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A Slice Of The Caribbean With A Dash Of Europe

Hotel & Resort | Sonesta Resorts, St. Maarten | Kristina Rundquist | October 10, 2016

A Slice Of The Caribbean With A Dash Of Europe

PHOTO: The Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa. (Courtesy Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten)

When you know you want to go someplace warm but you’re also looking to experience a multitude of cultures and traditions – when not taking in the sun and fun on a pristine white beach, of course – the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is the place to go.

Situated on the Dutch side of St Maarten/St Martin on the beach of Great Bay and just steps from downtown Philipsburg, the resort is the ideal setting from which to enjoy a little bit of the Caribbean with a dash of Europe.

Best of all, while the culture is decidedly Dutch-influenced, English is widely spoken and US dollars are accepted everywhere.

Accommodations. No detail is overlooked in the Sonesta Great Bay’s rooms. Regardless of the level, each room and suite is tastefully appointed in contemporary Caribbean decor, and features a king-sized bed or two doubles, a balcony or terrace, flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and more.

Dining: Whether it’s a casual meal or something more elegant, the Sonesta Great Bay has it covered. The Bay View Restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet set against the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, while Il Pescatore Seafood Restaurant offers an a la carte menu spotlighting the area’s fresh-caught seafood. Pop in for a casual pizza at the Pizzeria Capri or for a romantic dinner, enjoy a meal at the Mediterranean-inspired Water’s Edge Restaurant. And four bars from the casual swim-up bar to the Living Room Bar & Lounge, which features live entertainment and dancing, means the party never ends.

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Limitless All-Inclusive. Perfect for couples who are looking for a variety of dining options, as well as all the amenities one expects with a Sonesta resort, the Limitless All-Inclusive is sure to please. From a host of bars and lounges to top-notch services, guests will be pampered from the moment they arrive through their departure. Guests of the Sonesta Great Bay can experience the luxury of Champagne check-in, room service in butler suites, afternoon tea, beach service and more. And day passes are available, allowing guests to enjoy the nearby sister resort Maho Village.

Activities. With Philipsburg just a 10 minute walk away, there’s plenty to do when looking to explore a bit further afield, including a host of duty-free stores, boutiques and cafes along and around Front Street, a mile-long shopping street lined with picturesque palm trees and cast-iron streetlights. And don’t miss the Boardwalk or a stop by Great Bay Harbor to watch the cruise ships come in. However, with so many things to do on-site, guests may never leave. From 10am to 2 am daily, guests can try their luck at the Golden Casino with more than 110 state-of-the-art slot machines, roulette and electronic blackjack, among others. If gambling isn’t the thing, then surely the Serenity Spa will be thanks to its signature treatments and a private gazebo for beachside massages. In between massages, guests can take advantage of a host of watersports, morning walks, aqua aerobics and the latest in fitness equipment, and even diving adventures or island tours.

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