|Space||3,200 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
“The Blue House” is the ultimate vacation home located on the beautiful island of San Salvador, Bahamas. Just steps from the beach and centrally located on an island that is packed with history, adventure and fun! The Blue House is spacious and comfortable. Its large open living room with vaulted ceiling and three sliding glass doors which opens to its huge deck overlooking the beach and its clear turquoise waters provides the most spectacular views and sunsets. The deck has a large picnic table and a gas barbecue to enjoy many meals outdoors. Two hammocks and many lounge chairs are also awaiting you to while away the hours. The master bedroom overlooks the ocean with sliding glass doors opening to the deck. Off the Master bedroom there is a full bathroom and a second bedroom . On the second floor there are two more bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open loft. The kitchen is very spacious and bright and has most of things we have at home. As you step into this house you will know what paradise means!
San Salvador Access Information: San Sal, as it is called by locals and regular visitors, has an airport with a large runaway to support landing and taking off of large jet planes. To get to Nassau ( from a US departure point), US Airways has good deals usually, also Jet Blue and Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United, Delta and Continental sometimes have good offers. From the Northeast of the US , you can find flights as low as $200 plus tax round trip. Bahamas Air has one daily flight leaving Nassau at 11:00 am to San Sal and on Saturdays also at 2:45pm (seasonal , please inquire with Bahamas air) Round trip ticket about $220for adults , children up to 12 pay half) It is a 50 minutes flight.
Spirit Air also has a direct flight from Ft. Lauderdale to San Sal on Saturdays only.
Getting around San Sal: San Sal has several historic sites being the first landfall of Christopher Columbus' fleet. It also has the last of the manually kerosene operated Lighthouses of the Bahamas, a truly special and nostalgic piece of history brought by the British. The views from the top of the lighthouse are not to be missed. There are also caves, ruins from old plantations and cays on the northern tip where the San Salvador Iguanas live, these species are native to the area and can only be found here. Bird life is also abundant with San Sal having many salt water lakes. San Sal is served by Queens Highway which runs its entire circumference, about 60 miles. For that reason, to explore sites like the lighthouse and others, a car or a scooter is recommended (both can be easily rented) or you can take an island tour with one of the tour guides.
Internet access: Available at the house, although service can sometimes be down - and when it is down in the house, it is down in the whole island...it can happen for a couple of hours or for a day!
The house was beautiful and well furnished with lots of space, a great layout and incredible views. It's also located in a perfect spot. You are pretty close to "town" but far enough away that you are not dealing with much traffic, especially on the beaches. We spent nearly every day in the water snorkeling the reefs and met the resident sea turtle, huge school of dinner-plate sized blue tangs and cuttlefish. We really missed diving due to a broken shoulder, but will get our fill on the next trip down to San Sal. We enjoyed several traditional, home-style Bahamian meals with Beverly at Paradis. Her and her mom are incredible chefs! We also took one of our first couple of days and drove all the way around the island in our rental car from Granville (which Garnel set up for us in moments upon our arrival). The drive gave us the chance to see where we wanted to spend more time throughout the week, with a focus on the beaches and reefs. Grotto beach in Columbus Landings has a pavilion with picnic tables and is pretty much deserted all the time… ask the locals how to get there and they will be happy to help. The lighthouse is a must-see. Just go on in but make sure you sign the guest book and don’t wake up the lighthouse keeper. He sleeps during the day. There really are no U.S. style “convenience” stores on the island, so make sure you bring drinks/food if you go out exploring until you get used to the hours of operation. We packed a soft cooler and it worked out wonderfully. It was also handy for picnic lunchs at the beaches. Stores keep business hours but when we visited Jake Jones’ store on Sunday, the locals recommended we knock on the owner’s door. She was happy to open up and let us shop. The island does run based on the mailboat and fuel barge deliveries every week. If they are delayed for some reason, talk to Garnel and she’ll help you find what you need. Garnel stopped by almost every day to make sure we were outfitted with everything we needed, answer any of our questions and just be a huge help. Her help and oversight helped to make our vacation perfect. All in all, the Blue House was perfect for our escape from daily life and a comfortable, relaxing vacation home. Thanks for everything, Flavia! We’ll be back!
Unfortunately, the Blue House has not recovered well from Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. The house was not at all what we were expecting and looks as though deterioration began well before the hurricane. In all fairness, Flavia should have let us know this. We stayed away from the house all day everyday mostly because there was nothing pleasant to go back to. Sliding glass doors would not lock, much less open and close. AC and TV did not work. No place to wash feet after walking the beach. No hammock as pictured. Long black hairs in bathroom and shower. Dirty toilets. Clogged bathroom sink the entire time. Garnell tried her best to fix things for us but she could only do so much. Flavia, the owner wasn't able to help from NY but she SEEMED nice in response to our complaints, telling us to go stay at Riding Rock Resort. To say the least and be polite, this house was not well maintained and cared for.
The island people are the nicest you'll meet anywhere. The best place to eat is next to the Juice bar at Rosemary's. She makes the best conch around. And, David across the street makes a delicious conch salad! Rent a car and find all the sites on the map but beware, many are still in disarray from the hurricane and roads to Snow Bay and Pigeon Creek are either not accessible or we couldn't find. Same for Guanhini Beach Resort. The place to go at night is Riding Rock resort, but wait until May, June or July. They were closed while we were there. When you go say hi to Peaches. I would NOT recommend Club Med unless you must have a spa treatment. Day passes are 180.00 each and only include buffets and watered down drinks. The spa is run separately and the people who run it are wonderful.
Despite the condition of the house, we managed to have a good time but left a day early because we couldn't bare staying another night in a place that made us cringe. I wish this site allowed me to post pictures.
This was our second stay at The Blue House our family had another fabulous vacation. The house is spacious and offers incredible privacy. The residents of San Salvador will make you feel welcome right away.
Nous sommes resté 2 semaines en famille avec un bébé dans cette magnifique villa, la "maison bleue" est idéalement placée, à proximité des commerces, et au bord d'une magnifique plage de sable blanc. La maison est très spacieuse et magnifiquement décorée. Et que dire de cette immense terrasse, face à la magnifique mer des bahamas... Splendide!! Tout ce qui est annoncé sur le descriptif est bien réel. Nous sommes venu de France avec une correspondance par Londres et Nassau. L'endroit est idéal pour se reposer et se détendre . Les bahamiens sont formidables et ne manqueront pas de vous aider si besoin. Mention spéciale pour Miss Williams, qui s'occupe de la maison sur place, et qui à toujours été disponible et réactive quand on en avait besoin.
L'aéroport est à 2min en voiture, le club med également, si vous souhaiter profiter de leur activités ou soirées dansante. Il y a une épicerie à 100M, et le "centre ville" est à 5min en voiture. Plusieurs restaurants sont à proximités de la maison. Pour la nourriture, on trouve de tout dans les commerces.
Bref notre séjour dans cette maison à été merveilleux et nous ne manqueront pas d'y retourner dès que possible. Merci Flavia pour tous vos conseils avant notre départ et de nous faire profiter de cette magnifique maison.
The house has everything you need to enjoy time at the beach. The kitchen is well equipped. Several nice touches include a 5 gallon water dispenser, dishwasher, and washer and dryer. The house was clean with plenty of towels and nice big beach towels. The owner and manager were pleasant, honest and extra helpful. The big porch across the back is where we spent entire days, reading and alternately sunning and seeking shade. When you sit there you cannot see another house and I never saw anyone walk past. After a cocktail hour walk, the air condition comfort inside while cooking dinner and listening to your I-Pod and watching the sunset out the back is just perfect. The beach is beautiful, and the only people we ever saw were a few local families fishing early morning and at dusk. The swimming is great and we had fun snorkeling right out back of the house. We ate at Paradis several times, the whole snapper is done with flavor and perfect seasoning. Also try the conch chowder at the Riding Rock Inn, yum. There are not many places to eat and you might want to bring your favorite staples, rice, cereal, coffee, spices for cooking as the provisions at the store are limited. Fresh veggies and dairy must be purchased soon after the boat comes in (because when they are gone you have to wait until the next boat). The store owner teased us about how many yogurts we bought. We were able to get three heads of romaine lettuce, which is a real surprise in the out islands. Don't forget to check out the light house, go inside and see the marvel of the prisms that make up the light reflection. If you like solitude and turquoise water the Blue House is the place to be!
Three friends and I just returned from San Sal for our 20 year reunion. We all used to work on the island as teachers and as dive instructors way back. In many ways, little has changed. One great addition is the home we rented in VH Victoria Hill on the North Western side of the island where the sand is white, the ocean light blue and waves are generally calm. The "Blue House" is well appointed and situated on a powder white sand beach- with turquoise blue "Bahamian" ocean steps from the back porch- it was perfect for us. August was hot- and we knew it would be so AC in the living area and guest rooms were very important. The home was well supplied with pots and pans- laundry- stereo, Internet. The internet went out for a few days- rebooted and was fine- we had some minor trouble with the ac remotes- new batteries would probably resolve that, fresh linens, towels and the option to do laundry were great. The whole place met and exceeded our expectations. We know the island well- it is very remote and everything comes by supply boat once a week just as it has for 40- 50 years. Every single nut and bolt, can of soup, gallon of milk comes via "mail boat". Once you understand that, you realize what a fine job the owner and manager do maintaining the house. The location, just North of town- in a small settlement, Victoria Hill is quiet yet close to the island's two hotels. Other homes we looked at are near beautiful beaches but are quite removed from any stores or restaurants. Don't come to San Sal looking for fine exotic cuisine and South Beach style nightlife- come to relax, melt the stress away, snorkel, fish, swim, walk the long uninhabited beachs, get to know some friendly locals. Talking about food, we did manage to eat our share of cracked conch, steamed conch, conch salad, fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried fish, peas and rice (thanks Peaches) and of course - grilled to 20 lb dolphin (dorado) fish we caught trolling off the wall. Good times- stick to the rum- it is good quality and cheap in comparison to beer which can cost $50+ a case. Thanks and we hope to be back some day.
‘The Blue House’ is located in the neighborhood of Victoria Hill a mile from the airport and Club Med and about 1.5 miles to Cockburn Town where you can find grocery stores, a Cyber cafe, a drugstore, the San Salvador Museum, the straw market under the large almond tree and giant Iguana sculpture. Less than a mile away is a health care center and a small shopping center with a restaurant, Paradis, health food store, souvenir shops, home variety store and others. The bank is located about a mile away. To the north of the house, there is Graham’s harbor, with a playground area and picnic tables by the ocean. Continuing north, going around east on the tip of the island you will find ‘United Estates’, another settlement where Dixon Hill Lighthouse is located.
Other Activities: exploring caves, ruins, historical sights
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Rates for up to 4 people, each additional $250/person/week
Holiday weeks at higher rates , inquire.
Full refund if written notice is given 60 days prior to arrival.
Less than 60 days notice, refund will be at owner's discretion and will be subject to owner's ability to rent the house for those days.
Cleaning fee of $120.00 for up to 4 people, +$10 per each additional person per week.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.