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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“great stay at Sonesta”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Just returned from our trip and had a great time at the property. Staff is wonderful and we had a apartment room ground floor waterfront. Two lounges and table & chairs on our patio that was covered. Room had separate king bedroom, kitchen & dining table, pull down murphy bed that faced TV and pretty big bathroom. We seemed to get special treatment, don't know if it was because we were in the apartments. We didn't ask for one but paid extra for ocean view. Food was great. there was an extra pool & hot tub on the apt side that no one used. There was the usual fight for beach chairs under umbrellas at the beach itself and at the 2 pools everyone used, but that is at every resort unless they have no guests. Have not one complaint about this place. I got tired of the food close to the last day but I always do. we stayed 7 nights and would go back.

Room Tip: ask for apartment. they were once time shares and there are three levels of them
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Just got back from another stay at this resort. The property is older but they try to improve something every year. The real treasure here is the people who work at the resort. We have never had a bad experience here in 7 years. We travel with 3 children and there is plenty to do here, although my kids missed the crab races from years past. The ocean seemed to be calmer than past years and a day trip to Anguilla is a must we love The Bluebeard 3 out of the Buccaneer Beach Bar. All of the staff here are excellent and if they temporarily run out of towels go see Vicky at the front desk and you will have them in seconds. Some times people don't return their towels until the AM and it takes them a few hours to catch up. We loved the new eating area down by the ocean with pizza and burgers for lunch and excellent service and food in the evenings. It was a little breezy for the girls at night. I heard they have big plans for the pools for next year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Stayed in the apartment wing of the resort which made it a very long walk to get to our suite. Our elevator broke down twice so didn't want to chance using it even when fixed. Ice machine broken the entire time. Was supposed to be ocean view so I could hear the ocean at night and enjoy the ocean breeze. The bedroom was not ocean view and the only window opens onto a hallway. No fresh air at all. In order to enjoy the ocean sounds at night we slept on a sofa bed in the living room. Some days there were not enough towels but we did get them by evening. No beach towels one day and the foreign lady behind the desk said "there is nothing I can do about that". The local people were all very very friendly. We ate in the buffet most of the time and the food was good to average and the staff was wonderful. We paid $500 per day and expected better service for that price. It is a beautiful location and within walking distance to Phillipsburg for great shopping. We will not; however, stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bowmanville, Canada
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This island is so beautiful and felt so safe that I would consider spending my winters here. Shopping was excellent especially if you are looking for jewelry. The sister resort Sonesta Maho-is an adventure with the planes being so close.

You can watch the cruise ships arrive daily from your balcony on the ocean side - and the ocean swimming area is fabulous. There is a dive centre on site and various recreation activites.

This is a small resort, our only complaint was the lobby could have been slightly larger for evening gatherings.

Room Tip: The Oceanview rooms are worth the extra $$ as the view off the balcony is excellent. We did not try...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

After trying to check in at Maho Beah where we had a reservation, we finally arrived at this hotel around midnight after a long, late evening flight........staff here were very welcoming...friendly.......got us a room right away....good location....close to beach and pier for our crusie ship the next day....beautiful breakfast area overlooking the water (manager gave us for free breakfast due to problems the night before at Maho Beach).........Manager also adjusted bill to compensate for our cab ride the night before....would come back again

Room Tip: ask for ocean view room overlooking beach
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Katonah, New York
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The room, facilities and food were very good.

The hotel is on the beach and there is a diving center right there, which we used.

The gym was adequate.

The hotel could use a few pool tables, in addition to a ping pong table, for evening activities.

The hotel made special arrangements for NFL playoff games, which was appreciated.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

i will start by saying i spent two months here last year and this year im here from november till may, and i find 20pluses about the place, everything is positive and good about the place i dont have any complaints at all....i recommended this place to 16 people last year and they all came and they say the will be coming back...they all loved it.

PEOPLE I MET: the staff shelly at the buffet, is positive, pleasant and always helpful, Maria and Moraliey from entertainment are very helpful , i got and injury and they took care of me, theses girls are very nice and went above and beyond to ensure that i am safe and taken care of. the entertainment is great , and the manager Devon is helpful and always polite, i requested the NFL game to be aired as i did not have the channel in my room and the activities team arranged for me to get it done and thats great service.

FOOD: the food is excellent, i dot eat a lot but its great.

ROOMS: room is always clean and stocked....simply comfortable.


SERVICE: the service is good, im an easy going guy so idont have a lot a problems

overall: the overall resort is excellent and the views are amazing!!! i feel comfortable and relaxed , the beach is great!!! this place keeps me coming back!!!!

i have no regrets coming here it is simply paradise!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Address: 19 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 Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 257
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven - and St. Maarten’s premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. Delivering a new level of sophistication and style, the elegant destination hotel is situated on a mile-long white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea. With endless amenities and personalized service, the resort invites guests to unwind at three swimming pools, four restaurants, four bars, a spa and the Golden Casino for the ultimate vacation experience complimented by stellar service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
St Martin Great Bay Hotel
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Great Bay Beach Hotel
Philipsburg Sonesta
St Maarten Great Bay Hotel
Hotel Sonesta Great Bay Beach
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