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All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

4 stars
View map of Little Bay Road #19, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 0000

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.1
out of 5
8 reviews
Incredible

The people were incredible. Staff ensured we were well taken care of. Cold beers in the fridge,... See full review

  • SHAW
  • May 7, 2015
I would go again!!

Very cozy hotel. 20 min.from airport. Views from beach and pool are beautiful. U r able to use... See full review

  • Illy
  • Mar 24, 2015
St. Maarten's Premier Adults Only Limitless All Inclusive Resort

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven - and St. Maartens premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort.Delivering a new level of sophistication and style, the elegant destination hotel is situated on a mile-long white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea. With endless amenities and personalized service, the resort invites guests to unwind at three swimming pools, four restaurants, four bars, a spa and the Golden Casino for the ultimate vacation experience complimented by stellar service.

Guests will continue to enjoy our Stay at 1, Play at 2 all-inclusive exchange privileges with our sister resort, the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino located in the heart of the action in St. Maarten.

IN-ROOM AMENITIES
Distinct in every detail, rooms and suites are newly furnished in a contemporary Caribbean decor. Each feature one king or two double beds, balcony or terrace, A/C, flat-screen TV with international channels, clock radio with iPod dock, telephone, coffee maker, WiFi, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, and mini-safe. All rooms offer a fully stocked mini bar with soft drinks, and Ocean View rooms have fully-stocked liquor cabinets.

Personalized butler service is now a key feature of the resort, exclusively available to guests who choose to stay in the spacious, sumptuous Miramar Wings one bedroom butler suites.

DINING
The resort welcomes an array of refined dining experiences including the Il Pescatore seafood restaurant with its bountiful seafood plate for two, while the same space offers delicious la carte breakfast complimented by views over the Caribbean Sea. The beachfront Tre Assi Pizzeria specializes in oven-fired authentic Italian pizza and casual daytime dining and at night transforms into the Waters Edge restaurant. Guests can also enjoy a lavish buffet and a selection of dishes from live cooking stations at the Bay View Restaurant, which was renovated with gorgeous new mosaic tiles, exciting cooking stations and convenient seating.

Meanwhile, pool and beach lounging has never been more tempting with spacious sun beds, additional loungers, ample shade and butlers to complete the experience.

Effective December 31, 2013 forward, guests must be 18 years or older to stay at the resort.

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Hotel Map

18.0289 -63.0591
Area served
Philipsburg, Great Bay, St. Maarten
Nearby airports
Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) - Estimate driving time is 25 minutes. Estimated distance is 8 km (5 Miles).
Area description
Located on the Dutch site if Sint Maarten. situated on a mile-long white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea, 10-minute walk from the exciting capital of Philipsburg.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by CheapTickets

Ratings and reviews for All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Overall score

3.1 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 8
Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
3.5
Comfort:
3.4
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.5

50% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
claudia c.
Couples
N/A
Sep 23, 2015

Not what was expected ...

We arrived, husband & I and advised staff that we needed a king size bed, and were celebrating my birthday. 3 hours later were given 2 smaller full size beds in a dark room that smelled like mold ... After complaining for about 30 minutes & being told that they had no other rooms, we're finally given another room in their residencea area. It was better, but had nothing in the refrigerator for 2 days (advertisement states stocked refrigerator as part of the plan...) and the woman who originally messed up our checking in, said that they had no staff to stock our refrigerator... The plants around the resort were unkept & dried ... it was sad... They seemed to not have much staff and/or management to care about the hotel guests ... it was sad... The overall experience in St Marteen / Martin was not the best ...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jada T.
Single
Washington
Aug 22, 2015

St Martin

The location of the resort is ideal. There is easy access to Phillipsburg and it appears to be in a central location. The staff is phenomenal and always went above and beyond. The biggest downfall of this resort would be the antiquated rooms that are in need of a complete renovation

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Mr hook
Couples
N/A
May 12, 2015

Disappointing trip.

Most people when reading a review are interested in the first few lines, so I'm going straight to the point. Rude bartenders, it looks as if they didn't wanted to be there. poorly made drinks, the food was just average. 80 of the staff we met were very unfriendly. I have to say that the place is very clean. Housekeeping did a good job and they were the only ones friendly not just to us but to everybody as far as we could see. Beside the housekeeping staff, Rufini was very nice to us. He was the waiter at one of the restaurant in the resort. We had a better time visiting sonesta maho during the day and visiting the beautiful beaches around the island. We had a good time visiting the island of st maarten but not the resort we will never stay there ever again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SHAW
Couples
N/A
May 7, 2015

Incredible

The people were incredible. Staff ensured we were well taken care of. Cold beers in the fridge, snacks, great customer experience from top to bottom. Would highly recommend this vacation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Illy
Couples
North Babylon
Mar 24, 2015

I would go again!!

Very cozy hotel. 20 min.from airport. Views from beach and pool are beautiful. U r able to use sister hotel in Maho beach. $2 bus ride or $20 cab ride to sister hotel to watch plane landings (lots of fun) food was good for an all inclusive. The only downfall, entertainment was boring.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Caribbean traveller
Business
Canada
Dec 8, 2013

OK Experience

Typical all inclusive hotel. Food and drinks were OK.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the time to walk along the beach to Phillipsburg.

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DMMK
Couples
New York
Feb 26, 2013

Relaxing Vacation

The hotel was clean but needs to be updated. It's old and the decor in the rooms are outdated. From the 80's. The bathtub in our room was elevated which made it a little difficult to get in and out and your head was almost touching the ceiling and I'm 5' 7". There was some rust and mold (I think) on parts of the ceiling in the shower area. The food was okay. Some things tasted better than others. Pizza was great! I wished there were more ala carte restaurants. I'm bit of a picky eater so the choices on the menus weren't that great for me. The beach at the hotel was nice but the water was a little rough. The hotel is close to downtown Phillipsburg. 10 min walk. Most of the staff was pleasant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
red devils
Couples
OHio
Aug 15, 2012

sonesta great bay

THe only negative things I have to say about the hotel were the wait to check in and out.WE also wanted aking size bed but got 2 double beds.As far as the rest of our trip it was great .The buffets were fine the grill and pizza oven were always ready between buffets and the sit down restaurant was ok.Plenty of fun at the pools and the shopping in town was great.Cabs are pricey but worth it .THey are very helpful.our cabbie Ash told us where toget the best seafood and steaks.The bartenders at the hotel NIgel and Alex were fantastic and alot of fun tobe around .The activities director Kevin and his friend were a blast.THey hugged us when we left and told us to write everything good and bad about our experience at the hotel I would take thois trip again and stay at this hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Shopping tip: Long walk from hotel

You can walk into town from the hotel but it is probably better to take a cab ,OUr driver showed us a souvenier stand that was off the front street area and saved us tons of money from what we would have paid

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