This was a weird place. It's called a "resort" which was a stretch.
But first, the beach really was fabulous. Away from cruise ships, etc. it was peaceful and nicely kept by the resort. There seemed to be plenty of chairs and umbrellas for guests. And our room was very nice, clean, and had a great view. It was a 1st floor unit, however. So, if you are out on your patio enjoying the sunset, you also must greet everyone as they pass by. And, it makes sleeping with the sliding door open a little creepy (so, we didnt.)
There is one restaurant for breakfast (and a small cafe for carry-out); one open for lunch; and another for dinner. The breakfast is buffet style and fairly good. The dinner place was very cheesy the night we were there. It was some "manager's welcome party" with loud raffle-like games announced with a microphone and wine served in plastic glasses (don't ask for a wine list: there is just red or white.) THe food served for this 'manager's party' was.... an unmemorable buffet of stuff-on-sticks and served on paper plates. I instead ordered a pizza-to-go, as we didn't want to be forced into this standing-room-only party atmosphere. Even though our room was at the other end of the beach from this party, we could hear the kareoke or whatever. There was no other option for dinner without a $20 taxi "off campus" or a 15 minute walk down a dark 2-lane highway.
Staff were not very helpful. They were perfectly nice... but just not very knowledgable or forthcoming with information. There is no "concierge". There is an "activities office" which is open from 9am - 5pm (give or take) and staffed by people who seem to just memorize the brochures. I wanted to know more about kayaking at Pinel Island but since "the guy" hadn't dropped off any brochures "lately", the staff didn't really know anything about it. So, I risked it and took a $35 taxi (one way) to French Cul de Sac (where you catch the ferry to Pinel) where I found out that there was no kayaking that day due to rough waters. I'm not sure if a better "activities office" staff could have saved me a trip across the island or not.
The pool and hot-tub are very blah. They reminded me of my local public pool.
What Divi doesn't seem to want you to know is that there is a lovely bar and infinity pool in the time share section of the resort. I stumbled upon these during an evening walk the night before we left. I asked the desk clerk during check out if these are available for use/patronage by hotel guests (not just timeshare people) and I was told that they ARE available. Too bad i didnt know of this before. However, if I were a timeshare investor, I'm not sure I'd want the throngs from the hotel to take over.
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
- St Maarten Divi Little Bay
- Divi Little Bay Resort
- Divi Little Bay Beach Resort St Maarten-St Martin/Philipsburg
- Hotel Divi Little Bay Beach