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Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten #77766
12/07/2015 06:48 AM
12/07/2015 06:48 AM
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Or at least where we were....

We went to bed Saturday night with all kinds of plans for the day but somehow, Mother Nature intervened and had other plans in store for us. I suppose we might have searched the island for sunnier skies but a l ittle rain and dreary never hurt anyone, right?!

We were awoken in the wee hours of the morning to the sound of the dreaded moskies bzzzzzing in our ears and a slight case of the "itchies", further noting their presence. Seems the major cooling breezes we'd come to enjoy over all our trip so far and which have allowed us to sleep with all our sliders and windows wide open every night, had decided to take a night off, but before doing so, they blew some of the screens wide open and invited the little buggers in to visit. And it was intolerably hot to boot. Closed up all the windows and cranked the airco and it was probably a good thing we did because at some point after we fell back to sleep it poured. And those rains came and went for most of the day and into the over-night right up to very early this morning. I may be one who hates the airco but I have to admit, there are times when you just can't live without it, and I believe we cranked it so low, we've frozen any remaining moskies into a dormant state, thankfully!

We spent much of our day out at the pool and between dodging the rain clouds we were able to enjoy the water and brief appearances of our friend the Sun periodically, and when the rains did happen, we snagged a table under the bar and played a dice game into the afternoon. We had plans for the late afternoon and dinner plans for the evening, and thanks to the rain clouds and other things, they all fell through.

And this, of course, left us scrambling for dinner. We decided we'd drive as far as Porto Cupecoy since it's close and they have multiple options. The courtyard entry from the parking lot is now totally garbed in Christmas lights and the place looks lovely. Marios was closed and although we checked out Le Bateau Ivres menu, we settled on the Rendez-Vous.

Big mistake, and after all these years I can freely and finally say I've had my first really bad meal on St. Maarten. Okay, it wasn't much of what some might call a meal but it suited us for the moment, or so I thought when we placed our order.

I don't know if it was due to new ownership, the fact we didn't want big heavy meals, or any of a number of other possibilities, but it was just bad in every way, and if I were ever remotely tempted to return in the future, it would be for strictly dessert only but even that would be unlikely. Even the pretty young woman who waited on us clearly had a bit if an attitude. We ordered one round of drinks, two salads and two pizzas (which were served cold the first time they came out....) with no plates to eat from, and one order of pasta Bolognaise which looked nasty but was 'okay - not great - but okay' said the person who ordered it, and when we got our check we were over-charged on top of everything else. And that is exactly why I personally think the practice of including the service (tip, gratuity or whatever you may wish to call it) in the check is dead wrong. We did correct the overcharge part and sadly, there was no manager available to express our displeasure with, but this is clearly NOT a place we will rush back to. Btw, the salads were excellent and the wine and sodas were cold so there was that.......

Back home to watch our President address the nation, and off to bed with the hopes the breezes return and I can shut the airco off in our apartment. It's freezing cold in here, but the good news is, there aren't any moskies!


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77767
12/07/2015 07:16 AM
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We met the owners of the restaurant on the beach one day and were tempted to try it. But this is the second negative review so ....

Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77768
12/07/2015 07:21 AM
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Thanks for the update. Too bad about the meal. I can think of only one really bad dining experience myself but it is ashamed when ti does occur.

Hope today brings sunshine and blue skies.


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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: MotownTim] #77769
12/07/2015 07:47 AM
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Tim,

My words of wisdom based solely on last nights performance, "DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!" or at least not until they get their act together. The food at Zafiro was much better. Better a few good options over a large menu that still leaves room for much improvement.

In the end our check last night was $98.00 for two glasses of wine, one Sprite, one beer, two small salads, two 12 inch plate pizzas and one small bowl of spaghetti. Not a lot of money at all IF the food had been okay. BUT it wasn't. But time for me to put it away and move on. I do hope they get it together because the pastries and desserts looked lovely. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77770
12/07/2015 08:15 AM
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Thanks Pat, for your post.


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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77771
12/07/2015 08:19 AM
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Yes. Too many other good choices.

Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: MotownTim] #77772
12/07/2015 09:08 AM
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sounds like the manager needs to spend more time at work training his staff

Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: moxie] #77773
12/07/2015 09:58 AM
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When did the ownership change? We have been there many times, the last being May 2015, and always had a very good experience.


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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: chicstersun] #77774
12/07/2015 10:26 AM
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Hi, Chic and Lynn,

Not even 100% certain it did but that's what I was told by someone who lives here and is generally up on this stuff........

We went there with our friends last night, having lunched there in the past and having had good experiences but not so last night. Perhaps it was an off night but whatever the case, I probably won't go back to find out.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77775
12/07/2015 10:49 AM
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Thanks for the post, Pat. Wishing you sunny days ahead.

Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: pat] #77776
12/07/2015 11:38 AM
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Other friends have recently dined there Pat, and they said the same thing. They had a terrible experience and won't go back!When you have a bad experience, it makes you appreciate the good experiences even more. I always say,"without winter, we would not fully appreciate summer"!

Enjoy the remainder of your trip!



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Re: Sunday - a rainy day in St. Maarten [Re: islandgem] #77777
12/07/2015 02:32 PM
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Spoken like a true Canadian.


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