There are two airports on the island. Stella Maris (SML) to the north and Deadman's Cay (LGI) to the south. There are two commercial carriers with scheduled flights into Long Island daily. Bahamasair (242-702-4140) flies into Deadman's Cay, and Southern Air (242-377-2017) flies into both Stella Maris and Deadman's Cay twice a day. By sea: Bahamas Ferries (242-323-2166) sails into Simms dock weekly. Flying in private you can clear customs at Stella Maris (SML). And if you're swimming in on your plastic pelican pool floaty, just keep kicking til you see a "long" strip of land. We'll have a Kalik waiting for you.
Where on Long Island is Serenity located?
We are conveniently located in Thompson Bay. Nearly the middle (north/south) of the island, relatively close to most Long Island amenities, and making any excursion in either direction quite unarduous. map
What should I bring?
Uh? Dunno man, it's your holiday... Most people discover that they didn't even bother with 90% of what they packed.
However, the basics, like your favorite bikinis, mosquito repellent, reef safe sunscreen, your favorite shampoo, toiletries, etc., plus whatever accoutrements or equipment you will need to engage in the activities you wish, eg; mask & snorkel, fishing gear, koozie, book, a tablet or other viewing device to access your streaming services, Netfix or Hulu, etc. Seriously, if you are lugging around a suitcase, you packed way too heavy. Good rule of thumb is pack for a weekend at the beach and then throw out half of it.
Does "off grid" mean there is no power or lights?
No. We generate electricity with solar panels to run the refrigerator and lights. However it can be a finite resource, especially on rainy or cloudy days. . . This really is a great place to take a break from the unrelenting bombardment of hyperbolic stress inducing digital vomitus that merely serves to sabotage our inherent "Joie de vivre". That said, there are those that simply refuse to flush the chaos. . . Serenity is probably not appropriate for those kind of people.
Is there air conditioning?
No. We really embrace the open air living experience here. There is almost always a perfect sea breeze, so we simply open the doors and use the natural Bahamian breeze to condition the air. Besides, why travel all the way to The Bahamas just to sit inside with the doors and windows closed? You can do that in Cleveland.
Is there Internet/WiFi available?
Yes. In the unlikely event that the overwhelming awesomeness of this place somehow invokes periodic digital withdrawal symptoms, internet access is standing by. And of course there is cell reception all over the island.
Will I be able to charge my phone and/or devices?
Yes, there is a standard (US) AC receptacle, 12v power socket and a USB port to charge devices.
Is there hot water?
Yes. Water is heated by the sun. On extremely rare occasions like cooler, cloudy days in the winter months the water may only get luke warm making the shower a quite "exhilarating" experience. On sunny days the water could be scalding hot. It cools off overnight so mornings are typically cooler. The water is rarely "cold". The outdoor shower is not heated and seems to be the favored besmirchment removal apparatus.
Is the water safe to drink?
Our main water supply is treated, clean and safe to use for everything, and we have bottled water as well.
Is there a restaurant and grocery market nearby?
Yes. We are centrally located on the island and just minutes to the food store, liquor store, petrol, and several "al fresco" eateries and takeaway's. List of restaurants and food stores here.
Are linens and towels provided?
Yes, all of the customary sleeping and cleansing facility accoutrements are present. If you desire anything more, please ask and we will do our best to accomodate you.
Is the cottage cleaned daily?
No, it is cleaned before your arrival and after your departure.
When is Check in and Check out?
Check-in: after 3pm Check-out: by 11am
Can I pay with cash?
Absolutely, however deposits may require other payment methods. Contact us for details.
What about the mosquitoes and sandflies?
Although the weather absolutely dictates the critter conditions, mozzies are typically not an issue here on our side of the island. In fact, with the right conditions (all of 2020 and so far 2021) you might never see a single mosquito here.
As for sandflies, there is almost always a perfect breeze here to subvert their sinister mobilization tactics. There may only be a handfull of days out of the entire year where sandflies are as active as they are on the other side of the island. So, if the wind falls off altogether you may experience sandflies similar to the west side. Even when mosquitoes and sandflies are active, they are easily managed by exercising a minimal amount of prudency.
Do you allow pets.?
No. The property is for adults only. Sorry, no kids, no pets.
Is the accomodation private? Can I be topless or nude?
Yes, it's very private and secluded. Be advised that "public" nudity is not ok in The Bahamas. However you are free to wear or "unwear" anything you like anywhere on the property and the beach is quite secluded and typically vacant for miles.
Do I need to rent a car?
Long Island is sort of a "long" island, so some manner of motorized transportation does come in handy. In fact, a four wheel drive equipped vehicle is highly recomended. The access road to the property can be a little rough, especially following a storm or heavy rain. If you fancy, we can help arrange a car for you or you can find car rental contact information here.
Are you available if we have an issue or problem with the home or property?
Yes. We are just a phone call away, otherwise we will never disturb your privacy.
* Covid-19 *
We are a very secluded property with virtually no person-to-person contact. Serenity has always been extremely clean and we are obviously particularly so now. Between each stay, we are taking extra precautions to mitigate the spread of any potential coronavirus by utilizing cleaning products and procedures in line with Centers For Disease Control cleaning and disinfecting guidelines. In addition, we are currently requiring at least 48 hours between guests, so please consider this when scheduling your stay. You can get information on current travel protocol here for traveling to The Bahamas
Can I pay with Paypal?
We no longer accept payments through Paypal.
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We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we can no longer abide or support this activity in any way.
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Please contact us for alternative payment methods * USE PAYPAL or VENMO AT YOUR OWN RISK AND DETRIMENT *
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