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Reviewed June 23, 2009

My husband and I stayed at Divi in 2004, and we couldn't wait to return. The hotel rooms have been redone and are gorgeous - and you just can't beat the view of Little Bay. We took our children (11 and 8) along, and my parents joined us as well. Even though it's the off-season, there's still plenty to do: we all enjoyed the various water activities, and the children loved the three pools. Snorkeling was a favorite activity, and we saw several cool things in the water. The beach has zero rocks and the waves are very calm, making it a perfect place for children. The Monday night manager's party was fun, and the Thursday night BBQ was really good (and had fantastic live music!).

The location just can't be beat: sequestered on a little spit of land between Great Bay and Little Bay with gorgeous 360-degree views. About 20 minutes from the airport, 1 mile from Philipsburg and 30 minutes from Marigot. It was a lovely place to return to after spending the day exploring the island.

We stopped by the Westin while driving around the island one time. It was gorgeous - but it was huge and impersonal. The pool area was loud and littered with beer cans and the beach was rough and rocky. Divi is a little slice of the island: unassuming, simple, relaxing and quiet. The fact that you walk from the hotel rooms onto the sand is an unmatched plus. One of my children wasn't feeling well for a few days, but the layout of the rooms and the resort made this as comfortable for us as possible. We weren't trapped several floors above the beach; we opened the sliding glass door and sat on the porch where we could feel the sun and hear the ocean and still keep tabs on the litle one in bed.

The shops on property are nice, but nothing special. The market is a plus, especially for those late-night M&M cravings. Five computers with high-speed Internet help you stay connected - when the Internet is working! (Such is life on a gorgeous island.)

We ate at the Seabreeze restaurant more than anywhere else, and it was good. The cheesburger sliders were a favorite, and the Caribbean chicken salad served in a pineapple was just outstanding. The bartender is most willing to create virgin frozen drinks for children (and their parents).

Not-so-greats:
The food at the resort can be overpriced at times.
Beware the "conch chowder" that's more like split-pea soup.
It would be nice to have mini-fridges in the hotel rooms; we bought groceries for snacks and drinks and had to run to the ice machine several times a day to keep everything cold.
Accuracy of information isn't a strong point with some of the staff: the activities coordinator told us several wrong things (store locations/hours, activity costs and availability, etc.) and my parents had a charge on their bill that should have been removed. Trust, but verify.
If you need a rental car, get it from the airport. It takes more time, but the Thrifty representative on the Divi property is 100 percent worthless. We had a problem with our rental and asked for his help - he said it was our problem and he wouldn't be able to help.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank GeorgiaGirl40
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Reviewed June 14, 2009

We had two one bedroom, 2 bath units on the ground floor facing Great Bay - they were clean, huge, nicely decorated and had everything we needed. The views of the bay and the cruise ships were great. Just across the cobblestone street was the cafe and pool overlooking the beach on Little Bay. At the end of the cobblestone street was the infinity pool. What a beautiful pool that was!

Everyone on staff was very friendly, check in was a breeze. We arrived prior to the check in time of 4 pm but both units were ready so we got right in and unpacked. There is a decent fitness center, grocery store, and coffee shop as well as a gift shop, liquor store and jewelry store on site. The members lounge for Divi owners has WI-FI. Even though we do not own at Divi they gave us unlimited access to the internet free of charge.

We did agree to take the timeshare tour one morning. There was absolutely no high pressure salesmanship so all in all it was quite nice and after about an hour we were done and given a choice of gifts for our time. We took the voucher to use on a rental car.

On Monday night there is a welcome party and on Thursday night there was a farewell party. Both have free rum punch and live music! There are a few things going on at the resort during the day (dance lessons, bingo, etc) but it doesn't have highly organized activities. We did use their activities desk to book our excursions ( 2 dive trips and a sailing day). It was very convenient.

You can't beat the location of the Divi. It lies along a penninsula between Great Bay and Little Bay about 5 minutes ride by taxi out of Philipsburg. Taxi cost $4 a person to go to town or back to the Divi.

We did not eat at the Toucan Restaurant but had lunch twice at the Seabreeze Cafe. The food was excellent. My husband loved the Cuban and the pizza was really good too. Prices were not bad, actually much better than we expected.

We did have a couple of maintenance items that had to be taken care of. One, no hot water the first day. they were right on that so within a few hours they had us up and running. Second, half way through the week the lock on the patio door quit working. Within a couple of hours maintenance had come and fixed it. We got follow up calls from the front desk to verifiy with us that we were satisfied and the work had been done.

The only area they are still working on from the hurricane damage of last fall is the Gizmo Beach Bar. At the rate they are going I bet it will be finished within a couple of weeks. Other than that the resort looks beautiful and the 3 pools, hot tub, restaurants and bars are all up and running.

There is an onsite car rental (Thrifty) which we used for 3 days of our trip. Its pretty cost effective since any taxi ride to Simpson Bay (where a lot of the restaurants are) is at least $20 each way and the ride to the Divi from the airport is at least $23.

We never felt unsafe or worried anywhere on the island but in todays world you never know so it was nice to see that there is a guard house and gate at the entrance to the Divi that is manned 24/7. Just a little extra peace of mind.

A word of caution if you are driving in from the airport instead of using a taxi - the road that takes you into the Divi from the main road is not marked at all. I mean not at all so it is easy to drive past! Also its a very sharp right turn thats difficult to make in one sweep, without doing a reverse Y.

This was a great vacation stay for us and we will be back!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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5  Thank SarasotaSunshine1
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Reviewed June 14, 2009

We (wife and I) had a studio room that included a mini kitchen(frig,stove,coffee maker,microwave,toaster and small sink), king bed, desk, sofa, tv and a beautiful bath (shower and hot tub). Don't do the all-inclusive package! Too many restaurants nearby to visit and have wonderful meals. You should rent a car from the airport (125.00 a week). We bought groceries for breakfast and lunch. Save your money for great dinners.
Downtown Philipsburg is only 1 mile from the resort. Take your car and visit the whole island, it's easy to drive around the island. Pick up a free book called "destination" at the airport when you board the plane or "discover" st. maarten on the island and do everything in the book. Don't sit around at the resort. Too many beaches to see and explore. Favorite restaurants: Chesterfields and Greenhouse in Philipsburg, Pineapple Pete, Lee's and Rancho's in Simpson Bay (only about 15 min car ride). Right beside the divi resort is the BelAir Resort. They have a small "shack" of a restaurant called the Gingerbread, but it's a great place. You eat right beside the ocean's edge. Just walk down to the other end of the beach at Gingerbread's and have a wonderful dinner. We ate dinner every night after 9:00pm to avoid any crowds and get a full day of beach time and play time. We ate dinner on the dutch side because the wait staff had better attitudes. The french restaurants were a little "stuffy" for our personalities. Best beaches: Orient Bay (20 minutes by car). You can spend a day at this beach. Rent chairs, umbrella and 2 drinks for 10.00 dollars. You can have a great lunch at several different outdoor grills on the beach. You can also see totally nude sun bather's at one end of the beach. Friar's Bay great beach with food. Also, at one end of Friar's Bay, you can walk a path (10 min. walk) thru the woods to Happy Bay. Make the effort to walk over, it's a beautiful beach, calm waters and not many people go to this beach. You might have the beach to yourself. Go to Maho Beach, it's right in front of the airport. The planes will fly about 30 feet over your head before they land on the runway. It's really cool to experience the landing and the take off's from these huge planes. Just pick up a map and drive the island to see many of the beaches. All the beaches are public. The roads aren't great and some beaches are at the end of a dirt road. So don't be surprised or scared about the roads. Best activities: Rhino Safari, you can drive your own little boat (it's like a wave runner) and you snorkel during the tour. All kinds of boat cruises...daytime and sunset cruises...find the one that is right for you. I'm a diver, so all the dives were great. Do the shark feeding experience. The shark dive is 60 feet and the feeder will hand feed the shark's for about 30 minutes as you watch from 5/10 feet away. It's a cool experience. The resort is great, the island is great and one week isn't enough time to take it all in. I can't wait to go back. I'll be glad to share my thoughts with you. Just respond to my post. I'll try to post pictures later. t

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank THawks
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

Many of my family members have timeshares at Divi Little Bay and this was my first time at Divi... and I can't wait to come back next year! The room was recently renovated and very nice, granite in the kitchen and baths, plus new everything! The resort grounds were perfect, great snorkeling, food and drinks on property. Got to love the guava berry colada and yummy rum punch! Went to carnival and had a blast, beautiful costumes and vibrant music. Be sure to check out Piaeapple Pete, Greenhouse, Antoine Restaurant, Zee Best, Captain Oliver's. Take the Calypso Lagoon Cruise from Pelican Marina to dinner at L'Auberge Gourmande. Be sure to experience the America's Cup Yacht Racing,12 Metre Challenge. And for shopping.... amazing selection of Jewelery and Watches on Front Street. I am counting the days till I go back to Divi next April 2010!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank DT123SP123
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Reviewed June 5, 2009

We picked this hotel with the guidance of other Tripadvisor people and we couldn't have been more pleased. While not a luxury hotel, we are not luxury people so that we convinced we found a great value. The hotel is situated on Little Bay, near Phillipsburg and for various reasons, that is a good thing. While the island itself is not big, it can take awhile to drive around so that if you are interested in shopping, for example, you are very close to Phillipsburg and close enough to the markets of Marigot. The hotel's beach is really pretty and somewhat secluded, but there were lounge chairs available for free and the water was crystalline. The sand was white and soft. And it was not too crowded. There is the opportunity to have your hair braided and some water sports, but they were not intrusive. We stayed in the hotel rooms, which were standard but the bed was extremely comfortable, but everything was clean. The water in the shower was hot, but I like that! The staff was very friendly, they felt like friends. There is a safe available in the room, no charge. I did not use the TV, so I can't comment on that. There is a tennis court, a really nice gym, and the entrance to the Dutch fort is right there, so that is a nice attraction. You can snorkel off the shore if you can swim a hundred yards or so off shore. There is a relaxing eternity pool. I didn't eat there, but an all inclusive option is available. There is a bar, very nice after a good dinner. You do need a car if you are here, but it might be possible to rent from Avis. I did see Avis cars in the parking lot. We had rented from the airport. They can help you book excursions, they were very helpful and honest with that. I would definitely stay here again.!!!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank geologymom
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