Although we have been to the Bahamas and Harbor Island several times, this was our first time to stay on Harbor Island, but probably not our last!
Nestled on a secluded hill on the Atlantic side of the island, is the beautiful, charming, quaint estate called Runaway Hill. The resort overlooks a private pink sand beach with beautiful turquoise water, with the reef only about 50 yards offshore. A small boutique hotel (our favorite kind), this resort offers some special amenities. We stayed in the Alice Emily suite: the bedding was fantastic, the room impeccably clean and well maintained and all the necessities present, the shower was great, our balcony with lounge chairs was secluded and comfy, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and tranquil setting.
The bar and restaurant both overlook the beach, where you can enjoy truly delicious cuisine in a beautiful ocean-view setting; see my separate TripAdvisor review of the restaurant here- just incredible food! As a guest, you have full use of the bar anytime of the day or night. It is based on an honor system of recording your drinks on your personal tab – a first for us! (Beware the complimentary Goombay Smash, and say “No” to the floater!!!). The resort has wake(paddle) boards, kayaks, and other water equipment for use without charge, as well as volleyball, etc. You can easily get to the reef for snorkeling, and it’s especially easy with the use of the kayaks.
We were fortunate enough to have the owner-manager, Paul Messier, on the premises during our stay. He is a very gracious host and always willing to accommodate the needs of his guests. He was always very personable, and knew his guests by name- another first! Paul and the staff are what really make this place so special. Everyone is very helpful and accommodating, willing to go out of the way to ensure your time here is the best it can be, from housekeeping, to the bartenders, to the management.
The setting is outstanding, the grounds are gorgeous, the estate is well-maintained, the beach is beautiful, the pool is adequate, the lounge chairs are comfortable, the food is outstanding, the people are great, the rooms are comfortable – it couldn’t get much better!
“Negatives”: There are no in-room TV’s (which was not a problem for us). No in-room coffee or refrigerator, which would be helpful. The property could use some minor repairs and upgrades.
We would definitely stay here again, and we had such a good time, I may bring my whole family here next year for vacation. We really love it here!