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