This is one of my favorite trips that we have taken in the six years I’ve been blogging and writing about TRAVEL! The Dunmore Resort on Harbour Island, Bahamas is everything I thought it would be and much more. Pristine pink beaches, great food, wonderful people and exquisite accommodations – this is luxury travel at its best. Today I am detailing our recent trip, how to get there and what you should do to explore Harbour Island, Bahamas. Get ready for tons of pictures and lots of travel information. And get your swimsuit ready… you’ll want to go!
First of all let me say, Harbour Island is alive and well! It was not hit by the recent hurricane and the island is fully operational. In fact, Eleuthera, the island where you will arrive, was also totally unaffected. I believe hurricane Dorian hit further north in the Bahamas last year completely missing this part of the islands. Harbour Island is a small 3.5 by 1.5 mile island located approximately 1.5 miles east of the northern coast of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. Travel to the Harbour Island is via North Eleuthera (ELH) airport followed by a 10 minute cab ride and a 10 minute water taxi ride.
Harbour Island is known for having one of the “Best Bahamas Beaches“ according to many travel magazines. It is most famous for its three and a half miles of hard packed picture perfect pink sand beach.The rich history of the island dates back as far as the 1700’s. You cannot help but be absorbed by the colorful architecture and beautiful makeup of the island. The people are absolutely delightful! I can see why. Life is good – at a much slower Bahamian pace.
Pete and I were there for 6 days/5 nights to celebrate my birthday and check out the Dunmore Resort, which has long been on my bucket list. I’ve seen so many stunningly beautiful pictures that I thought it surely can’t be that picturesque. It’s not even in the Caribbean (technically, it’s too far north).
We had so much fun exploring the small island on a golf cart, eating at wonderful restaurants, and simply relaxing at the most glorious resort – The Dunmore. Our stay was perfect in every way! I am detailing everything below throughout the many pictures, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for all the details. Please note that The Dunmore Resort is closed from August 15 – November 15 for hurricane season. When we were there in mid-January, we had sunny skies each day with a high temperature of 75 degrees. A light denim jacket was perfect for the evening.
GETTING THERE: Here is how we routed on American Airlines. Dallas to Miami (non-stop) and then a connecting flight to North Eleuthera (ELH). The connecting flight is a regional jet so no worries about getting on a puddle jumper. Once you land in North Eleuthera, you will take a short taxi ride to the boat dock. Then it’s a quick 10 minute boat ferry over to Harbour Island. The Dunmore Resort can arrange the taxi and ferry for you or you can do it on your own. We opted to have The Dunmore resort arrange our round-trip transfers and it was well worth it. A staff member meets you at the airport and escorts you to the Dunmore Resort. This costs around $95/per person round-trip and is well worth it.
STAY: The Dunmore Resort is luxury at its finest! Hats off to General Manager Tricia and Assistant General Manager Omari for their hospitality! We stayed in one of the partial ocean view Coconut Cottages and it was magnificent! Located on the second floor, the Coconut Cottages offer private entrances plus 190 additional square feet of oversized balconies with partial ocean views, overlooking the 5 private residences. Each has a beautifully appointed master bedroom with an alcove that can be used as an additional guest room with two twin beds. It can be reserved on its own or in conjunction with the Garden View Cottage below (great option for families wanting to travel together).
I did get to tour one of the 5 private residences that are the ocean front houses on the property. Each house has a name and we ventured through SITTING PRETTY. Y’all, these homes are magnificent and are available to rent. It’s a perfect solution if you need a full house, want to entertain or have a large family. Or, how about a fun Girls Trip? Any takers?
With amenities like luxury linens by Downtown Company Luxury Bedding, Molton Brown bath products, bottled water, snacks and a Nespresso machine in your room, a rainy day wouldn’t be terrible. We woke every morning to a rooster crowing as chickens roam free on the island. They are sort of like the unofficial pet of Harbour Island. Be sure to check out the logo for The Dunmore. Somehow I think the roosters are on island time because they never crowed too early. It was the perfect wake-up call!
The Dunmore Resort also has a wonderful restaurant, pool, pristine pink beach, tennis court and pickle ball courts as well as a lovely Club House. The privacy and charm of this property is what will draw you in. It’s quiet, relaxing and tranquil. And it’s what will keep you coming back!
DO: The staff at the Dunmore will be happy to arrange any excursions for you. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding on the beach, sailing or charter a private boat for your adventure. The resort will also arrange a massage even though there is not an official spa onsite. You can even take a boat to visit the pigs on Spanish Wells island. They swim out to you in the ocean while you stand there feeding them. While we initially were going to do that so that I could get the picture for Instagram, we decided not to. To me, pigs shouldn’t be swimming in the ocean. Am I right? Ultimately, we chose to relax on the pink sand beach as much as we could!
TRANSPORTATION: OK, this was the most fun part of the trip. The mode of transportation on Harbour Island is the golf cart. We had the Dunmore arrange for our rental and they cost around $63/day. This is how you get to other restaurants and shops. Technically, you could walk to those spots, but riding in a golf cart was way more fun!
WHERE TO EAT: We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Dunmore restaurant and all three meals were delicious! If you want to venture out, there are plenty of options. For such a small island, there were endless places to eat and drink. I want to thank my dear friends Leslie A. and Tricia B. for all the wonderful recommendations. We highly recommend The Landing for breakfast and Sip Sip for lunch. In fact, we went to both locations twice during our stay! I am also enclosing Leslie’s list in case you want to venture out more (scroll to bottom).
Have the Ricotta Hotcakes with honeycomb butter and bananas at The Landing for breakfast. I made every effort to only have a bite for the sake of staying on Keto, but that was impossible. Worth every carb! Head to Sip Sip right when they open at 11:30 AM for lunch. Order the margaritas and lobster quesadilla. Sit outside and enjoy the spectacular view (see below).
WHAT TO WEAR: The Bahamas are laid back and Harbour Island is no exception. Click here to see exactly what I wore and click here to see what I packed. By the way, I had on 50 SPF sunscreen the entire time, especially while laying out at the beach. If you are wondering why I look so tan, it’s because I spray tan with Whitney at GLOWW. Mine always lasts a week and I ask for a darker color when I am heading to a beach destination.
Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY! We highly recommend it and can’t wait to get back.
xoxo – Tanya
photo: Pete Foster
The Dunmore Resort
The beautiful Club House makes you feel right at home.
The Dunmore Resort pool is a relaxing oasis. The covered cabana features a small workout facility, a private area for massages and a sitting area complete with backgammon table.
The dining room features a beautifully decorated interior. There’s also a covered outdoor area where you will enjoy the ocean breeze. If you are an early riser, a self serve coffee and baked goods buffet is set up for your enjoyment.
This is the kitchen of the SITTING PRETTY residence. If a full home is what you are looking for, The Dunmore Resort offers five beautifully decorated luxury ocean front residences.
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Breakfast at The Landing was scrumptious. We highly recommend the Ricotta Pancakes topped with bananas. It was so good, we went there twice! This was well worth us breaking our Keto diet.
For the best local shopping, go to A & A Hidden Treasures. I suggest going the first couple of days you get there. Alice will customize your bags for you and you can pick them up the next day. Follow her on Facebook or e-mail her (email@example.com). She will ship your order! How cute are these bags that I bought for me and my assistant Laura!
Pete and I loved exploring the island on our golf cart and stopping at various places. This spot is Bahamas Coffee Roasters and Bistro. The local guy that runs the place is from Canada and is so nice. Be sure to have cash on hand. He does not take credit cards.
The best lunch on the island is at Sip Sip. Go right when they open at 11:30 AM and ask to be seated outside. The view is spectacular. Order the margaritas and lobster quesadilla. To die for! Be sure to check out the daily specials too!
All the restaurants, hotels and shops have these adorable signs. It reminded me of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Sunset on the opposite side of Harbour Island. In the distance you can see Eleuthera.
How cute is my travel photographer?!?
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Harbour Island recommendations
Dunmore Deli: In town; casual but nice patio for quick breakfast or lunch (can get sandwiches to-go for beach)
Bahamas Coffee Roaster: In town; good coffee
Arthur’s: Bakery in town; good breakfast sandwiches and pastries; also have sandwiches at lunch
Queen Conch: On the bay side; roadside stand so very casual but known as best Conch salad in the Bahamas
Sip Sip: On the beach side; best lunch on the island so either get there right around opening (11:30) or expect a wait in peak hours; lobster quesadillas are a must and margaritas are great. Also has a cute gift shop!
Coral Sands Beach Bar: On the beach side; also really good lunch and typically easier to get into than Sip Sip
Valentines: On the bay side; casual lunch, happy hour, or dinner.
Acquapazza: On the bay side; Italian food open for dinner and lunch; more casual than other dinner places but good food and lower prices than other dinner spots
The Landing: On the bay side; amazing breakfast; a little on the pricier side for dinner but great atmosphere and service
The Rock House: On the bay side; lunch and dinner. Good happy hour location for a goombay smash cocktail
Da Vine Wine and Sushi Bar: On the bay side; really good sushi (only served at dinner)
Ocean View Club: On the beach side; great dinner but can be hard to get a reservation
Gusty’s: Definitely a hole in the wall but very fun. Watch out for young spring breakers depending on time of the year
Daddy D’s: A little more “upscale” than Gusty’s, but again could have lots of spring breakers depending on time of the year
Valentines: Sometimes have live music at night; fun and casual
The Landing: Small but great atmosphere
Coral Sands Bar: Recently remodeled; good bartenders
A and A Hidden Treasures: This is where our customized bags came from
Shine: Unique jewelry and some home goods and clothing; owner is really nice
Dilly Dally: Souvenir shop with good T-shirt’s and hats
Sugar Mill: Pretty upscale for the island but fun to look around
Princess Street Gallery: Art gallery with some jewelry and other gifts
Blue Rooster: Women’s clothing and accessories