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Sapodilly 1A at Buttonwood Reserve, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

Sapodilly (Unit 1A on the lower level) includes a full-surround two-ocean view, facing west over the Caribbean for the sunset and east to the Atlantic for the sunrise. Enjoy stunning ocean views from every room through eight-foot glass sliders and six-foot bay windows. The expansive private decks also feature spectacular sea views in every direction.

Buttonwood Reserve has access to two beaches. On the Atlantic side is a world-class, 3-mile-long pink-sand beach, pristine without a single house. It is accessed via our private, golf-carts only driveway. The condominium comes with a golf cart. On the Caribbean side of our property, almost in your front yard, is a second beach. This beach is small and rather rocky, so not so aesthetic, but the water is as calm as a lake and this shore is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing.

Our resort-style pool is just steps from your condominium. This beautiful landscaped pool is heated for comfortable swimming year round.

The professionally decorated interior of this vacation rental is elegantly furnished, modern, warm and comfortable. The east end of the great room features a modern, open-plan, luxurious kitchen finished in stainless steel and black granite. The kitchen, dining area, and living room have magnificent ocean views in every direction, with water sparkling as far as the eye can see.

The master bedroom is features a large upholstered window seat with magnificent panoramic views of the Caribbean, a perfect spot to relax with a book or morning coffee, or watch the sunset over the sea. The master is furnished with a king bed and equipped with an en-suite full bath. The master has a private door leading to the deck over the Caribbean.

The guest bedroom also features a large window seat with a spectacular view, this one overlooking the Atlantic. The bedroom has a full en-suite bath (which can be accessed from the hall as well). It is furnished with twin beds that can be converted into a king.

Buttonwood Reserve comes with kayaks and a paddle board for use on the sea or in our pond. Bicycles are also provided for riding around the property or to town, less than a mile away. Our groundskeeper, Patrick, is an expert fisherman and will take you out fishing in his boat for a half day or full day (extra charges apply.) Grill your catch fresh on our infrared outdoor grill.

Buttonwood Reserve is an easy 15-minute drive from Governor’s Harbour, the main town on the island. Governor’s Harbour has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor.

Just a mile from Buttonwood Reserve is the village of James Cistern, which has two grocery stores, a town dock where the fisherman bring their catch every day, a produce stand, and three small local restaurants, Kel-D’s, Lee’s Café, and the new Leorose Sunset Beach Bar and Grill. James Cistern is also the home of Stubb’s famous barbecue, now called Tamarind Tree Grill, every Friday and Saturday, which is not to be missed.

Other restaurants in the area include Pascal’s at boutique luxury resort Sky Beach Club, Tippy’s (international and fusion), 1648 Bar & Grille at French Leave (fine dining for lunch and dinner), The Rainbow Inn (steaks and Monday night brick oven pizza night) and Da Perk Café (café and sandwich shop).

Eleuthera is most famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is safe and friendly. The snorkeling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks and bikes. There is excellent sightseeing, as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore.

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Property Manager
Kristin Tornow and Matthew Simon
Speaks english
Manager indicates their response time is
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

My wife and I just returned from our first visit to Eleuthera. We stayed for a week at Buttonwood Reserve. Our second floor condo was modern, well-appointed and provided a fantastic view of the both the Atlantic Ocean and the calm, beautiful waters of the Caribbean. The property was clean and well-maintained, and the property managers, Tia and Liam, were very responsive to our questions about the island. The owner, Matthew Simon, is also a great resource when you are planning your trip. You can tell he is truly passionate about all the island has to offer.

I would highly recommend Buttonwood Reserve and the Island of Eleuthera for anyone looking to relax in a beautiful and undeveloped area. We enjoyed exploring the island and visited a new beach everyday. More often than not we were the ONLY people on the beach. If you are the adventurous type and want to see all that the island has to offer, plan to rent a jeep to get around. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is almost a requirement to get to Lighthouse Beach, which is a must see. We rented from Kean Stubbs who was easy to deal with and very helpful in recommending things to see and do on the island. It is also worth noting that the condo's central location on the island is perfect for venturing to new areas everyday.

I would also suggest not hesitating to buy fish and other seafood directly from fisherman at the docks in James Cistern and Governor's Harbor. The fisherman will filet the fish for you, which makes for a great, fresh meal. We cooked every night of our stay.
Sep 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in North Eleuthera, Bahamas

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1 King bed, 2 Twin beds, 1 Sofa Bed bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Golf cart included! Safe available for your valuables. Private chef and other staff available.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Sapodilly 1A at Buttonwood Reserve, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas
average rating of 4.882353 based on 26 reviews
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Buttonwood

  • 4 of 5

Let me start by thanking Matt and Tara for making the booking process so easy, Tia for seeing to a few minor hiccups and Patrick for showing me where the aloe grows and how to extract the soothing gel.

Next I will tell you to get ready for no-see-ums before arriving on Eleuthera. DO NOT sit on the beach at sunset on your first night, unprotected! Bad idea.

We stayed in unit 1A and loved it. Great decor, spectacular sunsets, great breezes but it is a good idea to close up after dark and use the AC. No-see-ums.

The Atlantic side of Eleuthera has the best beaches. In fact it seems to be one unending beach. We found the best snorkelling on the Atlantic side near Sky Beach. It gets bigger with each telling but we saw 5 parrot fish approximately the size of SUVs. Just before Sky Beach there is a turn off to a little restaurant all alone on a beach so beautiful you think you've died and gone to beach heaven. The reef there is healthy and close to shore.

We don't like driving on holidays but Eleuthera makes it worth while. There are so many incredible places to visit.

DO take the golf cart to Buttonwood Reserve's Atlantic side at least one night to star gaze and hear the surf crashing on the beach.

James Cistern is a 10 minute walk. We liked East and Final for groceries, especially tasty little tomatoes they grow themselves. The attached liquor store is handy and is a bit of a social hub.

Fishermen bring catch of the day to the dock there around 2 PM (island time ... it was 6 PM one day) We were fortunate to get some lobster tails that made the aforementioned parrot fish seem diminutive. I'll try to attach a picture.

The Sunset Bar and Grill is a short walk away and you can arrange a fishing/snorkelling cruise there.

We felt safe always, except for driving at night. A lot of the road is unlit, fairly narrow and you have to drive on the left in American cars meant for driving on the right.

We loved Eleuthera and Buttonwood.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Return to Buttonwood

  • 5 of 5

Visited in 2014 and had a fantastic stay at Buttonwood. So could it live up to our memories of that stay? I can honestly say this was better again. Matt, Tara and the team are a pleasure to deal with and Marsha was the perfect housekeeper. The accommodation was excellent and amenities on site really good. We spent 10 nights at Buttonwood and simply did not want to leave at the end. A beautiful island and this is a fantastic base to switch off and relax; hardest decision is which beach to choose (the Atlantic side is our favourite, such good fun in the waves).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had an amazing stay at Buttonwoods!

  • 5 of 5

The Island is beautiful and the locals are warm and friendly. Thank you to Simon and Tia and Marsha for making the reservation process easy and the stay amazing! We truly felt at home and can not wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cleveland, TN

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Buttonwood Reserve for our honeymoon. The property was immaculate. We used the golf cart to see the private beach on the Atlantic side. We were the only two on the beach every time. The greatest feature of Eleuthra is the solitude. It's nice to wake up and go outside and hear Nothing! Be sure and rent a four wheel drive jeep and explore all the beaches. These are the prettiest beaches in the world.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing stay at Buttonwood. We came down to ELeuthra a group of ladies celebrating our 40th birthdays. We stayed in Sapodilly and Kool Jumbey. Both condos were beautifully decorated, well equipped and very comfortable. The decor was beautiful and tastefully picked out.The views were exquisite and therapeutic. We loved the entire property. The use of golf carts, kayaks, and beach equipment took the experience over the top. We made use of the Atlantic beach, the pool and loved kayaking down to Leo's on the Caribbean side. We bone fished with guide Paul Petty , boogy boarded on the Atlantic visited with the warm locals at the town Fish Fry and made many excursions to visit beaches and towns. We lived our day trip to Harbour Town and the pink sand beaches.The convenience of location was perfect to jump around. Fresh conch was prepared at the docks in James Cistern. And we loved going to the coffee shop Da Perk. Couldn't be more impressed with the hospitality we received from your staff Tia and Patrick were so very accommodating and locals on the island were cheerful and welcoming. We did have a power outage, and some inclement weather and our entire party got a virus we generously passed on to one another. But that did not stop us from having a trip of a lifetime. Thank you to you and the staff for making a most memorable vacation for all of us. Cannot wait to come back! We loved visiting beaches Cocoadimana and Gaulding Cay. We tried to cliff jump but the Carribean was rough. Loved the Glass Window Bridge and Govenors Habour was charming. Everything we need was provided for. Sunshine, surf, fresh air And seafood. It was a perfect trip!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our first time here in Eleuthera, and we will definitely be coming back!!! Buttonwood Reserve was everything we hoped for and more! We felt right at home! The condo has everything you need (from beach towels, cooking pans, to a golf cart) and it was super clean- made us feel like we were the first ones to ever use it! Matt and Tara helped us rent a jeep- top down, of course! That was a great rental-- highly recommend getting a jeep… a lot of rugged, sandy roads! The beaches were beyond beautiful… water is crystal clear like you're in a giant pool! We enjoyed Cocodimama beach which is about a 10 minute drive south- you must go! We ate breakfast at the condo every morning, but ate lunch and dinner out every day (that got really expensive- we will be eating in more next time)… Get ice and the 5 gallon water from the grocery store that's a 3 minute drive north- there is a cooler at the condo. There is little to NO SIGNAGE anywhere! There's only one road- Queen's Highway- so no worries! Be adventurous and take the rugged sandy roads, you will find the most magical beaches!! There is literally NO ONE at the beach! It was perfect and so romantic! We rented our snorkeling gear from Patrick, the caretaker at Buttonwood. We snorkeled and collected seashells, sand dollars, and star fish. Our absolute favorite restaurant was Tippy's- coconut shrimp- best in the world!! Buttonwood Reserve was the perfect location.. we couldn't have imagined anything more perfect. Thank you!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Golf cart included! Private chef and other staff available.


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