SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) – After nine months of reconstruction and remodeling, Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) officially reopened June 1. Hurricane Irma’s unwelcomed visit last September forced many businesses to temporarily close.
Close to half of the accommodations and all of the amenities at OBBR are open for business. The remainder of the resort is expected to be complete by year’s end. As rooms are completed, they will be available to guests.
“Looks fresh and wonderful — and they are open!” posted a blogger from Magic of the Caribbean on Instagram.
“Efforts over the past nine months to recapture the magic created over all those years have been heroic and a testament to the resilience of the people and our resort’s leadership,” said Jim Goss of Hinsdale, Ill. He and his wife Barb were part of the first group to stay at OBBR upon its reopening.
“The Dutch colonial multi-colored exterior paint scheme is a noticeable and striking visual change,” added his wife Barb.
The resort had been taking reservations since February 22. Most of the more than 80 available rooms were filled upon opening — mostly by timeshare owners and Interval International members. There is still availability for the next several months. However, the summer and fall season is filling up quickly and the resort advises future guests and owners to make reservations early.
“In most cases there’s completely new furniture, bedding and drapes, artwork and appliances,” said OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez. “The rooms have also been fitted with new upgraded windows and doors throughout. The rooms are looking great and the facilities feature striking new colors — which have attracted a lot of positive energy from our owners and guests.”
All of the amenities of the resort have been re-constructed (and in many cases improved), including the resort’s signature ocean front Infinity Pool. The pool has been upgraded with a new pool deck and water features. There’s also a completely redesigned and refurbished lobby, gym (with new fitness equipment), guest laundry (with new washers and dryers), Bodega and spa. The spa has been renamed “The St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort.”
The first rooms renovated were in the ocean front Mainsail building, several ocean-front buildings, and buildings located along the Oyster Bay Marina. All available rooms have either ocean or Marina views. The Mainsail penthouses are also open.
“The sight of our rebuilt and renewed resort is lifting everyone’s spirits,” said Perez.
The OBBR staff provided a special welcome in the newly renovated lobby as the first guests checked in. They received a welcome gift, hugs and kisses from almost everyone.
“Our staff — including Ricardo Perez, Mientje Brown, Lorenzo Bryan, Anju Snow, Mitch
Mardenborough, Adil Benjamin, Ursula Illis and Cindy Clarke, as well as many of the contractors — worked day and night for this opening. They’re all heroes to us,” said Pearl Development Managing Director Mike Dolente. “There was a great feeling of satisfaction at our corporate headquarters to finally have our owners and guests enjoying the resort again.” Pearl Development is the developer of OBBR and is located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
The resort is planning a grand reopening celebration later this year, once most of the construction is completed and when more of the owners can attend. Almost all of the construction work and finishings were performed by highly skilled island contractors. Dolente said his company was especially pleased with contractors Simon and Skeith Warrington, Remy Bernard, Bert Lamerigts of Electec, and Windward Roads.
The Infinity Restaurant is open daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Infinity Bar is open 10 a.m. to midnight. The Infinity Restaurant is also available for weddings, parties, meetings or other gatherings. To make a reservation or for more information, call 721-543-6040 or visit: www.oysterbaybeachresort.com