I stayed at Divi Little Bay from February 3-13, 2005, with my wife and 3 yr. old daughter. We stayed in a one bedroom timeshare unit through an RCI points exchange. I was very concerned as to what to expect after reading a number of very negative reviews in this forum. However, I can now say that for the most part the time I spent worrying was entirely unnecessary.
Divi has a wonderful location on a peninsula between Great Bay and Little Bay, a 5 minute drive from Phillipsburg and a 15 minute drive from the airport. One side of the resort overlooks Great Bay, with the comings and goings of the cruise ships being the main attraction. The other side of the resort, where the beach is located, is Little Bay, where spectacular sunsets are the evening attraction.
The timeshare unit that we were in was a little worn, but nothing that would surprise anyone accustomed to the Caribbean. A cracked tile here and there, and a little flaky paint is the worst of it. Overall the accomodations are spacious and comfortable, from what I could see. In addition, I was able to visit two recently renovated timeshare units, one in building A or B, and one in Building G, which were really beautifully done. As a result, it would seem that as the renovations continue, more units will be improved. One complaint we had was that the bed was rather hard and uncomfortable, but that may just be a matter of preference.
There appear to me to be some issues between Divi Little Bay, Divi Corporate in Chapel Hill, and RCI that need to be addressed. We did an RCI points exchange for a "1 Bedroom Deluxe, sleeps 6". There is also a 1 bedroom sleeps 4 for a lower point value. Divi really doesn't seem to appreciate the difference and we ended up in a sleeps 4 unit. However, we were given the key and an opportunity to look at the unit before we checked in, and it was fine for us. There was no clear answer as to what the solution would have been if the unit was not OK, as it was the only one available at that time. I do plan on getting the point differential refunded, however.
The staff at Divi was very accomodating, from the front desk to housekeeping to especially the activities staff. The activities staff runs a "kids club" every Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30, (for children 3 to 10 or 12, I think) at a cost of $10 US per child. We used this for our daughter twice, and most of the kids she had met during the day around the pool and beach also attended. The first time we were a little nervous, so we stayed on the property and peeked in a couple of times. She was so happy and well cared for by Marty and Marissa of the activities staff that the second Friday we felt comfortable enough to leave the resort for a nice dinner in Phillipsburg.
I would describe the food at the restaurants as good, not great. There is a breakfast buffet each day which is pretty good, omelets to order as well as a buffet of eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, etc. Lunch can be had either by the pool or near the beach, and was very good. The beach was kebobs, chicken, etc., and the pool was a la cart with a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, etc. Dinners alternate between buffets and a la cart, and we found the dinners to be very average, uncluding the buffets. However, with all the great choices nearby, this is not a big problem. The Divi dinner is fine in a pinch for the night of arrival or if one doesn't feel like going out, its not bad, just not outstanding on an island of outstanding food.
All in all, our Divi experience was very good, and we plan on returning. I have a hard time reconciling the most negative posts I have seen recently regarding this resort. I believe that anyone who is used to the minor issues that always seem to be present in the caribbean, will find the Divi no different. Along with those little issues, however, are a lot of the things that those who love the islands return for.
I would be happy to try to answer any specific questions anyone has, feel free to e-mail me.
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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