Dunmore Street, Dunmore Town
The result of a masterful renovation and takeover by the luxury adventure collective, Eleven Experience, Bahama House is tucked into a restored 1800's pale-pink painted stone building in the heart of Dunmore Town. Guests are swept from the main airport in Eleuthera over to Harbour Island (about five minutes by water taxi). The eleven-room property, which includes two cottages, typically requires a full buy-out to stay here, making it a solid option for families traveling together or those craving a bit more privacy. Each room is unique, reminiscent of 1930's Palm Beach design (think vintage lamps, found antiques, bold Ikats and seagrass rugs, four-poster rattan beds, and a cacophony of block-printed textiles). The generously-sized bathrooms are a beauty lover’s dream, flooded with light, and feature hand-stamped Costa Rican tile floors. Many of the rooms offer views of the harbor and the freshwater swimming pool, and there are so many wraparound verandas and delightful little nooks and crannies for lounging you’d be hard pressed to take advantage of every single one during your visit. At night, don’t miss a nightcap in the jewelbox-sized Rum Bar, where you can sample spirits…
Ocean View Club
Gaol Lane, Dunmore Town
Harbour Island is one of those quick getaways for East Coasters that’s ideal for many reasons, the primary one being that there’s nowhere to go (unless it’s into the water). The life of the island revolves around the ocean: playing in it, eating by it, drinking by it, fishing in it–add the fact that so many from NYC seem to vacation here, and you’ve got a pretty sizable social scene, too. There are a few fancy resorts that dot the shoreline, but we’re into Ocean View Club, a teeny tiny spot where all the rooms are done up individually, to pretty great effect. It also has a small and mighty restaurant, where you’ll find significantly better fare than at many of the other spots on the island.
P.O. Box N7550 Paradise Island, Nassau
As far as ashrams go, Sivananda's approach to yoga is as traditional as it comes. What separates it from the pack, though, is its otherworldly Paradise Island location. Flanked by dense tropical gardens and white-sand beaches, the retreat makes next-level nirvana seem totally achievable. But don't be fooled by the idyllic setting, the yogic lifestyle is fully immersive here: A 5:30am wake-up call marks the beginning of a jam-packed day consisting of two mandatory meditations, two yoga classes, lectures, chanting, and nature walks. Accommodations are humble yet comfortable and range from shared beach huts and dormitories to private tents and garden rooms. At mealtime, the fare is vegetarian and prepared fresh on-site. Be sure to check the schedule as they host really interesting retreats.
Queen's Highway , BS, Gregory Town 1548
The only international property from the Enchantment Group (a.k.a. the good people who brought us Mii Amo), The Cove delivers on everything you'd want from a Caribbean vacation, starting with the pristine white sand, which you'll find in spades at the protected, private cove it occupies. The tranquil rooms, decorated in soft, gentle whites and neutrals, feature sliding doors that open directly out to ocean views framed by swaying palm trees. At 57 rooms, The Cove is much more intimate than their namesake resort, though it's unsurprisingly kitted out with an incredible infinity pool and spa. There are two excellent restaurants (and a wonderfully lazy bar) on site, but should you want to venture further afield, the candy-colored town of Harbour Island is a short ride away, and concierge can also organize every adventure imaginable, from kayaking to fishing to sailing.
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