Sint Maarten Hotels – Pelican Resort Club – Debbie's Caribbean Travel & Resort Reviews

Lori and Keith have a photo page of the Pelican Resort Club at http://www.weloveourlife.com/vaca_pics/stmaarten/stmaarten.html

Accommodations
This is our home resort for Interval. We own a week at Pelican in September. Check out our photos for a picture of the interior of our unit. There is a king-size bed, a table and chairs, a kitchenette, sofa and chaise (living area), large bathroom with double shower. The decor is distinctly tropical, tile floors and wicker furnishings. Keith originally purchased this timeshare in 1986; he visited in 1992 and we went again in 1998. We plan to go about every 6 years or so. This is a studio unit; larger accommodations are available. There is a ceiling fan and we were able to air-condition our unit to a very comfortable level.

Resort Amenities
Pelican is a large resort and has many amenities. There is a large pool just outside our room with a swim-up bar (although the bar was only staffed with bartenders a couple days a week). There are 4 other pools located throughout the resort with at least one other swim-up bar. The pools are not heated; the temperature on the island takes care of that. Pelican has tennis courts, a casino, a food market, rental car desk, water-sports facilities, etc.

Resort Food
We ate dinner our first night at Pelican’s formal waterfront restaurant, Pelican Reef Steak & Seafood House – one of the few we visited on the island that was fully air-conditioned. Keith’s steak was good, but Lori’s lobster newburg was decidedly different. The salads, bread, and dessert were all tasty. This is one of the more elegant restaurants, and the atmosphere is quiet and upscale. There is a casual restaurant located in the main building, with tables around the outside under a covered porch. We had a couple breakfasts and lunch there. The food is decent, the prices reasonable. It can get hot in mid-day. There is also a bar down on the beach that serves food, and we ate lunch (sandwiches/burgers) there one day; the food was good.

Resort Bar/Lounge
There were 2 swim-up bars that we encountered. The bartender at the pool just outside our building was friendly and made excellent frozen drinks. The bartender at the other swim-up bar we visited was not happy to be there, needed recipes to make drinks, and did not give us what we ordered. When there was no bartender at our nearby pool, we walked down to the beach bar for drinks.

Resort People/Service
Most of the resort employees were friendly and helpful. We could have done without the high-pressure hard-sell that we experienced when we went to our owners’/orientation appointment, since we already own a unit and pay our maintenance fee faithfully, but it’s what we expected.

Area/Attractions
The island is divided in half; one side is Dutch (Saint Maarten, the side on which we stayed), and one side is French (Sint Martin). The island is known for its beaches – some clothing optional. Keith was a little disappointed in Baie Rouge, a beach on the French side, which had grown more commercial since his last visit. We rented a little purple car for the week. If we were going uphill, we had to turn off the air conditioning. The island was hit particularly hard by a hurricane in 1995. Our particular resort had sustained much damage (as had the rest of the island), but had managed to rebuild.

Dining
There is little information currently available about Saint Maarten on the internet, so we will do our best to describe some of the restaurants we visited. After Hurricane Luis in the mid-1990s, it appears many restaurants relocated to an area near the airport, which was good for us because it was near our resort. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the restaurants below are on the Dutch side of the island, in the Simpson Bay area (west of Phillipsburg).

Lynette’s – Phone: 52865 Description/Review
A French restaurant located on the second floor of a building along Airport Road in Simpson Bay. Lynette’s is one of the few air-conditioned restaurants; be sure to make reservations. The big night at this restaurant is Tuesday, when King Beau Beau performs. We weren’t there on a Tuesday, but we understand it gets packed and King Beau Beau gets everyone into the act.

Pepe’s
A cozy Mexican restaurant in Simpson Bay with funky boat toilets (don’t ask; they’re everywhere on this island). Thursday night is Taco Night…an all-you-can-eat buffet. It wasn’t bad, but also not the best Mexican we’ve ever had. The restaurant is not air-conditioned, but the bar over on one side is.

Goodfellas Cafe – Phone: 43176
An Italian restaurant located in the Simpson Bay Complex. The majority of this restaurant is actually outdoors, with a semi-air-conditioned bar and limited seating indoors. Goodfellas has wonderful brick oven pizza, which tastes great in the evening outside with an ice cold beer.

Sambuca – Phone: 52633
An Italian restaurant located on Airport Road in Simpson Bay. The restaurant is tile floors and adobe walls and very Mediterranean in decor (pleasing to look at). Because of all the hard surfaces, it is also quite loud, and there is no air conditioning. We opted to eat outside on the covered porch facing the water (be sure to put some bug spray on your legs first). The food was tasty and the service was friendly.

Coconuts – Phone: 53331
A restaurant on Airport Road in Simpson Bay. Keith declares their steaks absolutely magnificent, and far superior to anything he has tasted in any other steakhouse (although this restaurant does not bill itself as a steakhouse). This little-known treasure is rarely crowded and the service is excellent. We opted to eat out on the covered porch facing the water, but please be sure to use bug spray on your legs. Keith recommends ordering the filet mignon, and having it butterflied. Simply the most tender, tasty steak he has ever experienced (no sauce required), at a very reasonable price.

Arawak – Phone: 87 99 67
A cafe on the waterfront in Marigot (on the French side of the island). We had lunch there

Lori and Keith – posted April 2001

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