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Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2007

WOW! If you are looking for a five star resort without the five star prices then Cape Santa Maria is the place. This was our first experience traveling to the Bahamas although we have traveled to many other Caribbean islands. We wanted a place away from the crowds that offered great service and a great beach and we found it here.
The rooms are all right on the beach and very comfortable and clean. We stayed in a bungalow but had a tour of the new Villas and they are incredible. Very luxurious. The sunsets are to die for and happy hour is not to be missed. The restaurant over looks the ocean and the food was excellent. The service was a little slow at times but the manager was there every evening visiting with the guests and making sure we were well taken care of. We spent a day reef fishing with Burt and Noel and had the best time. That evening the restaurant cooked our catch and we had a platter of a variety of fresh fish and enough to share with others. The resort is all about the beach and it is truly incredible. Best beach we have ever seen. The sand is unlike anywhere else. It is like powder and cool on the feet. Water temperature was very warm and the beach was never crowded.

We rented a car from Joe’s car rental and spent a day touring the island. One of the highlights was the cave tour. There are a number of large limestone caves on the island and this was an experience we will not foregut. Our guide took us through the caves which must stretch for a mile underground. Very safe although the bats were a little unnerving. Make sure you wear running shoes and not sandals. They provide you with flash lights which are definitely necessary. We also went for a swim in Deans Blue Hole. This is a 650 foot deep blue hole right on the shore of the eastern side of the island. We saw sea turtles and a variety of colorful fish. In Clarence town we climbed the bell tower of one of the oldest churches in the Bahamas and you can see a good portion of the island from this vantage point.

We have already booked for next year and plan on bring a few friends and our kids. The resort seems to cater to both couples and families alike. If you are looking for a lot of night life and shopping this is not the resort for you but if you want a place to get away from it all with warm and friendly staff and the best beach anywhere, then Cape Santa Maria is the place. Thanks again to Frank and Wendy who really went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. (not to mention Frank helping us change the tire on our rent a car when it went flat). Can’t wait to go back.

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9  Thank CaribbeanDreamer92
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Reviewed 1 August 2007

The resort was great one of the best beaches in the Carribean. Snorkelling was excellent lots of good sites on the Island. We stayed 9 nights in the beach bungallows which were right on the beach fantastic water and views. We also spent 4 nights in the villas which are awesome top of the range accomodation. The staff are all friendly and really look after you. Hiring a car is difficult not well maintained! Make sure you visit Columbus point awsome snorkelling and the Deans blue hole at turtle cove.
Mick&Karen Ignatowski
England

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank Mick_Ig1
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

Just returned from our third trip to Cape Santa Maria. We felt like we were right back at home. The best things are the water, the stars at night and having absolutely nothing to do. We did notice one thing different this time. The employees don't seem to as happy as they were say two years ago. We missed the old staff in the bar and restaurant. Hopefully that will change but we will be back.

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4  Thank islandgirl355
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

My husband and I and our two children (ages 5 & 6) have just returned from the gorgeous Cape Santa Maria. For the second year in a row, we have chosen this Oasis for our family vacation (we also traveled with another family with small children).

Truly an unknown PARADISE! It is tucked away on the southern island of Long Island in the Bahamas. Miles of white beaches, turquoise blue ocean and sunny skies, every day!

Like family we have not seen for a while, we were greeted with smiles and hugs from the lovely staff at the Cape; Wendy, Frank and all the girls at the desk.

WOW! and the resort is comparable to any five star hotel or resort I have every stayed in - over the top!

Living our day to day lives in a big city, the Cape is the perfect get away for us to "recharge our battery"! Not too congested, activities available but not necessary. Lots of time spent reading a book on the beach while the kids build sand castles or swim to discover star fish at their feet! WOW! You should see the excitement in their faces....

We did partake in several fishing and diving excursions. We had an incredible reef fishing trip with Bert and Carson. Caught more fish than we could bring in and let the great chefs prepare it for us in the Cape dining room that evening. My husband went on a super bone fishing excursion with the fabulous Delbert. This guy knows his stuff!

The men also went scuba diving with Delbert, the dive master and discovered a "whole other world under the sea". Not to mention the "thousands of fish" they saw!

We prefer to stay in one of the fabulous, private owned villas (available for rent). Offering ALL of the comforts of home including, full service kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and utensils right down to the table linens, flat screen TV's, air conditioning, laundry rooms. jacuzzi tub with separate shower in the master, and private screened in porches with luxurious, cozy outdoor furnishings overlooking the incredible beach and bay.

We usually cooked our own meals in our Villa, but did enjoy a few evening in the dining room and of course, cocktail hour in the bar including complimentary fresh, local conch fritters and yummy, fruity frozen drinks.

I can't say enough about Cape Santa Maria. We LOVE it! We have already booked our next summer vacation at CSM and can hardly wait until next July!

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7  Thank jjonesshannon
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

My wife & I recently enjoyed a lovely 20th-anniversary getaway (without the kids!) to Cape Santa Maria. It takes some work to get there, and it may not be for everyone, but it was just what we wanted. Oh, and the setting is about as gorgeous as it gets.

There’s no tennis, no pool, no casino, not really much else besides the beach except for some kayaks, bikes and little Hobie sailcraft. (All free to use.) There’s no nearby town. There’s no shopping. The bar is pretty quiet in the evenings. It would be a long hot walk just to get off the property. (So we didn’t leave the property – by land, at least.)

If you need a lot of action, a lot of social activity, Cape Santa Maria is not for you.

Instead – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh – it’s a perfect place for unwinding, reading in the shade of a coconut tree, swimming in a calm shallow bay, walks on a long soft white beach and some decent snorkeling. Bonefishing, too, though we didn’t do that add-on. (They also offer reef fishing, snorkeling trips and deep-sea fishing.)

Because Cape Santa Maria is on a bay on the island’s west side, the water was flat calm (and shallow way out). This, compared to the Stella Maria resort on the east side, which has no beach and rougher waters. (We did hear that the food at Stella Maris is better, but I’d take Cape Santa Maria’s setting over a gourmet dinner any day.)

It’s not set up for kids – no playgrounds or children’s activities – but there certainly were families there. No TVs (or phones) in the rooms. If you bring your kids, they better like the water. (Speaking of phones, we had no Verizon cell coverage. We bought calling cards at the front desk and used them on the lobby pay phones.)

It’s not a big resort and the beach is LONG. So it doesn’t take much work to find your own private quiet spot. But we also met up with lots of friendly folks, from Austria, England, Denmark & the U.S. The resort staff and Long Islanders we met were all very friendly & helpful. (And honestly so, unlike – say – in Jamaica.)

Bungalow rooms aren’t elegant but are cute and quite functional. The screened porches are a big plus. We ended up turning off the room AC at night and leaving our windows & interior doors open to let the breeze come in. (And there was always a breeze.) Use the room safe, just in case.

We recommend the meal plan for breakfast and dinner, which lets you pick anything off the menu. Food was good. Excellent steaks. And my wife became hooked on their eggs Benedict.

Had heard bad things about the Nassau airport, so we flew in to George Town on Great Exuma and booked Marty Fox of Island Wings to get us to Long Island. We were expecting some beach dude in flip-flops, but Marty is quite the pro. A very nice man. (However you’re getting to Long Island, be sure to fly in to Stella Maris. It’s just a 15-minute ride to the resort. The other airport on the island is much farther south.)

We certainly hope to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Long Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Long Island
Price Range: $372 - $594 (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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