$462 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 30, 2014 Check-out: Aug 31, 2014

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

4 stars
Little Bay Road #19, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 0000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
26 reviews
Great relaxing/romantic getaway

We just got back from this hotel and the experience was great. Hotel staff was amazing and very... See full review

  • Isalis and Luis
  • May 31, 2014
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

THE STAFF IS VERY HELPFULL. THE VIEWS IS SPEECHLESS. See full review

  • JOEY03
  • Aug 25, 2014
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.

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.

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

Grande Ocean View
the panoramic vista of Great Bays vibrant blue waters and white-sand beach are the backdrop to the plush comfort of teak furnishings that blend seamlessly with the environment. Each are located on floors 4-7 and feature one king or two, double beds.
Grande Island View
Offering expansive views of the rolling, green hills of the breathtaking island landscape. Located on floors 4-7, each room offers delightful amenities, and a comfortable king or two double beds.
Miramar One Bedroom Butler Suite
Spoiling oneself has never felt so good. Here the living is refined"from an expansive living room with dining area, private balcony or terrace and open kitchen to newly introduced, personalized butler service to ensure bespoke service day or night. In the Miramar Wing, each feature a king bed.
Serenity Island View
Refreshingly refined, comfortable accommodations are accented by cool new colors and expansive views of the rolling, green hills of the breathtaking island landscape. Located on floors 1-3, each room offers delightful amenities, and a comfortable king or two double beds.
Serenity Ocean View
Continually captivating, the panoramic vista of Great Bays vibrant blue waters and white-sand beach are the backdrop to the plush comfort of teak furnishings that blend seamlessly with the environment. Each are located on floors 1-3 and feature one king or two, double beds.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Casino
Spa
Tennis
Dining
All inclusive
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Service dogs allowed

Dining

bay view restaurant
A lavish buffet and a selection of dishes from exciting, live cooking stations, provide myriad of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The serene seating and sweeping views of the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea are the perfect backdrops for any occasion. Located on the lower lobby and main pool level.
tre assi pizzeria
Enjoy casual daytime dining at this beachfront terrace pizzeria. Oven-fired, authentic Italian pizza is made-to-order and a must have for a midday meal. If there are too many toppings to choose from, grilled sandwiches and burgers are also served. Those opting for something lighter can indulge in the selection of fresh fruit and salads.
Anchor Swim-Up Bar
The infinity pool is a picturesque place to enjoy a cool, refreshing beverage, with uncompromising views of the beach. Simply swim up for service " the best part is never having to leave the pool!
Lobby Bar
Teak furnishings and vibrant island prints adorn the Lobby Bar, creating a relaxing lounge-like atmosphere amongst the lively lobby space. Pre and post dinner drinks are served throughout the evening, making this bar one of our guests favorites.
The Living Room Bar & Lounge
Live entertainment, dancing, and local bands set the scene at the vivacious lobby level bar & lounge. Guests unwind and enjoy themselves at this unique space to mingle and meet fellow travelers.
Bay View Bar
Gorgeously installed striking blue glass reminiscent of the turquoise sea are the backdrop for this popular bar, where our mixologists concoct creative cocktails and mocktails with refreshing ingredients and premium liquors.
il pescatore seafood restaurant
Refined dining at Il Pescatore offers an la carte menu including a bountiful special seafood plate for two. Views of the Caribbean Sea create a peaceful ambiance in this indoor space, with air-conditioning to cool down warm island nights, while windows are opened on select evenings to enjoy the ocean breeze. In the morning, the same space offers delicious, white glove, la carte breakfast complimented by the serene surroundings. Caribbean chic attire recommended.
waters edge restaurant
Truly on the edge of the water, this al fresco dining is a chic retreat for a romantic meal or relaxing respite. Mediterranean and Italian cuisine graces the la carte menu, and ranges from traditional favorites to updates on classic dishes. Waters Edge is perfect place to cozy up with a bottle of wine and watch the lights from the nearby capital city and sailing ships.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino offers endless creative possibilities for your next meeting or event. An ideal venue for smaller meetings, our resort features a selection of outdoor and indoor spaces to inspire success and celebration.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

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 Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (26)

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

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
26 out of 26
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.1
Location:
4
Value:
3.2

65% 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

4
5.01.0
JOEY03
SAN JUAN, PR
Aug 25, 2014

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

THE STAFF IS VERY HELPFULL. THE VIEWS IS SPEECHLESS.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

REST. EL RANCHO THE BEST MEATS IN THE ISLAND.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tommy B.
Bergenfield, New Jersey
Jul 16, 2014

Great Vacation

The staff at the Sonesta was helpful, friendly and very courteous. The ocean was a beautiful turquoise and the infinity pool was awesome. The food at the hotel was good and the service at the restaurants was perfect. We would definitely return to this hotel. We met wonderful people from all over the country and the world. Very friendly hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: In Hotel

service was always with a smile and courteous

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Marco and Elisa
Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 9, 2014

good resort for St. Martin

This resort represent the best choice in the island. Value for money. We enjoined the friendly staff and the amenities even if they are a little old and need updating. We were also very pleased to know that the Sonesta allows the guest to use also the other resort located in Maho Beach. Two resorts at the price of one.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Scoobi too tour. Very nice boat trip to Anguilla.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
aiii
New York, NY
Jul 8, 2014

A bit dated, food can be better, but great butler service!

When it comes to all-inclusive the food is a hit or a miss. Unlimited drinks is always great, of course. The staff was all very helpful and pleasant, especially the butler that helped us - Taro, he's really good and made our trip. The room, bed, bathroom is a bit old and outdated... needs some upgrading.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MRVacationer
San Diego, CA
Jun 27, 2014

St. Maarten

Overall, was an excellent vacation. Would recommend St. Maarten to everyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Vicki Slaton
San Angelo, Texas
Jun 25, 2014

Sonesta Great Bay

The hotel was good, at first they put us in an apartment that was such a long walk from everything, but the next morning, we got with Rosalie the manager and she moved us into the hotel part on the 5th floor and it was awesome. It is an older hotel, but very nice and most were very accommodating. It is right on the beach although the sand on the beach is just crushed shells but it is still nice. The food was good, although we ate most of our meals upstairs when it was available instead of the buffet and it was delicious. We liked that this was an adult only hotel, it was nice and they always had some kind of activity going on. At night, they had bands that played out by the pool and we could sit on our balcony, looking out over the ocean and listen to the music. It was very nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

We always took a cab down front street to the shopping and it was very nice. The casinos downtown were much bigger than the one in the Sonesta Great Bay and lots of shops.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Isalis and Luis
San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 31, 2014

Great relaxing/romantic getaway

We just got back from this hotel and the experience was great. Hotel staff was amazing and very friendly. The views were great, being able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with the neach view and the sound of waves was priceless. Totally going back! Already miss it!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

10 minute walk to Phillipsburg where all the shops are located

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
LidyBill
Sunny South, USA
May 24, 2014

Great First Time to St. Maarten

Once Rosalie procured us the room we had reserved and paid for, all was wonderful! Edrick handled our luggage expeditiously while Denroy and Kaiya kept us entertained. We enjoyed the meals and also the surroundings. Our favorite: walking into town daily. Life is good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of All Inclusive - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino and Spa - Adults Only

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Pj over night
Toledo, Ohio
May 11, 2014

Not so good

We stayed at sonesta great bay may 3rd thru the 10th. We were interested in all inclusive and this place was less expensive so we gave it a try. I'm sure this was a nice hotel, back in "1986. The rooms a very outdated, iF you are over 60 you won't be able to take a bath, in that the tub wall is about 2.5 feet above the floor and takes some climbing to get into. The room, although mostly clean, minus the blood stain on duvet, needs serious updating. Although there are three pools, they are very small for a resort this size. The food was descent, and there was choices, however it did get boring...the location is in phillipsburg. So if you want to be close to shopping this may be for you, although most everything closes around five, when the cruise ships leave... We scheduled an atv tour with island adventures, but cancelled ( and forfeited) the full amount, because it was very sketchy, and most of the four, atvs had bald tires and cracked housing... The best part of our trip was renting a car, hertz is on site, and drove the complete island. If I go back to St. Maarten I would definitely rent a villa on Orient beach. This beach is amazing! With all amenities. Or baie rouge which is amazing and very private.... Well worth the drive....Would I stay at Sonesta great bay again, a.k.a. ( the green monster) definitely NO.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

For a much nicer beach, rent a car and drive to Orientbeach, or baie rouge....definitely worth the trip.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
J Hachtel
Bothell, WA
May 10, 2014

Location was great, pools were clean.

Check in went smoothly - friendly staff to assist you. We arrived a little early and were able to go down and enjoy lunch while awaiting our room. The pools were clean and nice to have a pool bar. Only downside was everyone wanted chairs by the pool so get your towel outside early :-)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Royal jewelry store staff very friendly and helpful - great service and deals.

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