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Covid-19 Update

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Silveria Jacobs, issued temporary Travel Restrictions for incoming visitors to Sint Maarten. The Travel Restrictions provide that, effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, visitors from the United States, Canada, and Europe including the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be permitted to enter Sint Maarten until April 1, 2020, at the earliest. Even though St. Maarten has only one reported case, we believe that the ban will be extended due to the increase in cases world-wide.

For the past week, the management and staff at OBBR and CBC have been working hard to get all of our owners and guests onto the last outgoing flights. It is expected that by Tuesday, March 24, there will be no owners or guests staying in Oyster Bay Bech Resort and Coral Beach Club.
All Owners scheduled for vacation with us from March 17 through April 1, 2020, (“The Restricted Time Period” ) will be permitted to bank their week for future usage commencing on or prior to September 15, 2021. Any hotel guest scheduled to arrive for stays during the Restricted Time Period will receive a full refund of their deposits. It appears likely that the Restricted Time Period will be extended based upon the fluid nature of this situation and the fact that the airlines or Sint Maarten government may further restrict travel. We will keep you updated on all new events and announcements.

The Island of St. Maarten /St. Martin seems to be avoiding the virus so far. There have been just a few cases reported on the Island nations. All have a travel background from afflicted areas, and as of this writing, there has been no “community spread” identified. All restaurants, casinos, bars, hotels, guest houses, and other gathering places have been closed by government edict. The population is dedicated to suppressing any spread of the virus through self- quarantine or strict social distancing.

The employees have been put on a reduced work schedule but are all still employed and being paid. In order to maintain social distancing, only half of the employees are asked to work at a time. None of the employees have reported in sick. The employees will be asked to scrub down all areas and clean the resort to a spanking new level. We also plan to use this downtime to complete an in-depth inspection of every unit in the resorts and repair and replace all maintenance issues throughout the resort. When we reopen, hopefully very soon, we will shine.

We look forward to getting past this difficult and uncertain time and getting back to providing the very best vacation experience to all of our outstanding owners and guests. We thank you for your support and patience. We will overcome this challenge by taking good care of ourselves and our neighbors and following restrictions decreed or recommended by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19.

We look forward to welcoming back our owners and guests, which hopefully will be in a short time. Please keep an eye on this site for any updates.

The resort management team will still be busy at work, with social distancing in place. So please contact our reservations department at 888-784-6688 or reservations@obbr.com with your reservations, questions, or concerns.

Stay Healthy and come and see us when restrictions are lifted. We’ll be looking forward to greeting you again.

Mike Dolente and Joshua Gold
Iron Shore Management NV

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Introducing the Veranda Market and Bistro

 

Oyster Bay Beach Resort is proud to announce the development of the new Veranda Market and Bistro — featuring an expansive ocean front deck with bistro, bar and grocery market.

The Veranda Market and Bistro will expand upon the old Beau Beau’s Bar and Grill and offer both dine-in and take-out as well as packaged goods.

Construction is slated to begin in March, with a projected completion date of June 2020. The roughly 3,500 sq. ft. space will be completely new including a larger deck, indoor/outdoor seating and a brand-new kitchen.

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The Veranda Market will be the largest grocery store in the Oyster Pond community with an extensive selection, including kitchen staples, premium coffee, wine and spirits, gourmet treats, as well as specialty meats and fish. Since all Oyster Bay Beach Resort units have kitchens or kitchenettes, the new market is anticipated to be a big benefit for guests. The onsite grocery will eliminate the need for a trip to Philipsburg — currently, the closest market.

“We expect the grocery market to be very popular with our guests, as well as the locals seeking an up-scale, affordable shopping experience,” notes OBBR Managing Director Mike Dolente.

The Veranda is to feature expansive glass doors and windows with ocean views from inside the market, as well as panoramic vistas from the Bistro’s deck and bar.

The Bistro’s full kitchen will offer lighter fare including fresh salads, made-to-order sandwiches, pizza from our own pizza oven, selections from the grill, rotisserie chicken and fresh food from the market. A newly constructed outdoor bar will serve all of your favorite frozen cocktails, best-selling beers, wines and liquors as well as full food service. The Bistro will be open daily allowing guests the option of eat-in or take-out.

“The Veranda Market and Bistro will give OBBR guests and local residents more choices when it comes to delicious, affordable meals and top-quality grocery shopping,” added Dolente.

Stay tuned for future updates regarding the Veranda Market and Bistro.

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September to Remember 2019 September 2019 - Let’s Play!

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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 sports, games and, of course, lots of tailgating! You’ll enjoy free beach trips, prizes, entertainment, special prices on rentals… and as you may have guessed, pre-parties, party-parties and after-parties!

Don’t forget your formal wear for the big Dress-to-Impress Gala Night!

Book your week today!

  • 1st week – August 31 – September 7, 2019
  • 2nd week – September 7-14, 2019
  • 3rd week – September 14-21, 2019
  • 4th week – September 21-28, 2019
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Check out this incredible line-up of activities we have in store for you:

SATURDAY – WELCOME TO OBBR

  • 4:00 PM Live Steel Pan Music
  • 5:00 PM Free Wine Tasting at the Bodega (Marina)
  • 6:00 PM BBQ Buffet at Infinity Restaurant

 

SUNDAY – BEACH DAY CONTEST

  • 10:00 AM Island Orientation in the Courtyard (Complimentary Mimosas)
  • 11:30 AM Friends and Family Fun Day on the beach (Complimentary transportation to the Beach) – Includes volleyball, football, rugby, tug of war, limbo and water activities

 

MONDAY – IT’S THE TAILGATE PARTY

  • 8:30 AM Aqua exercise
  • 9:30 AM Island orientation at Infinity Bar
  • 11:00 AM Team bean bag toss by the pool
  • 5:30 PM Poolside tailgate party at the Infinity pool
  • 5:45 PM Kids brass band & cheerleading performance
  • 7:00 PM Tailgate buffet at Infinity restaurant
  • 7:30 PM Karaoke showtime at Infinity Bar

 

TUESDAY – OBBR’S NIGHT ON THE TOWN

  • 6:00 AM Team Scavenger Hunt – Eat your way through to find the clues!
  • 2:00 PM Pool games at Infinity Pool 
  • 5:30 PM Back to the 80’s party at Layback Beach Bar – Wear your favorite 80’s outfit and get ready for the karaoke competition!

 

WEDNESDAY – RESORT’S PARADE, LET’S PLAY

  • 8:30 AM Aqua exercise
  • 11:00 AM Texas Hold’em in the bar area 
  • 5:30 PM The Resort’s Grand Sport Parade – Dress up in your favorite costume!
  • 6:30 PM Soualiga Band performance in the parking lot – Enjoy snacks, drinks and creations of local street vendors!

 

THURSDAY (1st AND 3rd WEEK) – BEACH BASH DAY

  • 9:30 AM Beach Bash at Karakter Beach Bar – Spend a fun day at the beach!
  • 5:00 PM Poolside after-party 

 

THURSDAY (2nd AND 4th WEEK) – SAIL DAY

  • 9:30 AM Beach bash and boat trip day
  • 5:00 PM Poolside after-party 

 

FRIDAY – RECHARGE

  • 8:30 AM Aqua exercise
  • 1:00 PM Poolside Bingo – Don’t miss a chance to win amazing prizes!
  • 5:30 PM Black & White Affair – Dress to impress Gala Night! Dress up in black and white for the red carpet.

 

For special discounted weekly rates, please contact our Reservations Department at 1-866-978-0212 or email your requested dates to reservations@obbr.com.

 

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A Free Night On Us!

 

Simply book four nights and receive the fifth night free. (Valid for stays up to 11/30/19 only. This offer is limited to one free night for every four nights at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and cannot be combined with any other offer.)

To take advantage of this amazing offer please contact our reservations department at 1-866-978-0212 or email your requested dates to reservations@obbr.com and mention code “TAFREE19″.

 

Congratulations, your ultimate getaway awaits! We look forward to seeing you at Oyster Bay Beach Resort!
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Oyster Bay Beach Resort is now open!

Restoration Completed; OBBR is Now Completely Reopened

As of Jan. 15, 2019, the restoration of OBBR since Irma is now completed and the resort has returned to full use. As one of the first St. Maarten resorts to completely reopen since Irma, we’re proud to contribute to St. Maarten’s remarkable rebirth.

The restoration was completed in three phases, with each phase completed on schedule and now open:

  • Phase I:   80 units
  • Phase II:    48 units
  • Phase III:    54 units

 

This makes for a total of 182 available studio and one- and two-bedroom units. During the high-demand season the resort is up to 85% occupancy, with all of its rooms on line.

It’s very emotionally rewarding to have the entire resort opened again, as well as almost completely occupied. Ownership and guests are grateful to have OBBR returned to them in great condition — and in some ways better than before Irma. To complete this substantial restoration on time and on budget was an intensive team effort by our management group and staff.

Here are details regarding the updates:

Phase III was completed on time on Jan. 15. All rooms and common areas were completely restored, except for a few minor finishing touches around the resort.

Beau Beau’s is not yet restored to its former use. However, we’re planning on creating a new Beau Beau’s that will transform it into a beach-front bistro, bar and market.

All amenities are now open and thriving: Infinity, Infinity Bar, Bodega, Shipwreck Shop, Nectar Spa, Oyster Bay Marina, Infinity pool and hot tub, Dawn Beach, and the gym.

To complete this substantial restoration on time and on budget was an intensive team effort lead by Ricardo Perez and our management team: Anju Snow, Mientje Brown, Jonathan Peterson, Lorenzo Bryant, Mitch Mardenborourgh, and many others. The main contractor who delivered on time (with accuracy and serious skill), was Simon Warrington. He was assisted by his able brother, Skeith Warrington. Simon has worked on St. Maarten for years and uses only local labor. He did an absolutely fantastic job, and his workmanship is of obvious superior quality. We owe Simon a lot for his consistently high-quality work, as well as for his attentiveness to the job so we could meet our ambitious opening schedules.

Timeshare owners and other guests are enjoying the newly renovated units. Occupancy is good at an average of 85%, so there are still rooms available. All owners are being accommodated. Still, prospective guests are urged to call now. Comment cards and internet comments are almost universally positive regarding the room improvements, furniture, fabrics, paint color and art, and the Infinity Restaurant and bar. The comments are especially enthusiastic regarding the staff at OBBR.

Big Fish restaurant at Coral Beach Club is coming back soon! Big Fish, down the road from OBBR, is scheduled to reopen in the next several weeks as well. Big Fish was voted the #3 restaurant on St. Maarten, before Irma. The owner and chef, Leslie Martina, vows to live up to that honor. He plans an excellent restaurant with a wonderful relaxing atmosphere with great food and a fantastic new menu. It’s a welcome addition to our peninsula.

St. Maarten continues its steady progress. The airport’s main terminal has reopened. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s great to be back in the modern, spacious and comfortable terminal. Work is on-going on reconstruction of many of the iconic hotels in Simpson Bay. Many restaurants catering to all levels of gourmet or gourmand have reopened. The electric and water companies are increasing their capacity. The infrastructure of St. Maarten, with the help of a $650,000,000 helping hand from Holland, is being markedly improved. Soon St. Maarten will surpass where it was before the storm. Life on St. Maarten is good!

The timeshare sales at OBBR and Coral Beach Club (CBC) have been record-breaking, to say the least. The demand for the units in both resorts is strong and gratifying. The CBC resort gives OBBR owners the ability to trade their OBBR unit week for weeks in either a three-bedroom, luxurious, ocean-front villa or a Mediterranean-style, two-story, two-bedroom townhouse overlooking the Marina. Many owners are making the short jump to CBC and freeing up prime inventory at OBBR for other owners who are upgrading to it as it becomes available.

Despite all the restoration that’s occurred, OBBR Management is happy to announce there will be no increase in the annual maintenance assessment in 2019. This is the fifth year in a row that assessments have remained unchanged.

Ownership and guests are grateful to have OBBR returned to them better than ever.

Reservations

The Infinity Restaurant is open daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Infinity Bar is open 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.

We wish you great success in 2019.

The Staff and Management of Coral Beach Club and Oyster Bay Beach Resort

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Important Construction Progress Updates

 

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.

Reservations

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.

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort Restoration on Schedule

 

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.