Media Fact Sheet - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa - St. Maarten

Fact Sheet

P.O. Box 910, Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Telephone: + 1-721-542-2446,
Fax. + 1-721-542-3859


Public Relations Contacts (For Media Inquiries only)
Andria Mitsakos,
Erika Vives,
Andria Mitsakos Public Relations (AMPR)
Office: +1.212.767.9665
M: +1.917.859.7269

Sonesta Corporate Media Contact
Lorie Juliano,
Corporate Director of Communication
Sonesta Collection Hotels . Resorts . Suites
Tel: +1.617.421.5429


The Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is St. Maarten’s premier, adults-only, limitless all-inclusive resort. Delivering a new level of sophistication and style, the elegant destination resort is situated on a mile-long white-sand beach overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea.

Offering endless amenities and personalized service, the limitless all-inclusive resort is ideal for couples and guests looking to unwind at three swimming pools, four restaurants and four bars with an array of dining options and tropical libations. Resort features Serenity Spa, Logo Shop, a jewelry store, a tour desk, fitness center, tennis courts and the Golden Casino for the ultimate vacation experience complemented by stellar service. Additional privileges include Champagne check-in, premier liquors, beach cabanas, beach service, room service (in Butler Suites), afternoon tea, evening turndown service and a host of other extras.

Every need is anticipated and personalized in One or Two Bedroom Butler Suites providing the most discerning guests with a maximum standard of service, with minimum intrusion.


A total of 257 rooms and Suites; 205 guest rooms in the Flamboyant building and 52 rooms and suites in the Miramar building all featuring the following signature amenities:

  • Private balcony or terrace with table and chairs
  • Flat screen TV with US & international satellite channels
  • Direct dial telephone system
  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini-fridge with water, beer and sodas (Ocean View rooms have fully stocked liquor cabinets)
  • Coffee maker with coffee and tea
  • In-room safe
  • Radio/alarm clock
  • Hair dryer
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Free wireless internet
  • Contemporary Caribbean decor
  • One king or two double beds


What's included?

All Sonesta St Maarten resorts

  • Champagne and cold towel check-in
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day in any of the resort's restaurants
  • Unlimited international and domestic premium beer, wine and spirits, fruit drinks and soft drinks in all bars, including the swim-up pool bar
  • Mini-bar refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water (highest room categories have spirits and beer)
  • Weekly manager’s cocktail party and beach dinner party
  • Weekly General Manager’s special occasion cocktail for guests celebrating a birthday, anniversary, engagement, honeymoon etc.
  • Free WiFi in guest rooms and common areas
  • Fitness center
  • Scheduled daytime activities like aerobics, bocce ball, billiards, board games, darts, ping-pong, snorkeling, tennis and water aerobics
  • Nightly theme parties, live entertainment and outdoor movies
  • Guest pass to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort with complimentary use of our sister resort’s facilities, restaurants, bars and lounges
  • All hotel taxes, utility and service fees

    Exclusively at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort:
  • Beach service
  • Room service in butler suites
  • Afternoon tea
  • Evening turndown service
  • Free parking


From casual dishes and abundant buffets to refined dining and elegant, à la carte menus, four restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences- no reservations required. Each of the four bars and lounges serve cool, refreshing beverages, cocktails and mocktails, all while you’re surrounded by the stunning views of Great Bay and the sparkling sea.

Bay View Restaurant A lavish buffet and a selection of dishes from exciting, live cooking stations, provide myriad of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The serene seating and sweeping views of the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea are the perfect backdrops for any occasion. Located on the lower lobby and main pool level.

Il Pescatore Seafood Restaurant Refined dining at Il Pescatore offers an à la carte menu including a bountiful special seafood plate for two. Views of the Caribbean Sea create a peaceful ambiance in this indoor space, with air-conditioning to cool down warm island nights, while windows are opened on select evenings to enjoy the ocean breeze. In the morning, the same space offers delicious, white glove, à la carte breakfast with a host of delicious offerings, complimented by the serene surroundings. Caribbean chic attire recommended.

Pizzeria Capri
Enjoy casual daytime dining at this beachfront terrace pizzeria. Oven-fired, authentic Italian pizza is made-to-order and a must have for a midday meal. If there are too many toppings to choose from, grilled sandwiches and burgers are also served. Those opting for something lighter can indulge in the selection of fresh fruit and salads.

Water’s Edge Restaurant
Truly on the edge of the water, this al fresco dining is a chic retreat for a romantic meal or relaxing respite. Mediterranean and Italian cuisine graces the à la carte menu, and ranges from traditional favorites to updates on classic dishes. Water’s Edge is perfect place to cozy up with a bottle of wine and watch the lights from the nearby capital city and sailing ships.


Quench your thirst at our swim-up bar, or enjoy one of three other bars or lounges, each with liberating libations from classic to exotic.

Anchor Swim-Up Bar
The infinity pool is a picturesque place to enjoy a cool, refreshing beverage, with uncompromising views of the beach. Simply swim up for service – the best part is never having to leave the pool!

Bay View Bar
Gorgeously installed striking aquamarine glass reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea are the backdrop for this popular bar, where our mixologists concoct creative cocktails and mocktails with refreshing ingredients and premium liquors.

Lobby Bar
Teak furnishings and vibrant island prints adorn the Lobby Bar, creating a relaxing lounge-like atmosphere amongst the lively lobby space. Pre and post dinner drinks are served throughout the evening, making this bar one of our guests’ favorites.

The Living Room Bar & Lounge
Live entertainment, dancing, and local bands set the scene at the vivacious lobby level bar & lounge. Guests unwind and enjoy themselves at this unique space to mingle and meet fellow travelers.


Guest can chose from the following room types:

Serenity Island View (Floors 1-3) / Grande Island View (Floors 4-7) Refreshingly refined, comfortable accommodations are accented by cool new colors and expansive views of the rolling, green hills of the breathtaking island landscape. Located in the resort’s iconic Flamboyant Wing, each room offers delightful amenities, and one king or two double beds. 400 sq ft. Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults

Serenity Ocean View (Floors 1-3) / Grande Ocean View (Floors 4-7) Continually captivating, the panoramic vista of Great Bay’s vibrant blue waters and white-sand beach are the backdrop to the plush comfort of teak furnishings that blend seamlessly with the environment. Each are located in the Flamboyant Wing and feature one king or two double beds. 400 sq ft. Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults

Island View Junior Suite Designed with guests’ ultimate comfort in mind, these choice hideaways are sought after for a sprawling sitting area, coveted corner location, lavish bathroom with Jacuzzi and enviable position overlooking flowering, tropical gardens. Located in the Flamboyant Wing, each with one king or two double beds. 592 sq ft Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults

Ocean View Junior Suite The sparkle of panoramic ocean views color every moment of your stay here. Stretch out in generous living spaces and be enchanted by the serenity of your private balcony or terrace. Located in the Flamboyant Wing, each feature an expansive sitting room, oversized bathroom and one king bed. 592 sq ft Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults

Miramar Ocean View Fashioned exclusively for romance, these stylish, ocean view retreats delight with vistas of the endless blue Caribbean Sea and the secluded Miramar swimming pool. Savor leisurely mornings and romantic nights. Located in the Miramar Wing, each feature one king bed for an intimate sojourn. 400 sq ft Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults

Miramar One-Bedroom Butler Suite Spoiling oneself has never felt so good, with personalized butler service to ensure bespoke service day or night, here the living is refined–from an expansive living room with dining area, to private balcony or terrace and open kitchen in the Miramar Wing, each feature one king bed. Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults

Miramar Two-Bedroom Butler Suite With easy elegance and uncompromising service to guests seeking a spacious setting, uninterrupted ocean views from a balcony or terrace showcase 2, sumptuously furnished bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living/dining area and open kitchen. Butler Service assures flawless, service any time, day or night. 1,324 sq ft Maximum Occupancy: 4 adults


Join the fun filled, high energy resort animators, every day, as they take you through a wide variety of activities, fun and games, ranging from the cool and relaxed bingo to the energetic volley ball. Keep fit while on vacation with our sunrise morning walks, aqua aerobics and dance classes. The Activity Center will arrange all the activities at the resort such as Water Aerobics, Volleyball, Crab Racing, Scuba Diving, Tennis, Shuffleboard, Table Soccer, and Black Jack Lessons, Table Tennis.

Available for additional charge

A dedicated tours & excursions desk will guide you to all of our daily events and help you to organize off-property activities, including shopping excursions to Philipsburg or Marigot, ferry trips to St. Barts or Anguilla, golf, dolphin swims, snorkeling and scuba excursions, sunset dinner cruises and any other island adventure you’d like to try.

The Adventure Dive Center and Water Sports offer something for everyone. Enjoy a fun-filled day and get wet in the sun. Our instructors, dive masters, captains, tour guides and beach staff are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to give you the personalized service you expect. Please note that there is an additional fee for diving and various motorized water sports.

For added convenience, Sonesta Great Bay has on-site Hertz car rental desk and free parking.


Three swimming pools including one infinity pool and two whirlpools.


The resort offers a full-time entertainment program with evening activities including beach parties, guest musicians and entertainers by night.


Featuring more than 110 state-of-the-art slot machines, Virtual 3 Card Poker, Virtual Blackjack and automated Roulette. This boutique casino has the friendliest staff on the island. Check out the Vegas odds Sportsbook which allows bets to be placed on future events. All winning ticket payments can mailed to the lucky guest.


At the resort’s boutique, find all of your souvenir, resort wear, swim suits, snacks, beverages, wines and much more all in one stop. Downtown Philipsburg is just a 10-minute walk to duty-free shopping brimming with electronics, jewelry, liquors, linens, perfume and much more.


Overlooking beautiful Great Bay and the sparkling sea’s spectacular views, a mile of white, sandy beach, stretches across the resort, with beachside service and all the perks of the limitless all-inclusive benefits.


Serenity Spa, the resort's full-service spa, promises a rejuvenating atmosphere and a variety of services to soothe and relax. Indulge yourself with hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage, couple's massage, detoxifying de-stressing treatments for men and the green coffee cellulite treatment and much more. Spa services are available for an additional fee.


Stay fit while at Great Bay! Equipment includes BH Fitness Ultra series treadmills, BH Fitness Recumbent stationary bike, BH Fitness Ellipitcal machine, BodyCraft Xpress pro multi-station weight machine and Magnum fitness series free weights up to 50 lb. sets. The floodlit tennis court is only steps away for those looking to have a match, or just hit a few volleys.


St. Maarten’s go-to setting for intimate meetings and incentive groups is Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa. The property offers an array of meeting facilities and over 4,000 sq. feet (370 m2) of meeting and banquet space. Quiet nooks offer respite for smaller team sessions, while banquet capacity for 250 plays charming host to larger events.


A wedding on the beautiful island of St. Maarten is destined to be special, but when you combine Caribbean splendor with the superior services and location of Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, your day is certain to be perfect. The resort offers several spectacular outdoor locations to host your nuptials along our one-mile stretch of oceanfront property meeting the Caribbean's turquoise waters. To ensure that your wedding is beautifully planned, we offer the services of a dedicated weddings sales manager who will coordinate all of the details of your special day. For more information email


Karl Bourne

GETTING HERE: Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten is provided by: American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, JetBlue, WestJet, SunWing, Air Canada, Copa Airlines, KLM, Air France, United, LIAT, Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) and many other major airlines.

ENTRY: U.S. citizens, Green Card holders, Canadian and European Community citizens must have a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

CAPITALS: Philipsburg on Great Bay is the capital of St. Maarten. Marigot is the capital of French Saint. Martin.

NATIONALITIES: St. Maarten boasts 77 different nationalities. Saint Martin is a Collectivity of France.

LANGUAGE: English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St. Maarten and French the official language of Saint Martin. On St. Maarten, you can also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.

ELECTRICITY: St. Maarten uses the same 110/120V 60Hz A/C electricity and wall outlets as the US and Canada.

CELL PHONE: International roaming is available in St. Maarten with GSM cell phones operating on 900 and 1800 MHz frequencies. Check with your local phone carrier to verify your coverage, compatibility and roaming plan.

TIME ZONE: St. Maarten is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the winter season (-4 hrs. UTC/GMT) and is on the same hour as Eastern Daylight Savings Time in the summer.

CLIMATE: St. Maarten is sunny and warm year-round, with some relaxing cooling from trade winds. Average temperature during the winter season is 80F (27C). The island gets a few degrees warmer in the summer. There are occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with average annual rainfall of 45 inches.

CURRENCY: US dollars are accepted in St. Maarten. The Antillean guilder is the official currency, but prices appear in US dollars and banks and ATMs distribute both dollars and guilders. The euro is the official currency in French St. Martin, but US dollars are widely accepted on the French side, too.

POPULATION: 41,000 people live on Sint Maarten and 36,000 on Saint Martin.