About half of the rooms and all of the amenities at the resort opened for business June 1 after being struck by Hurricane Irma last September. The remainder of the resort reconstruction is anticipated to be completed by December.
- MAARTEN, DUTCH WEST INDIES – June 9, 2018 – After 9 months of reconstruction and remodeling, Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) officially reopened June 1. Hurricane Irma’s unwelcomed visit to St. Maarten 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.
“Looks fresh and wonderful!” 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,” said Jim Goss of Hinsdale, Ill. He and his wife Barb were part of the first group to stay at OBBR upon its reopening.
Most of the more than 80 available rooms were filled upon opening — mostly by timeshare owners and Interval International members.
“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, guest laundry, Bodega and spa. The spa has been renamed “The St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort.”
“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.
“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. For more information, call 721-543-6040 or visit: www.oysterbaybeachresort.com
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About Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR)
Oyster Bay Beach Resort is one of the premiere vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Located in St. Maarten in the Dutch West Indies, this resort offers the perfect blend of paradise living and modern amenities with its breathtaking ocean views, sandy beaches, comfortable rooms with kitchen facilities, private yachts berthed in its own marina, on-site dining and Caribbean nightlife. OBBR has a diverse selection of vacation and living opportunities that include luxury hotel accommodations, timeshare ownership opportunities and oceanfront villa rentals — as well as year-round condominium ownership. An Oyster Bay vacation includes accommodations in a gated, secured resort community, use of the resort’s ocean-hugging infinity-edge pool and whirlpool, free trips to an island beach off the property, nightly entertainment, on-site access to laundry and exclusive fitness facilities, an on-site gift shop, a marina-front Bodega, and a fantastic spa experience at The St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. All guests are invited to the weekly Manager’s Cocktail Party on Mondays, Farewell Party on Fridays, and a free trip to nearby beaches on Sundays. For more information, call 1-866-978-0212 (locally 543-6040), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.oysterbaybeachresort.com