The turn onto the road that takes you to the front gate of Divi is impossible to find your first time here, but once you find the resort and get past the interminably slow and unreliable island service (front desk was appalling during out entire stay), the hotel is pretty much spot-on perfect for St. Maarten. You get the beauty of the Caribbean without it being too fussy or touristy. It isn't luxury, but it is paradise.
Resort & amenities: The villas lie on a peninsula with Fort Amsterdam at the end; Little Bay is to one side and Great Bay to the other -- yYou can't go wrong either way you look. We had a beach-front villa and both our LR and BR had (fenced) patios that were less than 6 feet from Little Bay beach. Keep in mind that all beaches are public, so people do show up, literally, at your doorstep by 8 or 9am! There were several beautiful pools to choose from, including an infinity pool, but none were heated, so it turned out to be way too cold to swim in December. The resort is actually quite large and stretches along a lot of Little Bay, where the water is warm and the sand is soft. One of the lovelier beaches we visited on SXM so far, and it is unbelievable that it is right on your doorstep.
We liked the beach towel service at the resort, though the kiosk was not open during the most convenient of hours (opens late, closes early). However, it was much better than the water sports shack, where the jet ski guy did not bother to come into work several of the days we were there. Thus, we never got to rent jet skis. Also, my husband rented snorkel equipment for a day, which they mistakenly took back to their shack, but they never replaced his set. A little haphazard, to say the least. They have at least one restaurant/bar, but we did not try it. With so many great places to eat on the island, we opted to venture further afield. The activities desk was not so helpful in providing info or helping us book boats to nearby islands; they were much more focused on trying to book us on timeshare presentations.
Accomodations: The unit was pretty new and both the LR and BR had pull-out couches, so our 1BR unit could comfortably fit a family of up to 6 (it had 2 full bathrooms). The bathrooms were updated and roomy. Our unit also had a washer/dryer -- very handy if you're going to the beach each day -- and the kitchen was well-enough equipped that we could make frozen drinks (blender!) and warm up loaves of frozen bread to go with our wine&cheese. There is an exercise room on-site, as well as a spa. We used the spa for a few things, and it was nice enough. There is also a convenience store with a business center where you can buy Internet minutes -- very useful when we were checking in for our departure flights.
Mosquito infestation was a huge problem in December, but the pests are slow enough that if you are patient and quick, you can kill a lot of them. I believe my husband, designated mosquito hunter, killed somwhere between 50-100 mosquitoes with his bare hands during our week-long stay. We bought a canister of bug spray, but that did not seem to help. By the last two days of our trip, though, we had been pretty much cleared them out and were able to sleep through the nights without being attacked.
Location: From the resort, is a short drive to a fabulous Grand Marche where you can stock up on all sorts of food and drink imaginable. The location was also easy enough to drive to Marigot or Phillipsburg or Grand Case or Simpson Bay -- very managable once you begin recognizing the various roundabouts on the island's main road.
This is our 2nd time on SXM and we loved this resort. I'd definitely want to stay here again.
I feel that the island is very family-friendly and this resort fits right in with that. It is equally perfect for a romantic getaway for two, and you could probably do fine in a studio unit if it is just the two of you (I didn't visit any studio units, though, to see if they were on par with our 1BR unit).
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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
- Hotel Divi Little Bay Beach
- Divi Little Bay Beach Resort St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg