Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino

19 Little Bay Rd., Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St. Maarten's adults-only all-inclusive is well positioned even if it doesn't offer the height of luxury: away from the docks that are usually crawling with cruise ships, but only a 10-minute walk from downtown Philipsburg. The day-long activity schedule and no-limit food and bar policy are attractive, but like many properties of the same caliber, very necessary renovations continue. Although rooms have been redecorated in a Caribbean style, the common areas are dated and bland. There is a wide choice of rooms, including some with butler service and one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchens; all have terraces with fine views on the beachfront side. Rooms on the first floor are esssentially underground—get one on an upper floor facing the ocean.

PROS

  • unlimited food and bar
  • nice beach and pool
  • enough activities to keep you busy

CONS

  • white, bare hallways have hospital-like feel
  • expensive Wi-Fi
  • although beach is beautiful, pollution can be a problem
  • staff can be indifferent

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views, Family
Casual
On the beach
Trusted Brand

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 721-542–2446 | 800-223–0757-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

257 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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