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Villas on Great Bay
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

I just got back from the amazingly beautiful island of st.maarten!! We stayed 7 nights in villa 2. Lets just say from the minute we booked to the minute we left it was an incredibly easy and hospitable experience. Doug, the owner, was there through every step of my booking to planning. He made it very easy to know everything we needed about his villa. You cant get that kind of service in a hotel! Jim the property manager did just the same. When we got there he showed us around our very well stocked/equipped & secure villa and gave us tips about the island. Everything we could possibly need was available in the villa. Literally 2 minutes walking to a small market, and about 10 minutes to get into town where the cruise ships dock. The rest of the island is veryyy accessible via cab or bus (if youre going out in the day I recommend the bus) All that aside, THE VIEW & THE BEACH!!!! I couldnt ask for more!! Villas on Great Bay.. 5 stars from me!! Thank you!!!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

Hello Iris, on behalf owner and management let me thank you for the great review! You're a five stars guest and we can't wait for your next vacation in our piece of paradise... Caribbean wait for you again!

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I'm finally writing my review! We came for our honeymoon in March 2014. The views are amazing and Jim was an awesome host! We stayed in villa 9 which was wonderful and the owner Luca was so helpful before hand with lots of information. The entire property was super clean and beautiful.

You must eat at Harmony!!!!!! It's right down the street from the villas and you won't find it on trip advisor- cruise ship passengers don't stumble upon it because it's not on the beaten path and it's not shaped like a pirate ship;) There were only locals there when we went - Saturday night- and there was live music and good Caribbean food- it was the best night of our honeymoon! The musicians took requests from us and we even danced right out on the patio for a while:)

We didn't rent a car, when we wanted to go to other parts of the island they had a great driver they called named James who drove us around and really gave us a little tour of the island as we went.

The only thing I would mention is that Luca kept insisting we would be able to go out for dinner late but the first night we headed out around 9 and a lot of places were really starting to wind down. We went to to the Greenhouse that night and we were some of the last people there. ( we loved Greenhouse btw) So for the rest of the week we made sure we went out for dinner by 7:30 or so which was fine, we really didn't need to eat much later than that. I think we did eat late at the Holland House one night so it is doable, but in general we tried to make it out by 7:30-8.

That's all! Go- you won't regret it!!!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Hello!!! You wrote review #90 and... it is a great one! We all owners and managers, are so happy you enjoyed your honeymoon at the villas. Your suggestions will help other guests to have great dinners even if not at late night LOL. Please, accept our best wishes for your new life as a married couple and of course we wait for your next vacation in our piece of paradise!

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We just returned from a 10 day stay in villa #3 at Great Bay. There were 5 adults staying in the villa and we all agree everything was great! The location was perfect, the villa was perfect, the other people in the compound (owners, long term residents, security, and other visitors) were all great to get to know. Above all was Jim, the property manager, he made sure everything was perfect and always seemed to be around if you had any questions about anything on the island. Our room opened to the pool and the beach was right behind that, maybe 15 feet to the beach. We BBQ'ed outside several nights and enjoyed watching the cruise ships leave and the sun go down. The location was great, we could walk to front street when we wanted to and return to the compound when we wanted quite time. The only bad thing was having to leave! We are already planning a return trip for next year.

Room Tip: We stayed in villa #3 and it was great. We walked through #11, it is very large, but not "beach...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Hello! What a great review... you used a lot of time the word "perfect" and you cannot imagine how much proud proud we are that we got a new satisfied guest and friend. On behalf Jim, Mike, and all the people that daily help to make the villas our little paradise, let me thank you for your stay and your kind words. We wait for your next stay!

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We recently returned from staying in The Villas on Great Bay, Villa #2, June 7-20. What a wonderful time we had. I can't say enough GOOD things about it. Doug, the owner, called me before we left to see if I had any questions. He sent us a 27 page book on things to see and do while there. He also e-mailed me while I was there to make sure everything was going ok. He lets you use all their personal items such as ice chest, pool toys, beach towels, gas grill, etc. He has everything you need to cook with in the kitchen if you don't want to go out to eat.

There were 6 of us and we had plenty of room .The Villa was immaculate, and nicely laid out. There is a living room/dining area, kitchen and half bath on the first floor in addition to the covered area that overlooks the ocean. On the second level there are two bedrooms, one is facing the water with a balcony off of it and a full bathroom.You can see the cruise ships from the balcony. There is a very comfortable bed in the couch and Jim, the property manager, even had a blow up bed ready for us when we got there. My son loved it and said it was very comfortable. The pool and ocean are just a few feet from the Villa. The ocean was never crowed and most the time we were the only ones in it.
The manager, Jim, is the nicest guy you will ever meet, very personable and helpful in giving you directions to anywhere you want to go on the island. We also wanted to take a day trip to Anguilla. He told us everything we needed to know to get there. He makes you feel like family. He even took time out of his busy day to take our family pictures. Always friendly and willing to help. He made our stay so much more enjoyable!!!! We had no worries. We knew all we had to do was find Jim and ask him.
The villas are VERY secure. We never felt unsafe. They have locking gates all around and a full time Security Guard,Wilfred. He was great. I told him how much I liked coconut and he got a ladder and got us some off the tree and broke them open for us.
One of the great things about the Villas is you can walk into Phillipsburg for dinner or shopping, you can either walk on the beach or go out the back of the Villas and walk on the street. There are also 2 markets across the street. They are very reasonable in their prices. We shopped there daily.
You can also walk a couple of blocks down the street and catch a bus to where ever you want to go. We did this daily and it only cost $2.00 per person. We never had to wait over 3 to 4 minutes for a bus. They will stop anywhere you are standing. We felt very safe and got to visit with the locals.
This was our 5th trip to the island. Thanks to Doug, Jim, and Wilfred for making it the BEST one yet!!!! We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Villa #2 close to pool, private, quite and new furnishings.
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Hello Oceangirl, and thanks for your absolute wonderful review!! It was so detailed that we could use it as a villas guide for next guests! On behalf the owner, the managers and all the villas family let me thank you again for your kind words and of course... we wait for your sixth trip on the island!

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I cant say enough good things about The Villas On Great Bay! After researching where to stay we decided on The Villas because of all the great reviews on TripAdvisor and they were right! We traveled as a family. Myself, My husband and our 2 sons.

We were right on the beach - literally about 15 feet from the ocean! My sons went down to the water and we could keep a safe eye on them from our balcony. We were outside on the balcony/deck ALOT! It was so lovely in the evenings. We went to the local grocery store (which is about a block away) on nights we just didn't want to eat out and to save a little cash and this is where we ate! It was postcard perfect every night! We had local visitors, such as big crabs! And the local sweet dog nearby who was just as sweet as can be! Yes there was locals walking by (all friendly btw) and there were security measures (locking of iron gate, and making sure your doors are bolted) but it is and should be like that everywhere you go. We felt very SAFE!

The beds were very comfortable and the villa was just perfect for us and what we needed. The bathroom was a very good size and the water was always hot for us even at night when the 4th person went to shower!

Jim (the property manager) went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and happy. I had alot of questions and never felt like i was being a bother to ask him advice on things to do, eat, or just questions about the locals etc. He was more then happy and interested in making sure we had a great time! He gave us great tips on things to do and see. He also hooked us up with (in my opinion) the best cab driver on the island! James! We felt very safe with him and everytime we rode with him we all learned something new!

We used the pool (VERY clean) and we enjoy the garden area also at the Villas. We even saw the resident iguana that lives there! My boys had fun searching for him each day.

We really wanted to stay at Villa #9 and were SO happy we did but honestly all of the villas seemed to be really great. In the future if Villa 9 was booked I would be happy with staying in any of them.

THANK YOU so much for making this vacation simply great. It is a family memory we will take with us forever!! And we will definitely be back soon to stay at The Villas!!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Dear Scott,
on behalf Jim and all owners let me say... Wow, what a great review! At the villas we all want happy guests and we are so happy you and your family had such a great vacation. All the details mentioned and the suggestions you provided will be so helpful for our guests and friends. We can't wait for your next stay in our caribbean paradise!

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Our family enjoyed a fabulous stay in Villa #1 for our second time visiting the Villas on Great Bay. Cannot say enough about how incredible the accommodations and location are – it’s an absolute gem. Right on the beach and is just a short scenic stroll downtown for some incredible shopping or a meal out. Our kids just loved the infinity pool and the beach out front was perfect for swimming too - they had a hard time choosing! Paul and Danita’s villa has been completely and thoroughly updated and decorated and is super clean, comfortable and welcoming. We really liked the privacy this unit offers. It has everything you could possibly need and more. If you do need anything, or have any questions at all, the on-site Managers are super friendly and helpful. The island itself, there is so much to do and see and the people are so friendly – we cannot wait to go back! Thank you so much!

Room Tip: Villa #1 (end unit) was nice and private
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

What a wonderful review... thank you so much! You used a nice word, gem... we like it very much and we all, owners and managers, are so proud to contribute daily to preserve and upgrade our piece of paradise. Thanks and come back again!

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We took our kids on a vacation (probably our last one as a nuclear family before they venture into their own lives) and wanted to make it spectacular. Our friend recommended Villa #2 which we were able to book it. The night we arrived, Wilford (the night security guard) was quick to greet us and show us the property. When our kids stepped out the back door and saw the view, the expressions on their faces were priceless. The villa and location were exactly what we hoped for and more. We stepped out of our reality into paradise. The location and the view are unmatched. Villa #2 is phenomenal. It is gorgeous, clean and surprisingly well stocked. The property is stunning, safe and convenient to everything. Jim, the onsite manager, is attentive, helpful and a wealth of information. He has fantastic recommendations for entertainment, restaurants, tours and ideas of what to experience on the island. Our hands down favorite experience in St. Martin was the BBQ at Bernard's house. The villa owner, Doug Kinsinger, is fantastic. He cares deeply that your experience at his property is supreme and effortless. Doug is quick to answer questions, answer emails and provide suggestions for your stay. We have rented many times via VRBO and I can honestly say Doug is, by far, the best property owner I have ever rented from. I am certain all of the villas are stunning, but when we return, we will go to Villa #2. We LOVED the beach of Great Bay and especially that the sand is more coarse and easy to clean up, though we loved all the beaches on St. Martin. This was the very best vacation our family has ever experienced. Thank you Doug, Jim and Wilford for excellence.

Room Tip: This property is ideal for 4 though there is a sofa, pull out bed which can accommodate 2 additional...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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VGBowners, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Villas on Great Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Hello! Thanks for you great review!! On behalf Doug, Jim and all owners we're so proud you enjoyed your stay in our beloved piece of paradise... your kids expressions are the same we all felt on our arrive at the villas. We really hope to have you again as nice guests!

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Additional Information about Villas on Great Bay

Address: Front Street 211, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Philipsburg
Price Range: £258 - £261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villas on Great Bay are located on Great Bay Beach in a quiet residential neighborhood of Philipsburg, the Dutch capital of St. Maarten, and about 20 minutes’ drive from the island airport. Within easy walking distance you’ll find restaurants, world class duty-free shopping, casinos and nightlife, and the lively boardwalk.We are a small, gated property with a security guard on duty throughout the night, and an on-site property manager to ensure your vacation is hassle-free. Each of our villas is privately owned, but each has the same basic layout – two bedrooms upstairs (some with ensuite bathrooms) and 1½ to 2½ bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, private lanai, and each comes supplied with linens, including beach towels. Our nine beachfront villas have spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, while the remaining two overlook our tropical gardens.We know how to make your visit to our beautiful island everything you’ve hoped for and expected. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Villas On Great Bay Hotel Philipsburg
Villas On Great Bay St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg

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