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Oakville, Canada
Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

As with all reviews everything is subjective and relative to the type of traveller you are and the experience you are after. We appreciate the convenience of an all inclusive but also like to explore destinations to get a true feel of where we are visiting. In that sense we felt Great Bay Sonesta was a great choice for us....

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Rob G, Thank you for taking the time to write an informative review of Great Bay Beach Resort. We appreciate your recommendations to guest to rent a car to explore the island yourself and do a snorkel tour. As we like to make you feel at home within the resort and offer you that all-inclusive, full experience but it...

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 18 December 2015

We had 6 in our group, ages 20 to 55. We were greeted at check in with champagne and a cool towel, such a treat on a hot day. The entire staff of the resort were always kind and helpful. The Security Officers were also some of the kindest people we met. The food and drinks were plentiful. The food...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Connie P, We appreciate your review and love to hear you enjoyed your stay! It's means a lot to the staff to receive positive comments such as this. Happy Holidays! - Martha mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

toronto
Reviewed 17 December 2015

We went Nov 29/15, it was a very quiet week there and that was fine with us. The weather predictions were bad but in reality it was perfect! The resort is small so with that in mind: the food was really good, not a huge buffet but way more than we needed and we ate too much every meal. I...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Cbegonia77, We appreciate your review, always nice to win at the Casino and also win a bottle of Rum! Planning around the Bridge times is part of St. Maarten life, sometimes you should just stop in for Happy Hour someplace in Simpson Bay and waited it out ;-) Happy Holidays, - Martha mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Moose Creek, Canada
Reviewed 17 December 2015

We booked for a two week stay for November 26 at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort, having stayed there three years previous. The resort is beautiful and the staff are wonderful. Innocent greeted us when we arrived and the check-in was quick. Our servers, Marcella, Julio, Jonathan and Wendy and all the others always greeted us with a smile. They...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Sonesta St. Maarten and for sharing your thoughts about your stay in this review. . Thank you, Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator

pennsylvania
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Vacationed with a group of friends in late November and early December 2015. Let me start by saying, we have traveled thru out the Caribbean and Mexico for several years. Most of our experiences were very good and few not so good. Stayed in large and highly rated resorts. Some so big we could not experience the whole resort during...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear psujmo, This sounds like a review I would write! I can see you understand what is important about vacation, I agree the shorter boat rides are better, leaves more time to sleeping in and not be fully exposed to sun all day. Maho Beach is a one-of-a-kind experience, did you know your wristbands give you access to Maho Beach...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

Very good food at restaurants. No need for reservations at the fine dining one, themes change nightly. Entertainment on resort was good but plenty to do off site too. We love great beaches. They have a lot but the one on the property is as good as any unless you want the nude beach. The nude beach is on the...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Don1310, Thank you for your personal review of Great Bay Resort, it's always a pleasure to hear of the guests adventures beyond the Resort such as gambling, shopping and beach hunting! Glad you enjoyed the the entertainment we offer as well. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin to stay tuned into great promos/deals and we hope you...

Grimsby, Canada
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

Travelling to an all inclusive I always have low expectations and hope for the best. The Sonesta at Great Bay is fine. Nice beach, beautiful pools beyond generous bar and average accommodations. The biggest point for me is the staff. Met at the front by the most personable, kindest, charming young men around was Alexandre. My husband and I found...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Grimsby63, Thank you for the review and mentioning certain team member and their hospitality. Seems you did find a niche for yourself on the Frechside, but we of course love to have you again anytime. We do have a 5 star resort, Ocean Point in Maho that you may want to look into for a possible future option as...

Harvester, Missouri
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Just returned from a 10-day stay in Sint Maarten, including 8 days at this hotel. The check in was quick, with cold hand towels and a glass of champagne, then off to our room in minutes. As previously posted by others, the property is dated but seemed to be fairly well maintained. The hotel employees are very well trained in...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Sonesta St. Maarten and for sharing your thoughts about your stay in this review. . Thank you, Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Sonesta Great Bay is a nice quant place to stay. The infinity pool is awesome, and if you're into photography you can catch amazing sunsets depending on how you take shots with the pool. At the time we went it was an older crowd so my family and friends were the only ones keeping the resort up past 11. But...

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LiveMaho, Guest Engagement Coordinator at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Sonesta St. Maarten and for sharing your thoughts about your stay in this review. . Thank you, Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator

mississauga
Reviewed 15 December 2015

- small all inclusive ... 210 units ... adults only! - Sonesta Maho allows children .. (very loud resort with jet takeoffs/landings) - food was very good ... no complaints ... i can't eat fish ... lots of chicken, pork, pasta! - great beach grill ... thin crust pizza every day! - room was very basic... lacked a lounge chair...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Sonesta St. Maarten and for sharing your thoughts about your stay in this review. . Thank you, Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
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  • Casino and Gambling
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Minibar
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  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven - and St. Maarten’s 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Address: 19 Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Price Range: $371 - $691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 257
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Also Known As:
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
St Martin Great Bay Hotel
Sonesta Philipsburg
Great Bay Beach Hotel
Philipsburg Sonesta
St Maarten Great Bay Hotel
Hotel Sonesta Great Bay Beach
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
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