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Affordable Luxury on Tar Bay - Inquire About May to August Specials!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beachfront House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 10)

Belle Mer Cottage is located on the most beautiful beach on Great Exuma Island. It sits along 2 miles of white sandy beach with views of the protected barrier islands and sailboats gliding into Elizabeth Harbour in Georgetown. Belle Mer is the perfect home to host a romantic retreat or a special family reunion.

Enjoy the gracious open living space with views of the turquoise crystal clear water from every room. The main house with 2500 square feet of living space has large tile floors in all the rooms. It has three master bedrooms with en-suite marble tile double sink bathrooms and each bedroom has flat screen TV's. There is a fourth suite over the garage with two trundle beds, sleeping an additional 4 people. The home has comfortable soft seating and colorful local art.

The two ground floor master bedrooms, with cove wood ceilings and recessed lighting with dimmers, have king size beds with Tempur-Pedic mattress toppers and large sliding doors with screens that open onto the veranda with breathtaking views of the beach. Each bathroom has a large shower and separate toilet room. The upstairs master bedroom is tastefully decorated with a king size bed and child size daybed. It has a large marble tile bathroom with a tub/shower. The fourth bedroom is above the detached double garage, steps from the front door. It has its own bathroom with shower, 2 twin size trundle beds for sleeping up to 4, a flat screen TV and VCR. It is the perfect getaway for kids or a couple of adults who are young-at heart! The house has ceiling fans in every room and central air-conditioning when the island breezes are not cool enough. Please note that although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we permit up to eight adults and two children. The additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage).

The large modern kitchen features new slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with two full size refrigerator/freezers, wine cooler, microwave, dishwasher and new glass cooktop/oven. It is fully equipped for you to prepare and enjoy a snack or a gourmet dinner. A full size washer and dryer are within easy reach off the kitchen. The great room features soaring 20 foot ceilings and a large double paddle fan. The entertainment console has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. For old fashion fun we have plenty of board games, puzzles, playing cards, and books to read. Bring additional Wii games or Blu-Ray/DVDs to have even more fun in the evening. The large round wood dining table seats 8 or sit on the bar stools around the kitchen island to enjoy your home cooked meals. We can also refer you to a local Bahamian chef who will prepare a great Bahamian meal right in Belle Mer's kitchen. Although we have never experienced crime on the island, there is a safe provided for peace of mind.

Belle Mer features an outstanding outdoor living space with 700 square feet of wrap around veranda next to the beach. An outdoor gas grill and large dining table are great for entertaining. It is the perfect place to watch the billions of stars in the evening sky, listen to the lapping waves on the beach and watch the moon's rising reflection on Belle Mer (beautiful sea).

This beautiful vacation homes offers all the amenities needed for a truly memorable experience. If not relaxing or strolling on the white sandy beach Belle Mer is also equipped with snorkel gear, 2 double sit-on-top sea kayaks, 2 sets of golf clubs, rafts for floating, and children's water toys. All of these are complimentary during your stay. After enjoying the ocean we even have an outside shower next to the veranda. Also consider renting a Boston Whaler in Georgetown to explore Elizabeth harbor, hire a Bonefish guide, take a water taxi to Stocking Island or charter a boat and captain to visit other surrounding Cays. The home is cleaned to spotless before arrival. Guests staying 10 nights or longer receive a complimentary mid-stay cleaning.

The new Sandals Resort (formerly Four Seasons), Greg Norman golf course and Marina can be reached in approximately 20 minutes by taxi or car. A number of grocery stores in Georgetown about 10 minutes away stock all the items you will need for your vacation, but also try the wonderful local restaurants. Our welcome sheet has our favorite restaurants, guides and places to visit for a fun filled vacation. Enjoy!!!

Keywords: House, on the beach

More Details

Property Manager
Samantha Monson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Samantha Monson

The Applebys and Monsons have been best of friends for over 35 years in Vail, Colorado. Our children, who are now adults, grew up together. We now have a great home on the most beautiful beach in the world - a place to enjoy family get togethers completely different from the Rocky Mountains.

Samantha Monson purchased this house in 2008

Why Samantha Monson chose Bahamas

The first time we came to Exuma was in 1995 to invest in a resort with a golf course, marina, hotel, and homesites. The developer went belly-up, however, another developer came in and built the Four Seasons Resort and Greg Norman golf course on this property. We fell in love with the Island and its people. So in 2000 we were able to purchase our lot on Tar Bay, which is the longest sandy beach in Exuma some 2 miles of white sand and aqua crystal clear water. The beach is protected from the Exuma Sound and the Atlantic Ocean by barrier reefs and barrier Cays.

We hired a Nassau architectural firm and drew up three different plans over a 4 year period. Finally, we came up with the perfect plan and built our beautiful beach house taking two years of construction. Building on the island was very arduous and time consuming since everything must be shipped via a container boat from Miami. We also had to deal with customs agents and island natives as builders. All in all it was worth it since we love 'Belle Mer Cottage.' Many of our international neighbors on Exuma consider our home the most beautiful on Tar Bay.

What makes this house unique

The beach house has two identical master suites for the two owners. We also have a third master suite upstairs and an overflow bedroom above the garage. Each suite has a flat screen TV and king bed with wonderful bedding. The great room has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. The kitchen is all stainless steel appliances with dishwasher, double refrigerators/freezers, beverage center, oven range, microwave and all small appliances (e.g., coffee maker). We love to cook and grill at the house since we have what we consider the best view on the island.

Our veranda has large comfortable soft seating with the beautiful white sand and lapping aqua water within 40 feet from the steps. The outside shower is a real treat after spending time in the ocean.

Belle Mer Cottage is only 3 miles from Georgetown International Airport, 4 miles from GeorgeTown with great local restaurants and island bars, and 5 miles from the Sandals Resort with a golf course and casino.

Belle Mer is paradise on the friendliest Island in the Bahamas. Come join us and leave your worries at home. Welcome to Great Exuma!

Your Hosts,

The Applebys and Monsons

Guestbook comments from the manager

Happy New Year!! What a fabulous way to begin! Great friends,wonderful house- most amazing views. Totally turned off from "reality". Thanks for sharing this beautiful home with us! We loved the kitchen, porch and of course the Wii. Wonderful week in Paradise.
Dec 2010
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Exuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • We have an outdoor shower coming up from the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , two twin trundle beds--sleeps four total (great for kids!)
  • There are also two pack-n-play cribs available for use in any of the rooms. Although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we allow a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children. There is not sufficient space for 10 adults, as four children could be comfortable in the room over the garage but four adults would likely find it too crowded. Additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A safe is provided for peace-of-mind in securing valuables, and we always recommend keeping the home's doors locked. The island is very peaceful, and we want to do our part to continue to prevent crime. Stays 10 nights or longer include a complimentary mid-stay cleaning. The owners conduct meticulous maintenance on Belle Mer Cottage twice annually. For example, new in 2016 are slab granite countertops in the kitchen, a glass-top stove/oven, and fresh linens.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Affordable Luxury on Tar Bay - Inquire About May to August Specials!
average rating of 4.931818 based on 61 reviews

Beautiful Belle Mer

  • 5 of 5

Belle Mer Cottage is located on the most beautiful White sand beach with sparkling turquoise water. Six of us stayed for a week. The home is extremely comfortable and the location couldn't be better. Well supplied kitchen, loved the double refrigerators!

Sam was great and always responded to my questions. Norm, the property manager was very helpful with a battery issue on the safe, and he was a pleasure to converse with.

Belle Mer Cottage and the beach it's located on is just spectacular. We would definitely recommend vacationing at Belle Mer!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than the photographs!

  • 5 of 5

Belle Mer is beautiful and well-stocked for any of your needs. Eight of us (ranging in age from 49 to10 years old-4 adults, 4 kids) stayed there for a week in early April. Just beautiful. There's nothing like relaxing on the porch staring at the amazing view. Sam Monson, before the trip, was extremely responsive to my emails and any questions I had. Norm, the property manager once on island, was also extremely responsive to a couple small issues. The house even has extra batteries for remotes and flashlights in case of power outages (which we didn't experience). It was very windy during our stay so not ideal weather for taking advantage of the kayaks but we still had fun! Stocking Island is a must see and, we did do a day pass at Gran Isle Resort where the water was calm and the pool was amazing. I would also completely recommend Tina Hertz, Norm's wife, cooking you a meal. We had dinner the night we were gone all day on a boat tour and it was one of the best meals we had all week. I would also recommend Palapas (at the Gran Isle), Catch a Fire and Splash (great for the kids) . Enjoy your stay here, it's a beautiful home and a beautiful place. Thanks Sam, Norm and Tina!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptionally located and well maintained rental with breathtaking beach.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to Exuma and we will definitely be returning to Belle Mer Cottage. What an amazing beachfront home with all of the amenities you desire in a vacation rental. The owners have put some real thought into the floor plan, sun exposure, kitchen amenities, outdoor seating and general creature comforts. Overall there is virtually nothing I would change about the place - well done Belle Mer Cottage! See you next year!

Jason Heidi and Oliver - Hamilton Ontario

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ponte Vedea Beach

A Very Pretty Property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Belle Mer! I have already recommended it to our friends! It is on a beautiful beach which had only a couple of people on it everyday. The property is very well appointed and we had everything we needed and more! We had Tina provision it with some basic food items for when we arrived which made things easier for us. (If you arrive on Saturday the grocery stores close very early and sometimes before the actual closing time! Nothing is opened on Sunday, so you really need to have some basics waiting for you.) The kids had kayaks to paddle around on and were able to go to the islands across the bay easily. Everything was very well cared for and beautifully decorated. We did have to rent a car, since the taxis were pricey and there were 7 of us. However, the villa is centrally located so it was easy to get around and only 15 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes into town. We also rented a boat from Minn's Water Sports for the day, and that was probably the best day we had! There is a very good butcher shop down the road where we got meat to BBQ, and a grocery and liquor store not too far from that. We ate most of our meals at the house because the restaurants were not great and the kitchen is so well set up that it easy to prepare meals.

There are three 'master suites' with king sized beds which is perfect for three couples or a family with other older family members. The loft above the garage is great for kids, and can sleep 4 people. It also has its own bathroom. The bedroom upstairs in the main villa has a crib so if you are traveling with a baby you don't need to bring a bed.

I would definitely stay at Belle Mer again, however, I will go when it is a little warmer. The water was quite cold still and it was very windy, otherwise a perfect holiday!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royal Oak, MI


  • 5 of 5

Great location - super home with everything you need!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Belle Mer. The home is beautiful, prettiest one on this stretch of Tar Bay. Kitchen was well stocked and ready to go for us to cook in every night. They installed a new grill while we were there. Toys for the beach included snorkeling gear, kayaks and floats. the owners had lots of recommendations for local restaurants, grocery and liquor stores and shopping. Very easy beach walking and the sand was nice and cool. The water is about twenty five steps from the deck of the house and is so blue and beautiful it is hard to describe. Bring bug spray for the "no see 'ems" at dusk.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Georgetown (GGT)

We provide a welcome packet upon booking with insider tips for the home and island.


Rates & Availability

Exuma House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Holiday Weeks 2017/2018
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Holiday Weeks 2018/2019
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $225

We require 1/2 of the rental rate at the time of booking. The other 1/2 of the rental rate + $500 damage deposit is due 90 days prior. Our preferred method of payment is echeck through the VRBO system. If you are unable to pay by echeck, we can discuss alternative payment options. All quoted rates and payments are in United States dollars. We have a minimum stay of 7 nights. We allow a maximum of 10 guests per renting group. Specifically, we allow up to 8 adults and 2 children, as there is not enough private accommodation for 10 adults.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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