We stayed here for a week of chill out in February. Though it is hard to separate this resort from the overall charm of Harbour Island, there are a few things about it that are noteworthy.
We had one of the lower priced rooms - the resort calls them villas, but in effect it was just a big room, divided in the middle by a kitchenette area and one side of this was the bedroom bit and the other a lounge area. Our room was on the ground floor and for some reason it seemed really dark - I suspect that a room on the second floor would get more light. and more of a view of the spectacular sunsets. The bathroom was huge and had separate toilet and a large shower cubicle. The water pressure wasn't great though and it seemed to take an age to get the hot water to run. The room was spotlessly clean and the air conditioning was good, if a little loud at times ( but not as loud as the fridge, which woke us up with a few high pitched whines on a couple of nights). We did no cooking at all during our stay here and so i can't really vouch for the kitchen area - but if you really wanted to cook dinner, i think the arrangements would be just adequate - and there was a dinning table in the lounge area. On reflection i think i would have rather just had a large bedroom and bathroom, but this isn't an option at this resort.
There is a lovely pool with great loungers and shades. When we first arrived though it was as warm as a warm bath and this made a refreshing and cooling dip a bit of an impossibility. As our week progressed though it got a bit cooler and there were so few people there that we always seemed to have it to ourselves.
The marina that is at the heart of this resort is bordered by a great bar which segues into a deck where food is served. The food is good ( fruit platter and banana loaf at breakfast was great) and very unpretentious. There were quite a few very expensive yachts in when we were there and there was must fun to be had in watching the comings and goings from these over breakfast or a sundowner.
The main beach on the island is not within walking distance of this resort( despite the fact that the island is tiny) and you will need to hire a golf buggy to get yourself there - which we did. There is a dedicated area on the beach with sun loungers, but we had a monumental struggle to try and get a beach umbrella ….. first we were told by the resort's reception that there was a man there who would take care of this ( not true, as we found when got there…) then we were told that the umbrellas had been stolen and they were in the process of trying to replace them ( ok, but they were clearly not being replaced on the day we wanted to use one !!) and then we were told that they would try and find one for us the next day ( they did, but it was broken… ) What a disappointment this was, not to mention a bit frustrating. The staff on reception , it was clear, were trying their best to manage our expectations, but really, i found myself asking why on earth they were charging an additional 'resort fee' when such a simple thing as a beach umbrella couldn't be made available? As there were so few guests staying a the resort, i think that this wasn't seen a priority issue, but of course, it was for us, given that this was, possibly, our only chance to spend time on one of the most beautiful beaches that i have ever seen… All of the other resorts that border the beach have their own areas of umbrellas and sun beds, and one day, in sheer frustration, i asked one of the reception staff to see if she could ask if we could use the sun loungers and umbrella from one of these resorts ( she hadn't thought of this, and seemed to think it a genius idea..) This worked, and as a result, we had a great day on the beach courtesy of Jennifer at Runaway Hill….
Harbour Island is just beautiful and unspoiled in so many ways. We loved exploring it and sampling some great sea food and lovely ( and expensive ) restaurants. It was a shame that Valentines didn't get it all right for us though - but it was only a blip on what was a very chilled stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valentines Resort & Marina is a top luxury resort on Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, Bahamas. On an incomparable setting for boat enthusiasts, yacht owners, and families with flair for ocean life and pink sand! The resort boasts 39 ultra-luxury suites and 50 boat slips in our world class marina. Each suite is equipped with WiFi and cable television, modern kitchen appliances, with large balconies overlooking the pool, gardens and marina. With colorful clapboard-sided walls, white trim and shuttered dormer windows, they provide a unique vacation experience. F&B venues include the Boathouse Restaurant, Rooster Tail Bar and Cocoa Coffee House. Stay fit in our new state of the art fitness center and indulge at our on-site Dermalogica Skin Center and Spa. The Valentines Dive Center is the leading PADI dive resort facility in the area. New beach boardwalk, executive conference room and pool bar opened in early 2018. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valentines Resort And Marina Hotel Harbour Island
- Valentines Hotel And Marina
- Valentines Resort And Marina Bahamas/Harbour Island