Weekend in Harbour Island

Pink sand beaches, cotton candy colonial homes and fresh Bahamian seafood dishes – what more do I need?

I’ve just returned from an amazing weekend on Harbour Island in the Bahamas! Despite the weather forecast, which claimed rain and clouds everyday, it turned out to be…perfect. From the moment I landed and walked through that tiny room known as their “airport,” I could feel the laid-back island vibes. The locals were extremely kind, funny and so proud to call this little island home. Though small, it’s gained a big reputation within the luxury hospitality sphere that puts them right on the map. And I can see why! Plus, the international cuisine could seriously rival some of the best chefs and restaurants in Miami — and beyond (more on this below). I just fell in love with every minute spent discovering this town and thought, “My fiancé would love this place.”

Stephanie Hill shares Weekend in Harbour Island on The Style Bungalow

Stephanie Hill shares Weekend in Harbour Island on The Style Bungalow

Polka Dot Dress: Rixo

Hat: Janessa Leone, sold out – affordable version here

Necklaces: (c/o) Missoma

Bikini Top: Maygel Coronel

Sustainably-made Pants: St. Agni

Earrings: Jennifer Behr

We stayed at the charming Eleven Experience’s Bahama House, a circa-1800 pale-pink luxury British-style home with darling guest suites, an idyllic pool and chic tiki bar. In fact, I found myself by the tiki bar most evenings because of the great conversations with “The Doctor” aka their mixologist who fixed up some refreshing cocktails (and because, hello weekend) complemented by delicious apres (new each night). During the day, I loved feeling inspired by the pages from Slim Aarons’ poolside. Funny thing during our stay, I couldn’t help but notice the many familiar details and pieces that reminded me of my newly renovated apartment. Imagine rattan, vintage-style furniture and grasscloth trims…it truly felt like a home away from home for me.

Style Blogger Stephanie speaks about her Weekend in Harbour Island on The Style Bungalow

Floral Dress: Zimmermann

Earrings: Zimmermann, sold out – similar version here

Straw Bag: old, similar versions here, and here

Stephanie Hill talks about her Weekend in Harbour Island now on The Style Bungalow

How did you get around?

Easily, because of the car-free streets (pretty much) we were given a golf cart to zip through town like everyone else. This was so convenient and safe. I was able to get to different spots in minutes…as you can imagine there was no traffic. And when I did get lost (a handful of times), locals were always so willing to direct us to the correct place or even show us by driving their own golf cart over, too. Everyone was so warm and friendly, it felt like we have been friends for some time already.

Remembering the dining scene? I loved the fresh seafood options readily available — not to mention the vegan-friendly ones, too. Aside from my buffalo cauliflower “wings” at Bahama House, opt for the grouper seafood linguine and hamachi dish at Rock House for dinner. I also enjoyed my arugula salad and truffle fries at the Club House in The Dunmore Hotel...because balance. I confess, there was a day that I indulged in a prosciutto pizza at The Beach Bar at Coral Sands Resort for a late lunch; it was that good. Our last evening was spent on the porch of Da Vine, a sushi restaurant I had heard so much about when I was there! So of course, I was excited to finally experience it. And wow, it did not disappoint. Between the spicy tuna entree and coconut infused sticky rice dessert I understood why this restaurant was the talk of the town. My only regret was having to wear a swimsuit the next day…lol.

Stephanie Hill shares Weekend in Harbour Island on The Style Bungalow

One-piece Swimsuit: Solid & Striped, I also love this version and this version!

Necklaces: (c/o) Missoma

Though I had a lot going on every day, I still felt extremely well-rested and even slept in! I guess that’s part of Harbour Island’s spell; it was just the trip I needed. The only missing component was my fiancé. Luckily, the island is so close to home. It’s an easy direct flight out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami International airport to North Eleuthera on Silver Airways, which then is just a short water taxi ride (10 minutes) over to Harbour Island. I’m already plotting a return trip — with him this time!

One-piece Swimsuit: Johanna Ortiz, also available in stripes and red

Necklaces: (c/o) Missoma

Earrings: (c/o) Missoma

Being newly-engaged and having the rush of deadlines during this season, I already know Harbour Island would be an amazing romantic destination for us. There are no crowds, busy scenes or traffic. It’s all rather quaint, intimate and private…which lends to such a romantic appeal for couples, brides-to-be searching for the perfect destination wedding spot, newlyweds and/or anniversary celebrations. You’re able to spend quality time together without the daily distractions, enjoy strolls down beautiful streets (get lost together) and reserve a dinner for two at as many restaurants you’d like in town. 

Seafood bliss and serenity all around? Count us in.

I can’t wait to return to this Bahamian culture.

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Bahamas Tourism Board for having me and for your generosity!]

1 Comment

  • What a beautiful trip in the Bahamas! I can’t get over your beautiful matching set and that one piece swimsuit. I clicked on the link for the suit and I noticed it was on sale. I might have to buy it haha! Driving around in the golf cart sounds so fun

    Jill
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