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“Perfection Except for Meal Plan” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas

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Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfection Except for Meal Plan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Although my take on the meals is less than enthusiastic, this is not a reason to not come here. I agree with the vast bulk of glowing reviews; beach, cottages, service, and so on. It's not that the food is bad, its just not up to the quality of the rest of the experience of being here. Menu is very light on salads and fresh fruit. At the end of a week stay, lack of variety starts to weigh heavily. Dining room service was erratic and on an occasion or two, surly. This wouldn't keep me from coming back. I just wish management would pay more attention here, making a stay at Cape Santa Maria absolutely perfect.

Room Tip: Ask for cottage away from main building - less foot traffic in front of your veranda.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank kwieder
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear kwieder,

Thank you very much for the great review and we appreciate the feedback. I am sorry to hear that you were left with anything less than a stellar impression of the service in our dining room. We are always working to improve the service levels throughout the entire resort. Each year we hire a trainer from our Canadian operations to assist in training our staff. In fact, this year we are focusing on the service in our dining room. I sincerely hope you choose Cape Santa Maria for your next beach vacation, and I am confident you will be as impressed as many others continue to be.

I am a little surprised to hear your comments regarding the selection of salads because we receive a great deal of positive feedback in this regard. People tell us they enjoy the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, the Long Island Lobster Salad or the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad. In addition, the Crescent Beach Salad or Lobster Terriene are very popular. Of course, there is always the Classic Caesar or traditional Bahamian Conch Salad.

We hope to see you at Cape Santa Maria for your next beach vacation.

Brook Castelsky
General Manager
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

On the way to Haiti Stella Maris makes a great aviation fuel stop. Decided to spend the night on the way back the island looked so beautiful on the way down. So glad I did will make Cape Santa Maria it's own destination in the future. The cottage was wonderful, the beach picture perfect...coming from someone who grew up in Hawaii-Oahu. Really enjoyed the restaurant, and more importantly the staff and couple that manage the resort were present and personally involved in making sure you had everything to make you comfortable. It's one of those places that's hard to believe exists.

Room Tip: Beach front cottage
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PappyBoynton
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear PappyBoynton,

Greetings from Paradise! Thank you for the kind review. We are glad you had a chance to stop at Cape Santa Maria on your way to Haiti. Cape Santa Maria is a fun destination for pilots. In fact, over 35% of our guests fly their own plane to Stella Maris Air port, only minutes from Cape Santa Maria. As you say, Stella Maris has AV gas and it is a Port of Entry. We look forward to seeing you once again. Perhaps you should join one of our fly-in groups in early November!

Brook Castelsky,
General Manager
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New Brunswick Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you want to completely unwind, no question, go directly to Cape Santa Maria. The beach can not be beat, the new villas are spectacular and best of all, there are no crowds. It is a great place for families, or couples, or for that matter, even on your own. We have been going to the Cape for 10 years now, and each time we go, we always say, we have to come back sooner next time!!

Room Tip: They are all directly on the beach, but the new villas are worth the extra price.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank lllllll99
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear IIIIIII99,

Greetings from Paradise! Thank you for the great review. We agree, the villas are worth it. They are well laid out, private and execellent for a couple or family. I personaly love the view from the villas on the second floor, however many guests prefer to be on the lower level where they can walk straight to the beach. We look forward to seeing you for an eleventh year, and yes, come back sooner!

All the best,
Brook Castelsky
General Manager
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Beautiful, relaxing. Words can hardly express what a wonderful time we had. Our family, which includes 3, 17-24 year old daughters, had an incredible experience. This was our first trip but will not be our last. The service was beyond compare, and the noticeable lack of people made it our own island paradise. wow!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Anna L
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Anna L,

Thank you for the kind review. I especially appreciate your comments regarding the service as this is a huge compliment to our wonderful staff. Take care and we hope to see you next year.

Brook Castelsky
General Manager
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were at Cape Santa Maria the first week of December. If you are lookign for relaxation and tranquility in a beautiful setting, this is it. Sit in a cabana on their perfect beach and gaze at the turquoise water, or explore the neighborhood in one of their kayaks. Not good for them, but during our visit there were only 18 guests in the entire resort, so we had the place to ourselves.

The only warning is that the location is a little isolated, so you'll probably spend most or all of your time at the resort. We were there 3 days, which was perfect. A week would be too long for someone who needs activity and things to see.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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NC
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was our 6th visit in 8 years to CSM and I really feel we love it a little more every time. From the minute we land on the island everything is just peaceful and we know we'll have a great time.

The front desk staff (hi everyone!) is fantastic and very helpful not only in setting up excursions or other activities but being a great resource for any information you may need.

Brook & Ewa are fabulous managers - it's always a pleasure to catch up with them!

The restaurant - while a limited selection in meals, has huge portions and the food is always wonderful. We recommend the meal plan to help control costs but if you have a smaller appetite then go a la carte. Our personal favorite is the grouper fingers! And if you happen to see Maxine in the restaurant, please give her a giant hug from us. She knew our girls drink orders, how they liked their salads - she was such a huge part of what made our trip so fabulous.

Accommodations - we are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children ages 6 & 8) and we always stay in the bungalows. This works really well for us because after all, we are on the beach most of the day and the covered porch works well when we want to get out of the heat or in the event of a brief rain shower. The bungalows are roomy but not huge and comfortable with plenty of toiletries.

The beach - ah the beach! Definitely the most amazing we've ever seen and consistent with everyone else's reviews. Perfect powder white sand and turquoise water which is almost always calm and clear. We love walking over to the cove and exploring what sea life we find (usually we see at least 1-2 stingrays).

It's always sad leaving because it is everything our family needs when we get away - we reconnect with each other, we relax and we have a great time. It's so wonderfully secluded that it forces you to relax - something we definitely need.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pilotgirlNC
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We are currently planning our third trip back to Cape Santa Maria, because it simply cannot be beat! We are beach people, and have taken many beach trips over the years. Normally, our policy is, "why go back someplace again when there are so many new places to see?" But our first trip to Cape Santa Maria sealed the deal- there is no better place in the world, and no better resort to stay at while you enjoy it! The staff are all so friendly, the accommodations are wonderful, and the food is delicious. There are great activities to do if you can get tear yourself away from the beach-- the resort has snorkeling opportunities, or deep sea fishing, or tours of local islands. The beach is the most pristine one I have ever seen, equalled only by the perfect blue of the ocean. And the best part is that there aren't a million people there enjoying the beach with you. You can actually appreciate this perfect place in peace. It truly is a flawless paradise that you get ever opportunity to enjoy. I can't wait to go back again-- our next stay at Cape Santa Maria can't come soon enough!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Address: Galliot Cay, Long Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center 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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