Pristine beaches? Check.
Luxe accommodations and boat excursions? Check and check.
Add lazy “hammock happy hour” to the heady mix and The Cove Eleuthera now tops my list as one of the Bahamas’ best luxury hotels (my other faves include Kamalame Cay, The Dunmore (Harbour Island), The Ocean Club (Nassau) and Baker’s Bay (private — Abacos)). I spent last weekend there with my gal pal, Lauren…see us eradicating the local population of pesky lion fish below?
A swift 45-minute flight from Miami International Airport, we felt worlds away in this chic all-white property peppered with swaying palm trees, private beaches and hilltop infinity pool. Oh, did I mention Lenny Kravitz lives down the street? Yep, we spotted him at the airport. NO BIG DEAL. My local sources tell me he’s fond of the neighboring watering holes called Unca Genes and Daddy Joe’s. YOU’RE WELCOME.
Nestled on the north coast of Eleuthera, the 57-room resort offers both stylish seaside cottages and villas with stellar views of the surrounding turquoise waters. Once done ooh-ing and aah-ing over the room’s straight-out-of-a-magazine sleek decor, it’s time to to hit the beach for a sweet rum punch… or a boat excursion for you outdoors-y types.
Choose your own adventure, really. Snorkeling, scuba diving, lion fish spear fishing, fishing (Lauren and I caught 12 strawberry groupers in one hour — woah!), paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking are available. Swimming with pigs (as made popular on the island of Exuma) is an option, too, and we did it for the ‘Gram, obviously. The piggies are extremely friendly (and weirdly fond of hot dogs) but they do jump on you so beware of those toenails! For landlubbers, explore the island by peddling a bike or atop a horse. The under-the-sun options here are endless.
Hungry with all that talk of activity? Of course. The Cove is home to two restaurants — Freedom Restaurant & Sushi Bar and the outdoor Gregory Town Grill. Locals and guests alike flock to Freedom for its delectable sushi rolls. And no, the staff here aren’t on notorious “Caribbean time” — orders swiftly roll out of the kitchen minus the delay you’ll find on neighboring islands.
Come sunset, be sure to order up your favorite cocktail at the open-air sunset bar. Set under a web of string lights, the nightly pink sunsets here are the thing of dreams. The soothing sound of neighboring waves crashing onto the shore are the added bonus. And spending the weekend with a longtime girlfriend? Priceless.
The Cove Eleuthera, Queens Highway, Bahamas; (866) 644-4452; thecoveeleuthera.com