Bahamas: Pink Sands Resort
Pink Sands ResortHarbour Island Bahamas 800/407-4776 pinksandresort.com
Dinner at the Garden Terrace restaurant, located just off the main lobby. Order the Caribbean Pepperpot. You're welcome.
Conch fritters and lobster club sandwich at the Blue Bar.
Beachside service. Try the goombay smash cocktail, a frothy mix of fresh pineapple and lemon juices with coconut and dark rums, while you wiggle your toes in the soft pink sand.
- Complimentary use of iPod loaded with Pink Sands' music library
- Oceanview rooms have private paths to the sea
- Freshwater swimming pool
- Two tennis courts
- Exercise studio
- Snorkeling equipment & kayaks
- Free WiFi
At the bar, I gulp down the first of what quickly becomes my favorite drink: the "goombay smash," a coconut and dark rum-spiked concoction of fruit juices that instantly releases all of the tension between my shoulder blades. I start talking with some other guests at the resort, and we settle in, our conversation enhanced by appetizers of coconut-crusted jumbo shrimp and blackened fish tacos. After another couple goombay smashes,we part ways until dinner. Some return to their cottages to plug in and get some work done, some are off to catch the kind of zzz's they can only find in the islands, and some are off to explore the fitness center. I do not belong to any of these groups; the warm sands and clear blue waters need my attention. I walk, collect miniature seashells, hum a little Bob Marley, and before I know it, I've reached the end of the island.
I double-back for dinner, which unfolds in the candlelit outdoor Garden Terrace restaurant, helmed by Chef Ed Boncich. It turns out to be a great showcase for the island's excellent seafood. Everything I try is wonderful: lionfish crudo has such a silky, luscious texture that I find it hard to believe it's just fish, and not something delivered to the kitchen crew by angels. Caribbean Pepperpot is a rich stew of chicken, chorizo and lobster over beer-steamed rice. The warm sun has set by the time we get around to dessert—a luscious concoction of coconut milk-bloomed tapioca topped with fragrant, minced papaya and drizzled with a cool mint syrup—and I head to bed, looking forward to the next few, precious days of vacation in paradise before I fly home. —Kellie Evans
IN THE AREA
- Queen Conch: The best conch salad on Harbour Island can be found at Queen Conch, a casual shoreside shack lovingly making all things conch, from crisp-fried fritters, spicy conch stew and the ultimate conch salad that is fished right out back in the restaurant's conchpool and made to order. Bay Street north of the dock; tel: 242/333-3811; see harbourislandguide.com for more information
- Day Boat trip: The resort can arrange for a day boat captain to take you out for a perfect Bahamian dayof snorkeling, scuba diving or bone fishing.
- Mann Island: If Harbour Island's 3 miles proves too vast for you, perhaps nearby Man Island—less than a mile long and completely secluded—is more your size. It's the ideal setting to be alone with your thoughts. Ask the resort to pack you a picnic lunch.