“Let the good times roll.”
It’s on a sign above the door to the Infinity Bar.
It’s that old French refrain, “Let the good times roll.”
And as soon as you walk into the Oyster Bay Beach Resort, you understand.
The 180-room resort that straddles St Maarten’s Oyster Pond and the Caribbean Sea has long been one of those legendary Caribbean places to stay for Caribbean aficionados.
It’s the one that always seems to attract beachgoers who have fallen in love with the Caribbean, on an island that instantly makes you fall in love.
And it has never been better, this place, perched above the ocean with a breathtaking view towards St Barths, on the edge of the comforting sands of Dawn Beach.
Indeed, the rooms are bright and airy, and the Mainsail Pentbouse units, which all come with their own ocean-view hot tubs, might just be the most spectacular rooms on the entire island.
And the resort is making more new additions, from a recently launched practice green to the new Veranda Market and Bistro.
And perhaps most notably, it’s the perfect location in St Maarten.
Oyster Pond is right on the French-Dutch border, which means it’s an easy trip to Philipsburg and the sights and sounds of Orient Bay and, a little further, the culinary wonders of Grand Case.
It’s a rather privileged perch on the island – kind of the best of both worlds.
But when guests aren’t exploring, they’re likely to end up at the pool and the Infinity Bar, a kind of town square, one of the resort’s backstops, headed in a expert by the famous Wanda.
Wanda has been here for 16 years; she’s also in love with the place, serving all kinds of libations and the resort’s signature drink: the Guavaberry Colada.
It features Guavaberry liqueur made locally in St Maarten, dark rum, pineapple and Coco Lopez, and it’s almost unbelievably delicious.
As Wanda circles the pool, she is lulled by greetings from the guests — everyone knows her.
And it’s no surprise the place has developed one of the most loyal clientele in the Caribbean.
“Some guests come back two or three times a year,” Wanda tells me.
I ask her about the sign and she says it’s a nod to the ongoing Owner Appreciation Month, a celebration of the resort’s vacation club owners.
Maybe it’s just for the month.
But here, the weather is still good all year round.
To learn more, visit the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
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