My favorite Bahamian island? Harbour Island, natch!
This is my sixth stay on the infamous island replete with pink sand beaches, chic hotels and stellar restaurants and I feel like I’ve finally gotten the lay of the land. While I usually stay at The Dunmore or Coral Sands hotels, we most recently chose to rent a private villa because we were a party of 12.
With only one week’s notice, I couldn’t find many options on VRBO but did secure Summit Estate. Extremely spacious, the property is replete with a main house, huge guest cottage, pool, roomy patios, spectacular sunset views and outdoor shower. Summit Estate boasts 6 bedrooms and sleeps 15 people total and costs $3,380 a night (low season). The home is decorated in classic Briland flair and swathed in funky prints, Bahamian art and pirate ship vibes. Summit House is not located on the beach — but it’s a short 2 minute walk from the back porch to the illustrious pink sand beaches. Getting to the house in a golf cart is not for the faint of heart as it rests on top of a steep hill. #Adventure
The VRBO description reads: “Summit Estate comprises a beautiful villa and divine cottage, stylishly decorated with British and Bahamian antiques. The houses which can be rented together or separately, are arranged around a truly spectacular pool complex with bar, changing room and garden room. This is a real home away from home but with all the amenities you would expect from a truly luxurious holiday rental. As well as enjoying 360 degree views, perfect for both sunrise and sunset we are also a stone’s throw from the famous Pink Sands Beach.
Summit House (sleeps 6 adults and 3 kids) has a large sitting room, fully kitted out kitchen, generous covered porch with a 14-seater table perfect for alfresco dining, 3 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a chic kids dorm sleeping 3.
Summit View Cottage (sleeps 6 adults ) has two generous doubles, two singles, en-suite bathrooms, open plan kitchen diner, and wonderful views of the harbour and the famous Bahamian sunsets. The house comes with 5 hours of maid service a day, six days a week, a full-time gardener and a utilities manager. A cook can be arranged if required.”