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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • annepartridge2015 : Innisfil, Canada
My happy place❣

This was my 3rd trip to Great Bay. 2nd time this year. I had a wonderful time. Food and drinks were great. I enjoyed my omelette every morning made by Perika who remembered me. Lovely lady. Ate at the restaurant upstairs almost every night. Awesome food❣ Everyone was certainly willing to help you. Resort is older but clean and I noticed renovations taking place. The resort is well situated if you want to walk to Phillipsburg to shop or catch a bus for $2 to sister resort Maho. I walked to Divi Little Bay about 10-15min away to enjoy the beach there a few times. Everyone has to experience the planes flying overhead by sister resort Maho also. The weather was awesome despite Hurricane Matthew miles away. Ocean is beautiful. Some days the waves were rough but infinity pool was lovely. I noticed new loungers this time which were very comfortable. I would have enjoyed a room on a higher floor as my 2 previous trips but I only slept there and still had a gorgeous oceanfront view. How could you not be happy with that view. It did take a few days to get my liquor bottles into my room as I asked to move up a floor. I also had a problem with my bathroom sink but that was looked after as well. I wanted peace and relaxation and that it was. My bonus was meeting a great guy whose company I enjoyed. Iam in St Maarten withdrawal presently❣😃

  • gesco8306 : Wilmington, North Carolina
All-inclusive week long couples vacation celebrating anniversary and birthday

Upon arrival Esmond greeted us and took care of our luggage. He escorted us to our rooms to explain all the amenities and services. Our Ocean View room had been recently renovated including a walk-in shower with rain fall shower head, all tile floors and fresh paint. For all 3 dining locations, the food was fresh and well-prepared, and offered wide selections to satisfy the pickiest eater. Both pools and whirlpool were clean and well-maintained. The beaches were cleaned every morning, and had plenty of chairs and umbrellas. The beach-side, and pool-side service was an added plus. The friendly and courteous staff made our trip something to remember. While all the staff were excellent, Marsia in the dining room, Vernon and Akheem at the bars went above and beyond to cater to our every request. Make sure to ask Akheem to make a Blue Sunglasses drink for you. We, and the couple traveling with us, had a fantastic time and are already planning to return.

  • Sheila B :
Amazing in every way!!

A group of 6 of us went away for a celebration. Everything at this resort was amazing. The service and the friendliness of the staff were unbelievable. The food was great, never had any trouble finding yummy stuff to eat, too much sometimes. The drinks were great, they made anything you could think up. The local shopping was nice. The ocean views were beautiful. Did not want to leave and can't wait to go back. Sheila B

  • Pam C : Welland, Canada
Will definately go there again !

We went , 6 of us , for my 50th birthday.We didn't want to leave.This place was awesome ! The service , the food, the rooms..everything was great ! Can't wait to go back.There were so many food choices,the drinks were anything you could think of,always food available.Nightly entertainment.The staff always smiling and Cleopatra set up a lobster dinner for my birthday and a dessert dish with Happy Birthday written in chocolate. They all went above and beyond to make our trip amazing.

  • Hannah T : Apex, North Carolina
For travelers that want to drink and relax

My husband and I traveled here for our honeymoon back in April 2016. We came here as a recommendation from a couple that enjoyed their stay. We arrived early and were told our room would not be ready for another hour or so. While waiting, we ate lunch at the buffet and walked around the grounds to explore. Our room was cleaned everyday, and we had no complaints on the room. We met a lot of great people, and did a lot of soaking up the sun, drinking and sleeping.Relaxation is key here. If you want to lay around, drink and soak up the sun...this is your resort. It is an older resort (property and guests alike), so daily events included water aerobics, bingo, etc. My husband said give this review 4 stars, while I think it was more of 3 stars for me. When he does vacation, he wants to relax. When I do vacation, I want to have a couple days of relaxation then go exploring and do excursions and sight seeing. Pros:Quiet, relaxingDrinks (the swim-up bar staff is AMAZING)Food (actually the desserts are the best, and the daily pizza bar)Cons:Nothing to do! After one day of all of the activites, they are the same everyday. No nightly entertainmentExtracurricular activities included pong.

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.