The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino - St. Maarten

All-Inclusive Stay at The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino in St. Maarten

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Tropical Beachfront Resort with All-Inclusive Dining and Casino Thrills

In the 17th century, the French, Dutch, and British all vied for control of tiny Saint Martin (St. Maarten on the Dutch side) in hopes of getting their hands on the island's lucrative salt mines. Nowadays, the island's most popular asset is not the Great Salt Pond—located in the southern, Dutch-controlled part of the island—but the ocean shore across from it. On a land bridge between the two bodies of water, The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino links an all-inclusive resort to the beachfront pleasures that draw people to the island today. Its location along the Great Bay Beach puts you in the midst of a tropical paradise—Frommer’s writes that “you get killer views virtually anywhere and everywhere you plop yourself.”

Overlooking the sugar-sand shoreline, the resort's main pool area features a deck dotted with ultramarine lounge chairs. At the infinity pool, which seems to extend all the way into the Caribbean Sea, you can sip chilled cocktails at a swim-up bar without leaving the water. Dining options range from the casual, open-air Bay View Restaurant to the formal, ocean-view Molasses Restaurant, where chefs craft Caribbean specialties. At the onsite Golden Casino, you can test your luck on 84 slot machines.

When the evening winds down, retreat to an ocean-view guest room, where modern teak furnishings and bright, turquoise accents create a cheerful, tropical ambiance. Past the coral-hued curtains, you can step onto a private, glass-walled balcony overlooking the pools and seashore below.

Saint Martin: Scenic Shorelines, Lively Nightlife, and Boutique Shopping

The island of Saint Martin, located just south of Anguilla in the Caribbean, was ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Islands in the World for its “soaring mountains and beautiful shorelines.” This gorgeous topography has been peacefully shared by the French and the Dutch for more than 350 years, giving the island two very distinct yet harmonious personalities. Both parts of the island, however, feature crystal-clear bays filled with fascinating coral structures and tropical fish. On the French side, it’s worth it to take a guided snorkeling trip through Creole Rock, which has a collection of boulders encircled by reefs. Dolphins, eagle rays, and barracudas are frequently spotted here.

The Dutch side, called St. Maarten, is known for its quiet beaches and lively nightlife. Casual barbecue restaurants known as lolos line the shore; they serve up heaping portions of creole ribs and rice alongside guava-berry rum. The bars of Simpson Bay are filled with live music and neon lights, and when those close, locals and visitors alike keep the party going at 24-hour casinos.

A short distance from the resort lies Front Street, Philipsburg's main thoroughfare, where shops housed in West Indian and colonial structures sell duty-free wine and fine jewelry. Near here, the St. Maarten Museum chronicles the island's colonial past, including the harsh legacy of the slave trade.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • All-inclusive accommodations for two
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • All hotel taxes and gratuities
  • 15% off at the recently opened Great Bay Serenity Spa
  • Guest pass to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort


Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • Taxes: all resort taxes and fees included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Three swimming pools and two whirlpools
  • Four restaurants and four bars
  • Casino
  • Onsite scuba-diving school
  • Fitness center and tennis court
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Excursion desk for island activities and tours
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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked
  • Valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • All resort taxes and fees are included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Ocean-View Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $110 per night for each guest 12 or older; $45 per night for each guest 5–11; guests 4 or younger stay free. These rates include the all-inclusive package.
  • Views of ocean and Great Bay Harbor
  • Teak furnishings
  • Private balcony or terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • 32-inch TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available.
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to a deluxe ocean-view room for an additional $25 per night; subject to availability.

Getting There

  • By plane: 5 miles (8 km) from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
  • By cab: about $15–$20 from SXM

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • If you’re taking a taxi from the airport, be sure to ask about the fare in advance—taxis in Saint Martin don’t use meters.

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