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“Cheese and hidden class rolled into one” 3 of 5 stars
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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
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“Cheese and hidden class rolled into one”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

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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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DiviResorts, General Manager at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for sharing your Divi Little Bay experience with us.

Indeed we have a beautiful beach, we are very proud and think it is the most beautiful secluded beach of the island.

I am very happy to read that you appreciated your room and the view. A lot of our rooms are right on the beach which gives guests the feeling that when they are sitting on their patio they are sitting right on the beach.

Every Monday night we have our Manager’s cocktail party at Gizmo’s Beach Bar whereby we offer free drinks and snacks to all our guests for more than 1 hour, I am sorry that you experienced this as being cheesy. For a wider selection of wines in a wine glass you could have gone to the regular bar to order. The free drinks we give away are indeed served in plastic cups with the choice between red or white wine or any other cocktail, soft drink and various kinds of beer.

Besides the Manager’s cocktail party on Monday night’s, we have our well known lobster buffet night at our fine dining restaurant Toucans. As we don’t serve dinner on paper plates, these must have been the complimentary snacks you are referring to in your review.

Happy that you thought our staff was perfectly nice.

Our property has 3 pools and 3 hot tubs which are accessible to all our resort guests. I am sorry to read that you didn’t use or visit our Infinity pool or the other pools and hot tubs.

We hope that we may welcome you back soon. Please don’t hesitate to email me directly when you are ready to make a booking.

Sincerely,

Celine van Meer
General Manager
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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We have two weeks of timeshare and have been here every year for seven years. This time we noticed it has new management who have improved things even more. The service is better if something is wrong in your room, they have a security guard on a bike, the grounds are constantly being worked on, the front desk is much better with better staff. It goes without saying that the beach and the ocean are spectacular. I honestly cannot say a bad thing about this place and that is why we love coming. Roger - you're the best, Haresh - shout out to "my friend" from Kade (my grandson). The only downside to us is still the food and beverage. This doesn't concern me too much as we have a full kitchen and use it probably ten out of 14 nights, but when we do eat out it would not be at Divi. The food is so Americanised - huge portions and blah. On an island with so many restaurants, you have to up your game. The entertainment is superb but you need to get more selective with the food. Maybe, and I hate to suggest this, you need a manager and chef with more expertise in innovative food and just try to get away from the "usual" offerings. Large portions do not a good meal make. Anyway we will be back next year - wild horses would not keep me away from this slice of paradise.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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East Setauket, New York
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Divi is our home away from home. We own a timeshare and have been coming here for 17 years.
The staff, headed by Sandra Rogers, is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient and will do everything in their power to accommodate you. The rooms are well appointed and very clean. The beach is the best...we have no need to visit the other 36 beaches on the island with the spectacular one right outside our door. The snorkleling is said to be the best on the island as well.
We have been here for 3-1/2 weeks and are sad to say goodbye to our bit of paradise.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stay here every year, as my father owns a time share right on the bay. I love the beach there, and the snorkeling and swimming. All are fantastic. Have had great meals and cocktails at the beachside bars and restaurants. The pools are beautiful and the hammock area is great for afternoon napping. The Divi makes a great "home base " to come back to after exploring all the island has to offer. If you are looking for a place to really catch the island vibe, check out Divi Little Bay. You'll be thankful you did!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

My revisit to Divi was just great. The resort has the most glorious beach! Our room was very attractive - furniture new - full kitchen with all amenities. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the staff is very accommodating and friendly. There is a grill and large bar right o n the beach and several swimming pools. We had a simply wonderful time and can't wait to return.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed at Divi Mar 6-10th with my father. Loved the location. Went on the Lambada tour and sunset sail, would recommend both, but book early as they fill up fast! Met so many great people including the locals! Gizmo's bar had great fish and sampler platter..and Gizmo the parrot who was eager to snag a bite of my dinner:) Ocean swimming was fun and you can snorkel right out to a spot where they actually do tours, we got to see lots of fish and it wasn't too strenuous. Best at low tide. Overall nice staff and atmosphere, more of a laid back place with couples, retirees and families. Not a party hotel. Took a cab everywhere, less stressful than renting for us and got to talk with a lot of cabbies. Went to Sunset beach bar & Marigot, must go to both & hike to the top of the fort in Marigot for an awesome view! Way different feel than visiting Mexico. Island life is pretty chill, would love to go back someday! ...wear plenty of sunscreen;)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holden, Maine
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We recently traded our local timeshare for a week at Divi Little Bay. Had never stayed there before. The room was a beautiful unit with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, jetted tub, shower and two sinks in bathroon area. One balcony opened from bedroom, the other balcony opened from living room. We ate every breakfast on the balcony, watching the cruise ships coming by every morning. The property is meticulously neat, with a nice little store and sandwich shop. The beach was wonderful and just outside our room. Would definately stay there again if the opportunity arose.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
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Hotel Class:3 star — Divi Little Bay Beach Resort 3*
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Also Known As:
Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
St Maarten Divi Little Bay
Divi Little Bay Resort
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