I just got back from a magical and very beachy chic vacay on gorgeous Harbour Island in the Bahamas. It’s a special place for our little family – we counted all our trips there and realize the first one was 23 years ago. Over the years, the island has changed and grown a bit but a few things remain constant: the pink sand beach is breathtakingly beautiful; the island is still incredibly private (but celeb-laden); your main method of transportation is a golf cart and the handful of charming little boutique-y hotels and restaurants that line the beach are getting better and better.
There’s not a whole lot to do on the island except bask in sun, sand and surf and eat three fabulous meals a day (seriously: the food is to die for…) You can stroll the small marina and check out the gigantic yachts and if you love to fish, you’re in the right place. Most of all, we love spending precious time there with family and friends.
My real-estate loving friend wanted to see some brand-spanking new residences that were just built over at the recently remodeled Dunmore – and I happily tagged along. What a feast for the eyes – plenty of glorious beachy-chic style that had me drooling. Amanda Lindroth did all the public spaces and cottages at The Dunmore and I’m crazy about her Bahama-chic and easy-going vibe.
We were able to see a couple houses (that are available for rent) and I went nuts over one of them. It turns out the uber-talented Alessandra Branca was responsible for this one:
It turns out that Alessandra has her own to-die-for home on Harbour. In a weird coincidence, every time we headed to our own lovely rental house during our week’s stay, we’d pass a home completely hidden by lush foliage except for a soaring second story. I couldn’t see any of the house – except this cool white chandelier. I didn’t put two and two together until I found this from Architectural Digest:
More of Alessandra’s yummy house:
So, after a week of heavenly Harbour Island, I’m fantasizing about my own little beach side getaway. I may have to satisfy my craving with images like these – or maybe I’ll just keep my bag packed and hope to get some of that pink sand between my toes soon.
My fave Harbour Island spots:
Shop: India Hicks’ Sugar Mill, The Blue Rooster and the boutique at the Coral Sands.
Stay tuned. More Harbour Island connections coming soon.