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My husband and I just got back from a week at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort. What a great holiday! Wendy, Frank, and their staff made us feel very welcome and the pristine property, the beautiful view, unbelievable beach (the sand is NEVER hot on your feet!), good food, free bicycles and kayaks, nearby snorkeling, the total lack of crowds, and the wonderful people we met there made our holiday one of the best we've ever had!
Of course we heard about the robberies that occurred to some of the members of a wedding party that were guests during our stay at the resort: that was most unfortunate. We really felt sorry for the people who lost valuables. It's a tough thing to go through.
However, as resort guests who were not part of the wedding group, we would like to add another perspective. To be fair, although guests can't lock their doors while they are out of their rooms, every bungalow has a free in-room safe in which to keep their valuables. In addition, upon our arrival, the staff indicated that we could use the inside bolts on the doors to "lock yourselves in at night." Since we always lock our doors no matter where we are, we had no problem at all with theft even though we were in the same area as those bungalows that were burglarized. Other guests near us who also had the habit of locking themselves in at night were also not burglarized.
We all have to be responsible and accountable for using any security measures available to us in order to protect ourselves, our families, and our property, no matter where we are.
We absolutely loved the resort and look forward to our next trip there.
ROBBED at the cape!
My husband and I had our wedding on Long Island the weekend of 6/25/05. We've been to Long Island before and Love it. Although we have had problems with the managers of this resort before, we figured the beautiful beachfront bungalows would be suitable for our guests. While most stayed at nearby Stella Maris resort, we had 6 rooms booked at Cape Santa Maria resort.
All of our guests were informed of the "no locks on the doors" policy at this resort and told that there's no crime so it would be safe. Unfortunately, this was not the case. All members of our wedding party were broken into that night. One guest who was awake found the intruder on her porch. She found him before he had a chance to take anything, but others (including my husband and I) were not so lucky. Our dear friends lost over $15,000 worth of her jewerly, including her engagement and wedding rings, and watch. Upon reporting the news the next morning to the staff, they not only were given no reassurance, but were charged for the soft drink they ordered! Furthermore, upon checkout, no one was informed that others in the party were broken into.
The managers (who were OFF the island for the ENTIRE weekend) were unsymapthetic and not responsive upon learning about the events that had transpired, even questioning if it had happened at all! This is unacceptable and will be dealt with but I would advise all potential guests to avoid this resort at all costs.
After spending a week at CSM for our honeymoon, we just cannot wait to return. It's just about the perfect beach resort. The beach is enormous (it took us about 45 minutes to walk to the far point, a great walk!) and the water is perfect Bahama blue. The restaurant and bar were great. You could get a local catch of lobster or grouper or an imported prime steak. Happy hour starts at 5pm where you'll face the most perfect sunset and relax while eating complimentary conch fritters and chatting up the other guests. The activities were fabulous. We dove every day and there were at most 5 total on the boat. Bone fishing is second to none. Bert or Delbert can take you for a nature tour where you'll see stingrays and reef sharks. In case you really need to stay in touch they have wireless internet and a common TV to check the scores. The rooms were very spacious and each had it's own sun room. The beach is maybe 10 steps from your door. Check out the pictures on the web! This is the only resort I've ever been to where the pictures do not do it justice. If I could give it 6 out of 5 stars, I would.
A slice of heaven
I am reluctant to write this review as I am feeling a bit selfish in not wanting to share this paradise. I arrived with my family and was promptly and smilingly greeted upon arrival. A tour of the resort was conducted by Wendy, a most competent and delightful manager. One of the first things I noticed was the breathtaking color of the pristine beaches and the clarity of water. (The ocean floor was clearly visible in 80 feet of water) I felt that I was living in a postcard. The rooms were clean, spacious, and well air conditioned. The staff was friendly and courteous.
Having two teen age kids, I was surprised how entertained the children were without having television, playstations, internet, and places to shop. Fishing, snorkeling, and diving were all readily available. The fishing guide, Bert, was quite skilled and most entertaining. The food was good and the kitchen was most eager to prepare the fish we had caught earlier in the day. We had enough fish to feed a party of 12 and the taste was uncommonly delicious.
We usually try to pick out destinations that we havent experienced yet. However, we have not been home 3 days and we are already planning our next visit to Cape Santa Maria. I have no complaints whatsoever and would recommend this resort to any couple or family.
Right on the Beach!!!
My husband and I stayed at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort for ten days during Christmas 2003.What a beautiful place! Not only is the beach beautiful, the sunsets incredible, the beach villasARE RIGHT ON THE BEACH. The hotel staff is very friendly, courteous, and the food is excellent.We went bonefishing (a must) twice, and deep sea fishing - even if you aren't in to fishing, try it, being out on the flats and the ocean is awesome.The ONLY thing I can complain about is the weather there in December - it's cool, 70-75 degrees.Rent a car for the day and stop for lunch at Max's Conch Bar and Grill. Nice place, good food.Better hurry and experience this nice, quiet, get-away - they told us they plan to build homes and a 72 slip marina on the most desolated part of the beach. They will ruin it for sure!!
PEACEFUL, ROMANTIC, TROPICAL PARADISE
Four miles of soft white sand and only twenty rooms! The most beautiful turquoise water I have ever seen. Diving and snorkelling in calm, crystal clear water. Doing absolutely nothing. I've been twice and can't wait to go back. It is totally an unspoiled paradise - feels a little like landing on Gilligan's Island - but Gilligan didn't have a new Clubhouse with an open air bar and restaurant! The staff are AMAZING. There is nothing they won't do for you. Didn't go bonefishing but saw lots of guides go out with guests and come back happy. Nice rooms that are well spaced out. You never feel crowded. Marble floors, and huge private patios. This place is truly the most peaceful, beautiful, romantic spot in the world.
What could be better? Great rooms, all right on the beach, Great restaurant. Friendly helpful staff. The most beautiful beach in the Bahamas. Great Bone Fishing, Great Diving. I just stayed for 6 days my 4th visit in 2 years
Eden at Long Last
Have you ever booked a beach holiday based on what pictures graced the travel agency folder, only to discover that the photos didn't reveal what was actually hidden behind it all? A 4 lane highway? An open sewage plant? Thousands of people packed in to one small locale at once? Well, the Cape Santa Maria Resort is the opposite of all that. What you see barely covers what you actually get. The beach alone is woth the journey- miles of creamy white sand framing an impossibly turquoise bay. This is the stuff of dreams. The stunning beach is complemented by charming, tastefully appointed cottages that blend nataurally into the pristine environment. Crowds do not exist, the loudest noise you can expect to hear is the gentle lapping of the sea, or perhaps the singing of a few birds. Meals are resonably priced and always fresh and well presented by the ever smiling staff. There is no shortage of activities to take on- Kayaking, world class fishing, diving, snorkelling, or simple beach combing all await you. This is truly the best kept secret of the Bahamas- don't ask if you can afford to go, you can't afford not to.
A gorgeous, quiet retreat
Don't trust brochures that don't show the beach. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort shows its beach in every picture because it's beautiful.There are some 20 cabanas with A/C and high-quality bathrooms that sit aboyt 50 feet from the beach.I've travelled to Cancun, Caymans, BVIs, Jamaica.The color of the ocean here doesn't compare to any of these.The water is "Tidy Bowl blue", a stunning electric blue hue.Don't look for shopping, television or newspapers.A brand new full-service restaurant sits on the beach.The only drawback is the the beds are hard as a rock, really. I would consider bringing something to soften the surface.Great place, friendly staff. Beautiful beach and water. Wow.
Ever watch "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" when they show some of those exclusive island resorts where you can really get away from it all with no other people around on your own private beach for only $50,000 per night?
Well, this resort gives the same experience for less than $300- per night (at the 7-day price) including all meals and fishing excursions! Private white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, incredible sunsets, exotic meals (think lobster, crab), very friendly staff, own bungalo abt 25 feet from the beach, and an island replete with the history of being one of the first places that Columbus stopped on his way to America.
If you're looking for a crowded, raucus, touristy vacation spot, then skip this place. If you're looking for a place to really "get away from it all" and be treated like royalty, then this is the place for you. Also, if there are water-sport or fishing enthusiasts in your group, they are VERY well equipped to provide any level of such adventures that you would want.
And if you ever get tired of the peaceful serene environment, you can always hop over to "Stella Maris," the only other resort on the island, which is much larger and has all manner of other adventures. Of course it is on the "Windy" side of the island with cliffs instead of beaches, so I really don't know why it is so popular in comparison. One point to note concerning this - Cape Santa Maria lets Stella Maris guests use their beach, so if you don't go in the off-season as we did the beach area may be more crowded. We had an average of 3-4 people on the 4-mile beach when we were there by comparison.
We went in the "hurricane season." There were no hurricanes - weather was exceptional - and we were the only people there for two days.
Last note - We didn't see any but another post we read before we went indicated that at certain specific times of year for maybe a month there are timy jellyfish that breed and can be a painful problem if you are out in the water and don't know about them. As long as you don't go that one time of year or go wading out into a swarm it should be fine.