Harbour Island heaven

Harbour Island heaven

News flash:  We adore our jobs! How else would we be able to travel as frequently as we do to France where we shop for goodies and art for the store and gallery, eat and drink marvelously and take in all that Frenchy beauty that is everywhere the eye turns?

But when it’s time for a little R & R, it turns out I’ve become a bonafide beach girl and my favorite go-to place right now is tiny Harbour Island in the Bahamas.  The beach is truly pink, the water is impossibly turquoise and the vibe is definitely laid back (perfect for a stressed-out retailer!) We’ve been coming here for almost 26 years now and it’s been fun to watch this sleepy little island grow from a bare basics beach spot to a luxury vacation destination.

There aren’t a lot of hotels on Harbour and the ones that are there have definitely changed with the times.  The Coral Sands (a family fave) has gone from unexciting cinderblock structures and blah interiors to beachy chic villas, cottages and a killer beachfront bar and restaurant.

The <a href="https://www.coralsands.com/" target="_blank">Coral Sands</a>.

The Beach Bar at the <a href="https://www.coralsands.com/" target="_blank">Coral Sands</a>. Goombay smash, anyone?

The Dunmore Beach Club was never on my bucket list until it was purchased a few years ago and given the toe-to-top treatment and now I can’t wait to visit it again. Amanda Lindroth designed the hotel and the common areas and it’s bright, preppy and oozing style and charm.

The Dunmore Beach Club with its chic and preppy beach vibe.

The beachside pool at the Dunmore.

On my last visit a couple years ago, I had a real treat and got a tour of the owners’ private villa on the bougainvillea-covered grounds – and it knocked my socks off. Imagine my delight when I opened up the May 2018 edition of House Beautiful (on the plane coming back to Atlanta, no less…) and got to revisit it all over again.

New York designer, Tom Scheerer, has completed several Bahamas homes – and I’m just in love with his whole vibe that mixes plenty of natural texture with contemporary art, splashes of color and welcoming, smart spaces that I bet his clients adore. 

Take a peek at this Caribbean-colonial masterpiece where Scheerer mixes his “favorite Bahama-isms: pecky cypress walls, cement tiles, vintage rattan and batiks.”

It doesn’t get much better than this.

The main living room (with a pecky cypress ceiling and custom sofa) that magically mixes textures and pattern – and looks incredibly comfortable.

Absolute perfection. Indoor/outdoor fabrics and Kingsley Bate wicker furniture.

Funky art and fuschia bougainvillea make a gorgeous vignette.

`The dreamy kitchen with handmade cement tiles.

The master bedroom.

A powder room is anchored by a giant clamshell.

A nice lounge area, perfect for getting out of the sun for a bit.

One of the guest rooms.

Isn’t this house to die for?  All I know is that I could happily spend my next vacay in a home like this on a beautiful Bahamanian island where the beach is pink, the water is turquoise and every room is a feast for the eyes.

Ta ta.

(photography: Francesco Lagnese)

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