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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Murrieta, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at the Divi in July of 2014. Unfortunately because of our displeasure with this resort we left early and stayed at another location on the island.

The Good

-beautiful views
-Elvis the night supervisor
-The beach

The Bad

-pools are tiny
-food is mediocre and overpriced
-rooms were comparable to any Motel 6
-shuttles to take you to your room only ran occasionally

The Ugly

-majority of the staff made us feel more like a burden than a guest
-shuttle driver scolded us because we asked for a ride to our room on top of hill
-renovations in progress be prepared for construction

We will never stay at this resort again and I would not recommend it to any other traveler.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

This resort is very clean, the beach is amazing and the rooms are all updated...the location is great, short drive to Maho and Simpson Bay. Drive to Grand Case is about 25 minutes. Not bad.... My family had a great time!!!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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new york
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went to Divi Little Bay in April of this year. Unfortunately we only stayed one night - as we had rented a villa for 7 nights and flew in early. I have to say that I wasn't expecting much. When we drove up we were a bit thrown because they were renovating the lobby - so we had to check into a banquet room. But they were ready for us and everything went smoothly. We were early and our room wasnt ready, so we changed in the bathroom and went to wait at the pool. We happened tp meet the Assistant GM who was so warm and friendly. We got a great room - time share (up the hill) and we spent a glorious day at the pool and beach. The beach is amazing. We stayed 7 more days and really didnt find a better one. There was entertainment at night - a band, dancing and karaoke. The rooms in the regular part of the hotel are pretty basic - but overall it was a great value and experience.

Room Tip: If you dont mind a hike up the hill - try to get a timeshare room. They are much bigger.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Far Rockaway, New York
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2014

#1- I am NOT an owner of this particular time-share resort. I stayed at this resort twice before thru RCI with over expectations 'once again' on DIVI Resorts.#1- House keeping is great which usually is a nightmare compared to other trips I've been on, but on the other hand who wants to review a trip solely on 'House-keeping?" This place has many things going for them but for some reason they don't have that 'Icing on the cake', Guest services; Sandra at the front desk was not very helpful with issues other then; 'Welcome to Divi Resorts speech', The beach is wonderful and the bartender 'Leroy' is a prince as well as the chef whom seems to be shuttling back and forth to 2 restaurants on the grounds (THAT chef should get 2 salary's for doing the work of TWO chefs) The food....well.... its better then the Sonesta a few miles away but that's another review, but AGAIN; Not impressed...the breakfast which we had each day for our entire 7 day stay was 'OK' they had a nice selection of fruits and omelets . We met nice friendly guests, and security was ALWAYS visible. I think the only thing that draws me back to the place is the fact of a parrot/macaw named 'GIZMO' that has been on the grounds for 30 years (I think that why I actually go back to DIVI) Here's MY issue; I figured between just getting there from NYC and paying for a 1 bedroom suite & RCI maintenance it was close to 4,000$...still not complaining its the money spent on-grounds that puts a damper....Resorts claim they have a10% discount on all food but for some reason they did not take it off (Apparently you have to carry and show the card each time you get a hamburger or something which is strange because they know you are a guest anyway?) Again Not an issue (50-75 bucks off 'maybe' on a 5,000 vacation its not going to break the bank), the Jewelry store on grounds is more of a satellite store for the major store which is downtown Philipsburg. MY highlight of the trip was meeting Thomas TAXI SERVICE who was our driver/bodyguard/tour guide if you can get him through the jewelry store on grounds your ahead of the game, 100 bucks for 5 hours including tip. Bottom line; Will visit again, just not running as fast as I would. Don't forget to feed 'Gizmo' Mozzarella sticks...just make sure the cheese is not too hot.

Room Tip: Ground floor and facing the cruise ships and if possible closest to Check-in
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Buffalo, New York
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49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited here and took a tour but didnt stay. The beach is gorgous, would live to return for a full stay. The rooms are nicely up, full amenites. Shopping is close and the view is awe inspiring. This is a time share community but if you get the opportunity to stay go for it, the price is about average for hotels a

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was my 8th visit to the Friendly island of St. Maarten and can honestly say never disappointed. This was my first stay at the Divi and what a gorgeous property. We were welcomed by Juan at the front desk. He was very pleasant and accommodating. I asked for a room on the Little Bay side so that we could see the sunsets. He gave us a phenomenal room on the hill that overlooked the infinity pool. The view was gorgeous and he had the bellhop drive us up to the room before hand to make sure we liked the room and location. Although it was on the hill it was well worth the walk up and down daily. Juan was extremely friendly during our stay waving as we passed by the front desk and checking in to make sure that everything was going smoothly. Top notch employee!

We reserved a studio suite with a sleeper sofa. The room was large, clean, and had updated appliances. The bathroom was enormous with a jacuzzi tub and large tiled shower stall. The suite was cleaned perfectly everyday and had no complaints about cleanliness.

The pools, hot tubs, beach, and grounds were all meticulously kept up. The infinity pool on the hill is by far the best view. The beach is absolutely beautiful and quiet (no real hawkers to bother you).

We spent many nights at Gizmo's bar which has one of the best staff on the island. The menu is small at Gizmo's and Seabreeze but the food is good. We never ate in the formal dining area. Don't expect service to be super speedy as everyone is on island time. So relax and take your time and just enjoy the atmosphere. Leroy, Pierre, and Nigel make for great company at the bar and will take great care of you. They make the stay worth while!

Overall it was a great stay. If you are looking for more dining options or other beaches a car rental is a necessity. Taxis can get pretty expensive but there are tons of great places to visit on the island.

Room Tip: Choose a room on Little Bay for sunsets and a room on Great Bay for views of the cruise ships.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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298 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was my 4th time staying here as a Divi owner. The rooms were very clean, and the units have been refurbished, particularly new appliances as compared to my last stay here. There was enough closet and drawer space for 2 people. One bad note was that the mattress was very soft and needs to be replaced, but this could be just in this unit.
It is a great view of Great Bay, the Philipsburg boardwalk, the cruise ships and assorted wildlife. The resort has a number of activities. It is also in a great location in terms of getting to many places on the Dutch side of the island.

Room Tip: You will probably face the water no matter what room you are in.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Property: Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Address: Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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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
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Divi Little Bay Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 220
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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

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