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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino

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Overview

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
  • Suyen D : Mississauga, Canada
First Time in St. Maarten

I do wish the best for the residents of St. Maarten and I try to keep up on the progress of the island.I feel badly in my timing for this review but feel I must be honest to myself and the resort. This was my first visit to St. Maarten and I am in love with the island. It is beautiful and I enjoyed my two week stay there. I liked that the Sonesta Great Bay was a small and intimate resort. I like it when I don't have to walk for 10 minutes to reach the beach. However, I found my room at the Sonesta Great Bay old and outdated. Drawers and closet doors that stick or opened and closed noisely. Having three restaurants and a beach snack bar, while vacationing for two weeks, was a little monotonous, but not the fault of the resort at all. My favourite is the Lava Rock a la carte restaurant, where you get to cook your entree on a hot stone. Cool idea! At the start of our second week, the restaurant staff had a turnover. What a change in service. And not for the better. We were escorted throughout the entire buffet restaurant while the hostess tried to find an available table for us. We were seated at a table that was already occupied with guests that were at the buffet. We had to wait for a table to be cleaned before we could be seated. We waited and waited and waited for our drink order to be taken at breakfast and then were half way through our meal before we received it. Once, I had to go and get our drinks myself as our server seemed to have forgotten we were still there. And then there was the verbal argument that took place in the kitchen that everyone in the omelette line was witness to. The food at Sonesta was amazing! I enjoyed all the fish choices available, the omelette station for breakfast and the pasta station for dinner. My husband loved the curry meats they had and the grouper was out of this world. We give honorable mentions to Smiley (Johnathan) and Melissa for their great customer service. Johnathan was kind enough to take care of us even though we were not seated in his section. Our service was lacking and he saved the day by attending to our needs on more than one occasion. Melissa always greeted us with a smile and kind words. She remembered us and made us feel like she cared about us and our stay at the resort. The entertainment at the Sonesta Great Bay is the best I have seen in the Carribbean. They have an exceptional Michael Jackson tribute show. Seeing it at the sister resort Sonesta Maho Beach is a must. They are talented and work well together. A nice variety of singers, dancers, acrobats, and salsa performers. And there's a live band performing on the week-ends at the Great Bay. I hope this devasting castrophe that has struck St. Maarten will serve as an opportunity for the Sonesta resort chain to upgrade and improve their facilities for their future and returning guests.

  • Vegas_Guy55 : Las Vegas, Nevada
My heart goes out to staff....

I was absolutely sickened to watch the CNN report from the hotel site this morning. I pray that everyone comes out of this tragedy and that the Sonesta rises from the ashes to be better than ever!The location of this property is amazing, However, the main structure was built in 1958. Fortunately, building codes have dramatically improved in the past 60 years. This site would be a fantastic spot for a true 5 star property such as a Hyatt Zilara or a Ritz Carlton. A more secure facility with a reinforced shelter area is truly what is called for. Simply repairing the damage to the existing structure would be insufficient at best. Again, our hopes and prayers go out to the Sonesta staff and other good people of St. Maartin!

  • nomorejunk0527 : Washington DC, District of Columbia
A Laid-back Vacation Spot.

Had a fantastic time. The staff is really great. They treated us like family and took excellent care of us. Ms. Patricia in the Logo Shop was wonderful. She now holds a special place in my heart. Audie and Nicole and so many others were just fantastic. Chef Dave was great too. These folks are now my St. Maarten family. There were some missteps at the beginning of our stay but the staff worked to fix them. As for the facility itself, it's nice but it could use some updating. A number of our rooms didn't have the security bars/latches. That made me uncomfortable. I also think the entire facility needs to be non-smoking. As one who doesn't really like walking on tile with wet feet, I'd love to see carpet in the rooms. Also, a regular shuttle to Phillipsburg and the other Sonesta resorts on the island would be nice too. I know we visited during the slow season, but I'd like to see more daytime activities available. Thank you, Sonesta Great Bay.

  • Crystal A :
Amazing Birthday Trip

We had an amazing time at this resort!!! The staff was AMAZING and made my birthday everything and more. Shantel at hotel check in was very professional and helped us with our ocean front room. Rachel the food and beverage management team met our every need when it came to dining. I have no complaints about this resort all of the staff went above and beyond to meet our needs. We got lucky and were scheduled to leave two days before the hurricane. I send love and prayers to the staff while the hotel rebuilds during this time. You all were amazing!!!

  • Rho_DanNorthBay : North Bay
Travelled in Feb 2017

I am a bit late writing a review, seems silly now that Irma has done so much damage to this lovely place and resort. Very much enjoyed the area and our vacation. Food and drinks were fantastic. But the place was in a major need of renovations!!! I hope they can rebuild and hope to come back again some day. Sending best wishes for the future. <3

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

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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.

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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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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