Delivering a new level of sophistication and style, this elegant destination hotel is situated on a mile-long white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea. Downtown Philipsburg, the capital of St Maarten, is only a 10-minute walk from the resort. Located on the Dutch side of this Caribbean island, where English is the prevailing language and USD accepted everywhere.
Time-lapse video of St Maarten/St Martin by Donovane Tremor
About Great Bay Beach
This beachfront is situated on a mile-long pristine white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea.
Downtown Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten, is less than a 10 minutes' walk from the resort. Philipsburg bustles with a host of duty-free shops, cafés, boutiques and attractions. Stroll along the boardwalk and Front Street, a mile long shopping street with palm trees and cast iron streetlights. Watch the cruise ships come and go. Great Bay Harbor in Philipsburg is a popular stop for cruise ships.
About Sint Maarten
St Maarten is Dutch side of the of the unique Dutch-French island of St Maarten/St Martin, ranked the fifth best island in the world in August 2014. Covering just 37 square miles, St. Maarten/St. Martin proves that the best things do come in small packages! St. Maarten/St. Martin has it all — excitement, adventures and relaxation — the choice is yours. You can windsurf, snorkel, hike, go horseback riding, dine on amazing cuisine, shop to your heart’s delight and so much more. Sunny and warm year-round, with cool balmy trade winds, it’s the quintessential island paradise.
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DISCOVER ST MAARTEN & ST MARTIN
There are several great ways to explore the island of St Maarten/St Martin. Book a tour through our excursion desk or rent a car and discover the island on your own.
THE RESORT TOUR DESK. If you prefer to sit back and relax and let us take care of the planning, contact our dedicated Tour & Activities desk for an array of options on shore as well as boat trips around the island. Our tour desk will help you to organize off-property activities, including shopping excursions to the Dutch and French capitals Philipsburg or Marigot, ferry trips to the neighboring islands St. Barts or Anguilla, golf, dolphin swims, snorkeling and scuba excursions, sunset dinner cruises and any other island adventure you’d like to try.
RENT A CAR. A great way to discover the unique island of St Maarten/St Martin is to rent a car and explore the island at your own pace. You can rent a car for the day or for your entire stay. Hertz in St Maarten is currently offering guests at Sonesta Great Bay two FREE days for all 7 day or more car rentals, plus an additional 10% for advance reservations. Contact Hertz St Maarten by using this reservation form (promo code GREATBAYSXM). Limited time offer. Subject to change. Free parking for resort guests.
FACTS ABOUT ST MAARTEN/ST MARTIN
LOCATION & SIZE. The island is in the Caribbean Sea, 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. It covers 37 square miles, with Dutch St. Maarten on the South spanning 16 square miles and French Saint Martin on the North covering 21 square miles. The island is the smallest land mass to be shared by two separate governments.
GETTING HERE. Located on the Dutch side of the island, a 25-minute drive from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Air service to St Maarten is provided by all major airlines.
CAPITALS. Philipsburg on Great Bay is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten. Marigot is the capital of French Saint Martin.
NATIONALITIES. As a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, St. Maarten boasts 77 different nationalities. Saint Martin is an overseas territory of France.
LANGUAGE. English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St. Maarten and French is the official language of Saint Martin. On the Dutch side, you may also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.
CLIMATE. Sunny and warm year-round, with some cooling from trade winds. The average temperature during the winter season is 80°F and the island is a few degrees warmer, but not as humid in the summer. There are occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with the annual rainfall averaging 45 inches.
GETTING HERE. Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten is provided by: American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, USAirways, JetBlue, KLM, Air France, United, LIAT, Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) and many other major airlines.
ENTRY. U.S. citizens need a valid passport or birth certificate with raised seal and photo identification and a return/continuing ticket. Naturalized citizens must show an original naturalization certificate with photo identification. Green Card holders must have a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. Canadian and European Community citizens need a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.