Hotel at a Glance: Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa
Set between St. Maarten’s Great Salt Pond and the Atlantic Ocean, the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa spans a land bridge linking the adults-only, all-inclusive resort to the beach. Its location along the Great Bay Beach puts you in the midst of a tropical paradise—Frommer’s says you’ll get “killer views virtually anywhere and everywhere you plop yourself.” Guests get access not only to the resort’s spa, three swimming pools, and nightly entertainment, but also to all the amenities at a sister resort, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.
Go for a swim in one of three swimming pools or belly up to the swim-up bar for a refreshing cocktail.
Grab a bite: Offerings at the four onsite restaurants range from the casual buffet-style Bay View Restaurant to the more formal, ocean-view Il Pescatore restaurant and wood-fired pizza at Tre Assi Pizzeria.
Sister-resort amenities: a tiki village, casino, nightclub, shops, restaurants, and swimming pools
Enjoy the view from your private balcony overlooking the seashore.
St. Maarten: Scenic Shorelines, Lively Nightlife, and Boutique Shopping
The island of St. Maarten, 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 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.
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What You Get
All-inclusive stay for two in a Serenity ocean-view room
Option 1: $839 for 4 nights (up to a $2,208 value)
Option 2: $1,469 for 7 nights (up to a $3,864 value)
Option 3: $1,089 for 4 nights (up to a $2,208 value)
Option 4: $1,889 for 7 nights (up to a $3,864 value)
Included in all options:
* Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
* Unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
* All hotel taxes and gratuities
Policies and Fees
Book by: 9/21/14
Travel: 8/1-8/31/14 or 10/2-12/18/14
Blackout dates: Not valid 9/1-10/1/14
Cancellation policy & fees: 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1-night’s stay up to Groupon price applies
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is about 5 miles from the property. Cab fare is around $15–$20 from SXM.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests. $110 per night for each additional guest 18 or older (all-inclusive); guests 17 or younger not allowed
3. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not included in this Groupon.
4. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Reservations are not required. Caribbean chic attire is recommended at Il Pescatore.
Three swimming pools and two jacuzzis
Four restaurants and four bars
Onsite scuba-diving school
Fitness center and tennis court
Excursion desk for island activities and tours
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2014. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 9/21/14 or promotional value expires
Travel 8/1-8/31/14 or 10/2-12/18/14
Not valid 9/1-10/1/14
Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
Limit 2 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
72-hour cancellation notice required or fee applicable to 1-night's stay up to the Groupon price applies
Must be 18+ to check in and stay
Major credit card required at booking and check-in
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
Not valid with reward points
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Serenity Ocean-View Room
* One king or two double beds
* Standard occupancy: 2
* Maximum occupancy: 2 in king, 3 in double
* Adding occupants above standard: $110 per night for each additional guest 18 or older (all-inclusive); guests 17 or younger not allowed
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request during booking.
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property
Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airport: Princess Juliana International (SXM; 9 km or 5 miles)
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 St. Maarten don’t use meters.
The best thing about the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort was the staff everyone from the front desk to my favorite lady Marie she was an angel all the activities people Edwardo was great and the food and the staff are excellent. The water views were beautiful from our room on the 7th floor. We loved it!
Cary S. ·
July 6, 2017
It was such a relaxing vacation. The beach and water were wonderful. There was enough activity going on, but no pressure to join in if you didn't want to. The Butler Suite and service were outstanding -- definitely recommend picking that option!
Kathryn R. ·
June 23, 2017
The pool and the food were fantastic!
Ari S. ·
June 4, 2017
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