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Moonrise A Tropical Private Romantic Sea to Sea Nature Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A romantic private beach to get tanned and fall back in love with life

No roads ...this is a true, true island experience with access to activity requiring a rental boat, tour guide or charter ferry. An oasis of waterfront tropical bliss in environmental harmony at this peaceful, private sea to sea property. A refreshingly green and elegantly modern rustic escape beckons nature lovers, spiritual seekers, romantic adventurers, sensual souls, creative and romantic spirits. Breathtaking views of crystal clear water to Tahiti Beach with a special private beach on six sea to sea acres of north Lubbers Cay. This ideal, clandestine getaway provides a perfect sanctuary bordered by the brilliant Sea of Abaco bathed by the rising sun and moon. Finding Moonrise is your private 'Slice of Paradise' Easy access to Cracker P's, Tahiti Beach, Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, area reefs and more. Sustainable solar energy provides a silent and reliable power source for your classically styled pioneer wooden cottage. Amusement by curly tail lizards, abundant resident sea life right under the dock and tropical birds flutter into your meditations. Easy access by boat, safe, private and laid back living. Fresh air, fragrant blossoms, the luxury of silence and open skies.

Comfortably Tropically Green: 'The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man'. ~Author Unknown

Unplug and Indulge in the peaceful water and soft sand of your own beach. Marvel at the infinity of a star-washed sky. From our guests:'Nothing compared to Moonrise and its seclusion. You can literally walk around naked! The lot is gorgeous with tropical trees and flowers and plants. It is very private, a great place for relaxation, solitude, romance . . . you name it! We are so glad we chose Moonrise.' 'Moonrise For Romance was just what we needed.....and actually went way beyond our expectations'

'Our experience here was simply awesome! After researching several options, we landed at Moonrise. Thank you universe . . . thank you Marlee. How often can you find a place so far from home that is so comfortable that you are immediately at home? Wow, Wow, Wow. We felt like imperial guests at some one's home - not your typical rental house -- empty, barren, cold, this is paradise!

Personal Freedom Undisturbed Privacy: Our spirits have been nurtured completely. So peaceful, only the sounds of nature. This has not only been a life-changing experience, but one we will cherish in our hearts forever' The view every morning was spectacular!

You will love the sleeping accommodations! No curtains mar the waterfront views. The entire cottage and grounds are absolutely charming and romantic! The bathroom is a unique separate building -- very clean, very close, flush toilet . . . no problem. You will absolutely love the garden shower that is outside among the plants.'

Landscaping is very natural and beautiful attracting many wild birds. This is an adventure best suited to those who appreciate ecology and a simply elegant new age pioneer lifestyle experience. Solar electricity with abundant energy, charging laptops, cameras, etc, no problem. Time to leave the electronics in a bag and embrace the real culture of a wild island experience gently tamed by the conscious hands of the artist owner.

Open Style Living: The cottage was designed to open to the daily sunshine and breezes with very large screened windows. There is no air conditioning and for the months of August and September the cottage is not generally available for rent. The exception is if you are happy to have your cooling provided by fans and water immersion (my personal favorite). This is a very, very comfortable lifestyle for those wishing to decompress and become self aware and conscious of the cycle of life in harmony with nature. If you like 'glamping' this will exceed your expectations and become an unforgettable experience in the bosom of nature.

Nurture your spirit, commune with nature, reconnect with inner peace and the beauty that unfolds into your daily view. Leave your clothing and cares behind and find idle time on the private beach year round. Embrace the kiss of nature

More Details

Property Manager
Marlee Mason
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Marlee Mason

I am a naturalist and artist and keep moving into a vision of earth harmony and connection to earth stewards. I grew up on a farm in North Western Canada and moved to the east before I began to travel south for vacations and got hooked on tropical weather. I began the construction of Moonrise with my husband and young family however the marriage failed in the second year and I was afforded the opportunity to live as a single mom, single resident on a tropical island. I considered myself the queen of the island until others began to arrive and settle the island. I grew into the experience of building and living in a new age lifestyle and learning a respect for nature, discarding much of the unnecessary baggage in my life and focusing on finding inner peace. Moonrise is a triumph over obstacles for a humble farm girl who was determined to prove the skeptics wrong when they declared that I could not do this on my own. I had more time than money so in my free time, I would boat to the outer shores and I began to collect sea glass found on the beaches. This passion evolved into a jewelry art enterprise after I learned silversmith skills so I could set local antique sea glass into fine jewelry. Now I am focusing on developing a style of oil painting in additional to my one of a kind sea glass designs. You can find me on face book if you are interested. My brand is Abacoseglass

Marlee Mason purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Marlee Mason chose Bahamas

We settled here as a young family of four from Eastern Canada to find a better life with clean air, water and a dream to live an organic lifestyle in nature with bigger dreams than a bank account. The property captured my heart as it was out of the village noise and had good protection from ocean swells and major tropical storms nestled behind Elbow Cay yet only a few minutes from the finer restaurants and services of Hope Town or White Sound. The best part was the unpopulated and undeveloped beach that is shallow so it was perfect for toddlers. The view over Tahiti Beach to catch the spray of breaking waves and capture the prevailing winds enchanted me. Although my children have left home there is still a playful energy and a sense of wonder at the crabs, birds, fish under the dock and open spaces to explore.

As I have witnessed the development of the islands, I realized my intuitive choice and desire to buy a large piece of island waterfront was one of the better choices I made in life.

What makes this cottage unique

Solar energy gives the house electricity without interruption and without noisy and offensive exhaust generators. This is a learning and celebration opportunity to live a green life with renewable energy. The cottage is on a 6 acre sea to sea estate parcel so there is plenty of space to roam and find peace from the noise of commerce. The dock has deep enough water to safely keep your boat with a mooring to secure it away from the dock in foul weather. Safe and away from intrusions lending a honeymoon experience to daily activities.


Hope Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , tent with airmatress for beach sleeping
  • Awake to the sound of waves breaking on the shore from open concept bedroom on lower floor with a king bed and king size view. Very open lifestyle, perfect for naturists. Built to view the water right from your bed with no curtains needed! WOW! Great Room Futon converts to full bed for couple. Kiddies welcome to sleep on air mattress or even set up a tent with their air mattress. A tent on the beach extends the accommodations. Ask me for more details.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is a return to the extremely organic, green, simple and Eco sensitive way of living in harmony with the beauty and nature of the best of historic Abaco. The woods and beach is pristine with orchids, hardwoods, blossoming trees, migratory and resident birds as well as sea life. This experience will enchant you and your young family and is rapidly disappearing as an option in our overdeveloped resort world. Stillness and expansiveness will greet your journey to Moonrise and keep the memories of playfulness with freedom and safety alive for a long time. This is a solar operated 12Volt and low voltage lifestyle. Summer guests please note there is NO air conditioning however you have the use of 3 fixed and 3 mobile fans for those occasional hot, still, summer nights!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Moonrise A Tropical Private Romantic Sea to Sea Nature Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We booked Moonrise for our 20th anniversary and to say we loved it would be a gross understatement! Everything was perfect from the location, to the solitude, to the proximity of things to see and do. The beach was totally secluded with pristine waters. It's close enough to jump on your boat and explore the cays and private enough that you won't see anyone unless you want to. Marlee is one of the nicest people you will ever meet! She was extremely helpful and honest. Do not pass up an opportunity to stay here, it's truly heaven on earth.

John & Carrie

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: With gratitude for your stewardship of Moonrise during your celebration of marriage I wish you any more happy anniversaries !
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Rustic Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent one week at Moonrise and it was definitely not long enough! The property is perfectly located - close enough to Hopetown to not be inconvenient, but far enough that you have complete and utter privacy the entire time. The house and the entire property were everything we could have asked for - everything was incredibly clean and well-maintained, the bed was very comfortable, and the outdoor (heated!) shower was perfect for rinsing off the day`s activities. The beach was fantastic - since it`s only accessible from the property, you are guaranteed privacy and seclusion and the water is quite shallow so it warms up nicely throughout the day. The sunsets from the beach are breathtaking as well.

The entire Abaco region is wonderful and very easy to travel around if you have a boat - the people are very friendly; the beaches are relatively secluded (when we went to Treasure Cay for the morning, we were joined by 4 other tourists on the entire 3.5 mile beach) and every island has something unique to explore. Some of our favourite adventures included coffee and breakfast at the Hopetown Coffee House, lunch at Cracker P`s and Nippers Bar & Grill, Treasure Cay (rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world!), and swimming with pigs.

If a trip to Abaco is in your future, I definitely recommend getting in touch with Marlee about Moonrise. She is quick to respond to emails and gives lots of information and tips to ensure your stay is a memorable one. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are the guest every home owner in Abaco wishes they have. Fearless and ready for adventure but also requiring a restful and private spot to call home at night is what Moonrise is designed for. I'm so appreciative that people like you research before you arrive to enjoy the best of an eco retreat. Thank you and please return to pick up where you left off! More than fun, it's a lifestyle.
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**Absolutely Amazing***

  • 5 of 5

Over the years we've gotten pretty picky about what kind of vacation rental we'll stay at. Top must haves- Oceanfront/Beachfront/Waterfront, PRIVATE (no caretaker/owner on site), Secluded (we don't want to visually see our neighbors), an outdoor shower & wifi. With most rental properties you have owners who show their listing as Private/Secluded and then you see pictures or read reviews and see that is not the case at all!! I can assure you, Moonrise gave us that Private, Secluded feeling we have never had before! Two weeks just the two of us, and it felt like we had the whole island to ourselves! Moonrise is away from the majority of houses on the island so beyond hearing a few voices from a nearby neighbor, seeing distant boats or kayaks, we were ALONE! You felt it more when you were on the beach side of the property. It's a large beach and because of curve of the shoreline and shallow waters you do not get boats or kayaks in close. Ahhhhhhhh It Was Heaven!!! Unlike most Abaco vacationer's, we did not rent a boat, we didn't leave Moonrise once during our stay, and it was the most relaxing enjoyable vacation I've had! Marlee does a great job explaining the property-ECO, solar, etc. in her description, she also responds quickly and thoroughly via email or phone. It was an Honor to stay at this Amazing Unique Paradise property, thank you Marlee for going above and beyond in helping us and not discouraging us from staying here when we didn't want to rent a boat! Between your insight and the help we received from Albury's Ferry & their concierge service we could not have been happier with our stay! If you are looking at staying in the Abaco's I highly recommend you stay here!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It just makes my day to learn my guests have found a perfect match in their search for a secluded, serene and safe island retreat. Moonrise somehow gets deep into your soul when you need to rejuvenate in an undisturbed natural environment returning you to inner peace. I'm so grateful you were able to live in an eco sensitive cottage and manage resources exceptionally well. Best guests ever, when I returned for checkout I wanted to stay as it was so clean and welcoming. As a homeowner, I want to invite more guests just like you to experience life at Moonrise.
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amazing natural beauty, total privacy, great place

  • 5 of 5

Moonrise is truly a little slice of heaven. It is a magical place, and completely matches the description and pictures found in the listing. The cottage and property are well maintained and Marlee is a great spirit and wonderful host. A few tips: it does take a while to learn how to live in Moonrise. We enjoyed that and found that little projects like lighting lanterns, checking the electricity, closing shutters etc. were part of the pleasure of staying there. But you need to factor in a learning curve and be aware that this is all part of being off the grid. We did encounter some serious mosquitos, which Marlee had warned us might happen. We followed Marlee's instructions and were able to keep the house and bedroom bug free. If you are looking for privacy, beauty and deep relaxation--this is your place!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love sharing authentic living with authentic people, it's becomes a perfect match. For many guests of Moonrise, preparation and curiosity about living on a desert island offers an unforgettable impression of the soothing effect of nature. This couple celebrated an anniversary nurtured by the symphony of the wind on the waves and trees mixed with silence of calm days. I was so happy to meet and share their spirit of adventure. Come back soon! :)
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Magical retreat

  • 5 of 5

Moonrise is lush, colorful, quiet tropical beauty, shining sun and bright turquoise waters, a multitude of friendly birds and a few cheeky curly-tailed lizard friends, bright silvery moonlight illuminating the gardens at night, gentle breezes, cozy, comfortable and clean indoor spaces with an artist's touch and a feel of home, expansive outdoor spaces to relax and soak in the surroundings, amazing private white sand beachfront to enjoy, warm waters with teeming fish to swim and snorkel, proximity to quaint restaurants, shops and groceries by quick boat rides, and nearby beaches, reefs and cays to explore. This is a place to be close to nature, rather than separated from it.

We spent 2 weeks relaxing on the property and venturing further afield on our boat (had a 20' boat rented from Seahorse, which was a good size for navigating the Sea of Abaco, and we would highly recommend the company). There is wonderful snorkeling at various local Marine Preserves about 30 mins away by boat, and I also spent several mornings snorkeling right off the property dock and saw many varieties of sea life. The private beach is approximately 300 paces from the cottage along a charming jungly path that opens out onto soft white sand and clear, lapping water.

The kitchen was well-equipped and the grocery store at Hope Town was surprisingly well-stocked--we roasted Cornish game hens and potatoes one night!....also plenty of fresh items for salads, guacamole, sandwiches, grilling, etc. (we never needed to go to Marsh Harbor to shop and cooked most of our meals, but there was just the 2 of us). The bedroom was adorable with a spectacular water sunrise view and comfortable bed. The garden open-air shower was private and had excellent water pressure and hot water. The separate "outhouse" (with flush toilet) a few steps down the sand dollar garden pathway was clean and cute.

The owner, Marlee, is a unique and wonderful person who we had the pleasure of spending some time getting to know--she treats you like a guest rather than a renter, was available at all times for any concerns about the property or advice about the area. We have rented many properties, and this was the most personable service we have ever experienced.

Moonrise is a place where travelers with a little sense of adventure and self-reliance will be repaid with enchanting natural beauty, peaceful solitude, and true refreshment. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the things I love to do is meet kindred spirits, Deb and Doug had such enthusiasm for fulfilling their need to experience nature untouched by non essentials seeking the nurturing comfort of privacy, quiet, safety and solar energy living a free spirited vacation. Thank you for choosing Moonrise seems like such a perfect fit and I still love the photos you captured through the artistic eye of your viewfinder. I love the camera you left for me too!
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  • 5 of 5

What a special place to spend your honeymoon! We can't wait to go back! The owener is so helpful with everything you need to plan the perfect getaway. Highly recommend Moonrise. Such a special part of this earth!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marisa and Duncan for beginning your married journey at Moonrise. I know the photos of your time together here will always bring you closer to each other.
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Hope Town Lighthouse
Tahiti Beach
"Gaze at Tahiti beach from Moonrise deck, can't resist the welcome? Just hop onto your boat..."
Hope Town Harbour Lodge Restaurant
"I have always considered the Harbour Lodge to be the absolute best for atmosphere, food and ..."
On the Beach Bar and Grill
"Fabulous beach view with good burgers and beer. Hard to get to if you don't have bicycles o..."
Cracker P's Bar & Grill
"Can't get better local Lubbers culture than Cracker P's less than a mile from Moonrise. Acc..."
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Sea Spray Resort
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Marsh Harbour International
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Hope Town or ferry can be chartered to your dock
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
on property private beach lose your clothing
Car: not necessary

A truly private sea to sea retreat accessible by boat to your private dock with a private beach. Traditional island style wooden cottage solar powered offers all simple comforts. Perhaps the friendliest island experience you will ever have. Unforgettable and enchanting Abaco adventure at a serene and green cottage at Lubbers in the Northern Bahamas. A perfect place to experience a quest for quiet. There is no end to the protected shallow turquoise waters with abundant reef life, charming and welcoming native population, a water enthusiast paradise. Take a look for yourself The essence of Bali living less than 200 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Historic Loyalist villages, home grown music of the islands, art and events in easy going and welcoming island settlements. Easy boat rentals with helpful resources for your safe use on the water. Shopping a 10 minutes boat ride, fresh fish and deep sea charters on Lubbers, , bakery and arrangements for private chef and delivered meals on occasion. Cracker P's a local restaurant a mile from your cottage for time convenience. Romantic kayak destination on the calm shallows or paddle over to Tahiti Beach. Private tours with Captain Plug's Adventures and many guides for deep sea fishing nearby. Kayak rental upon request. Water taxi and concierge service for those who do not wish to rent a boat.

Other Activities: bird watching, dolphin and whale watching, paddleboarding right on Lubbers Quarters, kayak rentals in Hope Town.


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
2 person Kayak use $50

Daily rate $250.00 with a minimum of 4 days! Discounts after 2 weeks. I accept PayPal. Fees for PayPal are deducted from your security deposit. This is an off the grid solar home on a desert island. You have the luxury of privacy on the beach and house however you do not have unlimited resources. Water and electricity captured by solar panels must be conserved. I strongly recommend a boat rental for you to have access off the property. Best suited for intimate couples or young families who have lived on a boat or off grid cabin. Refunds on your reservation ONLY if another guest can be placed for the weeks you vacate. Alternatively you will be offered a credit for a future stay within 90 days of cancellation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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