Personal Retreats

Visitors who wish to spend an overnight visit on Star Island without signing up for a program are welcome to enjoy a Personal Retreat. This is a perfect way for guests to “test the waters” and become familiar with Star Island, or for seasoned guests to spend a couple of days.


Personal Retreat rates include room & board and all meals (tips and tax included!) on the Island. Rooms are simply furnished. Generally, rooms do not have private baths or power outlets. Special accommodations may be available for the mobility impaired.

Overnight rates begin at $212 per person per night for double occupancy. Rates decrease with consecutive night stays. We also offer youth rates.

About Availability

Personal Retreats are approved based on availability of rooms not used by the many conferences that call Star Island home.  There are some weeks that we already know will not have availability for Personal Retreats.


Meals are served family style in the Oceanic dining room at set times. The day begins with coffee service on the porch before breakfast. If you get hungry between meals,  snacks are available for purchase at the snack bar.


Personal Retreats do not include ferry transportation or parking. Please make transportation reservations separately.

Ferry services to Star Island are located in Portsmouth through the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and at Island Cruises in Rye.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
315 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-5500

Island Cruises
Rye Harbor State Marina
Rte 1-A Ocean Blvd
PO Box 66
Rye NH, 03870
(603) 964-6446

What to do on the Island

You might swim, play tennis, rent a row boat, hike around the island, visit the marine lab, or choose your favorite rocking chair on the porch and watch boats sail into Gosport Harbor. There are plenty of fun activities to do and locations to visit on Star Island.

See a map of Star Island


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