Watch: Sonesta Great Bay Demolition Complete, Planet Hollywood Yet to be Formally Announced

Sonesta Great Bay Resort, which stood on the shore of Great Bay Beach overlooking Philipsburg for years, has now been completely demolished to make way for a new resort, anticipated to be a Planet Hollywood resort. The property was purchased by Sunwing Travel from the Maho Group in September 2017, shortly following hurricane Irma.

It has been rumored that Sunwing plans to build an all-inclusive Planet Hollywood branded 450-room luxury resort on the property that includes five restaurants, a 20,000 square foot casino and a Planet Hollywood Beach Club. The resort is currently scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2019, per Sint Maarten Minister Cornelius de Weever.

While Sunwing Travel has not formally announced that this property will indeed be a Planet Hollywood branded resort, they are a master hotel franchisor to the Planet Hollywood brand, and have stated in a February 2018 press release that they intend to establish a dominant position for Planet Hollywood in the luxury accommodation space. They have announced plans to open Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica in the fall of 2018 and Planet Hollywood Resort Cancun in late Spring of 2019.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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