Wishing you a very happy holiday season!
Wishing you a very happy holiday season!
As you may remember, Pearl Development N.V., developer of the Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR), announced its purchase of 12 of the 24 units in the neighboring Coral Beach Club (CBC) — along with the reception office – in February 2017. CBC is regarded as one of the most popular and highest-rated villa and townhouse resorts available for hotel occupancy on St. Maarten.
As such, we thought you’d like to know about the progress that we’re making at CBC in our reconstruction efforts to restore it as a unique and luxurious beach front community. (Note: This information was also shared with CBC owners.)
Contractors have been hard at work restoring each CBC villa to its luxurious pre-storm condition. We’ve placed orders for major elements of the renovation, including air conditioners, doors and windows, kitchens and bathroom cabinets, countertops, appliances, floor, wall tiles and hurricane shutters. We’ll order electrical and plumbing fixtures and landscape materials in January. Contractors are also making good progress on the common elements. We still expect to complete the entire project in June 2019.
We’re working diligently to open several of the beach view villas for occupancy in late February/early March, assuming everything progresses in accordance with plans. This includes villas 11, 12 and possibly 13. We intend to open reservations for CBC owners in January (assuming the contractor meets current projections). OBBR/CBC reservations representatives will confirm when we can take reservations.
We’re in contact with our exclusive exchange and luxury benefits provider, Preferred Residences, to let them know that we’re coming back “on line.” The affiliation we have with Preferred Residences gives CBC vacation owners access to many of the finest hotels and villas in the world at either discounted room rates or through an exchange of your week at CBC.
The benefits of the Preferred Residence Program are explained in the CBC Owner Membership booklet that CBC owners received at their point-of-purchase. It includes, without limitation, discounted room rates as well as golf packages in very exclusive hotels, resorts and golf clubs worldwide. The program also affords a trading capability for CBC owners’ use rights in a CBC villa for wonderful stays at exclusive member resorts (listed in the Preferred Residences Membership Booklet).
Currently, most of the services offered by membership in Preferred Residences are available to Coral Beach Club members. CBC owners can request further explanation and guidance in getting the most out of the affiliation by calling (866)-978-7278.
As villas are still under renovation, they’re not yet available for trading through the program. When some of the units open earlier than June 2019, they will be available to trade or to occupy.
Local Happenings: Oyster Bay
The owner of Big Fish restaurant (located in the main reception building) is hard at work restoring his very popular restaurant. He plans to open by mid-December.
The houses surrounding the Resort on the hills of Oyster Bay have been repaired and look beautiful again. The relighting of the hillside by so many residences is just in time for the holidays.
Island News of Reconstruction
Progress continues on reconstruction efforts throughout the island. Most importantly, the airport has assured island residents that the first floor of the airport terminal will be available by mid-December. The second floor is scheduled to be completed by mid-February 2019. This is very good news for all of St. Maarten and its guests, and it will be a recovery milestone. Attached are the most recently distributed flight schedules from most major points in the Eastern United States for flights to St. Maarten. As the airport approaches completion, the schedule will improve. Please check posted flight schedules for the most current update.
The Netherlands government has made $650,000,000 available to the Island for reconstruction, infrastructure repair and improvement, and for payment of government expenses and other programs. This will be spent over the next several years. The money is being distributed and monitored by the World Bank. The distributions are starting to have a very positive effect on the Island, spurring it to a faster and better recovery.
To make reservations at Coral Beach Club starting in January, please call: (866) 978-7278.
We hope you have a great holiday season and we look forward to greeting you in the New Year as you travel to St. Maarten to enjoy the beautiful restoration work at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and the Coral Beach Club villa.
We’ll be posting OBBR restoration updates shortly.
Best Holiday Wishes,
The Staff and Management of Coral Beach Club and Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Click here for the most recently distributed flight schedules from most major points in the Eastern United States for flights to St. Maarten.
Oyster Bay Beach Resort is pleased to announce the winners of the Facebook Get-A-Way Sweepstakes:
Congratulations to all of our winners!
OBBR is making great progress on its plan to reopen the entire resort by January 15. The first phase reopening — completed June 1, 2018 — is doing well and is reporting a high occupancy as owners and other fans flock to the new digs.
Oyster Bay Beach Resort General Manager Ricardo Perez is pleased to confirm the resort restoration is on schedule. The current plan is for the completion of the 48 units in Phase II by November 15 and 54 units in Phase III (the balance of the restoration) by January 15, 2019. Reservations are already being booked for these new units opening soon.
Perez noted that the first phase of the resort, completed and opened June 1, 2018 included all of the Resort amenities. This included the Infinity Restaurant and Bar, Infinity swimming pool (reconstructed and redesigned), Nectar Wellness Spa, Shipwreck Shop, gym (all newly equipped), and the Bodega (our own grocery store). The Infinity Restaurant and Bar, under the direction of Spartaco Sargentoni, has greatly increased the quality of its offerings and service and is hand’s down among the best restaurants on St. Maarten.
With the completion of Phases II and III, the resort will be completely restored except for Beau Beau’s. However, rest assured something attractive and useful will be done with Beau Beau’s uniquely beautiful space after the OBBR restoration is completed.
Perez said that demand for accommodations at OBBR has been brisk and the reservations department is working hard to ensure that all requests of occupancy are fulfilled. He said that owners were being accommodated and that even though the occupancy is projected to be high, he thinks that accommodations will be available during the high season for anyone making a reservation now or in the next month.
Paolo Lo Castro, Director of Sales, was pleased to open sales on June 1, 2018. The sales staff met with guests and owners, updating them on the latest developments at the Resort and discussing the renovation in more detail. They also presented an array of purchase options that were specially priced as construction is still on-going. Lo Castro said that sales since the opening have been steady and he and his staff are very pleased with the level of interest and excitement shown by guests and visitors. He said that sales of timeshare at our new luxury sister resort, Coral Beach Club, have also been going well and there are many new owners of that resort — even while it undergoes renovation. He said that he expects sales at Coral Beach Club to be very good even before it’s fully restored.
Construction for the Coral Beach Club restoration started in July. The contractor is making good progress and expects to be finished by the spring of 2019. Some units will likely be in use before the completion date. The Club will be restored to its former luxury status and elegance.
The Island of St. Maarten is making remarkable progress. New and attractive buildings and restaurants are springing up as the established, favorite hangouts and restaurants are coming back to life.
The life’s blood of St. Maarten, the Princess Juliana International Airport, is being quickly restored. The official news releases from the government report that the first floor of the ultra-modern building will be ready for flights in November 2018. The entire facility is projected to be completed in the spring of 2019. Plus, we just learned the airport plans to have U.S. Customs/Immigrations pre-clearance by the end of 2020. This will significantly enhance the travel experience when returning from SXM and eliminate the need to “clear customs” at local points of entry in the United States. The return of the airport is important to the safety and comfort of travelers to St. Maarten and the new Customs and Immigration capability at PJIA will greatly enhance the travel experience to and from St. Maarten when in place.
The future is bright for St. Maarten. This Caribbean island paradise is rapidly returning to life, ready and waiting for the flow of fans and friends to return to this friendly island. Happily, many old friends and fans are already returning as hotel occupancy continues to climb.
Oyster Bay Beach Resort is happy to announce our new Get-A-Way Sweepstakes. Entering is unbelievably easy… all you have to do is click “like” on our new Facebook page HERE!
(If you’re already a follower on our Facebook page, you’ll be automatically enrolled in this sweepstakes.)
You have nothing to lose and everything to win. But hurry: The deadline to enter is Nov. 11, 2018. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15.
A one-week stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten.
Dinner for two at the very popular Infinity Restaurant. This is one of the Caribbean’s finest and most delectable international gourmet cuisines — and it’ll be just steps away from your room. You’ll love the ocean views, outdoor dining on our elegant terrace, and impeccable service.
A three-night stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten.
A spa treatment for two at the onsite Nectar Wellness Spa. It’s the ultimate rest, relaxation and renewal you deserve.
A free, Three Island snorkeling trip for two with the famous Captain Alan. You’ve not seen the Caribbean until you’ve experienced the beauty under the beautiful bays, coves and just off the beaches.
This is a fantastic opportunity to visit one of the world’s premier resorts and enjoy this “Pearl of the Caribbean.” Come join us as we continue to celebrate our reopening. As one blogger wrote, OBBR “looks fresh and wonderful.” And you’ll be showered with the wonderful welcoming warmth of our caring staff.
Good luck and we hope to see you soon at Oyster Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten! Remember to “Like” us on Facebook TODAY! Your next vacation memories are waiting to be made.
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
It’s that time of year when Oyster Bay Beach Resort shows our love and appreciation for you, our owners, with four-week long celebrations!
Join us for a week of festivities, fun and prizes! This year’s revelry features Flapper’s, Gangsters, The Great Gatsby Gala and all that Jazz! You’ll enjoy free beach trip, prizes, entertainment, special prices on rentals… and of course, parties!
We have an inventory of costumes and accessories to share, but please bring along your outfits, boas and bling!
Book your week today!
Check out this incredible line-up of activities we have in store for you:
Arrivals – Live music with welcome champagne & choice of hors-d’oeuvres
Members receive a Goody Bag to include T-shirts & Jugs
10:00 AM Orientation
11:30 AM-4:30 PM Friends and Family Beach Day – Complimentary Transportation offered
Crab race, bean bag toss, Limbo competition
Members – OBBR T-shirt a must to be recognized!
5:30 PM Welcome Party – Flappers and Gangster style
7:00 PM Caribbean Buffet @ Infinity Restaurant. $22.95 p/person
7:00 PM Karaoke rehearsal for Wednesday’s competition
5:00 PM Marketplace at the Courtyard & Free Guavaberry Tasting
2:00-4:00 PM Gambling games at the “Speak Easy” Bar
5:00-7:00 PM Happy hour with Ali Montero
7:00-9:30 PM Battle of the OBBR Stars! Showtime with Karaoke and Radio host, Sagan. The competition is on!
Attire: Dress like your favorite recording artist. Great prizes for winners
Highlight – Staff vs. Guests performances
9:30 AM-4:00 PM Beach Bash at Rainbow Restaurant – Grand Case (friends & family pricing) with an After Party by the Infinity Bar
5:00 PM Marketplace at the Courtyard
6:00 PM All that Jazz and The Great Gatsby Gala! The highlight of the week – The Gala Affair!
Red Carpet Roaring 20’s Style. The elegant affair – Dress to Impress!
Live Jazz band with Frankie and Cabaret Dancers – “The Dazzling Divas”
During Cocktail hour – Complimentary Champagne, Wine & Snacks
Raffle/Prizes to include a Free Week and so much more
Awards Ceremony to recognize “Special Members” followed by buffet-style dinner at Infinity Restaurant – Caribbean, Italian & Chinese specialties. $22.95 p/person
June 1 was a momentous day for Oyster Bay Beach Resort‘s (OBBR) timeshare owners and employees. After 9 months of reconstruction and remodeling, we officially reopened. Hurricane Irma’s unwelcomed visit last September forced many businesses on St. Maarten to temporarily close, including us.
“Looks fresh and wonderful — and they are open!” posted a blogger from Magic of the Caribbean on Instagram.
Close to half of the accommodations and all of the amenities at OBBR are open for business. The rooms look absolutely fantastic. The remainder of our beautiful resort is expected to be completed by year’s end. As rooms are completed, they’ll be available to you.
Jim and Barb Goss of Hinsdale, Illinois, were part of the first group to stay at OBBR after our reopening. They said:
“We’ve been coming to Oyster Bay for 21 consecutive years of annual visits and are honored to be among the group of 40 units in the relaunch of our prized resort. We’ve experienced a tremendous transformation of Oyster Bay — from the junior suites and small rectangular pool to the luxurious resort it has become. Efforts over the past nine months to recapture the magic created over all those years have been heroic and a testament to the resilience of the people and our resort’s leadership. The Dutch colonial multi-colored exterior paint scheme is a noticeable and striking visual change. While the process of restoring the rest of the units remains ongoing, the main constant is the warmth we’ve been shown by our Oyster Bay family from the moment we arrived and continuing throughout our fun and fabulous stay.”
Rooms Available for Upcoming Months
The resort had been taking reservations since February 22. Most of the more than 80 available rooms were filled upon opening — mostly by timeshare owners and Interval International members. There’s still availability for the next several months. However, the summer and fall season is filling up quickly and the resort advises future guests and owners to make reservations early. Many owners have already booked their stays for the next year and are anticipating coming back to their restored vacation home.
“In most cases, there’s completely new furniture, bedding, and drapes, artwork, and appliances,” said OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez. “The rooms have also been fitted with new, upgraded windows and doors throughout. The rooms are looking great and the facilities feature striking new colors — which have attracted a lot of positive energy from our owners and guests.”
All of the enviable amenities of the resort have been re-constructed (and in many cases improved), including the resort’s signature oceanfront Infinity Pool. The pool has been upgraded with a new deck and water features. There’s also a completely redesigned and refurbished lobby, gym (with new fitness equipment), guest laundry (with new washers and dryers), Bodega and spa. The spa has been renamed “The St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort.”
The first rooms renovated were in the oceanfront, ultra-sheik and modern Mainsail building, in several ocean-front buildings, and in buildings located along the Oyster Bay Marina. All available rooms have either ocean or Marina views. The Mainsail penthouses are also open.
“The sight of our rebuilt and renewed resort is lifting everyone’s spirits,” said Perez. “Seeing everyone’s joy at reopening and having employees return to their jobs and their pre-storm lives — and be reunited with their co-workers — was an awesome sight to behold.”
The OBBR staff provided a special welcome in the newly renovated lobby as the first guests checked in. They received a welcome gift, hugs, and kisses from almost everyone. It was immediately clear the owners checking in were delighted with the new look and just happy to be back home.
“Our staff — including Ricardo Perez, Mientje Brown, Lorenzo Bryan, Anju Snow, Mitch Mardenborough, Adil Benjamin, Ursula Illis and Cindy Clarke, as well as many of the contractors — worked day and night for this opening. They’re all heroes to us,” said Pearl Development Managing Director Mike Dolente. “There was a great feeling of satisfaction at our corporate headquarters to finally have our owners and guests enjoying the resort again.” Pearl Development is the developer of OBBR and is located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Plan to Attend the Grand Reopening Celebration
The resort is planning a grand reopening celebration later this year, once most of the construction is completed and when more of the owners can attend. Almost all of the construction work and finishings were performed by highly skilled island contractors. Dolente said his company was especially pleased with contractors Simon and Skeith Warrington, Remy Bernard, Bert Lamerigts of Electec, and Windward Roads.
The Infinity Restaurant is open daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Infinity Bar is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Infinity Restaurant is also available for weddings, parties, meetings or other gatherings. To make a reservation or for more information, call 721-543-6040 or visit: www.oysterbaybeachresort.com
Phase 1 of our extensive reconstruction will be open to members and guests as planned beginning June 1st.
Be the first to see our exciting renovations including the new Infinity Pool, Infinity Restaurant and Bar, Lobby and Courtyard plus 85 beautifully remodeled rooms.
We all need some time to ourselves and resorts are no exception. After an extensive remodel, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is back and better than ever. Be the first to see our new look.
Everyone needs a vacation to recharge, relax and refresh. Resorts are the same. After taking the past eight months to remodel and restore our resort, Oyster Bay is back and ready for action.
Life is about relationships and we’ve missed you the past eight months. That’s why we’re offering an extra special rate to the owners who have been the lifeblood of our resort.
Book between June 1st and September 1st and receive 25% off upgrades and additional rooms. Plus, enjoy two beach trips and two cocktail parties each week.
As the year of 2017 comes to a close, we look back on the disaster that was Irma three months ago and are encouraged and excited with the great strides we’ve made as a resort, an Island, and a people. The Island is continuing to accelerate its return to normalcy. Every day sees the reopening of restaurants, shops, and activity centers. Grand Case recently opened four of its most famous restaurants, and Main Street Case is taking shape. The Boardwalk is open in Phillipsburg as are many of the shops and bars. The casinos, hospital, banks, schools, social services, and many other institutions are open again. Through Christmas weekend and until Boxing Day (December 26th) there were five cruise ships in port with 10,000 passengers. Travel to the Island is getting easier, the airport is open, and the terminal is being repaired.
The Oyster Bay Marina, which suffered moderate damage, is under repair. It is operational now with Captain Alan ready to resume his snorkeling trips to serve the already blossoming tourist industry. Many other water sports activities, a mainstay of St. Maarten’s tourist industry, are being restored. The Heineken Regatta is scheduled in St. Maarten for early March, rhino rides and scuba diving trips are being booked, and the demand for Mega- Yacht slips is strong.
Reconstruction and restoration of the Resort continues at full speed. There are currently four construction trades working to complete the 68 units in phase I by June 1, 2018, consisting of all of the Mainsail units, Marina Front buildings 15-18, buildings 31 and 32, as well as the Lobby/ Check-in, the spa, gym, laundry, and shipwreck shop. The contractors have repaired more than half the rooms in phase I, and we are ahead of schedule. The roofing contractor has completed the Lobby/Check-in building and is about to start work on the Mainsail roof and other roofs in phase I.
We have ordered, where needed, new air conditioners, sliding glass doors and windows, new balcony and stairwell railings, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, furniture, appliances, elevators for the Mainsail building, a new back-up generator system and lighting and plumbing fixtures. In addition, we are repairing the infinity pool and jacuzzi which will have a more modern, luxurious and comfortable feel with an updated pool deck and rock wall feature. We are also taking this opportunity to improve the Resort by replacing all of the sliding glass doors, frames, and windows in the older buildings to match the strength of the Mainsail windows and doors. These higher grade windows and doors are engineered to withstand much more storm force than the older windows and doors. We have started to reconstruct the pool deck and should be completed in January. The pool was undamaged but is getting a resurfacing and new coping stones and tile. The concrete deck is being replaced with non-slip shell stone/brick pavers.
We are on schedule for Phase II and III. We have selected the prime contractor after obtaining numerous bids from other contractors. We plan to start construction on Phase II by February and Phase III by April. All work should be fully completed by December 1, 2018.
Our reservation and customer service department are continuing to assist owners with both their banking and Interval International exchange requests Many owners are banking their weeks for future stays at the new Oyster Bay Beach Resort, while others are exchanging their usage to other great resorts in the Interval International exchange system.
We‘re continuing to work with our insurance company to settle the claim from Hurricane Irma. We received some advance payments on the claim, with the balance of our policy still needing to be paid. With the sheer volume of the claims being handled on island, the insurance companies are needing to work overtime to keep up with the demand on their insureds. We are hopeful that the claims will be settled very shortly. We will provide more details of the insurance matters in the next report.
The management and employees all appreciate the owners’ help and the care they showed over social media for their well-being directly after the storm. They look forward to the opening when they can show their appreciation to the owners for the tremendous support and generosity they’ve received. We are confident that Oyster Bay Beach Resort will be even better than before the storm and a closer bond between the owners, management, and employees will be formed and make our resort even more appealing.
We look forward to the New Year and to telling you about our exciting progress to opening day. Look for our next post in January 2018.
Happy New Year.
As most everyone knows this has been a challenging year for Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) and the many individuals who make the resort a special destination. The following is a comprehensive report of the current status of OBBR and describes Iron Shore Management’s plans to restore the resort to a world-class property.
On October 10, 2017, Josh, Mike and the resort’s architect, Joe Sistler, flew to St. Maarten on the first commercial flight to find the terminal had been heavily damaged during the storm. Reports state that Princess Juliana International Airport will be fully restored in nine months. Currently, Delta and American have reestablished daily service to St. Maarten. Also, Jet Blue is offering flights directly from New York twice a week. Islanders had organized an impromptu welcome for passengers and the Island remains hungry for visitors.
The destructive effects of Irma were evident on our ride to OBBR. However, there is a great deal of activity as people repair their homes, and government and private contractors clear the debris from the roads. Stores are opening in Phillipsburg and Simpson Bay and banks are open with functioning ATMs. Several restaurants have reopened, with more on the way, including our own Infinity Restaurant, Lounge and Bar. We reopened for business on November 1, and are keeping weekend hours, which has been a great morale boost for the Island as well as employees. There is an unquestionable commitment in St. Maarten, and among its citizens, to be a great Caribbean vacation destination once again. Restoring St. Maarten to its pre-hurricane luster is everyone’s goal.
Our on-site management staff, along with Josh, Mike, and Joe, as well as insurance adjusters, contractors, and architects, has inspected the resort. Each unit was assessed to fully understand the extent and scope of the damage. This has allowed us to formulate a plan for opening the resort as soon as possible. It was decided that the best approach to reconstruction was to divide the work into phases with the least affected areas of the resort getting first attention. Thankfully, the lesser-affected portion includes the reception building, Mainsail, and the Marina front units 15-18.
Our schedule calls for opening the first renovated 64 units to owners and guests by June 1, however that schedule is subject to change. Phase I of the reconstruction will consist of opening 40 units in the Mainsail building, 15 units in buildings 15-18, 9 units in the Pool Front buildings 31 and 32, the Infinity Restaurant (which is already operating), resurfacing the swimming pool and renovating the check-in lobby.
Phase II will include the 48 units in the oceanfront buildings (20 through 30). Phase III will consist of the 54 units of the garden/marina view buildings (33 through 41). We are working with architects and contractors to accurately determine the cost and schedule to repair the entire resort. We hope to complete phase II and III by the end of 2018. However, the timeline is subject to change based on the availability of labor, material, and equipment.
Additionally, we are working with the adjusters to mutually determine the amount of the insurance claim and obtain an interim advance so that work may proceed as quickly as possible. We are under contract for much of phase I work and plan to operate as a boutique resort as further work continues to allow owners to once again enjoy the best of the property. We don’t expect work on phase II or III to impact visitors or their enjoyment of the resort.
The GoFundMe (GFM) web page facilitated by management raised a total of $165,491. In addition, $12,500 was received from two private donors, for a total of $177,991 raised for employees to rebuild their lives here on St. Maarten. The donated monies were distributed to 151employees on a needs basis determined by the on-island management staff.
The employees are very grateful and are putting the money to work immediately. We were all very thankful for the support and sentiments expressed by our owners and others. A second GFM was established by a grateful Colorado couple who spent the night of Irma with us. They raised an additional $14,500, which was also distributed to the employees.
The reservations department has been reestablished on Island and is taking most of the calls from Owners. They report that many owners want to bank their week with OBBR to be used in the future when the resort reopens. Others have opted to vacation elsewhere and are seamlessly exchanging their weeks, through Interval International, to any comparable resort through the world. As we get closer to completing phase I, we will open reservations for those units and hope to be able to give three months notice for reservations. We are all committed to reopening the restored resort to serve our owners.
We thank the owners who are overwhelmingly, continuing to support Oyster Bay Beach Resort and we’re confident that your patience will be rewarded with an exceptional restoration of the great vacation destination we all know and love.
Please continue to check our website for future progress reports.