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Enjoy the beautiful beachfront at The Villas On Great Bay

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2BR, 2 full baths, 1/2 bath, Oceanfront Rental. St. Maarten, sleeps 6

This two bedroom, two and a half bath villa is situated right on Great Bay Beach in a small complex of twelve individual villas with a lovely beach front swimming pool and breath-taking ocean views. This gated complex with on-site management is the perfect place to relax around the pool or to just lounge on your private lanai or elevated deck overlooking our beautiful beach. It is remodeled inside and out with new furniture and king beds.

The location is ideal because it is on the opposite side of Great Bay from the bustling Philipsburg Cruise Port, so you can enjoy the wonderful views of the cruise ships' comings and goings without the crowds! There are as many as six cruise ships in port at one time and watching them is a favorite past-time of just about everyone who stays at our complex.

There are endless activities available in Saint Maarten/Saint Martin and the surrounding islands if you are interested in something other than vegging out on our gorgeous beach or beach side pool and patio

Recently remodeled: Tastefully decorated with all new beds and bedding (600 thread count silky sheets!), sleeper sofa and living room furniture. All 3 bathrooms were entirely remodeled with the 2 private upstairs bedroom baths each receiving new round showers and rain showerheads with handheld shower wands. A new viewing deck is available through patio doors from the ocean side bedroom which overlooks the beach, ocean, and cruise ship dock. The entire kitchen was remodeled including a new stove, full sized microwave, dishwasher, plenty of cabinet space, and granite tile. We repainted the entire interor and fully stocked with dinner ware, cooking supplies, spices, blender, and bar accessories. There are even little drink umbrellas waiting just for you!

Short walk to everything: There is a local convenience store a half block away for the last minute necessities. Your favorite restaurants, shops, piers, and people watching is just a short 5-10 minute walk down the beach or boardwalk. This is one of the best locations on the island as you can have peace and quiet when you want it or walk just a few minutes to all the shopping, restaurants, and beach activiity your heart would ever desire.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Doug

This is a picture of my wife, myself and our two sons. We live in Topeka, KS and love going to warm beach weather. We love all the activities, shopping, and wonderful food on the island. We have been going to St. Maarten for almost 20 years and finally decided that this was the perfect location to keep coming back to. It is the perfect location as the access to the beach and town cannot be beaten. Also, you are a short walk or drive away from grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping.

Doug purchased this villa in 2010

Why Doug chose St Maarten / Saint Martin

We discovered St. Maarten 20 years ago and this villa almost 8 years ago. We know you will enjoy this beautiful location with great views of the ocean and a short convenient walk to shopping, beach activities, restaurants, and ice cream shops! We're proud of our vacation property and know that you will want to keep coming back.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My Wife, my son and myself had a wonderful time at your villa. It was clean, comfortable and full of supplies. The location was great and we felt very safe.

Everything we needed was in the kitchen. The TV and wireless were nice. The bathrooms were beautiful. Frank and Sandy, your onsite managers, were also very helpful and kind.

I can't think of any improvements we would suggest.

We would definitely recommend your villa to our friends and family. Once we travel a bit more and explore the world I'm sure we'll realize that your villa will be one of the best and come again.
Jan 2011
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Philipsburg Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , upstairs
    Half Bath - toilet , downstairs
    Shower - outdoor shower , Glass tile enclosed shower in front lanai
  • All bathrooms completley remodeled with full comfy towels, hairdryers, rain showerheads with additional handheld shower wands.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Queen sized sofa sleeper - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized
  • 2 individual bedrooms with king sized beds and a new sofa sleeper in the living room with a queen sized mattress. Each sleeping area has its own individual television and bathroom. The ocean bedroom has it own deck with pation doors with sitting area and tables for coffee. Full sized closets in each bedroom. Security safe in ocean bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 20 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
WIFI available in villa.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful beachfront at The Villas On Great Bay
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 48 reviews
Portsmouth, England

Wonderful property right on the beach at Great Bay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time of visiting the Villas on great bay and it has got even better. The villa has everything you need for a truly wonderful stay. It is very clean and comfortable , especially the bedrooms . Doug has gone out of his way to ensure that our stay would be special. He has had excellent communications with us to ensure we would have everything we need.

The position is great in that it is at the quiet end of the bay and yet it only takes twenty minutes to walk to the other end . Plenty of bars, restaurants to choose from. Don't forget to walk down Back street , more local.

It is certainly worth the walk to go to Chesterfields for lunch or dinner, a wonderful setting. If you want a Catamaran trip I suggest you contact Eagle tours, the girls there are very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write about your stay. I believe you have captured many of the unique benefits of our location. We love going down Back Street to shop as you find a whole different mix of stores and products there than you do on Front Street. Thank you for choosing our villa and we hope to see you back a third time.
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Staunton, VA

Didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

We spent 9 days at the Villas on Great Bay and it was awesome. This is a private enclave of 12 villas in a gated and secure location right on the beach. The view is amazing. We enjoyed watching the cruise ships arrive and depart each day. The location is outstanding, we walked daily to the restaurants on the Philipsburg boardwalk and never needed a car, although we did use a taxi for a couple of times to get back from Chesterfield's restaurant, which is a bit of a hike (1 mile).

Doug K. (not to be confused with the Canadian Doug who owns some of the other villas) is the owner and could not be nicer or more accommodating. His response time is lightning fast and he is sincerely committed to his guests having the best experience possible. The accommodations at the villa were excellent. You can tell that Doug and Becky have taken extra care and attention to detail in updating of the unit. The villa is tastefully furnished, very clean, and well stocked with essentials (and extras) to make your stay comfortable and worry-free. The unit has two full ensuite bathrooms for each bedroom upstairs, plus a 1/2 bath on the ground floor, and a bonus outdoor (private) shower. We spent most of our time on the veranda which has very comfortable furniture and a gorgeous view of Great Bay. We used the gas grill several times for seafood and steaks. I also made use of one of the kayaks for early morning jaunts in the bay.

The property manager (Wally) is outstanding. He is very friendly and attentive to the needs of the customers. He arranged for our transportation from the airport and our return. He met us upon arrival and escorted us to our villa and gave us a quick orientation. He also met us at 6:00am on the morning of our departure to assist us. Our taxi driver, James (Taxi 23), took to the Grand Marche on our way from the airport to the villa and waited for us while we picked up some groceries.

The only negatives that we experienced during our stay were crowing roosters, an occasional barking dog, and loud children from the common pool a couple of days of our stay. These minor annoyances certainly did not spoil our visit. Our only regret was our stay was too short and the villa is already booked next year during the same time. We had to book two years in advance to get this for our Feb. 2017 visit and it looks like we will have to book now to get it again for Feb. 2019. Believe's well worth the wait!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write and for your compliments about our villa and Wally, our manager. We are very fortunate to have great guests who are fun to work with which we sincerely enjoy helping. It is fun for us to help our guests have the vacation they are seeking. Thank you so much for choosing our property. We are so glad you enjoyed it as much as we do. We would be honored to have you back. Best regards, Doug Kinsinger
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Villa #2

  • 5 of 5

Wwe had a wonderful time at your Villa. It was so cozy and immediately felt like home. Very nicely decorated. This was our 10 visit to the Friendly Island and our second to the Villas.

Wally is a fantastic addition. He made us feel very comfortable and you could tell that he has a very genuine concern for the happiness of his guests as well as the maintenance of the Villas. He is very accommodating in every way.

I would definitely recommend your Villa to any of our friends and we both said that we would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write. We appreciate your comments about our villa and our onsite manager. It is fun for us to host our guests. We look forward to having you back in the future. Sincerely, Doug
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50th Birthday!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great rental. Doug, the owner is very responsive. The property is very clean and well stocked. Wally, the property manager, is extremely helpful and has great knowledge of the island. He made our stay a totally relaxing vacation. He set up reservations, taxis and connected us with great fresh lobster! It was a great 50 birthday! Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at our villa. We are fortunate to have found another great property manager, Wally, who lives right onsite in one of the 11 other adjacent villas. Wally has lived on the island for many years and is an expert in giving suggestions and helping answer questions for things to do and see. The one thing that makes us different is we really enjoy working with you and making sure your trip is one of your best ever. It is fun for us making sure you have fun and relax. Best regards, Doug Kinsinger
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The Pictures Don't Do It Justice !

  • 5 of 5

Our first impression of this villa is bright and airy. It is nicely decorated and the kitchen is well stocked . The villa

and the property were clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed having our morning coffee on the patio

watching the cruise ships arrive. We went to Chesterfields for dinner as well as Tastevin in Grand Case and we really enjoyed both. We found all the local

restaurants had excellent food. We also went to Tijon

and created our own perfume. Can't wait to try it again.

The manger provided excellent customer service. He

was always available to answer questions and help

with daily activities. The taxi service was very reliable.

We have already recommended this villa to friends and

family but the best compliment that we can give is that

we rebooked for next year before we left.

Laurie and Kim


  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laurie and Kim, thank you for taking time to write a review of your stay. Each of our guests and their satisfaction is important to us. I appreciate your return business next year! Doug
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Best villa on the island

  • 5 of 5

Doug and Becky have provided the perfect home for their visitors. It has everything that you would want and require to make your stay relaxing and stress free. There is no need to bring anything except some food items as they have provided everything you will need. We brought some frozen meats (turkey, roast, ground beef, back bacon) and they stayed frozen during the entire trip from Ontario. The property was spotless and cleaned each day before we stepped outside, the newspaper was waiting on our table top outside. We always felt safe as they have security there each night. The stores are close by for all your shopping needs. We walked or took the public bus most of the time and felt safe. We also went out in the taxi with James who was recommended by the villa. There was only one day that the cruise ships came in and all of the stores were open then, otherwise it was a hit and miss but this was also due to the time of the year we travelled. I would recommend this villa to anyone considering traveling to St. Martin, Doug was in touch with me prior to staying and also after to see if there was anything he could offer. Wally the new manager started just as we were leaving and offered to help us in any way to prepare us for our departure. We are looking forward to our return trip in April. Thank you Becky and Doug for sharing your home with us.

Kathryn and Phil

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathryn and Phil, it is a pleasure when we have guests like you. Thank you for taking time to write a review. It is fun for me to help our guests as I feel like I get to vacation helping you. We love St. Maarten and enjoy sharing our home and the island with our guests. Best regards, Doug
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Princess Julianna Airport - SXM
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Honky Tonk Bar
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mullet Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Great Bay

On-site manager can assist in arranging discount tours and car rentals, Complete water-sports including deep sea fishing, snorkeling diving, excursions to neighboring islands of Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba, gourmet dining, duty-free shopping and casino gambling are minutes away


Rates & Availability

Philipsburg Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Low Season 2018
May 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are for four persons, additional persons up to six would be $25 per night per person.

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