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Tropical Beach Villa with Guest Cottage, Steps from Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14

Shangri-La is a beautiful octagonal home located on Old Bank's Road. Walk 50 paces from the wrap around deck and a magnificent ocean view unfolds. The house is surrounded with palm trees, fruit trees, and a meadow that stretches to the Atlantic Ocean. The wrap-around deck is a perfect spot for enjoying the breezes from the Atlantic Ocean while eating outdoors on the new six person dining table. Stretch out on the outdoor sectional and listen to music.

Once you enter this log home you will be welcomed with the airiness of the twenty-eight foot ceiling and the tropical art work throughout. The open concept living room, dining room and kitchen will allow you to visit and enjoy your vacation with all of your family members. New coastal furnishings decorate the living room. Enjoy watching the flatscreen tv using your Netflix account or Youtube. Listen to music using your iPod/iPad/MacBook by hooking it to our stereo system. The two bedrooms are extremely large and come with ensuite bathrooms. The master suite has a king size bed, while the second suite has two queen beds. For those who need extra sleeping room the open loft is equipped with a king & twin bed. A third washroom/laundry room (washing machine) is available on the main floor. Beautiful linens, bath towels, and beach towels have been carefully chosen to make your stay comfortable.

Orchid Cottage, next door, is a bright and lovely Bahamian style cottage. Upon entering the cottage the purple and turquoise will take you into a world of Bahamian relaxation. The open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen areas allow for your entire group to interact during cooking, eating, & family activities. The kitchen is equipped with everything you will need to prepare your meals and it also offers the convenience of a washing machine. The cathedral ceiling gives the cottage an airy feeling and a central wooden staircase leads to a loft area.

The cottage has two bedrooms, each with a king size bed. The second bedroom can be converted into two twin beds, if needed. Between the two bedrooms is a NEW three piece bathroom. The large walk-in shower is decorated with sea pebbles, sea glass, and shells embedded int he floor. The theme is repeated on the sink's vanity. Again, tropical colours abound.

You'll pass your time at Shangri-La and Orchid Cottage lounging on the wrap around deck, cooking on the grill, reading a book on the hammock, or just relaxing in the deck chairs. The two outdoor showers make showering after a day at the beach convenient and adventurous.

A short walk down our path takes you to a breathtaking, deserted Atlantic Ocean beach where you can beach comb, snorkel, suntan, or get lucky enough to swim with dolphins. A ten-minute walk along the beach or cottage road will take you to Sky Beach Club and Pascal's Restaurant where you can enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up bar or dine while taking in the view of the Atlantic Ocean. The infinity pool and hot tub are open to the public. Enjoy the Sunday bbq with live music, Tuesday night bonfire, and pasta night. The house is located on the most fantastic cottage road and has easy access to the Queen's Highway through a private gated road.

Enjoy a home cooked Bahamian meal at Shangri-La. Our staff will shop for local seafood and produce, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. This is a truly Bahamian experience that all of our guests enjoy!

The town of Governor's Harbour is 5 minutes away by car and has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbour. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fishermen at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governor's Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor's Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.

Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkelling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, and bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore.

Come stay at Shangri-La and Orchid Cottage and enjoy the beauty of Eleuthera!

More Details

Property Manager
Julianna Simon Parker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

Why Julianna Simon Parker chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

We chose Orchid Cottage and Shangri-La on the island of Eleuthera, because this is the most beautiful location in the world! It is private, has an amazing beach that runs for miles, and amazing restaurants. This Bahamian out island has so much to offer.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed a long weekend at Shangri La and the house was perfect. It was really homey. It has almost every amenity you can imagine. It is nestled amongst some nice shade trees and the ocean is only a one minute walk over the hill. It's in a nice quiet area, we didn't hear a sole. The loft is not ideal for someone that likes to sleep in as it is open to the living area, however, the 2 bedroom are super spacious and very quiet. You cannot hear anything in the other room. I highly recommend this house.
Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sky Beach Club, a 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bo Hengy in Governor's Harbour in Cupid's Cay
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sky Beach Club, a 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Banana Beach

A stay at Shangri-La can be as relaxing or as fun-filled as you choose. You can walk or jog along the cottage road and stop at the Sky Beach Club for a swim, hot tub, evening dinner, or enjoy a cocktail at the swim up bar. Bring your computer and you can use their WiFi while you sit on one of the loungers. Both the house and cottage have flat screen tvs and ipod docking stereo systems. Access to the tv is provided through own personal Netflix account. A day at Banana Beach could include sunning, boogie boarding, shelling, taking long walks, exploring, sand castle building, swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling along the reef, or enjoying a good book in one of our beach chairs. If you decide to take a short drive into Governor's Harbour you can spend some time sightseeing. This historical town offers colourful century homes, the Bo Hengy ferry, beautiful churches, and yachts moored in Cupid's Cay. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the wonderful restaurants that Governor's Harbour has to offer such as: Tippy's, the Buccaneer Club, Cocodimama's, Sky Beach Club, or the Beach House. Watch the action in town while sitting on the outdoor deck at Da Perk Cafe as the local fishermen come to shore with their catch of grouper and lobster. On Friday nights, you must attend the fish fry at Cupid's Cay for local cuisine, rum bubbas, conch salad, and dancing in the street. If you need some more music and late night dancing, follow the crowd to Ronnie's Hideaway and dance late into the night. The kids can experience activities at the Haynes Library and take part in swimming and sailing lessons in the harbour. Your teenager can rent a surfboard from Skip and catch a wave on the Atlantic side of the island. Take your family on an adventure and travel the side roads to uncover sunken ships, deserted beaches, bat caves, cotton fields, abandoned silos, and the old military base. Governor's Harbour has so much to offer! If you need some more adventure, follow the Queen's Highway to the various settlements along the island to visit their beaches, restaurants, and festivals. Once you've been to Eleuthera, you know you'll have to come back!


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Two Outdoor Showers - outdoor shower , Outdoor showers for washing off sand in tropical setting.
    Orchid Cottage Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , NEW-Large walk in shower with sea glass embedded in floor.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , This is a convenient washroom/laundry room on the main floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Orchid Cottage Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bright tropical colours
    Orchid Cottage-Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King bed or separated to make two twin beds.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Queen blow up mattress available for extra guests.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Twin cot can be added for additional guests.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Open Concept Loft with Queen Bed & Twin Bed
  • Shangri-La: Both bedrooms are extremely large and have ensuite washrooms and air conditioning. Master bedroom has king bed. Second master suite has two queen sleigh beds. The open loft has a beautiful cathedral ceiling with a queen bed and single bed. Orchid Cottage-The two bedrooms have bright yellow ceilings and air conditioning. One room has a king, while the other can be set up as a king bed or separated into 2 twin beds. All linens are new.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Guests have access to Sky Beach Club's infinity pool that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. This is a 10 minute walk along the beach or along Old Bank's Road. Access is FREE. Car rental can be arranged for you through our property managers. You will be met at the airport by our property managers and transported to Banana Beach Estates. You will be provided with a tour of the property and our property managers will answer any questions that you have during your stay. A remote control for the Banana Beach Estates entry gate will be provided to you for your stay. This will allow you easy access to the Queen's Highway for your day trips on this beautiful out island We can arrange for additional maid services for extended stays. If you would like to have a home cooked Bahamian meal, our staff will shop for local food, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. Just ask and we will do our best to accommodate your group.


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Tropical Beach Villa with Guest Cottage, Steps from Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Wayne PA

A Wonderful Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a wonderful week on Eleuthera. Shangri La was the perfect environment for our family of five and a welcome change to our fast paced everyday life outside of Philadelphia.

We loved knowing exactly what the property had to offer from the multiple pictures shared on the owners facebook page.

My girls shared the downstairs bedroom and my son loved sleeping in the loft over looking the living room.

We enjoyed lazy morning in the meadow, coffee on the deck, long walks on the pink sugar sands of Banana Beach which is a ONE MINUTE WALK from the house, afternoon walks on Banks Road to visit Sammy at Sky Beach Club, exploring the island in our rental car provided by care takers Barry and Chad (who we love) and peaceful sleeps in the most comfortable beds.

If you are looking for a tropical island getaway, free of typical daily distractions, look no further. Some may be turned off by the absence of some modern conveniences, like a clothes dryer, but you will soon find how much enjoyment you can achieve by hanging your clothes on the line outside. Clothes really do smell the best when dried naturally!

Our time at Shangri La was the perfect departure from our normal busy routine.

To our surprise, our flight leaving Eleuthera was cancelled and we needed to stay on the island for two extra days. Barry and Chad were so helpful in allowing us to keep a vehicle and made sure we had everything we needed until we could depart.

Julianna and Tara were equally as helpful. We never felt uncertain of where to go or who to call.

Eleuthera is like home to us. Once you visit, you will want to return year ( if not month) after year.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this glowing review of Shangri-La. You've mentioned all of the things that we love so much about our vacation home; the quiet surroundings, walks along Banks Road, Sammy's Bar at Sky Beach Club, and of course Banana Beach. Our property managers go above and beyond to cater to our guests. Thank you for enjoying Shangri-La and Eleuthera as much as we do! We hope that you return again soon.
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Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a wonderful family vacation in both Shangri-La and Orchid Cottage with my immediately family of 6 (mom, dad and 4 children) and 3 grandparents. Description of the property is accurate, though the photos do not do the grounds justice. For most of our vacation all we heard were the ocean waves in the distance, the chirping of birds, and the wind rustling the coconut palms. Plenty of space for our children to safely roam and play. Short walk to the beach (Atlantic - waves were a bit rough for safe swimming and snorkeling while we were there, but it was beautiful none-the-less) and a bit longer to a wonderful pool at Sky Beach Club. Bedrooms were generous and comfortable as were the common areas. Property managers were gracious and accommodating. Gov Harbor is a great location to base yourself on the island. Would recommend: Stunning beaches at old Club Med and Lighthouse (must have 4WD for the latter - it is a 2 hr drive but absolutely worth the journey); Friday fish fry at Gov Harbor; daytrip to Harbor Island; swimming with the fishies at Ocean Hole in Rock Sound; day of hangin' by the pool at Sky Beach Club; and just plain relaxing with a good book in hand.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a glowing review of our house and cottage. You are absolutely right when you speak of the beautiful grounds that surround our property. We often enjoy sitting on the deck and listening to the tropical sounds. In the short amount of the time that you were there, you were lucky to experience many of the things that we love about Eleuthera, such as the various beaches. Our staff is amazing and they go out of their way to make our guests comfortable. Please note that the Atlantic beach at this property is extremely calm on windless days. It is our experience, even in the winter, that the waves are rarely very large, because there is a barrier reef offshore. On windy days, it’s less than 5 minutes by car to Alabaster Bay beach on the leeward side of the island. French Leave Beach, also mentioned in this review, is less than 10 minutes away by car, and is another well protected beach. Banana Beach is always our favourite, as it allows for swimming, snorkelling, and miles of beach to walk and explore. Banana Beach is the most perfect beach for our vacation property. Thanks for choosing our home away from home and we hope to see you again next year.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The rate includes first 10 guests, with a charge of $250 for each additional guest.
Accepts major credit cards.
Security deposit: $500

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund