Beachside Villas

Posted By: Carol_Hill

Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 08:32 PM

We have been coming to St. Maarten on ships since 1987, on land vacations since 1995. At one point, I counted how many DIFFERENT places that we have stayed on SXM, and I think the total comes to around 20. When we first started coming to SXM, we stayed exclusively on the French side. About 15 years ago we started switching on and off, primarily because we needed internet and many French side accommodations did not have it. Somewhere around 2011 we discovered what is now our ‘home away from home’ on SXM, Beachside Villas. In June this year, we celebrated our 40th anniversary at a villa on the French side. That was the first time we’ve stayed on the French side in probably 10 years, and it was wonderful. We loved having our own private pool and we very MUCH loved staying 5 minutes from Grand Case and enjoying all the French side restaurants, which I don’t care what you say, if you want great French food, get it on the French side. This trip I very much missed all the great French food we had there. The villa was GREAT, but I loved being back ‘home’ at Beachside Villas.

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So, who should NOT stay at Beachside Villas?? If you want a hotel concierge who can make you restaurant reservations, don’t stay at BSV. If you have to have that new ultra -modern looking accommodation, with stainless steel appliances, don’t stay at BSV. If you want lots of people around, don’t stay at BSV. If you want a restaurant and bar on the premises, don’t stay at BSV. If you want to walk to restaurants and bars, for the most part, that won’t happen. During the day, if you’re reasonably fit, you could walk about ¼ mile down the beach past the airport to Karakter or Mary’s Boon. It’s quite a bit further to Sunset, maybe a mile? I personally would NEVER walk anywhere from BSV at night other than El Zafiro, next door. You really have to have a car to stay at BSV, although I personally can’t imagine staying anywhere on SXM without a car.

So, what does BSV offer? I think it offers all the comforts of home, set on what I think is the best beach on SXM, because it is uncrowded and beautiful. You have a full kitchen, dining room and living room,

You have a full kitchen, dining room, and living room

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and your own private porch.

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It's all set on your own almost private beach

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The units consist of two or three bedroom condo units, which all have two bathrooms, with one bathroom being exclusive for the master.

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The décor is very Caribbean, clean and comfortable. About the one and only thing I personally would LOVE to have, which BSV doesn’t have, is a dishwasher. I do not do dishes at home and I sure as h*ll am not going to do dishes on vacation. Eric does the dishes

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and I usually dry, or we pay the maids extra and have them do the dishes. There is daily maid service, and they do a wonderful job of keeping the units absolutely clean and spotless.

For those who haven’t stayed at BSV for a few years, about two years ago, they enclosed the atrium, which previously was open to the sky, and that area is now the dining room.

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This makes more space in the living room area, and the living room is now air conditioned, in addition to the bedrooms, which were always air conditioned! clapping I was concerned when they did that that the prices would go up a LOT but so far there has only been a small price increase, which is a very pleasant surprise. Having just completed a trip in October, when it was very HOT, we were very pleased to have a/c in the living room, for those evenings we spent at home on the couch. Like I said, it is our home away from home.

They are in the process now of doing some renovations to the units, cosmetic stuff mostly. They are replacing the kitchen countertops with solid surface countertops, which give a much cleaner look and I’m sure will make it much easier for the maids to clean. They are also replacing the kitchen cabinets, but still with white cabinets. Eventually they will be replacing the bathroom counters also with solid surface counters. This is a view of one of the renovated kitchens.

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None of that really affects clients, other than from a purely cosmetic view.

The units are set among Beachside's private gardens, which are once again spectacular, post Irma.

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People often ask me which unit they should ask for. Honestly, they are all EXACTLY the same inside, except the floor plan is flipped in every other unit. The new kitchen countertops are only in a couple of the units, but honestly I don’t think they really make any difference in one’s enjoyment. I am lazy, and I prefer being as close to the pool as possible, because I spend a lot of time there, and because the units on that end, you can park closer to your unit. But even at the other end, the walk to your car is not far at all and the units at the opposite end probably are a bit more private from walk by traffic. But there really is not a lot of walk by traffic, except for walkers or joggers, usually first thing in the morning.

Over the years, how we vacation and how we live at home, have changed. Years ago we would stay on the French side, spend all day on the beach, go out to Grand Case for an elaborate meal every night, and most nights, travel over to a casino and then back to the French side, travelling through Marigot at 3 AM, getting stuck behind the garbage truck in the middle of Marigot. I do not feel comfortable doing that anymore. These days, we’re kind of homebodies and we enjoy a great meal out, but we also very much enjoy a simple steak for dinner, or a burger on the grill for lunch. At BSV, we cook in a LOT. We don’t do anything elaborate, but we make great use of the grill, for hamburgers, steaks, chicken breasts, ribs, etc. If you want a grill, you do have to ask Emmanuel for it now, as they keep them in maintenance, not on the deck.

Pretty much anything you need is provided at BSV, in terms of the comforts of home. There are plenty of pots and pans, dishes, grill tools, hot pads, plastic glasses for use around the pool, HUGE comfy beach towels, usually mosquito candles and spray, etc., etc. There is DISH TV and you have to go through some rigamarole with the remote to get them to show non HD channels, but you have several cable channels, and the networks are available also, like ABC, NBC, etc., but not in HD. Usually the TV is set to show only HD channels, so you have to change the preferences to show HD and non HD channels, to get the networks. There is free wireless internet, which has always been dead on solid for us, including this trip. The internet at BSV is much better than what we have here at home, because we can only get satellite internet at home.

Security is good, a consideration when one is right on the beach. There is a security gate to control the entrance at BSV, which is at the dead end of White Sands Road, so there is no drive through traffic at all. You are provided with the security code just prior to your trip. There is a combination safe in the master (and I think one in the second bedroom), which is large enough that you can put your laptop and camera in.

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There is a night time security guard, who, unlike many security guards, seems to actually be AWAKE all night, and he is a very nice person, as are all the employees at BSV. They are just a great lot of people, always working hard and smiling, and doing their best for you. There are cameras on the beach at the buildings, which are monitored both onsite and in Michigan, where the owners live. The units themselves have sliders on the beach and the sliders lock, but there are poles provided for all the sliders to prevent their opening, which we always use. We always feel very safe there.
There is not as much traffic this time of year as during high season, but we enjoy the views of the cruise ships

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And the rich men’s toys.

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and sailboats

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And we thoroughly enjoy watching the passing parade of big and little planes at the airport.

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One day we happened to catch a 'salute', where they spray the jet with water. The stream didn't quite meet, but it was neat to see anyway.

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For those concerned about noise, the big jets generally only come in during the middle of the afternoon, and other than on Saturdays, which are pretty crowded, you will get one big plane landing, and then not another one for an hour or so.

Other than in my big fluffy chair in the living room, where I do spend a lot of time--often while Eric is on the computer, solving the problems of the world..

My favorite place at BSV is under the gazebo by the pool

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I am not a sun worshiper anymore, so I appreciate being out of the sun, but having that amazing 180 degree view, with a lovely breeze and the views of the airport

Beachside Villas does not have any self-service laundry facilities, but they do have what I almost think is better, for me anyway. Just let the maids know that you want laundry done, and you give them a whole laundry basket full of clothes, which come back washed, dried and folded, for about $12! Such a deal! We have done that every trip recently. It lets us bring less clothes and bring home mostly clean clothes, which is such a blessing, not to have to do three loads of laundry, that first day home!

Well, that’s about it, I guess. As I said, if you need to be catered to, BSV isn’t for you. But if you are the self sufficient type, that all you need is the ocean and the beach, with a lovely view, a lovely pool, comfortable accommodations, and wonderful, smiling staff, Beachside Villas could be your home away from home too!

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Posted By: The_Lurker

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 09:44 PM

Wow Carol. that is a great write-up on BSV!!

I do remember when you were interested in staying there and asked us some questions. Boy does time fly!!
Now you have them all answered here. typing

No one does the photos better......
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 10:28 PM

I didn't remember who originally turned us on to Beachside, but I will forever be grateful!
Posted By: pat

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 10:30 PM

What an awesome write-up and you have described it so perfectly. Before we first stayed there I couldn’t imagine how very nice the property was but trust me on this - it’s all Carol has described and more. Having stayed there at least a half dozen times now, I realize it’s absolutely everything most people could possibly hope for in an island retreat and yet so conveniently located short minutes away from all we most enjoy about St. Maarten. Can’t wait to be there again!
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 10:35 PM

Pat--I guess you are trying to catch up on our number of trips there! grin
Posted By: sxmbeachlover

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 11:42 PM

Hmmm, well to each their own. We love villas in Terres Basses, and condos Orient village. Then we go to St Barts and stay in a villa with private pool and a 270 degree view. At least once or twice a year since 1999. This is what I like to call our Non-negotiable vacation. We go no matter what.
Posted By: pat

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 11:44 PM

I doubt we will ever achieve that goal but I’m not beyond trying.........

The ONLY problem with BSV that I have discovered over however many trips we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy is that they are way too popular, ergo sometimes difficult to book in the unit you’d like to book at the time you might want to go, and to me, that says kudos to them for doing most everything right! You don’t get that kind of a repeat following unless there’s a darned good reason and in the case of BSV, THERE DEFINITELY IS!!
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/18/2019 11:55 PM

sxmbeachlover--Hey, whatever you enjoy, that's great!
Posted By: Tom

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 12:21 AM

Carol and Eric,
We plan on checking out BSV when we return to SXM in Dec/Jan. We have decided to discontinue Belair after this final visit but not Sint Maarten. Thank you for the great summary. Hope that we cross paths in the future.
Tom and Lisa Green
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 12:24 AM

Tom--Glad to hear you are still going to go back to SXM. Let me know if you have any questions.
Posted By: PelicanPirate

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 12:53 AM

Nice report as always.

Two questions wrt BSV as a possible whole family destination getting multiple villas.
1)When is El Zafiro open. 7 days? Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner?
2) do you know what the occupancy limits are for the two,three bedroom villas. We visited once and they told usor they were on the website. Recent checking of site had floorplans but no “sleeps X”.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 01:26 AM

I think that El Zafiro is open all three meals, 7 days, but I'm not the one to ask about them, as I don't care for it.

As far as occupancy levels, the couch is NOT a sleeper sofa. They probably would bring in some folding beds if you asked, but I really have had no experience with that there. I suggest you send an email to Tracy on the website.
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 02:15 AM

We agree 100% about loving BSV. We have stayed on both sides of the island and since 2002 have stayed at 12 different resorts, many more than once. One trip we stayed at 3 different hotels and while most had there charm with mostly positive experiences we prefer Beachside Villas. It's truly unique and pretty darn perfect in our opinion. We'll be back in a week and excited as if it was our first visit.
Posted By: pat

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 03:03 AM

And possibly even more excited, Louise, since now you’re not relying on someone else’s opinions since you know firsthand how enjoyable it really is.
Posted By: Wingman

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 11:05 AM

I'll join in the chorus and sing how fantastic BSV is. I actually can't count how many times I've stayed there. I've been staying there, at least once a year, since 1997. I believe it was fall of 1999, Hurricane Lenny destroyed most of the villas and that was the only year I didn't stay there. In 2003, my once a year turned into twice a year, with a few years I was fortunate to be there 3 times. One of the very special things about BSV is the staff. I would say that 90% of the staff have been there since I started staying there. They have become my SXM family along with the owners, the Mascarin family. Drew and Tracy, son and daughter in law, of Telly and Yolanda Mascarin are now running BSV and have the same love and dedication to BSV. At the beginning of me staying there, I was there many times while Telly and Yolanda were there as well. Every day you can see both of them working along with the staff in making BSV beautiful. Drew and Tracy have kept up that tradition. The last few years I've been there while they were both there, and their love and their dedication is beyond.

Like Carol, in our younger years, I used to be all over the island, day and night. These days, every trip we go on, more and more the sand gravity at BSV just keeps us there. The villas are spectacular and the beach is the best on the island. Carol, 8 more days and I'll be happy to pick up the reins where you left off. As week from tomorrow it's my turn for 2 weeks.
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 12:41 PM

Well said Mike. See you soon
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 12:42 PM

I believe this is our 9th stay there.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 01:11 PM

Those of you heading there soon, enjoy!!!
Posted By: BeachKitten

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 05:46 PM

Hey Mike...I'll get you to help me with the remote again! You're Lenny reunion group is a hoot.

Louise, will you be there longer than a week?

Our first week is at La Plage, but then we head to BSV!!! Love love love it...and I honestly cannot count how many times...
Posted By: Chargergirl

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 06:25 PM

Hi Carol:

We were on that plane that had the water salute! It was the pilots last flight after 25 years and he was retiring. We all signed posters for him and they gave us horn blowers when we landed. They also did it for him on arrival in Miami. First time experience for us.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 08:10 PM

Hey, very cool!!! Thanks!!
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/19/2019 08:21 PM

Yes, will be there for 2 weeks. We're part of the Wingman, etc crew.
Posted By: Wingman

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/20/2019 10:47 AM

Originally Posted by BeachKitten
Hey Mike...I'll get you to help me with the remote again! You're Lenny reunion group is a hoot.

Louise, will you be there longer than a week?

Our first week is at La Plage, but then we head to BSV!!! Love love love it...and I honestly cannot count how many times...

Any time Leona, we'll see you soon. One week from today, the count down is on....
Posted By: pat

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/20/2019 01:12 PM

You’d best be careful what you offer, Mike.

There are quite a few of us who have major issues with the dueling remotes!? Emanuel spent so much time at our unit last November we made him an honorary family member, but in all fairness, there was a problem with our tv that he ultimately discovered and was able to fix. He’s the best, right up there with you, from the sounds of things, Mike.
Posted By: gomer36

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/24/2019 08:05 PM

Thanks Carol, you sold us with your previous posts and pictures long before this post! We're very much looking forward to our first stay at BSV in early December.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/24/2019 08:17 PM

Enjoy your trip! ..but you do have to post a trip report, you know! smile
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 03:54 PM

Possibly me? I remember discussing it with you but not sure.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 04:29 PM

Could be, Louise. You all have to be down to the single numbers in your countdown?? Enjoy your trip!
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 04:36 PM

Thank you. Checked in for flight and boarding passes printed. Depart tomorrow.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 04:38 PM

Oh, isn't getting checked in such a WONDERFUL thing?? Enjoy! Someone from your group does need to post some pictures though! smile
Posted By: bran

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 04:59 PM

Nice report as always, the only trouble with such a glowing review is that you now have to book well in advance to get what you want as the secret is well out of the bag. You probably have done more than most to advertise their property and done such a good job to boot. Never stayed there myself. Think the wife would find difficulty going down the stairs to the beach from one of the pics you showed but that might not be the case. Going again in December, we always stay in Terres Basses but might be one of the last times due to health issues, but we shall see. Food is my passion, so one last glorious binge and look forward to trying out Ocean 82 which hopefully should be open by then.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/25/2019 06:15 PM

Yes, I generally do book a year in advance. Even looking a year in advance, I wasn't able to book for June next year because the whole resort is booked out for a wedding, but I am usually able to go when I want.

Depending on how high the sand is, there are 3 or 4 steps usually down to the sand. As I said in my report, I personally don't spend that much time on the sand anymore anyway. I just love being there and seeing nothing but ocean. Others have a different mindset.
Posted By: fabila

Re: Beachside Villas - 10/26/2019 10:46 AM

That would be me or Mike.
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