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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino

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The Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino is a serene Caribbean haven - and St. Maarten's premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. Overlooking the beautiful Great Bay Harbour and resting on a glorious stretch of white sand beach, the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino is only a short 10 minute walk from the island's capital of Philipsburg. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with a prime beachfront location and easy access to a quaint downtown, which offers great shopping, excellent restaurants, and exciting entertainment and nightlife.

Location: On the Dutch side of the island, directly on a beach with palm trees. Only a short walk from Philipsburg, and approximately 30 minutes by car from the airport.

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  • Jackalyn A :
Relaxing Vacation 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a managers recognition. The management staff was great! Glad we had and opportunity to meet Alexander the manager, he is great asset for Sonesta Great Bay Resort! This resort has great food and drinks. The couples massage at the spa was very relaxing.The resort is very laid back, be ready to chill. :-)The walk and experience to Phillipsburg was nice and interesting at the same time.Regards,Mark and Jackie

  • mortyatport : Ontario
Great location, beautiful view, no complaints

We are just finishing off a one week stay at the Sonesta Great Bay resort. We have really enjoyed it. A few comments: The food is good, anybody complaining in these reviews is very picky. There is plenty of selection at the buffet and we have found the food delicious. The beach grille is a great option for lunch and the pizza is quite good as well as the fish nuggets and the caprese salad. At the buffet, the pastries are so good! You can see the French influence in the pastries.The Pescador restaurant offers up a different option for dinner and you don't need reservations. One night we went there because there was more of a line up for he buffet than for it. For the Lava Rock a la carte, it is very easy to make reservations. You go to the room behind the lobby bar and they take reservations on the day of. You have to get to the beach or pool early in the morning to reserve chairs which I hate but have gotten used to at almost every resort we've ever been to. It's a nice walk into Philipsburg along the beach. You are actually best to go the days when the cruise ships are in because there isn't much action on the other days. We took the taxi from the hotel to Maho beach and it cost $8 US per person which isn't bad. That's a must see, watching the planes come in!The casino at the hotel is actually a good size for a resort compared to others I've seen. And finally there is free wi fi throughout the resort including at the beach. Overall great hotel, quite enjoyed it.Kudos to Talliane at the restaurant and Nicole at the beach. They work very hard and are always pleasant.

  • Donald W : Farmington, Missouri
Excellant Choose

We spent 14 days here and it turned out to be one of our best caribbean vacations.All of the employees were very nice,especially Vicky, on the front desk and Virginia in the Dinning room. The dinning room has a great Chef and a great waiter by the name of Revenee. Guest Services arrange for us to take a private tour of the island and it cost less then the ones offered by the tour groups. The room was great. Clean, comfortable and well serviced.

  • Colette3692 : Quebec, Canada
No luxury and noisy

The weather was great but the hotel isn't has non luxury and their's non way that you can sleep in because of the other guest when they close their doors the noise is loud.The food is ok but nothing extra, the buffet is cheep and the same day after day.The night life is 0. Except the people at the front desk and the one's that greet you at the restaurant, aren't very happy people. Our room wasn't that clean and on the other floor just beneath us there was a afoul smell.

  • caryn324 : Ottawa, Canada
Great resort on a beautiful island

Sint Maarten is gorgeous! The Sonesta Great Bay resort is conveniently located just down the beach from Phillipsburg so you have the best of both worlds- a relaxing beachside resort with the hustle bustle of city life a short walk away. The resort itself is clean and comfortable. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The food is really good. The place is small,so,it can feel a little crowded at times, but you can always find somewhere quiet if that's what you want. The layout of the resort is simple and easy to navigate, everything is close together. There are a fair number of stairs, and while there is an elevator it is apparently "slow as molasses". The island itself is beautiful and small enough that you can get around it to see the sites easily. Lots of beautiful beaches and hillsides. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely go,back again!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Champagne check-in
  • Cold towel service
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited a la Carte dining
  • BBQ Dinner on the beach (once per week)
  • Daily snacks
  • Unlimited premium drinks
  • $10 USD per person per stay Match Play casino vouchers
  • Selected non-motorized watersports (one hour per person/per day)
  • Cart by the pool with towels & books
  • Daily sunset cocktail hour
  • Daily organized activities for all clients
  • Mini-bar stocked daily (water & soft drinks)
  • Deluxe Oceanview Rooms will be stocked daily with beer and spirits
  • 257 rooms in two 4 and 7-storey buildings with elevators
  • 4 Restaurants  
  • 4 Bars 
  • Casino 
  • Pools 
  • Lounge chairs and towels(pool/beach)
  • Water aerobics 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Windsurfing 
  • Sailing 
  • Kayaking 
  • Volleyball 
  • Tennis court(day/night) 
  • Exercise room 
  • Game room 
  • Safety deposit box at reception 
  • Parking 
    For a fee:
  • Scuba-diving 
  • Sailing lessons 
  • Spa
  • Boutique
  • Currency exchange 
  • Car rental 
  • Laundry service 
  • Medical services

Deluxe Island view guest room:

  • air-conditioning
  • 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds
  • full bathroom
  • hairdryer
  • flat screen television
  • telephone
  • iPod dock
  • WiFi
  • in-room safe (fee)
  • balcony or terrace

Deluxe Oceanview guest room: same as above but with an ocean view

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino
    Saint Martin,Saint Martin

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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
19 Little Bay Road, Philipsburg St. Maarten-St. Martin

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.