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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 02/23/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/23/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 10 Specialty lodging in Philipsburg
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4.9
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4.8
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4.8
Value
4.7
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms

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Grade: 74 out of 100
12Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.3 miles
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sweetpeakittensshoes wrote a review Mar 2022
Arlington, Virginia43 contributions40 helpful votes
Stayed at the Villas with some friends and had a fantastic time! Our villa was clean, safe, airy and right on the water! Our villa had all the amenities you could ask for and was located close to all the attractions of Phillipsburg but not so close that you could hear the noise. There is a pool with floats and noodles you can take to the beach. There is also a grill and outdoor shower. The villa itself is stocked with towels both beach and bath, microwave, dishwasher, plates, glasses,forks etc etc. and the internet is strong and reliable. The AC works VERY well and the beds are fantastic. I must say though that Wally the manager was a star attraction of the villas and our trip. He knows everything about the island and his recommendations were always spot on. He even helped our friend find her lost phone at midnight!!! Thank You Villas and an extra special tank you to Wally!!! Ps I’m coming back next year and bringing the family.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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musicalkimmy wrote a review Jan 2022
Chatham30 contributions13 helpful votes
We spent 3 glorious weeks at the villa's. (Jan 6-27). We are a group of 9 long time friends, and have travelled extensively over the years together. We all just LOVE LOVE LOVE the villas. It is our 3rd time staying at the property. Between our group, we have stayed in #2, #3,#4 and #12 over the years. Wally, is the absolute best!! He is so attentive and looks after every detail. We consider him a dear friend, and are always excited to see his smiling face every morning. Honestly, you cannot have a more perfect vacation at the villas. It is close enough to town to walk and get everything you need, visit your favourite resturaunt/bar and yet far enough to have those peaceful, relaxing days in paradise! This is for sure our home away from home and will be going back for many years to come!!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Adrienne S wrote a review Nov 2021
Durham, North Carolina119 contributions65 helpful votes
My cousin and I took a girls' trip to St. Martin the last week of October 2021. Our stay at The Villas on Great Bay was perfect! As someone who usually stays in all-inclusive resorts, I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this property! We stayed in Villa #7, which is owned by Rose and her husband (they also own Villa #2, where they live). Rose was quite welcoming, and made sure that the taxi driver had good directions to the property. She also made sure that we were comfortably settled, and helped arrange a tour of the island. Villa #7 has 2 bedrooms and 3 baths. It is clean, airy and tastefully decorated in a beachy theme. The villa is right on the beach. One bedroom has a large balcony with an ocean view, from which you can see cruise ships docking in the morning. The other overlooks the garden/courtyard. Both bedrooms had a television, and there was one in the living room as well. All rooms had A/C. The kitchen is well-appointed, and there are grocery stores within walking distance should you decide to cook. The patio also has a beach view, with lounge chairs, a table and a grill. Rose has thoughtfully provided beach towels and chairs. We had everything we needed for a beach vacation. The Villas have great high-speed wifi, and I was able to easily work on my computer and even attend webinars. Wally, the property manager is extremely attentive and friendly, always checking in to make sure that you are enjoying your stay and making suggestions for fun things to do. One evening he arranged for a masseuse to come to the villa. Another time, he got everyone together to take a sunset cruise. Wally also made COVID testing extremely easy for the return home, arranging for a nurse to come to the villa for rapid testing. Our vacation would not have been nearly as much fun without his thoughtful suggestions! Several of the villa owners happened to be in residence during our stay, and all were warm, helpful and welcoming. The property is right on the beach. It is clean, quiet, attractive, and extremely secure - surrounded by an attractive steel fence, with security cameras everywhere, and patrolled by a security guard at night. It has a nice pool with ample lounge chairs. There is a laundry room. Great restaurants, bars and duty-free shopping are all within a 5-10 minute walk, and it's very easy to call a taxi to get to other parts of the island. We did not rent a car, although this would be have been easy, especially since they drive on the same side of the road as we do in the U.S. This property is on the Dutch side of the island. English is widely spoken and language was never a barrier anywhere we went. Dollars were accepted everywhere, and change was given in U.S. currency, so we never had to exchange our money. Although this would be a great vacation stay at any time, it was especially good during COVID. Having your own villa made it easy to relax and safely socially distance without the worries of high-traffic buffet areas and pools. (And I'm proud to say that I didn't gain the usual vacation weight that plagues me after a stay at an all-inclusive!) Our stay at the villas was absolutely perfect. It honestly felt like a home away from home, with built-in friends. I agree with all of the previous 5-star reviews. We are already planning our return!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: All of the villas are slightly different. Some do not have ocean views, but all are just seconds...
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jcamis wrote a review Sep 2021
Ottawa, Kansas228 contributions52 helpful votes
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We spent 5 nights in Villa #2 and it was a perfect place to stay. The villas was well-equipped with everything from kitchen items to things to take to the beach (blanket, coolers, etc.). Nice little welcoming gift was provided (cheese, crackers, juice, etc.). Two bedrooms upstairs with their own bathrooms. Nice balcony off master bedroom. Downstairs had ample seating, dining area and kitchen space. Front patio includes outdoor shower. Back patio has seating and a grill. The property is perfect. You walk right out the back door onto the pool deck. From there you are just a step or two from the beach on the western edge of the bay. We swam in the bay and enjoyed the pool. Only 12 villas in the complex, so it's never busy and everyone was so friendly. Property manager was great, even setting up a snorkeling tour with a local company for us. Laundry facilities for a small fee. Parking in front of the building was easy to find. Walking distance to grocery store, local restaurants and more.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Debbie wrote a review Jun 2021
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June 2021 Third time staying at the villas and we absolutely love it there. Beautiful views, pool and ocean are right outside your door. Villas are clean, up to date and stocked with all your needs. Quick walk to shopping and restaurants. . Wally the site mgr is awesome. Always checking to see if everything is 'good'. Makes suggestions for things to do and places to eat. We feel very safe there. Looking forward to our next trip.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Nicola R wrote a review Apr 2020
5 contributions10 helpful votes
We were booked to stay in villa #12 7-16 April for a family wedding on April 11th. Due to the current situation we had to cancel. Communication with the owner was constant & fabulous, resulting in a 95% refund - cards costs etc taken into account. Couldn’t be more happier with this act of kindness. We would love to visit this beautiful island in the future, Thank you Norma, Good luck & stay safe 🙏
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Date of stay: April 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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cmferrara33 wrote a review Apr 2020
Boston, Massachusetts25 contributions45 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay at Villas on Great Bay. The location is great. A nice walk into Philipsburg on Front street or on the beach. Convenient location to shops and restaurants. The condos are well kept. Wally is great to help with any of your needs. The pool and pool area are great then a few steps from there you are on the beach. I can't wait to stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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kathryna64 wrote a review Jan 2020
29 contributions4 helpful votes
This was our first time staying in Villa 4 we normally stay in villa 2 but it was booked. Once again we had a wonderful 2 weeks at the villas lots of firsts for us this time but the constant is Wally. He is the most considerate, accommodating, available when needed friend and manager of the villas. Anything you want or need he is the go to person. Thank you Wally. My childhood friend and her partner joined us this time which made it the best holiday. Wally arranged for James (taxi 23)to pick us up at the airport (+1-721-526-9132), James picked us up for a number of years until Irma arrived and changed the professions people did until visitors returned to the island. James has a 12 person van and believe me we filled it with luggage, food (we stopped at the grocery store and drinks). We took the local bus $2.00 each way many times to different parts of the island. We visited different areas of the island this time but also visited some of our favorites Mary Boon’s, Rainbow Beach, Friar’s Bay, Maho , Marigot market and pastry shops, the boardwalk, Orange cafe on the boardwalk. Wally took us on an island tour and it was good to see the growth the island has experienced in one year. We took the ferry to Anguilla for the day and started at the Elvis bar as my friend is a huge fan. We didn’t stay there just got a mug and then headed to Shoal beach for the day, water was rough but food and beer were great. As I have said in all of my reviews over the years if you are considering a vacation in St. Martin the best place to stay is the Villas. Till we meet again thank you Wally. Kathryn, Phil, Val and Graham
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kavita wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California134 contributions103 helpful votes
We stayed over Christmas Dec 23-30 in Villa #4, it was a class experience. The villa is fully stocked with everything you will need to have a comfortable stay and ample of it. I believe one can stay in this villa for a week without any housekeeping. We did have a housekeeping done in middle of our stay and it was $10 an hour. The villas have a shared laundry (washer and dryer), which is very comfortable. We cooked several meals for us in the Villa and eating dinner on the terrace watching ships departing was like a magic. We had a car and parking was never an issue, we always found a spot in front of the villa. Great bay is the best swimming location and we did jet ski several times and had lunches at various restaurants. The villa is also very accessible to Carefour supermarket and few KM's from Simpsons bay. Lastly thanks to resident manager Wally, he is an absolute gem of a person. He was ready to provide any help whenever needed. We are already planning our second visit.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Tracy Jones wrote a review Jan 2020
Elkhart, Indiana348 contributions83 helpful votes
This was our third time at the Villas. We love staying here. They villas feel like home and are more than accommodating. Great Bay is the best spot on the island. You are within walking distance form several great dining spots, you can be on the beach all day or rent a car and explore the island. The kitchens are all stocked if you choose to cook for yourself. We are already planning our next visit.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$240 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
CaribbeanSt Martin / St MaartenSint MaartenPhilipsburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villas on Great Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Villas on Great Bay?
Nearby attractions include WISP - The Waterpark (0.05 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villas on Great Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Villas on Great Bay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Villas on Great Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villas on Great Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pink Pearl Bar & Restaurant, Lay Back Bar & Grill SXM, and Nazca Peruvian.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villas on Great Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Villas on Great Bay?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Villas on Great Bay?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fort Amsterdam (0.8 miles) and The Rusty Parrot - Sint Maarten Pirate Experience (0.8 miles).
Does Villas on Great Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.