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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Lille, France
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Sonesta, what else?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I stayed in Sonesta great bay and had the great chance to meet Vicky at the reception and Michael at the bar. Thanks to them, I had a superb stay! Michael will advise you the best drink you could except for your evening! Make sure you check out the karaoke night!

Room Tip: Ocean view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Morgiane H
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This was my first trip to Sonesta Great Bay and it wont be my last. Me and my mom took the trip during the week of August 22nd to the 29th. The hotel and the rooms were kept clean. The staff were always and very personable and willing to help with whatever you needed. The food and drinks were great. Denroy in animation got the guests involved in activities which made the trip more enjoyable. From Sonesta Great Bay you could walk into the nearby town of Philipsburg. Overall the hotel was one of my favourites and i'm already planning my next trip back to Sonesta Great Bay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Oakville, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This was our fourth summer in a row at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort. It is a simple but clean hotel in a beautiful location. The view is spectacular, especially from the oceanview rooms. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Vicky who handled a room issue for us and always greeted us with a smile. The food is good and there is always a variety of fresh vegetables, salad and fuit to choose from. The egg station at the breakfast buffet is especially good, and you can have your eggs made to order. We always sit on the beach and have never had a problem getting an umbrella or chairs. The water is warm, but it gets deep very quickly. The Dutch capital of Phillipsburg is a short walk along the beach and has excellent duty free shopping. The hotel is closing in September for renovations. We are looking forward to going back to see the new and improved Sonesta Great Bay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Diane N
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Wethersfield, CT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Just returned from Great Bay Sonesta. Hotel was closing as of 8/29 for refurbishing. Everyone was moved to Sonesta Maho. It would have been nice if management had let people know ahead of time, when it was booked or on checking in. There were rumors floating around but staff were told not to say anything to guests. Tuesday cocktail party they announced closing. Very bad management regarding decision. However, the hotel was right on the beach, clean and friendly staff, as opposed to the Maho which was large and in town. Food was adequate and majority of the staff went out of their way for you. Very quiet, minimal entertainment which was fine for me. Would probably not return to this hotel as I'm sure once upgrades are made it will be out of my pricerange.

Room Tip: Upgrade to ocean front
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank cm0884
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited this resort middle to end of July. It may not be as fancy as some of the other big name resorts but in my opinion a far nicer real experience.Good food and drinks along with great entertainment.Denroy in animation and others that worked the bars were excellent employees. You can also walk off the property for outstanding nearby Philipsburg shops in relative safety. Something you can't do in Dominican Republic or Jamaica for example. To sum it up, its excellent value on a more upscale island at a great price. I've also seen bad reviews for Sunwing and having flown them a few times I found they are excellent.Delayed once and the pilot apologized as well as cabin crew supplied no charge drinks for the hassle with excellent service. They are no more delayed than any of the bigger airlines with large fleets I have been on many times .I would not hesitate using Sunwing to return here or any other destination.

  • Stayed July 2013
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1 Thank B M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The staff are ALL pleasant and friendly. The food was good for all inclusive, better than some places I have stayed in Mexico. The beach itself was nice but the water at the beach was deeper than we would have liked, no shallow entry. The pool was kind of small but we went to the upper pool on the condo side and had it to ourselves. We also spent two afternoons at the Maho and enjoyed the pool and lunch there .

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the water view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Beachlizs
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hotel is very clean and quiet. Nice view. Beautiful pool. Food was ok, need to improve the buffet variety. Near the shops but they are closed on Sunday. Room was great. Beach is beautiful. They need to improve the nightlife.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Mary-L-Cruz
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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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Also Known As:
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
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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