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“Best location in St Maarten” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villas on Great Bay

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Villas on Great Bay
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Plymouth,PA
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Best location in St Maarten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

From our first email interactions it was clear that this would be a friendly and "fun"villa destination.
Even so, it exceeded our expectations. We loved the privacy, but yet plenty of restaurants, bars, markets,and shopping was a brief walk in any direction.The villa is well equipped, and the outside grill was clean and ready to use. Comfortable beds,closet space,and dining space was perfect for my husband, myself ,and our three young adult "children". Since it was our first trip to St Maarten, we took advantage of a rented car for the week. Some days we had daily beach/dinner destinations and some days we floated in the calm and clear water of Great Bay located directly in front of the villa.We did have some St Maarten/St Martin favorites: Best Beach- Mullet Bay, Best Beach Bar: Driftwood Boat Bar, Best Bartender- Tiffany (Driftwood) Best Dinner Food- Chesterfield's (Phillipsburg) Best Lunch Fare- Honky Tonk, Best 'Little Things" about Villas at Great Bay- the beautiful pool, the view, and the laundry room availability. Finally, we can't say enough about the property manager, Jim. He really makes the Villas on Great Bay shine in every way. This was truly a sweet get away!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Hello! Thank you so much for your review! You even wrote a small guide that I'm sure other guests will appreciate a lot. On behalf Jim, Gina and all the villas owners let me say... we can't wait for your next trip to Sint Maarten!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful place and friendly staff! Rooms were right on the beach and walking distance to shops and restaurants. Would highly recommend! Not a cookie cutter hotel, very charming fun place to stay! I would also recommend eating at honky tonk! It was our favorite meal!

Stayed July 2014
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Hello Miranda, I see it was your first time in SXM. Good, it's absolutely needed you come back again... and the villas wait for you! On behalf owners and management let me thank you for your review. You got the spirit of the villas, not a hotel but a real home away from home. See you soon!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

We've rented condo units in Rome, Venice, Milan, US Virgin Islands, Paris, and many other places around the globe, but this stay in villa #1 has to be the most convenient, comfortable, and relaxing that we've had yet. Paul and Danita have provided everything that you'll need or desire for one of the best vacation experiences that you'll find anywhere.

The unit is very spacious, and is stocked with all the of necessities (ample linens, dishes, supplies, ect.) It's a 2 minute walk to the grocery store, 5 minute walk down the beach to downtown Philipsburg and some of the best shopping in all of the Caribbean, and just a few yards away from the soothing sounds of crashing Caribbean seawater.

There are AC units and tastefully done ceiling fans everywhere, and feels like the most secure community on the planet. Jim was awesome and recommended some great eateries (we went to Burger Madness and Greenhouse every single day they were open!!) Be sure to rent a car (as recommended by Paul, Danita, and Jim), as it's far less expensive than taking cabs, and you'll be rewarded with full access to the entire lovely island. Loterie Farm (Zip Lining) was amazing.

Paul, Danita, and Jim, thanks a million for making else feel at home in yours. WE WILL BE BACK SOON!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Hi Kareem, we know what you mean when you write that "you won't leave!". It's the same all owners and guests feel when they have to go back home after a vacation at the villas... That's why all our guests are mostly recurring guests and suddenly become other friends of us that share the beauty and the pleasure of the villas on great bay. Many thanks for your review, from management and all owners, we wait for your next caribbean escape!
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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I just got back from the amazingly beautiful island of st.maarten!! We stayed 7 nights in villa 2. Lets just say from the minute we booked to the minute we left it was an incredibly easy and hospitable experience. Doug, the owner, was there through every step of my booking to planning. He made it very easy to know everything we needed about his villa. You cant get that kind of service in a hotel! Jim the property manager did just the same. When we got there he showed us around our very well stocked/equipped & secure villa and gave us tips about the island. Everything we could possibly need was available in the villa. Literally 2 minutes walking to a small market, and about 10 minutes to get into town where the cruise ships dock. The rest of the island is veryyy accessible via cab or bus (if youre going out in the day I recommend the bus) All that aside, THE VIEW & THE BEACH!!!! I couldnt ask for more!! Villas on Great Bay.. 5 stars from me!! Thank you!!!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Hello Iris, on behalf owner and management let me thank you for the great review! You're a five stars guest and we can't wait for your next vacation in our piece of paradise... Caribbean wait for you again!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I'm finally writing my review! We came for our honeymoon in March 2014. The views are amazing and Jim was an awesome host! We stayed in villa 9 which was wonderful and the owner Luca was so helpful before hand with lots of information. The entire property was super clean and beautiful.

You must eat at Harmony!!!!!! It's right down the street from the villas and you won't find it on trip advisor- cruise ship passengers don't stumble upon it because it's not on the beaten path and it's not shaped like a pirate ship;) There were only locals there when we went - Saturday night- and there was live music and good Caribbean food- it was the best night of our honeymoon! The musicians took requests from us and we even danced right out on the patio for a while:)

We didn't rent a car, when we wanted to go to other parts of the island they had a great driver they called named James who drove us around and really gave us a little tour of the island as we went.

The only thing I would mention is that Luca kept insisting we would be able to go out for dinner late but the first night we headed out around 9 and a lot of places were really starting to wind down. We went to to the Greenhouse that night and we were some of the last people there. ( we loved Greenhouse btw) So for the rest of the week we made sure we went out for dinner by 7:30 or so which was fine, we really didn't need to eat much later than that. I think we did eat late at the Holland House one night so it is doable, but in general we tried to make it out by 7:30-8.

That's all! Go- you won't regret it!!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Hello!!! You wrote review #90 and... it is a great one! We all owners and managers, are so happy you enjoyed your honeymoon at the villas. Your suggestions will help other guests to have great dinners even if not at late night LOL. Please, accept our best wishes for your new life as a married couple and of course we wait for your next vacation in our piece of paradise!
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

We just returned from a 10 day stay in villa #3 at Great Bay. There were 5 adults staying in the villa and we all agree everything was great! The location was perfect, the villa was perfect, the other people in the compound (owners, long term residents, security, and other visitors) were all great to get to know. Above all was Jim, the property manager, he made sure everything was perfect and always seemed to be around if you had any questions about anything on the island. Our room opened to the pool and the beach was right behind that, maybe 15 feet to the beach. We BBQ'ed outside several nights and enjoyed watching the cruise ships leave and the sun go down. The location was great, we could walk to front street when we wanted to and return to the compound when we wanted quite time. The only bad thing was having to leave! We are already planning a return trip for next year.

Room Tip: We stayed in villa #3 and it was great. We walked through #11, it is very large, but not "beach...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Hello! What a great review... you used a lot of time the word "perfect" and you cannot imagine how much proud proud we are that we got a new satisfied guest and friend. On behalf Jim, Mike, and all the people that daily help to make the villas our little paradise, let me thank you for your stay and your kind words. We wait for your next stay!
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

We recently returned from staying in The Villas on Great Bay, Villa #2, June 7-20. What a wonderful time we had. I can't say enough GOOD things about it. Doug, the owner, called me before we left to see if I had any questions. He sent us a 27 page book on things to see and do while there. He also e-mailed me while I was there to make sure everything was going ok. He lets you use all their personal items such as ice chest, pool toys, beach towels, gas grill, etc. He has everything you need to cook with in the kitchen if you don't want to go out to eat.

There were 6 of us and we had plenty of room .The Villa was immaculate, and nicely laid out. There is a living room/dining area, kitchen and half bath on the first floor in addition to the covered area that overlooks the ocean. On the second level there are two bedrooms, one is facing the water with a balcony off of it and a full bathroom.You can see the cruise ships from the balcony. There is a very comfortable bed in the couch and Jim, the property manager, even had a blow up bed ready for us when we got there. My son loved it and said it was very comfortable. The pool and ocean are just a few feet from the Villa. The ocean was never crowed and most the time we were the only ones in it.
The manager, Jim, is the nicest guy you will ever meet, very personable and helpful in giving you directions to anywhere you want to go on the island. We also wanted to take a day trip to Anguilla. He told us everything we needed to know to get there. He makes you feel like family. He even took time out of his busy day to take our family pictures. Always friendly and willing to help. He made our stay so much more enjoyable!!!! We had no worries. We knew all we had to do was find Jim and ask him.
The villas are VERY secure. We never felt unsafe. They have locking gates all around and a full time Security Guard,Wilfred. He was great. I told him how much I liked coconut and he got a ladder and got us some off the tree and broke them open for us.
One of the great things about the Villas is you can walk into Phillipsburg for dinner or shopping, you can either walk on the beach or go out the back of the Villas and walk on the street. There are also 2 markets across the street. They are very reasonable in their prices. We shopped there daily.
You can also walk a couple of blocks down the street and catch a bus to where ever you want to go. We did this daily and it only cost $2.00 per person. We never had to wait over 3 to 4 minutes for a bus. They will stop anywhere you are standing. We felt very safe and got to visit with the locals.
This was our 5th trip to the island. Thanks to Doug, Jim, and Wilfred for making it the BEST one yet!!!! We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Villa #2 close to pool, private, quite and new furnishings.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Hello Oceangirl, and thanks for your absolute wonderful review!! It was so detailed that we could use it as a villas guide for next guests! On behalf the owner, the managers and all the villas family let me thank you again for your kind words and of course... we wait for your sixth trip on the island!
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Property: Villas on Great Bay
Address: Front Street 211, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villas on Great Bay are located on Great Bay Beach in a quiet residential neighborhood of Philipsburg, the Dutch capital of St. Maarten, and about 20 minutes’ drive from the island airport. Within easy walking distance you’ll find restaurants, world class duty-free shopping, casinos and nightlife, and the lively boardwalk.We are a small, gated property with a security guard on duty throughout the night, and an on-site property manager to ensure your vacation is hassle-free. Each of our villas is privately owned, but each has the same basic layout – two bedrooms upstairs (some with ensuite bathrooms) and 1½ to 2½ bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, private lanai, and each comes supplied with linens, including beach towels. Our nine beachfront villas have spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, while the remaining two overlook our tropical gardens.We know how to make your visit to our beautiful island everything you’ve hoped for and expected. ... more   less 
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Villas On Great Bay Hotel Philipsburg
Villas On Great Bay St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg

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