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Betty & Peter Oxley

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


10 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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4 Bedroom, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Our 4 double (or triple )bedroom/ 4 bath/shower room apartment occupies the entire upper floor of our 'sandy palms,' beachfront property. If booked for 4 people, then just 2 bedrooms are available & the number of bedrooms available is based on 2 sharing.

The spacious accommodation enjoys wonderful beach and sea views of Hoopers Bay which is regarded as the best beach to stay on in Exuma.

Quietly located down its own tree lined drive and not disturbed by other properties, sandy palms is only 10 minutes from the international airport and 6 minutes from the capital, Georgetown whilst a good range of local shops are within a 5 minute easy walk.

Two bedrooms ( king & queen sized beds) are sea facing with large sliding glass doors leading to the large sundeck with tables and chairs for meals or relaxing and enjoying the sea views stretching all the way along the island and in summer offers marvelous sunsets. The two other bedrooms are garden facing and can be either twins or triples or kings and this gives a wide degree of flexibility for groups of families or friends traveling together but who want to enjoy space and privacy.

The Great Room, which runs the length of the building, directly connects all the bedrooms ( see a floor plan on the photos page) and has a dining area seating 10, the fully equipped kitchen, a study area and lounge which leads to the spacious sundeck.There is also a washer and dryer laundry facility in a separate room.

Outside, from the sundeck, a large staircase leads down into our palm filled garden which extends to the beach where we have loungers, tables and chairs and kayaks for our guests as well as a selection of beach toys and games. We also provide FREE kayaks and paddleboard for our guests to enjoy exploring the calm and safe Hoopers Bay or paddle with our resident GREEN TURTLES !

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

About Betty & Peter Oxley

Betty and Peter Oxley moved from England to Exuma in 1999 and established the Coral GardensB&B Guest House which has been rated #1 every year since 2009 by the worlds largest travelers website. We have enjoyed welcoming guests from all parts of the world but recognised that some people wanted to stay directly on the beach.

After some while of searching we found in 2012 the ideal location, only a short distance away and named it Sandy Palms in view of the numerous palm and coconut trees in the 1.5 acre garden which surrounds the property.

We continue to live and operate Coral Gardens but are on hand to welcome guests on arrival and help our Sandy Palms guests during their stay.

Betty & Peter Oxley purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Betty & Peter Oxley chose Bahamas

Being directly on what is regarded as the best beach to stay on in Exuma is very special, with a quiet but convenient location and a beautiful unspoilt beach to relax or enjoy as you wish.

Getting to Georgetown, Exuma ( airport code is GGT ) is straightforward with daily direct flights by both American and United with several direct flights a week on Delta and Air Canada. There are several daily flights from Nassau on Bahamasair or Sky Bahamas.

We organise the short taxi ride from the airport where you will be greeted by our dedicated driver and either Peter or Betty will personally welcome you on arrival at Sandy Palms and show you around and be available to explain local facilities and activities.

What makes this apartment unique

Hoopers bay is the most protected beach on Exuma as it is sheltered from the prevailing winds. The 1/2 mile ( 1 kilometer) long , soft white sandy beach slopes gently into the calm sea. Guests can enjoy swimming,snorkeling, kayaking or finding some of the green turtles to feed, all from the beach in the front of Sandy Palms whilst we can arrange boat trips directly from the beach for fishing or reef snorkeling .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Do you want at your doorstep:

-the seabreeze and the sun asking to come in;

-white sand beach;

-transparent sea;

-a view that makes you wander in the calm turqoise sea and sky.

Do you want a home away from home :

-that is calm and let's you sleep easily;

-were you can buy your groceries and wine and cook if you want to;

-that is cosy and were you can read your favorite book.

Do you want adventure:

-trying out seafood at restaurants that you would love to find back home at special occasions;

-see sea turtles, tropical fish, coral;

-visit Exuma to the north and the South, discover little villages with relaxed and friendly people.

All this is gift wrapped by a charming and helpful hostess and host Betty and Peter who know when to be present or when to let you enjoy your sourrondings by yourself.

Enjoy ! Your stay at Sandy Palms.

Robert et Claire
Jul 2015
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based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.6 based on 12 reviews

wonderful property & ideally located

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sandy Palms for one week with another couple and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Peter & Betty are wonderful hosts, very accommodating, helpful and accessible. The property is beautiful and the unit we occupied was very comfortable and well appointed.

The property is well situated for shopping with groceries and a liquor store within walking distance in one location and a spectacular meat & deli of equal distance in the opposite direction.

We rented a car from Peter for a couple of outings to explore other areas of Exumas and truly enjoyed our days. We visited Georgetwon a couple of times and enjoyed the Friday night buffet at Augusta Bay.

The beach was very nice and Peter had a grounds keeper to make sure it was kept clean. If you are looking for a good area to visit, with comfortable accommodations, you should consider Sandy Palms.

Thank you again for your hospitality and helpfulness Peter and Betty,

Regards from the Allains & Whites

New Brunswick, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John & all, Delighted to read your great Review about your first visit to Sandy Palms. Many thanks & this will certainly help others who may be thinking of a holiday to Exuma. You were lovely guests & we very much enjoyed meeting you all. Best wishes & we hope we can welcome you on a future occasion. Betty & Peter
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Great location, home and value

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd time back to Exumas and 2nd on Hooper's Bay. This is the best property we have stayed in so far and a very good value for the location and accommodations. The way that the owners have it arranged is so that smaller groups do not have to pay for the entire home. The home is divided into some apartments below but we barely saw or interacted with the bottom guests. This is also the very best beach possible on the Exumas. Peter and Betty are very easy to work with. Highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great girls trip to Sandy Palms Exuma

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the 4 BR 4 BA upstairs apartment and were very comfortable. The home was clean and well cared for. It is nicer than the pictures can capture. The view is breathtaking. Everything we needed was there. This house is PERFECT for anyone looking for a relaxing beach vacation. It is situated on the best beach in Exuma. The colors of the water are amazing. Calm clear water. There are several other houses on the beach, but we mostly had the beach to ourselves. This property is centrally located but well off the road for privacy. Short drive in either direction to groceries, deli. The owner lives across the road and is extremely helpful with getting you settled in and is readily available. He has tremendous knowledge of the island and directed us to great beaches and an excursion. Truthfully, most days we were so happy with the Hooper's Bay location of this home that we saw no reason to leave the beach in front of the house. Although this home is perfect for families, we enjoyed a very special girls only trip that will be remembered for a lifetime! Thanks to Peter and Sandy Palms for making our stay fantastic! Oh, and put at least half of what you packed away. There is nowhere and no need to dress up. Shorts, tee shirts, swimsuits, sunscreen and a coverup is all you'll need. Promise!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your lovely Review is much appreciated. We are sure it will help others understand & appreciate what this beautiful island has to offer - especially as you were all ladies travelling together. Best wishes & hope that we can welcome you again sometime in the future. Betty & Peter
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an excellent month at sandy palms

  • 5 of 5

Sandy Palms housed our entire family of 9 people, three being kids. The view from our deck is gorgeous, the rooms very comfortable, good space in the house, and also good deck space where we ate every meal. The beach is perfect, and the bay we were on was perfect for the kids to swim. All the toys there were great like kayaks, and toys for the kids to play with. all in all, a perfect vacation. fenton Elmendorf and John Elmendorf. Also Peter and Betty were very attentive to our needs.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Fenton & John, Thank you so much for your very kind HomeAway Review about your second stay at Sandy Palms. We always like reading how much our guests have enjoyed themselves & your comments are also helpful for others who may wish to stay in the future. Best wishes & thanks again & we look forward to welcoming you for your third stay here in the sunshine in 2016. Betty & Peter
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DON'T Book This Property

  • 1 of 5

The property was very clean upon arrival and well maintained. Washer broke down on first usage, but was replaced with a used washer quickly. BUT, DO NOT BOOK THIS PROPERTY. Owners change terms of rental after arrival and charge your deposit. These dishonest owers should be avoided at all costs. Stay at this property at your own risk!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HOMEOWNERS BEWARE OF THIS CHEAT & LIAR !! Mr Patrick R. of Michigan booked 2 rooms for only 4 people at our Sandy Palms property in our 4 bedroomed unit. When he arrived, & found the 2 unbooked bedrooms were locked, he announced he had other members of his family who were to join him. We agreed therefore to make these extra 2 rooms available at the price shown on our HomeAway listing & to save him from paying for them immediately, we would settle the extra cost by deduction from his Security Deposit. Surprise, Surprise - after his departure, he refused to accept & pay what was due & became aggressive & threatening in his e-mails. In spite of this & in view of our long & successful experience in letting properties to many happy visitors, we felt that the honourable thing to do was to refund his Security Deposit as he authorised. HomeOwners should be aware of this person & his devious methods in booking & only paying for accommodation for less than the numbers actually staying. Betty & Peter
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  • 5 of 5

Consiglio questa casa a coppie, gruppi di amici, famiglie. E' PERFETTA. noi eravamo un gruppo di 6 persone. Abbiamo alloggiato Sandy Palm al piano superiore. Le camere sono belle e dotate ognuna di un bagno (comodità necessaria quando si è in tanti) la cucina è perfettamente attrezzata, quindi potete tranquillamente fare la spesa nei market e cucinare. La sala da pranzo è spaziosa e luminosa. ventilatori a pale ovunque e aria condizionata (non utilizzata dato il clima perfetto). Parliamo della vista: assolutamente spettacolare. Un oasi di cielo e mare si stende davanti ai vostri occhi, contornato da un giardino di palme. Il patio con vista è spazioso con due tavoli dove potete cenare o semplicemente guardare il panorama.

Posizione: avevamo l auto e quindi abbiamo girato l isola Great Exuma. Abbiamo visitato tutte le spiagge migliori. Ma alla fine devo dire che Hooper's Bay è la migliore. Sandy Palm è situata a Hooper's Bay, riparata dal vento e dalle maree. è una piscina naturale. Il posto migliore.

PETER il proprietario della casa è stato gentile al massimo. Disponibile e molto bravo. Noi non parliamo inglese e lui è stato paziente a spiegarci tutto. Disponibile per prenotarvi escursioni in barca, tour e per indicarvi le strade per accedere alle spiagge. Vi consiglia dove comprare e quali ristoranti sono migliori. insomma: Peter non solo mette a disposizione la sua villa meravigliosa, ma vi aiuta a rendere memorabile la vostra vacanza. PETER è INDISPENSABILE..

La spiaggia ha l'accesso privato.

Peter noleggia anche l'auto. A noi è servita per esplorare l'isola.

ah dimenticavo....oltre ad essere in una spiaggia da sogno (giudicherete voi coi vostri occhi) la posizione della villa è comodissima: 2minuti di macchina dal market e 5/10minuti da george town.

Peter e Betty sono stati gentili e disponibili.

Potessi allegare delle foto lo farei. Le parole non bastano.

Spero di tornare in quella casa perfetta di privacy assoluta in una spiaggia tranquilla e deserta.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elisa & tutto, Eri ospiti belle e ci sono così contento che vi siate divertiti prima vacanza in Exuma. La ringrazio molto per la vostra recensione e spero che possiamo Welocme ancora - sia per Exuma o alla nostra Casa Tramonto Stupendo a Long Island. Auguri a tutti voi da un sole e 30 * Exuma. Betty & Peter
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Georgetown Exuma ( 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

Exuma offers a wide range of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boat rental and boat trips to the Exuma Cays to see the famous swimming pigs, Thunderball Grotto etc.We can help by giving you the best information or helping to arrange any of these.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Great Exuma, Exuma

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Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Utilities £267
Refundable Damage Deposit £609

Pricing is based on double occupancy of each bedroom & is $50 per extra bedroom above 2 used per night, whether by 1 or 2 people. We can help with cribs and high chair for babies and rollaway beds for children or extra guests

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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • 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
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Also hand basin. En-suite to Bedroom #1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Also hand basin. En-suite to Bedroom #2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Also hand basin. En-suite to Bedroom #3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also Hand basin. Next to Bedroom #4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sea facing, with large, sliding glass doors for great views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sea facing with large,sliding glass doors for great views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Garden facing. Can be Triple or King as prefered.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Garden facing. Can be triple beds or king sized bed
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fan and central air conditioning. Closet + drawer storage space, bedside units, clock radio. 2 additional rollaways may be placed in any bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming

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