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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Michelle P :
Great Service and Awesome experience at the resort!

We had a great time at the resort. The food was great and the service from the staff exceptional. There was daytime and night time entertainment to keep everyone busy. The pools were clean and the beach was great and the staff helpful with the umbrella arrangements and chairs.

  • Bill M :
Great Oceanside experience

Food selection is OK , but is abundant, fresh and available most of the day and night. Dining on the beach every night at the buffet was relaxing. Staff is welled trained and friendly. A special shout out for Melissa, Vicky, Maureen, Tallian, and Cleopatra. Rooms are decent . TV reception is terrible but you really don't watch too much TV over there.Mixed drinks were good and remember to ask for your brand , and then watch them make the drink too make sure you got what you want.The beer and wine selections were terrible. We stayed there 5 nights and only once left the place for maybe 2 hours. WE hope to go back again next year.

  • Tom W : Kingston, Canada
Exceptional Time .... Better the 2nd Time Around

We just returned from11 days at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort. This resort has undergone some changes since our trip last year and all were in a positive direction and showed how much the Resort management at all levels is working to really ensure that all guests have the opportunity to realize a really wonderful time. These people are constantly out in the guest areas throughout the resort interacting with guests and making sure that all facilities are operating in the way we as guests feel that they should be. We saw and experienced Melissa and Rachelle always bringing forth their best and a bit more with us and other guests, visiting tables and talking with guests in a very up beat manner. Many a time we walked away from our meal at the Bay View Buffet knowing that they had contributed to the successful ambiance of our meal. But then we cannot forget that Chef Johnathan was a strong contributing factor to that dining experience with his skills in the kitchen and ' working the crowd ' when he would be outside preparing salads for the quests. Definitely not a behind the scenes type of guy. The Il Pescatore Seafood Restaurant is without a doubt a fine dining experience. The food and ambiance is well above what I have experienced in 5 star restaurants in North America. We were fortunate to have as our server Kimberley who was highly professional and anticipated our needs with a subtle approach. This is a server who is very confident in her job and knows how to make each guests experience a memorable experience. For those who wish something a little different, try the Waters Edge - Black Rock Stone Grill. Here your meal comes partially cooked and then you can finish the cooking on a heated black rock stone to your own desire. Great way to do beef and seafood, especially my favorite, shrimps.As always the facilities and beach were excellent and reflected the hands on approach management style of the General Manager and his staff. While I still am thinking of vacationing on other Caribbean Islands, I think that I may have to return to Sonesta Great Bay Resort next year because I do like the direction that it is being taken in. That is a positive and I believe that I see more changes on the horizon. Perhaps next year the casino will be more favorable towards me ( but it was only small change for big fun ) but the truth is, I enjoyed the conversations with my new friend the " Night Duty Manager " a lot more while he was on his rounds.

  • Dave P :
Very nice hotel

Just returned from a first time "great " stay at Sonesta Great Bay. Rooms clean, food was very good, location was great, 10 minute walk into Philipsburg. Not enough can be said about the staff... always willing to help..very safe enviroment. A definite for our " return to" list.

  • rlparks : Orillia, Canada
Traveled April 6 - 13 2017 Had a wonderful time.

The resort it self is older but very clean the staff are truly amazing every one is helpful and happy could not ask for better service. Special thanks to Rachelle in the buffet you always have a beautiful smile for everyone. Kevin is a very good bartender who never forgets what you drink he also is quick to smile. All the staff work very hard and long hours. Our first room was on the ground floor at the back of the building and it was damp but as soon as a room became available the front desk had a room on the third floor for us, so think about that when you book.The food at all restaurants and buffet are excellent we take our hat off to the chiefs Thanks! The pools and beach are beautiful and the weather is hot and sunny.There are always lots of towels at the pools. The only thing I did not like is the people that put towels on chairs or lounges and take off all day WHY??? Maybe all resort should put a stop to that, if your towels are there for more than three hours your towel is gone and you pay the $15.00. You can walk to town and there are hundreds off shops restaurants and bars. Don't be afraid to try this resort you will get very good value for your money. Also we met so many wonderful people from so many different places,Thanks to all of you for so much fun in the sun.

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.