Need to know
Six tricked-out tents.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
One of the series of tents that form the hotel contains a haven for gamers, with a pool table, table tennis and an elaborate array of board games, including Twister, Scrabble and Monopoly.
The hotel is closed from 12 August to 15 November annually.
At the hotel
Private beach, laundry, parking, air-conditioning, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: beach bags to borrow, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Malin + Goetz bath products.
Our favourite rooms
There are three Tents and three Shacks. the Tents are so far from their cramped canvas cousins, they hardly deserve to share the name: these ones have hardwood floors, bright, breezy spaces and huge king-size beds. They’re also right on the beach – so if you’d rather look at the water than dip your toes in it, go for one of the hilltop Shacks, which have far-reaching views over the ocean.
There’s a small, saltwater pool seemingly suspended above the ocean, which is also right on your doorstep – snorkels and paddleboards can be borrowed for free.
The hotel doesn’t have an official spa but in-room massages and beauty treatments are on offer, as well as yoga and personal trainers.
Bring boat shoes, smart shirts and red shorts for Mr Smith to match the snazzy Bahamians; Mrs Smith should pack as many colours, florals and patterns as a suitcase can squash to reflect the island’s upbeat vibe.
The hotel is not suitable for wheelchair access.
Dogs can come along for free; bowls will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Eleuthera.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds and baby cots can be added to rooms. Babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice; the cost is BSD15 an hour (plus a potential additional charge for taxis home after midnight) and there’s a two-hour minimum.
All ages, especially water babies.
The Tents have more space so are more suited to families. The Shacks have high stairwells and are harder to reach, but prams and other baby-related paraphernalia can be transported via the site’s vehicles. Travel cots and foldaway beds can be added.
There’s enough to keep even the hardest-to-please child amused here; activities on offer include snorkelling, scuba-diving, surfing, paddleboarding and trips to meet the island’s turtles.
Armbands and other swimming-aids can be borrowed.
Children are welcome in both the restaurant and bar at all times, though there’s no special menu – but staff will be glad to heat up food and milk. Highchairs are available
Babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice; the cost is BSD 15 an hour (plus a potential additional charge for taxis home after midnight) and there’s a two-hour minimum.
No need to pack
There are plenty of books, games and arts and crafts to keep kids entertained.
The Other Side is powered entirely by the sun and each of the buildings are technically tents that tread lightly on the local environment. The pool is filled with water straight from the ocean in a H2O-conserving attempt.