6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 3 extra beds in loft and media room, sleeps 16
Laurel and Brian Smith, Owners
Why Laurel and Brian Smith, Owners chose Long Island
It is remarkable to find a property with its own private cove and sandy beach. We looked at houses around the world and this property was truly unique. The houses were also special, designed and built with love by their owners and furnished with original art and furniture. Solstice is perfectly secluded and yet not TOO far from grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities. It's far from Seattle where we live but it's worth the commute!
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Absolutely the best vacation spot EVER!
Everything about this property is fabulous! Located in the most pristine waters of the Bahamas, it’s truly paradise! The owners communication is second to none and all their information was super helpful in preparing for our trip. If you are wanting a truly relaxing getaway-time to unwind and connect with as family, this is the spot for you!!! Absolutely PRICELESS memories were made here! Thank you for creating such an amazing space!
This place was great! This is definitely the most besutiful place I’ve personally ever been. Everyone on the island is nice and helpful. One of the ladies in our group forgot a phone at the airport and it was brought to us. I forgot my laptop bag at the airport, it was brought to us. When leaving, I left cash for gas in our rental car (unlocked), and it was there for the owner hours later. It just goes to show how awesome the people on the island are. It doesn’t get any more private than this place. Listen to the owners and Mark and Jill! That sun is hot. Bring bug spray and sunscreen! Thanks to Brian and Laurel for letting us stay there!
A remote piece of heaven!!!
Our group of 8 stayed at Soltice March 14-March 19. In one word, "WOW"! I could not recommend this experience without saying "WOW" again.
We celebrated my wife's 50th birthday in style. The owner's, Brian and Laurel Smith, went out of their way to not only offer their vacation home with outstanding amenities, but also communicated regularly in the days leading up to the trip, and upon the return home to make sure everything went smoothly.
The recommendations offered, from airplane taxi to the island, to the rental cars, to someone coming to the house to cook a meal and provide a cake on my wife's birthday, were spot on.
The location was everything we were looking for in a vacation getaway. The two houses provided plenty of room for our group to spread out, but still able to come together and enjoy each others company. Neither house lacked in anything.
The Cove itself was remarkable. We spent the majority of our time in the water, snorkeling, exploring, chasing octopus, nurse sharks, too many fish to mention, and simply unwinding and thawing from the Mid-Atlantic chill in Virginia.
The caretakers, Mark and Jill, went out of their way to inform us of island celebrations and called to check on us as things developed. We did not see them, with the exception of check-in and check-out, but they were a great assurance knowing someone was there to help if needed. They have become new friends, along with Aletta- a native islander, in our quest to expand our horizons.
Well done Brian and Laurel! We can't wait to return to this remote piece of heaven, with our children, family and friends,
Todd Gowdy and Lori Saunders
Relaxed, well equipped and eco-conscious getaway in breathtaking secluded cove
We had a wonderful vacation staying at Solstice and Kaleidoscope (2 houses on one large property). Our fifteen person family group ranged in ages from two to eighty-two. The houses are nicely furnished and well equipped for cooking, relaxing, enjoying the tropical garden, but the highlight is the quiet, secluded cove with what is in effect a private beach because it can only be accessed via the property. The cove is on the western side of Long Island which means the beach and turquoise water are clean while the water is shallow enough for kids to swim in complete safely. We enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling, and exploring the rocks and caves on either side of the cove, which can be waded around to at low tide. There is a nice palapa and BBQ grill adjacent to the beach, for dining.
The US-based owners were super helpful in advance and easy going, and we also had help and advice from the neighbors and caretakers, an ex-pat American couple who retired to Long Island, who live in the only other house nearby.
Roads on the island are a bit rough apart from the (only) main road that runs the length of the island and it is deceptively time consuming to get around, but come with a relaxed attitude and make the most of each trip for groceries and you can't go wrong.
Dean's Blue Hole is rightly celebrated - it's a great day out with wonderful swimming and picnicking on the beach and we even jumped off the cliff into the deep blue water which was loads of fun and made for an unforgettable day.
Restaurants and shopping are sparse on the island, so don't visit looking for a 'luxury' vacation, but there are several relaxed, friendly places with tasty home-cooked style dishes including local conch and grouper. There are great options for fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling etc - generally through the small number of resorts on the island.
Cape Santa Maria beach (and resort) on the northern tip is a stunning beach and well worth a visit, as are several others. Note that the Atlantic-side beaches collect plastic debris from the ocean and can disappoint but the western beaches are pristine.
We went in Feb and the weather and water was perfect (80 deg daytime temps, low 70's at night). We were a little unlucky with mosquitoes due to unseasonal rain the prior weeks (it's normally dry in the winter), so pack bug repellant if you plan to go during or after a rainy spell.
All-in-all, an amazing, memorable vacation property on a little piece of paradise!
I directed an archaeological research project on Long Island in November/December 2018 and could not have found a better place for my team of 8 volunteers and students. The houses have every amenity imaginable. Almost everyone had their own bedroom and bathroom, the kitchens were perfect for preparing and eating group meals, and the indoor and outdoor living spaces were spacious and comfortable. The houses are conveniently located to each other and joined by a short path. The landscaping is spectacular. It almost like staying in a treehouse in the jungle (and for any who know The Bahamas, there are precious few places one would call a jungle). After a hard day of work the chance to sit on the veranda and enjoy the view overlooking the sea was a welcome respite, and the stars at night are beyond belief. The houses have a private cove where my team relaxed by swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The library and entertainment center were a welcome addition, although most of us were too tired to take advantage. It is hard to describe a setting that allows both community and privacy. We never felt cramped or in each others way, even when the entire group met at Solstice for meals and lab work. The entire space was designed for comfort, including the original artwork and understated decor. We really felt at home, and not like we were intruders in someone else's house. I would love to bring my family here for a real vacation. The houses are centrally located on the island, which makes day trips to the north (Stella Maris and Columbus landing) and south (Dean's Blue Hole and Long Island Museum) more convenient. And if you want your own private mile-long sand beach it is only a 15 minute drive north to Deals Beach. The caretaker, Mark, was wonderful. He was easily reached, and responded immediately to our needs -- even something as odd as a teapot. There is real peace of mind knowing that that someone is on-the-ready to help no matter what situation arises. Fortunately, we did not have to call on him often. Having worked in The Bahamas for almost 40 years I can honestly say that there is nothing that compares to Solstice and Kaleidoscope. My research would not have been successful if we had stayed anywhere else (and we did stay at other houses when we were working near Clarence Town at the south end of the island). We look forward to returning next year. The only way to describe our experience is -- Perfection!
Amazing! Gorgeous beach!
I do not have enough room here to write all the good things about this place! It is a rare hidden gem. If you are looking for privacy, tranquility, luxury, quiet, gorgeous sunsets, swim able private beach then look no further. We were a family of all ages spending Thanksgiving together and we ALL had the best time. The homes gave us all the space we needed with privacy and the beach was so calm and gorgeous. The owners are so helpful and friendly you feel like you are so welcome in their homes! This is a must stay - Long Island is not a tourist destination so this was a great off the beaten path for all of us. We will be back!
The Tropic of Cancer runs right through our 10 acre property!