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Stella Maris Resort Club
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
Battle Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tropical paridise, where you can leave you worries behind.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Wonderful vacation. All staff work hard to fulfill your every need. Every staff seems to be there to brighten your day. The feeling is like they are friends glad to have you visiting, rather than as staff doing there jobs. Food is great and reasonably priced. Grounds are beautiful, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Stella Maris was for us the perfect 4 days stop in our week shared between Nassau and Long Island. The view from our room was amazing, the staff was extremely kind and always happy to help, the food just great from breakfast to snacks and dinner, the facilities onsite cannot be beaten : swimming pools, tennis clubs, beaches, snooker, free bikes, car rental, free activities every day.
During our stay, we've seen other travelers coming to Stella Maris to escape other nightmare places in the surrounding, which made us think we definitely made the right choice.
How could it be improved ? I don't know. But what I know is that we've had such a great and relaxing time there that we'll go back.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Celine_F3
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, 24 February 2012
As a long established Out Island hotel, Stella Maris Resort is the perfect counterpoint to the more populated tourism enclaves. We are delighted that you found your time with us relaxing, our staff attentive. And that during your stay you enjoyed our daily free activities.
We look forward to your next visit to 'your island home'!
Sunny regards,
Elizabeth
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Harleysville
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

Stella Maris is a perfect place to relax on the BEAUTIFUL island of Long Island in the Bahamas, NOT NEW YORK! The workers at Stella Maris were so friendly. They really made you feel like family. We would eat at Stella Maris' restaurant(open to the public) every morning and night. Every morning the entire trip I got French Toast. It is VERY HIGHLY recommended! The taste was perfect! Their meals at dinner were great, too. They can make a mean conch. :P They made conch soup, which was great! The also fried it once and put it with dipping sauces. I couldn't get enough of it!
Stella Maris offers attractions for everyone. You can go fishing, snorkeling(highly recommended), SCUBA diving at various locations including Dean's Blue Hole(the largest blue hole in the world), Columbus Monument, and Cape Santa Maria. Stella Maris even has its own natural rock pools! They're really great if you get the chance! The Columbus Monument was located at an absolutely BEAUTIFUL location. You'll definitely want to bring a camera! It's surrounded by beautiful pristine beaches and the ocean water you can only find in the Bahamas! However, the road to the monument when we were there was very, VERY rocky. The monument is also at the top of a steep hill, so wear sneakers. Cape Santa Maria is a must-see! The waters are crystal clear and the calmest you'll ever find. The sand is absolutely perfectly soft, too!
We stayed in The Rainbow House, which was a villa located in the resort. It had 3 bedrooms(two of which had very beautiful bathrooms), a pool, and it's own gazebo. The Rainbow House was pricey, so beware of that when you're booking.
The island of Long Island is an out island, so you will have to take a smaller plane from Nassau to get there. It's totally worth it though! If you get the chance, Stella Maris will welcome you to the resort just as they welcomed us!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled 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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2 Thank Luv2Travel2_19438
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
Your praise for the staff, dining, and activities at Stella Maris Resort are much appreciated. We are all delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and promise to have a good supply of conch for your next visit!
Long Island, Bahamas abounds in natural beauty. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to share her amazing beaches, landmarks, and underwater splendor with our guests.
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Florida
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54 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2011

If you simultaneously like privacy and coziness with other guests, this is the place to visit. There are charter flights to Stella Maris from Nassau, but most of the guests when we were there were recreational pilots.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 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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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

Long Island is generally undeveloped and quiet. The resort is therefore self contained and was almost empty when we were there so didn't have as good an "atmosphere" as it would no doubt have had at a busier time. The resort has all the stuff you need but the main problem is that many of them are not on site. They run daily transport to the marina, for example, to go fishing or snorkelling. The local beach is on the Atlantic side so is not really suitable for swimming so a beach day also involves a journey.
The resort facilities themselves are superb. Very good quality room with free WiFi. Bad points are: No kettle in room so we had to make tea in the coffee machine, no milk in the room for either coffee or tea, the menu was good quality but a bit hit-and-miss as to what was actually available - in our case the breakfast buffet (which is normally excellent) wasn't available most days and sometimes we were offered only a choice of two main courses for dinner. The bed sheets were too small for the bed so kept riding up and disturbing our sleep.
Aside from theses comments the all-inclusive deal is really good and takes away all the silly hassle about taxes and tips etc.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Stephen005
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

Our stay at the Stella Maris Rainbow House exceeded our expectations! We got married on the island and the experience with the staff in preparation for our wedding was superb. All the little details and extras that were just taken care of for us made our day one we will never forget. Our honeymoon was filled with excursions that were arranged for us and every day the resort club was happy to take us to sailing, beaches, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, a full day private island tour, etc. There were bikes available to us for the entire stay at no charge and we logged miles on them discovering caves, plantation ruins, the Columus Monument, Love Beaches, rock pools, etc.. We had read many reviews about the food prior to picking this as our wedding and honeymoon destination site and the reviews were right on the money, the food was FABULOUS with specials everyday and so many options to chose from. Just delicious meal after delicious meal...........fine dining at its best!! Our accomodations were magnificent and clean with views that were breathtaking. In short, we feel in love with the island and the people and will be returning for sure!! Thank you, Jill Smith and all your staff, for making our fairy tale wedding a day that was just that, a fairy tale!! Thank you for all the little extras around our room over the week & the wedding gifts! Our honeymoon was as enjoyable as we could have ever hoped for, thanks for listening to my stories at the end of each day of our adventures on your island!! Kudos to a job well done!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Annette_Koppenhaver
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, 2 August 2011
We are all so touched by your review and so very pleased that Long Island and Stella Maris fulfilled your destination wedding dreams. It was truly our pleasure to have you with us. We are honored to have been witness to your devotion to one another. It is not every day that two people are genuinely so in love with each other and so happy to be in each other’s company. We hope to be welcoming you back again soon, maybe a first anniversary visit! Long Island will always have a special place in her heart for you both.
Warm regards,
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Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2011

Stella Maris is a 40 year old resort on Long Island in the Bahamas which is a hidden jewel among Caribbean resorts. While the rooms are not new, they are clean and up to date with coffee makers and refrigerators. The meals exceeded our expectations in variety, quality, and taste. The service was marvelous, and all the staff made a effort to learn our names and go out of their way to provide for our needs and interest. Our primary reason for travel was scuba diving, and we were not disappointed. The dive master, Robert Cokley, has more than 25 years experience, and he placed great emphasis on our safety. Under water he made many efforts to show the hidden fish, lobsters, and other sea life he knew was hidden in the reefs. We dove several patch reefs, Deans Blue Hole and a day trip to the wall on Conception Island. Robert had the experience to judge each diver's ability and let them dive at their own pace. After all day diving, we were not up for a big night life, but the staff provided a cookout and rum punch party. After being spoiled with gourmet food and great diving, it was difficult leaving this beautiful island. Stella Maris is definitely on our list for a return dive destination.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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starofthesea, Director of Sales at Stella Maris Resort Club, responded to this review, 25 May 2011
The diving and snorkeling here is exceptional, we are truly blessed with a great variety of underwater life and “gin clear” waters, and you visited some of the very best at Conception Island and Dean’s Blue Hole. Thank you from Robert, our dive master, for your compliments on his interaction with our divers. He wants you to know that there is still plenty here for you to explore! We would be delighted to have you visit us again.
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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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