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January 15, 2006
From journal Oyster Bay--The Pearl of the Caribbean
My husband and I own a timeshare at Oyster Bay. This was our fourth time at the resort. Each time we return, we are greeted by the same staff with a big, "Welcome Home!" It is a very friendly place that lives up to St. Maarten's name as the Friendly Island. Our one-bedroom unit had a full kitchen, living room, washer/dryer, and large bedroom and bathroom. The housekeeper would enter daily to empty the trash and make the bed. She also cleaned the unit on Wednesday. There is a bar close to the infinity pool that also has a heated Jacuzzi. We especially liked the Happy Hour, from 4 to 7pm daily, where the drinks were 2 for 1. This was especially wonderful since St. Maarten is very well-known for its cheap drink prices. The bar had premium drinks as well.
You can rent a car at the resort and drive around the island. This resort is located so close to the French side of the island and the French restaurants located in Grand Case are only about 15 minutes away. The concierge at Oyster Bay is only too willing to make your dinner reservations or set you up with any other activities you may want to do on the island. There is a guard at the gate of the resort that monitors traffic both in and out of the resort. We've eaten both at the Jade Restaurant and at Beau Beau's. The food in either place is excellent and reasonably priced. The resort is on Dawn Beach, which is great for snorkeling or swimming. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, and towels are provided free of charge. A person from Busby's Beach Bar will attend to your bar needs while you relax on the beach. Whether it be sailing, snorkeling, sightseeing, or just relaxing by the pool or beach, Oyster Bay is a fun place to be. That's why we intend to make it our "home away from home."
February 1, 2003
Even though the literature said there was no laundry, somehow we got lucky and there ws a washer/dryer in our unit. The new units have merely a pantry in their place. We were in one of the older two bedroom units that did not have the new timeshare "lock off" system. It had two large bedrooms, two large bathrooms, and two pull-out couches. It also had three TVs, a full kitchen, a safe, and a dining table for six. The condo was clean and the furnishings new. I was very comfortable there for a week.
There is a resort orientation with scheduled activities like snorkeling, a day trip to Anguilla, and other choices. We went to a sales presentation to get discounts on the activities. It was a mere half hour and was not pushy at all. The place really would sell itself.
There is an electricity fee if you want to use the air conditioning in your unit. For the 2 bedroom unit is was $12 per day so for a week it can be a big added expense. It does get hot during the day and the a/c was a good thing at night. They also leave you two bottles of water and charge you $6 or $8. If you don''t use them the charge is removed.
The resort can also rent you hotel-style rooms in case you want to extend your stay past the Saturday to Saturday. Sometimes the money you save on airfare can be worth an extra night or two. I''ll probably do that next time.
From journal January in St. Maarten