the room, we go to sit at their excellent beach and relax. I highly recommend the Belair Beach Hotel and we'll stay there again when we return to St. Martin.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Milwaukie, Oregon
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We just got back from St. Martin on 3/11 and had a wonderful time thanks mostly to the folks at the Belair. Frankly, I was a little worried about all the remarks about the rooms being "dated". The grounds are very clean (even the beach) and the rooms are immaculate. The furniture is not foofoo fancy, but it is clean and very comfortable. The staff at the Belair are the best. Never passed one person that didn't greet me with a smile and a hello.
Any person that says Philipsburg is an easy walk is nuts. It is a hike of hills and traffic to get to Philipsburg. Get a car and travel the whole island, you won't be sorry.
Please stop by Lorna at the excursion desk. She has a wealth of knowledge of the island and will give honest advise on where to go.
The Gingerbread cafe is on site, a bit slow, but ok if you don't want to go off property. Its not cheap, but the food is ok.
When you arrive at the Belair go see Winston on the beach. You pick your chair and umbrealla he marks it with your room number and its yours for the week .... brilliant. Made my beach time fabulous. All resorts should do this for their guest.
It was a great week and hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belair Beach Hotel
Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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Also Known As:
Belair Beach Philipsburg
Hotel Belair Beach
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