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“Wonderful place, amazing location” 5 of 5 stars
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211 Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“Wonderful place, amazing location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

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

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Hello Katie, thank you very much for your enthusiastic review. We are proud to add new satisfied guests on our list: another family who enjoyed one of our villas and felt to be like at "home" away from home. We can't wait to have you again as our preferred guest!
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Hagersville, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We have just returned from nine days at the Villas unit 5. From the moment we arrived Jim and Gina made our stay relaxing and welcoming. The property is very well maintained and beautiful. This was our fourth trip to St Maarten and decided to try a non all-inclusive property. We were so pleased that we did stay at the Villas on Great Bay. All food and beverage stores are close and have a great selection of familar products. Make sure you go to the end of the board walk and check out Get Wet Bar and grille and tell Phil that Gary from Hamilton sent you in.
Everything you need in the villas is provided and having Jim and Gina there to make your stay so relaxing will ensure you have a great vacation. We stayed July 21 to July 31, 2013.

Gary and Debbie

  • Stayed July 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
Hello Gary and Debbie, I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay at the Villas. Our managers are our pride, they know we want all our guests to feel like at home. A caribbean home away from home! On behalf managers and owners I wanna thank you very much for your kind review. We hope to have you again in our piece of paradise!
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Vancouver, WA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband, daughter and son-in-law stayed in unit #3. It was close to the pool, beach and within walking distance to shopping. Just a wonderful location. Jim and Gina were the best managers and made us feel right at home. Jim and Gina recommended the Too Rhum Punch Catamaran excursion "full-day" ride which goes completely around St. Maarten. The Catamaran ride was the best ever! The catamaran stopped and we snorkeled at two locations. There was plenty of beer, Rhum punch. We were fed delicious sandwiches and had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant along the way. I highly recommend this Catamaran ride. They have their own website also. We had tight security at Unit #3 which made us feel very secure. Unit #3 has a wonderful layout also!

Room Tip: Unit #3 is close to everything!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Hello Donna! Thank you so much for your fantastic review. You and your family are #60 among our satisfied guests! We hope to have you again in paradise!
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Mobile, Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

May 25-June 1, 2013

Tranquil Paradise....that's Villas on Great Bay. First time on the island and hopefully won't be the last. Enjoyed meeting some of the other guests. Some renters, some owners but before the week was over, friends. Jim and Gina are excellent property managers/hosts. They tended to our every need. Our villa was spacious & clean. Our view every day was the tri-colored blues of the Caribbean Sea in Great Bay. The grounds are immaculately maintained. It is obvious the safety & comfort of the guests is a priority. I highly recommend Villas on Great Bay to anyone planning a trip to St. Maarten.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Hello, thanks for the newest definition of the villas: a Tranquil Paradise. Yes! It's exactly what we owners want to feel for our stay and for all guests vacations. Thanks to Jim and all the local staff we can keep the spirit of the place, a small piece of paradise where you can relax and forget everything. Thank you so much for your stay and your great review, come back soon!
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

What a wonderful place to stay. Jim and Gina were wonderful from the day we checked in, very helpful and informative. We stayed in unit 1 and it was everything we expected it to be and more. We felt like we were at home. Wilford their security guard at night was great, he treated us like we were his family, waited up for us to get home, made sure our rental car was safe on the street. If you want relaxation and quiet time this is the place. Will be back again. Anita & Mark Kurbiec, Pawtucket RI

  • Stayed June 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Hello Anita & Mark! On behalf Jim, Gina and all owners let me thank you for your nice review. You got exactly our goal, we all want guests to feel at home, their caribbean home. We all owners will never thank enough our staff for all the efforts they make daily to keep the villas at the highest standard of hospitality. We cannot wait to have you again as guests at the villas!
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We spent last week in Villa No. 2. It was wonderful! It was spacious and comfortable. We had everything there we needed. You cannot beat having coffee on the balcony overlooking the clear blue ocean, watching the cruise ships come in, with a warm breeze and palm trees swaying. Our 15 year old daughter really enjoyed the pool. We walked the boardwalk and did lots of shopping. Enjoyed the best pina coladas at Honky Tonk! Took a snorkeling ride. Gina and Jim were great....very helpful in planning our day. Thank you Villas on Great Bay. We will be back!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Hello! Another nice review we have to thank for. Owners and managers of the villas are very proud of our hospitality in this piece of caribbean paradise. On behalf all of us, thank you very much for your stay and your words. We wait for you back here!
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Flamborough, ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We were in unit 2 at Great Bay Villas from March 28 to April 7th. What a warm welcome from Jim and Gina from the first moment on. Everything is close by...groceries, beer, wine, jewels...You don't need to rent a car. Take the local bus everywhere! Jim and Gina are there to answer all your questions and the owners of the other villas were also very welcoming. We loved it so much, we're going back.

Room Tip: Unit 2 is great but there are others to choose from.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Hi Darrell, thank you so much for your review! You're #56 in writing good words and among a long list of satisfied guests. We all owners and Jim and Gina, our great management team, want our guests to feel at home... a caribbean home! We wait for you again.
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Address: 211 Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
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

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