Cape Santa Maria Bahamas – luxury beach resort
When you think of the Caribbean, what things come to mind? For me, it’s the standard blend of sun, sea and fresh seafood. Add a top resort to the equation, and you’ve got the ingredients for a memorable trip. During a visit to the Bahamas, we booked 6 nights at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas beach resort.
How do I get to Cape Santa Maria Bahamas?
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is situated on Long Island, which is around 45 minutes by plane from Nassau. There are only a few flights a day, so try and book one that has a reasonable connection time. Once you land on the island, it takes around 1 hour by car to arrive. It’s not the easiest resort to reach, but the best is yet to come.
Cape Santa Maria Bahamas – what to expect from your stay
Cape Santa Maria beach
Right in the north of Long Island, Cape Santa Maria Bahamas has the best beach, hands down. Being a city dweller, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a pristine stretch of sandy beach with bright blue waters. And the best thing is, it’s just for the guests at the resort.
The 4-mile beach constantly features on the list of the world’s best, and it’s easy to see why. I’m not typically a beach person, but I enjoyed the one at the resort. Sand that’s smooth, finite and never too hot, it’s the type you can actually sit in all day. It’s an ideal location for a Cape Santa Maria wedding. What’s more, traveling in May is so quiet, we pretty much had an area of the beach to ourselves.
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort also provides its guests free equipment for activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. You need to sign a disclaimer at reception before using anything, but then it’s all yours! If you want to get around the villa, there are also free bikes on site for guests to use.
Get a local taste of the Bahamas and book yourself onto a themed tour. It’s a great way to learn about the culture, and see the best sights with the people who know best.
The rooms at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas
There are 3 types of accommodation to choose from at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas These include a Beachfront Villa, Beachfront Bungalow, and a 2-bedroom Beachfront Bungalow, all built in a classic Bahamian style. We chose the latter — though for only 2 people — and it felt extra luxurious having a second room.
As the name suggests, your door opens directly onto the beach. Our bungalow had 2 queen-sized beds, and another room with 2 single beds. There’s a good size bathroom inside, closet space, and coffee making facilities.
Air conditioning is available in every bungalow, as is a ceiling fan to keep the room cool.
WiFi is also available, but the connection is stronger when in the clubhouse. There are 2 features I particularly like. One is the tap outside the bungalow to wash the sand off your feet, keeping the inside sand free.
The second is the private veranda that comes with every bungalow and villa. It’s the perfect spot to take some shade and relax on one of the comfy sofas and armchairs. On top of that, there are some bug sprays and repellents to help fend off mosquitoes and sand flies.
“Right in the south of Long Island, Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort offers guests the best beach, hands down.”
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“It’s the perfect spot to take some shade and relax on one of the comfy sofas and armchairs.”
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Cape Santa Maria Bahamas – the cons
There’s only one dining establishment at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas resort, meaning limited choice when it comes to meals. Unfortunately, the majority of meals didn’t live up to the quality I was expecting — that plus it got quite expensive. Dreams of feasting on fresh lobster, fish and seafood were dashed, and even the fruits weren’t up to par.
It saddens me to write that my favourite meal from my entire stay was a chicken and avocado wrap. Though tasty, it’s not what I came to the Bahamas for. Of course, taste is subjective, and many of the glowing reviews online say the opposite. That said, you have to make up your own mind and see for yourself.
The service at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas
One unfortunate downside of Cape Santa Maria Bahamas is the service. Before I continue, I want to stress that I’m not referring to everyone in particular. However, I need to share this, as it brought down our overall experience.
One afternoon, we decided to take a trip to see the Columbus Monument. It’s the place where Christopher Columbus is said to have landed in 1492. We went there on the advice of one of the reception staff.
She told me it would take ‘10 minutes’ to get there and it was a must see. Naturally, we were keen to see it for ourselves, especially as it was close by. Taking the free bikes, and remembering the instructions she gave me, we set off.
Cycling from the resort to the main road isn’t difficult, nor is finding the sign to the Columbus Monument. What is difficult is the path that leads to it.
What you face is a seemingly endless narrow rocky path, with an assortment of rocks in different sizes. On either side are rows of reed and bushes, full of mosquitoes waiting to feast on you.
Even for the most experienced cyclists, it can be challenging. I had to get off the bike countless times as the path became dangerous at points. After 20 minutes or so cycling, and still no monument in sight, I decided to check my map. My jaw dropped when we realised it’d take another 40 minutes — that plus the monument is actually on a hill. Defeated, sweaty and fed up, we returned to the resort.
Many friends asked why we didn’t just turn back upon seeing the path. Honestly, I was following the advice of the receptionist, and believed it was 10 minutes as she’d said.
Lack of communication
One great thing about the resort is the amount of (paid) activities they provide guests, such as fishing. We’d booked a private nature cruise on our penultimate afternoon for 1pm. When the time arrived, we were prepared and ready at reception, but no-one showed up.
We returned to our room as instructed by a receptionist who told us that the captain was running late. She’d come and collect us once he arrived. Thinking nothing more of it, we did as we were told and headed back.
Over 1.5 hours later, and with no update from reception, we thought our boat had finally arrived. Sadly, we were very much mistaken, as the guy with the small boat wasn’t there for us!
At this point I was livid. We’d not only missed the opportunity to do the cruise, but we also never heard anything from reception. After going back to find out what was going on, I eventually spoke to the supervisor. She’d no idea what had been happening, as the other receptionist failed to inform her.
“There’s only one dining place at the resort, meaning limited choice when it comes to meals.”
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We soon found out that there had been a ‘miscommunication’ with the tour company. Apparently, the captain thought all tours had been cancelled for the day, hence why he didn’t turn up. Honestly, nothing made sense about the response, but I was beyond the point of caring anymore.
Would I stay at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas again?
While it’s normal for things to not go the right way when traveling, I expected better from Cape Santa Maria Bahamas. The lack of communication was poor, and it could’ve been avoided altogether had they spoken to each other.
Both incidences were unfortunate, and maybe we were just unlucky. I write this constructive review in the hope that they improve their service and level of communication.
That said, I probably wouldn’t stay at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort again. The beach is incredible and truly one of the best I’ve ever seen. However, our personal experiences deter me from returning.
Have you ever stayed at Cape Santa Maria Bahamas How was your experience there? Drop me a comment below, I’d love to read them.
My stay at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort was paid out of my own expense.
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