The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino - St. Maarten

All-Inclusive Stay at The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino in St. Maarten. Starting at $1299 Total, $649.50 Per Person.

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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 St. Maarten 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, but the ocean shore across from it. Between the two bodies of water, The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino spans a land bridge that links the all-inclusive resort to the beachfront pleasures that characterizes 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. An infinity pool seems to meld with the Caribbean ocean stretching to the horizon, and a swim-up bar allows you to sip chilled cocktails without ever getting out of the water. Dining options range from the casual, open-air Bay View Restaurant to the formal, ocean-view Molasses Restaurant, where chefs craft authentic Caribbean fare. At the onsite Golden Casino, you can test your luck on 84 slot machines or have a seat at the blackjack, roulette, or poker table.

When the evening winds down, retreat to an ocean-view guest room whose 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.

St. Maarten: Island Paradise with Split Cultural Heritage

Located in the northern Caribbean, the 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten has been peacefully shared by the French and the Dutch for more than 350 years, giving the island two very distinct yet harmonious personalities. On the Dutch side, to the south, crowds gravitate toward the neon-lit clubs and the live-music bars at Simpson Bay; when those establishments close, revelers make their way to the 24-hour casinos. Meanwhile, the French portion to the north is more secluded and less developed. It has some gorgeous beaches, and the emphasis here is on relaxation.

You can get an understanding of St. Maarten's blend of cultural influences when you consider its restaurant scene; there are more than 400 eateries on the island. Many travelers praise the authentic French cuisine and fine wines at Grand Case Beach Club on the French side, known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. Casual barbecue restaurants, known as lolos, are located along the beach and serve up spicy shrimp, ribs, chicken, and heaping helpings of side dishes complemented by guava-berry rum. The quieter Back Street, on the Dutch side, is lined with some authentic Chinese eateries that are typically inexpensive.

Both parts of the island share crystal-clear bays filled with palatial coral structures and tropical fish. Take a guided snorkeling trip to Pinel Island, or to Creole Rock to see reef-ringed boulders. Deep-sea fishing charters send anglers out in search of marlin, blackfin tuna, and wahoo.

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

What You Get

All-inclusive stay for two adults in an ocean-view room. Up to two kids 4 or younger stay free.

  • Option 1: $1,299 for four nights (up to a $2,376 value)
  • Option 2: $1,599 for five nights (up to a $2,970 value)
  • Option 3: $1,899 for six nights (up to a $3,564 value)
  • Option 4: $2,149 for seven nights (up to a $4,158 value)

All-inclusive package includes:

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages 
  • All hotel taxes and gratuities
  • 15% off at Maho Serenity Spa
  • Guest pass to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

Book by: 3/15/13
Travel by: 4/30/13

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

  • Book by 3/15/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/30/2013
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in and to consume alcohol
  • Credit card required at booking and 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; $35 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: available for an additional $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property. 
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking. 
  • 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 $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.

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