Not every celebrity who visits Harbour Island stays at the Pink Sands Hotel. Bill Gates, for instance, has his own home on the island. But Keith Richards has checked in here, as have Martha Stewart and Kate Moss. Ever since it opened in the 1950s, the 25-room hotel, like the island itself, has been a low-key enclave of the rich and famous, drawn not just by the like-attracts-like vibe (one of the previous owners was Island Records founder and Bob Marley “discoverer” Chris Blackwell), but by its location, on Pink Sands Beach, which many have called one of the world’s prettiest. Accommodations are in one- and two-room cottages. Each exterior is painted in a soft Caribbean shade, but the interiors have a Moroccan-Asian style.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Like just about everything else on Harbour Island, the Pink Sands is in Dunmore Town, where the main form of motorized transport is golf cart. While it might seem unlikely that such a setting could provide much in the way of lively entertainment, find out how untrue that is by dropping into Gusty’s, where the dance floor is sand, or the Vic Hum Club, which claims to be a museum but where the music goes late. For a quick bite, head to the gustatory shack known as the Queen Conch, where that quintessential Bahamian dish is served in many forms, including a wildly popular conch salad, which goes best with a cold Kalik beer. For coming and going, a Pink Sands representative meets guests at the North Eleuthera Airport and accompanies them to the hotel during the two 5-minute taxi rides, punctuated by a 15-minute boat trip.
Need to Know
Rooms: 25 rooms, in one- or two-bedroom cottages, plus two multibedroom estate homes. From $525 low season, $850 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The menu at the dinner-only Garden Terrace focuses on traditional Bahamian favorites, such as a pepperpot stew, prepared in a modern, more health-conscious way. The food is delicious, but what everyone remembers most is the candlelight setting, indoors or out. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Blue Bar. Spa and gym details:Massage treatments can be arranged, and although there is a small fitness studio, a swimming pool, and two tennis courts, might it be more satisfying to start the morning with a walk along the three miles of pink sand?
Who’s it for: The rich, the famous, and those who imagine they are. Our favorite rooms:With one of the world’s prettiest beaches just steps away, guests should be willing to pay a little more for the cottages with a sandy view.Top choice is the two-bedroom Bimini Cottage, with a Jacuzzi overlooking the beach, and a private path leading to the sand. A new level of service:With the appointment in 2014 of a new general manager, hospitality-industry veteran Christopher Pollock, look for changes that include an expansion of the resort’s private estate homes, of which there are currently two.