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Historical Traveler Reviews Pink Sands Harbor Island
There is something about PINK SANDS that makes it different and above all else. The place resonates love. The people are happy. We spent four days at PINK SANDS and will never FORGET. THE JOY AND PEACE IT BROUGHT US.
A Pleasant Surprise
My family and I just returned from the most wonderful stay at Pink Sands. We were overwhelmed by the attention to detail, imagination, friendliness of the staff and the excellent meals and high quality of service that we had. Harbour Island and Pink Sands is the dream destination that we have been looking for for many years......we will be back! We've read the other reviews and think that the gentleman who visited in 2002 must have been at another Pink Sands.
Relaxation and Privacy
My husband and I celebrated my 40th birthday at the Pink Sands last spring. Reviews are subjective, so consider what you want. Pink Sands is secluded and low key. It's all about few other guests, private, simple cottages, good food - although limited menu, friendly, laid back service, unbelievably beautiful beach and views, and disconnection from everything that makes one uptight. It's simple, soothing, sensual and romantic. Not a lot to do, so that's why we went! My husband wanted to do somehting special for my birhtday dinner, so the manager arranged private dining on our ocean-view cottage patio with 2 musicians and our own waitstaff person. I believe the Pink Sands earned their rating!
View from Glass Windows
Each of the cottages has a name - ours was Glass Windows. And it provided a spectacular view of the east. The sunrises were spectacular.
The accomodations were beautiful and quaint. Large and airy - subtle elegance. When we arrived at the front gate, which is very understated, we were greeted and escorted into the lobby. Check-in was simple and while our bags were placed in out cottage, we were escorted to the Blue Bar for lunch. Everyone treated us very personally, yet they left us alone when it was appropriate. The food was wonderful, and Chef always had something special on the menu. The wines were pricy, but not surprising considering the location. However, the selection was a pleasant surprise. The beach was quiet, uncrowded and talcum soft. The water was warm and soothing. So many little touches that together made it a special vacation. It must be epxerienced.
We went with four other couples for a long weekend.We were not there to just stay at the resort and really took advantage of the whole island.We had a great time.We ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel each day and we were treated as though we owned the place.Everyone loved their rooms and the food and we all could not believe how inexpensive the whole experience was.I can't wait to go back...
Pink Sandies and 5 Rum Coloda's
Pink Sands was wonderful. The island is small, and you can cover the entire island in about :30 minutes on a golf cart, and a little longer by foot. The island is warm and welcoming, and if you are looking for a swinging hot spot and a night life look else where. There isnt too much to do in town beside support the local economy-but the coffee, bread, and fruit are delicious. The resort was FANTANSTIC. The sand is really pink, and the beach was amazing-we spent every day there all day. The staff took orders for drinks on the beach making the experience more enjoying.The lodge has a pool table and a SOHO flair, and a weight room is attached if you need a work out. The Blue bar is the best-native food, pink sandies,5 rum coloda's, and a the view of the water is amazing. The pool and the tennis court are hardly used (they have night lights). The rooms and view were beautiful. The view of the ocean was stunning--sitting on the porch and sipping drinks watching the cruise ships pass. The whole resort is extremely laid back and very comfortable, and the staff is excellent. On the weekend there was a party at the blue bar with steel drums, local musicians, and great food. If you are looking for action,shopping,excitement this is not the place. If you are looking for amazing 5 star cuisine this is not the place, but it is the place if you are looking for carribbean cuisine. The breakfast was amazing- fresh coffee,fruit,bread, and granola.The dinner was great as well--rock lobster and fish were our choices. Lunch consited of conch fritters day after day. It is a great place to get away,relax and unwind........
A one of kind experience
I have been to the Pink Sands twice- in Nov. 2001, and then again in May, 2002. On the second trip, we brought 60 people with us and got married on the deck of the Blue Bar overlooking the ocean. We had the time of our lives, and we couldn't have chosen a better place.Both visits to the Pink Sands we're wonderful. The setting is remarkable (yes, the sand is pink!), the cottages are well-appointed and private, and tooling around Harbour Island in a golf cart is a delight.If you're looking for a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton experience, this isn't it. The Pink Sands is much lower-key, much more intimate, and not as sophisticated as you might expect from a 5-star hotel. There's no spa, the service is somewhat inconsistent, and there's not much in the way of entertainment. That being said, if you're looking for a beautiful Caribbean resort that's off the beaten path, you'll find great food, great accomodations, and a GREAT beach on a lovely island. The price is high, but it's fair and it's worth it.
I recently stayed at Pink Sands resort. I found sitting on the beach very upsetting due to the thin and underfed horses. When I asked the lady who was in charge of them, she said they were thin because they were island horses. That does not wash. Thin horses are thin horses whether they are on an island, the centre of London or the Sahara! Many friends have asked upon my return whether I rode on the beach as I had intended to. I have said no on the basis they were too thin and I didn't want to support this cruelty. The neglect of the horses doesn't suit what is supposed to be an upmarket resort.
Pink Sands was about the most disappointing vacation I've experienced. Having booked 3 rooms for new years 2002/2003, one of which was their best suite, at the tune os 30K for the week, we could not have many more complaints. The food lacked taste and variety, the service was lacking in such fashion it is hard to describe, the costs are absurd, in paticular the wine list, the rooms, while light and airy and of decent size, felt more like a $99 room in South Beach. The management offers little apologies and walks carelessly through the property looking as they can't wait to get the heck out of there themselves. Having said all of this, the beach is incredible, and the pink sands property is dreamy if only a new caring owner would come in and relieve Chris Blackwell, curent owner, of his inattention here. For the same money, which by the way is the absolute most expensive in the caribbean, go to Little Dix Bay, Caneel Bay, rent a villa on Harbour Island or St Barth. Do NOT waste your life and cash at Pink Sands until new management arrives!
My husband surprised me with this trip for our 25 wedding aniversary. When we arrived the cab driver dropped us off in the street ourside the hotel. He said someone usually comes down to help with the bags. No one did. We walked up to the lobby. A woman asked for our name. (they only have 25 cottage). My husband had called ahead and ordered wine and flowers. No wine or flowers in our room. Just a naked 2 year old running around our little yard. My husband at this point was so upset. He went and talked to the manager. They reluctenly moved us into a 2 bedroom cottage, BUT we were told not to use the other bedroom. 5 Stars? I think not. The beach was really really beautiful it really is pink. But again the attentend was not very attentive. For $800 a night I was expecting to be wined and dined and very pampered. It was quit the opposite. I don't think this would 5 stars in the states. Maybe 3. The food was just ok and again the service was lacking. I could go on....All in all we were very disappointed. It was memorable, but not the kind of memories we were hoping to have. Go to the Ritz in Jamaica instead. Nicer and much cheaper
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Travel Blogs from Harbor Island
... Even contemplating another dip in the lagoon to cool off. But this is about the same time we saw the shark yesterday. I'll take 4 sweaty limbs over 3 cool and comfortable ones instead. :) Next we'll be packing up our items so we only need to bring one bag to the hotels in Tallahassee, New Orleans and Fort Worth. Unfortunately, this means saying goodbye to our snorkel and beach gear, and Ichabod's shark raft. It's been a great visit here in ...
... the storm, the lagoon picked up quite a bit of sea sludge (I don't know if that's actually a legitimate thing) and we were concerned for how long the cloudy, murky funk would last. To our surprise, within an hour or two, the lagoon cleared up nicely and we each took a turn snorkeling in the still less-than-perfectly-clear water. Ichabod was a bit twitchy alone on the lower landing so we traded puppy-sitting duties. ...
... Beach today there are reefs really close to shore so I'm sure there are things to see so we will bring our snorkel gear. This marina is a safe Manatee zone so that would indicate that they are here somewhere, I'm hoping to see one.
I enjoyed a wonderful morning walk around the town looking at the pretty Victorian style cottages and small local vendor shops. Bryan joined me for 1/2 of my walk which was nice, he took a picture of me under or shall I say in a ...
... St. Georges Cay / Charles Island. The dock hand was very friendly and helpful as we arrived it was a very easy docking on fixed docks. The entry to the marina is very shallow so the water is very churned up only around 4 to 5 feet, the starboard side of the boat is all marsh land with many mangrove's they are a very interesting plant / shrub which lives along rivers or marshy areas.
The recommendation for dinner was the Shipyard restaurant and ...
... or sand flies, that make an appearance whenever it cools off or the wind dies down. But we've noticed for the last several days, even they have been less active when we are outside. Maybe after they get to know you, they leave you alone. Whatever the reason, it works for us. That's all for now from ...