Investing more than $19 million USD in the last three years to change from a seaside hotel and timeshare development to a luxury resort community has paid off for the Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR). The just-released Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels Awards survey, based on apoll of its readers, placed OBBR in the top five of resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas,
in the value category. Last year the resort was ranked in the top 100.
“This is a prestigious award from a respected magazine that was only made possible by our aggressive renovations, our well-trained staff dedicated to creating a quality customer experience, and of course our one-of-a-kind location,” says OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez.
OBBR, located at the eastern edge of St. Maarten on the Dutch-French border, has become one of the island’s iconic properties. This island offers visitors two countries, 12 casinos, 37 beaches, 300 restaurants and countless boutiques, shops, villages, galleries, bars, clubs and outdoor adventures. The resort is a member of the Interval International Exchange System and enjoys a Premier Rating,
the organization’s highest designation. Owned and operated by Pearl Development, OBBR attracts resort guests with its increasingly luxurious vacation upgrades, including beachfront villas, weekly and monthly high-end condominium rentals at the Lighthouse and penthouse suites in its Mainsail Pavilion.
Surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic and Oyster Pond, OBBR offers striking architecture — including a 30-foot-high, all-glass dome set atop the Lighthouse condominium building for the use of condominium owners at the Lighthouse where guests are treated to a high altitude, panoramic view of the Atlantic and the Oyster Pond Marina.
Perez feels the resort’s many complimentary services played a role in the very encouraging and complimentary results of the Travel + Leisure magazine’s poll. Guests receive a welcome drink, towels for poolside and the beach, beach chairs and umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, and early morning aqua zumba lessons. Activities include games, dance classes, and even a movie night under the stars. OBBR offers guests weekly cooking lessons with their executive chef. The height of the week’s activities is the manager’s cocktail party featuring complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres — along with exciting island music from a live local band. Arriving guests can also pre-order groceries and have them waiting in their own refrigerator when they arrive.
OBBR timeshare owners can be proud to be part of such a highly praised resort with so much to offer. And its developer and managers plan to not only maintain this enviable distinction but find ways to continually enhance the vacation experience for all its guests.