From a members-only beach club in the 1960s, the Dunmore, on Harbour Island, has evolved into a 16-room boutique hotel whose spirit and decor evoke that era. Interior designer Amanda Lindroth oversaw a major renovation when the hotel’s current owners bought it in 2010. Wicker and rattan furniture, patterned prints, and spaces that are as much outdoors as indoors create a look that is somewhere between late British colonial and timeless Bahamian. Although it sits on Pink Sands Beach, a notable upgrade was the addition of a pool with an airy pavilion that only adds to the Dunmore’s reputation as a place of amiable gathering. Another upgrade was having Cindy Hutson, one of the region’s rising culinary stars, put her imprint on a menu that ranges from the expected, such as seared yellowfin tuna and crispy red snapper, to the unexpected, such as oxtail ravioli.
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No resort is closer to Pink Sands Beach, and the bay side of the island is close at hand, too, so all types of water sports—bonefishing, snorkeling, kayaking—are easy to arrange. And no restaurant, nightspot, or boutique is far away, either. Still, just about everybody drives the island in a golf cart, so expect jams of them in front of Queen Conch or Sip Sip at lunch, or Gusty’s or the Vic Hum Club when the sun goes down. The North Eleuthera Airport, with daily direct flights to Nassau, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, is 15 minutes away. But be prepared for two taxis and a boat ride.
Need to Know
Rooms: 16 cottages. From $350 low season, $550 high season. Closed mid-August to mid-November. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Chef Cindy Hutson is also behind the Ortanique on Grand Cayman and the Ortanique on the Mile in Miami. Here, her Caribbean “cuisine of the sun” menu makes a table for dinner at the Dunmore among the most sought after on the island. Spa and gym details:Massages and cardio equipment are available at the poolside pavilion; Pilates and yoga classes can be arranged.
Who’s it for: People who are happiest with accommodations that make them feel as if they're members of an exclusive club. Our favorite rooms:Ocean view suites are roomy with a view. Good to know:Children are welcome, but not in the dining room after 6 p.m.