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“Fantastic Place FOR VACATION” 5 of 5 stars
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Stella Maris Resort Club
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Ocean View Dr | Stella Maris, Long Island   |  
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“Fantastic Place FOR VACATION”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Stella Maris is a wonderful place to vacation. You are treated wonderfully and the food is fantastic. This is our second time at Stella Maris and Long Island. The people are so friendly and the water is so clear and we even had a great time during Hurricaine Sandy!! Would recommend anyone to vacation there. Hope to go back again! Pat Shorter

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
So very happy to have the family with us for a second visit. So glad that 'Sandy' didn't dampen your Stella Maris holiday! Thank you for your patience and compliments to our wonderful people and beautiful island. Hope to see you all again soon.
Sunny regards from all of us at Stella Maris Resort. - Elizabeth
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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is the third time that I have visited Stella Maris and didn't think it could get any better, but I was proven wrong. On our third day into our stay, we were hit dead on by Hurricane Sandy. The staff was so gracious and accommodating that it didn't make any difference that we didn't have power for a few days. We still had the BEST food and service. We were pretty much able to do all of the activities, except a few, but the ocean wouldn't allow it! The staff was top notch as always, the food A-1, the service above the rest and we can't wait to go back for a fourth trip! This is the best hurricane and non-hurricane destination ever!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
It was great having the whole family back again. We thank you for being the best and most patient hurricane guests ever. Always a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we look forward to your next Long Island, Bahamas visit. Sunny regards from all of us at Stella Maris Resort. - Elizabeth
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This was my second trip back. The food, people, resort, view, EVERYTHING is absolutely amazing!! We were there during hurricane Sandy and the staff bent over backwards to make our trip just as enjoyable as our first!! Everyone there makes you feel like you are part of their extended family, and you are always sad to leave. Thanks again for a wonderful, memorable visit...can't wait to see everyone again soon!!

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms! The view is amazing from all, and they are so spacious. Besides, with such...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thank you for your praise of our fine staff. And for paying us the compliment of a return visit. We hope to be welcoming you to 'your island home' again soon. - Elizabeth
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New Haven, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Just enjoyed my third stay at Stella Maris Resort (fifth visit to Long Island) in late July. This is absolutely the best place to stay if you want to really be taken care of --even pampered on your vacation. The management and staff know how to make guests feel really welcome and they do everything possible to make sure that you have everything you need to make your stay fun, carefree and truly enjoyable.
All four dinners were superb and the picnic lunch prepared for our snorkeling trip, delicious-- with lots of fresh fruit. The service, as on my previous visits, was great and always given with a smile. I even had toast made for me at breakfast after a thunderstorm had knocked out the power to the kitchen. Someone went to the trouble to prepare it on a grill!
Stella Maris Resort is the best! I will certainly be back there again soon. My thanks to all.

Room Tip: I've always stayed in the hotel block rooms--but the cottages are beautiful and some even have p...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you! So very glad you , again, enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Sunny regards from all your friends at Stella Maris!
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

What a great trip! Our SCUBA diving group from Baltimore, Maryland traveled in mid July to Long Island in the Bahamas where we stayed and dove with the wonderful folks at Stella Maris. The resort is beautiful and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. The resort staff and the dive staff are friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, even my daughter who is a very picky eater enjoyed the menu choices. Also the bag lunches that the resort packed us each day to take on the dive boat were very good and no one every got hunger.

The highlights of our dive trip were the day trip to Conception Island, the wreck dive on the Comberbach, the shark dive and diving and snorkeling in Dean's Blue Hole. The trip to Conception Island is a 3 hour boat ride each way but well worth it to dive Conception's beautiful walls. We were even greeted by a dolphin on our first dive at Conception Island. The wreck we dove was sunk on purpose as a dive sight, it is a 110' steel freighter that sits upright on a 100' deep coral shelf with lots of coral, sponge and fish life to enjoy. The shark dive was exciting and set up safely by the dive masters. It will get your adrenaline levels up and give you some good opportunities to see and photograph sharks up close. Dean’s Blue Hole was the last dive of our trip. It involves a one hour bus ride each way to the southern end of the island however, Dean's Blue Hole is one of the most beautiful views you will see in the Caribbean both above water and below. It is also a wonderful snorkeling place. Any trip to Long Island should include plans to see this incredible natural wonder.

The sailing on one of the resorts small sailboats is also must. Wish we had more time to try the kayaking, go fishing, hang out on the beach and explore more of the island but we had to have a reason to return some day. I believe everyone in our group was very pleased! It is and excellent value for the money! Thanks to all at Stella Maris for such a fun adventure!

A couple of things worth noting if you plan to vacation on Long Island. We did a find the gnats and mosquitos to be a problem in certain places at certain times of the day. The locals say they can be annoying for a few days after it rains. Take some bug spray with you just in case but don't change your mind about going to this great little island. My experience is that this is typical of many of the remote locations I have visited. Also, the diving days were rather long. We left the dock each day at 9 AM and returned each day after 3 PM with the trip to Conception Island being the longest day. Stella Maris has two boats and because we were a larger group, we were on the larger but slower dive boat. Although it was not a problem, we just wished we had more time each day after the dives to enjoy more of the amenities at the resort and tours around the island. The plus side is that the larger boat is very comfortable with lots of room to relax and enjoy the view and your day on the water. Stella Maris also has a smaller, faster boat for use with smaller dive groups so that boat ride should be faster and the dive days shorter.

Room Tip: If you are a diver, the hotel rooms in front of the office were very convenient for catching the rid...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
It was such a pleasure having your group of divers. So glad you enjoyed your time with us. There is so much to do that we hope you'll be back again to continue your exploration of Long Island.
Yes, larger group means the larger boat which as you say is comfortable, but slower moving. We do try to be flexible to a group's wishes and so a smaller group can lead to a smaller, faster boat.
Thank you for sharing your comments on the Conception Wall, Comberbach wreck, Dean's Blue Hole, and Shark Reef. Did you know that Stella Maris was the first Bahamas operator to offer a shark dive? And the Dean's is world's deepest blue hole and 2nd largest underwater cavern?
Again, thank you and your group of divers for spending time with us and for the great photos.
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Fishers, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Visited here, feel in love, bought a lot in Stella Maris and have been dreaming of building there since the visit. The people of Long Island are so welcoming and happy. The stars in the sky, unlimited. The bounty of beauty found in the natural surroundings, words can't describe. You have the pristine beaches with waves on Stella Maris side and a short distance away - zero depth walk-out unlimited possibilities on the Cape Santa Maria side. It's truly the best of both worlds.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
How wonderful that you now have your own piece of paradise. We look forward seeing you again soon!
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Washington Court House, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Our family of seven spent a week at this beautiful island resort. We rented the four bedroom Dolphin House with its own pool. It had fabulous ocean views (it is right on the ocean) overlooking the salt water pool. It was very comfortable with large bedrooms and a main living space.
We spent three days scuba diving with the resort's scuba crew. We were all newly certified open water divers. The scuba crew started us with a shallow dive and we worked our way up to deeper dives through the week. The resort offers all levels of diving experiences from shallow reef diving to deep water wreck diving and even a dive into Dean's Blue Hole (the deepest underwater sink hole). We saw sharks, manta rays, lobster, squid and more.
We rented a car one day and explored the island, snorkeled at Dean's Blue Hole and enjoyed some of the island's best beaches. One beach not to miss is Cape Santa Maria with soft white sand and clear aquamarine water. A typical day diving is two one tank dives. One in the morning followed by lunch and a new snorkeling site and then another dive after lunch. The dive crew is wonderful at providing a positive dive experience and is very attentive and careful with safety.
The resort is beautiful with lovely landscaping. While two homes have pools, there are at least four other pools throughout the complex of 30+ units. It is peaceful and quiet. There is the Moonshine Bar near the ocean with great drinks and food (one must try their huge daiquiri). The main restaurant has delicious food with evening specials each night. Our last night was the rum punch party with dinner buffet. The staff is friendly and the service is wonderful and very accommodating and helpful. (Note: do not miss the apple German pancake for breakfast).
The resort will also provide trips to get provisions at local stores, plus site-seeing trips, and beach drop-off and pick-ups. There are also bikes available which makes getting to some beaches a lot easier. There are many other excursions available and we plan to return to try some of the ones we missed.
We found Stella Maris to be a wonderful place to relax, bond with our family and enjoy the best of the beautiful Bahamas. A true test of an ideal vacation is when customers return. Stella Maris is that kind of place. We even met a lovely woman who has been returning for 35 years and another couple who had honeymooned here 30 years ago and were returning. We, too, will be back!

Room Tip: We enjoyed having a house, but there are smaller cottages available. All are quiet. Photos are avai...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
What a wonderful review, thank you. It is great to hear that your family enjoyed spending time together at Stella Maris. I did my first dive at Stella Maris, as did several relatives and friends over the years - the diving, and snorkeling, is diverse with good sites for all skill levels. We are delighted to know that you will be returning to your new 'Island Home' and look forward to your return.
Sunny regards from all of us at Stella Maris!
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Address: Ocean View Dr | Stella Maris, Long Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Long Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Stella Maris Resort Club 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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Stella Maris Resort, a 2014 Certificate of Excellence recipient, is an intimate Bahamas Out Island hotel offering a wide range of tropical vacation rentals and accommodations, from panoramic ocean view hotel rooms to 4-bedroom waterfront and beach front villas, two with private pool. We provide the perfect Long Island Bahamas resort getaway for leisure travelers, family vacationers, private pilots and active water sportsmen. Tropical accommodations and inclusive island activities make Stella Maris the perfect Bahamas family resort or romantic getaway! ... more   less 
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