Sapphire Beach Club and Resort
EDITOR’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW:Sapphire Beach Club and Resort is a true beachfront resort located on the small island of Saint Maarten in the Dutch West Indies. The property is located on the Cupecoy Beach with white sands facing the Caribbean Sea. The location is suitable for swimming and snorkeling. The property is promoted as a budget hotel that provides comparative economy by being ‘always a few dollars cheaper’. This seems true since the hotel provides value for money by all accounts. The resort is just 2.9 km from the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) which has direct flight connections to several prominent cities in Europe and the Americas.
There are 145 accommodations in the form of suites, penthouses and villas, for two to six people. Most accommodations have a king size bed or two single beds, marble bathroom, a private terrace and a fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, stove top grill, dishes and cookware. This is great for economy travelers. Rooms are furnished in a Caribbean style décor and most provide views of either the Caribbean Sea on the south or the Simpson Bay Lagoon to the north. Each ocean-facing room also has a private Jacuzzi on the balcony. The penthouse features a private swimming pool.
Their primary dining venue is a café that borders the pool and serves American or French fare for all meals. The venue is used to organize theme parties including lobster and barbecue nights.
The resort has a swimming pool, a separate children's pool and a four person spa tub. Water activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, sea scooting, waterskiing, and parasailing are available on the island. There is a fitness center and a full-service spa on-site. Organized activities consist of bingo and water aerobics. Other facilities include a beauty salon and a grocery store to stock kitchen supplies. The resort has meeting venues and a business center with Wi-Fi. Mullet Bay Golf course is just 1.2 km from the resort and Atlantis World Casino can be reached on foot in five minutes. The island has plenty of nightlife since it is so popular with tourists. Other bars, restaurants and discotheques are located nearby, some of which provide free Wi-Fi. One popular activity on the island is to rent a car to explore around, although car theft is a problem and rented vehicles are easy to identify. The island has a ‘Dutch side’ and a ‘French side’, each with its unique and charming features.