Monday, March 9, 2015

Cozy cottage living at Bahamas' Pink Sands

By Gay Nagle Myers / March 04, 2015
For clients suffering from the winter blues, Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in the Out Islands of the Bahamas may be just the antidote.
Pink Sands opened in 1951 and quickly became a winter haven for the elite, according to Christopher Pollock, general manager.

"In the 1990s, Island Records mogul Chris Blackwell ushered in a new era for the property," Pollock said. "New owners took it over last year. It's been updated but still retains its original feel and ambience."
• Harbour Island, called Briland by locals, is home to Dunmore Town, a quaint village, the only town on the island and one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas. Explore it.
• The pink color of the sand is from shells that are ground into sand grains by waves and currents.
• Fly into North Eleuthera Airport on Silver Airways from Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Fla.; American from Miami; and South Air and Bahamas Air from Nassau. Harbour Island is a five-minute water taxi from the airport.
• Direct ferry service is available from Nassau; Crossing takes three hours.

The 25-cottage resort set on 25 acres overlooking a pink-sand beach (hence the name) is easily accessible by air and ferry yet far from the crowds.

It's family-friendly: Several of the cottages are two-bedroom units that include a living room.
For $4,500 per night, the resort offers the Banyan Tree estate home with a three-bedroom main house and a one-bedroom cottage, fire pit and pool; the estate often serves as a venue for wedding parties.

"We have 10 lots where we will begin building villas that will go into the room inventory when not owner-occupied," Pollock said.

Occupancy this winter ran at 60% in January, 75% in February and will top 90% this month, according to Pollock.

Guests can kick back at the beachside Blue Bar where the specialties include crab cakes Benedict, Bahamian pepperpot and the catch of the day; dine by candlelight at the Garden Terrace restaurant; and enjoy room service on private patios in the cottages.

The U.S. is the main market, although there's been an upswing in European visitors of late.
Rates in March start at $695 per room, per night, double, in a gardenview cottage, plus 24% tax. Prices include water taxi transfer from Eleuthera, continental breakfast and WiFi throughout the property.                                                   

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