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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,830 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

On the BEACH 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Commanding the best position, and DIRECTLY on the best beach to stay in Exuma and the ONLY BEACH with resident GREEN TURTLES to watch or even swim with. Our apartment has a sea facing, King bedroom , with sliding glass doors leading to the sun deck and the other bedroom has Twins or a King bed and is garden facing. Both have their own bath/shower room .

The Great Room, with lounge, dining and kitchen (with new dishwasher) areas is also sea facing with large, sliding glass doors leading to the sundeck which is equipped with tables and chairs to enjoy relaxing or dining .

Quietly located and surrounded by its own 1.4 acre tropical garden but only 12 minutes from the international Georgetown airport ( code GGT ) and 6 minutes from the capital together with a range of useful shops only a 5 minutes easy walk away.

The beautiful Hoopers Bay Beach is is a few steps through the palm trees in our garden and is 1 Km (1/2 mile) long with soft sand which gently slopes into the calm sea. Safe for children of all ages as the bay is protected from the prevailing winds which may makes other beaches unsafe for swimming. On the beach we have loungers, tables and chairs together with FREE kayaks and paddle-board for the more energetic guests.

More Details

Property Manager
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, A little French, German & Italian is spoken
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999

Betty & Peter, the owners have lived on Exuma for more than 18 years and have also developed the #1 Guest House in the Bahamas as rated by T/A.We strive to make sure all our guests enjoy their visit to this beautiful island and besides welcoming them on arrival, we are available if required to advise on activities, restaurants etc.

Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 chose Exuma

We bought Sandy Palms in 2012 as we recognized its outstanding beach location with a convenient position on the island. We then set about carrying out a number of improvements and changes to enhance its accommodation .

What makes this apartment unique

1) Best Beach location.

2) Quiet and peaceful position

3) Convenient for airport

4) Nearby shops

5) Personal service by knowledgeable owners who live in the area.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for your hospitality and great guest services !!!

Your house is beautiful and we look forward to seeing you and Betty again next year if not sooner.

Thank you
Apr 2017
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Exuma Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1830 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Also hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Also hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed with large sea facing sliding glass doors leading to the sundeck Bedroom 2 is garden facing and has 2 Twin beds (can be made as a king if required) Additional bed can be fitted into either bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews
Washington, D.C.

A lifetime of memories

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a fabulous week at Sandy Palms. The house provided everything needed for an awesome vacation, including beach towels, excursion information, wi-fi, A/C and a fully stocked kitchen. The open floor plan was perfect for three adult women. Its central location provided easy access to picturesque beaches, shopping and restaurants. Most importantly, the ocean views and white sandy beach were breathtaking. My favorite vacation activity was swimming/snorkeling with the local sea turtles, a very short walk down Hoopers Bay. Peter and Betty provided exemplary customer service and maintain a fantastic home. I highly recommend this house and already planning another visit to Sandy Palms next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you all when you stayed & again when reading your Review. Thank you very much for this which will certainly help be helpful for others who may be considering a stay at Sandy Palms. We know that you are already considering a visit with other family members & hope that we can welcome you again for 2018. Best wishes from the warm sunshine. Betty & Peter
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Ormond Beach Florida/USA

Beautiful beach is the best feature of the property

  • 3 of 5

The property could benefit with updating the furnishings. The weather was stormy during most of our stay requiring us to remain indoors a good part of the time. The seating is not very comfortable. We also had trouble with the bath water draining and had to use a plunger in the tubs. The owners were away on holiday at the time of our stay so we were met by their representative at the property. We did not hear from her again anytime during our stay and did not receive instructions for closing the property when we left. The beach is beautiful, just wish we were able to spend more time there. Nothing can be done to change the weather.

The people living in Exuma are very welcoming and friendly.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so sorry that the inclement weather prevented you from being outside most of the time & unable to everyday enjoy the beautiful beaches. We would have preferred to have been there to personally welcome you but as we wrote to explain before you arrived, we were taking our annual holiday (which had been booked many months before you made your reservation). However we were pleased to arrange for the most experienced Realtor on Exuma to act as our representative to welcome you & show you around. Our personal welcoming letter which we left for you with information, maps, leaflets & fliers about the island hopefully also helped for you to explore & experience most of Exuma. As our representative did not hear further from you, she presumed that you did not require any more information or assistance. Thank you for bringing to our attention the slow draining of one of the bathtubs which we have dealt with & glad that it did not cause you too much inconvenience. Betty & Peter
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Sandy Palms - July 2017

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Sandy Palms July 1-8 2017 was extraordinary to say the least! Betty and Peter Oxley went above and beyond to ensure we had a fabulous time on the island by providing info on all local restaurants, supermarkets, excursions, and self-guided activities. He also had his gardener cut coconuts for our enjoyment at our special request as well as provide us with some to share with Moms bakery! Two years ago, Mom shared a coconut with us as a kind gesture that I never will forget. Peter Oxley knew Mom at Moms Bakery needed coconuts, so he surprised us with a return favor to her. Very thoughtful as many coconut trees were damaged during a hurricane that passed Exuma a year ago!

We stayed in the upstair apartment of Sandy Palms. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the apartment is much more roomier than it appeared in the photographs. The pictures really don't do justice to this beautiful, roomy space! We loved the high vaulted ceilings and the gorgeous view of hoopers bay! What more do you really need?!? The beach is much closer to the apartment than what it appears in the pictures! Rafts & kayaks were available on the property for our enjoyment - 👍�.

During our stay, Peter dropped by frequently to check in and ensure we had everything we needed from fresh sheet and towel changes, to providing us general info and answering our never ending questions.

We rented a car from Peter, which was very accomodating. I was however, a bit nervous driving a car in which the insurance provided did not cover his car, just only the car of the other party if involved in a wreck, but this seems to be the standard on rentals. So, please drive very carefully if renting a car or boat in Exuma, regardless whom you choose to rent from! We also rented a boat at Minns Marina and encountered the same! Its a good thing that water and street traffic in Exuma is not as bad as in the states. Just be mindful of pot holes and uneven roadsides and remember, the turn signal is on the right! 😂�

Overall, all of our expectations and needs were met and/or exceeded! We would highly recommend anyone to rent from Peter and Betty Oxley and their absolutely beautiful condo style apt on Exumas Hooper Bay! It's the only place in Exuma that I know of that you can wake up and swim with friendly, curious sea turtles daily!

My biggest regret is not scheduling 2 weeks rather than just 1! Thank you very much Peter and Betty for your unparalleled hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is truly a very helpful Review for future guests and thank you so much for your gracious comments which are much appreciated. You were just the sort of guests that we enjoy welcoming as you wanted to make the most of your stay and we were pleased to help you achieve the type of holiday you wanted. We will certainly be delighted to welcome you all again as well as other friends and family. Best wishes from the sunshine and blue waters of Exuma. Betty&Peter
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Nice little beach rental.

  • 4 of 5

We took the kids to Exuma for a long weekend and stayed at Twin Palms. It had everything we needed and the owners were very nice and helpful. Hoopers Bay is beautiful and is a wonderful place to snorkel.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were pleased to have welcomed you to Sandy Palms (not to be confused with another property called Twin Palms). Glad that you enjoyed your short visit especially with the kayaks & snorkeling in Hoopers Bay. Many thanks for your kind Review. Betty & Peter
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Sandy Palms

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the top floor of Sandy Palms and the view from the apartment was beautiful. It was clean, spacious and had all the essentials provided. Hoopers Bay was the absolute best beach in our opinion! The waters are shallow, clear and calm and it is very private. It was truly a postcard beach! We spent most of our time floating out there and snorkeling. We also kayaked and that was very fun as well! We had a very nice week staying at Sandy Palms. The beach is amazing!!! Thanks so much to Peter & Betty!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to read your Review about how much you enjoyed your stay at Sandy Palms. You certainly made the most of the beach & sea & hope that we can welcome you both again sometime in the future. Best wishes & Many thanks, Betty & Peter
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The Best place for an amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

Sandy Palms is the perfect beach house on Old Hoopers Bay. We were more than pleased with the house and all the amenities. It is the perfect location from town ( 5 minutes ). Smittys Convenient store is a half a mile to the left and a very good Deli to the right for quick food pick up. All the beaches in Exuma are great, but Old Hoopers Bay remains our favorite. We hope to return soon to the beautiful island of Exuma and stay at Sandy Palms for another amazing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful Review for our Sandy Palms "On the Beach" Apartment on Hoopers Bay Beach. We are very glad that you enjoyed your 2 week stay & that you experienced so much of this beautiful island. We hope we can welcome you all again sometime in the future. Betty & Peter
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Georgetown, Exuma GGT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
In Georgetown
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Sandals Greg Norman Course
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2.25 Miles
Latitudes+ a variety of others
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
ON the Hoopers Bay beach !!
Car: recommended

Some of the advantages of staying at our sandypalmsbahamas apartment are:-

--DIRECTLY of the beautiful Hoopers Bay(sometimes called Turtle Bay) beach.

--Private and quiet location and the property is on its own 1.25acre tropical gardens.

--Only 12 minutes from the international airport, less than 1 minute from a range of good local shops, and 6 minutes from the capital, Georgetown.

--FREE kayaks and paddleboard for our guests to use to explore more of Hoopers Bay and nearby offshore cays.

--FREE pickup for the private transfer to the swimming pigs boat tours.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Utilities $250
Refundable damage deposit $800
Cleaning/ Preparation $100

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund