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All-new interiors are transforming Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
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Welkom! It is our pleasure to have you spend your vacation with us in our new Country of Sint Maarten, conceived on a special date in our nation’s history, 10-10-10. You’ve come to a very unique island. It is the smallest country in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a distinctive European influence with a Caribbean panache. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean, with an array of elegant culinary fusion that keeps “food lovers” returning each year. With more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone. We are so pleased you have chosen the “Friendly Island” and Simpson Bay Resort & Marina to rest and recharge your life. We have plenty of activities for those who like to keep active, and six swimming pools plus a beautiful beach for those who enjoy a more relaxed approach. I encourage you to attend a morning orientation to receive an overview of our weekly events and resort amenities. You will also receive special details regarding water sports, tours, shopping, dining, beaches and island hopping. The Orientation is held Monday morning, so please check the time and location with the Concierge. You may also keep in touch with the Resort and St. Maarten all year round by clicking on www.simpsonbayresort.com. The website features information on the resort and the island, with photos, videos and a range of member services for your convenience. Once again, thank you for choosing St. Maarten and Simpson Bay Resort & Marina as your vacation destination. Now sit back, relax, enjoy your vacation and please call on any of the staff – or me personally – whenever we may be of service.
Marcel Javios General Manager
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Volume 1, Number 1, 2012 â€˘ by Royal Resorts Caribbean
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Days of Fun
SXM Hot Spots
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Jewelry Shopping Tips
Dining & Nightlife
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Days of Fun Ready for some fun in the sun? Simpson Bay Resort & Marina offers a variety of exciting ways to spend your vacation. At the resort you can lounge on the beach or poolside, brush up on some tennis skills, experience an aquatic adventure with Aqua Mania or stay pampered at Lâ€™Aqualigne Spa. Snorkel and scuba trips, island bus tours, and sunset party cruises are all available for those who prefer adventure. Need some more ideas? Speak with the Concierge or the knowledgeable staff at Aqua Mania to begin planning an unforgettable experience.
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Getting your Bearings
Stop by the Orientation Briefing on Monday morning for information on the island, resort, activities, shopping and dining. Please check the weekly activity calendar ffor the time and location or call the concierge desk
The calm waters of Simpson Bay are ideal for kayaks and sailing, and as a Resort guest or member you are entitled to the complimentary use of a kayak for half an hour per suite.
by dialing Ext. 777.
The Concierge Desk Stop by the Concierge Desk, conveniently located in the resort lobby, for complimentary assistance with all your vacation needs. All members and guests are welcome to fifteen minutes per day, per villa, of free computer/internet access. Concierge Desk hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or dial 777 from any resort phone.
Pamper Body and Soul at the Spa Lâ€™Aqualigne Health and Beauty Clinic offer a spectrum of treatments and therapies from massages to facials and more. Call Ext. 5211 for more information.
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Kayak hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the use of a kayak is at your own risk. For your own safety, kayak usage is not permitted beyond the reefs; Resort Management recommends kayak usage in the bay area only. Children must be accompanied by an adult, limit two adults per kayak.
Pool Fun There are six pools on property with one always right outside your villa! Float around in serene comfort or swim up to the pool bar for a drink and some island music.
Hit the Beach Tan on the white sand beach, join in a game of volleyball or explore wildlife with a mask and flippers. See our beach staff to set you up with beach chairs under a palapa.
Aqua Mania Adventures at the Beach Aqua Mania Adventures now has a booth located on Simpson Bay Resort beach at the end of the Flamboyant Building! Paddle boards, a new swim platform and scuba diving courses off the beach are a part of the daily activities for members and guests enjoying some fun in the sun. Instructors will take guests on Discover Scuba courses to experience diving for the first time, while exploring the reef and sea life right in front of the resort. Paddle boards will encourage guests to gain a small work out while exploring the coastline. The Kidâ€™s Playstation remains the added feature for kids fun, along with a water trampoline and banana boat rides. The booth also stocks such essentials as suntan lotions, water cameras, and rent snorkel gear and floats. Bookings for all boat trips and activities can be done right at this new location. Open Monday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 5:00 pm.
Sun Tips Beware of over exposure to the Caribbean sun! It is very easy to get carried away with sunbathing, especially if you are not accustomed to the intensity of the tropical sun. Make sure to use sunscreen with the SPF suitable for your skin type. Choose environmentally friendly sun products and apply regularly after going in the water. The hottest part of the day is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please remember that you can still get burnt, even when it is cloudy.
Beach Towels Get your beach towels from the towel booth across from the A-building, which is open from 7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. daily. Beach towels are also available at the beach towel booth, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and at Aqua Mania Adventures, which is open from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Fitness Center Keep up with your daily workout at the Fitness Center, where you will find a variety of exercise machines to help you stay in shape. Dial Ext. 5948 for more information. The fitness center is located on the third floor beneath the Resort lobby.
Tennis Anyone? The Resort has four lighted tennis courts. For lessons with the Tennis Pro or to reserve court time, please contact the Security Office at Ext. 5911/5912.
Kidâ€™s Stuff Checked out all the pools already? Time for the next adventure for those youngsters! The Playstation, a floating aquatic playground, is a great way to mix playtime with beach time. Contact Aqua Mania about this and other exciting vacation adventures for the kids such as horseback riding or zip lining.
Resort Shuttle Service Use our shuttle service to get around the Resort. Call the Front Desk at Ext. 5421 or the Concierge Desk at Ext. 777 to request transport and a van will be sent to your building to take you wherever you want to go on the premises. Transport is available only on request.
Wireless Internet Do you have your laptop with you? Stay connected with free wireless Internet access available at the resort. Call the Front Desk at Ext. 5421 or the Concierge Desk at Ext. 777 for the weekly password.
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SXM Hot Spots Marigot
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Marigot is the capital of the French side with a beautiful waterfront, a marina full of cafes and restaurants plus boutiques offering European fashions.
Orient Beach is one of the most developed beaches on the island. Filled with restaurants and beach bars, there are also plenty of activities to take part in such as parasailing. Since Orient Beach is recognized as a natural reserve, snorkeling along the coast line is ideal. In close proximity to Orient Beach is the shallow â€œkid-friendlyâ€? beach, Le Galion. Both are wonderful spots for the whole family.
The open market in Marigot takes place on the waterfront near historic Fort Saint Louis and starts with Anguilla fishermen arriving early in the morning with their fresh catch of the day. Other shops in the market sell meat, vegetables, and spices. There are shells, trinkets, artwork, and clothing closer to the center of town. This seaside open-air market is one of the most popular attractions in Marigot, a very colourful, lively experience. ip Tr y Da Tip
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Venture early to enjoy the open-air market, have lunch at one of the many Caribbean eateries and explore the streets and shops of Marigot plus the historic Fort St. Louis.
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Take the family to Orient for the morning, choose from many beach bars for a bite to eat and then head over to Le Galion. The butterfly farm at Le Galion is great place to stop to take photos before you hit the beach again!
Welcome to St. Maarten! Here you can find the ultimate selection of SXM Hot Spots for a memorable vacation.
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Grand Case features some of the oldest Creole cottages on the island and some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean. It is no wonder why Grand Case is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean! A charming place to spend the day and evening!
The capital of the Dutch side, Philipsburg is one of the Caribbeanâ€™s best shopping towns. Front Street and Back Street are lined with hundreds of stores selling jewelry, electronics, clothing and locally produced goods, such as Guavaberry. Stroll along the scenic Boardwalk and stop for a drink or a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants offering a wide array of cuisine. Hop on one of the shuttles to Philipsburg (provided by AMA Jewellers) and shop until you drop! If you have had your fill of shopping, Great ip r y Tp Bay is a beautiful beach and Philipsburg also a D Ti has a museum where you can learn all about the islandâ€™s history from the Arawak settlement to the salt industry.
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Drive over for lunch to enjoy ribs, chicken, crab back and many more island treats at one of the lolos overlooking the shore. Spend the afternoon sunbathing on the Grand Case beach or stroll the main street lined with boutiques, art galleries and even a perfumery.
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Maho beach is a beach famous for its proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Due to the unique location it is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flight path just outside the end of the runway. Enjoy a cold beverage near the airport runway to watch the underbelly of an airplane land!
With over fifty restaurants and shops within walking distance from the resort and close proximity to the airport, Simpson Bay is also home to many hotels and resorts. Although the area on the main road is quite developed, Simpson Bay Beach is a quiet long strip of shoreline with only a couple of beach bars.
Mullet Bay is approximately a 5 minute drive from Maho and one of the best beaches on the island for tourists and locals alike. The beach is ideal for families and couples to enjoy the day plus the sunsets are spectacular!
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Ask the concierge for the flight schedule to find out what day the Boeing 747 jumbo jets (such as KLM) are arriving as these are the best planes to capture some impressive images. Where else in the world can you relax on the beach while planes are landing right over your head?!
The ideal place to relax with a beautiful view of Simpson Bay Resort and one of the neighboring islands, Saba.
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There are many options for breakfast or lunch in Simpson Bay. Grab a bite to eat and then head to the beach for some fun in the sun. At night, Simpson Bay becomes a hot spot for dining, gambling and dancing the night away!
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Island Tips Vacation is all about relaxing and having fun. Here are a few tips to make sure your stay on island is nothing but smooth sailing. Island Lingo English is spoken everywhere but Dutch is the official language of St Maarten and French in Saint Martin. You may also hear Papiamentu in Sint Maarten and Creole Patois in Saint Martin, in addition to other world languages such as Spanish, Chinese and Hindi.
Money Matters The official currency of Dutch St. Maarten is the Netherlands Antilles Guilder (NAF) and on French St. Martin it is the Euro. US dollars and all major credit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs throughout the island. Identification is needed in order to cash travelers checks.
Phones To place a call from the resort to numbers on the Dutch side of the island, dial 9 + the 7-digit number. To call the French side of the island, dial 9 + 00590 + 590 + the 6 digit number; for cell phones on the French side, please dial 9 + 00690 + 590 + the 6 digit number. Please note that Country Sint Maarten is now part of the North American dialing plan; the North American prefix is 721 followed by the 7 digit number. For example, if you call Simpson Bay Resort from North America, dial 1-721-544-2503. 16 RESORT LIFE
Drinking Water Water is one of our most precious commodities here on St. Maarten. Seawater is converted into fresh water by our desalination plant, a very sophisticated process. There is no need to buy bottled water; St. Maarten’s water from the tap is safe to drink.
electronics and designer labels. Other good buys are paintings by island artists, local hot sauces, preserves and Guavaberry liqueur, which is distilled from the berries of a native tree. Ask the Concierge about a free shopping trip to Philipsburg and the water taxi shuttle offered by Aqua Mania Adventures to Marigot. Shopping hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in St. Maarten and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.,
Safety The resort has surveillance cameras, 24-hour security patrols and the staff is trained to be on the alert for anything amiss. We also recommend that you use the in-room safe to store your valuables. Never leave your belongings unattended in parked cars or on the beach. Walking alone at night on the beach or in areas with no streetlights is not recommended. Likewise, do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry. When on vacation it is always a good idea to carry copies of your passport, credit card numbers and the phone number of your credit card company in your wallet.
Newspapers Leading US and European newspapers are available on St. Maarten. For local news, check the St. Maarten Daily Herald and its Thursday Out & About section. Newspapers can be purchased at Lord & Hunter, located next to the Red Piano.
Island Shopping Island capitals, Philipsburg and Marigot, are both duty-free zones full of jewelry and watches, lead crystal, French perfumes,
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the French side.
Renting a Car Rent a car and explore the island at your own pace. Thrifty/Paradise Car Rental is located in the Resort lobby. Open daily: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ext. 5190.
Time Zone Atlantic Standard Time year round (equivalent to Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
Bridge Information Simpson Bay Lagoon on St. Maarten is a major port for mega yachts and sailboats. To allow boats to enter or leave, the Simpson Bay Bridge has to open. The bridge opens on Airport Road at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On the French side in Sandy Ground, the bridge opens at 8:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Instead of drumming your fingers on the wheel, why not tune into Island 92 (91.9 FM) and enjoy some great music.
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Shopping Sensations Shopping on French Saint Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten offers high quality duty-free goods in charming island style. The island has a well-earned reputation as a shopperâ€™s paradise. Here you will find the best prices on local crafts & arts, exotic foods, jewelry, liquor, tobacco, electronics, leather goods, as well as most elegant designer goods. Duty free, Tax-free shops abound. You can literally shop till you drop. 20 RESORT LIFE
There are two main shopping areas on the island, chic Marigot on the French side, and Front Street in the heart of Philipsburg, on the Dutch side. The entire center and marina area of Marigot is a lovely shopping district with old Créole houses, bistro bars, cafes, restaurants, fashion and designer boutiques, jewelers and perfume shops. Philipsburg features over a mile of shopping. In addition to Front Street, there is Old Street with attractive gift stores and art galleries, and Back Street with a colorful local market, souvenir shops, and inexpensive clothing. Enjoy your shopping spree on either side of the island!
Marigot Set sail from Simpson Bay Resort & Marina to experience French flavor in the port town of Marigot. Explorers will be well rewarded with an adventure unlike anything the Dutch side of the island has to offer. In contrast to the bustling cruise ship port of Philipsburg, Marigot is home to luxury yachts and charming boutiques. The cafés and bars along the marina offer some of the best pizza on the island, daily specials and fresh mussels, and remain packed with patrons throughout the day. Inland from the marina and those bustling cafés, you’ll find the Rue de la Liberté and the beginning of your shopping experience in Marigot. Shops offer many of the same high-end goods you’ll find at shops in Philipsburg – perfume, jewelry and clothing to name a few – but with a decidedly French influence. Many of the best boutiques can be found in the West Indies Mall, which lies at the base of a hill. Fort St. Louis sits at the top of the very same hill. Built in 1767 from plans developed by King Louis XVI, more famous for being guillotined during the French Revolution, this squat stone fort is one of the must-see sites in Marigot and offers a stunning view of the entire city. Another, perhaps more macabre, site is the city’s cemetery, which dates back to the early 19th century. The French Caribbean influence will be noticeable to anyone who has been to New Orleans and seen similar aboveground crypts.
Along with these sites, visitors should make sure to hit Marigot’s open-air market, which takes place each Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Rue de France, along the wharves. This is a wonderful time to enjoy many of the local farmer’s treats such as sweet potatoes, coconuts, tropical fruits, local spices, fresh fish, and of course the various local arts and crafts. For Francophiles who visit the Resort, Marigot is a must-see. We recommend getting there nice and early so you can start your day with a warm croissant and a cup of freshly brewed coffee at one of the many cafes. After visiting the open-air market and the high-end shopping in the many unique boutiques, stop by Marina Royale. This marina is more than just a home for the yachts. Today, you will find a variety of waterfront cafes, craft shops, bistros, and a wonderful museum with Haitian artwork. Check out the view from Fort St. Louis and visit the cemetery along the Rue de Sandy Ground as you head out of town. This spectacular French Caribbean journey begins from your island home, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. Experience Marigot by hopping on the Monday Island Bus Trip, spending a day or two exploring via the daily boat ride with Aqua Mania or by renting a car with Thrifty car rental. With as many boutiques as fabulous restaurants for which the island is renowned – France is calling!
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Philipsburg The capital of Dutch Sint Maarten, Philipsburg, is rich in history and abundant in shopping. Founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy, the town’s history is still felt when you pass by the historic Court House that was built in 1793. Philipsburg became a bustling center for international trade including salt mining, which was the Dutch settler’s main interest in this unique island. Remnants of the original Great Salt Pond can still be seen while driving along Walter A. Nisbeth Road, also known as Pondfill Road. On most days, it is impossible to miss the gigantic vessels docked at the A.C. Wathey Pier. Great Bay, the bay in front of Philipsburg, can accommodate six large cruise ships at once. In fact, the pier was expanded in 2009 to accommodate the world’s largest mega class cruise ships. Today, Philipsburg is arguably the premier Caribbean destination for the world’s largest cruise lines. With its compact nature and easy-to-follow street plan, Philipsburg is made for pedestrian traffic and an ideal shopping experience. The Boardwalk, along the beautiful shores of Great Bay, is the place to grab a drink or have lunch while listening to live music. Head on up to Front Street for fantastic shops packed with jewelry, electronics and clothing stores. Front Street is also home to a variety of points of interest, including the St. Maarten Museum and the St. Maarten Guavaberry Company. Although guavaberries grow throughout the Caribbean, St. Maarten has taken their cultivation to special heights, and the St. Maarten Guavaberry Company offers liqueur, barbecue sauce, jam and other goods all made with the island’s native fruit. Make sure to stop by for free samples of their delicious Rum blends including the famous Guavaberry Colada. Turn north onto any alley (Dutch: steeg) or street (Dutch: straat) and you will find a busy shopping area, Back Street. The market here offers a taste of Caribbean flair with a variety of clothing stores and kiosks with great bargains. Getting from the Resort to Philipsburg couldn’t be easier. Take Aqua Mania’s water taxi, rent a car onsite from Thrifty car rental, or ride the free bus each Wednesday and Friday. The air-conditioned bus tour, which is provided by AMA Jewellers, includes cold drinks and a guided tour that covers the history and interesting landmarks of Sint Maarten. The bus tour is hosted by Don Sharman, a 15-year resident of the island with a breezy personality and a million jokes (he considers himself more a showman than a tour guide). Don will guide you to many notto-be-missed places including a courtyard homage to Holland, which features a restaurant, a sidewalk bar and a shop that sells Dutch cheese and chocolate. Once you experience the flavor and savings of Philipsburg you are sure to crave another trip to the Caribbean’s shopping capital.
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Are you planning a gift of jewelry? Whether itâ€™s for yourself or for someone you love shopping for fine jewelry can be overwhelming if you are not prepared so get a good background on the subject before hand and your experience will be fun and exiting. A piece of jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones is an instant treasure that, if well taken care of, can be passed down through generations. 24 RESORT LIFE
Splash Jewellers has been a reputable family owned and operated business since it first opened its doors in 1987. This year, Splash will mark its 26th year in the jewelry business on the island of St. Maarten. They have a wide selection of 14 and 18 Carat Fine Jewelry, Precious and Semi-Precious Stones, a large selection of Loose Diamonds and Watches. They are also the official jewelers of the Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, with their main branch located on Front Street in downtown Philipsburg. Take a piece of paradise home with you, whether it’s for you or for a loved one, from your visit to the friendly island!
Pandora Jewelry Charm bracelets are a fantastic gift idea for a loved one or for yourself! A Pandora bracelet is the perfect memento; collect charms or beads to add to your bracelet on each vacation, event or to remember a special moment in time or a special someone. Splash Jewelers is an authorized Pandora dealer so stop by one of two Splash locations at the resort to see what unique items are available. There’s always a little something for everyone.
Much has been said about jewelry. That’s because it means so much to each of us. Whether it’s an exquisite diamond ring or a simple beaded necklace, jewelry is always an expressive gift. Precious stones never go out of style, but make sure you get the right one.
When you’re in the market for a piece of jewelry at the store keep in mind the following: Jewelry shopper’s checklist: • Ask about the refund and return policy before you buy. • Check for the appropriate markings on metal jewelry. • Ask whether the pearls are natural, cultured or imitation. • Ask whether a gemstone is natural, laboratory-created or imitation. • Ask whether the gemstone has been treated, whether the change is permanent and whether special care is required. • Make sure your sales receipt includes any information you relied on when making your purchase, like the gem’s weight or size. Some jewelers may give you a grading report from a gemological laboratory.
If you have a problem with the jewelry you purchased, try to resolve it with the jeweler first. If you’re not satisfied, contact your local Better Business Bureau or local consumer protection agency.
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&Night Life No matter what your craving Sint Maarten and Saint Martin is a great place to dine. Delight your palate with the tasty culinary choices offered in more than 350 restaurants. The island, we’ve been told, has the most restaurants per square mile in the Caribbean. Sint Maarten and Saint Martin are truly international destinations and this makes up the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. There are hundreds of gourmet restaurants, bistros and sidewalk cafés on this little island. Heralded by crimson sunsets over azure blue seas, unforgettable nights await you in Sint Maarten and Saint Martin. The island’s legendary nightlife attracts visitors from all over the world. Test your luck at roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em poker and more at lively casinos located on the Dutch side of the island. Dance the night away at stylish clubs and discotheques or relax at local beach bars, laid back lounges and beachside BBQs with steel drum bands, or sail the evening away on scenic dinner cruises.
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Simpson Bay Resort &Marina interviews: James (Jimbo) Morris SBR: We’re here talking with Jimbo, from St. Maarten’s famous Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café…is Jimbo your real name? Jimbo: Uh, no but even my mom calls me Jimbo - you’re certainly not the first to ask…Bond, James Bond…. SBR: James? Jimbo: Yeah, but before St. Maarten, I was always called Jim and referred to as Jim Morris…also kind of a one word name Jimmorris, like Jimbo… SBR: Aha, when did you first arrive on the shores of the island?
Jimbo: Came on vacation from New York City in 1988 – to visit friends – Lenny and Sadhia….and their 9 month old baby Aliyah….yeah, don’t say it, she’s 24 now….and I’m Uncle Jimbo…Lenny worked right here at Simpson Bay Resort in those days.
Jimbo: Isn’t that what we’re doing here? Just kidding… I think everybody’s got a book to write. I love hearing people’s life stories, especially people older than me. Anyway, I opened the first “Jimbo’s”, called “Jimbololo”, on St. Maarten’s Day, November 11th, 1990 and lost it on September 5th, 1995…
SBR: Oh, you mean Hurricane Luis! Jimbo: Yeah, the whole island was almost destroyed – there were blue tarps everywhere, where roofs used to be…but when you go through something like that, all you care about is if your friends are okay. The fact that you lost everything doesn’t hit you until later. SBR: Quite an experience…
SBR: What attracted you to the island of St. Maarten the most? Jimbo: Well, at the time, I was writing plays and thought “what a great place to write!” But, I guess it was, first of all, the people here – St. Maarten really is the “Friendly Island”….the weather is perfect most of the time – grew up in Michigan and just couldn’t wait for the summers to come.
Jimbo: Yeah, it sure was…oh, and I also owned Waikiki between 1992 and 1993 – in fact I was the first person to run Waikiki in its present location – before that it was Bikini, but the two switched when I took it.
SBR: Know what you mean. So, you moved here from New York? Jimbo: Yeah, I went there first to be an actor, did some plays and soaps, no movies. SBR: So you moved from Michigan to New York? Jimbo: No, I played Bill Sykes in “Oliver” in Flint, Michigan and… SBR: So you were an actor? Jimbo:Well, yeah I always wanted to act…or be a movie star really…so anyway, the director and musical director lived in D.C., so I hopped in the car with them, left Michigan and headed for The Arena Stage in Washington in 1970…got a job in The House of Representatives in the Nixon days – it was an amazing time of my life…..left a year later, did “Summer Stock” in Peterborough, NH and then New York for the next 18 years…until St. Maarten. SBR: Wow, you’ve had quite the life – you should write a book! 28 RESORT LIFE
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SBR: Well it sure looks like you’re a survivor. And when did you open the current “Jimbo’s”? Jimbo: Well, after a 9,000 mile Harley ride around the States in ’96, and a sail across the ocean to England in ’97, I worked in friends’ restaurants until opening “Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café” in January 2003. SBR: Where does a guy who lives in Paradise go on vacation? Jimbo: Well, I’ve been to India a couple of times – great place to chill out and do some yoga – been to Bali twice too….guess I’ve done my own kinda Eat, Love, Pray thing SBR: That’s quite a story Jimbo. Jimbo: Well life just takes you where it takes you and I’m so very happy it brought me to St. Maarten…my home.
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The smokin’ aroma of Jimbo’s sizzling Fajitas will start your mouth watering, but first order one of their famous margaritas, served in hand-blown Mexican glasses. Jimbo’s offers starters like the enormous “Deluxe Nachos Grande” or “California Calamari” and main courses range from fall off the bone “Baby Backs” to “Stuffed Grouper Chipotle”. You’ll probably want to go more than once, so don’t save Jimbo’s for your last night! Located in Simpson Bay Yacht Club
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A Cut Above Situated in the Marina Plaza, The Stone allows guests to experience fine dining without ever leaving the resort grounds. Chef Johann Roebert entices diners with a menu that includes equally wellprepared seafood and steak. But the twist that makes The Stone so unusual is that, as its name suggests, stone cooking. Meals are prepared in the kitchen until they are cooked almost perfectly. Just before being finished, though, the food is removed from the kitchen and placed on a hot stone, on which the meal is served. Entrées finish cooking right on your table and right before your eyes. It would be impossible to get a more freshly cooked meal without eating in the kitchen. Rib-eye arrives to the table sizzling to your desired temperature. The steak cuts easily and is soaked in the aux jus that comes alongside, it melts away in the mouth like butter. The Stone also offers a beef filet and a flank steak that are flavorful and fantastic, still many diners opt for seafood. You can choose from tuna, tilapia and more – the menu changes occasionally based on which ingredients Chef Roebert can get fresh. Accordingly, the chef prides himself on making The Stone’s fare as local as possible, with a few hints at farflung lands tucked into the menu. In that way, The Stone is much like St. Maarten itself, Caribbean flavors mixed with not only the European influences of Dutch and French, but the many people who have come afterward. Pair your dinner with a choice from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, which includes selections from France, Italy, the United States, Australia, Argentina, and Chef Roebert’s homeland of South Africa. Other than some of the wines, the chef has added a touch of South Africa to the menu with the biltong and cheddar soup. A South African specialty, biltong is meat cured in vinegar and salt, similar to jerky but thicker and not quite as chewy at the end of the process. Chef Roebert adds the biltong to a creamy cheddar soup, making for a unique blend of flavors that proved to be one of the evening’s most lasting impressions. A leisurely glass of wine enjoyed outside along the marina, as the sun slips down over Simpson Bay, the clouds burst into impossible shades of pink and orange, and your dinner sizzles on a hot stone before you is an absolute must during your stay at the Resort.
Menu Suggestions Kobe Beef Burger with aged cheddar & caramelized onions. Beef filet, fresh grilled baby asparagus & mushroom sauce. Grilled Caribbean lobster with garlic & apricot glaze.
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Some Things Change Some Stay the Same A new season is here and we are very pleased to introduce you to some new things and also let you know that some things, the things that attracted you to the resort in the first place, have stayed the same. The resort has undertaken a massive upgrade program and has made great headway so far. In keeping with the great work they have done we have also begun (at the time of writing) to make some very exciting improvements to expand our service level to our guests and make your stay even more convenient and enjoyable.
The benefits of change: You will be pleased to see that the Beach Bar now has a brand new, vibrantly coloured shade covering so that you can enjoy the beauty of the sea and sand while relaxing comfortably with your food and drinks without getting sunburned or drenched by the occasional rain squall. The Beach Bar now has eight new tables and a sea view bench around the outside to enhance your experience of paradise. We also now offer our beach lounge in front of the bar with mega-yacht style cushions and friendly staff, as usual. We recommend making a booking for the lounge in advance since we anticipate high demand during season for this one-of-a-kind area. The Marina Pool (just above the Beach Bar) also has 5 new tables with umbrellas for your relaxation and enjoyment. As usual, food is available at all the bars so stop by and relax in the shade by the split level pool and enjoy Lauraâ€™s bubbly personality.
We are also very pleased to welcome a new member of our team, award-winning mixologist Roger Lutz, who is now in charge of the Lobby Bar. Roger is a 4-time German Bartending Champion and a 2-time European Bartending Champion at the World Bartending Championships in 1998. This high end facility offers top quality cocktails according to IBA (International Bartending Association) standards, so come and enjoy a before or after dinner drink and a chat with Roger. You will most certainly be impressed.
dening, wildlife (big cats and birds â€“ both the feathered and un-feathered variety!) in particular. Alan has a Jimmy Buffett party on a Wednesday afternoon so be sure to join him for some great fun and dancing.
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Originally from Guyana, Moti has been on St. Maarten for the last 20 years, 19 of which at the resort. Moti is a face you will all recognize and he would love to welcome you to the Beach Bar for one of his signature frozen cocktails. He loves fishing and is a cricket fanatic - maybe he could even try and teach you the rules of that crazy game!
JUNIOR Originally from Dominica, Junior has been on St. Maarten for 11 years, 7 years here at the resort. Junior is multi-talented and serves behind the Beach Bar most days, but also takes over cooking responsibilities on Gerard’s off days. He is a keen and experienced fisherman, so be sure to talk to Junior about local water conditions, recommendations for charters and species of fish available close by.
VICK Vick is originally from Guyana and is Moti’s son. He has been on St. Maarten for 17 years – most of his life actually, and has worked with us for 2 years at the resort. Vick is a cricket fanatic and is also interested in the NFL.
LAURA Originally from St. Lucia, Laura has been on St. Maarten for 12 years, 7 years at the resort. Laura’s interests include gardening, socializing with people from all parts of the world and hanging out on one of St. Maarten’s 37 beautiful beaches. She is in charge of the Marina Pool Bar and will be very pleased to extend to you a warm welcome to the new facilities around the pool.
GERARD Originally from St. Maarten and has lived here all his life. He is the driving force behind all the wonderful dishes that you can enjoy from the menu and his ribs are world renowned! He has been at the resort for 6 years and is a wealth of information on the island, its history and its customs. He is also an avid sports fan with his favourites being boxing and soccer, but all sports in general. Be sure to touch base with Gerard about baseball and basketball as he really knows his stuff.
METAL Originally from Jamaica, Metal joined us over a year ago as storeman and provisioner. On a few days when necessary he filled at the Villa pool and we had such good reports about his personality and friendly attitude that he has now become your permanent friendly face behind the Villas Pool bar. Metal loves soccer, cricket and basketball.
Lobby Bar: ext. 5940 Villas Pool Bar: ext. 5941 B-Pool Bar: ext. 5910 Marina Pool Bar: ext. 5930 Beach Bar & Grille: ext. 5935
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A Fresh Start By Rona Gindin
All-new interiors are transforming Simpson Bay Resort and Marina into a premier resort with superior trading power. A dab of au courant color here. A trio of contemporary paintings there. Turbo decor changes are just the start of Simpson Bay Resort’s rejuvenation. Through 2015, every one of the bay-view property’s studios and suites will be re-equipped, refurbished, repainted and reappointed. The newly enhanced rooms are impressively stylish and oh-so comfortable. Expect walls of deep teal or burnt sienna. Settle into contemporary high-backed dining chairs set around a glass table. Cuddle into premium memory foam beds topped with crisp white duvets enhanced by oblong pillows and soft throws reminiscent of island hues. Wall art is clean and refreshing, tying together the leather seating, the plush throw pillows and striking contemporary chandeliers. Yet Simpson Bay Resort’s renovation is far more than cosmetic. One by one, each unit is being ripped down to the walls. Craftsmen then install new fixtures. Perhaps the most welcome replacements are in the kitchen. New cabinets, of a rich warm wood, rise to the ceiling and are finished with brushed nickel button knobs and sleek handles. All-new appliances are of stainless steel. Sleek quartz countertops complete the “clean lines” look. Don’t be surprised to find those cabinets stocked with complete sets of in-the-now plates, glasses and flatware. 36 RESORT LIFE
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In the living rooms, built-in wood-and glass entertainment centers fit flat-screen TVs. Flanking the media are two attractive panels that, when open, reveal twin Murphy beds (also premium memory foam), ready to accommodate an extra couple of guests. Sofas have a SoHo edge, as do the end tables and lamps beside them. Even the bathrooms are being totally revamped. Gone is the sterile white-onwhite scheme. In its place, wooden vanities and textured mirror frames are enhanced by a detailed tilework trim. A short wall separates the toilet from the glass-walled rainshower. Eco concerns were addressed throughout the planning. For example, Simpson Bay Resort has new air conditioners, and they are the quietest, most effective and most energy-efficient on the market. All light bulbs are now LED and new roofs keep the air conditioning in. The exteriors have been painted refreshing new colors. Simpson Bay Resortâ€™s overhaul is a multi-year project, ensuring that some residential units are available whenever you want to visit. The Caladium, Croton, Dieffenbachia and Allamanda buildings are now complete. Look for a whole new Bougainvillea in 2013, a rejuvenated Beaumontia in 2014 and, finally, sparkling new Flamboyant and Marina buildings in 2015. When every last accent mirror is placed, Simpson Bay Resort will be elevated to five-star status. Members will be enchanted with their new lodgings, eager to spend a week or more in a home that may well be as nice as their permanent residences. Add in the six pristine swimming pools and the friendly folks lounging beside them, the gazebo-style pool bar and the calm clear sea mere steps away, and youâ€™ll be eager to book your next St. Maarten adventure or return to your Caribbean home home away from home.
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Buy a little piece of Heaven thatâ€™s
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amazingly down amazingly downtotoEarth Earth! • Vacation Membership at Simpson Bay’s only Premier rated Resort • Catering to every need and lifestyle • From efficiency sleep two studios to 3-bedroom penthouses available • Optional rental and exchange program • 5-star amenities and services • • • • • •
24-hour front desk & security • Beachfront restaurant • Lobby & pool bar Free-form pools • Lighted tennis courts Casino • Guest laundry • Convenience store Spa • Concierge service • Car rental Wireless Internet • Full back-up power generator Operated by the Caribbean’s most respected management group
Rentable, resalable, inheritable…and fabulously enjoyable Visit the Membership Sales Office for an appointment or courtesy tour of the newly renovated premier villas and to learn more about shared ownership. Call Ext. 5800 Toll-free 1-888-852-8305 www.simpsonbayresort.com
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Island Hopping By Rona Gindin
From water sports to history museums, dutyfree shopping and eco-adventures, St. Maarten/ St. Martin is an intriguing destination — and a trio of neighbors increase the fun factor. Seductive as Simpson Bay Resort’s loungers, pools and lodgings are, its surroundings are more tempting still. On this one island, you can immerse yourself in Dutch- and French-Caribbean cultures. In Dutch St. Maarten, the mantra is fun. Try your luck at casinos. Sample the cuisines of nationalities from all over the world in Simpson Bay, home to 50 restaurants walking distance from your villa. Tip back a beer at Maho Beach while watching planes take off. Challenge yourself with any kind of water sport. And then there is always fabulous shopping in historic Philipsburg, where the collection of duty-free boutiques seems endless. During your stay, you can stroll along the boardwalk, get a massage in a serene spa and ride horses along the beach. Oh, there’s so much more! Hop in the car or on a tour bus and tour Fort Amsterdam, which helped keep enemies at bay since 1631, and the Sint Maarten Museum, tracing the island’s heritage from pre-colonial times to the present. Guavaberry Emporium gives out samples of its island-made liqueurs and rums. It’s a quick easy drive over to French St. Martin, where restaurants range from roadside “lolos” featuring Caribbean foods to fine French cuisine at formal restaurants. Many are located in an area called Grand Case. Hike through a nature reserve at Pic Paradise. Go mountain biking or pony trekking. Or zip line over a forest at Loterie Farm, a former sugar plantation. Downtown Marigot is a colorful little city with a real French accent. Shop for European designer labels, then stop into a grocery store for pâté and a baguette to bring back to your villa. Be sure to check out the Marigot Market, where vendors sell goods from crafts to spices and flavored rums. Tour the French side to experience the butterfly farm and make sure to visit Orient Beach, a long, wide swath of sand with an eclectic international array of guests. Located right on the marina at Simpson Bay Resort, you need look no further for all your vacation fun and activities than Aqua Mania Adventures. This one stop vacation shop has a full service PADI Dive Center, day trips to the gorgeous surrounding islands of Saba, St Barts, Anguilla and Prickly Pear, sunset and dinner sails, snorkel trips, watersports and sailing charters. Sign up for deep sea fishing, horseback riding or thrill seeking on Loterie Farms ziplines. Everyday is a new adventure with Aqua Mania. Friendly staff will help plan a fun filled getaway guaranteed to create lasting vacation memories. Every Island has its own character, and with so many of them so nearby, Island Hopping has become a favorite pastime for Simpson Bay Resort’s members and guests. Sailing right from the resort’s marina via Aqua Mania Adventures the Edge I and Edge II, a pair of wave-piercing catamarans, ferry visitors to Saba and St. Barths. Two sailing catamarans, the Lambada and the Tango, depart from the marina for Anguilla and its sister island, Prickly Pear Cay.
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Saba Hop onboard the Edge to discover Saba. Known as the Unspoiled Queen, Saba is a dreamland for divers and hikers. Internationally recognized as one of the top ten dive spots in the world, Saba also happens to be the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For the more stationary visitor, Saba offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and quaint villages with striking names such as The Bottom and Hell’s Gate. Flora and fauna are abundant and the island itself is a lush rainforest on a volcanic rock with a speckling of gingerbread-style homes. Make sure to pick up hand-crafted Saba lace and Saba spice before your trip back to Sint Maarten.
St. Barts Just a 45 minute boat ride on the Edge, the island of St. Barths is a close journey. Between the shops, the celebrities and the fine dining and French culture, St. Barths is tailor-made for tourists who appreciate la bonne vie. Officially called Saint-Barthélemy, the destination has a reputation for beautiful people, fine food and superb beaches. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich history by visiting museums and old churches that have a Swedish influence. For a more casual approach, visit a Jimmy Buffet inspired restaurant and enjoy a “cheeseburger in paradise”.
Anguilla and Prickly Pear Cays When you truly want to get away from it all, book a day sail to Anguilla or Prickly Pear Cays on the Lambada sail catamaran. Lounge on the nets upfront while drinks and snacks are served. Arrive at these pristine islands for a spectacular day! Dive into warm torquise waters or sunbathe on pristine white beaches while you build up an appetite for a delicious barbeque lunch. Stay in touch with the resort and Aqua Mania Adventures for new trips to the Dolphin Park located on Shoal Bay, Anguilla!
The culturally diverse St. Maartin/St. Martin combo offers so much for visitors. No wonder why Simpson Bay Resort members and guests return every year.
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Boat Trips, Watersports, Daysails and Island Activities
Visit the Caribbean’s “Unspoiled Queen” with high speed ferry “Edge.” Sightseeing, hiking and diving.
Rock & Roll Safaris
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise Enjoy a 3 hour coastal cruise with buffet style dinner. Open bar and dessert. Lively Caribbean music. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 5:30 p.m.
Anguilla & Prickly Pear
While sightseeing, captain your own watercraft. Stop for snorkeling. Drinks and snorkel gear included
Daily 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Scuba Diving - Padi
Free dive and snorkel demos Mondays at the B Pool. Daily dives for certified divers. New to St. Maarten - NITROX. Dive trips to Saba with high speed ferry “Edge.” Discover Scuba - Daily Night Dive - Thursday Dive Saba - Wednesday through Sunday
White sandy beaches and great snorkeling. Lunch, drinks and snorkel gear included.
Anguilla - Wednesday & Friday Prickly Pear - Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Lambada Sunset Sail Unforgettable sunsets and coastal sailing with open bar and snacks.
Thursday - 5:15 p.m.
3 hour snorkel trip to Creole Rock. Snorkel gear and drinks. Great sightseeing to the French Side , calm waters an excellent guide.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Just 45 minutes on “Edge” to the “Jewel of the Caribbean.” Sightseeing, shopping and beaches
Special Resort Cruise on Monday
Calypso to Marigot Lagoon Cruise Lagoon cruise at sunset followed by dinner at quaint “La Petit Auberge” restaurant in Marigot. No parking or traffic problems. Tuesday - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Daily trips to Marigot by Boat We book: horseback riding • yacht racing • deep sea fishing • Aqua Mania rents: waverunners • kayaks • snorkel gear • float belts • chairs • umbrellas • coolers and tennis rackets. semi submarine trips and private boat charters. The Resort has: Playstation 4 kids - swing, slide and splash right in front of Our boutique has: beach toys • clothing • shoes • floats • sun lotions • the beach • Kids lagoon cruise on Thursdays. batteries • film • bags • snorkel gear • boat t-shirts and friendly staff. Visit us at the Marina: Call 544-2640 or ext 5214 www.stmaarten-activities.com
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Resort Tips Please take a few minutes to read this section and familiarize yourself with Simpson Bay Resort and Marinaâ€™s regulations and the additional services available. We appreciate your cooperation in helping all our members and guests enjoy their vacation, and in helping our staff maintain the Resort is in tiptop condition. We trust you will have a wonderful stay at Simpson Bay Resort. Please stop by the Membership Sales Office to renew old acquaintances, pick up the latest information on where to go and what to do, or learn more about the advantages of becoming a member here.
Visitor Policy The Resort is a private club and access is controlled. All members, guests and other visitors must register at the Front Desk upon arrival. May we suggest that you use discretion when inviting new acquaintances to your unit. All owners, guests and visitors must agree to follow the published resort regulations and those of the affiliated facilities they may use during their stay. The Resort also reserves the right to terminate the use of resort facilities to anyone refusing to comply with the rules. The law of St. Maarten, to the exclusion of the laws of any other jurisdiction whatsoever, shall apply to and shall govern, and the courts and authorities of Country St. Maarten shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from any accident, injury, or illness occurring tduring your stay at the Resorts or as a consequence thereof.
Your Resort Home The Resort staff will do everything possible to make your stay pleasant and comfortable and if a problem should arise please report it to the Front Desk. You can rest assured that the matter will be taken care of as quickly as possible, often within minutes. Aside from maintenance requests, situations sometimes occur as a result of human error, for example, confusion over similar sounding names or breakages during Saturday unit changes. Accidents will happen and rather than expecting some form of complimentary compensation, a sincere apology from resort personnel should suffice. The Resort is not a hotel nor is it managed as such. It is a non-profit and member dues cover operating expenses only. There are no funds to cover free dinners, extra nights, or gifts. The cost of such compensatory awards would come directly from member dues. Accepting this fundamental difference is essential to understanding why compensation is not permitted for any minor inconvenience you might encounter during your visit.
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Checking In Check-in time is 4 p.m. Upon check-in you may request the number of keys you require. Some rooms at the Resort have a safety deposit box that requires a lock and key, which will be issued to you upon check in. Please do not lose the lock and key, as you will be charged $75 USD. A $250 USD refundable deposit is required upon check in.
of this rule (including smoking in the villa, on the terrace with the sliding doors open or with the ashtray inside the villa) risk a fine up to $150 USD. This fee is the amount it will cost to clean the villa and to relocate the guests the following weeks. Thank you for your cooperation.
Checking Out Check-out time is 10 a.m. This time is strictly enforced and villas that have not been checked out at the Front Desk and vacated will be charged to $100 USD per hour with a to $100 USD minimum. Housekeeping will remove all belongings to prepare the villa for the next occupants. Complimentary luggage storage is available with the Bellman and changing rooms with showers are available in the gym.
• Saturday check in: Tuesdays
Medical Service An independent doctor provides 24-hour medical service. Guests must pay all medical expenses (doctor’s fees, hospital charges, ambulances and prescriptions) directly to the provider. The Resorts assume no responsibility for any medical service provided. New Concierge Desk All services handled by Reception now have been centralized at the spacious new Front Desk in the lobby. As an additional convenience, guests can also use the new guest phones located throughout The Resort or the Concierge Desk to talk to staff and take care of their needs without having to walk to the Front Desk every time. No Smoking For the health and comfort of fellow guests, a no smoking policy is now part of the official Rules and Regulations. Smoking is permitted on the terraces with the sliding doors closed and using the ashtray provided. Smoking is strictly prohibited at all times inside the units. The policy helps keep your unit in better condition and reduces the need for additional cleaning. Violators
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Maid Service Maid service is provided as follows:
• Two week stay: Tuesdays and Fridays
Occupancy Policies Your unit has been designed to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Observing a few simple rules will ensure the comfort of our owners and guests and help keep maintenance costs to a minimum: 1. Please do not use bath linens to remove make up, clean dirty items, or in the kitchen. 2. Please do not place plastic items in the dishwasher.
• Sunday check in: Wednesdays
3. Please do not sit on the furniture when wet or covered with suntan lotion.
• Two week stay: Wednesdays and Mondays
4. Please do not hang towels, bathing suits or other items from the terrace railing.
Each unit contains two extra sets of bath linens.
5. Please do not drape damp clothing over the lamp shades or furniture.
Maids do not clean the kitchen. Before check out all kitchen items must be cleaned and returned to their storage space. If the kitchen and utensils are not clean, a service charge of $75 USD will be levied. Daily maid service is available upon request. Additional fees are $25 USD per day for Studio/Junior Suite, $35 USD one-bedroom villa and $45 USD for a two- bedroom villa. Please review the kitchen inventory, sign the inventory form and return to the Front Desk. Housekeeping will check the inventory and any shortages or unit damage beyond normal usage will be charged to the occupant. Please check the condition of the kitchen counter upon arrival, if you notice any damage, please report it to the Front Desk to avoid an additional charge upon check out. Voice Mail + Plus You may use the telephone voice mail system to leave messages and if a reply is required, answers will be provided at the earliest possible time. The system allows members and guests to maximize their vacation enjoyment and not spend time looking for or waiting to talk to Managers. To use Voice Mail + Plus, simply dial 1999 and then follow the prerecorded instructions to leave your message for different departments.
6. Please do not litter. 7. I n order to prevent mildew, condensation or odors, please use the air-conditioning only when all doors are closed. 8. E ach unit has a safety deposit box located inside the closet.
Occupancy Limits Type of unit Studio - Sleeps 2 Studio - Sleeps 4 One Bedroom Two Bedrooms Penthouse Three Bedrooms
Accommodates 2 persons 4 persons 4 persons 6 persons 6 persons 8 persons
Your Feedback Please Your feedback is critical in our performance and improvement process. We appreciate you spending your vacation time at the Resort and ask that you take a moment to complete the survey so we may better serve you on your return visit.
Pool Rules and Regulations Pool hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Unaccompanied children under the age of twelve must use the shallow pool area. Children under parental supervision are allowed to use any pool area. To check out beach towels please present the towel card you received at check-in. Please return towels and retrieve your card which must be handed in at the Front Desk during check-out. Beach towels can be exchanged once a day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1. Do not use the pool while service signs are posted. 2. No diving or jumping is permitted. 3. No splashing near the swim-up bars. 4. No bonfires on the beach or pool areas. 5. Radios, CD or Mp3 players are not allowed in the pool or beach areas without personal earphones. 6. B ottles or glass items are not allowed in the pool or beach areas. 7. Floats, rafts and beach equipment are not allowed in the pool area except in the childrenâ€™s pool. 8. No running or horseplay in the pool area. 9. Do not take the terrace furniture from your unit to the beach or pool area. 10. W hen returning from the beach, please shower with fresh water provided near the beach. 11. Pool lifeguards are not available. Swim at your own risk.
Please Note: Parents will be held directly responsible for the actions of their children. Please make sure that all family members know and understand the pool rules.
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About the Beach
The turquoise waters and brisk warm breezes of the Caribbean are beautiful and alluring, but safety is still important. Please observe the warning flags prominently displayed on the beach.
Wireless Internet Do you have your laptop with you? Stay connected with free wireless Internet access available at the resort. Call the Front Desk for the weekly password.
Black: Do not enter.
Babysitting $10 US per hour ($2 US per extra child). Please contact the Front Desk 24 hours in advance or the Housekeeping department at Ext. 5600, 5615 or 5620.
Red: Strong wave action - unsafe for swimming. Yellow: Moderate wave action - swimming not advisable. Green: Calm sea - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. All beaches in St. Maarten are Federal property and Simpson Bay Resort assumes no responsibility for injury, theft or other incidents in this area. Use of the beach and ocean is at the personal risk of the member or guest. Lifeguards are not available and swimming is at your own risk. Swimming at night is not recommended. Do not stake out your territory by placing towels or other items on the furniture or under beach umbrellas. All such items left unattended will be removed promptly by security. It may be possible to reclaim personal items by adequately describing them; however, the Resort beach towels and other equipment so removed will be charged to your account.
Water Water is safe to drink on St. Maarten. Mail Service Stamps and mail service are available at the Lord and Hunter store, next to the Red Piano. Boarding Passes Boarding Passes can be printed in the concierge center (charges apply), call Ext. 777 for information. Suggested tipping Bellman: $1.50 US per bag Maids: $3 US per day A 15% service charge is automatically added to your bill in most of the restaurants on the island. Electricity 110 ac (same as in the United States). Lost and Found Contact the Front Desk or Security Department. Wake-Up Calls Please call the Operator or the Front Desk for assistance. Ice Resort refrigerators are equipped with an ice maker. You may also purchase ice at most convenience stores. Phone Calls Please check with the Operator by calling 0 as dialing long distance can be expensive. Long distance calls are charged to your villa. Dialing the US: 9 + 001 + area code + phone number
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International: 9 + 00 + country code + city code + phone number There is a charge for local calls. Doctor For medical services please call the Front Desk at Ext. 5421. Membership Information To become one of more than 12,000 Resort Members or receive Membership information, please visit the Membership Sales Office or call Ext. 5800. Laundromat There are laundry rooms in the Dieffenbachia, Bougainvillea, Caladium and Marina buildings and on the third floor between the stairs in both wings of the Villas. All are open 24 hours. Â You may purchase tokens to use the washing machines and dryers from the Front Desk or at the towel booth across from the A-building, $2 per token. Taxis Available upon request, please ask your concierge or the Front Desk for assistance calling a taxi. A $10 US refundable deposit is required before calling for a taxi, if none are available. Parking A parking permit is required to park your car in the Resorts. This may be obtained at the Front Desk. Please lock your vehicle; management is not responsible for theft or damage. Maintenance Requests A maintenance request form is located on the kitchen counter. Please use this form to report any maintenance problems to the Front Desk. No Advertising Use of the accommodations and facilities associated with Simpson Bay Resort is limited solely to Simpson Bay Resort members and their guests, exchangers and renters. Resort accommodations and facilities are provided for recreational purposes only, and any use associated with commercial ends is expressly prohibited including, but not limited to, resale of Simpson Bay Resort Memberships.
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No “for sale” or “for rent” signs or other advertising shall be placed or distributed in any part of the common areas or the units. The right to place and maintain such signs is specifically reserved by to Simpson Bay Resort .
• Report the fire to the Front Desk at Ext. 5421.
• D o not use the elevator – exit the building by the stairs as marked.
Fire Familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher location nearest to your villa and, in the unlikely event of a fire, please observe the following procedures:
Hurricanes Hurricanes do not happen instantly and there is ample warning of an approaching storm. You will be advised by Management on the proper safety procedures to follow should the situation arise.
Resort Directory Concierge Desk Front Desk Membership Sales Office Executive Offices Car Rental L’Aqualigne Spa Pool Bar (B) Pool Bar (Marina) Red Piano Bar Voice Mail Local Calls Operator & Fax Services Security department AquaMania House phones Lobby bar The Stone L’ Isola Bon Appetit Fitness Center Alexander–Cafeteria
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• If possible, close all windows and doors. • Leave your unit at once.
TV Channel Directory 777 5421, 5422 5800 5330 5190 5211 5910 5930 5454 1999 9 + 7 Digit Number 0 5911/5912 5214 5424, 5426 5940 5510 5455 5294 5948 5091
CNN Resort Channel TNT Showtime USA Disney HBO ESPN CNBC CBS NBC ABC WGN RAI (Italian) Nickelodeon FOX Univision (Spanish) Weather Channel Discovery TV5 Monde (French) FOX News TV Land HGTV Golf Channel TBN
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IN-HOUSE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY To call units within the resorts
Caladium Allamanda Room A1B A2B A3B A4B
71011 71021 71031 71041
Room B102 B104 B106 B108 B110 B112 B114 B116 B118 B120 B122 B124 B126 B128 B130 B132 B134 B201 B202 B203 B204
Room A1A A2A A3A A4A
71012 71022 71032 71042
A5B A6 A8 A10
71051 71061 71081 71101
Room A5A A7 A9 A11
72102 72104 72106 72108 72110 72112 72114 72116 72118 72120 72122 72124 72126 72128 72130 72132 72133 72201 72202 72203 72204
B205 B206 B207 B208 B209 B210 B211 B212 B213 B214 B215 B216 B217 B218 B219 B220 B221 B222 B223 B224 B225
72205 72206 72207 72208 72209 72210 72211 72212 72213 72214 72215 72216 72217 72218 72219 72220 72221 72222 72223 72224 72225
B226 B227 B228 B229 B230 B231 B232 B233 B234 B302 B304 B306 B308 B310 B312 B314 B316 B318 B320 B322 B324
B326 B328 B330 B332 B334 B402 B404 B406 B408 B410 B412 B414 B416 B418 B420 B422 B424 B426 B428 B430 B432 B434
73112 73122 73132 73142 73152 73162
C17A C18A C19A C20A C21A C22A
73172 73182 73192 73202 73212 73222
C11B C12B C13B C14B C15B C16B
73111 73121 73131 73141 73151 73161
C17B C18B C19B C20B C21B C22B
73171 73181 73191 73201 73211 73221
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73012 73022 73032 73042 73052
C6A C7A C8A C9A C10A
73062 73072 73082 73092 73102
C1B C2B C3B C4B C5B
73011 73021 73031 73041 73051
C6B C7B C8B C9B C10B
73061 73071 73081 73091 73101
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5
74011 74021 74031 74041 74051
D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
74061 74071 74081 74091 74101
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15
74111 74121 74131 74141 74151
D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
74161 74171 74181 74191 74201
F13 F14 F15 F16 F17 F18
76131 76141 76151 76161 76171 76181
F19 F20 F21 F22 F23 F24
76191 76201 76211 76221 76231 76241
F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6
76011 76021 76031 76041 76051 76061
F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12
M201 M202 M203 M204 M205 M206 M207 M208 M209 M210 M211 M212 M213 M215 M216 M217
78201 78202 78203 78204 78205 78206 78207 78208 78209 78210 78211 78212 78213 78215 78216 78217
M218 M219 M220 M301 M302 M303 M304 M305 M306 M307 M308 M309 M310 M311 M312 M313
78218 78219 78220 78301 78302 78303 78304 78305 78306 78307 78308 78309 78310 78311 78312 78313
M314 M315 M316 M317 M318 M319 M320 M401 M402 M403 M404 M405 M406 M407 M408 M409
78314 78315 78316 78317 78318 78319 78320 78401 78402 78403 78404 78405 78406 78407 78408 78409
M410 M411 M412 M413 M414 M415 M416 M417 M418 M419 M420 M510 M512 M515 M517 M520
78410 78411 78412 78413 78414 78415 78416 78417 78418 78419 78420 78510 78512 78515 78517 78520
76071 76081 76091 76101 76111 76121
Bougainvillea (b2) Room Ext.
B152 B154 B156 B158 B160 B162 B164 B166 B168 B170 B174
B176 B178 B180 B251 B252 B253 B254 B255 B256 B257 B258
B259 B260 B261 B262 B263 B264 B265 B266 B267 B268 B269
B270 B271 B272 B273 B274 B275 B276 B277 B278 B279 B280
72176 72178 72180 72251 72252 72253 72254 72255 72256 72257 72258
72259 72260 72261 72262 72263 72264 72265 72266 72267 72268 72269
B352 B354 B356 B358 B360 B362 B364 B366 B370 B372 B374
B376 B378 B380 B452 B454 B456 B458 B460 B462 B464 B466
B468 B470 B472 B474 B476 B478 B480 B552 B554 B556 B558
B560 B562 B564 B566 B568 B570 B572 B574 B576 B578 B580
72352 72354 72356 72358 72360 72362 72364 72366 72370 72372 72374
C11A C12A C13A C14A C15A C16A
72152 72154 72156 72158 72160 72162 72164 72166 72168 72170 72174
71052 71071 71091 71111
72376 72378 72380 72452 72454 72456 72458 72460 72462 72464 72466
72468 72470 72472 72474 72476 72478 72480 72552 72554 72556 72558
Ext. 72270 72271 72272 72273 72274 72275 72276 72277 72278 72279 72280
Ext. 72560 72562 72564 72566 72568 72570 72572 72574 72576 72578 72580
The Villas at Simpson Bay
Villa numbers run from 101 to 113, 201 to 213, 301 to 313, 401 to 413, 501 to 513, 602 to 613, 703, 704, 709. 710, 711, 712, 810 and 811. To call the suite dial 8 + villa number + 0 To call the room dial 8 + villa number + 1 To call the kitchen dial 8 + villa number + 2 Example: Villa Suite Room Kitchen 101 8 101 0 8 101 1 8 101 2 RESORT LIFE 53
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