The Cove Eleuthera
What We Love
- The 24-hour gym, for working off those decadent meals
- Full-size shampoo, conditioner and lotion in the bathrooms
- Complimentary use of bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment
- Private dinners on the beach, complete with a bonfire and champagne
What To Know
- Food and drink prices are high for this area
- Rooms have Nespresso machines, but there’s a charge per pod
- The lower-priced rooms, situated on walkways, don’t have the same privacy of the villas and cottages
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
The Cove has not one but two private beaches – both manmade, but each with calm water ideal for swimming or testing out the kayaks and paddle boards that are free for guests to use. While the resort is fairly isolated, there’s no shortage of things to do, including spending hours in the enormous infinity pool (views of the clear blue sea included). The room style is minimalist but comfortable, with 500-thread-count sheets, travertine floors, Caribbean-style white paneled walls, and wooden platform beds. The rooms closer to the water have spectacular ocean views. Cocktails at the cliffside bar are the perfect evening treat—the resort has some world-class sunsets—and while the restaurants are limited to two, the menus of sushi, steak, and Bahamian-influenced dishes get rave reviews, as does the incredibly friendly service.
In the Area
The Cove Eleuthera is large, at 40 acres, but if you want to do anything outside you’ll need to either your own car or to arrange transport through the resort. A trip to Harbor Island and back is possible in a day; you can visit the pink sand beach and check out a larger variety of shops and restaurants than is available on Eleuthera, including the very popular Sip Sip for grilled octopus and other island fare. Dining options near The Cove include Bahamian dishes at Daddy Joe’s, which often has live music. Four miles away (a calorie-burning bike ride or decent hike) is the Glass Window Bridge, under which the deep blue of the Atlantic meets the turquoise of the Bight of Eleuthera. Also nearby is the open-air Glass Window Bar & Grill, which has a daily happy hour and Sunday fish fries.
How to Get There
We just got back from a long weekend (3 nights/ 4 days) at the Cove. This was our first trip away as a couple since having our almost 4 year old son. I did a lot of research and wanted to make sure we stayed at a destination that was on the beach, beautiful, chill, and accommodating. The Cove was a great choice though could be improved with a few adjustments. Here are the Pros and Cons as we see them:
-The staff are warm and friendly. Upon arrival people were super nice and graced us with a local cocktail!
-The grounds are beautiful and full of palm trees, hammocks, complimentary bikes, two man made coves that have ample lounge chairs, towels, stand up paddle boards, beach service for food/ drinks and an infinity pool.
-The gym is just the right size for the property as is the restaurant and seating area by the pool.
-Close to the airport (15 min drive), close to the water taxi which we took to Harbour Island for a day trip (beautiful island as well that can be explored with a rented golf cart) with some restaurants within a few miles (though we ate on site for all of our meals as the restaurant was great (more about the service later).
-Room service was great! Pretty fast by room service standards.
-We stayed in BR8 which is one of the casitas in the garden/ wooded area. Very tranquil but upon arrival the air conditioning in the room was leaking water. There had been a towel placed on the floor to soak up the water. Also, our sliding doors didn't lock. The person who checked us in was lovely and said that to avoid tripping on our rug, that turned up on the end, he put our garbage can on the side of the rug, in the middle of the floor so we didn't trip on it. Could have used some tape. The mechanics came and upon two attempts were finally able to fix the air conditioning.
-There are no drawers or shelves to store clothes. We had to live out of our suitcases for 4 days. There is a small closet to hang clothes but no where to put folded clothes. They should add a dresser or shelves.
-The bathroom sinks were tiny- maybe 7 inches in depth which made it difficult to keep the water in the sink when washing ones face or brushing teeth.
-The service at the restaurant was slow. We were prepared for this and didn't mind it. However, the servers were not very knowledgeable so we stopped asking questions when deciding on our food choices. The food was amazing though!
Overall it was exactly what we needed- warm weather and tropical surroundings as a quick get-away from the Northeast. Though, for the money we paid, the rooms need to be upgraded- or they should charge less.
The first impression was good. Bud then wee found some problems...
One of them was that you entered to the room from the terrace, through the window, Its not comfortable. I don't know why anyone thought of this ... We had partial sea view, but you also can not open a window, because rooms are on the main line to/from the reception, so you are like in window shop.
At first glance, the room was clean, but it should be thoroughly cleaned in depth (under the bed, behind the bedside table)corners. The rooms came to me as if they were exhausted...
Electricity in my room burned my cell phone charger. At the reception, I recieved a new one and at the end of my stay, when I was returning it, I got bill for that charger. Hotel electricity destroy my charger and I have to pay for new one?! I did not want to leave it, but it's embarrassing!
Another problem was the restaurant. There is only one restaurant for dinner and breakfast. When you are here for 2 nights, it's ok but 4 nights is problem when you want to eat something else.After the 2 nd evening, we did not know what to eat... They should have more options / update the menu.
The beach was really small. Plus is comfortable sunbads and water for free! Otherwise the hotel is really expensive.
Other problem was connected rooms (door to next door room). We had one and I hate it, you heart everything from room next to you. Our neighbor was watching TV for a long time at night. At the reception there was nothing to resist, when we call them. So we arrested ourselves. So we had to come out from our room at night and knocking to our neighbor to turn tv quietly... You really have to do this at 5star hotel. Next problem in connected rooms- We saw the lights under the door from the next room. OMG! Really?!
First two days was without WIFI, which is not a good for traveller from Europe. I think that it's not the fault of the hotel, but it's unpleasant (they told me it was problem on whole island). I could not even call the family that we arrived after 15hrs flight, not even a signal on my mobile phone! And when I asked if I could call from the reception, they told me NO !!! Which I consider the worst!
The phone signal may have problem, it can happen, but maybe hotel should let you call from the reception!
Great property we visited with the whole family over spring break. Property was completely booked but never felt crowded. Beach is pristine, do not go here for the frills but great family vacation spot.
The Cove, Eleuthera Bahamas
The Bahamas and the culture is amazing and we would go back in a heartbeat. Very friendly culture and we always felt safe and welcomed. Would definitely return to Eleuthera! We stayed at The Cove after a bunch of research and we were not disappointed. Like any property it had its good and not so great points.
• Tranquility: Peaceful & isolated . If you are looking to wind down, slowdown and digitally detox, this is the place
• Beautiful beaches and calm coves. Great for paddle boarding, kayaking (free) and swimming. Infinity pool is great too with epic sunsets
• Nice staff; service NOT swift by any means but staff is very friendly
• Food quality was good but nice to get off property and get more variety
• Spa was good however services very limited
• Great gym. Larger than most stateside luxury hotels
• Clean grounds
• Responsive staff and very accommodating (celebrating a birthday and they made the room amenity very unique and welcoming).
• Price is very steep
• Slow service. We get it is part of culture but it is really slow. Would have eaten and drank more if they would have been attentive. You can easily sit an hour on the beach without getting service
• Rooms are clean but literally no place for clothes and no place to unpack.
• Limited amenities. Had to ask for more toilet paper
• Weak gift shop- limited merchandise, presentation and hours for a high-end property
• No screen doors - a must for ocean breezes.
• Bugs - got eaten alive by no-see-Ums..in room too.
• Taxis are expensive... to hop to nearby restaurants or bars
• Concierge was not as knowledgeable as we’d like. We missed a ton of great restaurants and learned on our way to the airport heading home. She was nice but passive. Need to know the town, and best places and be bold in recommending them.
What an amazing place. Best food( sushi and poke bowls The most impeccable service and everyone has a smile and love to share.
Everyone friendly and helpful
This is a magical spot ❤️ Do not miss
Jerome is total family as is ...everyone at the front !
This is a true experience