This is the perfect villa if you want to experience the most amazing views anywhere and the most beautiful water at your door step! Our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 12 had the best vacation of our lives. We also had family in Villa #2, perfect set up for 2 families travelling together. The villa is more spacious than it looks in the pictures and has all the comforts of home. The air-conditioning worked perfectly, the wifi was great and the cable has all the channels of home, not that we watched much tv except the Stanley Cup finals! The inside is great but the outside is just unbelievable, the view from the spacious patio is something out of a magazine. The view is different throughout the day as the tide comes in and out. We loved having the convenience of the kayaks which we used almost everyday to explore the sand bars and nearby islands. We also rented 2 paddle boards from Dive Exuma which they delivered and picked up with no issue. Having Charlie's boat available was also very convenient, we rented the boat for 2 days to go to Stocking Island, Chat and Chill and Lumina Point for lunch. The boat is easy to use, just be careful on low tide, you may have to get out and push a little! Charlie is very easy to work with and available to answer any questions, his house is next door but there is total privacy at the villas.
Our favourite restaurants were Rusty Anchor at February Point (best burger I have ever tasted!) only 10 minutes from the Villa, they also had excellent steak, house club salad is excellent, best cheesecake I've ever had and they have a kids menu. Also loved Palapa at Grand Isle Resort, Shirleys at the Fish Fry, and Splash. We did the full day excursion with Sugar, excellent day, favourite part was thunderball grotto.
One recommendation is to check which day of the week the boats come in for food supplies and go to the grocery store that day or shortly after, we didn't realize and items like fruit and milk were getting pretty low when we did go pick up groceries. We did have Charlie stock some items for us when we arrived which was excellent.
The entire island and the waters surrounding it are just breathtaking, the people are so friendly, everyone is happy to be in paradise. We travelled from one end to the other but the view and water at Charlies could not be beat! We will definitely be return guests!!!
This was our second visit to Bay View Villas & loved it as much as the first time, if that is possible. The house is simply furnished but very clean & equipped with everything you will need. With that being said, you will not want to spend any time inside, because the view outside is unlike anything most people will ever see in their lifetime. Every time we would come home from a day of adventures, that view coming down the drive on the top of the hill will take your breath away! We loved sitting out by the water & watching all the marine life go by. We saw Sherman, the sea turtle, nurse sharks, huge sting rays, Barracuda, tropical fish, & other fish that I wasn't sure what they were. We went to different beaches every day. Make sure to go to CocoPlum beach at low tide, beautiful sand bar to the right & you can walk out forever. Jolly Hall & Tropic of Cancer are also beautiful. We are already planning our next trip to come back & stay at Charlie's place again. We have fallen in love with this little island & the people who call it home. Donna & Steve
We stayed at Bay View Villa #1 April 11 -April 19 2017, we stayed at Bay view villa #2 just my husband and I, the same time last year and loved it so much that we decided to bring our 3 teenage children with us. I wondered if we would like it as much as the first time, and sure enough it was a perfect vacation,-Bay view villa is truly a Slice of Paradise, exactly the perfect vacation spot for us, so beautiful, quiet and relaxing. I could "copy & paste" my review from last year. The property is very clean and the kitchen fully equipped. The apartment is bright & spacious. The view indescribable beautiful. The water in front of the property is like a natural pool. It is really great that Charlie has a car available for each apartment and we only have to pay for the days we use it. We enjoyed the kayaks available and explored the near by cays, there is also a boat available for rent. Charlie is a wonderful host and always concerned about the happiness and well being of his guests, he is very busy improving his property, but never too busy to chat and answer questions. One day we went fishing with him, he is a great fisherman/guide we all had lots of fun, even though we had more wind than we liked. We caught 40 fish in no time. After we got home Charlie came with "appetizers" and prepared some of the fish for us which were delicious. I think we found our "Happy Place" and are already checking dates when we will take the next trip to Exuma to Bay View Villa!
Charlie's villa has the most amazing location on the Exuma Island. The beach there is so different from the rest of the others: the water is shallow and walkable. The whole bay water is crystal clear. During the afternoon, it looks almost like Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flat, absolutely amazing. Overall it's great place to stay, to enjoy the beach, and to kayak. We will definitely come back again!