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Janet Johnston

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

7th Night Free!! New Reservations. Ends December 13th 2016. Conditions Apply.

21 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Simpson Bay Condo Rental Photos and Description

Luxurious living space with unsurpassed ocean views

Simpson Bay is bordered by a beautiful 2-mile long, lightly-populated curved beach; Las Arenas is a very high-end 12-unit condominium complex right in the middle of Simpson Bay Beach (and one of the finest in St. Maarten); and this third-level unit, “Heaven”, is a premium unit within Las Arenas. It fronts on the beach and overlooks the entire bay and beach from the third floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides (and the ceilings are high) and a view of the Island of Saba off in the distance.

The aqua color of the sea, which is so sought after in the Caribbean, completely surrounds you. There are magnificent views from all rooms—living room, dining room, kitchen, and both master bedrooms. In the living room and dining areas there is more than a 200-degree panoramic view of the sea and the beach, and on the wrap-around deck—where you can just lounge and listen to the waves or have a meal any time of day—there is a 270-degree view. You feel one with the sea.

There are usually large yachts and sailboats tied up in the bay; and in the evening you may see huge cruise ship off in the distance. It’s an imposing sight. And after the sun sets, the many lights at the East end of the beach, from the “Village on the Hill”, provide a lovely and romantic evening view.

The weather is temperate year-round—even in the summer—and there is always a sea breeze to keep you cool. St. Maarten is truly a lovely place to visit in any season.

Heaven is a luxurious unit: marble floors throughout, marble baths, high ceilings, a modern high-end kitchen, beautiful furnishings, glass doors that can be slid out of sight, and electric shutters on the outside of all windows. The thick concrete walls, ceilings, and floors provide excellent sound proofing and security. The Las Arenas complex is gated, very secure, and impeccably maintained. The freshwater infinity pool right next to the beach provides a lovely and pleasant respite from a day in the sun. And the seawater is warm, clear, clean, devoid of seaweed, with moderate waves due to the protection of the bay. It’s an ideal place to swim, and the beach could not be any closer.

There are many amenities: large digital flat-screen TV in the living room with Bose sound system, flat-screen TVs in both master bedrooms, cable service, high-speed wireless internet, GE Monogram appliances in the gourmet kitchen including dishwasher and a wine cooler, a safe for valuables, secure covered parking, and maid service (except Sundays and holidays). Access is either by elevator or by spacious outdoor stairs.

Not far off are many restaurants offering wide-array of sea foods and various ethnic foods. It’s a short drive to a number of markets and supermarkets carrying the usual stateside choice of foods and beverages, but also offering wonderful French pastries, breads, cheeses, pates and wines. Bakeries, pharmacies, gas stations, car rental agencies, and the airport are all reasonably nearby.

There are many activities available including sailing, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, riding wave-runners, boat tours, touring the French side, visiting the butterfly farm, and traveling to neighboring islands to sight-see and shop.

Heaven is a no-pet and no-smoking unit.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Heaven really lives up to its name. Come and be one with the sea for a week or more—it is very renewing. If you do, there is a very good chance you will want to return!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Janet Johnston (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Why Janet Johnston chose

We have been traveling to St St Maartin for the past 4 years and we have always stayed at 'Heaven'; when the unit went on the market we were so afraid that we would not find another unit as perfect for us as this one is, we decided to make it ours. The contemporary design of the unit which is surrounded by the crystal clear turquoise water of the Caribbean sea made the unit quite irresistible.

What makes this condo unique

Beautifully architecturally designed and landscaped grounds!

3000 sq ft of living space (including balcony)

Panoramic views !

Gated property!

One of the Island best beaches; no crowds and great for long walks or jogging!

Six person elevator as well as outdoor stairs!

Back up generator and storm shutters!

Water sports, hairdressers, restaurants and bars, duty-free shopping, casinos, and night entertainment are within a few minutes drive!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our second visit to 'heaven'; again it has been amazing!!

This year we took a trip to Anguilla - it was stunning.

We explored the island and really love this area here.

We loved getting up early and just sitting on the terrace.

we absolutely love this relaxing vacation and can't wait for our 3rd visit.
Jun 2015
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Reviews

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5

Pure "Heaven"

  • 5 of 5

We came to St Maarten for my birthday and stayed at Heaven in Las Arenas. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present but this villa was even more extravagant of a gift than I could have ever imagined. This place is absolutely stunning and the views breathtaking. We found ourselves actually staying home at times instead of venturing out because of how happy we were with this place. From the beach, pool and views, you got it all. My boyfriend who used to live on the island appreciated the versatility of this location, how centrally located it was to everything and the beauty that encompasses the unit and location. It was really hard to leave but I know we'll be back and will definitely be staying here. I have recommended this place to all my friends and would continue to do so if anybody asked.

Regards,

A happy couple

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Clean and impressive

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time! The unit was very clean and modern. The view was amazing. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to celebrate our daughter's graduation and create wonderful memories.

The view was breathtaking, enticing beaches, and comfortable and inviting accommodations.

We can't wait to return in the near future!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly the most fabulous rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 20 year old daughter and her friend were lucky enough to have spent 8 unforgettable nights in this fabulous 2 bedroom condo on the beach at Simpson Bay.

You may think that the pictures are too good to be true but actually, they don't do this wonderful condo justice. From the first moment in the condo, you are surrounded by breathtaking views of a perfect Caribbean turquoise sea. The furnishings complement the view and the gourmet kitchen is ambly stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The bedrooms are comfortable with upscale linens.

Cora, the sweet housekeeper, met us at the car rental agency to escort us to the condo and introduce us to all the amenities of Heaven. We were there in Mid May and had the 12 unit gated development to ourselves most of the time. We were in the pool daily and had it to ourselves each time. We spent a lot of our lazy time on the huge wrap around deck. I highly recommend turning the ac off and opening all the floor to ceiling doors (they disappear into the walls) and enjoy the Caribbean breeze. You will feel like you are on an oceanliner with water views on all three sides. We also loved the automatic stormshutters providing blackout with the touch of a button.

In summary, we have rented condos all over the world and this has been the absolute best! You will not be disappointed. It's the kind of place you will want to stay forever. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Heaven" could not have been named better! This place is Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Janet takes great care to set up an amazing vacation! She is really easy to reach via email and her housekeeper Cora goes above and beyond to make the unit immaculate each time she visits!

We will definitely return to Heaven in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten and truly enjoyed our time there. The condo complex is maintained every day by a gentleman who truly loves this property. He washes the floors and polishes that handrails every single day to keep this place amazing.

There are an abundance of great restaurants in Simpson Bay, and it is located within 30 minutes of everything on the Island. I highly recommend staying in this unit-- the views are breathtaking and we can still see the turquoise water when we close our eyes..

The pool was refreshing and the ocean water was great. There are concrete slabs in the water from an old building/structure that provide shelter to thousands of fish. We had fun snorkeling right outside our door! Go to the Department Store in Marigot to purchase sporing goods at a reasonable price --comparably, it would be 50 euros /pp to go on a guided trip. I'm sure there are more places to snorkel, but it was entertaining to be so close to home.

TIPS -- Use US Dollars all over the Dutch side and Euros on the French side-- Credit cards give the best Exchange rates where accepted..The ATMs on the French side ONLY dispense Euros.

There is a large grocery store about 5 minutes away over the long bridge that has American and European brands at reasonable prices (Carefour).

Lastly, the plane noise is noted in other reviews-- personally, we noticed this the first day and it faded away (most flights are from 11:00AM to 3:00PM and are small island hoppers). The planes are constant during the day, but we made it a fun part of the experience (plus we were out and about all day long anyway).

We never had any trouble sleeping and the unit has really awesome automatic rolling metal shutters that block out all of the light, along with very thick glass doors that almost silence the outside world completely.

We hope that everyone who stays here has as much fun as we did on this island and in this beautiful unit!

Thank you again Janet!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All it Claims to be and More!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week stay at Heaven this past Sunday. To say we were impressed is an understatement. The view is stunning and the condo is very well maintained and equipped. We had four adults on the trip and none of us can stop talking about the amazing time we had. We met several of the owners of other units on the property and they were so helpful with suggestions for restaurants and places to go. The property is close to grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and has easy access to the main road. The beach is amazing for swimming and walking. There are rocks directly in front of the condo but a very short walk in either direction leads to smooth, sandy beach into the water. We had many meals at Karakter Beach Bar which is a short walk down the beach. I can't say there were any negatives for our stay at Heaven! We are talking about a return trip already. The owner was a pleasure to work with for booking and pre-stay information and the housekeeper Cora met us on arrival to make sure we had everything we needed. A great experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Princess Juliana International Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Marigot to Anguilla or Philipsburg to St. Barths
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mullet Bay Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Wide varity nearby
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Simpson Bay Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Dec
Dec 14 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$550
 
 
Christmas/New Yeay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,500
 
 
Low Season
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Christmas Week December 19th to 26th 2015 - Flat Rate of $5,500 - 7 nights min stay
New Year's week December 28th to January 4nd 2016 - Flat Rate of $5,500 - 7 nights min stay
Rates do not include the 9% government-taxes/Service fee

Rates include maid service of 3 times per week during high season and 2 times per week during low season and a welcome basket.

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Amenities

Simpson Bay Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3068 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , European styled shower with rainshower system
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , European styled shower with rainshower system
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Floor to seiling doors with incredible ocean front views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 2nd master bedroom with ocean view
  • Master Bedroom 1: King bed, air conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen TV, large closet and en-suite marble tiled bathroom with Jacuzzi tub & shower. The bedroom offers spectacular direct views of the Caribbean Sea. Master Bedroom 2: 2 Queen beds (can be converted to an oversized King Bed), air conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen TV, large closet, personal safe and en-suite marble tiled bathroom with shower. The bedroom offers views of the Caribbean Sea.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling

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