The Tarpum Bay Residence

eleuthera, the bahamas
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(5 reviews)
Travel dates:
$354 - $389 per night (USD)
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 king
2 twin / single
1 toddler bed
1 air bed
sleeps 1
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This beautiful oceanfront home includes a private beach and hot tub along with spacious living areas and a deck with ocean views. Set on a 5-mile beach ideal for collecting shells or driftwood, it has a large deck with barbecue and dining area, and plenty of watersports items, including snorkeling gear for adults, masks for kids, 2 kayaks and a paddleboard. Life jackets are available for everyone. The sea is calm and great for children. Inside, the house is white and modern, with a spacious lounge and large bedrooms. The master bedroom has direct access to the beach via the deck. The kitchen is well set up for cooks, with all necessary appliances including a dishwasher, blender, pizza pans, homemade pasta maker and more. There is also a laundry room with washer/dryer.

Why Kids Love it

This house works well for all ages: the beach is great whether kids want to play in the sand or calm waters or go fishing. It is easy to cycle to new beaches along the shoreline. There is a kayak and paddleboard among other beach toys to enjoy. The gardens include fruit trees: children can pick fresh papaya, watermelon, local fruits, banana and mango. A crib for children up to 3 is provided, with a mosquito net; there is also a children’s pillow, a small duvet and a folding bed for children up to 12. The master bedroom has enough space to add the folding bed and crib. Puzzles and board games are provided and the lounge has a big flatscreen TV with satellite cable, DVD and some cartoons for the kids.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 4 days. Children under 3 stay free. An SUV can be rented in addition for an extra fee. The whole island is very safe and there is virtually no crime. It is ideal for those who love the beautiful sea and nature. The house is all on 1 floor, elevated from the ground to have a beautiful view. To access the front door there are steps outside; and to reach the beach at the back there are outdoor stairs - young children may need a hand. The property is set on a 5-mile beach shared with around 10 houses - it is quiet and secluded. To get around Eleuthera, rental cars, taxis, golf carts and bicycles and scooters can be hired. Included: beach toys for children, 2 kayaks, 1 paddleboard and 2 bodyboards. Two mountain bikes with baskets are available with 2 child seats. The house has WiFi, phone, fans and air conditioning in all rooms. Note that from May to September there can be mosquitoes and sand insects; the house is regularly disinfected and guests are advised to bring insect repellent creams. No vaccinations required.

About the Location

The residence is 3 miles from the village of Tarpum Bay on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and is set on a Caribbean beach. On the gentle dune slopes of this quiet beach, the house has views of the sea from every room. The village of Tarpum Bay has 2 grocery stores. The nearest airport is 10 minutes away and the nearest restaurant is 5 minutes away. There is a picturesque village 5 minutes away where you can catch fresh fish directly from local fishermen. Please consult the hosts for the best advice on reaching Eleuthera; flights run direct from Florida and Miami and from various US and Canadian locations via Nassau; there is also ferry access via other Bahamian islands.

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom house includes a large open plan living space with lounge and kitchen. Bedrooms comprise a master suite with kingsize bed, desk and armchair plus private bathroom with glass shower and Jacuzzi bath, a second bedroom with a kingsize bed, and a third with 2 twin beds which can be joined if desired. There is an additional bathroom with a shower. The 2 larger bedrooms have direct access to the deck and beach. There is a laundry room with washer-dryer. Outside space includes a small patio overlooking the garden and a large patio 30 ft from the sea, on the beach; there is also a large table with chairs, sun beds, a barbecue and a hot tub for 6 people.

Style Notes

Modern Italian living. This brand new house was designed in the Italian modern style and was designed as a compromise between comfort and elegance. The main color throughout is white, which reflects the Caribbean sunlight. The kitchen is set up for gourmet chefs and includes plenty of items to make family cooking a breeze. The sofa is very large and modern as are the rooms, and the views of the ocean from every room make a stay enchanting. We love the beachfront hot tub, the clean modern spaces and the idyllic location on a private beach with sunset views every day.

Sara R.
Member since September 26, 2016
We are an Italian family, I am psicoterapy and dance teacher and my husband is a dentist. We have twin 4 year old, male and female. . We are big travelers and we like to go all over the world, especially in places where there are few people or little explored.

5 reviews

jamie d.
Visited in May 2021
This house is a wonderful getaway. It’s not particularly close to many restaurants or other activities, but it’s an idyllic place to go if you want total privacy with the Caribbean in your backyard. Our kids had an incredible time exploring the shallow bay, kayaking and digging for crabs. Don’t miss eating at Fishbone, Surf Shack, and many other recs the wonderful hosts leave.
Matthew N.
Visited in September 2018
We stayed at La Bella Vita in the middle of September and while its technically offseason we had nothing but sunshine and empty beaches for us and the children to explore. The location is beach front on the caribbean sea side with very calm warm water, perfect for children as well as adults, kayaking and paddling boarding friendly. There are lots of board games, toys, cards and a dvd player with lots of children's tv shows in addition to the satellite stations the tv gets should you decide to stay indoors. For those with very little ones I would just caution that there are lots of items on lower shelves that are too tempting for toddlers to resist so you'll have to clear a few shelves 3 feet and shorter to be safe. We put everything up on higher counters or on top of the fridge and that worked. We rented the car and had a lot of fun exploring the island and hit up many beaches on both the sea and ocean side of the island. Everyone we met was super nice, welcoming and helpful and it really leant to a pleasant experience. The biggest advice I can give is to either bring snack food in your luggage as groceries are hard to come by and/or expensive. Otherwise we had a blast and will be back again!
Jessica F.
Visited in April 2018
We could not have been happier with our stay on Eleuthera and at La Bella Vita. Owner, Sara, is incredibly sweet and helpful with every detail down to providing suggestions on travel and even car seats for our children. The house is in a fantastic location with a gorgeous beach that feels private. In the 5 days we stayed there we saw only 3 other people crossing the beach. Perfect for kids too because it's on the side of the island with calm water so no waves, very little wind, and amazingly clear water. We used the toys, kayaks, paddle board and, of course the jacuzzi, every day. Everything you could need for the house is also provided (sheets, towels, washer/dryer, plates, utensils, etc.) and it is in immaculate condition. Best part is the book about the island that includes every piece of information you could want including recommended beaches with directions (definitely necessary), restaurants, grocery stores, and even doctors! We looked at it all day every day and based our trip around it. Such a great touch. We could go on and on about how much we loved the people, beaches, culture and life on this island. No part of us wanted to leave (our 5 year old even begged us to change our plane flights) and will most definitely be visiting again.
Sarah D.
Visited in March 2018
We stayed at La Bella Vita for a week in mid-March with our two young children (almost 4 and 16 months). The house works exceptionally well for little ones because while there are steps up to the entrance, the entire living space is on one level, so you can let them roam about a bit on their own. The house is right on the beach and it was fantastic being able to just walk down to the water. The hosts clearly love their home and want to make it as welcoming as possible to guests - there is a binder full of information about the island and they provided a ton of kids' stuff, like life jackets, a pack 'n' play, car seats in the car (if you rent theirs), lots of puzzles for all ages, and a few beach toys. A highlight for us was being able to take our kids out kayaking each day right from the beach. We loved using the grill and tried to eat outside at sunset once, but that was a mistake as the bugs do start to chomp around then. They weren't a problem at all during the day though. The hot tub was broken during our stay, but the hosts were gracious about trying to get it fixed and proactively compensated us when it couldn't be done. The house managers were also wonderful and very easily accessible, as they live immediately next door. We would recommend packing an extra charger for any necessary devices, since power outages are not uncommon on the island and on the one night that we had them, our phone charger was fried. This part of the island is pretty isolated, very quiet, and feels a lot more local than other areas. It can take a while to get to the grocery stores, etc. so we didn't travel very far away or do any adventurous off-roading with the kids. Overall, La Bella Vita was lovely and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a secluded beach trip, especially with little ones in tow.
Sarah S.
Visited in February 2018
First off, Sara was outstanding to deal with as a host. She was so responsive, so helpful, and so informative. She provided pictures when she could, and answered all of my questions so sincerely. The house is exactly as pictured, and the beach is beyond incredible, especially for our 20 month son. He could walk out so far and we had so much fun in the water. The beds were comfortable, there was a fold up pack and play for my son to sleep in. The kitchen was great, however for some reason lacking in kitchen knives. There were beach toys to play with, though the salt water from the sea had damaged quite a few. The information book left by the hosts is so thorough that you would be so well prepared to explore the island. My parents did some day trips, and enjoyed themselves, though my husband and I chose just to play on the beach with my son. Would just echo Sara’s warning of sand flies. Stay out of any of the debris on the sand, shake out the towels, and I would then wash them immediately Dailey as well to make sure you don’t bring the flies in the house. Also my son’s sunscreen was zinc and he got almost no bites so I would really suggest wearing one like that! The flies can’t be seen and on our last day we had quite a few itchy bites. But the beach is so amazing you will want to go, just prepare! It felt like paradise.

Eleuthera, The Bahamas

A slice of heaven on earth

Around 50 miles east of Nassau, Eleuthera is a slice of heaven on earth, a narrow relatively undeveloped Bahamian island with white and pink sand beaches and ancient coral reefs where fishing, boat trips and snorkeling are the order of the day. Discover quiet beaches, local fruit fresh from the tree and turtles swimming in the clear blue ocean.