About the property
- Studio550 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 - 10 nights
1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2
'SANDY PALMS' is our newly built and designed beach property apartments and is as close to the beach as is possible !!
The Economical Studio/Efficiency has a Queen bed, kitchenette with 2 hot rings, fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc etc. Shower room with WC and Hand basin, dining table,and chairs Loveseat, a/c and ceiling fan, flat screen cable TV with 53 major channels, radio/cd player. A/C and ceiling fan ensure our guests comfort.
Outside there is a private sea-facing patio with outdoor table and chairs for relaxing or al-fresco meals.
Just a few steps though our palm tree filled garden is the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach-regarded as the BEST TO STAY ON EXUMA and the only beach with resident GREEN TURTLES to watch or swim with !!
The 1/2 mile ( 1km ) long, soft white sandy beach slopes gently into the amazing blue, calm and safe sea for swimming, snorkeling, watching or feeding the Green Turtles or relaxing on our loungers and chairs. For the more energetic, we have FREE Kayaks for our guests to enjoy exploring more of the protected bay.
Although quietly located, the international airport is only 10 minutes away ( our dedicated taxi driver will greet you there) whilst the capital, Georgetown is 6 minutes away. No need to drive or taxi to shops as we have a good range within a 5 minute easy walk for groceries, butcher and deli, pharmacy and liquor.
Flying to Georgetown airport ( GGT ) is straightforward with DIRECT daily flights on AA and United whilst Delta and Air Canada also have DIRECT flights several times a week. More locally, there are several flights each day from Nassau on Bahamasair or Sky Bahamas. As we live nearby, we personally welcome our guests and are available when required to help with information or to arrange activities such as boat trips, etc.
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999
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- within a few hours
- english, A little French, German & Italian is spoken
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 25, 2018
About Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999
Betty & Peter moved to Exuma in 1999 after 15 years of owning and operating a popular guest house in England .We then created the Award Winning ' Coral Gardens' B&B Guest House which has been VOTED #1 on EXUMA every year since 2009 by the worlds largest travelers site. Realising that many guests like to have a choice of being DIRECTLY on the beach, we finally found our ideal and nearby location on the beautiful Hoopers Bay we named 'SANDY PALMS' as the garden which surrounds the property is filled with palm trees. We created a number of self-catering Studio and Apartment accommodations ranging from a comfortable and economical Studio/Efficiency for a couple, also a larger 2 room apartment for a family or 4 people, and a huge 8 person apartment with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms for groups of families or friends. This allows us to match our guests needs for the right sized and right priced accommodation and still offering peace and quiet as all the units have their own entrances in different parts of the building and separate patios and sundecks. As we live nearby at Coral Gardens we not only arrange the short taxi ride from the airport, where you will be greeted by our dedicated taxi driver and we will personally welcome you to 'Sandy Palms' and show you around and give you maps and other information. Our desire is to help our guests enjoy the holiday THEY want-whether it is simply a peaceful and relaxing time or activity filled. With our combined 30 years experience welcoming guests to Exuma we are able to make the best suggestions for making the most of a visit to the island
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 purchased this Studio in 2012
Why Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 chose Exuma
Hoopers Bay is the most convenient location to stay on in Exuma with easy access from the airport,& just a short distance from Georgetown as well as good local shops within an easy 5 minute walk. Sandy Palms is set down its own long, tree lined driveway, and therefore away from the main road for peace and quiet whilst the beach is just a few steps through the coconut palms. For guests who want to have a peaceful and relaxing visit but still be close enough shops, restaurants etc then Sandy Palms is the place to stay
What makes this Studio unique
For an incomparable beach location for lovers of sun and water and at the most economical price, this location is hard to beat !!. With Betty and Peters combined 30+ years of experience living in Exuma we can offer our guests detailed and helpful information on all activities.
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Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
I am giving this a 5 Star. The location of this property makes it worth it 100%. You walk 100 feet to a great beach and beautiful blue water. Smitty's is 10 minute walk and a butcher shop is close to the same. We learned that the wind makes alot of difference in Exuma. We loved the beach 100%. We stayed 2 weeks and another property which was very windy, so pay attention to the winds when staying in Exuma. This property is calm which calls for great swimming and turtle watching. Peter is a great GEM also, he helped us with car rental and all the sights in Exuma, a total plus! The studio is pretty much what you would expect. Shower is a little small, it needs more cooking utensils but those things will not hamper your stay in any way. There are other properties in Sandy Plams so you have other options. The owners service to their guests is off the charts! If you rent this property and plan to cook in alot, bring an extra large pan. Its a little expensive in Exuma, so we cooked alot. Peter also has vehicles for rent, you need to rent a vehicle a few days and explore. We loved Elizabeth Harbor, Tropic of Cancer beach, Santana's restaurant, and end of the road beach where we seen string rays, star fish, and other wild life. Hopper's bay has turtles so that was also great. We spent multiple days at the beach all day. Lastly, you need to rent a boat and explore stocking island and the area, it was awesome. Bring bug spray, suntan lotion, and plenty of cash. Patricia was a great chauffeur, and Montel from Sugarland tours was AWESOME! Montel caught us some fresh lobster! I would rent this property 100 percent again and have a great vacation, we have been to some great islands and beaches but Exuma is a hidden gem, it willnot disappoint! I promise... Oh ya and did I mention that everyone we came across was super nice and Exuma has almost ZERO crime, we slept with the doors open all week. In my opinion LOCATION is number ONE and this location is AWESOME! Thanks Peter!
WOW - it was great to receive such a fulsome Review & many thanks for your kind words about our Sandy Palms Studio property directly on Hoopers Bay Beach.
We are so glad that you fully enjoyed your stay & your Review will certainly help other potential guests appreciate the many activities that are possible when staying on this beautiful island.
We certainly hope that we can welcome yourselves (& with family or friends if possible) again in the future either in a Studio or one of our larger apartments. We have taken note of your comments & have supplied a couple more saucepans in addition to the 4 utensils already in the Studio.
Best wishes from the sunshine & 80*s of Exuma.
Betty & Peter
Exceeded our expectations!
I can honestly say, both the unit and the beach exceeded my expectations!
Perfect for the two of us!
This place is a gem!! If you are looking for a quiet, safe, beach vacation, this is it! Peter was amazing and was incredibly helpful, even down to arranging our rides to and from the airport. He place is clean and well maintained. The shower is small as stated in other reviews, but it's not a negative by any means.
Peter left maps and went over anything we had questions about. We took the full day tour on 4C adventures. It was nice, and the people were friendly.
We rented the car for the week from Peter and he gave us a little tour of the area so we knew where the markets were and some local dinner spots and a few beaches nearby. The market in Georgetown had more of a variety but its further of a drive than Smittys or Prime meats.
He is spot on with his information of the area. We ate at Shirleys a few times and Peter told us to get there before 6 and he was correct. They got busy almost immediately after we arrived. Another fun spot called the Hangout, it had a nice view and cool atmosphere. We went to several beaches but our favorite was right out the front door. We kayaked all around! Calm, clear and the most beautiful water I have ever seen. We really also loved the Tropic of cancer beach but there is no shade there... so be prepared. The little sand flies ate us up, so use your bug spray and stay where there is a breeze. With that being said, we slept every night with the windows open and had NO problems with them inside the unit.
We also went to Stocking island to Chat and Chill. Pretty social place but mostly people partying and I found a lot of trash in the area. Everyone was friendly though. It was a short water taxi ride over to the island.
We are actually planning on coming back and staying in another one of Peters unit, but this time, we want to bring the kids.
We travel a lot and this is one of my favorite places. If you are looking for luxury this isn't the place for you. But if you want a great beach, steps from your door, and a comfortable clean place to stay with a helpful "local"(Peter has lived there for many years!!) to help you plan your holiday, then this is the place for you!!
Thank you Peter for our amazing anniversary trip! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Thank you for wonderful Review about Exuma and your stay at Sandy Palms-you certainly got the most out of your first visit to the island and your comments will definitely help future guests who want to stay directly on the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach.
We look forward to welcoming you again together with your family.
Best wishes from the sunshine,
All previous reviews seemed too good to be true but they are all 100% accurate! The photographs are very accurate, one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island really is on your doorstep and it is relatively deserted most days. Peter and Betty are fantastic hosts as others have said, always there if you need anything but also give you your own space. One thing other reviews didn't mention was that (In July/august) the sun rises on the patio pretty late in the afternoon. This was particularly great for us as we aren't early risers and were still able to enjoy a nice late breakfast outside in the shade.
You'll find lots of amazing things in the water if you love to snorkel, overall we saw many different types of tropical fish, crabs, starfish, barracudas, turtles and even a giant, mamma turtle all in the bay. We didn't even have to look very hard, so many amazing sea creatures on your doorstep.
The apartment is essentials only but you won't need anything else - you'll be amazed at the recipes you can cook with just a stove top, get creative! The shops are pretty close however 5-10minutes can feel like an eternity in the hot sun - a car definitely helps in these situations. It was very easy to rent the car for a couple of days from Peter and Betty, stock up the apartment fridge, see others parts of the island and then spend the rest of the trip on your beach sans car.
Some of the best food we ate was at Santana's and Catch A Fire, both a short car journey. We also did attempt to make the 20 minutes walk to the nearest restaurant at night which was quite safe to do (in fact we were offered lifts by locals both times) but be aware you'll need a torch as there are no street lights and little pathway - just be safe!
Overall, we were extremely pleased with our trip, if you're looking to experience real island life in a rural paradise, you'll love it!
We so enjoyed reading your Review of how much you experienced of Exuma & your stay at Sandy Palms. The various descriptions of what you did will certainly help other potential guests & hope that we can welcome you again in the future.
Best wishes & thanks from the sunshine.
Betty & Peter
We loved staying here, we extended our stay. Peter was excellent and extremely attentive to our needs. You won't be disappointed to stay in this little gem.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your extended stay at our Sandy Palms beach studio-especially baby Zion who loved crawling about on the soft sand and with great sand castles being built for him!
Have wonderful travels wherever you head to next but hope we can welcome either you or friends/family again to Exuma.
Very Nice place.
Little studio in a villa. The villa is on the beach. The studio was furnished with air conditioning. You feel like the last people on the earth, as I wanted. The beach is wonderful with turtles. I really recommend for quiet vacation.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your peaceful stay at Sandy Palms & were also able to complete your Scuba Diving Course.
As a single lady travelling on her own, your very kind Review will help others similar to yourself to visit this tranquil & safe island of Exuma.
Best wishes for the future.
Betty & Peter
WOW-WHAT A BEACH !! is what our guests have said when they first see the beach Besides the wonderful beach immediately in front of the Studio, there are number of other beaches close by to explore and enjoy. On Hoopers Bay, guests can swim, snorkel, watch the Green Turtles, use our kayaks to explore the bay or simply RELAX on our beach loungers or chairs. We can also arrange boat trips for fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing from the beach DIRECTLY in front of the Studio. Nearby Georgetown also offers boat rental, scuba trips, craft market as well as supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and the popular water taxi which goes everyday to Stocking Island with miles of beaches and the famous Chat n Chill bar and restaurant. Some of the advantages of staying at our sandypalmsbahamas location are:- -- Direct"on the beach" position --Peaceful and private location surrounded by its own tropical gardens of 1.5 acres --Only 12 minutes from the international airport, less than a minute from good local shops and 5 minutes from restaurants and Georgetown,the capital. --FREE kayaks for our guests to enjoy --FREE pickup for the private transfer to the swimming pigs boat tours.