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
I am currently staying at the resort for 7 nights with my wife and 12 year old son. We have been to St. Maarten once before 6 years ago and stayed at the Dawn Beach Condos the time share part of the Westin Dawn Beach Resort. Since this property was devastated by Hurricane Irma and had not re-opened we chose to stay at the Divi. I was able to book a 1 bedroom suite which was in building 6 and faced the harbor. We had a view of the Sun rise each morning and could see Phillipsburg across the bay and the Cruise ships anchoring. We leveraged Chase Sapphire points to pay for half of the fee for 7 nights. We opted for the All Inclusive program since we were traveling with our 12 year old son and it made things easier. The food was good at the hotel although as others have mentioned the service is slow. If you know this going in, you can see that the hotel staff works hard, and the property may be a little understaffed which results in the longer wait times. This did not detract from our experience of staying at the property. Several nights there was live entertainment which added to the experience of staying there. The beach is the real star at this property. It is beautiful with decent off the beach snorkeling. We are beach lovers and this is a huge plus for us. The resort is quiet at night and we had no isue with noise from other guests. The only improvement I would suggest would be to have more activities/sports for kids and families like a ping pong table, basketball court or tennis courts. This would elevate the hotel into a higher level of the property. Would I stay here again? If I was able to secure another great deal I would althogh we also like to travel to different destinations as well.
Divi Resort was amazing. We upgraded to a room with a kitchenette and loved it. The pools were all fantastic. Landscaping incredible. Beaches awesome. There is a community gas grill on premises that is highly suggested for your own jerk chicken, fresh snapper, or whatever you like! The house keeping team was great as were most of the wait staff and activity organizers. Our only complaint was the bartenders and certain wait staff, especially during the rotating happy hours. Beer was fine, mixers were an adventure depending on who made them. Low tier rum is used during happy hour by the way. One bartender went so far as to not add any dark rum to the Mai Tai because “he was out”. He got really agitated when I pointed to the higher tier dark rum behind him. In general all the bartenders in the resort seemed very uptight and not talkative or very responsive for some reason. Carrefour prices on everything are about double US prices, but still cheaper than eating out every night!
The DIvi Little Bay was a wonderful surprise. The resort is very laid back and the service is great. I stayed in one of the studio suites next to the Seabreeze Cafe and enjoyed one of the most amazing sunsets ever. Happy Hour at the Sea Breeze Cafe is a definite must. I would definitely stay here again.
We just stayed at Divi Little Bay for a week. The resort was great in every way. The weather, beach, food, staff, entertainment and the room. We toured the island and saw the damage that the 2017 hurricane left behind. They are recovering and we had a nice visit. A new attraction is a must. The Rainforest Adventure. Try the restaurant as well. It's a beautiful setting.
The Hotel is completely remodeled and is great. All new beds.Great night sleep .The beach has plenty of chairs and umbrellas. The 3 resturants and coffee shop were also great.There is a live band 6 nights aweek.Enjoy