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Get an overview of this hotelPremier all-inclusive, adults-only beach resort with personalized service

Popular property highlights

Free breakfast
Free parking
Free WiFi
Swimming pools

On South Coast

Situated on a mile-long white-sand beach overlooking the bay, Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa offers sweeping views of the Dutch capital, mountains ringing Great Bay, and views of the Caribbean Sea.

All-Inclusive resort

Guests of this St. Maarten resort enjoy an All-Inclusive plan, which includes all meals, snacks, and premium liquors; beach and room service; and nightly theme dinners and parties.

Balcony or terrace

Each contemporary, air-conditioned guestroom offers a balcony or terrace, flat-screen TV with international channels, iPod docking station, wireless Internet access, and a minibar stocked with soft drinks. Ocean View rooms include stocked liquor cabinets.

Languages Spoken

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Resort Amenities

All-Inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • Meals and beverages at companion properties

Activities and facilities/equipment

All onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

  • Snorkeling

Land activities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Volleyball


  • Dancing
  • Yoga


  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Onsite live performances
  • Theme parties

Not included

  • Golf green fees
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Tennis lessons
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Bottled wine
  • Bottled liquor
  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Resort Amenities

As part of the all-inclusive experience at this adults-only resort, guests can enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine at check-in, a weekly manager’s cocktail reception, and beach dinner parties. Nightly outdoor movies, theme parties, and live entertainment are provided. All meals and drinks are included at 4 restaurants and 4 bars/lounges; beach service is complimentary. Daytime activities include water aerobics, pool activities, snorkeling, darts, and beach chess. Access to the 24 hour facilities, restaurants, bars, and lounges at Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is complimentary. Free secure outdoor parking is provided.

This resort offers complimentary wireless Internet access (surcharges apply for premium Internet connection packages).

  • Casino 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 4 
  • Full-service spa 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Swim-up bar 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Business center 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Billiards or pool table 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Meeting rooms 2 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Computer station 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Terrace 
  • Free reception 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Conference center 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Outdoor tennis court 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Spa tub 
  • Beach towels 
  • Total number of rooms - 257 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Number of floors - 7 
  • Wedding services 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Furnished balcony 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar (stocked, free items) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower only 
  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • iPod docking station 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Down comforter 
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets 
  • Pillowtop mattress 

Where to Eat

Il Pescatore Seafood Restaurant - Offers an à la carte menu of seafood specialties and overlooks the sea. On cool nights guests will enjoy the ocean air, while on warmer nights air conditioning is supplied. White-glove breakfast is also served at Il Pescatore. Recommended dress code is Caribbean chic attire.

Water’s Edge - A romantic al fresco restaurant offering a variety of à la carte Mediterranean dishes and distinct wines to match. Lights from the nearby capital and sailing ships provide a soothing evening's entertainment.

Pizzaria Capri - Serving Italian cuisine, this restaurant offers casual daytime dining on the property's beachfront terrace.

Anchor Swim-up Bar - Serves the guests in the picturesque infinity swimming pool with stunning views of the beach.

Bay View Bar - The blue glass decor reflects the turquoise sea as guests enjoy a variety of beverages and premium spirits.

Lobby Bar - Island-themed lounge bar located in the lobby serving drinks pre and post dinner all evening.


The resort offers a nightly entertainment program, featuring guest musicians and entertainers, and fun-filled beach parties. Daily activities include bingo and games. Guests can arrange fitness activities such as water aerobics, scuba diving, tennis, and volleyball. The resort's boutique Golden Casino offers 110 slot machines, virtual three card poker, 4 blackjack tables, a roulette wheel, and 2 poker tables. Each guest receives USD 10 in match bet play per stay (subject to change).

The resort's dedicated tour desk can arrange golf trips, dinner cruises, dolphin swims, snorkeling and diving trips, and other off-site excursions for an additional fee.

Nearby Things to Do

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa lies on Great Bay and its 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) crescent beach, which opens to the south into the Caribbean Sea. Lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and beach towels are supplied along the resort's private direct access beachfront.

Three outdoor pools are terraced above the beach. The lower pool overlooks the bay and measures 65 feet by 20 feet (19.75 meters by 6 meters); it has an infinity edge and a swim-up bar. The irregularly shaped upper pool is 60 feet (18.25 meters) long. A 20-person spa tub also overlooks the bay.

A water-sports/dive center provides snorkeling gear (complimentary for All Inclusive guests), windsurfers, and sailboats. The center also arranges kayaking, wake boarding, banana boating, Scuba-diving instruction/certification, and scuba-diving and snorkeling excursions (surcharges for all) on site.

Guests can keep fit while on vacation with morning walks at sunrise, aqua aerobics, and dance classes. The onsite fitness center offers treadmills, a recumbent stationary bike, elliptical machine, multi-station weight training machine, and free weights. Volleyball, Ping-Pong, pool, and beach croquet are included.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the resort, in the Philipsburg area of St. Maarten; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Volleyball on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 

Spa Services

The full-service Serenity Spa offers guests a variety of soothing and relaxing services, including hot stone massage, deep-tissue massage, aromatherapy massage, couple's massage, and detoxifying and cellulite treatments. Manicures and pedicures, body scrubs, and massages on the beach are available. Surcharges apply for all treatments and services.

  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Massages on beach 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Massages 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Resort Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at noon

Minimum check-in age is 18


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Only service animals are allowed
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available
Minimum guest age is 18
Caters to adults only


The charges below are included in your overall room price:
  • Resort fee
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Resort Name

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  • Sonesta Great Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort Casino Philipsburg
  • Sonesta Great Bay Beach Casino Philipsburg
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  • Great Bay Beach Resort Casino
  • Great Bay Beach Casino Philipsburg
  • Great Bay Beach Resort Casino Spa

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A resort fee is included in the total price displayed. Guests under 18 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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