We were lucky enough to find Villa #2 of the Villas on Great Bay and can't wait to go back! it was a perfect location, as comfortable and well-stocked as staying with family, and Doug and Jim both were excellent with communication before, during, and after our stay. and did I mention the pool? and the beach?!?
we traveled to St. Martin from NYC this past May with our 3 year old and my parents. All of us fell in love with the island and the Villas. it was nice to stay in a house rather than in a fancy hotel when traveling with a little guy - much cheaper and more convenient to make breakfasts at home, etc. Villa #2 honestly had everything you could ever need - every detail, from beach bags to coolers, to coffee -was all there waiting for us. our vacation the year before was at a Club Med designed for families and I can definitely say that this vacation was much more fun and relaxing. we were able to walk right outside our door to the beach and the pool (which was key with a fickle toddler, we could take short trips and come back easily)and it was a short walk to shops and fun stuff in phillpsburgh. we enjoyed feeling more part of the island and really getting to experience it rather than being locked up in a resort. several of the neighbors were owners who stay long term and they also were very friendly and welcoming and gave us some good tips re- restaurants etc.
i would caution that while it was a fantastic spot for a 3 year old, it may not be great for a younger baby - the pool is for potty-trained kids only and the villa itself has a few features that might be dangerous for a very young child, specifically the stairs which have a dramatic opening and no gate or wall or anything on the 2nd floor. i can see a mom of a younger child worrying about that the whole vacation. but for older kids it's great. there is even a collection of sand and beach toys so you wouldn't have to waste suitcase space on those.
We loved everything about it - it was convenient for trips to other beaches but we spent a lot of time just relaxing and enjoying the villas! highly recommended
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villas on Great Bay are located on Great Bay Beach in a quiet residential neighborhood of Philipsburg, the Dutch capital of St. Maarten, and about 20 minutes’ drive from the island airport. Within easy walking distance you’ll find restaurants, world class duty-free shopping, casinos and nightlife, and the lively boardwalk.We are a small, gated property with a security guard on duty throughout the night, and an on-site property manager to ensure your vacation is hassle-free. Each of our villas is privately owned, but each has the same basic layout – two bedrooms upstairs (some with ensuite bathrooms) and 1½ to 2½ bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, private lanai, and each comes supplied with linens, including beach towels. Our nine beachfront villas have spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, while the remaining two overlook our tropical gardens.We know how to make your visit to our beautiful island everything you’ve hoped for and expected. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villas On Great Bay Hotel Philipsburg
- Villas On Great Bay St Maarten-St Martin/Philipsburg