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Simpson Bay hotels on St. Maarten: What’s open?

The Dutch side of St. Maarten was hard-hit by Hurricane Irma, a devastating Category 5+ storm, back on September 6 of last year, like most of its Caribbean neighbors. And like them, most regions were so severely impacted, many businesses had to suspend operations.

In the area of Simpson Bay, many hotels are ready to welcome guests back. Points of interest at Simpson Bay include Simpson Bay Lagoon, Maho Beach, Mullet Bay, Kim Sha Beach, and Casino Royale. Simpson Bay Lagoon is one of the largest inland lagoons in the West Indies of the Caribbean. The border between the French and Dutch halves of the island runs across the center of the lagoon. Within the lagoon itself are two small islands.

Which hotels are open at Simpson Bay?

Atrium Beach Resort
The Atrium Beach Resort and Spa is one of few resorts to escape without structural damage after the hurricane. Throughout the storm and during the aftermath, the Atrium has been able to provide both water and electricity to its rooms. Many of the restaurants and bars in Simpson Bay have been repaired and are operational. The area around the Atrium has become the hub of activity for island residents and visitors alike.

Commodore Suites
Commodore Suites is a brand-new boutique hotel in the heart of Simpson Bay located a minute’s walk from the popular Kim Sha Beach. It is also within walking distance from shops, restaurants, spas, and nightclubs. The Commodore Suites opened its doors in February 2016 and has 17 Junior suites.

Baker’s Suites
Baker’s Suites is an all-suites boutique hotel delivering luxurious seaside suite accommodations at affordable friendly island prices. With just 10 condo-style suites, every guest gets treated to the traditional “Baker family hospitality.” The property is centrally located on Billy Folly Road in Simpson Bay, just a few minutes’ drive from Princess Juliana Airport and steps away from beautiful Kim Sha Beach. Just minutes away as well are dozens of Simpson Bay restaurants, grocery stores, more beaches, and many popular night spots.

Travel Inn Hotel
The newly renovated 40-room Travel Inn Hotel is located 1.5 miles away from St Maarten International Airport (PJIA) SXM. Taxi and public transportation is available at any time from the airport to the hotel as well as from the hotel to any area of the island. The hotel is surrounded by most tourist activities, bars, restaurants, night life, watersports, marinas, casinos, and a supermarket and shopping area. It is in walking distance to Kim Sha and Simpson Bay Beach, where most boats are available to travel to other islands like St. Barths, Anguilla, and Saba.

Simpson Bay Suites
This property is actually apartments that guests can call home for a week or beyond. Simpson Bay Suites is a hybrid between a typical hotel and an apartment, and the apartments are spacious, comfortable and equally affordable for any budget. The apartments include many amenities including all utilities paid, full sized kitchens and appliances, high-speed Internet, complimentary coffee, and much more. It is the conveniences of a hotel with all the comforts of home.

El Zafiro Boutique Hotel
El Zafiro offers a view of countless miles of beautiful white sand beaches and access to experience some of the island’s great activities such as snorkeling, banana boating, jet skiing, and kayaking just to name a few. From its luxurious suites, to its authentic Creole culinary cuisine and full VIP service, El Zafiro provides an unrivaled personal experience. The unique boutique-style suites and innovative décor provides breathtaking views from the comfort of a personal patio.

Mary’s Boon Beach Plantation Resort
Mary’s Boon Beach Plantation Resort, Residence, and Spa has been in operation since the early 70s. This intimately-run St. Maarten hotel is tucked away from the crowds, earning Mary’s Boon the soubriquet, “St. Maarten’s Little Secret.” The property is located on a beautiful three-mile beach, and Mary’s Boon is conveniently near to the action.

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