About the property
- House1087 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
2 bedroom, 1 bath house just 50 yards from Simpson Bay Beach
(post Irma repairs have been completed, new photos have been uploaded here.)
White Sands Retreat (aka “Bowie Place”) is a private 2 bedroom 1 bath house just 50 yards from Simpson Bay Beach on Dutch Sint Maarten. Located in a neighborhood of other private homes where your privacy is assured. You are renting the exclusive and private use of the entire property.
The spacious cottage has been updated and is equipped with modern appliances. High Season stays INCLUDE free on-site WiFi and internet access. The property features a one minute walk to the beautiful two mile plus long pristine Simpson Bay beach, off street parking and an onsite caretaker. This spectacular beach has no ocean undertow, gentle waves for swimming and soft pearl white sand. You can walk the entire length of our beach and visit the small beach cafes and restaurants.
You can stay in or go out and enjoy all the island activities that are very nearby like world class restaurants, night clubs, beach bars and casinos.
You are booking directly with the owner, so our rates are extremely low for beach side accommodations.
Two private bedrooms with queen size beds and choice of firm or plush mattress. Each bright and airy bedroom has individual controlled air conditioning, dresser with mirror, closet, personal room safe and share a full bath with large walk-in shower. Both are supplied with fresh towels and all linens.
There is an air conditioned full size living room with TV, DVD player, movie selections and stereo. The dinning room seats six at a casual round table with tropical inspired designer place settings.
The kitchen has a full size gas range & oven, microwave, dishwasher and full size refrigerator with automatic ice maker. There is a full supply of gourmet pots & pans, designer plates, glasses, tableware, cooking utensils, as well as toaster, blender and drip coffee maker.
The back deck is partially covered and has an additional table and chairs. For the outdoor chief there is a stainless steel two burner Webber gas BBQ grill. The front porch is a great place to sip your morning coffee or enjoy your end of day cocktail.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 06, 2018
About Gary Bowie
Have lived in Florida for 40 years now and traveled to St. Maarten over the last 25 years.
Gary Bowie purchased this House in 2003
Why Gary Bowie chose Simpson Bay
After traveling throughout the Caribbean since the early '80s I found St. Maarten to be the best location. I have owed multiple timeshares but sold them all off and bought this home. So much better to truly own a vacation home. Will retire here someday.
What makes this House unique
Besides all the island has to offer, and all the beach has to offer and all the friendly locals. It can just be the best thing to sit on the front porch with a glass of wine in the evening and listen to the distant soft sound of the waves on the beach. Priceless.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Love Simpson Bay!
The house was just as advertised. It was a pleasure to deal with Gary, his caretaker Ash was there if needed,(he wasn't). We loved it so much we are taking the same weeks next year! Thanks for the use of your home and I can't wait for next year!
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Your 2 weeks next year are on hold for you. Looking forward to having you back.
We stayed in Dec of 2014 and were lucky enough to find this great little spot. It was steps to what felt like our own private beach, the house was great and felt like home and had great entertainment and restaurants just a walk away! Also very happy we ended up on dutch side. We will be back to St. Maarten!
We stayed at Bowie place for 3 weeks in December 2014 and had a fabulous time. Gary, the owner was very easy to deal with when booking and was very helpful answering any questions we had. Located in a quiet residential area of Beacon Hill steps from the calm beach at the far end on Simpson Bay beach. The rental had all the amenities we could ask for and was spotless. Bbq, washer, oven, microwave and all utensils were provided. There was nothing we looked for that this place didn't have. The beds were comfortable and beach chairs, coolers, noodles, were provided as well. If you are new to St Maarten an extensive guest reference book is provided. The close proximity to the airport runway was fun watching the jets taking off and landing. The noise was not problematic as the jets stopped by 9:00pm and didn't start until 9:00am the next morning. There are ample fans to keep you cool and we did not need the A/C at all. Ash the groundskeeper was was a superb host and was more than accommodating but respected our privacy at the same time. The neighbours are very friendly and we felt right at home and very safe. Although Maho is within walking distance a car is recommended at night or if you want to venture away from Beacon Hill. We spent early mornings on the porch after a short walk to Maho or down the long beach. Our "beach days" cost next to nothing as everything was provided. A picnic lunch also was a cost savings. At night we either BBQ'd or went out to dinner. We didn't feel like hotel guests rather like someone let us use their vacation property which was perfect. Home away from home. We will definitely be back.
Thank you for taking the time to post this very kind review.
we should come back here
Whites Sands, Simpson Bay, St, Martin.
This was our second stay at this 2 bedroom cottage. When vacationing at places in the Caribbean in January over the last years, we always say "we should come back here again". The fact that we came back to White Sands says it all.
100 steps to a very uncrowded beach to see the cruise ships pass by to Phillipsburg while watching the sunrise over the hills is a daily and repeatable memory. Walking onto the sand and seeing the yacht A and other luxury ships anchored offshore while the pelicans dive 50 feet away is a thrill. Want a snack and a bucket of beer at mid-day? Stroll 10 minutes down the beach to Karacters for tapas and Caribs.
The cottage has everything you need if you prefer to do some or most of your own cooking. And there are at least 50 restaurants within 5 or 10 minutes. The new grocery store 10 minutes away is wonderful and fully stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. The cottage is airy, clean, bright and well furnished.
People from all over the world seek out the experience of sitting at the Sunset Bar and Grill to watch the 747 from Paris land at the airport, coming in so low you can count the rivets on the wings. You can just walk to the Sunset, have dinner or a drink, see the cruise ships pass by to another island destination, wave goodby to the last flight out of the airport and watch the beauty of the tropical sunset.
When we left this year, again we said "we should come back here".
For two weeks.
Mike and Frank from Maine
Was great to have you back again. So nice to have so many repeat guests that enjoy their stay with us. Sint Maarten is such a great escape from the cold winters in North America. The Sunset Bar and Grill along with the SXM airport is now rated as having the "Most Spectacular Airport Landings" in the world.
See you next year, Gary
White Sands Retreat (aka “Bowie Place”) is a private 2 bedroom 1 bath house just 50 yards from Simpson Bay Beach on Dutch Sint Maarten. Located in a neighborhood of other private homes where your privacy is assured. You are renting the exclusive and private use of the entire property. The spacious cottage has been updated post-Irma and is equipped with modern appliances. High Season stays INCLUDE on-site free WiFi and internet access. The property features a one minute walk to the beautiful two mile plus long pristine Simpson Bay beach, off street parking and an onsite caretaker. This spectacular beach has no ocean undertow, gentle waves for swimming and soft pearl white sand. You can walk the entire length of our beach and visit the small beach cafes and restaurants. You can stay in or go out and enjoy all the island activities that are very nearby like world class restaurants, night clubs, beach bars and casinos. You are booking directly with the owner, so our rates are extremely low for beach side accommodations.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
RATES INCLUDE ALL OWNER TAXES AND FEES TO GUESTS. Rates are based upon time of year and number of guests/bedrooms occupied. One bedroom rate is for 1 to 2 persons. Two bedrooms rate is for 2 to 4 persons. PLEASE NOTE: The additional "per person" rate is added to the weekly rate to get the TOTAL RATE FOR SECOND BEDROOM. It is not a "per person" add-on but an add-on for renting the second bedroom. Example: Winter/High Season 2 bedroom (4 person) rate is $1350. We offer direct booking with Owner with payments via Pay Pal using any credit card. If you choose to book AND pay via VRBO they will charge additional fees payable by you the booking guest.