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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Hampstead, MD
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“Great location, great beach, great choice for your St Maarten vacation”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Booked a week here via an RCI exchange. Had a 1BR, 2BA full kitchen unit with a view of Little Bay.

The resort stretches from the Little Bay beach out across the small strip of land that separates Little Bay from Great Bay. At the end of this small strip of land is the remains of Fort Amsterdam.

I rate both our unit and the resort overall as a solid 3/3.5-star property. This unit had a full kitchen, with modern appliances including a full size fridge, dishwasher, oven and 4 burner cooktop, and microwave. We could have used a few more dishes/glasses, a non-stick pan, and a nice chef's knife or two, but we had enough to manage our way through several nice dinners. My biggest surprise here was there were no paper towels and we had to call down for kitchen wash cloths/dish towels.

The living room/dining room area was big enough for 2 to be comfortable. The table would seat 6 comfortably, but the LR furniture would have made it tough for 4 adults to sit and relax for any length of time. The chairs/sofas in the unit (both LR and BR) were comfortable if a bit minimalist. I doubt 2 adults would have been comfortable on the sofa bed, but two smaller kids would have been fine. Having two full bathrooms was nice. The TV in the LR worked fine, though it was a pretty limited channel selection.

The bedroom was large, with a king bed, full sofa, chair, TV and a small throw under the coffee table. The bed was reasonably comfortable though the pillows left a bit to be desired. The master bath was very spacious with both a small jacuzzi tub and separate shower.

Both the LR and BR had balconies with a table, 4 chairs and a chaise. The view from ours was semi-obstructed (by another buiding of units) one of Little Bay and beach. Being near the farther end of the resort meant a decent uphill climb to get to our building, then several flights of stairs to our level. There are no elevators so be prepared to get a bit of exercise. There were two units further from the main beach/resort area that would have been a longer walk amd more climbing. There were also units, the villas I think, located along Great Bay with views of Philipsburg and the cruise port. From our building, this was visible from the steps and the exterior hall conneting the rooms.

There are several pools on the property. An infiniti pool and terrace overlooking Little Bay which was closest to our room, and a couple of pools near the SeaBreeze cafe (lunch service plus a bar in the evening). Both were a bit chilly still (being just February) but made for a nice quick plunge after sitting in the sun. The beach is not very wide for most of its length, but stretches a good way around the resort and very nice overall. Having driven around Philipsburg, Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy, I'd say this is one of the nicer beaches among most of the major resorts we saw on the Dutch side.

The food at SeaBreeze was nothing special, but a walk over to Gizmo's at the other end of the resort netted a different result - better selection and better quality food. Service throughout the resort area was very good - friendly, responsive, and generally as good as most of the time shares we've stayed in. The check-in process was smooth, though we had to see the "Timeshare tour scheduler" to finish. We declined the tour, which probably prolonged our check-in a bit as they tried several times/ways to get us "confirmed", but it was relatively low-key pressure compared to others I've experienced.

Location wise, the resort seems a bit out of the way at first, but once you get your bearings you'll find it is very convenient to the bulk of the Dutch side activity, close to Philipsburg and all the restaurants and shops serving the cruise port while still being far enough away so your not inunudated. Simpson Bay and the airport are a few minutes further. Traffic is generally the bigger impact on travel, vs distance. There is definitely a "rush" hour in the morning and afternoon, so factor that into your schedule if your setting up activities that require you to be there at a specific time. Little Bay area is a bit less convenient for the French side, particularly Grande Case, but again, it's more traffic based than anything given the island itself isn't very big.

Overall, our stay was very nice and I would not hesitate to stay here again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brielle, New Jersey
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Friends stayed here so we decided to try it. It could have been a great experience, but the night after we arrived, the ceiling in our bathroom right above the toilet and next to the light fixture began to leak. Water was also down the hall wall next to the light switch. Tried to call the desk,line was full of static and number for the front desk on the phone was not correct number. Three different service people were sent to address the problem and the leak stopped for a time. Began to leak again,dripping on our heads and shoulders while using toilet. Room was smelling like a sewer. Now the phone did not work at all. Had to keep running out to the desk. They hadn't fixed the leak by our last night. We were there from Sunday thru Saturday. Our last night. manager told us to pack and move to another room. She was uninterested in our convenience or in making any concessions for us. Sandra should be removed as manager. We finally went to another room and called the General manager who SOUNDED sympathetic----his concession for our inconvenience was to reduce our bill by $100. Terrible maintenance and customer service. I will commend Eugene at the activities desk and Paul in the cafe, however, for their pleasant and good service.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Englewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

The resort is on a great spot.....Little Bay is a great beach near the Dutch capital. You can see the cruise ships come in so you know when avoid the crowds. The company used to use the phrase "barefoot elegance" to describe the pretty but unpretentnious environment. There's a new chef who has improved the in-house dining tremendously. The restaurant is under renovation due to open any day. In the interim, outdoor dining is available for 3 meals a day...sometimes live music at night. They should consider keeping this option since it is so nice by the water. Staff is friendly, front desk can be spotty. On premises store is way over-priced so go to the supermarket if you can. 1 Bedroom unit was comfortable but the bed was not....they need to invest in some mattresses and quality pillows. Maid service is average.

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Centereach, New York
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Just came back from a week stay at the Divi. We had a one bedroom deluxe room with 2 bathrooms. The resort was beautiful great view from our room. We found the room really clean. The only issue we had was that our room was not ready until 4:30 pm when we checked in. The restaurant's were good and it was convenient since close to Philipsberg. Bartenders could have been a little more friendly in the bar by the hotel but near the timeshare they were very nice.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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NJ
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

friends of ours who have points through RCI gave us a week at the Divi for christmas ….we took our week with them in may 2011 and i cant really say anything bad about the Divi…our room was clean, i enjoyed the food at the beach bar and the toucan….pool was nice and beach was very pretty and water so warm…though i am not a big snorkler my hub and friends are ….my hub snorkeled every day…i enjoyed the pool there very much…the 2nd floor bacony offered a great view of the water…the mosquitoes are outrageous though starting at sunset and they cant wait to get in your room from the balcony and your room door but thats nature…as far as other critters in the room…none….but outside twice when we dining in restaurants outdoors i saw what i think were palmetto bugs…long as my thumb with a roach like look….again thats nature…..we took a catamaran day trip to anguilla's prickly pear beach(takes around 2 hrs) and that beach and water was beyond amazing…..great snorkeling there ….try to get there if you can!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Be warned, there are bed bugs at this facility. They will tell you they've been certified free of bed bugs- but this is completely false. I have the bite marks (still, 2 months later) to prove it. DO NOT STAY HERE. They argued with me afterwards that there were no bugs, and did not offer to pay me back at first (and even then only offered 2 of 3 nights free). Literally the worst hotel I've ever stayed at, still can't believe how rude they were.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

just returned from a 6 day trip to st maarten on february 10, 2012........we, thankfully, got bumped by another resort, and got lucky enough to find an opening at the divi little bay.. our rooms were large and immaculate, our bathrooms beautiful, great balcony with a view of the pool, the bar and little bay.. we watched the cruise ships (at least 4/day) come in and leave every day - sunrises and sunsets. the grounds are beyond well-kept, the staff is so friendly and helpful (it is an island, so do not expect new york instantaneous service)!! they are definitely good people! we found everyone at the resort incredibly accommodating!!
already planning to spend our new year's vacation there with our family!!!

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Property: Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Address: Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#2 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Divi Little Bay Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 220
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