This was our first time trying all-inclusive and we were worried that we were going to be eating the same thing everyday. Luckily, the resort included many options and mixed up the dinner options every night. The places to sit and have dinner all offered beautiful views of the ocean that I enjoyed very much. Since we had an all inclusive we also had the option of going to the Maho Beach location but there was no shuttle available to bring you there!! I thought this was very annoying, especially since we had to pay $20 for a cab to bring us there. I strongly suggest that they bring the shuttle back.
The hotel is right on the beach and there are some amazing views of the ocean and the cruise ships coming in and out of the port. The hot tub is wonderful and the swim-up bar in the infinity pool is really cool. The hotel is walking distance to the Boardwalk in Philipsburg which makes for some great shopping and other food options if you are that unsatisfied (I wasn't).
The room was decent. The bed was a little firm for my taste but I feel like that is subjective. The water in the shower could be a little warmer but I guess they don't think so because of how hot it is. The staff was great. They were all very nice and welcoming people. On that aspect, I have zero complaints.
All in all it was still great, just a few little minor changes that could make the experience better.
- 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
- Sonesta Philipsburg
- Great Bay Beach Hotel
- Philipsburg Sonesta
- St Maarten Great Bay Hotel
- Hotel Sonesta Great Bay Beach
- Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg