Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
What We Love
- Gizmo, the resident macaw at the beachfront bar
- Ocean views from every room and/or balcony
- À la carte or optional all-inclusive rates
- The on-site taxi stand and car rentals for excursions around the island
What To Know
- You’ll likely need a (short) cab ride to get to lively Philipsburg, across Great Bay
- The majority of accommodations are time shares but can be booked when available
- Suites, which have living rooms with sleeper sofas and full kitchens, are great for families
- Accommodations are split between oceanfront and hillside units
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Revitalized beachfront beauty on a private peninsula, on the Dutch side of the island
A 15-month renovation has given this long-standing resort a new look: colorful umbrellas have replaced a clunky wood-and-canvas sunscreens at the Infinity Pool, Pureocean has been joined by two new restaurants (The Shack offers jerk, barbecue, and roti while Pureroc serves cook-your-own entrees served on a steaming lava rock), and a newly added Pureocean Pool is a sexy replacement for the former kidney-shaped Casitas Pool thanks to its own swim-up bar, fire pit, hot tub, and cabanas. What hasn’t changed? The resort’s long signature beach on a private peninsula and the presence of Gizmo, the “Divi diva”—red-and-green macaw who has been the resort’s mascot and overseer of Gizmo’s Bar for more than 25 years. All 210 guest rooms feature clean-lined contemporary furniture, artwork, bright colors, and a terrace or balcony with at least a partial ocean view. (Spring for a suite if separate wash basins and a whirlpool bath are personal requirements.) Elsewhere, a small spa serves up mani-pedis, facials, exfoliation, and massages, and there’s a couples’ massage room that opens to the sounds of the ocean. The rest of the property is like its own village: there’s a convenience store, jewelry boutique, and souvenir shop on the premises, as well as a whopping six restaurants/cafés and three bars.
In the Area
The resort, on the Dutch side of the island, is a 20-minute drive from Princess Juliana International Airport and less than 10 minutes by car from the shops, restaurants, and lively beachfront of Philipsburg—the Dutch capital. You need not go far to check out one of the island’s most beloved spots: Fort Amsterdam‘s ruins sit on a hilltop overlooking the resort, where you’ll find glorious views of Philipsburg and Great Bay as well as nesting brown pelicans on the slopes. Just outside Philipsburg, on the site of an 18th-century plantation, Rainforest Adventures has what it says is the world’s steepest zip line; guests race from mountaintop to valley floor at nearly 60 mph.
How to Get There
This was our first visit to Divi Little Bay since hurricane Irma and the place looks GREAT!! The resort has been upgraded in many areas, the best of which was the pool area up by Gizmo's and PureOcean. The pool and surrounding area has been significantly expanded to a multi-tiered pool with a lot more space. The staff, at Divi Little Bay, was excellent, as always, which made our entire stay very enjoyable.
The staff were all excellent, the resort has some issues from an operational perspective.
The rooms were not ready at the 4:00 check-in time. I did a pre-check-in at 11:00 and my room was not cleaned until 5:30, others in the line at 4:00 had similar stories as did others we spoke with during our stay.
The poolside bar was supposed to open at 11:00 each day, there were days when it didn't open until 12:30 or 1:00.
The one large restaurant on the resort was closed on Saturday (even though they charged us for the all-inclusive) due to a private function. Some meals on the menu were not included in the all-inclusive.
The staff were wonderful!
My 2nd home with my St. Maarten family. Check in went very smoothly. Room was great. I was able to throw my birthday party at Gizmo's bar where all guest helped me celebrate. Everyone was very friendly.