My favorite Bahamian island? Harbour Island, natch!
This is my fifth 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 luxe private villa because we were a party of 7 Spring Breakers.
I was in charge of pinpointing a home and was reluctant to use VRBO for my very first time (because I have heard mixed things about the platform — namely friends’ vacations getting cancelled at the last minute) but it actually worked seamlessly for me. Phew! The home owner, Amanda, was extremely responsive via email, text and phone which was a welcomed surprise.
My gem of a find? Sea Siren ($5,500 per night for 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms — sleeps 12 total) where the villa description reads as follows…
“Sea Siren is a private luxury home situated directly on the famous Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Fully renovated, extended and meticulously decorated in 2019 Sea Siren is the latest glamorous addition to Harbour Island.
Sea Siren provides direct beachfront access with two private thatched umbrellas on the sand. This luxury compound comprises a main house and cottage both of which have the most magnificent panoramic views over the ocean. Sea Siren has a contemporary feel with imported Italian stone floors and wall to wall windows, surrounded by wrap around terraces. A private swimming pool and outdoor cabana that seats 10 for al fresco dining completes the property.
The immaculate interiors are beautifully decorated with mid century furniture featuring designers such as Karl Springer, Curtis Jere and Vladimir Kagan showcased alongside vintage rattan pieces. The walls are adorned with stunning contemporary art from the owners private collection.
Sea Siren comprises of a main house that has four bedrooms and three bathrooms while the cottage has two bedroom and two bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of 12 guests. Both the house and cottage which sit directly on the ocean for unparalleled privacy surrounded by lush tropical landscaping.
Both houses have fully equipped kitchens with new appliances and in door and out door living areas which are ideal for entertaining. Every bedroom has 300 thread count linens from Serena and Lily for the perfect night sleep. The sleek marble bathrooms with glass enclosed showers feature lighting by Kelly Wearstler and brass fixtures from Restoration Hardware. The spectacular master bathroom has a freestanding bath tub overlooking the ocean.
On the ground floor there is access to the pool via the gym/play room where the energetic can box, do yoga on the deck or jump rope. Personal trainers can of course be arranged via Sea Siren’s concierge service.
Sea Siren is perfect retreat providing laid back luxury for the discerning traveller. This exquisite home allows guests to explore and enjoy all that Harbour Island has to offer including world class bone fishing, diving, boating and fabulous restaurants. And of course and most importantly the beautiful Pink Sand Beach which is regularly voted amongst the worlds best by many leading travel sites and magazines.”
You can book this unparalleled property as I did with this link.
For my deep-dive into Harbour Island musts, go here.