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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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“Loved it!!!”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

First off, i would like to say, please don't believe all the negative reviews.

My husband and i went to Sonesta great bay june 6th-13th, and we absolutely loved it!!
It was such a lovely place. A smaller resort, but exactly what we like. The food was good, we especially loved the pizza. Our room was perfect. we had an ocean view. if you can, i would go with that.
The views are spectacular and breathtaking. The managers cocktail party was a nice touch, and we enjoyed that.
We did go to the Maho to visit. the resort is a little more modern, and much bigger, but we love the intimacy of the great bay. So we are happy we went with that.
Phillipsburg was about a 10-15 minute walk on the beach, and it was such a lovely day. Lots of shops, especially if you are into diamonds.
The staff was very friendly, always smiling and greeting us. Owen the bartender was great, and Denroy in entertainment always walked by and chatted with us.
All in all, we would most definitely go back, we had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: Ocean view, was totally worth the money
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This was my second trip to St. Maarten and in particular Philipsburg but my first time at Sonesta Great Bay...It won't be my last time staying there either. The hotel was the perfect size, was clean in all areas, the food choices amazing and the staff were great. Our room was spotless every day when we came back from the beach. As we sat on our balcony enjoying the view in the morning of Great Bay, we watched the staff rake the beach before guests started arriving after breakfast for their day on the sun. All around, it was worth every penny and we'll definitely be back to this resort. Thanks to all the staff at Sonesta Great Bay for an amazing week to celebrate my 50th birthday!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

The Sonesta Great Bay is your standard hotel, but the location is awesome and the staff is very friendly! It was clean and the food was good. The selection of booze for all inclusive was impressive as well. Juan and Denroy were great in hosting games (volleyball, bingo, beer pong etc.) and getting everyone involved. Sanjay is a great DJ and kept the beats going. The Dive Shop attached to the hotel offers great tours and everyone was very friendly. Owen serves up a great cocktail and June, one of the waitresses in the restuarant was absolutely lovely!
You really can't beat the location and the price. It's nice that it is close to the shops and bars in Phillipsburg (10 minute walk down the beach). Only a 15 minute cab ride to nightlife. It felt very safe as well. And the weather was beautiful!
I would definitely recommend this hotel/location and will be back.

Room Tip: Ocean view is the way to go.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

My husband and I just got back from St. Maarten where we stayed at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort and Casino. This was our first trip to the beautiful island and it definitely will not be our last. Although we were told the weather in May and June can be rainy the weather was absolutely beautiful along with the wonderful staff at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort and Casino. Although there are so many wonderful things to say about the staff at the Resort I don't have enough space to list everyone. The front staff was very helpful and accommodating. The bartenders waitstaff and pool staff were great. Denroy one of the activity directors was excellent and always cheerful when trying to get people involved (like Jenny) in the day to day activities at the resort. The Executive Chief altered his dinner menu on our last night not only to accommodate me and my husband but anyone else that wanted it as there were quite a few children. You always saw the hotel manager around making sure everyone was happy and having a good time. Always willing to chat to see if there was anything you needed. One night we decided to browse through Oro Diamante, the resorts jewelry store, where we were greeted by Nandy who allowed us to take our time to look around and offered assistance or advice if we needed it. She was never pushy as i found some of the town merchants to be. She allowed us to try things on and one of her motto's were was that she was on vacation with us. Well after walking through town for several days were found ourselves back at our resorts jewelry store where Nandy treated us as friends and took care of all our needs. Anyone looking for good, quality and affordable prices from friendly people. Go to Oro Diamante. We would not recommend any other jewelry store. This has been one of the best trips that my husband and I have taken and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

First time to Sonesta Great Bay and first time to St Maarten, but not our first all inclusive. The ocean view room upgrade was definitely worth it as it provided a fantastic view of both the pool/bar areas and also the beach and Great Bay. The balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy in the morning and also after the sun went down. The entire staff was very pleasant and friendly, the room was just the right size...not huge but not so small that you couldn't walk without hitting things. This is a place I would return to should I visit St Maarten again.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the ocean view, the mountain view side is just that...a view of roads and the moun...
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Ancaster, Ontario
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The people at the resort are outstanding. The entertainment team was good; Denroy Noble (spelling) was good to my nieces and a pleasure to talk with. Other good and interesting people such as Elmira trip booking center close to the pool/ bar/ outside area.

Having traveled to over 20countries, several of them of being located throughout the Caribbean area, I can confidentially state that the Sonesta Great Bay is by far the best bang for buck available on the market. The opportunity to travel to various neighbouring countries offers an unparallel opportunity that no other island (all inclu.) offers. Safety places a good feature to this island and resort. Recent offshore investments into the islands infrastructure ensures that the island it amongst the top ranked in the Caribbean ( such as the port facility and airports).

Downside is the sand is not the most ideal ( but consider that anguilla is only 1hour away, ranked top 10beaches in the world + st barths shell beach is only 1 hour away). Hotel was in need of some upgrades such as the elevator servicing, but I think they were planning to perform some updates in Sept 2013 which would resolve any outstanding issues on this resort.

Will be sure to return to this island in the near future.
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Livio

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Ancaster, Canada
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This was our second stay at the Sonesta Great Bay. Both vacations we have taken our small children, ages 2 and 9 mths. A lot of changes since the last time (2011) added a pizzaria, kids playground, much more entertainment (day and night) and the Entertainment Staff were great! Denroy (I believe he is the Supervisor) was great with my 2 year old daughter, and was a blast during all the daily games! Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 On the Beach 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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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
St Martin Great Bay Hotel
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St Maarten Great Bay Hotel
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