About 4 hours from our New York designated flight, an island that has rebuilt after hurricane devastation awaits our arrival. St. Maarten. As a non-ostentatious gal, who loves upscale resorts, I am hoping that this is the right choice.
We, my family of 5 are headed to a fabulous upscale all-inclusive resort in St. Maarten. While our flights are starting out early, we have plenty of energy and can’t wait to land. From the air, all I can think about are the beaches I have seen in pictures.
I am so ready to experience this luxury all-inclusive resort in St. Maarten on a secluded peninsula. We’ve been to St. Maarten before, via a cruise. This time, we are not stopping for just one day rather we are here to get the full immersion experience.
It’s time to really unpeel the destination layer by layer. Are you ready to unveil this remarkable resort that is both luxurious, yet non-pretentious?
Luxury All-Inclusive Resort In St. Maarten On A Secluded Peninsula
The window that opens a vacation wide open. It’s where my day began and ended. What was the only thing between me and having fun? Nothing. Whether we were in our casitas or out on the property every moment glistened, like the sparkling water!
Once we landed at Princess Julianna Airport in St. Maarten and suddenly real-world time stopped. Our daily clocks converted to island time and island time converged to vacation time. Truly, this is the stuff great vacations are made of.
Our driver, Robert, showed us the view of the Pink Resort on the secluded peninsula from atop. Heaven on earth is the phrase one might use to describe. Jetting as far as the eye could see were pink villas. White glistening sand, and water so clear we could see right to the bottom of it from above.
The property boasts 2 bays. One side you can see the cruise ships in port. While the other side offers wide open views of the Caribbean waters.
Let The Vacation Begin
We pulled down into the resort, not from the right, but, actually turned around before entering in order to go left into the resort. Secluded is how the entrance is, and it is not accessible by a right-hand turn DOWN the hill.
Passing a guard station, and then turning into a turnabout, parking and disembarking the transfer, we walked into an open concept front desk. Robert unloaded our bags and loaded them onto a golf cart shuttle, while we checked in.
I loved a Wednesday check-in as the incoming traffic was minimal (hint, travel midweek). We were warmly greeted by the staff with not only a welcome sign but with truly big ‘Divi’licious smiles.
An open concept check-in desk with a view of the bay greeted us! Once we got our room assignments, we headed off to our living quarters.
Front Desk Reception.
If you can even take in the ambiance all at once, do it. There’s fresh floral, plenty of seating, cold towels, and to the left the most awesome view of the Little Bay.
Your life just got made with this arrival to the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort. Take it in, smell the air, enjoy the swaying, breezy palms and the sun, it’s yours as long as you are there!
At check-in, we took receipt of our Blue All Inclusive Bands, a map of the resort and directions to our Casitas. A One Bedroom Studio, and a 2 Bedroom suite.
We chose all-inclusive because rather than carrying around money, or worrying about when the kids wanted to eat or what they wanted to eat, convenience rules.
There are 3 bars offering unlimited beverages, and 3 eateries to choose from. The bar service also is carried down onto the beach where you can order both food and beverage, so it is well worth the All Inclusive investment, and we saw others doing the same.
Transferring to Our Room From Reception
We were fortunate to be taken to our room by golf cart. While the room was a short distance with 7 pieces of luggage and 5 people, it was easier done by golf cart and valet (they are available).
Riding down the pathway, we noted a bay on both sides, the Great Bay on one side, where ships port (Philipsburg) and on the other, Little Divi Bay, hence the name, Little Divi Bay Beach Resort. Here is where we would spend time near the water and in the water.
You can’t help but notice the meticulous, well-cared for grounds of Little Divi Bay Resort. From trimmed shrubs to flowering bushes, paving brick roads and walkways. The Vividly colored pink buildings truly create a tropical paradise, but there’s more to the feeling. Serenity perhaps, sought and found?
Once we arrived at the first ’roundabout’, we had arrived at Building 1, rooms 510, 511 & 512. Up a flight of steps and there we were. We’ve officially arrived.
Entering Our Rooms
The casitas just added to the vacation excitement, room by room and step by step. Our adventure had begun. To experience our rooms, it is best to watch the video on here. Truly the video captures the rooms at their best!
5 People- 2 Rooms & Tons of Amenities
Chances are you are looking at my video of my rooms right now. What do you think? SO much space, great amenities, and the kicker: we spent so little time in our room and so much time at the beach, pools, and dining!
Yes, I said rooms, because, with 5 of us, it is much more prudent to give space and privacy to young adults! We had a Single for the boys and our room had the 2 bedroom suites with a common living area, kitchen, and patio.
One of my favorite things about our room was the washer and dryer! I am kidding, but it was a nice perk and such a MOM thing to say right?
Our terrace was the masterpiece for time well spent just doing nothing. Private, large and perfect to sit on during the night to watch the moonlit sky dance across the water. We did this a few nights.
We would eat, have a drink or 2 with dinner and then walk the property a bit. Afterward, we would just head to our room and lounge in our PJs on the terrace. The tranquil sound of the water against the wall and the gentle sound of the palm tree leaves swaying in the wind is the best of nature.
The Gathering Zone
In the hope that we all would be together and not separated just because we had an extra room for the boys, we had a family living area and large kitchen. Now, I could have cooked in there but as the mom that cooks every meal while we are home, I put on my ‘Mom On Strike’ face while on vacation.
Don’t let that deter you from cooking or using the kitchen. I still made coffee here, popped open a wine bottle, cracked open a beer, made a cup of tea, etc. I was all too happy that the kids would come in to use the kitchen and then stay with us.
Grocery shopping can be done right on the premises. Alternatively, if you hire a private driver you can head into town to the fresh markets and grab food there as well. Last, I remain envious of those people staying at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort that had a delicious loaf of French Bread from this market.
I saw so many people hauling loaves of french bread. Naturally, as a foodie, I swore I was going to bring a loaf home and then in true Mom mode, forgot!
The Kitchen & The Kids
The kids used our kitchen to pop their nightly bowls of popcorn and watch some television together. Of course, we also had a few family discussions of what to expect for the next day and to make sure that everyone was doing everything they wanted to.
We know well, that vacation is for the WHOLE family, not just Michael and I. In fact, the best vacations stem from everyone chiming in and requesting things to do so we all have our moment.
Our fridge was kept stocked with beer and wine, and soda. There’s no other time to indulge more in those things we love than while on a trip right? Utensils, bottle openers, glasses, mugs, plates, pots, and pretty much anything you needed to create meals could be found in your kitchens. Loved this!
Our Foodie Tradition Traveled With Us
Now you might find this funny, but we have a Vento tradition. Any time OREO offers up a new flavor, we grab ONE pack. However, no one is allowed to taste that package until EVERYONE is together to taste at the same time.
It goes something like this. MJ opens the package, Michael smells them first, then Kallie, Niko and Me. Last, MJ distributes them one-by-one and we all bite at the count of three.
Then we vote on the flavor. Guess what? We hauled one package of OREOS with us that no one had tried and did this tradition in our Divi Little Bay Beach Suite! Yep, we are foodies and the apples don’t fall far from the trees!
Did I Mention?
Before I forget this, there is a washer and a dryer in some of the units (be sure to ask) and ours had one. If you are not frequent flyers with an airline brand, don’t hold a particular credit card, etc. luggage can be a huge expense.
The answer at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort: bring less, and enjoy more. Trust me, there was plenty of time to do a load of laundry at night, and we did not overpack. For me, it might have been a first.
Between our 2 rooms, we had 4 bathrooms. We’ve had good travel accommodations before, but this experience was FABULOUS.
The closet space was immense and there was a safe. Something that is very important to me, and is lacking in so many places I travel. Additionally, large screen televisions and a double bowl sink in our bathroom.
Couches in the living space in our suite and Kallie’s room also offered additional bed sources if so needed. Which, Niko decided to use part way through the trip. We suddenly had a filled-to-capacity room!
Across The Hall in Room 512
The swinging Single Studio Room was perfect for the boys. Albeit I thought Kallie was going to take the room, the boys wanted it. So we just adjusted. They loved their small patio area and their privacy. We loved it because they were right there, yet, had a space of their own.
And We Go…
Quickly, we began to settle in, unpacking, filling the enormous closet space and drawers. Then, we changed into our swim apparel and headed outside.
Almost overwhelmed by the immense spread on the peninsula, I started wondering how we would possibly see it all. My husband, always quick to notice my facial expressions, recognized the panic one, “layer by layer, Dane, we have a week.” You see when I travel, my method of uncovering is like peeling back a layer, carefully, intimately and layer by layer.
Breathing in, I captured control of my fear and I focused on the paved brick pathway that was in front of me. We headed towards the front reception desk which was a brisk 3-minute walk and then we looked left……
Colorful, splendid, Adirondack chairs as resilient as the colors of the resort, beckoning us to stop and photo. As fate would have it, the Vento Crew happened upon Tony, the Activities Director. He said, ‘welcome, let me take your pictures!’
The Tony Encounter -Let Me Entertain You
What happened next was uncanny and fortuitous and so very meant to be. Tony introduced himself as the Activities Director and invited us to come to the bar. His activity at that time was Name That Tune.
He invited us to head to the bar (um, that was an easy offer to take him up on!) for a game of Name That Tune! All in good fun, we competed with some other guests who were winning, but in came the Vento’s and we took 2nd place and a bottle of wine that was so good!
All the people at the bar were helping us out, even the people in first place! Fun, you got it. Friendly people? Yes! Tony also offers pool aerobics, which was totally jam-packed and he really knew everyone!
The Kevin Event
We had only been on the Divi campus for an hour and we were already in Party mode! Our gift was a bottle of wine. In the end, again by chance, we met Kevin, the Food and Beverage Supervisor who was shocked to meet us, I think he was looking for some uptight people, lol. He was like, “Your Dana?” ha, ha and so the story starts.
He’s now our personal friend and we keep in touch. My kids loved seeking out Kevin and no matter HOW busy he was, he stopped and gave them time. IT is a priceless thing to have that in an employee. Thank you, Kevin!
Kevin showed us our table for dinner, and we took off for the beach, and the pool. We learned that he had made accommodations for Niko to be able to eat, that the staff was aware of his food allergies. Point -> communication ahead of food allergies and DIVI RESORTS cares and tends to their patrons.
She’s the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort mascot, and she’s a total DIVA. Ladies, watch your man because our fine-feathered friend will get her ‘claws’ into his affections. Trust me on this, she loves men way more than men.
Gizmo’s got more personality in her than some people I know and she’s a treat to watch in action. Do adhere to the NOT FEEDING her signs, or she will get sick.
Play By Day and Rest By Night With a Splash of Night Life
Head over to Gizmo’s. Here you will find some form of entertainment. Sometimes it is a singer, sometimes a band, but no matter who it is, they rock, literally.
Generally, I am not too moved by most people who sing. Often places put people behind that mic that should not be there. Not Divi Little Bay Resort. WOW! The locals here are entertaining and really have awesome voices.
Each night I wanted more and they delivered. However this man’s voice (sorry I don’t have his name was ALL that you could want and he was FUN!) Here’s who sang and colorfully as the tropical drinks that they serve. Beautiful, crisp and clean and with elegance you just don’t hear anymore! Amazing is the defining word for his performance.
Since it was the winter season, most of the nightlife (bar performances) ended by 10P. By all means, if you have spent the day in the sun whether beachside or poolside, you will be drained.
Bedtime is a good thing (do I sound old?) because the next day is MORE Of the same. Fun in the sun, with walking, swimming and eating somehow really makes me tired! I’m fine owning this!
Things To Do At Divi Resort
For those that want to just sit poolside or oceanside, Divi Little Bay Resort gets you! There are plenty of cabanas, chairs and full beach service. Want an umbrella? The Aquamania Water Outfitters will set those up for you.
Our umbrellas were connected and we had 2 side tables, plenty of shade and of course beach service with a smile from Emily. We ordered buckets of beer, Margaritas, and tons of great beach eats.
The water is crystal clear, warm and a blast to swim in. If you are down by the Pure Ocean Pool, Gizmo’s is right there if you choose to cover up a bit and grab a quick bite. There’s also the Rib Shack, Pure Ocean Pool Swim-Up Bar and of course your room (least likely for me!)
Perhaps you want a Gelato? That’s a small walk from the beach to Fort Amsterdam Cafe. In fact, the famed Gelateria in Phillipsburg that we visited and most cruise ships get to cherish has some of its flavors housed here!
More Fun By Beach and Bar
On the beach, there were a few organized competitions by Tony. Also, some guy brought a bunch of crabs in a cage, all marked with numbers. He had people place their bets on which crab would win. It got crazy for a few minutes watching this!
Take a walk up to Fort Amsterdam early in the morning. I suggest an early morning walk as the day does get warm and the view in the morning is fabulous. You can watch the cruise ships come into port.
Kids Get To Experience So Much
I used to swim in our river, ski off of a boat, spend time in the ocean, skip over waves, collect shells and then somewhere along the way I stopped. Childhood is a short span of time. Traveling together is my time with my kids.
Here, my kids were the best new versions of themselves I have seen in years. No experience was turned down from paddleboarding to snorkeling to jet skiing. Of course, there was this moment with MJ jumping off the end of a pier without any way of knowing how deep it was!
Pools & Fun
You know how I am the person that always says, “More is never enough?” I think Divi Little Bay Beach Resort is related to me. There are 3 pools and each one has its own vibe and 2 of them have bars.
There’s that one place on every trip that inspires me and makes me want to capture its beauty that is not possible. I tried, but pictures, don’t do this justice. What you need to know, is the Infinity pool is OPEN!
The Infinity Pool as I have already shared with you already is furthest from the reception area. It sits closest to Fort Amsterdam. I highly suggest this pool area for an evening sunset opportunity.
Centrally located is the Seabreeze Pool and Hot Tub. While we spent the least amount of time there other than passing by to head to the Infinity pool, walking pathway, or up to Fort Amsterdam.
Pure Ocean Pool By Day
Conversely, we spent a great deal of time on the complete opposite side of DIVI LITTLE BAY Beach Resort, by following the path to the Pure Ocean Pool area. Here you will find a swim-up bar, a fire pit with an area to sit around and gaze below at the pool and hot tub.
There are plenty of lounge chairs including chairs in the pool at the top tier, and of course, you can swim off and down to the bar. There are steps that are between the pool on one side to the other, that you can walk across (shoes on and street clothes if you like) and head over to the opposite side of the pool.
Food – Chairs – Look at This Pool
Also, the Pure Ocean Pool sits right across from Gizmo’s Cage, so you will normally find her in this area, walking around on the rails or at the bar. She’s a trip, full of attitude and you can watch her and Kevin the Food and Beverage manager interact while making a drink.
The very top of the Pure Ocean pool is where you will find a very well defined line of chairs in the water. While you are not getting wet, you can stay cool. There are even places to hold your beverages. LOVE this.
Prefer just a sitting edge? Move to the pool end down closer to Gizmo’s Bar and Grill. There you will find a sitting edge in the pool as well as steps.
Naturally, the first thing I noted is that the Pure Ocean pool boasted a bar, both sit at on the exterior and swim up on the interior. There was also a mild waterfall/flow right across from the swim-up bar. Enough to gently fall atop your head without pounding sunburn.
The Pure Ocean pool offers plenty of seating in the shade, in large comfy futons, under cabanas and of course in the water. What I loved most about the pool area is that you can walk across the pool without walking IN the pool. Check out the stepping stones across. I did this many nights, just to test myself.
Pool Food Tips
Hungry? Who’s not hungry and thirsty on vacay. Divi Resorts has made it easy. Food is available from The Shack by the Pure Ocean Pool, and of course, libations are available right at the Pure Ocean Bar, swim up or sit at.
Gizmo’s Bar and Grill is below The Shack if you want other types of food. You do have to go order and pick up your food, but it is available to eat by the pool.
Pool By Night
At night, there is a lovely hot tub. It’s large and perfect with the cooler air outside. From inside you can see out to the ocean as vessels sail away, all lit, we did. It’s romantic and beautiful. Also, it’s a great time to take a walk along the pathway above the pool, just to see the true views from the property. It’s quiet and lovely all in one big capture.
The pit fire in the middle. Want to gather with a purchased bottle of wine? Take it up to the fire pit. Sit, sip and enjoy. It seems that every 1/2 hour or so the seats are free. It is a popular spot but never taken over by anyone in particular.
While it is welcoming, people are so friendly, we just sat and enjoyed at will. Further, there are beautiful ‘futon-like’ seats to snuggle up on and enjoy the scenery as well in the same area, so make use of it all. It, of course, is there for the taking.
Bar Scene – What They Are Made Of Matters
At night, the on-property Gizmo’s Bar and Grill is where all the action is. Here, you can get a great cocktail, beer, etc. I had the best red wine at the Divi Resorts that I have had at any ALL INCLUSIVE resort. In fact, after I spoke with Leroy (the Pure Ocean bartender) I understood why.
Divi Resorts cuts no corners on their brands of alcohol offered and truly only have 2 options that are TOP SHELF and billed differently. Everything else is great brands and the wine was dry, oak-barrel tasting and perfect. So impressed and I miss it. We had crappy wine at one All-Inclusive in Mexico, so this was a pleasant surprise.
Want a drink? Your All-Inclusive can be used for libations at Gizmo’s Bar and Grill, The Pure Ocean Poolside Bar, and at the Seabreeze Bar (by the pool) as well. The drinks are all-inclusive from soda to alcohol.
Grab and Go – Fort Amsterdam
While not included, you will use Fort Amsterdam so much. For those of you on and off the property, I will showcase why and how. Want a quick cup of coffee? Perhaps a gelato? Just a sandwich?
Maybe you want some cheese and fruit or a quick breakfast sandwich. Fort Amsterdam will be the star attraction. This stop is so useful and on the path no matter where you live.
Also, the young girl that works behind the counter is fantastic, I can’t urge you enough to fill her tip jar! We did every time we were in!
Amenities Of Staying At Divi
Some might say the pools are where it’s at on the Divi Little Bay Beach Property, but honestly, we spent such a great bit of time on the beach, I am torn. There is no right or wrong answer. If it is a windy day, I might say head to the pool.
However, the water is warm, clear and so perfect, we just kept on going in for more. Emily (of Gizmo’s Bar and Grill) will add a flag for food and beverage service. Really, kick back, let every wave that rolls in, roll out with the stress in your body.
The time to just let life pass by is right now. Live in the moment, eat chips, drink beer, margaritas, wine, soda and just be.
The food is all delicious and we chose from healthy to fun foods. Go for it! YOLO! As a vegetarian, I can’t commend the resort enough for all the options they have for me.
Water Sports Anyone?
There’s the perfect snorkel spot right on the property at the pier. There are simple steps down into it. Now, what if I told you that Aqua Mania Adventures provides free snorkeling gear for you to enjoy the snorkeling? As a guest, on all-inclusive you get the non-motorized at no additional charge!
If you really want to snorkel and see a helicopter, toilet, a Neptune Statute are all at the point right beyond the Infinity pool. Can you swim there? Yes. You could also use a kayak if you like. They swam out, it was not a bad swim, they used float belts.
Aqua Mania Adventures provides non-motorized water sports equipment for the Divi Resort Guests. Paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, it’s all yours. The equipment is all well-maintained and works!
Since we had all-inclusive, our towels were included with our stay. We got our towels either at the concierge at the front desk area, or at Aquamania at the pier. Here is the place that makes all water sports both motorized and non-motorized possible.
Cruise Passengers Reading This Get Smart
Gotta mention that if you are on a Cruise Ship, this is where they charge you to come snorkeling. It is the Best on the island, including a helicopter, toilet and some other oddities to see through your snorkeling or diving experience.
My suggestion is to grab a cab from the port and rent the equipment here. Then get a cab to go back to the cruise ship! Of course, this is an insider’s tip!
Whether you want to go Diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, or ride on a wave runner, you will be able to schedule it here. Please note, there are fees for motorized sports even if you are all-inclusive.
Time For The Wet Towel – That’s A Wrap
I’m not going to tell you that you are going to party all night, or get sloppy drunk by day, that is NOT how we travel, nor what we want to be in. Here, at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, we drank during the day, played in the ocean, splashed in the pool, hung by the bar, ate when we felt like it and had refined fun.
As I said, I am NOT ostentatious, nor is my family, but we are polished and refined and like the best of… without feeling like the ambiance does not cater to that. Divi is about having fun, in an upscale environment.
The kids could let out a scream, laugh as hard as they wanted and no one turned a head. A family next to us on the beach had the same age kids and they had driven across the island to come to the resort.
Our kids totally hung with theirs and WE adults chatted about the resort and teens!
People that we were around have been coming there anywhere from 5 years to 20+ years and would not change their vacation spots ever. Since I am a ‘chatty Cathy’ I talk to everyone I am around, at the pool, on the beach, in lounge chairs, in the ocean, it’s me.
These simple conversations reaffirmed the ambiance I was experiencing. From dance parties at the bar, to live bands, singers, and Gizmo, there’s tons of fun!
Every person there is made to feel special and wanted. We seriously had the best time. NO matter where I have traveled, this vacation destination will stand out as outstanding. Make your reservations and just be. Epic. Relaxing. Special. I can’t wait to go back to Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten. ~ DANA XO
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