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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 3,067 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious living space with unsurpassed ocean views

WE HAVE RECOVERED FROM THE STORM ! The condo and the the whole Las Arenas condo complex are in great shape, after having suffered very limited damage from Hurricane Irma last September 6. All services are back--electricity, air conditioning, TV, water, and so on., and the place looks great! Most restaurants and grocery stores have re-opened and all beaches are open.

Simpson Bay is bordered by a beautiful 2-mile long, lightly-populated curved beach;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. 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.

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 (including on the very large wrap-around deck), marble baths, high ceilings, a modern high-end kitchen, beautiful furnishings, glass doors that can be slid out of sight, and electric storm 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, beautifully landscaped, 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, two safes for valuables, secure covered parking, and maid service (except Sundays and holidays). Access is either by elevator or by spacious outdoor stairs and walkways with their own lovely views.

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. As the reviews show, Heaven really lives up to its name. (According to VRBO, our reviews rank in the top 1% of our market.) Come and be one with the sea for a week or more—you'll find it very renewing. If you do, there is a very good chance you will want to return!

More Details

Janet Johnston
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

Why Janet Johnston chose Simpson Bay

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

We can't say enough about your fabulous place. Everything was just perfect, right down to the perfectly colored beach towels that match the color of the ocean right out of those beautiful windows. It feel as if you're on the most fabulous yacht looking over the railing right into the water! My favorite view is from the master shower - just so fabulous!

We so appreciate you allowing us to share this beautiful place of yours- we have places too and know it's hard to share. Cora was friendly and helpful and made us feel comfortable. Thank you Cora!

Our hope is that we can come back again! Thank you so very much.
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Simpson Bay

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3067 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , European styled shower with rainshower system
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , European styled shower with rainshower system
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Floor to seiling doors with incredible ocean front views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed , 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • 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
  • snorkelling


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Honeymoon in Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stay for 10 days for our honeymoon as Janet was wonderful in accommodating our budget. As many of these reviews have said, the pictures don't do it justice--it is unbelievably beautiful! Cora picked us up from the airport, which was nice, since driving can be a little confusing at first around the island. She did an excellent job of cleaning and answering any questions we had. Janet also checked in on us about mid-week to make sure our stay was going well. Even though the unit is near the airport, we really weren't bothered by any planes or noise. In fact, it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves! The views were gorgeous and we enjoyed cooking in the well-stocked kitchen. No one was ever at the pool and we loved that you could see the ocean from it. We were surprised how many shops and restaurants were around and at how many things there was to do! We highly recommend Janet's condo and are hoping to come back for another vacation in paradise soon!

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was gorgeous and absolutely beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Janet was a great host and she made sure we had everything we needed. We cannot wait to come back. The beach and pool and house were definitely heaven. The island was filled with things to do and safe with the nicest people every place we went during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 21/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

One word to describe this vacation rental....FANTASTIC!!! Very centrally located near all the stores and resturaunts on the main road. From the moment you drive thru the gated property you are immediately welcomed by a very clean well appointed, lushly landscaped quiet complex. The infinity edge pool overlooking the beach was some of the most relaxing time spent here, as we watched the airplanes take off for Princess Julianna airport. As soon as you walk into the front door of the rental the veiw is absolutely breathtaking, crystal clear blue water from every veiw!! Very spacious, as well as having everything needed for a stay, right down to spices in the cabinet. The normal cleaning lady was out on a emergency during our stay however Janet quickly arranged another lady to come and she was simply amazing!! We only had 1 minor problem during our week long stay (which was no fault of the complex or owner), somehow during the mopping of the outside walkway they accidently shut the water valve off, as soon as I contacted Janet about not having water she immediately got to work making sure to get the problem resolved and then followed up to ensure everything was back in working order. I will definitely be staying in Mrs. Janet' s rental again on our next stay in St. Marteen. Thank you for helping make this a wonderful vacation!!

  • Review Submitted: 11/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Maarten paradise - simply heaven!

  • 5 of 5

There is not much more that I can add to the wonderful reviews of Janet and Lloyd's condo. The reviews are already superb, as is the condo! The view of Simpson Bay is simply stunning. It's the nicest property on the entire bay. Someone stated that the view is similar to that on a cruise ship, yes that's correct, but it's really comparible to the Presidential Suite. The location is great. It's so close to Maho and Mullet Bay which are fantastic. It's also very close to the runway and watching the planes take-off and land is an added bonus (with very little noise). The beach is great and there is even snorkeling along the rocks right out front. It's a great base, close to the airport, close to car rentals, easy to get to the French side (Pinel Island and Grand Case were great) and close to Phillipsburg. The scuba/snorkel shop is just down the road as is the base (Three Palms) for an awesome high speed boat day trip (Billy Bones). Groceries are close by and fantastic restaurants are within walking distance. The kitchen is very modern and well equipped so we cooked and enjoyed many memorable meals as well . The condo is super clean (thanks Yolanda and hope all is ok with Cora) and very safe. I have travelled all over the world and Janet's condo and St. Maarten ranks at the very very top. Thanks so much for opening your home to us. With the dish TV, my son even got to watch the Stanley Cup finals (and your high speed internet is super fast) so he said it was his best birthday trip ever. Thanks again!!! We hope to be back some day.

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best View So Far!

  • 5 of 5

We've vacationed on the island for a week each of the past five years and we truly think that for four of us guests we couldn’t have asked for, nor have we had, any better accommodations. Plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and we particularly liked the furniture throughout the condo. My wife said that the furniture was the most comfortable of all the places that we’ve stayed, and I agree.

As many have said, the inside of the condo is extremely well equipped with everything that one could need. The bathrooms were perfect and the bedrooms were nice sized with plenty of room and comfortable beds. The living room was the favorite spot to be when we HAD to be inside. The large glass doors that opened to all the decks were amazing!

The view from the condo was awesome! We stayed just down the beach a few years back and had a rooftop view that was stunning, but a funny thing I recalled being on that rooftop and saying how I wish I could see around that one building down the beach … it turned out to be Las Arenas. No obstruction here ... just spectacular!

Outside the pool was well kept and usually very quiet with plenty of chairs for everyone and it was just steps away from the beautiful beach. This spot on the beach is quite convenient as it's close to Mary's Boon and Karakter Bar on the beach and very close to the village of Simpson Bay for easy trips into town.

Each year we travel to the island we've tried to do just a little better in picking where we stay compared to the year before. I'm pretty sure that search has officially ended for us as we've finally found the perfect place in Janet's condo ... Heaven!

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Condo

  • 5 of 5

We just finished a 10 day stay that could not have been any nicer. The pictures do not do justice to the unit. The view is just incredible. The 2 beds in the 2nd bedroom make it nice for families. The unit is impressively equipped and we enjoyed our starter pack of goods left for us by the owner...thanks, Janet. A well known beach bar is a 5 minute walk down the beach, and everything else you could want or need is a short drive. One tip: parking spaces at the complex, as well as throughout the island, are small by US standards. Get the smallest car that can accommodate your needs.

  • Review Submitted: 24/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance AU$79.29

Christmas and New Years week based on Saturday to Saturday rental only

Rates are based on 4 guests.
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 for guests staying a minimum of 7 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.