Perched on its own peninsula, the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort is a peaceful oasis only one mile from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of St. Maarten's bustling capital city, Philipsburg. The secluded property's Dutch-style architecture features arched windows and doorways, and its terra-cotta roofs are a colorful contrast to the blue-on-blue of the Caribbean Sea and sky.
Divi's 235 accommodations range from studios to two-bedroom suites, each decorated with floral fabrics and tiled floors, and boasting either ocean or bay views. Suites feature patios or balconies, and select units offer fully equipped kitchens, dining areas and whirlpool baths.
Active vacationers can rent Surfbikes, Jet Skis, kayaks and sailboats on the resort's beach, or take fitness classes, including aqua aerobics sessions that are held in one of three freshwater pools. Other stay-fit amenities include a workout club and a stress-busting spa. Kids can whoop it up at their own pool or participate in youth program activities such as painting T-shirts and creating shell art.
Dining at Divi is a casual affair, which nonetheless upholds St. Maarten's reputation for fine dining. The Toucan Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and features a piano bar. Poolside lunches are offered at the Sea Breeze Café, which doubles as the pool bar. And hungry beachgoers can order meals and beverages from the Beach Bar.
Some guests spend their nights amid the jingles and shouts of St. Maarten's casinos, while others prefer to stay at the resort and be entertained by the sounds of tree frogs and gentle surf.
For more information call 800-367-3484 or visit www.diviresorts.com.
Posted online 03/24/04.