Coral Sands Hotel
On Harbour Island, near the northern end of Eleuthera, the Coral Sands is one of the fortunate few hotels to sit directly on Pink Sands Beach
, declared one of the prettiest beaches in the Bahamas, if not the world. Opened in 1968, the hotel has just completed a major upgrade, including the addition of 12 guest rooms and suites, a revamping of public areas, a restaurant expansion, and an interior makeover by designer Barbara Hulanicki (founder of the famed '70s clothing store Biba). New touches give the rooms, with their open, lofty layouts and high-vaulted ceilings, a modern, island style. Because Pink Sands Beach is protected by a barrier reef, its surf is hardly ever more than ankle high, but, never mind, the hotel has a heated freshwater pool, too, and kayaks, paddleboards, sand toys, and complimentary Wi-Fi.