So you decided to book the Seven Stars. Mazal Tov!!
And now what? Not quite sure what to do? Got that deer in headlights look? Time to change that to Raccoon in Fresh Indian leftover garbage can look. Or something like that.. you know what I mean.
Here are some tips that should enhance your stay. Some of these are my opinions btw so save the hate mail and voodoo. I occasionally have friends and family stay here so I'm partially doing this to save my own time writing stuff for them, so this is well overdue
Airport – first things first, get your island reading material. After customs, go straight (slight left) to the WWH stand to pick your free copy of the dining guide and magazine. Then let the SS rep know that you arrived safely, call your mom, and take a taxi to your hotel ($13/adult, $6/child).
Car – You can get away without renting in this location but renting for at least 2 days is recommended.
On one of the days drive to Taylor Bay in the morning followed by lunch at Las Brisas (closed Tuesday) overlooking stunning chalk sound. On another day drive to Blue Hills and have lunch at the Conch Shack, Sailing Paradise, or any of the other local spots (caribdesi is the expert on that). We normally rent from Grace Bay Rentals and never had any issues. They can drop the car off and you can just leave it and the keys by the lobby when you done.
If you want parasailing, you can just catch “Marvelous Max” walking around on the beach and he can get someone to pick you up within minutes.
IGA market – 5 minute walk. Come out of the hotel and its straight ahead. Get you Bambarra Rum coconut + Pineapple juice and its party time folks.
6 AM wake up call – Yep, time to reserve your seat by the pool. Oh I'm just kidding around folks – 6:30 will do just fine. Folks, I AM kidding, this is not Aruba. You will have plenty of seats throughout the day even when the hotel is full. NO NEED TO RESERVE SEATS
Entertainment – you have music about 6 days a week (every day except Monday currently). NaDa Thursdays and Saturdays about 6:30 to around 9-10 depending on the mood. Sunday beach BBQ with music (about $49/pp). Seafood bbq on another night
Caicos Bakery – (close sundays) 5 minutes away. Come out, turn left and look for it right next to Caicos Cafe. Get some croissants (almond - yum, choc) and a long baguette and dont worry about the “here's another idiot binging their own bread to breakfast” looks. You'll get used to it. Best bread on the island. Well, of course, they are french
Lunch: Besides lunch at the hotel (by the pool or Deck) you got many options.
Facing the ocean, to your right you have OCW and Seaside cafe (5 minute walk) – nice blackened grouper sandwiches.
To your right, 20-25 walk is Flamingos. Local fare. Great curried grouper.
To your left, a 15 minute walk (all on the beach btw), you got Hemingways at the sands – Nice conch fritters, Fish and chips (great fries), popular fish tacos with mango chutney (wife likes them more than me but its very popular).
Another nice option within walking distance but not on the beach is Upstairs bar and grill (5 minutes on the way to Caicos Bakery).
As mentioned lunch at Las Brisas is pretty cool. Try the lobster salad in season.
And Sailing Paradise in Blue Hills – great jerk chicken and more great photo opportunities with their colorful shacks. They will pick you up and take you back to your resort btw. Da Conch Shack of course is another fun option.
You got Seven and the Deck on the premises and a plethora of restaurants within walking distance like Bella Luna, Garam Masala, Vix, and more. Sunday night beach bbq. Here are some of our favorites (we LOVE to eat btw)...
Coco Bistro $$$$ - 2 minute drive. Perhaps the most romantic. Great soups, Tuna Sashimi app, lamb, and more. Pay attention to the fish special. Coconut cream pie for dessert
Coyaba $$$$ - Closest thing to a celebrity chef. Chef Paul Newman won an iron chef competition in Toronto and the dish that won I believe is now on the menu (its a chicken dish). Try the Lobster bisque, lobster Thermidor when in season.
Bay Bistro $$$ - On the beach. Try some of the award winning conch and tuna dishes (apps). Perhaps the best conch chowder on the island (conch shacks is pretty good too btw). Grilled lobster. Pecan crusted conch with tangy orange sauce is very good. Great homemade ice cream (try the coconut), and banana pudding.
Caicos Cafe $$$ - 5 minute walk, right next to Caicos Bakery. This is our personal favorite and we try to eat here at least twice on every visit. Do not get fooled by the review rankings. Great great pastas, some homemade that day, some artisanal handmade with highest quality ingredients. Try the Escargot, or grilled octopus app. Fantastic seafood pasta dishes like the Tagliolini with Pernod flambéed seafood, Lobster fra diavolo (in season), Garganelli with clams and conch. Some of the meat dishes like orecchiette with sausage ragout are popular as well. We've tried most of the menu. Not a bad dish. Try the Affogato for dessert.
Upstairs $$ - 5 minute walk, on the way to Caicos Cafe. Fairly new. Casual, simple grill. Nicely grilled grouper with veggies. Risotto with grilled veggies is popular (you can add grilled chicken), even Pizza is grilled, thin slice try the jerk jalapeno.
Flamingos $$ - 5 minute drive. Make a left coming out of SS, right after club med, turn left to Opus restaurant. continue on the dirt road till the end. Great curried grouper as I mentioned. Nice rum punch.
I'm sure I forgot some important stuff but there you have it folks. Hope it helps. Have fun!!