After reading the reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect when we got to the resort, but any anxiety I had quickly disappeared.
My husband and I like to visit different places and I had never been to St. Maarten so we chose Divi Little Bay to celebrate our second anniversary with another couple. Check-in was fast and easy, although I wasn't thrilled when we were shuttled into an office to hear a speach from our 'assigned' concierge. Fortunately, we were in and out quickly and had no problem scheduling an appointment for a timeshare presentation in exchange for $100 resort credit.
When we got to our one bedroom unit, it was nice but had only a double bed. My husband is 6'5" and we had been told we would have a king size bed, so this was a problem. A trip to the front desk got us a new unit which was very nice, with a patio overlooking Great Bay, Philipsburg and the cruise ships that came in throughout the week. I loved that the way the buidings are laid out made our patio very private - we had coffee and fruit for breakfast on the patio every morning and didn't see or hear anyone else, other than the visiting cats, from our quiet sanctuary the entire week. Watching the sunset from the infinity pool is an amazing sight that should not be missed.
I had read several bad reviews about the food at the resort, and had reservations about eating there, but we were enjoying the pool on our first day and the Seabreeze Cafe was the only place to get lunch without having to go somewhere else. We shared a chicken and ribs basket and to my surprise it was quite good. Apparently they have a new chef and we ended up eating several meals at the resort throughout the week, including breakfast at the restaurant, lunch at Seabreeze and pizzas from Gizmo's, which were all very tasty and we didn't feel they were overpriced.
We rented a small SUV for the week for only $260, which we thought was quite reasonable and is essential if you want to see the island. I read several reviews about Philipsburg being only a 15 minute walk from the resort, but I can't imagine who would want to walk on those roads - they are very narrow and the drivers are pretty crazy. We spent a day at Pinel Island which was very relaxing, and did some shopping in Philipsburg, but mostly spent the days at the pools and ventured out at night for dinner, including an amazing 7 pound lobster at Lee's Roadside, which was the biggest lobster I've ever seen and it was delicious! We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Temptation Restaurant, which was wonderful. The food was delicious and the owner Jack and the entire staff could not have been any nicer.
After driving around the island and seeing the different towns and resorts, etc. I decided that the Divi has the best location on the island for what we like. The peninsula it's situated on provides amazing views, which are different from each area of the resort, and the fact that it's not in any of the towns, which are very congested, provides plenty of privacy and tranquility. While I realize that's not what everyone wants on their vacations, it is exactly what we like and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We will definitely return.
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
- St Maarten Divi Little Bay
- Divi Little Bay Resort
- Divi Little Bay Beach Resort St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg
- Hotel Divi Little Bay Beach