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Nancy Gulbrandsen

Member since: 2011
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Paradise Found, Luxurious 1 or 2 Bedroom Beachfront Condo in Simpson Bay

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Simpson Bay holiday condo

Stunning Beachfront Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

One of the most luxurious and desirable beach-front residences in Dutch Sint Maarten, Paradise Found is located on lovely Simpson Bay Beach. Each of the two master bedrooms and large living area offers spectacular direct views of the cerulean Caribbean and Isle of Saba.

The relaxing, romantic atmosphere of Paradise Found fulfills all your dreams of the ultimate Caribbean vacation! Situated on undisputedly the least-crowded beach on the island, this exquisite two-bedroom villa is part of elegant Las Arenas, a new, attractively-appointed twelve-unit building with infinity swimming pool, gated premises, secure covered parking, rich landscaping, and unparalleled construction details.

Both individually air-conditioned master bedrooms offer a large walk-in closet, digital flat screen television, personal safe, marble-tiled bath, king-sized bed, and fine mahogany furniture. The gourmet kitchen features GE Monogram appliances, including an Advantium oven, cook top, wine cooler, and dishwasher; as well as Jenn-Air French door refrigerator/freezer with icemaker; Keurig Cofee Brewer (bring your favorite K-Cups), Cuisinart Coffee on Demand coffee maker, coffee grinder, and toaster; deluxe Gorham stainless flatware; George Foreman Grill, Dansk porcelain dinnerware; and a full array of kitchen utensils.

If dining out is preferred, near-by options run the gamut from formal candlelight to Caribbean casual. More than 300 fine restaurants island-wide make Sint Maarten the gourmet capital of the Caribbean.

Superior conveniences include the following: ' Large high definition flat screen television with surround sound and CD/DVD player. ' Disappearing sliding glass doors, providing an outdoor ambiance indoors and maximum enjoyment of the constant trade winds. ' Private washer and dryer. ' Designer paddle fans and air-conditioning throughout. ' High-speed wireless internet and cable television. ' Maid service. ' Elevator or outdoor stair access. ' Re-chargeable cell phone. Paradise Found is less than five minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport, French bakeries, banks, drug stores, grocery stores, gyms, hairdressing salons, ice-cream parlours, massage centers, theatres, video stores, casinos and water sports. Daily-or-longer car rentals are available within walking distance.

Paradise Found at Simpson Bay is the destination of choice for the perfect honeymoon, romantic getaway, revitalizing retreat, or ultimate Caribbean vacation. Leave Sint Maarten relaxed by the sound of the waves, refreshed by your stay at Paradise Found.

Please contact us for specials that may be available for honeymoons, anniversaries and significant birthdays.

No pets, and no smoking, please.


“We are ending our 1-week stay here at your beautiful Paradise Found and so wish that we could have another week! Already we are planning to come back this time next year. Your accommodations are superb – the furnishings, the view, the comfort – it just doesn’t get any better!”

“We loved going to sleep to the sounds of the waves and waking up to a day of beautiful scenery. Paradise Found is comfortable and positioned in one the best spots on the island.”

“We had a wonderful and relaxing vacation. Paradise Found is beautiful! I have been coming to St. Maarten for eight years and PF is the best!!! Our week came to an end all too quickly. Can’t wait to return!”

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. The name “Paradise Found” truly suits the place and island. Words cannot describe the peace and beauty we found. This is truly one place we would like to return to.”

“What an amazing place to spend our honeymoon. We truly enjoyed every moment of our stay here at Paradise Found. The gourmet kitchen was a dream, even though we dined out for most meals, it was great being able to cook up a nice breakfast or a late lunch after a day in the sun. What a fantastic island!”

“What’s not to like!?! The view is spectacular and the sound of the surf is hypnotic. It’s easy to fall into the rhythm of island life while here at Paradise Found. Everyone we have met has been arm and very friendly.”

“We could not have dreamed of a more perfect setting for our honeymoon! Waking up each morning to the sound of the ocean was an incredible treat and we have enjoyed every minute of our time at Paradise Found! Words can’t even begin to describe how grateful we for opening up your home to us!”

“We have truly found Paradise! What a wonderfully appointed and tasteful home. The views are the best we have ever seen and every day was truly magic. We will definitely be back, and back and back………….”

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Nancy Gulbrandsen (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

About Nancy Gulbrandsen

I've been traveling to the beautiful island of St. Maarten since 1982. I owned and handled vacation rentals for two beachfront villas during the 1990's.

Nancy Gulbrandsen purchased this condo in 2011

Why Nancy Gulbrandsen chose St Maarten / Saint Martin

I've been visiting the beautiful island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin since 1981 and it remains my favorite of all the Caribbean Islands. I've seen A LOT of changes during those 30 years!

I owned 2 villas just down the beach from Las Arenas during the 1990's and slowly developed a year round vacation rental business which I sold in 2000. Now that my kids are almost grown I decided it was time to spend some more time on this wonderful island and found this special gem 'Paradise Found'.

I visited 'Paradise Found' last January while on vacation and fell in love with the stunning property of Las Arenas, the magnificent beachfront location and stunning residence. It is tucked away on picturesque Simpson Bay Beach, a two mile, white sand swimmable beach which most people have no access to unless they are staying there.

What makes this condo unique

Location, Location, Location!

Paradise Found at Las Arenas in Dutch St. Maarten is situated on a stunning stretch of uncrowded Simpson Bay Beach. Close to everything, yet tucked away from the masses, our fully equipped home away from home is, indeed, Paradise.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nancy, we had a wonderful time in St. Maarten. Your condo was everything we had hoped for. Waking up every morning to that view is something we will not forget...........thank you and hope to go back one day!
May 2012
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based on 20 traveller reviews

Paradise Found, Luxurious 1 or 2 Bedroom Beachfront Condo in Simpson Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Southern Illinois

Great place - loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures online don't do it justice. This is the best condo we have ever rented. The finishings were top notch - beautiful travertine tiles line the floor and the stone in the shower was just gorgeous, not to mention the lovely paintings all over the condo. This place would be great for 2 couples as both bedrooms have king size beds, walk in closets, ocean views and insuite bathrooms with huge showers with rain shower head above as well as a shower wand. Having a washer dryer was nice, and laundry soap was even provided. Nancy has great taste and the decor is spectacular. The towels were lush Ralph Lauren and there were plenty as well as large colorful beach towels. In the closet by the door were beach chairs and floats which came in handy. We have stayed on Simpson bay twice before, but liked this location best as it was closer to Karakters (great to hang day or night) and the view is great since it is past where the beach curves a bit so you can see the mountain and lights at night better. We rented a car and usually spent each day exploring the many great beaches of St Maarten. We came back in the late afternoon and relaxed at the pool or took a walk on Simpson bay before getting ready for dinner. Some of our favorite meals this trip were Cugini (Italian) and the Greenhouse (casual outdoor beachside). We always walk to Atlantico Bakery for breakfast or pastries and have drinks at the yacht club next to the drawbridge once or twice during our trip. There are countless great restaurants in Simpson bay so you don't have to drive far at night for a great meal. We also love The Red Piano for music especially on Monday nights when they have a band. We also took a cataraman tour around the island on Spellbound with adventure sports sailing with snorkeling and lunch - it left from the yacht club. As you can tell we had a great trip, just wished we had more time to enjoy the beautiful condo. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts about Paradise Found and for detailing precisely why you enjoyed your stay. I also appreciate the fact that you included some dining and tour suggestions for future travelers. I agree that, as great as my photos are, it's difficult to truly capture the beauty, colors and feeling that strikes you upon entering Paradise Found. I had the pleasure of being there in April when guests arrived and saw the expression on their faces as they walked through the door. It was priceless and, as I consistently strive to achieve, far exceeded their expectations. Thanks again and I hope you return to "Paradise" soon!
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Great location, view and accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful three weeks at Nancy's Paradise Found. The condo is beautiful. Both bedrooms had ocean views, which was exactly what we were looking for. It was very enjoyable drinking our coffee in the morning and watching the wide variety of boats and the beautiful colors of the water. Since so few are in the complex, many times we were the only guests in the pool. The location is so convenient to walk to the French Bakery, restaurants in Simpson Bay, Mary Boon's, and Karaktor's. Constantine, the cleaning person, and Gordon, the property manager, were outstanding. This is our second visit to Sint Maarten in three years. Our plan is to return very soon to Paradise Found. Thank you Nancy for a great three weeks at your condo.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your glowing review. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay and that you're looking forward to returning to Paradise Found!
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Paradise Found...was the perfect spot for an island vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Paradise Found is a premier property! We have stayed in many lovely VRBO properties, but this property is at the top of our list for premier properties. The location is one of the best on the island. Walking distance to so many great restaurants, the St. Maarten Yacht Club for viewing of the Mega Yachts, ease of driving to other locations on the island are all highlights if you stay at Paradise found.

Thank you Nancy for the very informative information package. It was hard to select what to do as there were so many things to choose from. We enjoyed Ocean 82 in Grand Case, Cafe' Atlantico in Simpson Bay, Loterie Farm, Anse Marcel, Isle Pinal and the National Geographic snorkeling path, a snorkeling trip with the Scuba Shop in Simpson Bay, Mary Boon's and just relaxing on the balcony watching the daily activity in the bay. We loved Marigot for the market and shopping. My husband even purchased a 5 lb. lobster and we had a feast!!! Definitely do grocery shopping over the big causeway at Carrefour or the Super ? Market which is on the way to Marigot.

We also learned that if you want to become SCUBA certified, you can take the on-line course and do your skills and check out dives through the Scuba Shop. While we did not do this, we were with a couple who was finishing their course. The instructors/guides were very skilled and committed to helping the students learn about SCUBA.

We give Paradise Found a top rating and would recommend it to anyone heading to St. Maarten.

Nancy was very helpful. Her local property manager and housekeeper also were available for anything needed during our stay. Book ahead if you want the opportunity to stay in this lovely spot.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found for sure

  • 5 of 5

An amazing condo in a fantastic location. Everything was as advertised and Nancy was great to work with. We loved the location; very close to many beautiful beaches, great restaurants, markets, and night life. All a short drive away. We felt very safe with the gated entrances and the electronic shutters at night. The balcony is an excellent size and has a great view. The kitchen has everything you will need. Bedrooms and living area are large, very comfortable and modern. Will definitely return to Paradise Found for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love IT !!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

4 years in a row we have stayed at PARADISE FOUND . And this year was no different, it was again perfect.

Thank you again Nancy for another wonderful vacation. And please thank Constance for us ,she is wonderful.

Love the new colour and as always the exceptional view. I hope we will be back for a 5th.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The sheer fact that you have returned to Paradise Found four times is the ultimate compliment an owner can possibly receive!
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Pekin, IL

A Trip to Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Paradise Found was all we could have hoped for when traveling to St. Maarten. The owner went above and beyond our expectations with this beautiful unit and helping us plan a wonderful trip. It was fully equipped with everything we needed as well as very attractively decorated and spotless. We enjoyed the lovely view from the balcony which overlooked caribbean blue waters and the infinity pool below. There were so many activities to enjoy on the island so it was a treat to come back to relax at Paradise Found. We can certainly recommend this rental for anyone looking for a beautiful place to enjoy and relax in St. Maarten.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's wonderful knowing that Paradise Found exceeded your expectations. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation and sincerely hope you will return soon!
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Princess Juliana International Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mullet Bay Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Arenas
Car: recommended

Paradise Found is centrally located in Simpson Bay Village where you'll find everything you need from grocery stores (large and small) as well as many dining options from casual to gourmet, water sports and boat excursions.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo on Simpson Bay, St Maarten / Saint Martin

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2016
16 Apr 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
19 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Week 2016
24 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Week 2016-17
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
High Season 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$129
Tax Rate 9.0%

1. Rates do not include 9% tax.

2. Guests are STRONGLY encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance as absolutely no refunds will be given, under any circumstances, within 60 days of arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Simpson Bay

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , This Master Suite has it's own private bathroom with shower
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , This Master Suite has it's own private bathroom with shower
  • King size beds in are high quality, luxurious mattresses.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing