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Stella Maris Resort Club
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
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2 reviews
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“The truth about Stella Maris”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2008

WOW!! We just returned from a 6 day/ 5 night stay at Stella Maris. There were 5 of us in the group. Two couples, age range from 30-45, plus my soon to be 11 year old daughter. There is so much to say, so this won't be short. I have been reading all the reviews of this resort for the last 3 months in anticipation for our vacation. Now that I've been there, I can't imagine why anyone would write a bad review!
We flew in 1/28 in the smaller plane in the bakground of the picture. Our pilot was Anton. It was a very smooth ride (this is coming from someone who is scared of flying!). We flew out 2/2 in the bigger plane with Joerg as our pilot. He was amazing! My sister sat in the fromt with hem. He explained to her all about the islands we flew over and the resort. At the end, he shook all our hands and gave my daughter a hug!!

We booked an all-inclusive package with Jill who was incredibly helpful and patient with me. We stayed in room #21. My sister and her husband were in room #20. The rooms were absolutely beautiful and immaculately cleaned with beautiful views of the ocean. You can see from my picture fo the view that there is a pool right below our room. Also, there is a bigger pool with a bar by the ocean, the water was very cold though.
Two of the owners, Peter and Joerg, have both retired but are still visible on hte resort. Nearly every meal, at least one of them or their kids came to ur table and asked how things were going and helped us plan our day out. Joerg called a car for us and Peter told u of all the must see places. (Highly recommend renting a car. We did two days of sight seeing.) All of them went completely out of their way to make us comfrotable and made sure all of our expectations were being met. I've traveled enough to tell you we have not experienced this kind of hosptality anywhere else!
We are not scuba divers, nor die hard snorkelers (I don't snorkel) and we were not board. There is so much to seee on this island. It is absolutely beautiful!!

Must see:
-Deans Blue Hole
-Natural swimming pools- 2 in Bonnacourt (the second one is the best) and the "Love Beaches"(we road bikes to these ones). While at the "Love Beaches", kiip walking down and you'll see a shipwreck.
-Columbus Monument/ Harbor- In low tide you can walk/ swim accross to the island.

The sevice was very good. We had a waitress and bartender at night that made us feel like we were a bother, other than those two, everyone else was super! The drinks are very strong, they don't go easy on the liquor. They had a very diverse menu. Lot's of native dishes, some German dishes, and as always the ever so famous American food (Steaks and burgers). Ther specials changed every night. All the food was fabulous and most of the time, we could not finish our plates. There is a set dinner time every night.
We went deep sea fishing. My husband caught a Blue Marlin! We went to the "Cape" beach. It is beautiful but not for the less advanced snorkelers so we didn't stay long. The natives on the island are all so friendly. Nearly every car we passed waved. While we were riding bikes it was the same, they all wave. If you are nice to them, you will get the same in return. Any time I'm with a taxi driver or someone of the sor, I always ask them about their land. They love to tell and I love to hear the history!
Peter and Joerg's kids now run the place with minimal help from them. Not only do they care about the place, they care about their guests! All of them. They didn't just come to our table, they went to every bodies table. I'm told they now have two silent partners who are wanting to make a few changes to the place. I hope it's not too drastic!
There are no locks on the doors. They have a safe at the front desk for passports, jewelry and things of the like. No t.v.'s or telephones. If you like the people your with, it will be great. One more thing, for those who have never bought tickets on-line before. Be sure to pick your seats ASAP. I didn't realize you were supposed to do this. I thought if you bought three tickets together, you'd sit together. WRONG!!!!! We were scattered around the plane. We were able to re-arrange so that my daughter could sit in front of me. My husband had to sit way in the front of the plane by himself though. Very upsetting!!! We always bought our tickets through a travel agent before so this was new to me.

Enjoy your vacation!

  • Liked — The generousity of the owners
  • Disliked — The two rude servers at night
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Harleysville, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2007

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent 5-night Scuba-Inclusive package at the Stella Maris Resort in Long Island, Bahamas. The package offers excellent value -- including diving, meals, drinks, and even inter-island flights from Nassau. The hotel closes for the month of September, and as it turns out we were the last of the guests staying at Stella Maris in late August. In fact, for the last few days of our stay, we were the ONLY guests. It was like having a private resort! Amazingly, the resort was still fully staffed and no one begrudged us being there. We felt completely welcome.

The Stella Maris Resort is managed by 3 delightful Germans (Peter, Joerg, and Bruno) who have been running the resort for decades. They are very personable, and make it a point to reach out to their guests. You can pretty much be assured that at least one of the owners will stop by during any given meal to share a story, inquire about your day, tell a joke, etc. Plans are that next year management will be turned over to the next generation (sons/daughters of the present owners); it will be interesting to see how they will make their mark on this delightful destination. One can only hope they will preserve the relaxed and friendly atmosphere which is a current signature of the Stella Maris.

Stella Maris means "Star of the Sea", an apt name for such a lovely locale. The ocean is clear and blue as could be. Simply stunning! Long Island is a quiet out island, and makes a perfect place to really "get away from it all" for a few days (or longer if you can!) No TVs, no cell phone service, no computers... Bliss!! :-)

The hotel is not luxurious, but it is clean and bright and comfortable. The location is gorgeous -- we stayed in room 10 which is a corner unit with gorgeous views of the ocean ahead, and the former plantation grounds to the left. There is a roomy patio where you can take in the sea breeze and enjoy the ocean views in comfort. Truly relaxing!

Meals and drinks were very good, and fully covered by the Scuba-inclusive package. All meals are served in a main dining room.

The scuba operation was first rate. The dive guides were great, and there are plenty of dive sites within an easy boat ride of the nearby marina. The dive boat was spacious, and well organized. If you're diving for several days, you can stow your gear in the locker room at the marina, which is very convenient. The visibility is excellent, and fish/coral life abundant.

The hotel has 3 small pools, a unique "ocean pool" and several beaches on the property. However, those beaches are on the rocky side (it's helpful to bring pool shoes if you plan to swim there). A better bet is take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to visit some of the other nearby beaches which are simply spectacular. I highly recommend the beach at Cape Santa Maria... It is stunning!!!

Another recommendation is to visit the Columbus Monument (about a 15-20 minute drive). Peter gave us a personal tour, which was just great. Be sure to wear strudy shoes and be ready for some steep climbs... The trek is certainly worth it -- the view from the monument area is one of the prettiest I've ever seen in Caribbean.

Kudos to the staff of the Stella Maris Resort -- from the owners to front office staff to the servers to the maintenance workers to the bartender to the... you name it. Everyone we met was friendly and nice, and they really made our vacation experience a delight. We would love to come back!!!

Stella Maris is a unique little resort; truly a gem. If you're looking for an unpretentious resort where you can savor some quiet time, remember how to rest and relax, and be surrounded by the beauty of the Bahamas and its people, it doesn't get much better than this! Go, and enjoy!!

  • Liked — Friendliness of staff, beautiful quiet location, excellent scuba diving, totally relaxing
  • Disliked — Bring your bug spray!!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Mid West USA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2007

We boated into the marina and had plans to stay for a month or so and ended up staying nearly 6 months. A great place to launch from for daily car exploring trips. They really have the island all figured out. When we were there the lots of land were for sale and we serioussly considered it. I can tell you that George, Gert, and their famiies are delightful honor bound people and will take good care of you.

We had some friends have a tragedy on the island and I have never seen people so quickly rally around and offer such well placed and gentle support. If for that alone, i woudl recommend people stay there.

Bring strong bug spray and cover up with light long sleeved clothing and pants. You wil be happy you did.

  • Liked — People and the really private beaches
  • Disliked — The bugs from 5 pm to 6pm
  • Stayed November 2005, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank BoaterlMidWestUSA
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Spartanburg, SC
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2007

Just returned from a guys scuba trip to Stella Maris Resort on Long Island, and all four of us had a blast! Two gacious Germans, Peter and George run a tight ship that functions well beyond expectations on this very laid back, and sparsly developed out island in the Bahamas. The accomodations, which date from the late 60's to early 70's, are clean and quite comfortable and the food was plentiful, fresh, and very good, if not exceptional for the remote local. Best of all was the service, which was very accomodating and run with German precision, which is most unusual in the always easy going Bahamas. The diving was very good, and Matt, the Dive Master had just the right touch of caution, adventure, and accomodating leadership skills on our 6 dives which included a unique Blue Hole dive and a superb night dive. Best of all was the tremendous value we received for all of our fun, food, drinks and adventure, and we had plenty of all of the above! I have spent considerably more for a lot less.My only wish was to be able to stay longer as our five days literally flew by, but I will be back....as there is lots more of Long Island and its incredible waters to explore from this delightful outpost.

  • Liked — We had a four Bdr house with a pool
  • Disliked — A little dated
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with friends
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6 Thank mart59
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Köln
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2007

We spent 3 weeks at this lovely resort and would go back anytime! This is the perfect place for people looking for a relaxing holiday within a superb surrounding. The Stella Maris staff go out of their way to assist you with anything you might need and offer an extreme variety of leisure possibilities (a lot of them free of charge!). For example they offer daily scuba diving, boat excursions, fishing, kayaking, bycicles are available, driving us to the different beaches on the island etc – both Carribean and Atlantic sides have the most fantastic beaches I have ever seen!!!

Not to miss are the great cocktails which Sean the Barman creates – once a week the hotel has a rum punch party with live Bahamian music. The bar at Stella Maris is in a “Hemmingway style” and we spent a lot of evenings enjoying the great atmosphere after dinner. The bar is a social meeting point of the hotel with different game offers such as billiard, backgammon etc. If you really need to check your mails while visiting you even have wireless lan internet connections here!

We didn’t find this at another place while travelling the Bahamas: the Restaurant at Stella Maris offers a great menu with daily changing specials! Even though we spent average 3 weeks at the resort the daily special did not repeat once! Also the staff is very friendly and go out of their way to introduce local specials to you!

Stella Maris offers different accommodation possibilities and comparing with other Bahamian islands you get a great value for money and can even choose between self-catering apartments and hotel rooms. I personally would recommend the restaurant as the next good supermarket is a while away and supermarkets are quite expensive on the islands. They have really nicely refurnished rooms with a fantastic view to the Atlantic side.

The hotel is not situated directly at the beach but on a little hill with view to both sides of the island.

You really notice that Stella Maris is a privately owned resort and the owners put guest service at the top of their priority! I can recommend this for families, sporting guests, couples or people who just want to get away and relax for a while.

Even though we spent a long time at the hotel we definitely were not bored once and easily could have stayed longer -we def. will return!!!

Stayed February 2007
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Baytown, Texas
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609 reviews
167 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2007

Stella Maris Resort is a clean place to stay with a decent bar and restaurant. The rooms could use some updating and attention and the bartender could use some tips on how to run a bar. In my room (21) the air conditioner sounded like a blender running so at night we left the doors open. The shower was barely operational but did the job. Options on this island are slim but check out all your options before making Stella Maris your choice.
There is a small beach but no services on the beach.

  • Liked — The friends I was staying with.
  • Disliked — The accommodation
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with friends
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Virginia
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2007

My wife and I enjoyed another wonderful trip to Stella Maris. The resort has a wide range of accomodations, so you can pick what level you would like, from regular rooms, to suites, to houses with private pools. Nothing fancy, and no TVs or phones. This is an out island place. If you are looking for wild night life, go somewhere else.

The island is somewhat difficult to get to, but the airport is less than 1/2 mile from the resort. For pilots, it is an easy flight from Florida, and the airport has recently been upgraded. For non-pilots, the resort has their own charter flights at very reasonable rates from Nassau. There is a pilot discount for those that fly in themselves.

Food prices are reasonable, and we usually choose to eat at the resort restaurant, as the prices are pretty much the same everywhere, but the service and attention at the resort is hard to beat. They also have a great variety of specials, as well as a regular menu. Food is expensive in the Bahamas, but we find we get by for about $50-60/each per day.

There is a great range of activities, and you just need to tell the gracious hosts what you are interested in, and they will make it happen. We absolutely love the hosts and managers, Peter, Joerge, Joel and the entire staff. This has to be one of the friendliest places we have ever vacationed.

If you are looking to escape from it all, and enjoy a stay with new found friends relaxing and enjoying "Island Time", this is one fo the finest places we know.

  • Liked — Wide range of accomodation
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Stella Maris Resort Club
Address: 123 Ocean View Drive | Stella Maris, Long Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Long Island
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Long Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Stella Maris Resort Club 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stella Maris Resort Club,is off the beaten path. On a tranquil island, where nature abounds, where the ocean and beaches are at their best, with an unhurried pace of life and with islanders, much known for their old-fashioned hospitality and friendliness.We are an intimate out island style resort, offering a wide range of tropical accommodations, from panoramic ocean view rooms to appealing four bedroom water front villas. Food is great, as is casual evening fun. Many activities are free of charge. We can even fly you here from your international Bahamas airport hub. It's a place for anyone who seeks to get away from every-day's stress, who loves nature, who loves being at and in the water. From singles to couples, from families to small groups. And there is no better place for a romantic island wedding, barefoot or elegant, or for celebrating your anniversary! ... more   less 
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