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Belair Bummer #320038
05/22/2024 02:06 PM
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Belair Hotel continues to get some bad press.
AC problems that were supposed to get fixed with the last couple add on payments to the annual maintenance bills for timeshare folks.
Now there is mold in 1st floor rooms as well as water temperature and pressure problems.

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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320039
05/22/2024 02:13 PM
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Tom--are you there, or do you have a reservation to go back? I remember that you surrendered your t/s there.


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Carol_Hill] #320044
05/22/2024 03:37 PM
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No, we are not there now but have arranged to rent 2 weeks there later this year. Obviously, that may change. Lisa contacted BSV for availability in December but they did not get back to her.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320045
05/22/2024 03:53 PM
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I don't know why, but often you have to be patient and wait for an answer from BSV. I wouldn't blame you for cancelling. Sounds like they have still not got their stuff together.


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320047
05/22/2024 04:12 PM
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But it’s so very much worth the wait if they have availability for your dates!


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320049
05/22/2024 06:01 PM
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That's too bad. Belair was our first official stay on the island. Nice Resort at the time but happy we found the Flamingo and stuck with it.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320056
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Oh no... curious what that means for my family members who are doing an RCI exchange in to Belair for a week in July.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320070
05/23/2024 06:58 AM
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I am told that the Harris family (owners of the Belair) have been informed about all of the problems. Many promises made, especially to timeshare owners but sadly no significant improvement or permanent repair to the property. It is a great location and many SXM visitors have appreciated that it is a small, secure resort with a friendly, dedicated staff.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320103
05/23/2024 12:11 PM
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Tom - What is your source of these complaints? In our many stays at the Belair I have only experienced one problem with A/C and that was that it was TOO cold. Maintenance got right on it and all was good. The Belair is not perfect, no resort is, but it is perfect for us. We love everything about (except the mosquitos occasionally). We're back again this coming October.


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: dolfer] #320108
05/23/2024 01:59 PM
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The source would be the folks staying there now and since March. Check out the friends of belair site and read real comments from people staying there.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320112
05/23/2024 02:15 PM
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There are others on that site who express their happiness with Belair. The nay sayers are the same ones who always are complaining about Belair but continue to show up every year. As I recall several years ago you sold your weeks due to your displeasure with Belair but now you saying you are going back in Dec and renting and now you are unhappy as a renter.
Go figure!!

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: CLIFFTOPS] #320153
05/24/2024 07:41 AM
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You missed my point. We were very happy to have timeshares at the Belair like many others. We even went there during the hurricane years and had understandable inconveniences. It's hardly "naysaying" to expect promised repairs and remodeling from the property owners to be done. People show up every year because most of them already paid for their time at the Belair via timeshare. They fairly expect the maintenance and additional charges they pay to be used properly.
I already stated that the location, dedicated staff, and security are what we like about Belair but no air conditioning, water temperature/pressure problems, and unhealthy mold are unacceptable conditions that have gotten worse. Timeshare or renters deserve better.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320157
05/24/2024 08:04 AM
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Tom, try calling the phone number on the BSV website. That worked for us last fall. Drew always answered the phone.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320864
06/08/2024 06:50 PM
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Here's an update to Belair Beach Hotel's situation.
Owners have acknowledged the problems that have been building for months (AC, water pressure and temp. and mold). They have begun repairing the AC but as expected by many, ran into additional leaks and breaks that prevent even temporary fixes. They have offered timeshare owners the option delaying their stay until later this year or roll to next year. Some current guests have gone to other resorts. Others scheduled soon will cancel or change booking to a later date when AC will return.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320866
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Tom, any word on if they’re reaching out to RCI exchange guests who are booked soon? I have family planning to stay there starting July 20.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320867
06/08/2024 07:35 PM
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Not a good situation.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: eightzerobits] #320873
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It's my understanding that RCI has been informed of the situation and is cooperating with members. More information is available on Facebook via "Friends of Belair". We are no longer timeshare owners but hope to stay as renters in December if current problems are resolved because we love the location and the staff. This is another resort where serious problems were identified long ago and additional charges were assessed to timeshare clients but this money was not used to fix the problems as promised. As expected, the GEBE outages have made things worse.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320895
06/09/2024 11:04 AM
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That mold will be hard to get rid of and very unhealthy to be around. Leads me to believe that they really didn't spend the time and money to fully clean and reconstruct after Irma like other resorts did.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320903
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That is a bummer to hear. Hopefully they can fix things by October when we arrive.


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: dolfer] #320905
06/09/2024 11:45 AM
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With GEBE not at 100% I would look for another resort with an adequate generator since Belair has been having this trouble for awhile. October isn't that far away with repairs governed by island time. Would not want to be out of AC at anytime on island.

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I haven't heard of any emergency power issues.


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Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320916
06/09/2024 03:35 PM
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Unless Belair has an adequate functioning whole resort generator you'll have issues especially if they don't get the issue with their AC fixed by October. I don't see GEBE getting their act together in the near future or by October.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: SXMScubaman] #320920
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I am only acting as messenger but am being told that the mold is tied directly to the failed air conditioning system and is primarily affecting the 1s floor rooms. I can't help but agree that inadequate action after Irma also added to the mold problem. Easy to suggest looking for another resort but for some with Belair timeshares that's not an affordable option. The owners have announced a plan that includes placing units on the roof to service 24 of the total 72 units to reduce the load on the main system currently being installed. This plan has a completion date of July/August timeframe.

Re: Belair Bummer [Re: Tom] #320940
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We will not cancel or change resorts even if we could. Plus I doubt RCI would care.


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