Skip to main content.
All properties in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
1 room, 2 adults

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

4-star4 stars
Little Bay Rd 19, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Philipsburg beachfront property with spa, casino
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
From 1 review. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Beautiful beach
Fantastic service
Delicious food
Quite clean

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

What’s around Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa


  • In Fort William
  • Leeward Islands (1-minute walk)
  • Fort Amsterdam (8-minute walk)
  • Little Bay Beach (8-minute walk)
  • Great Bay Beach (10-minute walk)
  • Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit (12-minute walk)
  • Philipsburg Courthouse (17-minute walk)
  • Cyrus Wathey Square (17-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Philipsburg (SXM-Princess Juliana Intl.) 10-min drive
  • Grand Case (SFG-L'Esperance) 14-min drive
  • The Valley (AXA-Clayton J. Lloyd Intl.) 78-min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 257 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-noon
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Caters to adults only
  • All-inclusive (taxes and gratuities included)
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • 4 restaurants
  • 4 bars/lounges
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Free reception
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Snorkelling on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
Working away
  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference centre
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Disabled parking
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Furnished balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • IPod docking station
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features

All inclusive

This resort is all-inclusive. On-site 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 on-site activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities
  • Snorkelling

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Volleyball

  • Dancing
  • Yoga

  • On-site entertainment and activities
  • On-site live performances
  • Theme parties

Not included
  • Golf green fees
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorised water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Snorkelling excursions
  • Tennis lessons
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Surcharge for bottled wine
  • Surcharge for bottled spirits
  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Off-site tours
  • Transport to off-site activities


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the resort's full-service spa, Serenity Spa. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa. Other services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

The spa is open daily.


Bay View – Overlooking the ocean, this buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting).

Il Pescatore – This seafood restaurant overlooks the ocean and specialises in seafood. Open selected days.

Water's Edge – This restaurant overlooks the ocean and specialises in Italian cuisine. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting).

Pizzaria Capri – This restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine.

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa’s small print

Also known as

  • Sonesta Great Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort Casino Philipsburg
  • Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa All-inclusive property
  • Sonesta Great Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort Casino
  • Great Bay Beach Resort Casino Philipsburg
  • Great Bay Beach Resort Casino
  • Great Bay Beach Casino
  • Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa Philipsburg
  • Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa All-inclusive property
  • Great Bay Beach Casino
  • Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa Philipsburg


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Didn’t find the right property?

Continue searching for Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 147 reviews

Very good 8.0
Disappointed all inclusive
Front desk was great got my cabana suit the first day second day came back from the beach and the room was flooded with water coming out off the ac vent call for maintenance they say they will send housekeeper to dry it need it to be fix not dry so the move is to a regular cabana.when it come to all inclusive no quite only 2 choices of beers the selection of mix drinks very minimal and after you spend all day sight seeing you better be back before 5:30 pm pool bar closes so no more drinkin by the pool unless you go to the inside bar and get the drinks then when it comes to dinner you have 3 choices 1 is the buffet the second is 2 restaurant that you have to make reservations that is if you're lucky to get in they have about 40 tables only and only one of them is open each day so when you check in you need to run to the board and make those reservations quickly then when it came the buffet for breakfast no words a very 2 class buffet very few choices of fruits,breads,meats bad very bad.But on the other hand the employees are very pleasant and helpful.It might be that I'm used to what a real 4 or 5 star all inclusive are that me and my husband were very disappointed with this hotel.
Randolph, us4 night romance trip
Poor 2.0
Opposite of heaven on earth
Horrible stay. Do not book last minute especially as they will not allow you in any of the restaurants, only the buffet which was disgusting with no options. Flight had got delayed this "looked" like a nice place but in reality it is way different than the pictures. Extremely old and dated, be prepared for a totally nasty, uncomfortable room similar to prison. Except although I cant confirm this, the showers in prison don't make you stand in your own dirt because the water wont drain. Overall, just thinking about the experience makes me want to vomit.
us1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Great Island Getaway!
Our stay at the Royal Sonesta / Great Bay exceeded our expectations. Is it a 5 star luxury resort? Not at all. But what it delivers is a well kept, comfortable location that is right on the beach. The perfect place to unwind and forget the stresses of everyday life for a few days. The staff was extremely accommodating and genuinely pleasant. The food and beverage service was more than adequate, always providing a wide array to meet everyone's tastes. The water was clear and warm and the lounge chairs and beach umbrellas were plentiful. Being a short walk into Phillipsburg was a bonus. The Royal Sonesta / Great Bay is definitely on our list of places to return to!
us5 night romance trip

Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Is the description of this property not correct? Tell us