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Betty & Peter Oxley

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, A little French, German & Italian is spoken

The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2

'SANDY PALMS' is our newly built and designed beach apartments and as close to the beach as possible !!

The Economical Studio/Efficiency has a Queen bed, kitchenette with 2 hot rings, fridge,microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc etc. Shower room with WC and Hand basin, dining table,and chairs Loveseat, a/c and ceiling fan, flat screen cable TV with 53 major channels, radio/cd player. A/C and ceiling fan ensure our guests comfort.

Outside there is a private sea-facing patio with outdoor table and chairs for relaxing or al-fresco meals.

Just a few steps though our palm tree filled garden is the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach-regarded as the BEST TO STAY ON EXUMA and the only beach with resident GREEN TURTLES to watch or swim with !!

The 1/2 mile ( 1km ) long, soft white sandy beach slopes gently into the amazing blue,calm and safe sea for swimming, snorkeling, watching or feeding the Green Turtles or relaxing on our loungers and chairs. For the more energetic, we have FREE Kayaks for our guests to enjoy exploring more of the protected bay.

Although quietly located, the international airport is only 10 minutes away ( our dedicated taxi driver will greet you there ) whilst the capital, Georgetown is 6 minutes away. No need to drive or taxi to shops as we have a good range within a 5 minute easy walk for groceries, butcher and deli, pharmacy and liquor.

Flying to Georgetown airport ( GGT ) is straightforward with DIRECT daily flights on AA and United whilst Delta and Air Canada also have DIRECT flights several times a week. More locally, there are several flights each day from Nassau on Bahamasair or Sky Bahamas. As we live nearby, we personally greet our guests and are available when required to help with information or to arrange activities such as boat trips,etc.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Betty & Peter Oxley (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, A little French, German & Italian is spoken

About Betty & Peter Oxley

Betty & Peter moved to Exuma in 1999 after 15 years of owning and operating a popular guest house in England .We then created the Award Winning ' Coral Gardens' B & B Guest House which has been VOTED #1 on EXUMA every year since 2009 by the worlds largest travelers site.

Realising that many guests like to have a choice of being DIRECTLY on the beach, we finally found our ideal and nearby location on the beautiful Hoopers Bay we named 'SANDY PALMS' as the garden which surrounds the property is filled with palm trees. We created a number of self-catering Studio and Apartment accommodations ranging from a comfortable and economical Studio/Effeciency for a couple, also a larger 2 room apartment for a family or 4 people, and a huge 8 person apartment with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms for groups of families or friends. This allows us to match our guests needs for the right sized and right priced accommodation and still offering peace and quiet as all the units have their own entrances in different parts of the building and separate patios and sundecks.

As we live nearby at Coral Gardens we not only arrange the short taxi ride from the airport, where you will be greeted by our dedicated taxi driver-Willy Rolle of Taxi #3, but we will personally welcome you to 'Sandy Palms' and show you around and give you maps and other information.

Our desire is to help our guests enjoy the holiday THEY want-whether it is simply a peaceful and relaxing time or activity filled. With our combined 30 years experience welcoming guests to Exuma we are able to make the best suggestions for making the most of a visit to the island

Betty & Peter Oxley purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Betty & Peter Oxley chose Bahamas

Hoopers Bay is the most convenient location to stay on in Exuma with easy access from the airport,& just a short distance from Georgetown as well as good local shops within an easy 5 minute walk.

Sandy Palms is set down its own long, tree lined driveway, and therefore away from the main road for peace and quiet whilst the beach is just a few steps through the coconut palms.

For guests who want to have a peaceful and relaxing visit but still be close enough shops, restaurants etc then Sandy Palms is the place to stay

What makes this apartment unique

For an incomparable beach location for lovers of sun and water and at the most economical price, this location is hard to beat !!.

With Betty and Peters combined 30+ years of experience living in Exuma we can offer our guests detailed and helpful information on all activities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Abbiamo soggiornato nello studios Sandy Palm dal 15 al 22 marzo. Lo studios è davvero funzionale e provvisto di tutto ciò di cui uno ha bisogno.La zona cucina è dotata ogni utensile:dal tostapane alla macchina per il caffè,posate ,pentole e piatti.Un mini frigo un microonde,bicchieri ,tazze etc.. Il letto è spazioso,vi sono cassettiere per i vestiti e un sofà. Teli bagno,teli per il mare sono a disposizione così come sdraio per la spiaggia e kayaks. La villa è sulla spiaggia di Hoopers Bay,il mare al mattino vi incanterà...il penultimo giorno siamo anche riusciti a vedere e nuotare con le tartarughe,il che non è sempre assicurato visto la loro natura selvaggia. Peter il proprietario è una persona davvero stupenda,meticoloso nel spiegare in ogni dettaglio sia dell'alloggio che dell'isola in generale;è una fonte inesauribile di informazioni che vi serviranno per muovervi al meglio alla scoperta di Exuma...è un isola incantevole che merita di essere esplorata. Peter il mio ultimo pensiero è rivolto a te..grazie di tutto ciò che hai fatto per noi in questi bellissimi giorni. Spero di rivederti presto magari al Vs studios di Long Island Bahamas.
Mar 2016
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based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 33 reviews

Amazing location!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for crystal clear water, lots of privacy on the beach, and a relaxing pace, this is the place to be! We had an unbelievable view of the ocean and could walk right out to our personal oasis. Hooper's Bay not only has the kind of beach you see on a postcard, but there are green turtles close to the shore that don't mind swimming side by side with you. We had free access to kayaks, floats, and beach chairs (bring your own umbrella). The room is a no frills experience but was nice and clean and met our basic needs. I suggest you rent a car (from Peter if available) to have access to restaurants as the kitchen is small. Our favorite restaurants were Santana's, Driftwood Cafe, and Shirley's. There is a small store in walking distance for basic groceries. Peter is an absolute delight and an extremely helpful guide for navigating the best parts of the island! He went above and beyond what was expected to make our trip a pleasure. This is the place to be to get away from it all and have an extraordinary encounter with nature! We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle & Megan, It was a delight to read your review about how much you enjoyed your stay at Sandy Palms on your first visit to Exuma. You certainly made the lost of your visit with the many activities you enjoyed & your Review will be very helpful for others who may be considering a stay at Sandy Palms. We hope that we can welcome you with friends or family on a future occasion. Best wishes from the sunshine. Betty & Peter
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Peace And Fun In Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Spent a week on Hoopers Bay. A beautiful location, amazing water, great sunsets and peaceful! The property was as described and sufficient for our needs. Everyone from our taxi driver (Patricia), Car rental folks (Berlie) and the real estate lady (Judy) were most helpful and friendly. We hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calm, friendly, beautiful and cosy

  • 5 of 5

We are a young couple and have been one week at Sandy Palms. We really had a good time:

Owner: Peter is a friendly english gentlemen. He is at your service 24/7 and helps you with everything you need. Mochas gracias peter for the perfect service!

Location: Sandy Palms is located at a very nice beach which you have almost for yourself with very few people. It is easy to walk to the small supermarket near by. If you want to go to the next town you need to go by car.

Apartment: Very quiet, proper and nice little apartment. It is not big, but for two people absolutely ok to stay, cook and sleep. You are directly at the beach and thats the place you spend most time.

Getting around: To explore the island you need a car (which you can rent directly from peter). If you want to go to town you can take the taxi or just simply hitchhike (the first or second car will stop and brings you into town... it's perfect). We recommend to visit the neighbor island and to do the boat tour (Peter will explain the best offers).

Once again thank you very much Peter for all your support, it was a beautiful and relaxing week at Sandy Palms.

Best wishes to Great Exuma

Daniela & Fabio

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so good to read about your experiences on your HomeAway Review. We always encourage our guests to write about how much they enjoyed their visit to Exuma so that everyone can learn about the beauty of this island. Thank you for your kind words about Sandy Palms Beach Studio & we send our best wishes to you both. Betty & Peter - owners
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Beautiful island, and functional accommodations

  • 4 of 5

"Sandy Palms" is a great beach front home on Hoopers bay. The studio is a little on the small side, but who wants to sit inside when you're in a place like Exuma? It was very functional for what we needed. It was nice and clean. Peter is very friendly and helpful. He responded to all my e-mails almost instantly. I would give it 5 stars if the bed had pillows that weren't worn out, and as flat as pancakes. I would have also liked something more than just a sheet on the bed. That being said, I never did ask Peter or Betty for either, and I'm sure they would be more than willing to accomodate if asked.

We will return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing but it is a shame that you did not ask for different pillows for the 4 that are on the bed - we have many spares available. These are not "worn out" but designed to be thinner for the tropics and guests usually find these cooler & more comfortable for the warm temperatures. Likewise, your bed had 2 blankets as well as the sheets. With our temperatures in the mid 80s (29-31*), our guests usually prefer these than thicker duvets & comforters but we could have provided these if you had asked. As you know, we are already booked for the dates you requested to stay in 2017 at Sandy Palms. Betty & Peter
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A relaxing week in a cozy studio

  • 4 of 5

Owner operator Peter Oxley provides guests with more than a cozy studio for their stay. He is full of info about Exuma and its history. He entertained me with answers to all my questions about the varied stages of home construction seen as we drove around Exuma, the local name Rolle, the drug lords of the past and the relatively new desalinization plant that supplies residents with all their water. Peter's Hoopers Bay rentals are on an almost deserted beach with placid waters. A bit more shade would have been nice, but palm trees grow slowly. My husband enjoyed almost daily short kayak trips in Peter's kayaks. Our one bedroom was adequate and clean. TV had great reception but WIFI is erratic. But then, who needs to be "connected" with the real world when you are looking at these beautiful waters. So many shades of green and blue defy description. Peter offers his rental car by day's use instead of a weekly rental. We used it three days to explore the entire island. Exuma is not the island to visit if you are looking for nightlife. It is the ideal place to chill and catch up on your reading. In fact, a visit to Chat 'n' Chill bar and grill from the town dock is a must to experience a cruiser's lifestyle.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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For the traveler, adventure seeker, sun worshipper

  • 5 of 5

For the traveler, adventure seeker and sun worshipper...Sandy Palms is the best place! This location is pretty central so you have access to both ends of the island. Peter was wonderful and helped us set up all of our daily excursions while also providing a bit of history of the island. The studio is just perfect and is very comfortable - everything you need and nothing you don't need. We found it helpful to cook breakfast at the house in the mornings.

Must dos and sees on the island:

- Morning of kayaking on Hoopers Bay, kayaks provided at the house

- Spend a day at the beach just outside of Sandy Palms, you'll have it to yourselve

- Roberts Adentures: full day your to see iguanas, pigs, snorkeling lunch, sandbar in the middle of the ocean, beautiful beaches and the grotto.

- Car rental is available through Peter and worth it to see the island and explore. Just remember stay left ;)

- Little Exuma for beaches, Tropis of Cancer and lunch at Santannas is a must.

- Day trip to the north to more beaches, lunch at Big D's Conch Spot. Fresh conch was caught right before we ate it. Stop at Exuma point for views and private beaches.

- Sunset at Catch a Fire. Just drinks menu is pricey.

- Dinner at LaFourchetre. Delicious meal and beautiful grounds. Food that made our tummies very happy.

- Lunch/Dinner at Shirleys. Food that makes your tummy happy.

- Star gazing on the beach right in front of Sandy Palms every night.

- The house is walking distance to liquor store, grocery (Smitteys) and a wonderful deli where you can get fresh rotisserie chicken and fresh crab salad. A place we visited a few times to have snacks at the house.

No complaints and 2 happy travelers a week later. Until next time...thanks Peter and Exuma for filling us up with everything we need to make it until summer.


Ginger and Guy

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were lovely guests & we are very glad that you both got so much from your holiday to Exuma. Thank you for your HomeAway Review about Sandy Palms & hope that we can welcome you again on a future occasion. Best wishes from the sunshine, Betty & Peter
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Georgetown ( Code GGT )
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Greg Norman Course @ Emerald Bay
Nearest Motorway
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Exuma Beach Restaurant ' Latitudes '
Nearest Beach
DIRECTLY on the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach
Car: recommended

Besides the wonderful beach immediately in front of the Studio, there are number of other beaches close by to explore and enjoy On Hoopers Bay guests can swim, snorkel, watch or feed the Green Turtles, use our kayaks to explore the bay or simply RELAX on our beach loungers or chairs. We can also arrange boat trips for fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing from the beach DIRECTLY in front of the Studio.

Nearby Georgetown also offers boat rental, scuba trips, craft market as well as supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and the popular water taxi which goes everyday to Stocking Island with miles of beaches and the famous Chat n Chill bar and restaurant.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Great Exuma, Exuma

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £301
Utilities £83

SPECIAL OFFER for 2014 !!! STAY for 7 nights BUT PAY for only 6 nights !!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on the Bahamas on the Caribbean

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also hand basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen sized (5ft.) + Loveseat, flat screen TV. clothes hanging space, drawer units bedside table, clock radio. a/c and ceiling fan .Windows to garden and beach. Door to outside patio. The extra person charge can be a child up to the age of 5 only & NOT 3 ADULTS.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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