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
We went on a much needed vacation last week, and used some RCI points to book at the Divi. We were extremely pleased and pleasantly surprised when our "studio" room turned into one of the nicest rooms we have had at any location we've been too heretofore! (Try to get Room 401 if you can!!) The staff and people on St Maarten were super friendly, and our vacation was perfect! Just too short!!!
We enjoyed everything about this place! The beach, the room, the food, the pools and the friendly staff - just perfect! We cannot wait to go back!! Elvis at the front desk and Tony the event coordinator were amazing. We drove all over the island as well. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. There is so much to see and do but the best part was the beach at Divi Little Bay!
My husband and I stayed at Divi Little Bay for one week in June. We did the all inclusive plan for our stay. For the days we were at the resort, the all inclusive plan was definitely worth it. It was not worth the money for the days that we left the resort and explored the island, for we spent more money on food elsewhere. The food at the resort was very good. We started almost every day at Pureocean with the breakfast buffet which had plenty of options. The best spots for lunch were The Shack at Seabreeze. We did dinner at Gizmos and enjoyed live music every night. If you have the chance to eat at Pureroc, do it. That was our best meal.
The staff at the resort was so friendly! Tony, Shanese, and Alex were the best! These three made the resort feel like a home away from home. They were friendly and we loved our conversations with them.
Finally, the location of the resort is the best place to be on the island! No matter where you are on the resort you have a view of the Little Bay or the Port. We loved watching the cruise ships come into the Port. The Little Bay is beautiful with crystal clear water, white sand, and great reefs for snorkeling. If you love ocean activities, this is the resort for you because you can do it all right from the beach.
We were sad to leave and are already planning our return trip!!