The Dunmore

Rates from (ex tax)$500.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD607.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Jet-set beach club


Harbour Island’s pink sands

Channeling its origins as a glamorous private beach club for the 1960s jet set, The Dunmore hotel is a sophisticated playground in the Bahamas. With its intimate size, private pink-sand beach and spacious cottages with private terraces, it feels practically made for you, until the evening, when elegant guests descend upon the highly acclaimed restaurant and bar for sunset views and top-notch seafood.

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Photos The Dunmore facilities

Need to know


13, including two full suites.


12 noon; check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $500.00, excluding tax at 21.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD607.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a range of watersports and activities.


Early-rising caffeine addicts, rejoice: complimentary tea and coffee is served daily from 7am to 10:30am.

Hotel closed

Annually, from mid-August until mid-November.

At the hotel

Private beach with watersports equipment, swimming pool, tennis court, gym, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes, private patio.

Our favourite rooms

We’re always suckers for an ocean-view room, and the Oceanfront Deluxe Cottage takes the cake as the room closest to the beach – in other words, you’ll wake up to cooling ocean breezes and fall asleep to the lull of the waves.


Perched just above the private beach, the heated outdoor pool is surrounded by plenty of loungers and palm trees, as well as a shaded pavilion with sofas, televisions and workout equipment. Massages are available poolside, and pair perfectly with the cocktails and snacks that can be delivered to you. The private pink-sand beach is also a perfect spot for swimming or basking, complete with jaunty striped umbrellas and loungers, snacks and drinks delivered to you and water activities like kayaking and snorkeling included.


While the Dunmore does not have a spa, massages are available poolside, beauty treatments are available in your room and Pilates, yoga and other fitness classes with a private instructor can be arranged.

Packing tips

Don’t just bring your swimwear and cover-ups: you need walking shoes, too – unlike many Caribbean islands, Harbour Island has plenty to do and explore, from its lively beachside conch shacks to its charming historic town.


Welcome. All rooms are spacious enough to fit extra beds and cots, all of which are free. Babysitting is available for £16 an hour – this must be booked at least seven days in advance – and the myriad activities will keep kids of all ages entertained.

Food and Drink

Photos The Dunmore food and drink

Top Table

When the weather is nice, dine al fresco with the cooling breeze and views out to the water.

Dress Code

Beach-country club. Yes, you’re on the beach, but the Dunmore takes its private club heritage seriously, so, after a day on the beach, throw on billowy dresses and designer sandals, ladies, and linen-on-linen shirts and trousers, gents.

Hotel restaurant

With one of the Caribbean’s most acclaimed chefs, Cindy Huston, at the helm, the Dunmore’s restaurant serves some of the islands’ most delicious cuisine in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. For lunch, savour fresh fish ceviches and garden salads filled with tropical fruits while sitting on the breezy patio looking out to the ocean. In the evening, move indoors to the 1960s-inspired dining room, its walls covered in pictures of glamorous guests from the Dunmore’s days as a private beach club, and tuck into a sophisticated menu with the likes of roasted West Indian Cornish chicken and Thai-inspired bouillabaisse. An impressive wine list offers pairings for any palate. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance. Families should note that children are welcome in the restaurant, but must be seated by 6pm.

Hotel bar

Between the restaurant and the lobby, opening onto the library, the intimate bar turns lively in the evening, as well-heeled guests and locals socialise over locally inspired cocktails like the signature Dunmore Breeze, a twist on a highball with fresh mint and fresh-squeezed juices.

Last orders

Breakfast is served for guests from 8am to 10:30am. Lunch is from 11:30am to 2:30pm; dinner, 6pm to 9pm.

Room service

None, but snacks and drinks are available by the pool and on the beach throughout the day.


Photos The Dunmore location
The Dunmore
Colebrook Lane, Dunmore Town
Harbour Island
Harbour Island


The nearest airport is North Eleuthera (ELH), served by a handful of major international airlines, including American and United. Should you prefer to fly into Nassau (NAS), you’ll have more options, including British and Air Canada. Bahamas Air offers flights within the Bahamas from Nassau.


Once you land in the Bahamas, your trip is not yet over. On North Eleuthera, take a five-minute, $5 taxi ride to the water taxi dock, where you’ll catch a five-minute, $5 ferry to Harbour Island. At the water taxi dock, take a $5 taxi to the hotel. If you fly into Nassau, take a 45-minute taxi to the port , where you’ll catch a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ( to Harbour Island; the ferry only runs from Nassau once a day, leaving at 8am, and returning to Nassau in the late afternoon.

Worth getting out of bed for

Considering its pink-sand-beachfront location, the Dunmore doesn’t have to work hard to tempt you to spend all day basking, swimming and sipping ice-cold drinks. But the Dunmore isn’t any old beach resort, and Harbour Island isn’t just any Caribbean island. Even on the hotel’s private beach, a number of free activities are available, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkelling, beach volleyball and bocce. If you want to get out and explore the clear Caribbean waters, the concierge can help you arrange a private boat charter, so you can try your hand at bone fishing, go snorkelling on the reefs or spend a day island-hopping. If adventure is more your style, rent jet-skis or go water-skiing. Back on land, take a turn on the resort’s private tennis court, or explore the picturesque island and historic Dunmore Town on a rental golf cart – cars aren’t allowed on the tiny island.

Local restaurants

It may not look like much, but beachfront conch shack Queen Conch serves the best conch salad on the island. The owner dives for the conch himself, giving new meaning to the concept of locally sourced ingredients. Arrive early, as the shack is popular. Sip Sip, another favourite beachfront lunch spot, serves a broader menu of fresh, seafood-heavy options, such as grilled shrimp with mango, seared octopus and spicy conch chili. The restaurant is only open Thursday to Monday, the kitchen closes at 3.45pm and they don’t take reservations (+1 242 333 3316). For a romantic, sunset-view dinner, make your way to the British Colonial-style house that houses the Rock House restaurant. Start with a signature martini and fresh salads before tucking into classics like the roasted Bahamian lobster tail (+1 242 333 2053). For the ultimate Harbour Island experience, settle in among well-heeled locals at the Landing, a longtime favourite that specialises in Australian-inflected iterations of lobster and fresh local produce. Reservations are a must (+1 242 333 2707).


Photos The Dunmore reviews
Sophie Michell

Anonymous review

I’ve opened two restaurants and penned two books in the last 18 months, and spare time has been well, scarce. So when I do squeeze in a trip, I want it to be pretty epic. As in opening-sequence-of-a-Bond-thriller epic, and a recent excursion to the Dunmore hotel in the Bahamas certainly lived up to that.

Three flights, numerous taxi cabs and an exhilarating high-speed ferryboat (which just about fit my oversized luggage and eight other passengers) ride bounced me across the water to the Harbour Island. This exclusive isle is free of day-boaters and cruise ships – both of which can be hard to avoid in the Caribbean – couple that with my hair-raising journey, and I knew good things were in store.

One final taxi ride (which I later discovered was all of a 12-minute walk) and Mr Smith and I were chauffeured down a short driveway, past manicured tennis courts and bright pink hibiscus plants, that led to the dashing Dunmore.

Bags dropped off and taken care of, we followed an intimate garden path lined with 13 bungalows, each trimmed with greenery, straight to the bar. There we were greeted by Henry, the charming Bahamian bar man, who immediately offered us a drink.  

Henry turned out to be one of the best cocktail makers I have ever encountered in my travels, and a master when it came to a sophisticated dirty martini, which was particularly welcome after our long journey.

The Dunmore was once a members-only beach club, and it still has a slightly British Colonial feel to it. Walking out to the pool house was like stepping into an iconic 1960s-era Slim Aarons’ photo. The hotel was freshly updated five years ago in incredibly good taste with whitewashed wood, pale blues, bold turquoises and real coral and shell accents. It epitomises refined interior design.

The rooms are all suites and have been carefully thought through. The oversized ensuite was stocked with large Molton Brown products and the huge bed was soft and luxurious.

Beautiful books to ponder over were stacked up on the shelves and the coffee table, and the day bed in the living room was the perfect place to curl up with a good read and escape the midday heat. Straw hats and beach bags were also on hand for island excursions.

We had our own veranda with sunbeds and a table; it felt incredibly private. The only other ‘guests’ we saw were a mother hen and her six fluffy baby chicks. They would potter past each morning when we had our coffee in the room, signalling that it was time for breakfast.

When we’d made the reservation, I had no idea that the Dunmore’s restaurant, run by chef Cindy Hutson, was one of the best on the island. The only downside of this is that you really do need to book a table in advance, even as a guest.

We very happily dined there every night, feasting on fantastic classic dishes with a Caribbean accent. Think: breadfruit tacos stuffed with lightly spiced local lobster, pulled pork on yucca cake with their secret wahoo chilli sauce and red Thai and kaffir lime lobster bouillabaisse – all beautifully done.

Breakfast was equally impressive. Fresh coffee, muffins, fruit and tea was laid out at 6am for early birds, and you could order fresh bagels with applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, fried eggs and fresh fruit shakes right to your room.

Should you feel the need to wander, there are a few restaurants within walking distance too. Sip Sip on the beach is ideal for a breezy lunch and Queen Conch is the spot for real-deal conch salad and fritters.

Authenticity was a thread woven through every aspect of the hotel – including the genuinely friendly staff. I am sure we could have asked for anything and the ace team there would have made it happen (with a smile).

Our new friends Henry (yes, our martini man) and Charmaine took very good care of us in the bar. They’d share island news and tipped us off to a stunning red moon that rose just after sunset one evening and cast a dramatic reflection on the water, sending waves of colour over the ocean.

Now, just when you think I couldn’t gush more, I’ve saved the best for last. The Dunmore is right next to the beach – not just any stretch of emery board-hued sand either – but a pale, powder-fine pink swath that led to crystal-clear water with splashes of bright turquoise. This was one of the most breath-stealing beaches I've ever seen. 

The hotel had their own private section with sun beds and very attentive service, so you can sit back, relax and have amazing food and drinks delivered right to you. For those inclined to move, there were kayaks and bikes to rent, but I was thoroughly enjoying doing nothing apart from soaking up the atmosphere. Something I don’t often have the chance to do.

In the Dunmore I had discovered something truly rare: a place that I felt genuinely sad about leaving. As holidays go, it doesn’t get more epic than that.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Dunmore’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The beach, friendly service!

Don’t expect

Full hotel service/amenities (eg traditional room service, spa, gym). 


Stayed on 24 Jan 2016