June 14, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Chapel Hill, NC – Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, one of St. Maarten’s most popular resorts that was recently voted one of the top “Bang For Your Buck” resorts and “Best Family Vacation Resorts” in Caribbean Travel & Life's Best of the Caribbean Readers' Choice Awards 2007 has implemented a plan that will reposition the resort as one of the top resorts on the island and expand the resort’s timeshare market to meet the growing need for the product. The plan calls for the renovations of a number of guestrooms and public spaces, as well as the expansion of the resort’s timeshare inventory by approximately $25 million.

“These renovations coupled with the conversion of many of the resort’s hotel rooms into timeshare units will not only help us meet the increasing demand for timeshare ownership, but will also go towards our ultimate goal of transforming the resort into more of a boutique hotel and make it one of the premier resorts in St. Maarten,” commented Lou Roelofsen, Divi Little Bay’s General Manager since April 2006.

Renovations, which have already gotten underway, include the refurbishment of 34 guestrooms with new furniture, flooring and soft goods. Additionally, all guestrooms will also receive new kitchen cabinets and appliances. In the public spaces, Toucans Café and the Sea Breeze Restaurant have been outfitted with new outdoor furniture, the deck at Sea Breeze was refinished in a Brazilian stone, the Sea Breeze pool was refinished and new exterior lighting will be installed throughout the resort. The resort’s infinity pool deck is also being refinished and the pool itself resurfaced. Additionally the equipment at the resort’s on-site fitness has been replaced and the center was relocated to a more spacious location, with the current site converted to a Divi Resorts Logo shop. Two new guest trolleys have also been added to assist in guest transport throughout the resort.

To accommodate the growing demand for timeshare ownership which has been at a premium in recent years as the popularity of the resort and St. Maarten has increased, Divi Little Bay has converted the resort’s fourteen (14) hillside casita units into nine (9) luxury timeshare one-bedroom suites. The units, which were completed on December 1, 2006, feature upgraded amenities including LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, kitchens with granite countertops, whirlpool tubs and more.

Thirty-six (36) beachfront hotel rooms are also being converted into twelve (12) one-bedroom and four (4) two-bedroom timeshare units. Offering premium ocean views and located just steps from the resort’s white sand beach, these units will feature the same upgraded amenities of the new Casitas.

The augmentation of the timeshare inventory will be rolled out over the next two years.

Located on the southern side of Dutch St. Maarten, on a peninsula between Little Bay and Great Bay, the beachfront Divi Little Bay Beach Resort combines European charm with the unspoiled natural beauty of St. Maarten. Situated on a long stretch of white sand beach, Divi Little Bay offers more than 200 accommodations including beachfront guestrooms, studios, and junior and one-bedroom suites. Accommodations feature air-conditioning, a spacious balcony or patio with ocean, bay or garden view, color satellite television, telephone, ceiling fan and in-room safe. Studios, Junior Suite and One-Bedroom Suites also have kitchen and television with DVD player or VCR.

Ideal for couples, families and singles, Divi Little Bay offers three restaurants, three bars including piano and beachside bars, three freshwater pools, children’s pool, lighted tennis courts, the Indulgence by the Sea spa, fully equipped fitness center, a water sports center, meeting facilities and shopping promenade.

Divi Resorts operates eight resorts on five Caribbean islands including the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Croix; Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten; Divi Southwinds Beach Resort and Divi Heritage Beach Resort in Barbados; Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire; and Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Resort in Aruba. From relaxing on white sand beaches and indulging in spa services to embarking on amazing scuba diving adventures and trying your luck in the casino, Divi Resorts has it all…and more.

For more information on Divi Resorts call 1-800-367-3484, or visit www.diviresorts.com.