A hidden gem.
Breathtaking. Secluded. Exquisite. Serene.
An oasis of calm, where crystal-clear turquoise and sapphire blue waters are framed by baby-powder-soft white sandbars and tranquil offshore cays.
A place so unlike any other that when you first catch sight of the spectacular vista that lies before you, you will, quite simply, not believe your eyes.
Being yearly visitors to The Exumas, my husband and I have enjoyed outstanding 4- and 5-star accommodations – and views – on Emerald Bay, Elizabeth Harbour, Tar Bay, Hooper’s Bay and Stocking Island.
What makes Bay View Villas such a dream destination? The solitude and privacy. Beauty that makes time stand still. And an immaculately clean, thoughtfully-appointed villa with spacious bedrooms that offers all the essentials you could possibly imagine.
Man-O-War Cay is just a quick paddle across the bay, via the free on-site kayaks. Santana’s famous outdoor bar and grill, Forbes Hill Beach (our personal fave) and Tropic of Cancer Beach are all just a short drive away. And if you run low on provisions or sunscreen, George Town is only 7 miles away.
Rent a car from the owner, Charlie, pack a picnic and explore the wonders of Great and Little Exuma. The rental price is surprisingly affordable.
Charlie also has boats for rent – with Bimini tops to shelter you from all that sun – so you won’t need to make the trek into Minn’s in George Town if you want to spend a day (or a week) exploring those translucent, pristine waters. And if fishing is your passion? Charlie’s also happens to be an expert fishing guide.
Charlie is gracious, authentic, outgoing, funny, personable, generous. And, quite possibly, the hardest working man on the planet. He will do everything possible to ensure that your stay at Bay View is enjoyable and memorable. Ours definitely was – and we will return. No question.
We had never been to the Bahamas until this trip. I have to say that it was well above our expectations, greatly in part to the hospitality shown to us by Charlie. We stayed in Villa #2 and it was nothing short of perfect. Although we had neighbors in Villa #1, they were very friendly and accommodating. The property has great views and only steps to the water. Early in the morning and around dusk, you will see many fish swimming through the crystal clear water. The private sandy beach was perfect to sit, relax and stick your toes in the sand while there is also the large partially covered deck. I have a very light complexion so it was perfect for me while my wife was able to get her sun bathing. When you get hot, just take a dip in the water. Be sure to take something for bugs for late evening and early morning. Not horrible but they will get to you but that’s just due to the warm climate.
We also used the outdoor grill several times as well as the indoor kitchen. Charlie does offer car rentals but we didn’t use a car at all. If we happen to need anything from the store, there is a small convenience store just down the street for bread, eggs. Etc.. We did take a cooler full of frozen meats that got us through the entire week and saved quite a bit of money as prices are a bit higher than expected. This is a beautiful place to stay and we are already discussing when to return. Although I highly recommend Bay View, I am also hesitant because it may interfere with the dates that we will need for our return visit! LOL. I must also say.... Charlie is the best and we WILL BE BACK!
Charlie is a most gracious host. And the villa is located in a piece of Paradise. This is a perfect place for a family to stay with a beautiful view of the bay.
Charlie; your secret is out!
This was our 2nd stay at Bay View Villas and we are still in awe! Just can't get enough of the view!
This has got to be the easiest vacation to plan ever. Charlie has thought of everything. You can arrange for transportation to the villa; which includes a stop at the grocery store, rent a vehicle or a boat, transportation back to the airport all with a simple e-mail to Charlie.
The villa is spotless and the views are amazing! This is the perfect spot to relax. Make sure you take the kayaks over to Man-o-war Cay and venture to the other side. This was my favorite!
If you need anything, Charlie lives on site and will accommodate. He wants to make sure your stay is awesome! You leave feeling you have made a true friend.
We will definitely be returning again!
Thanks for sharing your paradise with us Charlie!
Mark and Vera Lynne
My husband, 4 year old and I had a wonderful experience at Bayview Villa. The house was super clean and the backyard was a gorgeous private beach. We rented Charlie’s skiff and went cay hopping around the the area. We saw sharks, turtles, stingrays and many types of fish. We couldn’t have had a better time. Charlie is also the best host you can imagine!