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Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Spoiled and Speachless...”
Reviewed 4 February 2008

SPOILED. We made the mistake of making a 10-day trip to Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort our first trip to the Outer Bahamas Islands. A mistake because we are officially spoiled and find it hard to imagine any other island/beach/resort matching the heaven we found here!

The Beach…
I was amazed to discover there were 47 people (adults & children) staying at the resort…although we never saw more than a dozen people spread out over the beach. If you look closely at the pictures taken of the beach…notice how few people you see. It’s not a trick, it’s not timing, it’s real – I have no clue where everyone was…but we were alone on the beach and in the water the majority of the time! And believe me when I say, as amazing as the photos are of the beach…the real thing is even more incredible!

The Staff…
The staff was absolutely fabulous. The desk staff wore bright smiles and were ever so helpful in planning our trips, scheduling our daily dinner times, and answering our many questions. The ladies that served the meals and tended the bar were full of personality, smiles, and charm once they warmed up to us. The facilities and grounds crews were very friendly and their hard work each day was reflected in the beauty of the resort. Ah, and if your lucky enough to take a tour of the Atlantic caves with Delbert – sit back, relax, and enjoy!

The Rooms…
Perfect. We stayed in the one-room, one-bed cottage and while we had neighbors in the cottage next to us, we never heard them. The room had a swamp cooler – nice background noise for sleeping! The view from our bed was of the beach and an eternity of blue water evolving into the sky.

The Guests…
On the beach and at dinner we met wonderful families and couples from Denmark, England, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Bahamas. I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to stay at a resort that was not adults-only. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see European children and teenagers reading books and respectfully interacting with the adults.

The Food…
-- Breakfast and Lunch meals were fabulous! Breakfast choices ranged from cereal, eggs and beacon, to fresh fruit and yogurt. Lunches ranged from chicken sandwiches and hamburgers to lasagna and salads.
-- Dinner entrees were less than desirable. If you like the Bahamian-style greasy, fatty, fried, overly salted foods – you’re in luck. On the other hand, if you’re looking to eat “clean” (low fat, low salt) my advice is to skip dinner. I will note that we didn’t ask if the chef could cook something special (ex. light on the salt) for us, next time we visit…we’ll definitely ask!
-- That said – if our ONLY complaint during the entire ten days was the quality of the night-time meals – you know it was a FABULOUS vacation!!!

This is the perfect place if you are looking for a place to escape… Incredible scenery that makes every photo a postcard shot…A quiet hideaway where you can lose yourself in the tranquility of nature...

  • Liked — The beach. The small, isolated resort.
  • Disliked — The dinner entrees
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2008

Want a quiet, restful place in the sun with four miles of uncrowded pristine beach? Cape Santa Maria Beach resort is the place for you.

Long Island in the Bahamas is a bit out of the way for west coast Canadians, but my wife and I wanted somewhere that didn't have crowds, loud music, beach hustlers, or the smell of BBQs. And definitely no sounds of motorized watercraft buzzing up and down the beach.

My wife and I found that exquisite, peaceful solitude at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort. We and fellow guests were more than happy to laze in the shade of our beachside gazebos, only steps from our colonial-style, twin-suite bungalow — to gaze the over brilliant azure waters of Calabash Bay. With a west-facing exposure, early morning moonsets and day-ending sunsets gave us spectacular natural light shows.

The resort is located on the lee-side of the island with a protective barrier reef offshore, so there is at most a gentle groundswell, and no surf to speak of. Despite the lack of life guards, the clear, shallow waters are generally safe for swimming or any water activity. Daily walks along the miles of uncrowded, fine coral-sand beaches are requisite!

Except for fishing charters that are available from the resort, the resort only provides guests with non-motorized watercraft like Hobie Cats, snorkeling gear, or kayaks. Bikes are also available for trips to the nearby Columbus Monument, or to visit the nearby town of Stella Maris.

Our huge bungalow suite had two queen-sized beds, a three-piece bathroom (with bath tub/shower), coffee maker, and best of all, a large, screened-in, covered verandah-patio that overlooks Calabash Bay. Resort staff made sure the suites were spotless, and always well-supplied with items like shampoo, conditioner, soap, coffee, and even bug repellant. We spent many happy late-afternoon and evening hours on the patio, reading or just gazing off to sea.

The Beach House Bar and Restaurant is a great place to meet with other guests, visitors, and locals to enjoy a drink before a fine meal. The restaurant features excellent local Bahamian fare (love the conch salad, fritters, and chowder), as well more familiar North American meals (steaks)

Service was top-notch. All resort staff went out of their way to help with almost any request, from planning tours, charters (the resort's fishing guides are excellent, and really patient with newbies) or recommending places to visit.

There are lots of places to see on Long Island. Rent a car and go exploring. Sights are sometimes hard to find with few signs, but that just adds to the adventure.

Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort provided us with a top-notch, restful vacation. Long Island may be a bit too quiet for families with teens, or the 20-something crowd, but is perfect for anglers as well as those looking for a quiet vacation. My wife and I highly recommend this high-end, Bahamian resort for those who wish to really get away from it all.

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Paris, Tn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2008

I awoke on Jan 1, 2008 craving "The Cape" for a real vacation. This is the one place in the world where time stops and the people treat you like family not a tourist. The quiteness of this resort continuely draws me back. My wife and I have been to many beach resorts in all corners of the globe and this is in the top five. The beach bungalows make you feel right at home w/ the breeze from the ocean blowing through all day. The staff is wonderful from the front desk to the water.
The trick to dinning at the Cape is to relax and enjoy. Food is great and can be tailored to your taste upon request. Also go fishing and catch you dinner. What a true treat, I suggest pan fried fish.
We are returning in Feb for our fourth trip and can not wait.
This is a true hidden paradise

  • Liked — Beach
  • Disliked — gave me high expectations for everything else
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2007

This is truly a uniquely magnificent spot. Pristine beach, spectacular water (yes it really IS that color), comfortable and low key accommodations, friendly staff. Yes, the food is mediocre, but they generally don't try to milk you with charging too much. We were sorry we didn't rent a car to explore more of the island, and particularly to have the opportunity to eat outside the hotel (cabs are expensive). Food service is very slow - we learned to take cards with us to meals so that waiting was not as unpleasant. It's one of those situations where when you learn to just accept it, it becomes OK.

We did not look at the villas. I'm sure they are significantly more luxurious than the bungalows, but we enjoyed the experience of being a little bit more "at one" with the beach, and found them clean, airy and bright. The screened in porch is a particularly wonderful touch, allowing you to be outside yet inside should the sun be too much or there be some rain.

It is quiet, but our teenagers were fine with hanging out, reading and doing the occasional snorkeling or fishing runs with the friendly crews and guides (Bert and Delbert are great). With very young kids, probably best to travel with another family so they have some distraction.

All in all, possibly one of the most beautiful spots we have ever been to. The issues described above are FYI and did not prevent this from being a 5 star experience.

  • Liked — Magnificent beach
  • Disliked — Food and food service
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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cheshire
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2007

This truly is a gem of a place. despite some minor issues the position of this small resort is in a word breathtaking. We have travelled extensively and can honestly say this is the most beautiful beach we have seen.Swimming is a joy.
The accomodation is varied, we initially stayed in the bungalows and immediately realised our mistake but staff were some of the most helpful we have come across in the Carribean and quickly changed us to the delightful and beautifully furnished villas. As a chill out place this has to be it.

The food was mediocre and a very American menu with little Bahamian influence but we ate out locally and had some great simple seafood recommended by one of the reception staff. Even the food could not taint our stay. All the staff were very friendly and helpful as were the management.

  • Liked — view beach
  • Disliked — bungalows out dated
  • Stayed November 2007
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12 Thank eboddy
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2007

What a wonderful resort and beautiful beach. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with a smile and the attitude of the staff and management continued our entire stay. We have taken our Thanksgiving vacation at Caneel Bay in St. Johns the past four years because we thought we had found paradise. Well we found it again at The Cape Santa Maria Resort and it's easier to travel to. The accommodations in the Villas and attention that was paid to the small details during construction and the decorating made us feel like we were at home. The resort managers, Wendy and Frank, should be very proud of the service that is provided by there staff at the front desk and restaurant. Every meal we had was outstanding. We've traveled to quite a few island and know how hard it is to find good help, but this resort has done it. Last but not least, the beautiful beach. It's nice to go on vacation to shut it down for a few days, recharge your batteries and then be able to do it. There were two days on the beach where we may have seen a hand full of people and we couldn't have been more relaxed. We spent the last four days of our vacation at the Atlantis in Nassau and when we took a family vote for next years trip, Nassau was scratched off the list and we plan on staying at the Cape Santa Maria resort the entire time. Thanks to Wendy, Frank and there staff for making our vacation one of the best ever.

Wade, April and Andie - Upper Marlboro, Maryland

  • Liked — The beach and accomodations
  • Disliked — Resort Logo needs to be redone - Just a sugestion
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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Vancouver, BC
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58 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2007

We loved this resort and can highly recommend it. Fabulous beach, quiet location, friendly people.
You lose all stress as you sit on the patio, soak in the view of the sunset, and drink a Kalik beer. Total serenity.
Rooms in Bungalows are dated and could use a refurbishing but are clean and comfortable nevertheless. For a few dollars more a night, go for one of the new luxurious Villa rooms, which look fabulous.
Food and service are variable but generally good. We found that we didn't eat enough to justify the $65/day meal plan, so recommend a la carte.
Front desk staff are very friendly and helpful.
One problem is bugs, which appear shortly after sundown: mosquitos and no-see-ums (which can get through the nettings provided on patios and restaurant). However, repellent and Raid deal with these and it is not a big drawback at all.
Some interesting sight-seeing is nearby but generally very quiet and meant for kicking back. Snorkelling is good.
Crystal clear, calm water for swimming. Perfect beach for all.

All in all, this is one of the best places we have ever visited (and we have been around), and our most relaxing vacation ever.

  • Liked — The incomparable beach
  • Disliked — the bugs
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank mikemniki
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Property: Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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