Recent Media Coverage of Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort

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

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10 Insanely Affordable Destinations for Summer 2016
Ready to discover incredible and affordable destinations for summer? I’ve researched trends and prices around the globe to find these 10 spots ideal for a great summer vacation that won’t break the bank.
Smarter Travel. May 25, 2016

Weekly Travel Deals: Amsterdam, Mexico, and 45% Off a Trip to St. Maarten
Save 45 percent on a trip to Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, an adults-only all-inclusive where every room comes with a balcony or terrace and subtle Caribbean decor.
Travel + Leisure. May 31, 2016

Dinner with a View
Like its name promises, Water’s Edge Restaurant in St Maarten is right at the edge of the one-mile sandy swath at the adults-only all-inclusive Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort.
Jaxfax Travel Marketing. May/June 2016

No Kids Allowed: Adults-only resorts in the Caribbean
Staying up late, sleeping in and savoring a drink in-hand by noon is the pot of gold at the end of the vacation rainbow. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a wild weekend, a stay in an adults-only resort can be the best kind of grown-up fun. April 6, 2016

The World’s Best Adults Only Hotels
You love your children. You really do. But every once in awhile you just want to go somewhere where your hangover won't be interrupted by someone jumping on your bed and you can eat dinner without having to ask for a kids' menu.
Thrillist. March 31, 2016

The Caribbean’s Most Romantic Seaside Resorts
The most romantic night of the year is fast approaching, and what could be more perfect than an intimate dinner for two at sunset with your toes in the sand. We're certain that if you book one of our favorite sexy tables for two, you'll impress that certain someone with a mood-setting meal she (or he) will never forget. February 2, 2016

USA Today - The Caribbean's most romantic seaside restaurants. June 19, 2015

USA Today - Experience Caribbean, Sexy St. Maarten: Romantic activities for couples. June 19, 2015

Dallas Voice - The New Normal: Picking a fresh gay summer vacation spot. June 3, 2015

Rainbow Times - The Frivolist: 6 Gay Palces to Kick Off the Best Summer Ever. May 26, 2015.

Curve Magazine — It’s a Sailor’s Life for Me: Sailing St. Martin. April 2015

USA Today — Foodie Favorites: The Best Caribbean Resorts Restaurants. April 2015

Washington Post - This Week's Best Travel Bargains from Around the Globe. March 25, 2015.

Travel Weekly — Two Sonesta resorts reach out to IGLTA community. March 2015

Stupid Dope — Romantic Retreats! Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa, St. Maarten. March 2015

Travel and Tour World - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten now registered with IGLTA. February 2015 - St Maarten’s Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Reopens After Hurricane Gonzalo. December 2014

Jetsettersblog — Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa Reopens after refurbishing. October 2014.

H Luis Presents — The Sonesta Great Bay Resort St. Maarten. September 2014

Travel Weekly — Across the Island

Jestsetters Blog — Marital Bliss at Sonesta Resorts, Thanks To Marry Me Package. Augusti 2014

My Hotel Wedding — A fab Caribbean Wedding Package with a Free Anniversary Stay! July 2014

Destination 42 — NEW TRAVEL DEALS: JULY 2014: Get married for free at Sonesta St. Maarten

New York Post — Make it a Double! Experience the Lovable Odd Couple that is St. Martin Luxury Travel — Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort: Easy All-Inclusive on St. Maarten

Travel Weekly — Sonesta resort in St. Maarten introduces butler service — Top holiday resorts for Valentine's Day romance to wow your lover


Management Profile

A management profile for key members of the resort's management team.

Karl A. Bourne
General Manager

A native of St Thomas, USVI, Karl A. Bourne, General Manager for Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, is a veteran hotelier whose career has taken him across major hotel brands in the Caribbean and the east coast of the United States.

Bourne began his journey in the industry at a very young age, when he took a job in Manhattan’s Ritz Carlton right after he graduated high school. It was there he met Manager Len Siedel, who he credits with inspiring him to be the best at whatever he set out to accomplish in the hospitality business—and, to date, he has quite a list to his name.

Bourne joined Sonesta and moved to Sint Maarten after a two-year stint revamping the F&B department at Beaches Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica. He has occupied management positions since 1989 when he worked for the Hilton Walt Disney World Village, with ensuing experience at El Conquistador Resort & Country Club (Fajardo, Puerto Rico), Starwood Hotels & Resorts/Westin Resort (St. John, USVI), Marriott Hotels & Resorts (Orlando, Florida) and Wyndham Resorts International (St. Thomas, USVI), among others.

It was during his tenure in 2005-2007 as Chief Operating Office for Danfine Corporation in Orlando, Florida, a company with annual revenues of $105 million, that he began to focus on becoming General Manager of a major resort hotel.

Today, Bourne overseas the Food & Beverage and Rooms divisions of the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, as well as the front and back of house operations, the public areas and other guest facilities, including the privately-owned one- and two-bedroom condo units.

Bourne is a graduate of Penn Foster University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from GULL University. An avid fishing fanatic, on his days off you’ll find him angling on the high seas.