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Bahamas Special Deal: Christmas Fun in the Sun

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Bahamas Christmas | 0 comments

A Bahamas Special Deal for your Christmas Fun in the Sun. Join us and enjoy the warmth of the holiday season. Our Bahamas special deal is a wonderful five night All Inclusive Package for two. Not sure you can face one more snowy winter this year? Don’t let old man winter ruin another Christmas for you. Give yourself the best holiday gift this year with a Bahamas special deal from Stella Maris. Don’t get caught up in the stress this season, escape everything and head for one of the many beaches that surround our Bahamas vacation resort. With more than ten different beaches to choose from, you can guarantee you will find one to suit your needs. For $2800 for two, guests of the Stella Maris Resort with this package will receive: round trip flights between Nassau and Stella Maris; accommodation in an ocean view room – with a free upgrade to our 1-bedroom cottage if available; all service charges and government taxes; three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, dinner; house wine with dinner; taxi transfers from the Stella Maris Airport to the Stella Maris Resort on arrival and departure; and a welcome bottle of Wine, assorted Cheese plate, and home baked cookies in the room. Make your plans soon, this Bahamas special deal is available only for stays through the 28th of December. Our free guest services include 3 swimming pools and use of beach towels Daily snorkeling trips and beach excursions to various location on Long Island Use of bikes, small sailboats, and kayaks Weekly evening entertainment For this Christmas Fun in the Sun Bahamas Special Deal please contact us so we can assist you in making your reservation. reservations@StellaMarisResort.com or call 1-242-338-2051 Do you know Junkanoo? While the most publicized ‘rushes’ are in Nassau or Freeport, Junkanoo rhythm beats in the hearts of Bahamians across the archipelago. hotel comparison Colorful costumes dance to the pulse metered out by cow bells and goat skin drums, with top notes contributed by whistles and sometime brass. If you’re up late (or early!) enough you may catch...

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How to Plan Your Wedding, Island Style: Wedding Checklist

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to plan a wedding: whether you’re a bride who has everything planned out in her head or you’re looking for ideas a wedding planner eases the way. Imagine the perfect wedding. Imagine the bride and groom on a sandy beach. Imagine the witnesses and guests. Get to work on the Wedding Checklist. That’s how to plan your wedding, Island Style. What’s every bride’s most essential tool? A wedding planner: virtual, notebook, or real-life (hopefully with virtual and paper tools to get the job done)! Wedding toast How to Plan Your Wedding, Island Style From imagination to reality, is the wedding planner’s mantra. For Jill, our Stella Maris wedding planner, her wedding checklist is the key. Bahrain . What begins in broad strokes, an exchange of ideas, comes down to the details of how to plan your wedding. Wedding ceremony planning Wedding reception planning Flower arrangements Music planning Photography schedules Wedding party decorations Wedding reception dinners and menus Accommodation arrangements for the bride and groom, and wedding guests Arrangements for Stella Maris Resort Flight service or other air charter from Nassau to our Bahamas resort for wedding guests Appointments and fees for the local Government Administrator A professional wedding planner ensures that all the questions are answered. “How do I choose flowers?” “Where can our ceremony take place?” Jill knows that the smallest details make the difference. Maps She handles every detail from intimate rehearsal dinners to spectacular Bahamas wedding receptions. All are delivered with first class service from professional staff. That’s how to plan your wedding so that on the ‘big day’ it’s all about you. I still can’t believe that I did virtually nothing to prepare for the wedding other than answer a few questions and had ZERO stress on the day before and day of which is unheard of for the bride! It was exactly as you orchestrated it to be……..relaxed, remote, private and PERFECT! –...

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Introducing The Bahamas Youth to the Wonders of General Aviation

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Twenty Two Students From Across Long Island discover the wonders of General Aviation in Experimental Aviation Association’s Young Eagles Program. Twenty two kids from Long Island, Bahamas, are going to have quite a story to share during “show n tell” when they return to school after the summer break.  These kids ranging in ages between 9 and 17 took part in the Young Eagles Program that was launched in Long Island, Bahamas at the Stella Maris Airport, Friday, June 29th. The kids were all given airplane rides in five planes that took part in the EAA Young Eagles program. Young Eagles is part of the organization’s initiative to get kids between the ages of 8 and 17, involved in flying and in the aviation business. EAA is an international aviation membership association that boasts more than 170,000 members since its formation in 1953.  The Association’s Young Eagles Program in addition to introducing young kids to the world of aviation has other initiatives.  Young Eagles initiatives include helping to provide scholarships for students who are excelling in school and learning those skills that are needed in the field of aviation. Long Island students lined up early on Friday morning for an opportunity to take part in the Young Eagles program.  The students arrived at the Stella Maris Airport from settlements throughout North and Central Long Island as far as Deadman’s Cay.  The kids were first given a basic training on airplanes and then waited patiently for a turn to enjoy an airplane ride. Each of the kids returning to the airport following their flight had a special story to tell. Many of them said that their favorite part was flying over their home and other familiar spots in their neighborhood.  Some of the kids bragged about sitting in the cockpit and co-piloting the plane.  One of the few female Young Eagles students that flew, Yvoneisha Smith, spoke excitedly about flying over the beautiful, clear Bahamian waters and spotting a stingray. Nine year old Isaac Smith was the youngest of the students to fly on Friday.  The first to be taken up, Isaac now has the distinction of being the First and the Youngest Bahamian to take part in the Young Eagles Program ever. As the lead organizer of the event, “Mike Z” was happy with the overall success.  He shared his vision to see Fly-In Young Eagles programs on all of the major Islands Of The Bahamas.  He also said that the success of the Long Island program will be broadcast at the upcoming EAA Air Venture show in Oshkosh, WI.  The week long show which takes place  July 22nd through 30th, is dubbed the world’s largest aviation celebration with an attendance of more than 500,000 during the week long period and 10,000 plus aircraft of every description. A Florida based general aviation pilot and member of EAA,  “Mike Z” said that “publishing information on the success of the program with the children in Long Island will encourage EAA member chapters throughout the country to adopt a program with students on other Bahamian Islands.  Giving pilots yet another reason to fly to The Bahamas.” The organizers of the Young Eagles event credited Friday’s success to the participation of volunteers including, the pilots, professional photographers and others providing administrative assistance. Among the...

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Back Country Bahamas

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every October for the past 14 years, Scott and I travel to a quiet island in the southern Bahamas for a little sun and relaxation. Scott is an avid fly fisherman, I am a certified scuba diver, and we both enjoy a short period of sun and relaxation in between our busy summer work season and the long, cold, snowy winter season. Our primary recreational pursuits in Juneau involve getting out in the backcountry and away from town, so it should be no surprise that we seek the same experience on our vacation. We rent a little house in a tiny settlement that one resident described as virtually unchanged since he was born there, forty years ago. Small houses are scattered along the one road that runs the length of the island and you’re more likely to see goats in the front yard than people. When you do see the locals, you have to be prepared for a visit – no one passes by without catching up on the news. The first question they ask is “How are you? Are you well?” and then they are anxious to let you know how happy they are to see you again and how glad they are that you’ve come back to visit. The days start early and end early. By nightfall the settlement is quiet and dark. No sparkling casinos and not much in the way of night life on this island, with only the occasional thunder and lightning storm to liven up the evening. Our house is located up on a hill where we can survey the ocean and bonefish flats a short distance away. Rusty but serviceable beach bikes are at our disposal, as well as a rental car. We know our way around the island fairly well after all these years, yet we still manage to find new places to explore, new people to meet, and usually leave with a list of things that we promise we’re going to do “next year”. We do our best to relax, but often find ourselves falling into bed at the end of the day, exhausted from all our “relaxing” activities. After making arrangements for a few days of guided bonefishing for Scott and finding out when the local resort’s dive boat will be going out, we like to visit our favorite spots on the island. A 10 minute bike along a dirt road takes us to a brilliant white sand beach that stretches for almost two miles and is deserted at this time of year. We can run barefoot on the firm sand, jump in the ocean if we get too warm, and snorkel on the reef at the far end. Despite the fact that we’ve snorkeled on the same reef for years, we always see something new. Sometimes it’s a clownish looking puffer fish peering out of his hiding place on the reef, or a large green turtle caught napping on a rock, or a school of brilliant squid swimming by so close that we can reach out and touch them. This year we were surprised by two spotted eagle rays that swam straight towards us and then slowly circled around us several times, even allowing me to dive down and swim right next to them. On the other side...

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What to do in The Bahamas: Eco Tour

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When guests ask us what to do in The Bahamas we often speak of a visit to Long Island and Stella Maris Resort as a visit to the ‘original’ Bahamas. A step back in time to simpler days, without all the hustle and bustle that permeates modern life. A place to put body and soul back together again. We gently guide our guests down the path from the excitement of arrival to seemingly unattainable ‘zone’ of ‘Island Time’ as we respond to their queries of ‘what to to in The Bahamas’. A boat trip to visit Sandy Cay is new to our lineup of what to do in The Bahamas. This lovely spot is just off Little Exuma, a pleasant boat ride from the Stella Maris Marina. Your captain, Robert, is happy to share local lore. Guests may make arrangement for the Eco Tour in advance, or let us know when here and we can schedule based on availability and weather conditions. Charter rate is $400 on a 16′ boat. On Sandy Cay meet the resident Bahamian rock iguana. Want to know more about the iguana? The Shedd Aquarium conducts research on the Bahamian rock iguana. Read more in this National Geographic post. What to do in The Bahamas? On Sandy Cay, search for the site of Captain Jack Sparrow’s buried treasure chest. Two of the episodes, Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End are both on the list of films shot in The Bahamas. Learn about the privateers and pirates, both real and fictional, that are part of the archipelago’s history. The Bahamas has many pirate tales to tell, but that’s another...

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