As the title indicates the hotel is great looking, in a great location but lacked the WOW factor we needed. We were on our honeymoon. At first look I was excited however, that faded fast. The Calista Suites where we stayed were ecently upgraded with flat screen tv's, stainlees steel kitchen appliances, jacuzzi jet tub, modern furniture, etc... but the flat screen tv's lacked any movie cable channel. In addition every 30 mins. a message blog blocked the picture on the tv advising that the bill needed to be paid. The big screen in the masterbedroom locked on the 2nd night and couldn't find a channel signal. I called the front desk and 2 hours later staff comes and spends 30 mins. having to re-program each of their 12 channels (yes only 12 including news, cnn, weather, etc...) I think Direct TV sends blog box out automatically because other guest we spoke to had the same issue. The door to the pretty stainless steel frig literally fell off the hinge on the second day. too! We called maintenance and they took 45 mins. even after I advised them we had food that could go bad. The maintenance man left twice to get proper tools and my husband ended up advising him hoe to re-attach a door hinge! The pools looked nice online but appeared not to be clean with sand, foilage, etc... in it each day. I'm nearly a mermaid and refused to even stick my big toe in the pool water. Not having cable while on vacation is normally fine but since we were on our honeymoon, the pools were a bit dirty we stayed inside when not shopping in Phillipsburg. The beach on site is great but staff has to get you the umbrellas which they keep locked up. This can take upwards of 15 mins as staff have a VERY LAID BACK ISLAND ATTITUDE! I can appreciate that if the amenities on site picked up for their poor customer service but in this case it didn't. I would say for the price and location it's ok. The room was pretty nice as far as decor and they seemed to be remodeling a lot of the suites. The guest were mainly over 50 white couples from the US who were time share owners. Most didn't even speak and didn't seem to want to engage in general conversation. After shopping in Plillipsburg, going to the French side and spending another day walking around the resort and laying on the beach we moved to a hotel next to the airport. April is off season so the rates were very compareable. Although the new hotel Sonesta Maho was a lot older , the location, guest and atmosphere was more in tune to this 30 something African-American couple. The pool scene and bar were great and our new hotel was right next to great boutiques, Bliss nightclub and sunset cafe. I suggest if your young and want to have fun stay near the airport. Divi is ok for the price but lacked any sort of meaningful memories for us. If you stay there get an updated suite and make sure to stop by the grocery store and get a few groceries. We bought breakfast food, snacks for the beach, and plenty to drink which saved us money and was convenient. The bbq and lobster feast the resort offered was good but other than those two theme nights, it truly lacked much of a food choice. One night the resort only offers a prime rib buffet with the only meat selection as prime rib. I don't eat beef so I had soup. Again online the suite looked much like a pair of Manolo 3 inch heels. It was swank, sexy, sassy and stylish but in actuality it was a pair of neutralizer flats! Safe, comfortable, affordable and ok to deal with if you knew how to rock the rest of the outfit!. I opt for sex in the city MB's and swank hotels anyday! Tootles!
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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