When my husband and I decided to get married at a resort on the beach, it seemed like an impossible feat, seeing as we didn't even have our passports yet.
We had such difficulty finding a country that didn't have 74 hoops to jump through before we could be legally married. Our search landed us on the Trip Advisor reviews for Cape Santa Maria. We looked over the website and the photos that other couples had posted.
After much deliberation, we decided to call the resort. We spoke with Breanda at length and she calmed our fears. We decided to book the hotel for our wedding and honeymoon.
We started communication with Ewa and Breanda to go over what our expectations were. I had a lot of fears doing the wedding this way since this was the first time we had traveled out of the country; nonetheless for such a big occasion. Ewa was fantastic at answering all of our questions and concerns for the 10 months leading up to the wedding day.
Two weeks before the wedding, Hurricane Sandy blew through the Bahamas. My husband and I were incredibly nervous that our paradise was going to have to wait. Ewa responded back quite quickly afterwards to let us know they were safe and sound. However, the flowers on the island had been destroyed. My mother and I ended up making bouquets to take with us instead.
When we finally got to the island and were getting out of the cab at the resort, we just stopped and looked at the view. The resort is right on the beach (unlike Stella Maris) and the views are breathtaking (at least for this Arizona girl)
We walked in and Breanda greeted us both with a hug. We felt welcome from the first moments we arrived. We were walked to our bungalow and shown where everything could be found. As soon as Breanda started her walk back to the main house, we changed and jumped right in the crystal clear water! The bungalow was right on the white, flour-y sand. We slept every night with the door open to hear the waves crashing on the beach.
When our big day arrived, torrential rain started at about 9am. At 1pm, with the rain not slowing down, I walked into the main house to try to work out arrangements for a backup plan. Ewa and Brooke both assured me that it never rains during a wedding. However, if need be, they had a backup plan in place.
3:45 rolled around and you guessed it; it had stopped raining. My maid of honor and I walked out, I married the man of my dreams, we cut the cake, had our first dance and several pictures with the photographer. Then it started raining again. It was almost as if it was meant to be.
The next morning, we woke up to the most incredible sight we've ever seen; crystal clear turquoise water and a double rainbow.
We made use of the kayaks several times, enjoying the scenery around the area. We also had Delbert take us out snorkeling a few times. The water was very choppy and kind of cold (Delbert mentioned that it was about 9 degrees cooler than it was prior to the hurricane blowing through) but the kind man let me use his wet suit shirt to try to stay warm.
Happy Hour is the way to go. Kelly makes amazing drinks (the Goombay smash was our favorite, then the Hurricane) and with free conch fritters to boot, its a great way to wind down before dinner. We enjoyed happy hour every night we were there.
The food at the restaurant was great. I enjoyed the pasta with sun dried tomatoes and olives a few times. My husband preferred the steak. We had the absolutely best mushroom soup we've ever had before there one night as well. The rum cakes are amazingly tasty also. We chose the meal plan (all three meals) ... the blackened chicken for lunch was very good, but I'd stay away from the pizza. It was rather doughy and not very tasty.
We did take the bikes out to Columbus Point one day. I'd suggest making sure you have water, sunscreen and a bike with decent tires on it before you go. Its a bit of a trek, (at least in a bikini in flip flops) but the view was worth it.
Of note: the sand flea bites get bothersome. I've heard that if you take baby oil and use that with your lotion, it makes it harder for them to latch on to bite you. Also, someone mentioned that the Avon Skin So Soft works the same way. We did find that alcohol on the island is quite expensive. We purchased two cases of beer, Corona and Kalik. The total was $110. We kept this in our refrigerator in the room for ourselves and our wedding guests during their stay.
Overall, the weather could have cooperated more (rained every day, sometimes most of the day) for the week we were there, but that is nothing that the resort could control. We had the wedding of our dreams and we have Cape Santa Maria to thank for it. Thank you Brooke, Ewa and Breanda for helping us plan our special day... and thank you to Kelly and all of the wonderful waitresses that helped us enjoy it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas Hotel Long Island
- Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort And Villas
- Cape Santa Maria Beach Hotel
- Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas Long Island, Bahamas