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Bahama House

Bahama House, just a block from the harbor, is the first Caribbean venture from luxury adventure specialists, Eleven. Here's our review.

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Red and white lounge at Coral Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Coral Sands

Coral Sands, a Harbour Island mainstay since 1968, is the island’s most family friendly resort (and the largest), but travelers have to know which accommodations to book.

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Pool Lounge at House Rentals, Harbour Island, Caribbean

House Rentals

The Indagare Bookings Team has access to a range of houses on Harbour Island, including a great portfolio of beachfront properties. For example, Sandy Hill, a colonial-style home with six bedrooms and five en suite baths, offers the quintessential sophisticated vacation experience. With the house’s three levels of verandas and terraces, you can sit outside and lounge, or eat breakfast while enjoying the spectacular sea views. Many homes have a one-week minimum, though some can also be rented per night.

Bedroom at Ocean View at Harbour Island in the Bahamas

Ocean View Club

Staying at the Ocean View Club is like being a guest at a sophisticated house party for a rarefied crowd of international media execs and magazine executives and famed photographers like Bruce Weber. Travelers looking for quiet and privacy (and who do not appreciate creative spirits) should stay elsewhere.
Lounge at Rock House, Harbour Island, Caribbean - credit Perry Jospeh

Rock House

In a multimillion-dollar renovation, designer Wallace Tutt transformed this former private house on a coral bluff into a breezy boutique hotel, with nine guest rooms and an oceanfront cottage. The location, on a low bluff above the harbor, can be a detractor for some visitors, but many rooms have great views thanks to it. Meals are taken at the dining room’s massive wooden table, which seats sixteen guests and is formally laid with a candelabra and silver, or on the covered terrace offering prime vistas. For those who prefer to be on the beach, an oceanfront cottage (La Samana) can also be rented through Rock House.  There’s a small gym and a lovely swimming pool surrounded by stylish, tented cabanas that are available only to hotel guests.

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Pool Lounge at Runaway Hill Club, Harbour Island, Caribbean

Runaway Hill Club

The intimate Runaway Hill Inn is a peaceful bed-and-breakfast on the beach that is owned by former Ranger hockey wonder (and Stanley Cup winner) Mark Messier. The building’s British-colonial dormers, backed up by numerous original details, dominate the architecture. In winter, a crackling fire warms the entrance.

Each of the bedrooms is different, giving the impression of lodging in a private home—which indeed it once was. The place isn’t fancy, but it’s perfectly comfortable. Each of the rooms is different (and named after Messier family members)—one has a pretty painted Cuban tile floor, there are travertine floors in the villas. At least one has a fireplace. Some have their own terraces with teak furniture. The biggest accommodation is the four- bedroom, oceanfront home with views of the famous Harbour Island pink sand from every room.

This is a good option for couples that expect tidy rooms near the beach but who don’t need much pampering. And families or groups since the villas can accommodate a large brood and the courtyard rooms can be joined to create multi-bedroom spaces.

Food at The Dunmore, Harbour Island, Caribbean

The Dunmore

With its 16 cottages, the Dunmore combines the soul of a longtime island property with fresh, inspired interiors. Many describe the on-site restaurant as the island’s best.
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Ambience - The Landing, Harbour Island, Caribbean

The Landing

Owned by Australian Toby Tyler and his gorgeous Bahamian wife, Tracy Barry, the hotel—with its enormous dark wood bar, hardwood floors and ceiling fans—evokes Rick’s Café Casablanca. But the place may seem familiar for another reason—it’s been featured in lots of magazine spreads. Though India Hicks (the British aristocrat and former Ralph Lauren model) is no longer a minority owner, the Landings retains the Hicks (and Ralph Lauren) influence: expect black-and-white family portraits and well-chosen books scattered about to give a lived-in feeling. Seven guest rooms overlooking the harbor and garden feature huge four-poster beds with mosquito netting and starched white linens. A pool was carved into the hill out back, and there’s a wine and liquor boutique, offering excellent wines under the house label. The restaurant has long been one of the island’s best, with tables in the house and in the garden.

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Pool Lounge at  Valentines Resort and Marina, Harbour Island, Caribbean

Valentines Resort and Marina

This compound of cottages on the harborside was once a popular spot for spring breakers, but after a 2015 renovation, Valentines is drawing families in search of a reasonably priced place to stay on the island. The rooms are clean and basic, and the suites feature kitchenettes and living areas in villa and townhome configurations.

The rooms center around the property’s saltwater pool, and there are chairs and umbrellas on the main beach for guests to use each day. Located just a short walk from town, the resort boasts the best diving facility on the island—with a PADI certified dive center at its marina—and the best spa, which is a Dermalogica outpost.

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