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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 January 2016

This property has it all- great location, pools and the views are fantastic. The Sonesta has very few people who stand out, but the ones who do should be recognized. Vicky at the pool best pool person I have ever seen. Nigel at the outside bar very friendly and always helpful. The hostess who worked the breakfast and lunches was...

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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. We appreciate the feedback. . Thank you, Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator

Belmont, Canada
Reviewed 3 January 2016

On the 12th of November 2015 we arrived at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort with 46 of our friends & family to celebrate our wedding. We were greeted in the lobby with a champagne welcome & a friendly smile from Innocent. Our group check in was well organized & efficient. The staff at this resort is absolutely amazing. There was...

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

Dear Marla R, So pleased to hear your wedding was amazing and how pl;eased you were with our team! We very much do appreciate the time you spent to write this detailed upbeat review. Thank you for choosing Sonesta and we do certainly hope you do return for your anniversary! - Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Reviewed 3 January 2016

The location is beautiful and scenery is paradise. The food is the best buffet at a resort I have ever tasted - real Island chef food and plenty of variety. The restaurant Il Pescatore is fine dining with window views of the bay! The special treatment was by Alexander - he will help you out with any questions about the...

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

Dear WorldExplorersNy, So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We very much do appreciate the time you spent to write this review. Glad your mattress situation was resolved in a speedy manner. Thank you for choosing Sonesta. - Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

NY
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Thank you Sonesta Great Bay! Just returned home from a restful and beautiful week in St. Maarten. Front desk staff was kind and helpful. Housekeeping, groundskeepers, security staff were professional, cheerful and hard-working. Ruby and the entertainment staff kept the party going well into the night. The beach was amazing and the walk to Philipsburg was convenient and I may...

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LiveMaho, mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Dear WorldExplorersNy, So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We very much do appreciate the time you spent to write this review. Thank you for recommending our Resort and choosing Sonesta to spend your Christmas! - Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Thornhill, Canada
Reviewed 1 January 2016

I have travelled to many many resorts over the years but I have to say I found this resort to be the best of the best. It may not have the biggest pool I have even seen, nor the nicest rooms or newest resort but it has something else to offer. Firstly, the Staff is amazing and I have read...

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

Dear MarilynColley, So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We very much do appreciate the time you spent to write this review. Thank you for mentioning the specific team members you connected with and for highly recommending our Resort. - Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Quebec City, Canada
Reviewed 1 January 2016

Great situation, great staff, all smiling, great meal, good beach, great weather, easy to go every where on the island, easy tu use bus, nice pools, people of the island very welcoming, i recommend this hotel for relaxing. They have nice activities. This is a 18 years and more hotel.

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

Dear Claude L, So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We very much do appreciate the time you spent to write this review. Thank you for recommending our Resort to others! - Martha Guest Engagement Coordinator mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

WHITBY
Reviewed 31 December 2015

This is our 2nd visit to Sonesta Great Bay and we were not disappointed. From Rosalie and her front desk staff to St.Clair who cooks an absolutely delicious grilled steak, and Antonia our maid who ensured our room was always well cleaned. A special shout out to Marcia the butler who ensure I was spoiled on my 55th birthday! All...

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

Dear Rhonda and Bryan Long, Happy Birthday! So glad to hear the team went out of their way to assist you on your celebratory stay! We do look forward to hosting you again and very much appreciate you loyally choosing Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten. Happy New Year as well! - Martha mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Brantford On
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Colour would be a good place to start. There is no flowers no art nothing that makes it tropical. Just looks like it was not in the budget. Pool Bartenders well they obviously do not like their jobs. Food was generaly very good and waiters good. Rooms OK could use some of that colour but slept well. Maids very good...

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

Dear Janet-MikeQuest4Sun, Did you stay with us over the holidays recently? As there are decorations such as Christmas Trees and red flowers and lights all on display, so perhaps you are more referencing the colors in the suites? Our large open air lobby with plush lounge cars and lobby bar is a favorite for some guests. We love to hear...

Whitby, Canada
Reviewed 28 December 2015

the hotel was lacking ,poor bar service slow staff in pool resturant housekeeping took all day to clean rooms ,pool towels were sometimes there .for a newly renovated hotel it did not show ,room decor was dated

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

Dear robert a, We will certainly put your feedback into consideration. Thank you, Martha mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

Minnesota
Reviewed 28 December 2015

We stayed here to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We travel A LOT and found that by far, the staff at this hotel is nothing short of amazing. Shout out to Alexander who always had a smile on this face and went to great length to help us; Renee who recommended great beaches; Germaine who brought my husband birthday cake...

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

Dear MinnesotaMermaid, Happy Birthday to your Husband! Thank you for choosing Sonesta St. Maarten for you celebration stay! We appreciate the shout out to the team members that provided you with great attention. We hope you can make a return visit one day in the future! Happy New Year! Martha mmarsden@sonestastmaarten.com

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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
  • Restaurant
  • Casino and Gambling
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Public Wifi
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  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: ₹ 18,086 - ₹ 33,580 (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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“get an oceaniew room, otherwise your "garden view" is really a "street view"”
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“Anything above the 2nd floor so you have a decent view”
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“We did not get the room we requested and got the feeling that this was because we booked with cheapcaribbean.com”
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“Rooms on the ocean side have a great view. The lower 2 floors are noisier and the back side of the hotel doesn't have a great view.”
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