Bahama Villa is a 2-bedroom private home on the edge of a peaceful bay with wrap-around views and clear water. Currently owned by Robert and Emmy Buckman, the villa is perched on a promintory overlooking Ten Bay Beach and offers a unique spot to experience the same island ambience and nature's magnificence that draws visitors here from around the world.
The weather in Eleuthera is almost always warm, and rarely goes below 65 degrees fahrenheit. It does get cool on occasion in the winter months, but an extra long-sleeve shirt will handle that little problem nicely. Mostly, however, you will need your bathing suit and suntan lotion. The summers are usually hot - perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling (we even provide some snorkeling gear!), and swimming. Central AIR CONDITIONING was installed in 2001 and updated in 2005, one of the first houses in the area to have it. Most guests report not needing it much, however, except on the very hottest days. With all the fresh breezes wafting in from the bay and circulated by the ceiling fans, you may want to just enjoy living a-la-Casablanca.
Bahama Villa is about 800 square feet inside but the porches and decks overlooking the ocean and beach give you the feeling of a much larger place. Some days you might just turn off the air conditioning, open the four large glass doors and allow the gentle Caribbean breezes, along with the sound of ocean waves, birds, frogs and crickets to lull you to sleep. The rooms are conveniently laid out with the master bedroom opening via glass door to porch and the ocean and beach views. There is also a guest room that contains two twin beds convertable to queen-size, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a large great room featuring wicker furniture and a futon sleeper sofa. The Villa is priced for two guests, but can accommodate up to six. There is a phone for incoming and local calls, a VCR/DVD with video library and extra DVD's. Sheets, linen, games, and many extras are also included. The Villa is cleaned before you arrive and extra maid service is provided for longer stays.
As a guest, you will receive a Welcome Packet before your trip containing pertinent information on check-in procedures & codes, local festivals, island sights, dining spots, car and boat rentals, and much more.
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Ideally, once you arrive at Bahama Villa, you may not want to go anywhere else! Some actually stock up before arriving, then spend their days lolly-gaggin on the porch and the beach. The truth is, however, at some point most visitors want to buy groceries or visit some of the other island sights and beaches. If you are among the latter group, you could either get out and hitch-hike (safe, but not recommended), take a taxi (better), or rent a car for the week (best).
Rental cars are relatively expensive (about $55+/day) and there are no rental franchises such as Hertz, Avis, etc., so the cars tend to be a little on the older side. Our Bahamian Manager Arthur Nixon offers a $5/day discount to our guests and can meet you at the airport with an air-conditioned rental car of your choice (but usually its a Chevy). Arthur also drives a taxi if you'd rather not risk driving on the LEFT side of the road...
KAYAK or BOAT RENTALS. We have a 2-person Ocean Kayak you may rent while at Bahama Villa for only $100 per week (other places will charge you $45 per day!). To rent, simply add this fee to your rent payment, plus an additional $100 refundable security deposit when you apply. As for boats, Arthur may have up-to-date suggestions for renting a boat or boat tour.
If you want to reserve a larger boat or vessel for sailing or deep sea fishing, Charter Cats of Hatchet Bay used to be our choice, but for some reason their website at chartercats.com is no longer active. Click here for a list of Marinas and their locations on the island. (NOTE: Bahama Villa owners assume no responsibility for anything having to do with car, boat or other rentals except to suggest a source. You need to deal directly with the boat owners or marinas yourself).
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Food and Supplies
Basic supplies are available within a 10-minute drive into South Palmetto Point. Governor's Harbor and Rock Sound also have well-stocked shopping centers, but remember: everything is more expensive on an island! Want to know what to bring? What to leave at home?
CLICK HERE to get a detailed list for planning your trip. Also be sure to print out this handy guide for future reference!
Some pretty good RESTAURANTS can also be found throughout Eleuthera. Check 'em out!
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