The Cove Eleuthera
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Drycleaning onsite
- Swimming pool
- Non-smoking rooms
Historical Traveler Reviews The Cove Eleuthera
We went here for our wedding/honeymoon. It's very VERY pretty and George and Ann, the owners will bend over backwards to make you happy. Their restaurant is exquisite, but very expensive. We spent nearly as much at the restaurant as we did on the room (literally). However, I jokingly said I wish they had pizza on the menu (I was kidding) and the next thing I knew, one of the owners called the mainland and had a pizza shipped out which she then had the chef make for me. They are very attentive to your satisfaction. The mosquitoes were unbelieveable. You literally couldn't open your door without them attacking you and it was a real drag to have to spray repellent on inside the room. If you don't, you'll be eaten alive the second you leave. My wife's one complaint, and it's a valid one, is that there is NOTHING to do in Eluethera. The snorkeling is great, but the island seems to close down at 5pm. The Cove is a very hospitable place if you need to get away from it all and be surrouonded by blue water, beautiful scenery and friendly people. But bring your bug spray and do NOT go there looking for nightlife.
Eleuthera great, Cove is OK
We stayed here about 7 years ago. At that time it was rather shabby and rundown, as another review stated.
Eleuthera is a wonderful island. The local people are so nice, friendly, helpful, etc. One of the nicest of the Bahama chain.
The Cove resort has a wonderful beach. No, not big but very nice, and there is great snorkeling. You don't need to ever take an excursion. We were disappointed that the only eating facility was right there in the resort, and very limited choices. We walked (over a mile) to the tiny town and found a restaurant there.
One of our best memories is being invited to a wedding. It was our anniversary and a local person insisted we attend the wedding on that same day, which was next to the Cove. We said we couldn't do that, he said every visitor to the island is considered family. I see why they call these the family islands. And we did attend, and treated warmly.
So by all means visit Eleuthera, stay at the Cove as long as you don't expect modern, delux rooms.
Peace an quiet
For the past five years we have enjoyed our annual Spring Vacation at The Cove. We look forward to the relaxed, barefoot comfort, quiet grounds, beautiful scenery, homecooked meals, and gentle manner of the Eleuthera people. From The Cove, one can explore the many deserted beaches of Eleuthera. Each year we find a new treasure. Our son, 15 yrs., looks forward to the great, homestyle cooking and the freedom from crowds. If you like a large resort and "Nassau style" vacation, The Cove is definitely not for you. But if you wish to escape responsibilites, hustle and bustle, and feel like a well cared for member of the family The Cove is the place.
Great job on the advertisement....I thought I was going to paradise but ended up in a run down complex that reminded me of summer camp as a kid rather than a resort. It had all the furnishings of camp as well with poor food and rooms that I thought were a joke such as the nightstands that seemed to be made of plumbing pieces. You can throw a stone from one side of the beach to the other even if your geriatric and believe me there are plenty of stones to choose from. Brochures and internet site really fooled me. I'll do better research next time.
Good place in the islands. One must understand the out islands are not luxury resorts - that's why we like them. The Cove is an above average out island resort. Small clean rooms, all you do is sleep there so it is fine. Good out island food. Some wonderful dishes -all good home cooking. Not gourmet. Great place to snorkel. Nice people. Quiet.
Just what we wanted
The Cove, Ann and George Mullin and their staff went far beyond the norm in making our stay at the Cove wonderful. The chef even made a special local dessert at my request. Not only is the location exceptional for those who want to get away from chaos and crowds, but the owners and staff are real..not plastic copies of people. If you have used your library card in the last month and do not need lots of hi tech, hi energy stimulation, then this place is for you. Food is tasty and well prepared. Rooms are very clean and well designed.
Grounds are like someone's well kept home. And the people are intelligent, helpful and gracious. We are going back.
What can we say... My Wife and I went to The Cove for our honeymoon and we couldn't have dreamed of a nicer place to relax and enjoy eachother and the surroundings. The food is outstanding and the service even better. The people of Eleuthera are some of the nicest we have ever met and we dubbed Eleuthera the Montana of the Bahama's (my wife is from Montana, and the people are just as nice there). The rooms are great and are all more or less right next to the beach. There are many beaches to explore if you rent a car and the staff is more then happy to point you towards any of them. There is to much good stuff to say so the last thing we will say is you won't be sorry! - Dayne & Amber Larsen
Our taxi driver expressed it most accurately as we were departing from our most enjoyable visit. He said, "This place is like home away from home". And he could not have described it better. The facilities are excellent with cathedral ceilings in the rooms and extra nice touches like a small cooler for ice container that will hold drinks and can be taken to the beach very easily. There is nice guest lounge with plenty of books, videos and games. The snorkling is great and they have all equipment needed. The food is excellent with great service. All the staff is friendly and accommodating. You might even be lucky enough, as we were, to share a dinner table with the lovely "Lady of the House" Ann Mullin. Don't take our word for it, go see for yourself, you won't regret it. Dave and Joyce Andrews
Is there somewhere else?
The rooms are small, the restaurant is marginal at best. The owner will argue with you at dinner. I wont stay there again.
Sigh of Relief
Visited the Cove on a day trip of Eleuthera. We rented a car and drove the island, and stopped in at the Cove for a quick look-see. It was so attractive that we stayed for lunch, which we ate outside at a table on the patio. The Caribbean breezes kept us at a comfortable temperature while we sat atop the knoll that the Cove rests on...we were able to view the beautiful private beach, the cottages, and the spectacular private "honeymooners" cottage. At that time, I told my girlfriend that I was going to bring my boyfriend back next year for a vacation, and that is what we are going to do. The Cove appears to be the perfect getaway spot for those with no need for people, noise, doing business or crowds. It is somewhat isolated and you do have to rent a car or take a taxi, which is somewhat of a hassle, but to me that is the beauty of it: if you can't get there, then neither can anyone else! A perfect spot for couples to get away from loud crowds, kids, etc. A great honeymoon spot.
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Travel Blogs from Eleuthera
... I haven't seen anything larger than a trumpet fish. Though Stacy and I did observe on Day 1 two 3-4 foot shadowy figures swimming just outside the lagoon. She said Nurse Shark. I said large Grouper. Hopefully we don't find out first-hand who's right. Most guest book entries suggest some of the best snorkeling on the island is right here in the lagoon. Though some guests refer to it as a cove, the sophisticated ...
We had a nice leisurely morning the Internet is very poor so it took a while to post. Our guide Woody wants to leave early so time to get ready to push off. The winds are blowing this morning it will be very interesting navigating the reefs but that said our guide is great so I'm not worried about that.
We will have to make a point of coming back to this small community it really is charming and we didn't have enough time ...
Here is another video... our trip back across the top of Eleuthera with a visit to Preacher's Cave (Jan 6, 2015). I have too much video of our 1 months stay on Harbour Island - it will take some time to organize. I'll post it in orderly bits later. For now, the 2014-15 trip continues...
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... and began to purr. Breathing a sigh of relief, the Captain and crew settled back for the remaining trip across the bay. As we approached Harbor Island, we began looking for the Government Dock where we were instructed by Brent, last week, to fill our tank with gas and to tie up. We spotted several docks but without any signage of any kind, opted to swing by a privately owned yacht with friendly looking folks aboard (no skull and cross-bones or swords visible) We asked if ...
... of the owner, we were instructed on how to start the generator that supplies electricity to the property. Our refrigerator and stove are propane gas driven, so if we rise and retire with the sun and the ocean breezes are cool at night, we may need electricity only occasionally. That's life "off the grid" for you. We got instructions for operating the Jeep that is included and the shortway radio that is in the house, in case we need assistance. Brent then handed us ...