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Travel Blogs from Harbor Island
I finally pulled Jim away from the computer and we headed about one and a half hours north over to Harbor Island. We took a water taxi to the small island which I had visited three years ago. At that time I was wishing for someone special to share this romantic place with. A week later I met Jim and here I was, three years later, back on Harbor …
... Josh and I took several spins on the water slides and the morning was actually pretty nice (although overcast).
Around noon the skies behind the ship became pitch black and I knew we were in for a storm so we packed up our belongings and went over to grab lunch at Cookies, Too (where our dining room team was working). I’m so glad we did this as we beat the lunch rush and the rush to take shelter when ...
... the Captain; Jared, first mate and Allison, stew) are awesome! And the family is just as great.
We had 12 guests on board and my main responsibilities were to cook breakfast and afternoon snacks and to help the stew. I am so happy and grateful to have seen that yachting can be great and that there is definitely something out there that will be suitable. Hoping that this might become a regular gig.
Unfortunately I received some sad news in Saturday, Oom Johan ...
... I will definitely make it at home with peri-peri chicken.
After the little "fall-out" with the family, things have gotten a lot better! It feels like everyone has found their groove, and I certainly know where I fit in. I feel closer to the family, which makes things so much easier. We went provisioning on Friday and left to Harbour Island on Saturday, finally. It was a rough ride, I was slightly nauseous. We docked at Ramora Bay, but the marina wasn't up ...
... ashore to explore and to try to connect with a taxi driver to make arrangements for Bob and Wally's trip to the airport the next day. We also hoped to find a restaurant to treat the guys on their final night here. All was accomplished.
The town dock was in shambles and officially “closed” as proclaimed by a sign at the base of the dock – facing shore. Of course we didn't know this until ...
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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!
Each of the cottages has a name - ours was Glass Windows. And it provided a spectacular view of the east. The sunrises were spectacular.
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 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........
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