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.