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Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We are currently planning our third trip back to Cape Santa Maria, because it simply cannot be beat! We are beach people, and have taken many beach trips over the years. Normally, our policy is, "why go back someplace again when there are so many new places to see?" But our first trip to Cape Santa Maria sealed the deal- there is no better place in the world, and no better resort to stay at while you enjoy it! The staff are all so friendly, the accommodations are wonderful, and the food is delicious. There are great activities to do if you can get tear yourself away from the beach-- the resort has snorkeling opportunities, or deep sea fishing, or tours of local islands. The beach is the most pristine one I have ever seen, equalled only by the perfect blue of the ocean. And the best part is that there aren't a million people there enjoying the beach with you. You can actually appreciate this perfect place in peace. It truly is a flawless paradise that you get ever opportunity to enjoy. I can't wait to go back again-- our next stay at Cape Santa Maria can't come soon enough!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

In May 2012 we spent 5 nights in one of the duplex cottages, securing the exact unit that we had wanted (based on looking at the property layout). Each side of the duplex cottages has its own covered, screened porch, with ceiling fan, roomy table, and comfortable chairs: a cool retreat during the day and a very pleasant place to wind down in the evening. The structure of the duplexes prevents any sound transfer through the adjoining wall and the duplexes are well-spaced one from the other. Louvred windows and a quiet ceiling fan allow a flow of fresh, cooling air throughout. The stone tile floors add to indoor comfort. The long curve of beach is only a few strides from the door of each unit; the sand is startlingly white and as fine as chalk! The ocean is truly Caribbean blue; the water deepens gradually from the shoreline. A boardwalk just above the beach spans the property from the farthest villa at one end to the most distant duplex at the other. Many platforms of cabana-shaded pairs of beach recliners are strategically placed along the top of the sand. The office, bar and restaurant are found at the hub of the property. If you want to do virtually nothing, Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is the perfect destination: only free kayaks on site and assorted off-site excursions to choose from--or not, depending upon how much nothing you want to do. When we were vacationing here, the overall environment was incredibly peaceful. No doubt during traditional vacation times of year, the vibe is up-tempo. With careful choice of dates, you can be surrounded by fellow vacationers or not, as preferred. This resort is obviously well-known in Western Europe, from where the majority of the guests had come when we were there, including several honeymooning couples. A board in the office lists excursions under which you can add your name in the hope that other guests will do the same and thereby ensure that the trip takes place and also reduces the individual cost. Exploring part of the island on a half-day guided drive by a knowledgeable island resident was our first excursion. Some guests already familiar with the island might rent a car to drive to their favourite destinations. Omar picked us up right after breakfast and drove us past and to many points of interest, including Dean's Blue Hole--a must-see, being the deepest one in the world. At lunch time, having pre-ordered from the resort, we stopped at a particular roadside cafe/bar that was serving typical Caribbean dishes, which were generous and delicious! Long Island was looking very dry in mid-May because apparently expected rains had not been as reliable as usual, but this did not alter our enjoyment of the drive. Another day we boarded the resort boat and headed 'way out to sea to a distant cay to meet the unique indigenous iguanas. The ones that greeted us weren't shy, but weren't aggressive, either. They obviously had been expecting treats, which we had failed to bring along, so they reverted to their usual routine of scuffling for the best places to warm themselves in the sun. The skipper gave us lots of time to roam the sandy beaches ringing the island. The oceanfront bar at the resort is a popular place to end a day. Watch out for the subtle but powerful presence of over-proof rum in the punches! Conch fritter appies are just the thing to whet appetites for dinner. Meals are served on the second storey of the central building, where open shutters allow breezes freedom to circulate among lazy ceiling fans, keeping everyone comfortable on even the hottest day, but never chilled, such as air conditioning would do. Meals are available a la carte or by various plans. Prices reflect the cost of delivering food to Long Island, which is in the south Bahamas, and the fact that the island is no longer growing much of its own food, as land owners formerly did, encouraged by the rich, well-watered soil that enabled them to raise sheep and grow a large variety of fruit and vegetables. This information (from the taxi driver who brought us to the resort from the airport) certainly explained why there was no daily fresh sheet nor a Red Seal chef in the kitchen, as one of us had been anticipating. The menu was straightforward and honest, the items being as described. None of the meals disappointed, and there was enough variety to cover our five days without much need for repetition--except for those we liked best! Tending to sleep in when on vacation, we had chosen the breakfast and dinner plan, which filled us at each meal with no room to spare. We recommend that people who are not big eaters opt for eating a la carte at each meal (as one of us will do next time), an economical route for smaller appetites or digestive issues. The staff in the office, in the restaurant,and on the grounds are from the various villages on Long Island. They are friendly, efficient, and always helpful. This was our first visit to Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, where for many years we had longed to spend time. It was worth the wait, and we know that we'll return. Living on the west coast of Canada, we will fly via either Calgary or Toronto directly to Nassau to save a lot of time and avoid U.S. Customs hassle. This advice came from Ewa, who with her husband, Brook, were managing the resort when we were there and are also Canadian west coasters. We thought we would save money by flying out of Seattle, but with overnight accommodation and a couple of meals, we didn't save enough to warrant the excessive layover times in Seattle, Atlanta and Nassau and the Customs lineup each way. Lastly, some months later we were talking to a man who has retired to a certain popular, three-letter Bahamian island where there are several resorts. He enthusiastically endorsed a couple of these, claiming that they were top-rated. The minute we got to a computer, we looked them over and despite the hype, were not seduced by either one; certainly, the design of our duplex half appeared to be much better than any similar offerings elsewhere. As far as we are concerned, nowhere in the Bahamas can replace Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort as a destination for us!

Room Tip: We would avoid the duplex unit to the immediate left of the central building (facing the property fr...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2012

Dear Catwhowalksbyherself,

Greetings from Paradise! Thank you very much for the detailed and glowing review. It is because reviews such as this, the 2012 Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Awards rated Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort #1 in the Bahamas and #5 in all the Caribbean.

In addition to our kayaks, we also have bicycles, two Hobie Cats, plenty of beach toys for the kids, snorkel gear, fishing rods and we are anticipating the arrival of our new paddle boards! I can't think of a better place to to use a paddle board. I am happy to read that you enjoyed the food and beverage, and I agree that we have wonderful and hospitable staff. We look forward to seeing you next year. If you have not already, please search our webpage to sign up for our new Loyalty Club.

Cheers,
Brook Castelsky
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We've traveled to many beautiful beaches - Caneel Bay and the National Park beaches of St John, Meads Bay and Shoal Bay East on Anguilla, Bora Bora - the Cape Santa Maria beach ranks right up there among the best. You will not be disappointed in the beach.

The resort is very quiet and relaxing and that is exactly what we were looking for. I like the fact that there are no phones or TVs in the rooms. This helps you disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in Nature and relax (there is WiFi and a TV room in the lobby so if you need to stay in touch with family you can!).

The food was fine, nothing spectacular. A little lacking in variety if you are a vegetarian but it works. The rooms could use an update but they are very functional and the location, well, this is what they mean by "A room with a view".

Staff are very friendly and accommodating. The resort managers, Brook and Ewa, are darling. They patiently listen to any concerns you have and will work with you to resolve any issues.

We have so many places we want to visit, that we rarely consider a repeat visit to a resort. We will return to Cape Santa Maria though!

Room Tip: Every room is great with the beach right outside your screened in porch.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2012

Dear Caroline D,

Greetings form Paradise! It was a pleasure chatting with you and your husband at the resort. Thank you very much for the kind review and we are happy to read that you will become one of many returning guests. We have worked very hard on the quality and selection of our food and I believe the guest feedback reflects this, however I agree, we could improve and increase the number of options available for vegetarians. We will certainly take this into consideration. Thank you for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again.

Cheers,
Brook Castelsky
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This is our second visit to the Cape. Still the BEST beach in the world.

Rooms have been upgraded a bit but nothing fancy

Food and service were excellent.

We just wish management would have told us there was a wedding party taking up almost the entire hotel.

We visit the Cape for rest and relaxation and not to constantly be bothered by the noise of wedding events.

We would have visited a different week if we had known.

At the time of a reservation, Management SHOULD tell a guest that there will be a wedding going on. This was not right or appropriate.

Again, we love the hotel and the setting but we did not want to be part of a 3 day wedding.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2012

Dear NewYCityTraveler,

Greetings from Paradise! Thank you for the kind review. We agree, Cape Santa Maria is the best beach in the world. Although weddings at Cape Santa Maria are not loud parties, there is a certain amount of camaraderie that occurs when a large number of family and friends gather on vacation, much like the Christmas season when families come together for the holidays. On the other hand, we often have guests that prefer to book their vacation during quiet times and we are able to provide some direction in this regard. If sollitude is what you were looking for, then I fully understand your comments and we will take this into consideration. Thank you for the feedback and your kind remarks regarding the service and food. We hope to see you at Cape Santa Maria for your next beach vacation.

Sincerely,
Brook Castelsky
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

My Mom and I try to get away every year for some much needed R&R and we found and chose Cape Santa Maria based on the great Trip Advisor reviews. I only hoped that the water was as blue, the sand as soft, and the resort as lovely and relaxing as other travelers had claimed. We were not disappointed. I have been to a number of beautiful beaches in the Caribbean including St. John, Virgin Gorda and Turks and Caicos but this was by far the best. The water was turquoise and silky, the sand was like talcum powder, and it was just steps away from our comfortable bungalow. The staff, including managers Brook and Ewa, were so friendly and nice. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind. We stayed 3 nights with the Beach Lovers package - could have stayed longer. Definitely worth the travel to get there. Food was also very good - and the meal plan was an excellent value. Perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2012

Dear motherofbrothers,

Greetings from Paradise! Thank you so much for your kind review. There is a great photo of you and your mother on our Facebook page. It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to see you again.

Best regards,
Brook Castelsky
General Manager

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Address: Galliot Cay, Long Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Long Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Long Island
Price Range: $378 - $596 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Untouched... Undiscovered... Barefoot elegance in a Caribbean paradise. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is unlike any place you have ever experienced. Mile after mile of silky-fine sandy beach melts into the warm turquoise water. With twenty bungalows and a handful of villas steps from the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas, an escape to Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is an experience you will never forget. ... more   less 
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