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Harbour View

DESCRIPTION:Harbour View sits on a hill overlooking Moriah Cay, a designated marine reserve. The home is 60 yards from the Ocean with amazing views. On the Northside views extend from Little Exuma to the East, to Elizabeth Harbour to the West. The Ocean between Harbour View and Moriah Cay is well protected and almost always calm, making it ideal to swim, snorkel, fish or kayak.
The home also has views of the southside of the island where the waters are shallow across the Bahama Bank. The area is world reknowned for Bonefishing and a regular sight is the small skiffs with keen fishermen and their guides.
Harbour View is half way between George Town, a 20 minute drive, and Williams Town at the end of Little Exuma. Many of the islands best beaches are a short drive away, as are several restaurants, including Santanna's. This beachside Bar and Grill is rated number 1 on the island. Harbour View is a 2 storey home which has been tastefully divided to provide first class accommodation on the entire second level for guests. Access is via an external staircase leading to a massive balcony running the full width of the home and 15ft out with the perfect setting to sit out and enjoy a sundowner, or eat out while admiring the view.
Double doors lead to the lounge dining area with a sofa bed, which converts to two fullsize single beds, a book case, storage chest with satellite television, and the dining area. At the end of the lounge you pass through the fully equipped kitchenette and on into the Master Bedroom. This room measures just short of 30 ft long withe queen sized bed directly in front of the large windows and the extensive views. Their is a ensuite bathroom and a walk in shower plus an enormous walk in closet.
All rooms have cathedral ceilings with ceiling fans and individual air conditioning for your comfort. All linens and towels are provided; and the home has high speed wifi.
Your hosts live downstairs and we have a door on the staircase t give you complete privacy with the knowledge that we are available if yu have questions or want advise. We look forward to seeing you

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Nightly rate $220.... Weekly rate $1400... Monthly rate $4500
Currency is US dollar.
Cleaning fee: $100 .. No Security deposit

Christmas & New Year: minimum booking 14 nights at $1500/week.

50% refundable deposit at time of booking.......... Balance 1 month prior to arrival.

Deposit will be refunded in full (less 10%) if cancellation occurs more than 60 days prior to booked arrival date.
Minimum stay 5 nights

PROPERTY DETAILS (Items in yellow apply to this property)

Property: house cottage townhouse apartment
Location: George Town Great Exuma Little Exuma Off the highway
Situation: on beach 100yds to beach Ocean Views  
Floor area   1400 Square Feet    
Max Guests Adults 2 children under 10.0 children 10+..2  
Bedrooms 1 Queen bed 1 sofabed bathrooms 2  
Kitchen full   kitchenette  

FACILITIES (Items in yellow apply to this property)
Towels Beach Towels Bed Linens
Hair Dryer drip Coffee Maker & filters Refridgerator
Microwave Kettle Toaster
Oven Satellite Television Wi-Fi
Washing Machine Dryer Air Conditioning
Ceiling Fans DVD player Local Phone
I Pod player Books Games
BBQ Kayak single 2 Kayak double
sailboat private swimming pool shared pool

To see all our reviews go to our own website at http://www.harbourviewexuma.com

Heaven on Earth”*****
We visited the Exumas 2years ago. As we drove south we discovered the most beautiful place ever seen : Moriah Cay with its brilliant iridescent many shades of blue. At low tide you can see many sandbars you can walk on. The beaches are white and powdery, so soft as flour. Such beauty you can only find on the Bahamas, especially Exumas. But what would you need more to have a perfect vacation: The perfect accommodation!. After a long search on the internet I found the perfect location and apartment: HARBOUR VIEW VILLA IN HARTWELL. If you are looking for the best beaches, accommodation, peace and the most loving hosts : don't search longer. Just book Harbour View Villa. You won't regret. The house has a large terrace which can be used by the guests with breathtaking open views of the sea and the cays, really spectacular. The owner, Don and Gail, were terrific hosts, made many suggestions to ensure to make our vacation perfect. Since we could not check in directly and having parked our luggage and groceries in their court, while we enjoyed Tropical of Cancer Beach, they even carried our luggage into our apartment upstairs and put the purchased food in the refrigerator. What a gesture! From the first moment on you know that Don and Gail are special persons. When making the booking they made it very easy. You get an answer a few hours later and all information you need to prepare your trip. Don did everything he could. Of course I wanted to visit the beautiful Moriah Cay and walk its beaches. The house is situated directly across. There are 2 Kayaks available to use. It's only short distance away from Harbour View. My problem is: I cannot really swim. So Don took us out to Moria Cay and picked us up later. He even offered to take us around Elizabeth Harbour and its surrounding islands when we rented a small boat from Minns Watersports. We had a wonderful day with Don. He showed us sea turtles and took us to Chat N Chill's on Stocking Island. At the end he took us to Man O' War Cay at low tide where we could walk the sandbars and find sand dollars. We cannot thank him enough. He is such a reliable friendly and helpful person you cannot find the right word to describe him. We definitely would recommend Harbour View Villa to our friends. Restaurants: Santana's where food and ambience is excellent. We definitely will book again when visiting the Bahamas. My suggestion: Don't search longer, just book, go and enjoy!

  “How it should be. *****
The Exumas are wonderful. Spectacular waters and empty white sand beaches... truly what i had hoped the out islands would be. Don't expect casinos, cruise ships, starbucks, nightlife etc...if that's what you're after, best to go elsewhere. Harbourview is a really nice spot with wonderful views of close cays - you will need to rent a car to explore. Don and Gail are simply great. They are there to answer any questions and will provide good suggestions of things to do as well. They have an approach that will immediately make all at ease and they will be around as much or as little as you would like. The homebaked bread and cookies were welcome surprises and when we couldn't locate a hidden beach on our own -they drove out and recorded precise directions so we couldn't miss it...impressive. Highly recommended!”............... Dana Jack and Kate Ottawa, Canada...

“Wake up every morning to amazing views” ***** 
An amazing place in an amazing location with amazing, helpful hosts. Don and Gail were perfect hosts - helping with recommendations when asked, but respecting our privacy as well. The modern, clean house is situated on a hill overlooking a lagoon with a deserted island just a kayak away. The perfect setting for a romantic engagement!”....... Cathleen San Jose, CA

  “Perfect escape” *****
We stayed at Harbour View in early august to escape from our daily grind in South Florida. Don and Gail made this the perfect escape for our family. They provide a great apartment with a breathtaking view. We spent 10 days kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on a deserted island, sailing, ate at a pig roast, and watched our 9 month old swim in the ocean and roll around in the sand. Don and Gail were the perfect hosts, assisting us as needed, giving us recommendations as to the best beaches and restaurants, most of which are hidden gems. We will definitely be back”

“Incredible views!”  *****
“ I've been to Exuma with my husband in June and we stayed at the Harbor View villa. We had a wonderful time! The apartment is very spacious, confortable, with astonishing views to the Moriah Harbour. The moment we entered the bedroom we fell in love with the place! The bedroom has a very large window just in front of the bed and through it you can see the most turquoise waters of the island, just like someone has played with the brush on a painting. The terrace is huge, with the same superb views. We used the kayak to get to Moriah Harbor, it is just 10 min away, and there we found a lot of pristine beaches - the landscape is so impressing that I came to the conclusion that Heaven is on Earth!  Don and Gail, the owners, were very welcoming and helpful and they respected our privacy. We had a great time in Exuma and we will definitely come back.”     AdinaD Bucharest, Romania

“The Magic of the Bahamas” *****
“ Wonderful location and magnificent, secluded ocean views. Super accomodation and great, friendly atmosphere. Can't remember a more relaxing two weeks eve r”                                         Tony Stammers Nueva Andalucia, Malaga, Spain.  

 “Just Perfect  What a place”. *****
“All the comfort of a high class bed and breakfast, but with added relaxed feeling of home. Add to that the tranquility of the location, the views and the beautiful turquoise water and what more could you want. You overlook a nature reserve which you can paddle out to and be on your own desert island. Snorkeling in every direction. The island is the sort of place where they do not lock the cars, they wave to each other in passing and everyone smiles and says good morning/afternoon/evening. Everyone goes to the same hangouts various days of the week as they take it in turn to have the barbecue or band.  We want to go back now”.   Tiffany and Simon Grand Cayman

  “Peace & Quiet”. *****
 “Wanted a place to get away from it all. Turned off our cell phones, ignored the internet and immersed ourselves in the quiet beauty of Exuma. The amesburys were perfect hosts - there if you needed them, but gave us the space to be alone. After hectic city life, this was the perfect getaway for us. The kayaking was a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Awesome views!”    Den Florida

  “Loved it!” *****
 “Had such a nice, relaxing vacation. The amesburys were very accommodating and the location is amazing. We kayaked over to a deserted island. The children loved it.”                         Southcote Florida

  “Quiet beautiful location”. *****
“A quiet beautiful location. Safe to go out for walks, and a wonderful area for kayaking right outside the door. Nobody on the beaches but myself”                                           . Valerie Brighton.

Relaxation & fun wrapped into one vacation” 
“Harbour View is a beautiful house, very well kept with an amazing island view. The whole vacation was great, we will definately go back. Hopefully soon!”                                                 Japes Florida

Great for bonefishermen” *****
“We had a great stay with Don and Gail at Harbor View. The view and location were fabulous. We had plenty of privacy in the upstairs (separate entrance) unit, but Don and Gail were extremely helpful when we needed them — like when we needed some butter and sugar! We enjoyed using their kayak to paddle around the beautiful islands across the lagoon. We highly recommend this rental. No reservations whatsoever!”

“Bonefish Heaven” *****
“Anything I needed, they took it upon themselves to help me. They even got me some supplies ahead of my arrival, saving me a trip to the store. The view is fantastic from their deck and from the master bedroom of their guest accommodation. For Kayakers, this is the place to stay, as they provide a free two person kayak and there are unlimited places to kayak nearby. Anglers can kayak over to flats when the tides are right and hunt for bonefish. You may not see extensive numbers of bonefish but they are definitely there and those flats are good for DIY fishing. The best DIY bonefishing is found on the old airport flats, about 15 minutes by car from Harbour View. They'll give you directions and will also connect you with J.J. Dames, the best fishing guide I've had in 40 years of fishing.”

“Layed Back Appeal”  *****
“We enjoyed our visit to Exumas and our stay at Harbour View. Don and Gail were very accommodating hosts. The house was clean and comfortable with spectacular views. A rental car is a must in order to get around the island and to restaurants. It was a huge plus having the kayak to explore the beaches near the house. The kayak also gave us access to a great bonefish area. We rented a boat and found some great snorkeling spots, and always ended up at Chat N Chill for some good food and drinks. Our favorite place to eat though was Santana's, the lobster was delicious. So if you are looking for a layed back remote island, and place to stay the Exumas and Harbour View are it”         .  Rick S.


"Fantastic setting with Direct access to Bonefish flats" *****
“We chose to rent "Harbour View" from Don and Gail because of the incredible value and the access to the bonefish flats. They are right off the balcony!! I was able to fish while my girlfriend tanned. We had an excellent time, and Gail and Don were instrumental in making the stay most-memorable. They would go above and beyond, by making arrangements for us for dinner or booking excursions for us. Staying at Harbour View lets you adopt some of the island lifestyle and helps you completely relax. The location is a great starting point to explore the island. This truly was the best vacation we have taken together and cant wait to visit again!!!”

"Top choice!"  *****
“We stayed in three different places in Exuma which were all very special and beautiful (Regatta Point, Coral Sands and Harbour View) and came to the conclusion that this is the best accommodation in Exuma with the best price performance ratio. By visiting the website we only had a vague idea but after being there we realized that we found a really outstanding place. The well-kept house is situated on a hill overlooking the sea and the nearby Moriah Harbour Cay. The Cay is just a 10 minute kayak ride away and the most gorgeous place we ever visited! Furthermore the house is closer than any other accommodation to the pretty beaches of Little Exuma like the Tropic of Cancer Beach. The apartment is commodious and well appointed. Everything is very tidy and even the towels are soft and cuddly. At least by entering the spacious bedroom where you will have a large window just in front of the bed and these stunning view over the turquoise ocean you will love this place. Gail and Don were warm and genial hosts and made us feel at home. In secret we called them Mum & Dad because they cared so much about us, but respecting our privacy as well. Thank you so much for all your advising, the whole driving, even the shopping and your great cinnamon bread, we really enjoyed and would love to come back!”

"Great Exuma - great vacation!" *****
We had a really great time at Harbour View and would like to recommend this beautiful place to other vacationers. The clean and spacious apartment is located on the second floor and has a stunning view over the turquoise ocean. We could use the owner's kayak to paddle to an amazing lonely beach just minutes away from our place.
Thank you, Gail and Don, for your hospitality - we would love to come back!

“Great Anniversary, Wonderful Hosts! part 2”
“We also met a nurse shark in the vicinity, and after the first panic, discovered from the locals he was just as friendly and harmless as the rays.
Other driving adventures took us to Santana’s where The Pirates of the Caribbean cast and crew frequented during filming. Great Lobster! Ask to see the photo album. We explored countless beaches, the Rolle Tombs, the Salt tower, the Three Sisters and lots of walking around the quaint village of Georgetown. We happened upon an afternoon presentation with all the school children on the island which was very special. We also went to Rake and Scrape night at Eddie’s which was a blast!
We capped off our 10 day adventure with an island boat tour. Don made some calls and arranged the best deal for us. This was a real highlight of our trip. We swam with: starfish, pigs, sharks and thousands of tropical fish at Thunderball Grotto. We saw many islands of the rich and famous. (Tim and Faith’s was the most spectacular) and went to the island of iguanas. Our boat captain was most entertaining and loved to tell us about Bahamian life and share his infectious music.
We would definitely recommend the Harbour view villa as a great landing place to explore the Exumas. Once we finish exploring all the other Islands of the Bahamas, we will definitely consider coming back.

Thanks again Don and Gail! You are great people!
Your crazy Canadian friends,”                                                                              Rob and Mary Jo
“Great Anniversary, Wonderful Hosts! Part 1”  *****
Where do we begin to describe this fantastic vacation destination?
The pictures on the site are very accurate but don't tell the whole story. The picture of Gail on the sandbar is a grand example of what you are in for. Over the 9 days we were there, we kayaked over 22 kms. around the deserted Moriah Cay and nearby Man O War Cay. We lost count of how many stunning white sand beaches we discovered but in one day we counted 10! Any one of them is worthy of a front cover of a travel book. Don and Gail supply a great 2 person Kayak.
The Villa has exquisite views of Moriah Harbour and overlooks the entire southwest tip of Grand Exuma. This is our third trip to the Bahamas and we previously stayed in beach-front villas, which is not the case here. You have a 5 minute walk down to the water which is very jagged and rocky, but the 15 minute Kayak adventure over to Moriah more than makes up for it. During our adventures we saw a baby osprey in a nest with his mom and dad, sea turtles, herons, and lots of other sea life.
We highly recommend renting a car for the entire trip as Grand Exuma has lots to explore but not within walking distance. (We rented from Thompson’s which was very reasonable. The battery died as we were going out for our anniversary dinner, Don was quick to the rescue with alternate car arrangements and ensured Thompson had a new car ready for us the next day. ) With regards to our hosts, they a wonderful couple from England who know the island very well and are very quick to tend to your every need but disappear just as quickly to give you maximum privacy. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them on our last night!
Another highlight of the trip was our three visits to Stocking Island. Elvis the water taxi driver runs you over to the Chat n Chill which is a crowded but true Bahamian out-island experience. Elvis gave us a tip of walking to the west of the Chat n Chill around the bluff to perhaps the most stellar beach of our trip complete with white sand beach, calm gin-clear water and 4 reefs a few yards off shore full of hundreds of tropical fish for snorkeling. The young boys running the conch salad bar at Chat n Chill make a delicious conch salad fresh right in front of you. They throw the conch shells back in the water which has attracted 4 very friendly stingrays who love to rub up against you and see if you have food.”

“Memorable vacation at Harbour View”  *****
“This was a vacation to remember. The island has so many beautiful beaches with soft white sand and warm waters. The restaurants vary from rustic to exquisite, the lobster we had at Santana's was sensational.
Our sincere thanks to our hosts who achieved the balancing act of being there when we needed them with advise and information, then affording us the privacy when appropriate. . The accommodation is spacious with 2 fully equipped bathrooms, a massive bedroom with views to die for. Just step out on the balcony and the view will stay with you for ever.
Thank you Don & Gail, we will definitely be back”          arthur c.

“Awesome Views” *****
“Wanted a place to get away from it all. Turned off our cell phones, ignored the internet and immersed ourselves in the quiet beauty of Exuma. The amesburys were perfect hosts - there if you needed them, but gave us the space to be alone. After hectic city life, this was the perfect getaway for us. The kayaking was a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Awesome views!”

Perfect accommodation for a couple that are comfortable in the islands. Located about 15 mins from Georgetown and 15 mins from Santana's overlooking the Maritime preserve. Don and Gail are the perfect hosts, easy to deal with and available to help one with whatever assistance you can reasonably need. Must do's include eating the lobster at Santana's, the turtles at Hoopers Bay and kayaking over to Moriah Cay.

"Perfect location, kayak access to Exuma's best beaches, truly considerate hosts"
Having seen our share of what the world has to offer in tropical guest accommodations, we can wholeheartedly agree with all the other five star reviews of this fine place. In terms of vacation dollar expended vs value received, Harbour View is a hands down winner. Large, spacious master suite, extra bath if need be, Direct TV for the NFL playoffs while we were here, strong and steady internet...face it; we need it. All set in a paradise of turquoise and blues and great excursions to out islands and all they have to offer with swimming pigs, and iguanas and sharks...and BONEFISH! My life has changed with my first bonefish on a fly, and some of Exumas best guides as a half mile away. And everybody on the island knows your hosts Don and Gail. One can only wish there was a sixth star that would account for the sincere desires of the owners to aid in your comfort and convenience while visiting....that and your personal kayak to the best beaches in Exuma...but don't tell anyone about that part.

"Beautiful and serene area of Exuma!" 5 *****
One of the most memorable trips of my life. I am looking at going back very soon it's all in timing. Exuma people and land are some of the most gorgeous on the face of the earth. My stay at Harbour View Rental was wonderful because of the hosts and the location of the rental. Would go again and again and again.

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