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Located on a hidden jewel of a Bahamas island, and overlooking a beach often referred to as one of the world’s finest, this Harbour Island estate is an extraordinarily fine rental property for families or groups of up to 26. A world-class residence with a lifestyle of laid-back luxury, where resort-level services are delivered by a full staff and orchestrated by the former managers of David Copperfield’s Musha Cay resort.
The Main House is the centerpiece for this sprawling compound, also including the charming Beach Cottage and, finally, the private luxury tents called Bayside.
There is a total of 13 bedrooms, 5 of them in the Main Villa. Just next to the Main Villa is a guest cottage with 3 smaller rooms, and a one-minute walk away is the 2 bedroom Beach Cottage. Finally, Bayside has 3 bedrooms in two luxury tents.
The compound’s main house, is a sprawling, five-bedroom masterpiece. Outside living, on wide verandahs both upstairs and downstairs, is the choice for most guests, the house is always open to the sun and air. Several features of the house make it perfect for families with children; there is a large recreation and billiards room and, just next to it, a two-bedroom children’s wing.
Four-poster beds are found in the Grand Master and the two other master bedrooms in this house – all of which walk out to a comfortable ocean-view verandah. For those who want the option of their own entertainment center, each of these three rooms has a state-of-the-art system on which any of the 3,000 movies in the property’s collection can be watched.
Right across from the Main House, the compound’s own free-standing, beautifully designed cinema has a theatre-size screen and chaise-like beds for relaxed viewing of the more than 3000 movie titles and games. Kids love sleepovers here.
Perched just above five mile-long Pink Sand Beach is the intimate Beach Cottage, with its own kitchen, even an in-wall Miele espresso and coffee maker. This two-bedroom hideaway has a large wrap-around terrace. Each of the Beach Cottage’s two bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and sliders that open onto the terrace.
The large living/dining area opens onto the terrace and expansive ocean views. While simple in style, the Beach Cottage and its amenities are of the finest quality.
Natural and yet surprisingly luxurious — a safari-like tent on the water, with full benefit of the ocean’s cool breezes and scents. A nice counterpoint to the vast, open water at Pink Sand Beach, Bayside is always calm and peaceful, perfect for families with young children.
Bayside is a place to relax, daytime or overnight. There are three exceptionally comfortable bedroom accommodations, with full baths. Or just take a much-deserved nap after a swim and lunch….or rejuvenate with an aroma therapy treatment in the dedicated massage tent!
Bayside’s dining tent, right on the beach, is a favoured dining venue. Private dining area with a full kitchen and state-of-the-art sound system.
Pink Sand Beach, with the Estate overlooking it, runs the entire length of the island and is virtually a football-field wide. Often, on a long morning walk, one will have this magnificent stretch of beach all to oneself.
The grounds surrounding the Estate are lush with natural growth.
About 225 miles southeast of Miami, Harbour Island is just two miles east of the island of Eleuthera, into which there are daily flights from Ft. Lauderdale as well as Miami. Flights can also be booked to Nassau, with a connection to (North) Eleuthera.
This hideaway island is less than five miles long and one-half mile wide.
Harbour Island has become one of the chic-est island retreats for international business magnates and entertainment industry people who prefer to keep a lower profile.
Word of mouth has always been the only way to learn about the Island. The buzz began in the 1940’s when Allen Malcolm, a successful engineer, opened the Island’ first resort, Pink Sands, to a very select group of patrons. Later, the granddaughter of British aristocrat Lord Mountbatten chose the Island as her retreat and redesigned the Island’s now well-regarded small inn, The Landing.
Much of Harbour Island’s appeal has to do with its natural beauty, most particularly its beaches. It full length is edged on one side by Pink Sand Beach, a broad, stunning beach owing its name to the finest crushed coral that makes up its sand, always cool and walk-able even on the hottest day. Well-known as one of the world’s best beaches, Pink Sand Beach is mostly empty of people save for the guests of the Island’s small resorts and the photo shoots of magazines like Sports Illustrated SwimSuit Edition that have occurred there.
The estate overlooks Pink Sand Beach, a walk of less than a minute from its guest accommodations.
Bahamas breezes, views and mild temperatures make it perfect for outside dining. Whether at Bayside, at the Beach Cottage or the Main House, guests seem to prefer to eat most meals in the open air. All meals and beverages are part of the rental.
Full staff of chef, waitstaff, housekeepers, boat and watersports personnel, and the property’s management couple.
Water toys on-site add up to a virtual armada. The flagship is a 37-foot state-of-the-art speedboat, the Midnight Express. Guest access to this amazing fleet of boats makes this property feel like a full resort, not just an extraordinary villa rental.