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Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful 1BR + loft Round house on very private beautiful beach

Casuarina Bay is an exceptionally beautiful, secluded hideaway on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas. Just two lovely properties share this very private protected bay on the Atlantic, skirted by miles of pink sand beaches.

Easily accessible, Casuarina Bay is just one hour by air from Fort Lauderdale, and only seven miles from Governors Harbour airport. It is located 1.5 miles northeast of the quaint village of Governors Harbour, one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas.

The house has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, amidst a picturesque grove of coconut palms, colorful hibiscus, fragrant frangipani flowers, sea grape, passion fruit, papaya and Casuarina trees.

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.

More information and many more photos are available on our website. The link is located at the bottom of this page.

The adventurous traveler can explore nearby islands and virgin coral reefs, swim with dolphins or exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing. Other sports available on the island include tennis, and surfing.

This beachfront vacation cottage is built of cedar in an open hexagonal design, with a high ceiling and a sleeping loft, ideal for children. Eight arching windows provide magnificent views, and open onto a wrap-around deck with ocean views. There's a split level A/C unit. On the beach we have a thatched cabana with comfortable lounge chairs.

Perfect for a honeymooning couple or a small family, this rustic Round House is charmingly and comfortably furnished, and has been described as 'the hidden treasure of Eleuthera'.

This is the perfect place for the adventurous traveler and for those who enjoy taking in the exquisite beauty of this magical island.

This 110 mile long island offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The quaint island of Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, a cinema, hotel, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals.

Spend days walking or lazing on secluded pinks and beaches or exploring the coast with our ocean kayaks.

Snorkel for hours right in front of the house on the pristine coral reefs. Catch your own lobster and feast on them while watching the full moon rise out of the ocean. Awake to the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the coconut trees.

More Details

Property Manager
Taja McKinney Zisler
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Taja McKinney Zisler

The McKinney family has lived in The Bahamas for generations. When she was seventeen, 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 on a 14 acre sea to sea estate running the entire width of the island.

Why Taja McKinney Zisler chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

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)- Taja was born right in the Round house before the midwife even found her way out to Casuarina Bay. 

What makes this house unique

The location of the Round House is second to none. You enjoy ocean breezes throughout the house and the private thatched cabana offers stunning views to the beautiful beach.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This place is exactly what you are looking for if you want almost total isolation on an island in the Bahamas. The beaches were literally our own, with the exception of one day (out of 7) where we shared a beach with two other poeple. You can walk for miles along the beaches in front of this house and see nobody along the way. The house itself is perfect. Not anything fancy, just the basics with a full kitchen, comfortable bed, full bath. It's small and cute - but you shouldn't plan to spend much time there given what is about 20 yards from your front door!! A couple of tips if you stay here:

- Go to Twin Coves Beach (about a 10 minute walk to the north along the shore) BEST beach around!

- Go to Island Farm Produce to find fresh fruits and vegetables (kinda hard to find good fruits and vegetables we found out until we discovered this place!)

The owner of the house was staying next door in the adjacent home during our trip (we absolutely love her and you'd be lucky to meet her, too). The homes face away from one another but they are indeed close. No big deal really. You simply cannot escape the feel of being on a deserted island while here! We are most definitely coming back to the Round House once we have our little one.
Jan 2011
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Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , freshwater beach shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Other - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , sleeping loft
  • There is 1 queen bed plus a sleeping loft with sky light which is ideal for up to 3 children.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We do have a rental car which we book with the house- please email to inquire and we can have the car waiting for you at the airport. New yoga deck recently completed on the property.


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average rating of 4.6545453 based on 76 reviews

Fun family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVE the round house! We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 12, 14, 17) and have stayed here two years in a row. There's plenty of room and Doon and Taja go out of their way to make sure we have what we need. We love hearing the waves crash while we sleep with the beach only about 20 steps away. We hardly ever saw another car pass by the house or person on the beach. We love to walk to French Leave or Twin Coves. Two beautiful beaches just a short walk away with barely any people! The rental car was perfect for exploring the island and going out to dinner.

If you're the kind of person who likes resorts, pools, waitstaff and pristine conditions this is not the place for you. But if you enjoy fresh coconut in your backyard, a beach to yourself, and an overall feeling of peace, then the round house is your place.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beach Cabin Lacking Privacy

  • 2 of 5

Summary... If Eleuthera is your destination, avoid the Round House at the listed rates. It’s certainly not the worst place you will stay, but the property write-up and reviews are disconnected from reality. WERE the description accurate concerning the total lack of privacy and rustic condition of the property, AND the rate half the current rate (including the rental car), then my review would be 4 stars. But at the current rate and with another, larger house mere steps away, the Round House can only muster a two-star review.

The Round House is a medium-sized beach cabin on the Atlantic side of Eleuthera. While it is unique, it is not luxurious or elegant in any way. It is rustic, right down to the old fixtures, low water pressure and scratched furniture. It reminded me of older ski cabins I've rented in the Adirondacks - minus the beach.

If, however, you are seeking even the slightest privacy and/or seclusion, the Round House is a terrible choice. A very large, neighboring house is only 20 feet away. Anyone on the second-floor deck or looking out the north facing bedroom window of this house can look DIRECTLY INSIDE the Round House - including an unobstructed view of your bed through a semicircular window. This window has no covering. So, while you and you partner are on the bed, you are putting on a show for any neighbor interested in watching.

There is also no privacy inside of the Round House. The sole interior door only closes off the kitchen from one side of the bathroom (thankfully), but there is no door closing off the bathroom from the other side of the house. This means there is NO TOILET DOOR. That’s right, folks, when on the toilet, there is no door (think summer camp). Same with the shower. While this may be manageable for a close couple, it would be awful for families.

The beachfront cabana (75 feet away and across the road) is a great spot to sit, read, snooze, imbibe or do almost anything else as the ocean waves roll in. Regrettably, it is only a few feet from the public road and clearly visible to anyone driving or walking by, which happened many times every day. So, if you are thinking about being “romantic” in your beachfront cabana, think again. In many previous reviews, the cabana has been described as private. What they mean is that the cabana is for your “private use”. It is definitely not private in the sense of being secluded or out-of-sight.

Were it allowed, I would have attached photo evidence of everything.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are devastated to receive a review that is anything less than excellent for our property and deeply regret that these guests did not love the property as much as they expected- we regret that they did not look at all the photos of the house prior to booking it. We will continue to make improvements and upgrades and we encourage potential guests to read the 45+ excellent reviews of the Round House. The Round House is not for everyone, it is rustic and unique and has an open floor plan which was clearly not a good fit for these guests. Most guests find it very charming and secluded and never see another person during their stay. Please consider staying elsewhere if you looking for a cookie cutter condo experience or if you are panicked about the possibility of anyone seeing you (even though there is no one around- save for the 2-3 car per DAY that may drive by on the single track sandy beach road). The cabana has trees and shrubs on 3 sides and opens to the beach and ocean to the east. A new row of shrubs was planted this year and will grow in to make the area completely blocked off to the west in a few months. If someone was walking along the beach they would be able to see into the cabana. We get perhaps 2 people per week walking the beach. There are 11 foot arches on all sides of the house to see the ocean and let in the breezes but all the sliding doors have curtains for privacy. To say that the house is not private is very misleading indeed- perhaps the curtains weren't utilized? Please note that they are not black out curtains. The house does have a very open design however and you can lie in the bed and look out towards the sea and garden but you won't see any people. You can see the bed from the living room and the living room from the dining area etc. We have a 14 acre estate and there are no other buildings visible except for a house next door, lived in (90% of the time) by the owner, a single woman who keeps to herself. No one next door is spying into the Round House bedroom from some upstairs window- to think otherwise could be seen as paranoia. The toilet area of the Round House bathroom is around a corner and behind a wall. You can only see the toilet if you are inside the bathroom. There is not a separate door enclosing just the toilet area. For photos and videos please visit our website and facebook pages and please feel free to contact me for any clarifications that will help you decide if the house is right for you or not. Thank you.
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Cozy beach cottage- the perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We lived our stay in the round house! We stayed for 6 days with our three young children. The loft area was perfect for them to sleep and play. Literally steps from a steps from a secluded private beach and a short walk to the pink sands of French Leave beach. Outdoor shower was great for cleaning off after the beach. Property owner Doon was kind and helpful, checking in periodically and making sure we had everything we needed. It was truly the most memorable family vacation !

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to escape your everyday hectic lives. The breathtaking scenery and the nature that surrounds you by the beach, leaves you at peace. As newlyweds on our honeymoon, my husband and I enjoyed everyday minute of our stay. The food is also amazing! Shout out to Abdul @ 1648 for the great hospitality! We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Taja was a very gracious host. Unfortunately the house is in need of some maintenance.

  • 2 of 5

House keeping issues. A/C needs maintenance ..doesnt work well (I had to clean the filters) floor fan doesn't work and needs to be cleaned. The grill isn't really.

The TV didn't work ....most significantly the wifi worked only 10% of the time.

It's an older building and while I understand 3rd world issues....the rates were high 1st world. And maintenance should not be a 3rd world issue. It's a matter of attention to detail.

All in all... I left before my rental was up.

Again....Taja is very nice and accommodating and this review is intended to encourage upgrading the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for your constructive critique. We have addressed all of your concerns and made significant upgrades. We now have a completely new Internet system- no longer using Ethernet connection but rather have a new mobile Internet system. There is a new mobile phone in the house that can be used to make free local or calls to the US and can also be used for data. This phone also works as a hotspot for guests to connect any devices they wish. This phone can be taken anywhere on Eleuthera to provide connectivity anywhere on the island, at the beach or in the cabana. We have made the following improvements- new high efficiency ceiling fans throughout the house, maintenance schedule increased for cleaning A/C. We are planning an upgrade to the BBQ as well as the TV. Just purchased new items for the kitchen, linens etc. Thank you again for your feedback.
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Serene, Private Paradise with Shooting Stars

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have never taken a trip that was just the two of us, we are always visiting loved ones when we take a trip, as many can relate to. We decided on the Bahamas because neither of us had ever been. After a bad experience in Nassau, I contacted Taja. Lucky for us, theRound House on Eleuthera was available for 3 nights and a guest room in the main house was open for the 4th, which is all we needed. Getting off the plane and driving to the round house, the negative energy and stress we both had been saturated in evaporated off of us in the warm sun and fresh air. Eleuthera is a far less populated Island, the local Bahamians are warm and generous, it is quaint and charming and more our speed. The rental comes with a rental car if you want, that is just waiting there at the airport for when you land. Doon and Taja really think about everything, how to make things convenient and clear. Taking the dirt road to the roundhouse felt like such an adventure. When we pulled up, we could not help but have a grin from ear to ear, I may have squealed and did a ridiculous happy dance when we got out of the car, maybe. For those looking for privacy, charm, and enjoys the discovery of countless little magical details that make this unique Round House so special, this is the place for you. It was clear this place was made with love for the serene surroundings and breathtaking beaches. There are thoughtful and creative details at every turn, obviously as an ode to the land and lifestyle that Doon (Taja’s Mother and resident badass goddess) wanted to cultivate.

When we walked to the Cabana and saw the turquoise water, pink sand, hands down one of the most beautiful sights my husband and I have ever seen, pure gratitude. The Round House comes with everything you need, a private cabana, paddle boards, kayaks, two showers, one on the inside and one on the outside. There is a BBQ and Yoga deck. Sleeping on that comfy bed with the sounds of the ocean was perfect. What has not thought of to make it more perfect? With our Rum cocktails in hand, we would spent hours each night in the cabana looking up a million stars. We saw at least 15 shooting stars every night and made many many wishes. One, is that we will hold this special place, the memories, the connection we shared with Doon and the land she calls home, hold it in our hearts forever. The other, is that we will find our way back someday.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such an exquisite review. We couldn't be happier that you fell in love with Eleuthera and our Round House and hope you can make it back again soon.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Governors Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bacchus Fine Foods
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cotton Bay club
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: recommended

Eleuthera- a 110 mile long island, offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The island Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, library with internet, a cinema, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals. We have 2 sit- on-top ocean kayaks at the house for you to you explore the coast and even snorkel from. 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. Other sports available on the island include golf, tennis and surfing.

Other Activities: excellent swimming, snorkeling and kayaking right off the beach in front of the house


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100

$100 charge for each guests in excess of 2 guests. Children 6 and under are free.
$75 one time pet fee.
Cleaning fee $100.
Security deposit: $300
Car rental available at $495 per week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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