Bellosguardo, which means ‘Beautiful landscape’, is a luxury beachfront villa with superb ocean views.
Poised above the pink sand beach of Winding Bay and surrounded by hibiscus and bougainvillea, this unique villa floats above the palmettos, affording gorgeous views of the ocean and Eleuthera’s famous sunrises and sunsets. The curved cathedral ceiling, and open plan design of the Great Room create the feeling of space and light and the hand-embroidered textiles and hangings from India add vivid splashes of colour.
In the Great Room are three large sofas (two of which are sofa beds) and a fireplace for those occasional cooler winter evenings. Because of the villa’s unique design, both bedrooms open directly onto the front terrace and face the ocean at oblique angles to each other. The master bedroom is furnished with a queen size orthopaedic bed and ensuite bathroom, while the guest room has twin beds and is also ensuite. (A baby’s crib and children’s cots are available for younger children.)
Two study areas are furnished with desks, where wireless internet is available, to allow quieter moments for those wishing to write or paint. The house is furnished with ceiling fans and air conditioners in all rooms although the villa enjoys a constant breeze and is well insulated from the midday sun.
Satellite TV, DVD and gas BBQ are all available. Swimming in the turquoise ocean at the bottom of the garden is only a stone’s throw away and on the very private, pristine sandy beach it is possible to walk for miles, perfect your bone-fishing skills, go for a snorkel, catch lobsters in Joseph’s Cay, or take the four kayaks to explore for turtles in the adjacent Half Sound. Beyond the reef that protects the bay, great game fish await the deep-sea fisherman.
Further afield, the island offers additional attractions; the Leon Levy Nature Reserve, several good bars and restaurants, great beaches and opportunities for cycling, snorkeling and scuba diving.
This secluded house is ideal for honeymooning couples, groups of friends or for families with children, or those seeking a quite retreat in which to contemplate or to create. It is only 15 minutes from Rock Sound International Airport and the Marketplace, where all amenities are available, and five minutes from Tarpum Bay where it is possible to buy fresh fish and lobsters daily from fishermen at the pier and multi-grain home made bread. It is perfect for someone wishing to escape the glitz and glamour of resort life and enjoy peace and solitude in the heart of a natural wilderness.
Both Pineapple Air and Bahamas Air fly to Rock Sound airport in the early morning and late afternoon from Nassau. The owners are happy to discuss ways and means of getting there from Europe with prospective renters. Pickup at the airport will be arranged by the property manager who will supply car rentals.