My boyfriend and I just returned from our vacation to St. Maarten (Dutch side) and had a fabulous time. The Coral Beach Club villa we rented was unbelievably beautiful, and the Oyster Pond area was awesome. I had stayed on the French side the last two times I visited the island, but now have a new favorite in the Oyster Pond area. The Coral Beach Club is now run by Re/Max and the two agents there (Dianna and Nancy) were the best. Very friendly and efficient. I had never rented a villa before but based on Trip Advisor reviews, we rented Villa #10 (The Triton) which had a superb view (it is in the second row from the beach which we preferred since it is higher up and more private). Two large decks, one with a plunge pool, and very modern décor with high-end appliances and all the accessories you could ever need. The area has several restaurants and we tried them all: Canoa (outstanding), Big Fish (very good), and Mr. Busby's for pizza, snacks and powerful Rum Punch drinks. Could not have been happier and we are looking forward to returning.
Pros: Location, beautiful landscaping and beach, walking distance to many restaurants, marina activities, etc.
Cons: Nothing I can think of.
Location: Close to Orient Beach (snorkeling and good restaurants), Grand Case (not a lot to do, but some great food), and not far from Philipsburg for shopping.