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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian

Gorgeous Beachfront Villa#9 at 'Villas on Great Bay'

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


St Maarten / Saint Martin Villa Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2,5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

VILLA#9 on the east edge of 'Villas on Great Bay' complex, directly on the beach of Philipsburg, the capital of dutch St.Maarten.

Being the side villa it offers more privacy and tranquilllity.

On the ground floor: terrace on the beach with wooden floor, a lanai to enjoy meals and drinks in front of the ocean and a shady small side garden with outdoor shower (it's the only villa of the complex so featured); inside there's a spacious living room with sofas and armchairs, flat LCD TV, a dining space with table and chairs. A new queen sofa bed adds 2 sleeping places. Finally there is a kitchen completely equipped and one half bathroom.

On the upper floor: one ocean bedroom (queen bed) with private deck over the beach, one garden bedroom (king bed, ocean side view), each one with full en-suite marble luxury bathroom with shower recently renovated. Each room is equipped with cable Tv, ceiling fans and separately air-conditioned. Linen, towels and beach towels are provided.

The common areas of the complex include an infinity pool sorrounded by long chairs, a breezeway sitting area and a lush tropical garden.

Dan Lacey, our on-site property manager is ready to provide assistance, recommendations, rent a car, directions.


The Villas on Great Bay complex is on the west side of Great Bay Beach. Few steps away you can find shops, fine restaurant and casinos. All these in the newly renovated areas of Front Street, and the new 'Promenade', the beach boardwalk.

In addition, St. Maartin island features 37 wonderful different beaches, both in French and Dutch side. 20' boat from Anguilla Island and 40' from St. Barth with daily round trip excursions.

Keywords: Villa, beachfront, oceanfront

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Luke (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian

About Luke

A couple in their 50s who had the incredible luck to buy this small piece of paradise. We're glad to share it with our guests from all over the world.

Luke purchased this villa in 2010

Why Luke chose St Maarten / Saint Martin

We felt in love with Saint Martin during our honeymoon. We started looking for a property to purchase and we finally found this secret jewel, a villa laying on one of the best island beaches.

What makes this villa unique

Our villa is inside a wonderful gated small complex called 'The Villas on Great Bay' located in a Philipsburg quiet neighbourhood but only 5 minutes walking from shopping, restaurants and beach activities.

What we love more? You can wake up in the morning sorrounded by nothing else than a perfect silence, have the breakfast in your ocean front private lanai, have a swim in the cristal waters of the bay, get sun tanned, refresh in our infinity pool and then in just 5 minutes you can be in the middle of the caribbean sparkling capital of shopping and world cuisine. Not to mention the other 36 beaches and more than 200 restaurants of the island... What are you waiting for?

Guestbook comments from the owner

For selfish reasons, we are hesitant to tell the world what we think of the Villas on Great Bay in Saint Maarten. If everyone knows how TERRIFIC it is, everyone will want to stay there! We would like it to stay just as it is.....the best kept secret in the Caribbean! We have stayed there every year for the past four years and we have already booked a seven week stay for next year! We feel so comfortable there that we really do consider it our “home away from home”! At the Villas you will find what you will NEVER find at your average resort – turquoise blue Caribbean water with an uncrowded white sand beach at your doorstep, an uncrowded swimming pool, lounge chairs galore with lots of room between them, peace and quiet, privacy, of all, a management team (Frank and Sandy) who know you by name, actually CARE about you, and consistently go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable! The Villas have everything you need and, if you are missing something, Frank and Sandy will take care of it. The little nearby grocery store (Suki’s) is a great convenience and the prices are reasonable. It is great to have Philipsburg within walking distance but far enough away that you don't even notice the hustle and bustle when cruise ships are in port. Watching the beautiful cruise ships from your waterfront patio is amazing! Driving on the island is a breeze - don't hesitate to rent a car (we highly recommend Leisure Car Rental) and see the sights, visit the many beautiful beaches, experience the dining and shopping on the French side (St. Martin), and......don't miss a feed-up of ribs at one of the seaside BBQ's in Grand Case! Yummy and cheap!
Mar 2011
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Gorgeous Beachfront Villa#9 at 'Villas on Great Bay'
average rating of 4.881356 based on 60 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Second time at this villa....except a few minor things which I won't even mention here, everything perfect...if you look for privacy , this is the place on the island

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found !

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived at this lovely Villa we knew we had picked a really stunning location.

This was our first visit to St Maarten having spent the last 30 years discovering the delights of the Caribbean, it is a beautiful Island and well worth the journey from the UK.

Everything about the villa was perfect,spotlessly clean,really comfortable beds and lovely soft fluffy towels !

We loved waking up to the views across the turquoise sea and soft white sands watching the Boardwalk come to life if a Cruise ship had docked.Sunbeds wave runners and all sorts of colourful traders would appear from nowhere just far away enough not to disturb this little piece of paradise ,but provide great entertainment

St Maarten offers such choice of beautiful beaches & places to visit not to mention shopping and Segway tours down the beach!

There is a wide selection of places to eat catering for all budgets and tastes,the larger supermarkets offer a great selection of food at reasonable prices for self catering.

We really loved everything about our stay here and would come back in a heartbeat.

Thank you Luca for giving us the opportunity of sharing your fabulous holiday home and providing a very professional service.

Thanks also to Jim who was a pleasure to meet and good luck to Dan in his new job!

To anyone reading this in the UK PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT TO COME HERE the flight might be a little longer but so worth the effort !!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jan, WOW!!! I read your review and I saw a happy guest. I'm so proud you enjoyed your vacation at villa #9. We work hard to make any stay the perfect one. You're also among our first guests from the UK and so it means a lot for me and our staff. We deeply thank you for your stay and your fantastic review. We can't wait to have you again as guest in our piece of paradise!
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Great villa in fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The villa was really well equipped with everything we needed to make us feel at home. The views from the balconies were amazing, we really enjoyed a drink late in the evening on the upstairs balcony as the breeze was nice and cooling. The ensuite bathrooms were lovely with nice fluffy towels! We felt safe both on and off the complex and enjoyed our walks home along Front Street after an evening meal, the locals are really friendly.Jim was really helpful and so laid back! Luca has been really helpful throughout our booking and stay and we would all like to thank him very much for allowing us to stay in his beautiful home. Lizzys was our favourite place to eat. Make sure you take time to see the whole island, it is beautiful! Don't miss the restaurants in Grand case in the evening, the Lolos there are great at lunch. If you like unspoilt beaches go to Mullet Bay and Happy Bay. A day out in Anguilla should not be missed, it is paradise!! We would love to return and highly recommend this villa.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, Thank you SO MUCH for this great review. I have to say we share a lot of preferences: the view from both the ocean decks were the x-factor we decided to purchase the villa, I personally designed the new ensuite bathrooms and I choose towels and logo! I absolutely agree about the beaches and the Anguilla day hope, great choices. Now, on behalf our management too, let me say again how happy we are when we meet happy guests. we really can't wait for your next vacation in our caribbean piece of paradise! L
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Excellent Villa!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the villa in early May, 2016.

The ocean view was fantastic and we were only about 50 feet from the best swimming bay on the island. We also could watch the ocean liners come and go as we sat on our deck overlooking Great Bay.

I have been to St. Martin nine times and this is the nicest condo that I have ever stayed in.

The overall facility is in excellent condition, the grounds are well cared for and it is an easy walk to get into the shops and restaurants of Philipsburg.

I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Van... great vacation, great review! Thank you so much for your stay and for your kind words. We make all efforts to give our guests the perfect vacation, I really wait for your next caribbean escape at villa #9!
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This Villa is to die for!!

  • 5 of 5

Every great review you can ever read about this villa is TRUE! Staying here is truly wonderful, from the more than competent manager, to the warm soft waves just off your deck, to the excitement of a Carnival parade. Just far enough away is the shopping/restaurant area on the boardwalk. The beach is so big, but you have it to yourself! White sand, warm clean water, no rocks, no big surf. The villa is air conditioned if you wish, or you can be open to the breeze. Fully equipped with everything you need for a marvelous time! Two weeks went too fast. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Arna, thank you so much for your great review! I'm so proud you got the essence of a vacation at the Villas, it's the same reason we purchased that piece of paradise. Hope to have you again as guest!
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  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th visit to the Villas and our 5th to our favourite villa. The owner is very easy to work with and responds to e-mails in a timely manner. Jim, the manager, was there to help us with anything we needed. The villa is clean, very spacious, and is stocked with all the necessities one would need. Both bedrooms have comfy beds and beautifully appointed new en-suites. You can sit in the breezeway or on the deck and watch all the comings and goings on the beach. We were there for 23 days and saw a wedding; 2 baptisms (amazing to watch) and the marine unit working out their new recruits. We would watch the cruise ships come in to Port while having our coffee on the deck and then watch them leave at night. You can walk down the beach to the restaurants or walk to Phillipsburg on Front Street (which we found was a bit cooler walk). If you would rather not go out to eat, you will find two small grocery stores a short walk away which have most supplies you would need but if you want a larger store you can hop on a bus for $2 and go to the Grand Marche or Cost-u-Less. We would walk to the Honky-Tonk restaurant for a bite to eat and a drink in the afternoon. Simon (one of the owners) is amazing to watch while either making drinks or serving the customers with great food – a must restaurant to visit while staying at the Villas. This year we wanted a relaxing vacation and it was just that sitting on the deck; swimming in the ocean or pool and meeting new and old friends. We hope to return next year and stay longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon, what could I ask you more than this wonderful new review? I guess you are the most recurring guest and I feel so proud you continue to choose my villa for your caribbean escape. Thanks for your words, on behalf Jim too. And thanks for the mini-guide you wrote for our next guests. We can't wait for your next year visit!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Princess Juliana International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Philipsburg Marina
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Mullet Bay
Car: not necessary

Surroundings and excursions:

The Villas on Great Bay complex is on the west side of Great Bay Beach. Few steps away you can find shops, fine restaurant and casinos. All these in the newly renovated areas of Front and Back Street, and the new 'Promenade', the beach boardwalk. St. Maartin island features 37 wonderful different beaches, both in French and Dutch side. 20' boat from Anguilla Island and 40' from St. Barth with daily round trip excursions.


Rates & Availability

Philipsburg Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Off Peak
May 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
2017 Peak
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Our minimum stay period is 3 nights.
In some periods we can accept a 2 nights stay but the guest is requested to pay $40 cleaning fee.
The maximum that our villas will accommodate is 6 persons including children. Our rates are quoted on a maximum of 4 persons, with an additional charge of $25.00 per night, per person, for additional guests, unless authorized by management.

50% deposit to secure the vacation (refundable until 45 days prior arrival minus credit card and bank fees). Balance is due upon arrival. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER. We DON'T accept cash.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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St Maarten / Saint Martin Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , with basin and vanity
    Ocean bedroom en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower
    Garden bedroom en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2.5 Upstairs en-suite bathrooms were completely renovated on October 2015 with new luxury vanity and accessories. Travertine and glass tiling.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • King size bed (1) in garden bedroom, Queen size bed (1) in ocean bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Sofa Bed in the Living-room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Shady private garden patio on the property side (only one villa to have it), 2 outdoor private showers, indipendent air conditioners, in-room phones, night-time security, off-street parking, nearby grocery store. Additional maid service available on request ($45)

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