Testimonial and Reviews

Reviews, testimonials and comments from our clients

Owner of Blueoceanvillas, St MaartenTo proof who we are and to show our website visitors, that we are real people not hiding behind the internet cloud and that we are an accomplished and trustworthy company. Therefore we are featuring testimonials, quotes and opinions from clients who have worked with us in the past to show you, that others have had good experiences. This is what they call “credibility markers” in the business. Do not take our word for it, but we are proud to have clients from all over the world and we want to share their St Maarten or St Martin vacation villa rental testimonials.

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By Sonja van der Drift

The service provided by Sonja was absolutely first-rate. Every question I had, she was able to answer thoroughly and quickly. Her communication was fantastic and she was a tremendous help, not only with the condo but with customs, with getting a rental car, with getting groceries set up to the villa … anything we needed. I can’t recommend her highly enough. We’re already talking about a return visit to the island and when we’re ready to start making plans, Sonja will be the first person I reach out to!

Jason S.,April 2021


Everything was fantastic thank you for checking back in with us! The accommodations were lovely, rental car was fantastic, the staff was top notch, and the restaurant recommendation was superb!
My feedback is everyone did great and was very professional. Appreciate the flexibility, attention to detail, and the kind professionalism everyone demonstrated. Overall this trip was a fantastic experience, and one we would love to come back to! Thank you for everything you did Sonja, you were fantastic and I would recommend you to anyone who is looking at going to St. Maarten.

Thank you for all your work, wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Kevin M., December 2020


Thank you for reaching out.  Yes, we really enjoyed our stay and found “Rising Star” to be very pleasant.  The island was especially quiet.    I know the lack of tourism due to Covid really has to be hurting the restaurants and many of the businesses.  Hopefully, the vaccine will help out soon. We are already looking at dates for February, 2021 when we would like to return !

M.F., December 2020


Hello, Sonja – yes, we had an absolutely WONDERFUL time!  The Villa was fantastic; the pool was a good size and the fact that it was heated made it even better.  We loved the Anse Marcel beach and the food at the restaurant there was so good we never made it to Grand Case!  Everyone, as always, was friendly and helpful and we were very glad to have someone to follow to get to the Villa.  The plane was early, but they were waiting for us anyway.  Samantha was very prompt in responding to our questions.  And we would recommend ShopNDrop to everyone!  St. Martin remains our very favorite island!  Best regards, carol

Carol G., March 2020


Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to being the absolute best in the business. Our trip was just perfect and your staff is just top notch. Our friends were just as in love with the island as we have been and they are already talking about when we’ll be able to go back. It feels like leaving home. It’s sad to see so few tourists on the island, and I can only hope that the people start to return to the Friendly Island soon! I know the industry needs to revive to help support the rebuilding efforts, though I was pretty floored by how much progress has been made thus far. Some of the areas are pretty heartbreaking, but it’s so much easier to see the spirit of the island than the wreckage Irma left behind. Thank you so much for all of your guidance and incredible patience with our neediness. We can’t wait to come back!

Thanks again, a million times, and I’m sure you’ll hear from us soon!


Note from editor : Our client stayed in Villa Bamboo (July 2018)

Samantha E., Charlotte, NC


Hi Sonja

sorry for the delay but I was heading for La Martinique after Sint Maarten and just got back … Our trip was amazing !!!
Like I said many times before I’m glad I found you because you gave me a lot of assistance in organizing the whole thing
villa the arches was AMAZING !!! I would go back anytime
Speranza was really nice and the location perfect

thanks again for everything

Note from editor : Our client stayed in Villa Speranza

François T, Québec, Canada


Hi Sonja,

We had a great trip and want to thank you for all that you did for us. Everything worked out exactly as planned. Villa Arcadia was perfect, the car rental met our needs perfectly. There was absolutely nothing that we had any troubles with. So you get an A+ for all that you did for us. Well done! We will be certain to recommend your services to our friends should they wish to travel south in the future

Bob M, Ontario, Canada


Sonja, our stay on St. Maarten was wonderful. The weather co-operated beautifully, the island was it’s usual friendly self, and we encountered no problem at any time. Your point person met us at the rental car office on time, took us to the Villa via a different route which helps to learn the island, and re-introduced us to the staff.  Villa Mahogany was exactly as we remembered it – absolutely peaceful, convenient, as well as comfortable. My siblings raved about it. The house staff also contributed to our successful stay and I can’t praise their efforts enough. We were very well taken care of. Thank you for all your help and I’m sure we will talk again soon.

Phil & Shirley R, Massachusetts, USA


Dear Sonja,

Back at home I want to thank you for your commitment to us! We had a wonderful vacation in the friendly island and look forward to come back in the future.

Lucas O, Argentina


Hi Sonja

I think that I am all set for my summer vacations!! Your help has been fantastic and I could not be more pleased with the care you have given me. Thank you very much

Raul V, Chile


we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the villa Hope Cottage very much.  ate many an evening meal at Daniels by the Sea, excellant Italian food.  when we dropped of the keys Saturday morning the ReMax office was closed so we left them at the grocery.  I was going to mention that I thought the batteries in the remote control for the gate might need to be changed as it worked but not very well.  also for what ever it is worth I wish I had known how steep a grade the drive was to get to the villa because I would have rented a car with more power than what I had.  but it all worked out ok.  by the way we were comming down the drive one morning to go eat breakfast and a large monkey ran accross the road in front of us.  on the way back up 4 more ran accross in the same spot.  3 juveniles and one adult.  didn’t know there were monkeys on the island but it was interesting to see.

thank you for all of your assistance Sonya, you helped make our experience a good one.  it was wonderful to get away to such a nice place and difficult to come back to the snow.

Elwood B, Michigan, USA


Yes we had a very nice time. The house is the perfect size and a really great location. Thanks for you assistance.

Note from Editor : Villa Gianna

Mark W, Illinois, USA


Hi Sonja,

Yes we had a wonderful time everything was as expected, thank you so much for your help.

If you’d like me to post a review somewhere I’d be happy to do so. Paul D was also a very big help with a few questions we had. Do you plan trips to Florida by any chance?

Note from editor : Villa Rising Star and yes we have vacation villa rentals in Florida

Mark C, Canada



We loved Villa Prana.  It was our second year we stayed there, and it felt like home (if our home was in St. Maarten).  There were days when we decided just to stay at the villa and hang out at the pool instead of going to the beach.  The villa offers nice views, amazing privacy, well equipped kitchen, reliable internet (so I can check up on what’s going on at the office, and emailing our friends “wish you were here” pictures), great pool, etc., etc.  Hopefully, we can return next year, but we do have one complaint and that is the bed.  After the first few days, my back would hurt for a short while after getting up, but after 7 days or so, it would hurt all day.  Vicki’s back was bothering her too, but not as bad.  One night on the second week, we slept on the couches in the living room and my back felt better.  I travel a lot and even after spending 4 weeks in a hotel in China, my back doesn’t bother me.

Normally I wouldn’t bring this up but we would like to go back to St. Maarten again and as much as we like Villa Prana, I don’t think we would stay there again if the bed isn’t changed. I am assuming that the green room gets rented and used more than the others and therefore is likely to have the most worn mattress.  I don’t know if anyone else has or would mention the mattress, but if you sleep on it for two weeks like we do it can be really uncomfortable.

Thank you for all your help with our vacation planning.

Note from editor : The owners have listened to this complaint and have changed the bed in the mean time. The clients are returning to villa Prana this year with their family

Patrick & Vicky B, Pennsylvania, USA


Hi Sonja,

They had a wonderful time on the island and at the Regatta. They won! The entire team is very excited.

I have been coordinating the different villas for Mr. W for all the regatta’s and I must say you are truly a pleasure to work with.

Thank you for all your assistance, the information you provided, and for being so quick to respond especially with the AC.
I will let you know about next year!

Note from editor : Our client won the 2014 Heineken Regatta

Marlene V, Florida, USA


We had a great time Sonja and villa Bonita was very nice. We did enjoy staying in the Orient area and the convenience of the location. We can’t wait to go back, just not sure when that will be. When I nail that down, I’ll be sure to contact you for help. Thanks again for everything.

Pete N, New York, USA


Dear Sonja,

The Villa Arcadia was absolutely beautiful and fully equipped with everything one could possibly need.  The view of the bay and the sea beyond  was even more spectacular than the photos on the website.  The cleaning lady, Mavis, was exceptional and meticulous about keeping the house clean.  Please extend our thanks to the owners for making this such a lovely place to stay.

Sonja, thank you so much for finding this rental property for us and for coordinating every detail.  You have been wonderful to work with and we will not hesitate to contact you again in the future should we wish to return to St. Martin.

Bonny G and Eduardo D, Virginia, USA


Hi Sonja,

Everything was great and we enjoyed ourselves. The villa worked out great. Only issues and certainly not a reflection on you, perhaps we would stay on the Dutch side next time! Found coming from Canada the fact that the current is different than ours on the French side is a bit of a nuisance (Dutch side is North American). Also, lunch/dinner was much more expensive on the French side (almost double the cost) than on the Dutch side too. Also the people were much more noticeably friendlier on the Dutch Side too. Having the car, didn’t really matter too much though. The pool as La Siesta was very nice too.

Thanks for all you help and hope you can help us in the near future too.

Julie S, Ontario, Canada


Hi Sonja

We had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful just like the villa. The view was one of the best we’ve had so far.
Can’t wait to go back again next year (hopefully).
Once again thanks for all of your help with our arrangements.

Lorie W, Canada


Hallo Sonja,
Had niet gedacht dat ik je helemaal niet zou ontmoeten.
We hebben alle vier “heimwee” en hebben een fantastisch verblijf gehad. Enige vervelende ervaring is de inbraak in een van de 2 auto’s met verlies van een kite.
Iedereen wil nu al terug……

Note from editor : Villa Sea Haven

Bert D, The Netherlands


Ja bedankt Sonja, alles was fijn in orde .

Groetjes uit het koude belgie 😉

Note from editor : Villa Alexambre

Pascal R, Belgium


Hi Sonja,

Thank you. We had a wonderful time. Actually we have loved all the places we stayed in St. Martin. Baie Longe Beach House was beautiful and it’s pretty hard to beat staying right on the beach! That made it very special and hard to leave. A great place to relax! Thanks for always taking such great care of us.

Sharon W, Canada


Dear Sonja,

We really like it.
The only negative point is about no air condition in the living room and kitchen.

Thank you for all.

Michael R, France




Casey and I had a wonderful week , Hope Cottage was great with views to die for.  We appreciate all your help, your suggestions for things to do including the restaurants was like a tour guide for us.

Thanks again,

Bill and Casey K , Georgia, USA


Villa Monchal was the perfect spot for my wife and I to discover St. Martin. The location of the villa in Terres Basses is ideal: Five minutes or so to Purto Cupecoy with many restaurants and a full-service grocery store, 10 minutes or so to Simpson Bay’s many spots and 10 minutes to Marigot. Terres Basses itself has three wonderful beaches. The closest, Plum Bay or Baie aux Prunes can be reached in two minutes walking (across the street and 50 yards to the right). During morning walks, I would be the only person on the beach. We never saw more than eight others on the beach during the day. The necessity of going through a guard station certainly keeps many island visitors away. Baie Rouge, five minutes by car, and Long Bay, which connects with Plum Bay Beach have equally beautiful beaches.
The villa itself provides ideal accommodations for a single couple getaway or for two couples. The third bedroom would work well for families with kids. The villa has been updated post-Irma and shows zero damage. The pool deck is in the process of being replaced and enlarged by about 300 square feet with a modern composite material. When completed (soon), it will be spectacular. The pool is great and the whirlpool worked fine during our visit. The kitchen provides all the amenities one would need, ample glasses, silverware, dishes, cookware, blender, coffee makers, etc.). Although the stove, oven and microwave are pretty average, they do the trick. Judith, our concierge was available to answer questions, make reservations and provide island advice. Because the deck was not complete, we were given a complimentary dinner which was a nice touch.  Croissants were delivered the first morning of our stay.   The bed was very comfortable and had many pillows. Air conditioning worked well in the bedrooms and the family room.  We had plenty of hot water. The only downside, other than some deck work taking place on the first day we were there, was very spotty T.V. reception. The T.V. did not work for the first four days of our stay and then suddenly worked great for the remaining three days. We were told they were doing utility work during the period we had the T.V. problems. We did not find the mosquitoes to be bad and to the extent they were out it was only at dusk. I would recommend repellent if going to the beach at sunset as the “no seeums” can be pretty bad if you’re on or near the sand.
Villa Monchal is in an area surrounded by multi-million dollar villas. Donald J. Trump’s $15+ million home is across the street. With security guards monitoring access to Terres Basses, we felt very safe during our stay. During one morning walk security guards were monitoring the beach access. A rental car is a must for a visit and with one it’s very easy to get to all the spots on St. Martin/St. Maarten. For the money paid, we felt like we received GREAT value at Villa Monchal. As there have been prior negative reviews from pre-Irma, I thought it appropriate to report that our experience has been great! The villa provides everything vacationers need for a wonderful stay on St. Martin. Very comfortable and very private.
John D., IA, USA - December 2018


Villa Arcadia We absolutely LOVED Villa Arcadia. In fact, it was so nice, we only left one time when we went to lunch at the resort down the way. Other than that, we just relaxed. The ShopNDrop service was terrific! They did a very good job and it was really good to have everything we needed there when we arrived. Mavis (the housekeeper) was very helpful and a very nice person; we enjoyed talking with her about how the island was recovering and what it was like just after the storm. And the young fellow who met us and led us to the Villa was prompt and also very nice. The one thing we really appreciated was the instructions about the Villa were very complete and signing into the internet was clear and easy. In short, it was a wonderful vacation!
We will have no problem recommending Blue Ocean Villas and Villa Arcadia.
Carol and Bill, USA - March 2019


Tukan – Orient Bay
We DID enjoy our visit at Tukan, and it is without a doubt the most well furnished property we have ever rented! It was in excellent condition, which we did our best to maintain, and everything was in working order. We did notice a water drip under the kitchen sink and let Magali know when she came by for our departure.
Here are some things we really like about Tukan:
  • Magali’s prompt arrival to meet us when we arrived and when we departed
  • It is so fresh and new
  • It is beautifully furnished including the kitchen, towels, and amenities
  • A combination of glass and plastic dishes/cups (plastic is better for the pool area)
  • The private yard, pool, and lounge furniture were wonderful
  • The location to Orient Village, the beach, and the Orient Bay Community/security
Here are some things that could be better:
  • Extra pillows, blankets, and bed linens
  • Better hot water pressure (it’s almost impossible for two people to shower at the same time)
  • Very Important! Eliminate/reduce the bugs around the pool because they chase you indoors!
  • A water tub by the front and back doors to rinse your feet and flip flops
  • An indoor dining table for four people (the bugs can keep you from eating outdoors)
All in all we loved Tukan, and are already contemplating a return trip next year to St. Martin. Thank you again for the professional rental experience!
JR & SV, USA - July 2019

Villa Alanca – November 2019

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Villa!
It was less than a ten minute walk to the beach! We had the option to have most of our meals at the Villa instead of eating at restaurants all the time. There was a grill on the patio which was nice for cooking! The laundry facilities were also important! We had separate bathrooms and bedrooms so each couple had privacy. There was another bedroom which would allow for more family!

It was clean and well maintained, air conditioning and all pots, pans, utensils, etc. like your own home away from home. Beautiful pool and two furnished patio areas, parking area and more!
Thank you for our amazing vacation!

J.Wuttke, November 2019

Villa Thi Majeste – March 2020

Hello, Sonja – yes, we had an absolutely WONDERFUL time! The Villa was fantastic; the pool was a good size and the fact that it was heated made it even better. We loved the Anse Marcel beach and the food at the restaurant there was so good we never made it to Grand Case! Everyone, as always, was friendly and helpful and we were very glad to have someone to follow to get to the Villa. The plane was early, but they were waiting for us anyway. Samantha was very prompt in responding to our questions. And we would recommend ShopNDrop to everyone! St. Martin remains our very favorite island! Best regards,

C.G., March 2020