The size of the house and location exceeded my expectations. As a family, we had never been to Eleuthera which makes choosing a house to rent worrisome. Jim was so responsive and helpful which we much appreciated. The house was a perfect size to settle in for 12 nights. The views were absolutely incredible being elevated with reefs to give it depth.
We especially enjoyed the privacy and safety this house has to offer. It felt true to Bahamian style. The beach was perfect some days, windy and choppy a few others. It was centrally located to allow for exploration both north and south each day to better know the island.
Upsides: privacy, wonderful views, nice breezes to counter noseeums, remoteness, very helpful owner.
Downsides: some days ocean choppy, a good 15-20+ minute drive from most restaurants, etc (this is the case for almost any home on the island FYI), having to leave :).
They say Eleuthera isn’t the right island for everyone, but it was perfect for us. I have traveled the Caribbean extensively and used to have a family home in Antigua. It’s hard to find an island these days that has endless remote and picture perfect beaches. It’s hard to find a house priced like Da Villa that provides complete privacy and a wonderful remote beach. The airport is rustic, the island is a bit rough, grocery stores are interesting, but it’s old Bahamian charm is to be embraced and respected. Do not expect to be catered to here, to go shopping, to have an abundance of fancy restaurants. Expect bug bites, bumpy roads, kind loving people, and real island charm that still feels undiscovered and protected from overdevelopment and tourism. I very much respect and appreciate the Bahamian community for protecting their land to this degree.