Need to know
11, including two cottages.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Get acquainted with the island’s native artists while flicking through the tomes in the hotel’s living room. We love the collection of decorative cane mirrors (in floral and starburst patterns) covering one wall, and the statement pieces by tropical design maestro Paul Aronson. Take a close look at the 1800 Building, which dates back to the late 17th century: the kitchen has been partially built into what was once the hotel’s bread oven.
The hotel closes annually from 1 August to 15 November, when Harbour Island takes an end-of-season break.
At the hotel
Hot tub, indoor-outdoor lounge with art-book-filled library, tropical gardens, a team of experience managers, laundry service and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, Crestron technology control system, Lutron lighting system, minibar, air-conditioning and Malin + Goetz bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Chapel Suite’s springlike look of conch pink and fresh palm-shoot green has made it one of our favourites. There’s a breathtaking aspect with a view of the colourful hotel complex, and the shared terrace begs to be used for idle fan-wafting or beach-read leafing.
The freshwater outdoor pool at the centre of the hotel is roomy enough for laps, and there’s a hot tub to soak in. Submerged speakers add a pool-party atmosphere underwater (choose from the hotel playlist or stream music from your phone) and coolers on the deck are filled with beer, water and sodas for guests to raid as needed. American design company Janus et Cie provided the fleet of stylish sunloungers and the hotel’s helpful staff can whip up cocktails on request.
There’s no on-site spa, but your experience manager will contact you before arrival to enquire if you need the services of Bahama House’s coterie of resident masseurs. Beyond in-room pummeling, you can book sessions at the Dermalogica Spa, a five-minute walk away. Within its quaint powder-blue bungalow, the spa’s therapists carry out high-tech treatments such as face-mapping, BioActive skin peels and dermabrasion – but if you’re not in for the full MOT, lo-fi facials and beauty treatments are offered, too.
Bring a credit card with an expansive limit; the reserve of celebs and billionaires, humble Harbour isle can be eye-wateringly pricey.
Want to sound like a local? Refer to the island by its native name, Briland.
Pets can stay for $500 a booking (prices vary depending on the size of dog); the hotel can provide beds, bowls and towels. Fidos must be kept on a leash or caged throughout the stay, and they mustn’t swim in the pool or paw the furnishings. See more pet-friendly hotels in Harbour Island.
Families seeking seclusion and space should book one of the two-bedroom Cottages. The hotel’s best suited for older kids who can confidently make use of the watersports equipment.