Casuarina Bay Beach facing east to the sun and moonrise
YOUR PRIVATE GETAWAY
near beautiful Governors Harbour, Bahamas.
Just two lovely houses (the "Round House" and "Beachfront house") share a very private beach on the Atlantic, skirted by miles of stunning pink sand beaches.
Our hand-crafted wooden houses afford spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from every room, amidst a picturesque grove of coconut palms, colorful hibiscus, fragrant frangipani flowers, sea grape and Casuarina trees.
The Round House is a hexagonal house with 11-foot arches in every direction and a 360-degree deck. This house sleeps 2 (plus has a loft for up to 3 children).
The Beachfront house is a 3 story 4 bedroom house with decks on 3 sides and spectacular views to the ocean and westward to the incredible Caribbean sunsets. This house sleeps 8. The Sunset Apartment (located on the ground level of the Beachfront house) sleeps 2 adults and 1 child.
"The Round House is the perfect romantic getaway - simple elegance, eco-friendly, and from practically anywhere in the house you have spectacular views and fresh ocean breezes. ."
"This place is loaded with soul and charm. It is the opposite of a pre-fab condo environment. This is the real thing, built with creativity and love and reflects the owners artistic and joyful personality."
Bruce and Jeri B.
A stretch of paradise
"The soft pink coral sand beach... the vibrant blues of the ocean...the symphony the ocean breezes plays as it rushes through the trees...the excitement of exploring the beaches for the "treasures" the surf" has delivered for us overnight...the sense of "coming home" as we amble back to our Round House for thick tropical smoothies to refresh us after a full day of doing nothing but enjoying all the moments of the day"
Sonja and Derek
Ocean-lovers will find some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming in the world. Underwater visibility is up to 100 feet, with water temperatures ranging between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The adventurous traveler can enjoy nearby islands and virgin coral reefs teeming with exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing.
Easily accessible, Casuarina Bay is just 1 hour by air from Fort Lauderdale or Miami and 15 minutes from Nassau.
Our 14 acre sea to sea estate is located 1.5 miles northeast of the charming village of Governors Harbour, one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas.
The beach road along Casaurina Bay
The McKinney family has lived in The Bahamas for generations. At 17 Doon was teaching school in a remote village in Botswana. She fell in love with the idea of living in a Round House. When she returned to The Bahamas she decided to move from Nassau to the remote and untouched island of Eleuthera and build her own round house. Everyone was a bit skeptical of this young woman clearing the land by herself and building a house with no electricity, running water, car or a telephone.
Camping out every night on the site helped her develop an intense connection with the land and gave her the opportunity to build a house that was perfect for the location. She decided to build 11-foot arches on all five sides of the house to allow the ocean breeze to sweep into the house. She nestled the house among coconut trees and Casuarina trees where you can hear the sound of the wind in the trees and the waves on the beach. She surrounded the house with a garden full of beautiful hibiscus, oleander, seagrape, coconuts and, other native flowers and trees.
It was a challenge for a woman with limited carpentry skills to clear the land and almost single-handedly build a house- having never built so much as a box. Doon persevered and used creativity to overcome many of the obstacles she encountered. While still working on the building of the house Doon married and had 2 daughters (Casuarina and Taja)- the youngest was born right in the Round House before the midwife even found her way out to the house.