Just read a review from a couple on their honeymoon who stayed at Stella Maris while we were there. In fact they stayed in the cottage next to us. Let me give you my take on the resort.
We too had a one bed room cottage and we loved the view. We have the advantage of privacy, lots of room and a BEAUTIFUL view that I am attaching a picture of.
It is a minute walk to the ocean and another minute to the bar and beach. Please! If you can. do that..... Part of the charm of the resort is walking places and enjoying the sights, smells and ocean breezes.
It has always been the resort policy to have no keys because the island is so safe. The resort provides a safe free of charge and we leave our passports and extra money their. We have been going 15 years and have never had the first thing stolen of even disturbed. Once we threw away a watch that no longer worked and we were flagges down at the airport to have it returned to us. Once I left a pair of cheap reading glasses behind and they were wrapped carefully in a napkin and kept until my return visit. The people at the resort are an honest, proud group of people and would be offended to know that honesty was in question.
There was a problem with the water heater. Rather than post in on TripAdvisor, we went to one of the owner managers and the problem was addressed.
Is KMM aware that cars entering the Bahamas carry up to an 85% duty in addition to the cost. The people on the island don't make alot of money - even the businesses - have to be resourceful and thrifty, We don't expect the same kind of car we get in the US be we aren't in the US. We go to experience something different and do our best to fit in with the people there and not be spoiled American tourists.
We think there are more than enough activities. We make our own fun exploring the island, the people and the beaches. This is not a Sandals resort where you have fake treasure hunts. We have priced the only other decent resort on the island and Stella Maris is at least 30% less for and all inclusive package and well worth every penny.
Drinking water - no where on the island is tap water potable. The resort will provide all the FREE drinking water you want. So sorry you have to carry it to your room!!!!!
Finally the management and staff - how dare you call them rude and liars!!!!! We have been going 15 years and have always and consistently been treated honestly and with respect.
Stella Maris is NOT the place for spoiled American tourists. It is a place for TRAVELLERS who want to experience something different that the place they come from. If I wanted everything like it was in America, i would have stayed in America. This couple needs to go to Disney World where all the fun is fake. We love those moments when we discver a new beach, see a sting ray in the bay, watch an osprey catch a fish, sit with a native on her fron porch as she plaits straw, or talk to local fisherman.
If this couple had opened up to the experience instead of being so critical, they would have discovered the REAL Bahamas and made friendships that lasted a life time. Shame on you for wasting the experience!
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Stella Maris is such a special place. Delighted to hear that it is favorite of yours as well. I made my first visit in the mid 70's as a 20-something tourist travelling with my parents in a single engine aircraft all the way from Wisconsin. Over the years it has become a favorite of my siblings, nieces, nephews, and our extended family and friends as well.
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Thank you for your praise of our management and staff. Hope to meet up with you on Long Island one day soon.
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