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Private Beachfront Estate with 2 Pools, Home Theater, on Pink Sand Beach!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 16

Under new ownership (April 2014) and extensively remodeled and expanded in May-July 2014, Kataluma features many improvements and updates including an additional bedroom suite and a new beachfront infinity pool. Set on a powdery pink-sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, Kataluma is a grand 6-bedroom, 6½-bath beachfront estate on Double Bay. This new and secluded 5000 sf home has two levels of living space. The upper floor features a vast open-plan great room with 20 feet of sliding glass doors for stunning beach and ocean views. At night, this room becomes a home theater with surround-sound, CD/DVD player, and 10’ movie screen with film library. The lower floor of Kataluma features a second family room, a recreation room with 8-foot slate pool table and flat-screen satellite TV.

Outside, luxuriate in our new oceanfront heated infinity pool, or in our backyard pool on the west side of the house. Lounge in our shady beachside tiki hut. Explore our offshore islands and reefs with our kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and snorkel gear, or explore the land on our beach bikes. Kataluma has excellent snorkeling on the beautiful coral reefs right off the beach in front of the house. Grill and enjoy your day's catch on a variety of oceanfront and poolside patios and decks.

The upper level of Kataluma has four bedroom suites (2 king and 2 queen beds). Each has its own name and design theme (Hibiscus, Gecko, Lotus, Frangipani) hand-carved on the wooden transom over the door. The doors are recessed into hallways to give private entry off the main living areas. Each bedroom has its own private bath, each with a unique design and style.

The lower level of Kataluma features a new downstairs master suite with a king bed and private bathroom. The second downstairs bedroom is a bunk room that sleeps up to 8 and has a dedicated bathroom. It is furnished with a full-on-full bunk bed and two standard-width bunk bed sets.

The lower level of Kataluma also features a second living room with a 42” flat screen TV with satellite service, and a game room with professional slate pool table with pub table, pub stools and spectator chairs for pool playing enthusiasts.

Kataluma’s gourmet kitchen will satisfy the most demanding chef. A 15-foot center island gives plenty of space for preparing your in-home meals. Or have our cook do it for you!

The stainless steel Bosch appliances include a glass cook top with downward draft ventilation, wall oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher to facilitate the needs of guests, chefs and staff.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the accoutrements needed to prepare your culinary delights including Wusthof knives, Boos board, blender, toaster, coffee grinder, coffee-maker, rice maker, crock pot, and a selection of spices and seasonings. Just outside the kitchen area is a large built-in Jenn-Aire gas cooking grill for your barbecue and grilling selections.

If you wish to dine outside, there is a convenient deck situated just outside the kitchen’s sliding glass doors, so that you can enjoy views of the west swimming pool, garden area, the sprawling coconut forest and spectacular sunsets. Adjacent to the ocean side pool, there is seating for 12 at our outdoor mahogany dining table.

Housekeeping is provided two times a week at Kataluma, Monday and Thursday. If you would like more frequent housekeeping, it can be arranged. A cook can be arranged upon request.

Some of Kataluma's Amenities:

• Two Swimming Pools

• Oceanfront Tiki Hut

• Gas Grill

• Three 2-person and Two one-person kayaks

• 3 Stand-up paddle boards

• 6 Beach bikes

• Snorkel gear (2-3 adult sets – you may want to bring your own for proper fit)

• Beach umbrellas

• Beach chairs/ chaises

• Central air conditioning


• CD/DVD Player with I-pod docking station

• Surround Sound System

• 10’ Movie Projection Screen

• DVD Player with Movie Library

• Satellite TV

• Landline telephone (please purchase calling card to make long-distance calls)

• Upstairs laundry with washer

More Details

Property Manager
Matthew Simon
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Kataluma is an absolutely gorgeous home with amazing views of the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic and it's pink sand beaches. Our family was looking for a private & relaxing vacation, and this home exceeded our expectations. We were hard pressed to leave our own little piece of paradise to explore the island, as we stayed at home most of the time. We did drive down to Rock Sound, which has better grocery selections, and even better prices, including alcohol. A rental car is a must. We drove over to the Caribbean side of the island a few times, and were not disappointed. The views & the water were breathtaking. We dined at Tippy's restaurant once, and would not return. We felt it was more of a tourist trap, the food was mediocre, and prices were high. Mate & Jenny's is just down the road, the atmosphere was more welcoming, and the pizza was delicious. We hired a chef, Manasseh, to cook for us at the house. His prices & food were above the rest, better than any restaurant we found. His conch fritters are to die for! Hiring him was the best decision we made about our meals. The island is quiet & quaint, and the islanders are very friendly. We would love to visit Eleuthera again, and we certainly would love to rent Kataluma again! Don't think we could've had a better week of relaxation, weather, and most importantly, spending time with each other making memories. Special thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful home with us & to Matt for helping us decide on a home that was perfect for our families.
Jul 2013
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Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 3 King beds, 2 Queen beds, 4 Twin beds, 2 Full beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeping is provided twice a week, Monday and Thursday. A cook can be arranged upon request. Other outdoor amenities not mentioned above: • Oceanfront Tiki Hut • Hammock, Swing, Benches �� Snorkel gear (2-3 adult sets – you may want to bring your own for proper fit) • Rafts • Beach umbrellas • Boogie boards


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Private Beachfront Estate with 2 Pools, Home Theater, on Pink Sand Beach!
average rating of 4.822222 based on 51 reviews
Willoughby, Ohio USA

Stop looking now-this is where you should stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 (including 3 kids) stayed at Kataluma house for 10 fabulous days. The house really does have everything you could need. The kitchen is well stocked, there were plenty of beach towels and beach toys, and there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and do their own thing. The landscaping is beautiful. The house is very clean. The movie screen was a big hit.

The only snag we ran into was two of the bedrooms had broken AC units. The house has the main AC that works quite well, but the bedrooms have their own units. Those bedrooms were equipped with large fans that certainly helped, but it did get warm at night in those rooms.

The beach has the softest sand I have ever experienced and we almost always had the entire beach to ourselves. It was quite windy while we were there so we weren't able to snorkel or spend a lot of time in the water, but the upside is that the bugs were nonexistent! The other plus with this home is that when it got windy oceanside, you can use the other pool which is out of the wind and quite beautiful. We also used the windy days to go and check out beaches on the Caribbean side of the island.

The location worked out really well for us. Kataluma is just 10-15 minutes from Governor's Harbour. We were also close to several beaches we enjoyed (French Leave and Ten Bay) as well as some great restaurants (Tippy's, 1648, Buccaneer Club, and Da Perk). The property management company (specifically Matthew and Tara) were invaluable-they helped us every step of the way with the planning and had great suggestions and information about grocery stores, rental cars, excursions, restaurants, etc. If I am lucky enough to make it back to Eleuthera, I would not even consider staying anywhere else. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We really appreciate it. We apologize for the AC issue. We have fixed it. It is not typically so windy. Hopefully on your next visit you can enjoy calmer weather.
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Like a private resort!

  • 5 of 5

We planned this trip for almost a year, and this property did not disappoint. The location is beautiful! The home is spacious, comfortable, well decorated, and every need of the guests was considered. Everyone we encountered was amazingly kind and helpful. This vacation felt like we had our own private resort or our own private island. Although we did venture out on a couple of the days to see other sights on the island, we easily could have spent every minute just enjoying this property. We all loved watching the tiny crabs that crawl around this property. I highly recommend this property! It very comfortably would sleep 10 adults in the 5 large bedrooms. The remaining room is a bunk bed room and great for kids. We had 3 in there and they were great. You could fit up to 8 in there, but it would be like a camp bunk situation. Use all the information you receive from these owners regarding grocery shopping, you will need all these tips, and don't forget to get up early and go get the cinnamon rolls (sticky buns) at the farm before they run out!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect retreat location

  • 5 of 5

We held a retreat for nine executives and Kataluma was the perfect setting. The house was beautiful, well appointed, and situated in a picturesque Caribbean backdrop. There was plenty of space for us to meet as a large group but at the same time, had places where we could breakout and visit in smaller groups. The location is right on the beach which allowed for contemplative walks on a virtually private beach. Because it's very private, we were able to really focus on our agenda, but could easily drive into town to blow off some steam and have some fun. We left the retreat having achieved our objective and feeling completely refreshed.

A big plus for the group was the many activities that we could engage in and never get bored - kayaking, snorkeling, swimming in the pool, fishing, and jogging to name a few.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Perfect island getaway for two large families

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Kataluma for a week with our crew that consisted of two families including four adults and six children (ages 10-19). Kataluma is very well laid out with ample space for two families and everything you need to enjoy your vacation in Eleuthera. The property management team was fantastic, very helpful and full of recommendations for dining, day trips, etc.

The house came with all the amenities you need especially in the kitchen, as well as outdoor gear including snorkeling, paddle boards, kayaks and beach towels. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out with the adults and older kids using the upstairs bedrooms and younger ones enjoying the downstairs bunkroom (plenty of room to spare!).

The house is located on the Atlantic side with plenty of private beach to enjoy as far as you care to venture up and down the beach. We essentially had the beach to ourselves with the occasional spotting of other people on the beach. That said, we probably spent most of our outdoor time at the ocean side pool where inevitably you could find several adults reading books or dozing off to the ocean breeze and waves crashing in the background.

Katlaluma was exactly what our crew was seeking after spending too many previous beach vacations at overpriced hotels with crowded pools and beaches. It was a very relaxing vacation with a good balance between hanging out at Kataluma and enjoying activities out and about on the island.

Recommendations for guests:

1. Rental Car - is a must to get around the island and see everything it has to offer.

2. Dining – 1648 (more of a resort style) and Tippy’s (probably best local) for dinner.

3. Fishing – Charter a boat in morning for ½ day at Cotton Bay to catch dorado, barracuda and shark. We spotted several whales as well. Definitely worth the drive as well as enjoying a cold beverage and lunch afterwards at Cape Eleuthra Resort and Marina.

4. Chefs – we had chefs prepare 3 dinners at the house which was well worth it.

5. Food and Wine – you can bring up to 2 bottle of wine per adult onto the island. We also checked a small cooler w/ frozen ice packs and steaks/tenderloins to grill one night. The gas grill out back is wonderful and heats up quickly.

6. Provision service – order groceries and spirits and have them delivered to the house (property management team can help arrange). The groceries were primarily for breakfast/lunch due to dining out and having chef prepared dinners.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxurious Kataluma Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Our whole family had a wonderful time at Kataluma and thought the house was gorgeous. The setting and the beauty of the ocean were amazing and much appreciated by all of us Midwesterners. The kitchen had all the utensils you would need and the house was well equipped with kayaks, floaties for the pool, bicycles and life jackets. The beach was great for shelling and wading. While we were there, the wind was quite strong, which made kayaking difficult. Our one disappointment was that the pool heater went out while we were there, but has since been replaced, so should be in good shape for future use. The children loved watching movies on the big screen every evening and enjoyed rediscovering some of the old Star Trek and adventure movies. The pool table was also a big hit and provided evening entertainment for many. We had Manasseh Cartwright come to cook for us twice. We really enjoyed the food and the lively conversation with him, Eva and Sammy.

We took a couple of trips to explore the island. We spent some time at Ten Bay Beach on the Caribbean side of the island, which was beautiful and more conducive for wading than the Atlantic side. Some in our group took a Fishbone tour and enjoyed snorkeling and even saw a couple of dolphins that the boat followed for awhile. Others drove to the lighthouse beach, which was an experience to say the least. It was gorgeous when we got there, but the road there was quite a challenge. A trip to the Ocean Hole and the Boiling Cave were fun for the children, too. We sampled some of the local restaurants, which were all enjoyable. (Tippy's, The Buccaneer, Bouganvillea, Mate and Jenny's Pizza)

It was a lovely family vacation. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful, especially all of the people involved with the rental - Matt, Anne, Martin, Violet, Eva. We thank you all for a vacation we will remember for a long time to come.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thornville, Ohio

Loved the home, very private...did not care for Eleuthera, though. House 5 stars, island 3 stars

  • 4 of 5

Kataluma is well-appointed and has everything one would need for a perfect, relaxing vacation. Comfy beds, clean, very nice bathrooms throughout. Both pools very clean and clear. Kitchen well-equipped, even with a Crock-Pot. The beach is accessible with some wooden steps that lead from the tiki hut area out back but be careful as there are no hand rails. The house has a beautiful view of the Atlantic side of Eleuthera. Be aware, though, that the Atlantic side is somewhat rough water and often high winds. The Caribbean on the other side of the island is calmer and very beautiful, and a short drive. Kataluma has a pool table, games, DVDs, Direct TV, and plenty to keep a person occupied if they want to come inside to get away from the No-see-um bugs (which show up when the wind is calm). While Kataluma is a wonderful getaway in itself, the eight of us (ranging in ages of 44 - 70) did not particularly enjoy the island. If you are looking for privacy and a remote location, however, this is for you. We found that SCUBA diving was difficult as there were not very many reputable dive shops and those that did call us back wanted to charge us extra for us bringing our own gear and not using theirs! In addition, we would highly recommend using a provision service to have your groceries and spirits delivered to the house. Rental cars on the island are shaky at best and you definitely need one to get around as nothing is within walking or bicycling distance. The owners leave bicycles, kayaks, snorkel gear, and flotation devices for guests and those are very helpful to pass the time. Again, the home itself is a dream, but beware...if you are expecting a vacation with lots of adventures and excursions, Eleuthera is probably not for you. 5 stars for the house itself, probably 3 stars for the island. If you want a wonderful dinner meal, try "1648" or "Tippys". Lots of small hole-in-the-wall establishments along the roads, perfect for a quick rum punch but not sure the food would be good. Stick to the more "reviewed" restaurants for good food and service. This house is a good hour drive from the North Eleuthera Airport, which is where most commercial flights arrive and depart so keep that in mind when looking at the location. Taxi service is either non-existent to this location or so extremely priced that you must get a rental car to get around, even to the local stores. The housekeepers, gardener, and property manager were all great people.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Rates are for the first 10 guests, add $400 for each additional guest in excess of 10. Babies/toddlers under age 4 are free.

    Note: We set the rates this way to make the house affordable to smaller groups which use less utilities and create less wear and tear.